After announcing on Twitter that he was deleting his social media applications to focus more on his mental health, Andre Drummond, the center for the Chicago Bulls, could not play in the game that his team played on Friday night against the Los Angeles Lakers.
According to the Bulls, Drummond’s participation couldn’t be guaranteed due to personal concerns. According to Coach Billy Donovan, who expressed optimism about this prospect, Drummond might be able to accompany the club on their trip to Charlotte for their game on Friday night.
“While we come here to play games, there’s also a human aspect, a personal side to all these guys,” Donovan said, “You feel horrible when anybody’s going through something like that.” I am confident that you will provide as much assistance as you can.
Drummond, now 29 years old, is participating in his debut season with the Chicago Bulls and his 11th season overall in the NBA. On Tuesday, the two-time All-Star announced on social media that he was switching his phone number and deleting all his applications.
In his email, Drummond stated it was “time to focus on my mental wellness.” If you, too, are having issues with your mental health, know that you are not alone and that it is perfectly acceptable to get assistance.
As a reserve player for the Bulls, Drummond has appeared in 62 games and has recorded 6.1 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 6.7 assists on average. During Monday night’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers, in which they defeated his team 124-112, he finished with 11 points and eight rebounds.
“Sometimes when people look at these guys, and they see them play and they see these NBA players, stars, and all this other stuff, and all the things that come with it that gosh, their lives must be just perfect,” Donovan said, “and they’re not.” We’re all faulty. We are each faced with a variety of difficulties. Everyone has problems and concerns that must be addressed, and we must find ways to cope.
The great player for the Bulls, DeMar DeRozan, who has been candid about his struggles with depression and other mental health issues, shared that he intends to give Andre Drummond the space he needs while also letting him know that he is there for him.
“This is a game that we just adore. We engage in this particular activity. “I think everyone can agree that this game has been kind to us all,” DeRozan remarked. “But in the end, you’ve got to make sure that you think about and take care of yourself first and foremost.”
Because of the sincerity with which DeRozan has approached the subject of his struggles, he has had many occasions on which he has been confronted by others who have conveyed their appreciation for his willingness to be open about his mental health. According to Donovan, during this season in Toronto, he was contacted by a man who wanted to thank DeRozan, and the player then spent some time with the man. Donovan added that he thanked DeRozan for his assistance.
“Moments like that to me are larger than playing a basketball game, a paycheck, I mean, you name it, bro,” DeRozan said. “It doesn’t matter what it is.” “There’s just something about it that speaks volumes when someone’s story can benefit someone else, and when I see it, it hits me in a new light. There’s just something about it that talks volumes.” It’s nothing but gratitude and demonstrates a new kind of empathy that I wish we all possessed.