Notes from TNT’s Exclusive Coverage of the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, February 14, 2014: Andre Drummond is a BEAST


30 points and 25 boards last night. 

Vinnie Goodwill and I discussed Andre Drummond on The Starting Five Live last week. It would be hard to pass on him in a draft of young players.


TNT’s NBA All-Star 2014 coverage continues from New Orleans with State Farm All-Star Saturday Night, Feb. 15, at 8 p.m. ET and the 2014 NBA All-Star Game presented by Kia, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m.


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Team Hill (142) vs. Team Webber (136)

Announcers: Matt Winer (play-by-play), Grant Hill and Chris Webber (analysts) and Craig Sager (reporter)

Webber on Detroit’s second-year center Andre Drummond: “Drummond is so physically intimidating. He’s big, strong and doesn’t appear to have much body fat.”

Hill on New Orleans’ Anthony Davis: “Davis has had a great second year [in the NBA]. He struggled a little bit in his rookie year but he’s better defensively this year and on the offensive end. It’s great that he’s in this game and the big game on Sunday.”

Hill on Orlando rookie Victor Oladipo: “He plays hard, he’s athletic and he excels in the open court.”

TNT’s Craig Sager interviewed Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden during the first half

Harden on how he campaigned for a Western Conference All-Star starting job in place of an injured Kobe Bryant: “I told Scotty [Brooks] that I came off the bench for him for three years in Oklahoma City so this weekend was the time to make it right.”

Webber on Rockets’ sophomore Terrence Jones: “He’s really athletic and comes to play hard every night.”

Hill on Dion Waiters’ growth with the Cavaliers: “They are going through some tough times in Cleveland but you have to keep working. That’s part of the growth and maturation. I love Dion Waiters and he reminds me of a young Joe Dumars paired up with Kyrie Irving as a young Isiah Thomas. You have to give them time. They’re going through some growing pains but they’ll get it figured out.”

Webber on Mason and Miles Plumlee: “The Plumlee brothers can jump…they’ve got pogo sticks.”

Hill on Anthony Davis: “He has a chance to be great. Defensively, he reminds me of Marcus Camby with his length, his shot blocking and his athleticism. I think he could be very skilled offensively…the sky is the limit for Anthony Davis.”

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Sprint Halftime Report
Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith

Barkley on his visit to the White House to interview President Barack Obama: “It was one of the coolest things I’ve ever done in my life. It was amazing. Any time you meet the President, it’s amazing. It was one of the coolest days of my life.”

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Hill on the Toronto Raptors: “They’ve played great…they have really come on in the Eastern Conference. They have a lot of confidence, they defend and they’re a great team to watch in the Eastern Conference.”

Webber on Washington’s Bradley Beal: “Bradley Beal is going to be a beast and the better that his teammates get, the more it allows him to not have the pressure at the beginning of the season. He can understand who he is and play to his strengths. John Wall’s improvement has really helped [Beal].”

TNT’s Craig Sager interviewed Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant during the second half

Durant on what he’s looking forward to in Sunday’s All-Star Game: “I just want to go out there and have fun. I want to play one-on-one with somebody on Sunday for a few minutes but we’ll see how that goes.”
Sager: “Would that somebody be LeBron?”
Durant: “Probably, yeah.”

Hill on Detroit’s Andre Drummond: “I really like Drummond’s progression and I could see him in the All-Star Game in another year or two.”

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