The Lion Is The King Of The Jungle

And Trezz was the king of the court last night.

Jim Rome
February 17, 2021 - 9:45 am
Montrezl Harrell

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If the Lakers are looking for a savior without Anthony Davis, they don’t need to hit the buyout market. They don’t need to swing a deal. They just need to look for one man. I’m talking about Montrez Harrell. Better yet, I’m talking about Montrez Dashay Harrell.

Because Monsta Trezz just earned the full government. And before I say what I’m about to say, let me be clear, the Lakers are going to try to take a team approach to replacing Anthony Davis. There is no way you are going to have just one guy step up and fill up the stat sheet the way he does.

So it’s going to be some from LeBron, some from Dennis, some from Marc Gasol, but I’m also wanting to see a lot from Montrez. Because more Montrez, on the floor and behind the mic, is a good thing.  In fact, the best thing.

And if Laker fans didn’t know that before, they know it now.  

First of all, he gave you all a quick hit of good news on the AD front by posting this video of his elevator ride with AD. And as you’ll notice, AD is in good spirits.

And if you want to get all Zapruder film on it, AD is wearing sneakers with no walking boot in sight. And he’s walking without a limp. So that’s all good news.

But the really good news is how Harrell showed up last night against the Timberwolves. 17 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists in 18 minutes.

He was attacking the glass like this.

Throwing down on dudes like this.

And jumping into passing lanes like this.

That is the sixth man of the year doing sixth man of the year things.

But the best part of Harrell showing up like this isn’t just what he brings on the court, it’s what he brings to the media after the game. This is officially a Montrez Harrell appreciation take.

After all, we’re talking about a guy who lets it rip. Back when Harrell was with the Clippers and he found out that Kyle Kuzma and John Collins had higher ratings in NBA2k, he tweeted: It’s a bleeping joke but it’s ok.

And last night, he was asked about the challenge of defending a bigger center like Karl-Anthony Towns. And for context, KAT is listed at 6’11, 250. Montrez is listed at 6’7, 237. He’s giving up four inches to Kat, but don’t come to him with that junk, because he’s not having it.

"I don’t really believe in that 'smaller' stuff, man, because at the end of the day, if you believed in that, the elephant would be the king of the jungle. And that ain’t happening."

Such a good line. And that is the most Montrez line ever. Not only is he not going to talk about strategies as the smaller man in that matchup, he rejects the premise completely.

And then he comes with some science. Get out of here with your smaller man stuff, because if that mattered, the elephant would be the king of the jungle.

And as Montrez says, “that ain’t happening.” And you know what else wasn’t happening last night? KAT going off for a huge night when Montrez was around.

And he had more.

“I come out here and I put my hard hat on like everybody else. Everybody on this team, everybody in this league know that I ain’t back down from nobody. I don’t care what your size it. I don’t care what you do.”

And if you’re still wondering about how he attacks the game, this should end that discussion.

“But as far as that giving up size stuff, people know me around this league. They know I’m back down from nobody.”

He doesn’t back down from anybody. And if you thought that was going to happen, you’re a fool. Ever since coming out of Louisville, this dude has not backed down from anyone. At all. Ever.

The next guy he backs down from will be the first and there is no way that he was going to back down from KAT, no matter how tall KAT is. KAT could’ve showed up last night rolling in a tank,  and Montrez would have still gotten over someway, somehow.

KAT had 15 and 6 in 33 minutes, worse numbers than Harrell in nearly double the time on the floor. And that right there is proof as to why the lion is the king of the jungle and Monsta Trezz was the king of the court. 

The Lakers have the Nets tomorrow night in LA. And from the sounds of it, Montrez isn’t treating that like a Finals preview or anything like that.

"We're not putting any extra emphasis on that game."

That doesn’t mean he’s overlooking the Nets or not focused on them. It means he’s going to attack that game the way he attacks every game. Because that’s how he shows up every night.

I don’t know how that game will go, I just know that Montrez isn’t going to back down from anyone. You could have him on KD and Kyrie and James Harden at the same time, and he wouldn’t back down. The lion doesn’t give up anything to an elephant and Montrez doesn’t give up anything to anyone. That lion will eat that elephant, and believe this Monsta Trezz is show up to eat. Every damn time.