Reggie Jackson posted #thecountdown to his return on Instagram Monday following an injection in his knee in New York. The platelet-rich plasma injection is supposed to ameliorate the tendinitis in his knee. Jackson is expected to miss somewhere between 6-8 weeks.
Jackson was in as good of spirits as one can be following a procedure that will force missed playing time on a young, exciting team (via Detroit News):
“We on the way back,” Jackson said. “Light procedure. We’re still chasing that Eastern Conference Finals this year.”
Stan Van Gundy was not as positive — actually, he was kind of morbid:
“I don't think you can say how it went. They injected him and the stuff went in him. I guess that's successful,” Van Gundy said. “I always laugh about medical procedures. I'm waiting for the first one where they don't say it was successful surgery, like, ‘No, actually it didn't go well. You know, we lost him.’
“I guess our line will be that he had a successful procedure today in New York. I guess that'll all be determined down the road how he feels and everything.”
Heal fast, Jackson.
Now your Lorenzo Brown thoughts.
UPDATE: The Pistons announced on Monday evening that Jackson also received the platelet-rich plasma injection to treat an ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) sprain in his right thumb. Since Jackson was there to treat one nagging injury, might as well get the other one treated. Remember, Jackson wore a wrap around that thumb for most of last season. The Pistons’ press release reiterated the expected 6-8 week timetable.