Pistons’ Drummond drumming back to health
by Vince Ellis, USA TODAY Sports
The Detroit Pistons have gone really high-tech for center Andre Drummond’s rehab.
While other Pistons were getting in some light jogging following this morning’s shootaround at the Palace practice facility, Drummond sat there beating on a bongo … badly.
“This is my rehab,” Drummond said as he walked away, carrying the drum.
Drummond is out four to six weeks because of a bad back, and the drum is a way for the Pistons to keep the rookie center engaged and feeling like he’s still part of the team.
Yeah, there actually is a method to strength-and-conditioning coach Arnie Kander’s bongo madness. Playing the drum requires good posture, so it helps the body’s core.
“Sometimes, in all professional sports, when you’re injured, it’s like sometimes you become invisible. It’s just the nature of it,” coach Lawrence Frank said. “I think it’s important that we integrate Andre in everything we do, and he integrates himself, too.
“Mentally, you have to prepare like you’re playing.”
The Pistons host the New Orleans Hornets 7:30 p.m. Monday.
Vince Ellis writes for the Detroit Free Press