Arnie Kander has grown from man, to myth, to legend for many Detroit Pistons fans. The former head athletic trainer known for his innovative approach and for a terrific run of health for the franchise during the Going to Work era made him a fan favorite in the early 2000s.
That legend only grew once Kander left and Detroit’s injury luck evaporated. Now, the team relies on the oft-injured Reggie Jackson and Blake Griffin for a shot at the playoffs, relevance and the future. The organization can ill afford an injury to one its stars.
The Pistons have been in contact with Kander about returning to the organization, perhaps even on a full-time basis, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Ed Stefanski, the leader of the Pistons’ front office, connected with Kander shortly after joining the organization in May, the Free Press reports.
Kander is known for what were considered during his time with the organization, to be unorthodox methods including a heavy emphasis on stretching and range of motion for the players.
Sports science is all the rage in NBA circles now so there is no telling if the science has passed Kander by or if it would just provide further justification for his methods.