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19 Total Updates since February 5, 2013
about 1 month ago Article 16 comments
Good Friday just got better: Andre Drummond will return to the Pistons' lineup Friday night against the Toronto Raptors. He will also make his first career start.
about 1 month ago Article 46 comments
Day-to-day means he might play the next day the Pistons have a game, which is now Friday.
2 months ago Article 37 comments
Andre Drummond's return from injury is close, but how close?
2 months ago Article 35 comments
According to Keith Langlois on Twitter, Andre Drummond went through a full practice on Thursday and felt great, but he and the team are still taking it day by day.
2 months ago Article 117 comments
According to David Mayo at Mlive.com, participated in a team shootaround for the first time since injuring his back.
2 months ago Article 18 comments
Andre Drummond, who's missed 16 games with a stress fracture in his back, admits it's been "mentally draining" watching from the sidelines. But despite feeling "no pain at all," he won't rush his return.
2 months ago Article 27 comments
Still no timeline on Drummond's return, but he's apparently making good progress.
3 months ago Update 7 comments
Andre Drummond said during All-Star festivities in Houston that he is pain-free, more than a week after he was shut down for what was expected to be a period of four to six weeks with a stress fracture in his fifth lumbar vertebra. Drummond remains in a brace but doesn't expect to wear it much longer. He is expected back in mid- to late-March.
Given the team's conservative, measured approach with Drummond when the young big man was completely healthy, I'm guessing they'll be even more careful with him while injured -- which means I doubt we'll see him until late March.
Drummond was healthy enough to enjoy his first All-Star weekend (check his Instagram feed for proof), even if he couldn't play. And while he'll get another crack at playing in the
Rookie-Sophomore game Rising Stars Challenge next year, it may not be very long until he gets to play in the main event on Sunday. Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News spoke to some current All-Stars to get their impression on Drummond's game:
As for his play on the floor, it drew the attention of the All-Stars he hopes to join in a couple of years. Heat forward-center Chris Bosh's eyes widened when he was asked of his impressions of the Pistons rookie.
"He's big, God," Bosh said. "I've never seen someone that big so young. He's huge."
"Yes, and his quickness, it's something that's allowed him to use his length," Aldridge said.
3 months ago Article 20 commentsContinue
3 months ago Article 11 comments
Those pictures we saw of Andre Drummond banging the drums weren't meant to just serve a pun; Drummond's actually using the drums as part of his rehabilitation.
3 months ago Update 0 comments
It has been three days since bad news broke that Pistons rookie Andre Drummond will miss 4-6 weeks with a stress fracture to his fifth lumbar vertebra and a less serious injury to the other side of his tailbone. Drummond is expected to make a full recovery. He will wear a brace for a few days (he may already be out of it by today) and is not allowed to sit for long periods. When his pain subsides, he will be allowed to begin exercising in an effort to improve his muscle stability.
The Pistons are an exciting 2-0 since, but that's just a small sampled consolation to the concerning setback to the Pistons and their emerging star. With the addition of Jose Calderon and a gradual increase to Drummond's minutes, the Pistons were in business to make a serious playoff push as Drummond continued to turn heads. Now, in conjunction with the Celtics' recent bizarre winning streak, the playoffs seem far out of sight.
As hard as the injury is for fans to bear, imagine how tough it must be for the rookie [quotes via MLIVE]:
"This is my life, this is all I know. So not being able to play, of course, it sucks."
But with the help of his teammates and a naturally upbeat personality, Drummond knows there's nothing else for him to do but move forward:
"But I've got to move forward," Drummond said Saturday, in his first public remarks about the injury. [...]
"Go to every practice and go to every game and watch the games, just stay engaged with everything," he said when asked his approach on how to keep pace with his developing team.
"Just get healthy, push yourself," he said. "Some of these guys have been through injuries already so they know what it's like. For me, being a rookie and happening to me so early, they just give encouragement to me and tell me to stay strong."
"Right now his job is to get healthy," Frank said. "That's his job. [...]
Frank said the coaching staff will make a point to keep Drummond involved, showing him game film and letting him learn by watching.
"He gets a chance to look at the game in a different way, and I think he's already noticed some things," Frank said. "You turn every negative into a positive, and you get better intellectually and physically when you're injured."
Hopefully, Drummond returns for the last leg of the season, healthy as ever and not missing a beat.
4 months ago Update 33 comments
Andre Drummond is out four to six weeks with a stress fracture of the fifth lumbar vertebra. The good news, if there is any, is that the team doesn't expect any lingering effects.
Team physician Ben Paolucci spoke to the media before the Pistons played the San Antonio Spurs on Friday shortly after the diagnosis was announced.
From the Detroit News:
Drummond has been placed in a custom brace and activity levels will be modified while the injury heals, and Paolucci said Drummond has experienced some discomfort, but once he recovers, it should be the end of it.
"No surgery," Paolucci said. "He's got a stress fracture. He should get better, no residual. Nothing lasting."
He'd been laboring in losses to the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets, playing a total of 12 minutes, and this setback will surely derail the progress he's made on the court. He suffered another injury on the other side of his tailbone which isn't as serious, Paolucci said.
"The injury on the left side occurred in the L.A. game. It's a common injury," Paloucci said. "Once he doesn't have any pain, he'll be able to start some exercising."
Silver linings. Not a big fan of them, to be honest with you.
4 months ago Update 9 comments
Drummond out 4-6 weeks with stress fracture to 5th lumbar vertebra. No surgery, just rest #Pistons— Ryan Field (@RyanFieldFSD) February 8, 2013
4 months ago Article 32 comments
This is not the news Pistons fans were hoping for.
4 months ago Article 10 comments
Pistons calling move strictly precautionary.
4 months ago Update 4 comments
Andre Drummond was limited to just five minutes in last night's 93-90 loss to the Brooklyn Nets after aggravating his back injury while taking a charge from Andray Blatche. After the game, he clarified to reporters the exact nature of his injury, saying it was his the left side of his tailbone that hurts. Here's video of his comments, courtesy of Dave Pemberton of the Oakland Press:
This is the second straight game that Drummond attempted to play until to leave with pain. After Monday's game, he blamed the lingering injury on hotel beds, but now it sounds a bit more serious. Lawrence Frank on why Drummond even got into Wednesday's game, via David Mayo:
"We thought he was good enough to go, he thought he was good enough to go, and then once you've seen him on the court, you see him labor out there," Pistons coach Lawrence Frank said.
As disconcerting as it is for fans seeing him sidelined, the young big man still doesn't yet seem overly concerned, even sounding confident that he'll still participate in the Rising Stars Challenge during All-Star weekend. We'll see about that; I wouldn't be surprised if the training staff recommends he sits that out, let alone accept a possible invite to the Slam Dunk Contest. (So much for #LetDreDunk.)
4 months ago Update 1 comment
Andre Drummond played five minutes in the second quarter against the Brooklyn Nets before leaving, as his nagging back injury wouldn't let him play at his usual effectiveness. The Pistons called a timeout and coach Lawrence Frank and strength and conditioning coach immediately had a long conversation with Drummond about how he was feeling.
Fox Sports Detroit announced that Drummond would be out for the rest of the game shortly after he was subbed out.
4 months ago Update 0 comments
4 months ago Article 32 comments
Andre Drummond's sore back may not be a lingering injury, after all.