NBA star Andre Drummond gives $1,000 tip to Delray Beach waitress
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NBA star Andre Drummond gives $1,000 tip to Delray Beach waitress

By Tommy Fradenburg

Contributing Writer for Telegraph Local | See @tommyfradenburg

It is no secret that sit in restaurants and their staff have faced particular hardship amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. So when Cleveland Cavaliers center Andre Drummond took his family out to Che Restaurant in Florida this week; he decided to express his appreciation for his server.

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As waitress Kasandra Diaz, who was unaware of Drummond’s status as a two-time NBA All Star, noticed the $1,000 tip on his check of $164.25; she at first thought it was a mistake.

“And I took to go put it into the machine to close their table out. And I looked at it and I was astonished. I couldn’t believe it, I froze for a second. I thought, is this real? A thousand dollars,” she said.

“I went to Mr. Andre and I said, ‘Is this correct? And he goes, yes, that’s correct.’ And I just showed my appreciation. I was like, thank you so much, I appreciate it. He said, no problem.”

Diaz is a recent high school graduate and headed to college, so she said most of the money will go towards her education.

“Thank you very much Andre for your humbleness and generosity,” the restaurant said in a Facebook post. “Humbleness and generosity is not trained comes from a great heart.”

More Goodwill

Drummond isn’t the only athlete to lend a helping hand during the time of crisis.

Former Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson left a tip of an equal amount at a Broward County restaurant in Florida on May 18 on a tab of $37. He also left a message of congratulations on finally reopening amidst the Coronavirus pandemic.

Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman pledged $50,000 to the Atlanta Food Bank and another $50,000 to the Giving Kitchen; while the Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers and Kings are collaborating on a plan to take care of Staples Center employees.

Finally, Major League Baseball donated $1 million for emergency food services with every team matching that donation for ballpark workers.

Getting to Know Andre Drummond

Drummond is a nine-year veteran in the NBA, who spent the majority of his career with the Detroit Pistons.

The Pistons selected him with the ninth pick of the 2012 NBA draft out of the University of Connecticut; and he played a solid role as a rookie. He made 10 starts and played more than 1,200 minutes in 60 games, averaging 7.9 points and 7.6 rebounds per game.

At the age of 20 he became a fixed feature of the starting lineup, starting at least 79 games per year from 2013-2019. He made his first All-Star Game in the 2015-16 season; a year he finished with a stat line of 16 points and 14 boards per contest.

Despite his consist strong play, the Pistons did little as a team with Drummond; and eventually traded him to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Brandon Knight and John Henson.

The move was a sad one for the Detroit community, an area Drummond has worked hard to improve. His charity work earned him a NBA Cares Community Assist Award in February of 2016.

He was less than thrilled to find he’d been shipped off to Cleveland, but he expressed his love for Detroit in his farewell tweets.

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“If there’s one thing I learned about the NBA, there’s no friends or loyalty. I’ve given my heart and soul to the Pistons , and to be have this happen with no heads up makes me realize even more that this is just a business!” he wrote.

“I love you Detroit, you will always have a special place in my heart! But on to the next @cavs hope your ready! Let’s finish the year off the right way!”

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