Why are we here? What is existence? Where is it all going? Why is Andre Drummond's nickname the "Big Penguin?" These are the great mysteries of the universe, the questions meant to keep us up at night, but I think we can all agree that Drummond's sobriquet is by far the most vexing. Penguins are tiny and famously flightless. Drummond is rather large and can jump great distances. He has played for a team named after a type of dog in the Connecticut Huskies, and he has played for a team that has used a horse as a logo in the Detroit Pistons, yet at no point in his basketball lineage has he crossed paths with Antarctica's finest. Why on Earth does this nickname exist?
Silver Screen and Roll's Harrison Faigen took the important journalistic step of asking the Lakers center about it on Tuesday, and Drummond claimed ignorance.
"Listen, man, I don't know where that came from," Drummond said. "Bron came up to me one day and said Yo, is your nickname Big Penguin? I said, man, I don't know where that came from or how it started or who came up with the name. All I know is that someone must have found out that penguins are one of my favorite animals, and kind of put two and two together.'"
Now, it appears as if Drummond isn't thrilled with this nickname. Imagine having to explain to LeBron James of all people that you do not, in fact, understand why the basketball world is comparing you to a penguin. But here's where the plot thickens: Drummond himself has encouraged the nickname. How? By wearing a penguin suit on Vine. He's done so on several occasions dating back to 2013. Here's just one example.