Stuckey describes how he hurt his thumb
by Vince Ellis, USA TODAY Sports
For the first time Rodney Stuckey described to the media Tuesday how he broke his right thumb.
He was with his son last Wednesday when he slammed his vehicle door on his thumb.
He didn’t even know what he had done until he tried to walk away — and realized his thumb was stuck. He had to open the door to remove it.
“I was trying to walk away and that’s when I realized, ‘Oh, (expletive),’ ” Stuckey said after Tuesday’s practice. “That’s when all the pain started.
“It happens, man. (Expletive) like this happens.”
His splint will be removed today. He didn’t know whether he would be available for the Oct. 30 season opener against the Washington Wizards.
But it could have been worse. The injury occurred on the tip of his thumb and a screw was inserted during surgery Friday. It might have been an eight-week injury.
“We have no worries,” Stuckey said. “We just gotta be patient and we gotta get healthy and stay in shape.”
The Pistons face the Bulls tonight and the Cavs on Thursday, but Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks declined to reveal the starting backcourt with Stuckey and Brandon Jennings (wisdom tooth) out. Will Bynum and Kyle Singler started the last two exhibition games.
Vince Ellis writes for Detroit Free Press, a Gannett property.