Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy told the Free Press on Monday morning that after an examination last week, Jackson has increased basketball activity and will arrive at the practice facility later this week to join teammates. “All good with the doctors and ramping up his basketball work,” Van Gundy wrote in a text. “He’ll be ready.”
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The Detroit Pistons start training camp in two weeks. And Reggie Jackson, seeking a bounce-back season after struggling with left knee tendinitis, is on track to be on the floor when the team begins the earnest work of preparing to make the inaugural season at Little Caesars Arena a successful one. Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy told the Free Press on Monday morning that after an examination last week, Jackson has increased basketball activity and will arrive at the practice facility later this week to join teammates.
“All good with the doctors and ramping up his basketball work,” Van Gundy wrote in a text. “He’ll be ready.” Jackson appears to be right on schedule.
Stan Van Gundy likes practice. But he also wants a completely healthy Reggie Jackson. So don’t expect him to be a full participant in two-a-day practices when the Detroit Pistons being training camp Sept. 26.
“He should be good to go for the start of camp,” Van Gundy said after the Little Caesars Arena ribbon-cutting ceremony today. “I don’t think on the days we do two-a-days that we’ll have him do two (practices), but other than that, the hope is he’ll be ready to go. “You never know, but he should be.” Van Gundy – and the whole organization – has fingers crossed when it comes Jackson.
Vincent Ellis: SVG: Reggie Jackson has yet to return to basketball activity, but set to enter ramp-up soon with camp starting Sept. 26. #Pistons
Vincent Ellis: SVG: “I don’t think on the days we do 2-a-days that we’ll have him do 2 (practices), but other than that, the hope is he’ll be ready to go.”
But don’t expect Reggie Jackson, inactive for the last seven games, to return. “We just talked about that, and I don’t think so,” Van Gundy said. “It’s hard, because we’ve had that planned with him but to now say, ‘Oh, get ready’ – his mind has been in a different place here for a few days. “So no, I don’t think we’ll go back to that.”
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“He’ll tell you he doesn’t have pain. He’s fine,” Van Gundy said. “But you’ve seen a lot of guys go through injuries. It takes time to really get back. He was trying to get back and as the games grew in importance and he had some bad ones, it started weighing him down and he wanted to do all the things he thought he should be able to do. He put a lot of pressure on himself, forced the issue a little bit. He’s a competitor and he just wasn’t fight and it started to spiral a little bit.”
“I blame myself for that, a little bit, that we didn’t take care of this a little bit earlier. But it’s nothing he would’ve asked to do. He had some very good games, some very good fourth quarters. But I don’t think he ever got to a point where he felt like him himself. This is just the start of a long off-season of getting himself to not only get physically right but to mentally recharge, take the learning experiences from this season and come back better than ever. He’ll be 27 years old next year, so he’s coming into his prime, not going out of it.”
“This season at times, it felt good, and I could get (to my spot), but at other times, I felt like I was a shell of myself,” Jackson said. “I could see the gap, but I felt like I couldn’t get there, I couldn’t explode there seemingly as quick. “It was like guys were popping out of nowhere. They’d get back in front of the ball in front of me so I didn’t feel like I was the same.”
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Tyzzar (@WorldWideTy2332): Any further update on Reggie Jackson’s return date? Langlois: He indicated Monday that he’d probably need at least one more practice session with the team and that might force Van Gundy to do something he – and pretty much every coach – rarely does: practice on Thursday after a back-to-back set at Charlotte and Boston. It wouldn’t be a typical practice, but it has to be something that comes close to approximating an NBA game – some semblance of full-court, five-on-five basketball. He’s been fully cleared medically to participate in everything the Pistons are doing in practice, so it’s no longer a case of physical limitations from his Oct. 10 platelet-rich plasma injection in his left knee. It’s a case now of Jackson feeling confident in the stability of the knee, feeling he’s knocked off sufficient rust and feeling like his conditioning is at an acceptable level if less than optimal.
Stan Van Gundy confirmed pregame Monday starting point guard Reggie Jackson has been cleared for contact drills in practice and could begin those as soon as Tuesday. “How much, I don’t know,” Van Gundy said. “But that he’ll be able to do some. And quite honestly, (it) will be a lot like last year when Brandon (Jennings) was coming back. You sort of structure your practice around those guys when they’re coming back.” Jackson has been rehabbing his left knee since Oct. 10, when he had plasma injection therapy to treat tendinitis.
Monday marked three weeks to the day Reggie Jackson was sidelined with knee tendinitis. Wondering about his return? Get in line. “He’s not back to activity yet,” Detroit Pistons president-coach Stan Van Gundy said Monday. “I mean, the line Jon (Ishop, the team’s head athletic trainer) gives me is ‘progressing as expected.’ Which means he’s not doing anything.”
That could be around the corner, Van Gundy says. “I would say over the next week or two he’ll start to be ale to get a little bit of activity and go from there,” Van Gundy said. “But I don’t know exactly when that will be. He says he feels good, though. He said both the knee and the thumb, everything feels good. So that’s a positive.”
Twenty-four hours later, sporting those same crutches and a glove on his right hand, he was back watching his teammates practice. “To find out the diagnostics and settle down and figure out what the procedure was going to be, that was the hard part,” Jackson said. “Now that I got the procedure, it was like a burden was let off. It was kind of a sigh of relief.” A relief, Jackson says, because he could have played through it. He has in the past — tendinitis goes back to his days at Boston College — but admits it would have impacted his minutes and likely his production on the court.
Conservatively, the Pistons are targeting early December for a return — an absence of 15 to 20 regular-season games. “I’m happy to be back in the building and be around them,” Jackson said of his teammates. “Just for myself mentally, to know that it’s more about the comeback now that the procedure is done with. It just makes me ecstatic. The outcome I feel good about it.”
Jackson posted a short video on Instagram of him walking on crutches following the morning procedure with the hashtag #roadtorecoverybeginsnow. “We on the way back,” Jackson said. “Light procedure. We’re still chasing that Eastern Conference Finals this year.”
The Detroit Pistons announced today that guard Reggie Jackson received platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections on Monday morning to treat left knee tendinosis and an ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) sprain of his right thumb. Jackson is expected to miss approximately six to eight weeks and recovery will be monitored throughout the rehabilitation process. Further updates will be provided when appropriate.
Before the Pistons’ preseason loss in Brooklyn on Thursday, Van Gundy said that, even if Jackson was healthy, he would have liked to reduced his team’s dependence on its point guard. “He’ll bring the ball up every time and will still run, probably, more pick-and-rolls than anybody in the league,” Van Gundy said. “But yeah, I would like to diversify our offense a little bit. And obviously, his time out will force us to do that. So, long run, that could be a good thing.” It doesn’t mean that Caldwell-Pope or any of the Pistons’ other wings are going to start running pick-and-rolls themselves. Instead, we’ll see a heavier dose of other actions.
Reggie Jackson has decided on a course of action to help with the pain in his left knee, and it’s a familiar one. The Detroit Pistons point guard will receive a platelet-rich plasma injection Monday in New York, coach Stan Van Gundy confirmed, the same non-surgical procedure he underwent while dealing with knee tendinitis in 2011.
Vincent Ellis: After PRP, Jackson will be on crutches for a week before beginning rehab. Should have more of timetable after procedure Monday. #Pisrons.
Stan Van Gundy seems to have found one when it comes to the timetable for Jackson’s absence. “Four weeks, six weeks, eight weeks, whatever it is — three of those weeks are right now in the preseason,” Van Gundy said. “That’s – in the year – 10 games. If this happened in November, that’s 10 more regular season games. So there are … it’s not a great situation, but it’s not the worst, either.” Should Jackson miss as many as eight weeks, a return to the court would happen no later than by the end of November. The regular season starts Oct. 26, in Toronto.
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Rod Beard: #Pistons Stan Van Gundy says a trade isn’t likely, especially for such a short period.
Marc Stein: Today’s hot rumble: Hearing Detroit, fearing Reggie Jackson may miss extended time to start the season, will explore the point guard market.
Marc Stein: After missing Tuesday’s open practice, Detroit’s Reggie Jackson told local scribes he’s been battling tendinitis in his left knee for years.
Jackson sat out Tuesday’s practice and has been limited to one practice per day during training camp while he deals with a flareup of tendinitis in his left knee. The Pistons and Jackson have said he’s been managing it for years, going back to his days in Oklahoma City. “He’s had this since he came back in September,” Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said on Tuesday. “We’ve got further evaluation going on with what’s going to happen to him. So yeah, we’ll have to see how long and everything else.”
Vincent Ellis: Stan Van Gundy says Reggie Jackson (knee tendinitis) and Darrun Hilliard (back) will be limited to 1 practice per day during camp. More of precaution. #Pistons
Reggie Jackson has been battling though dehydration and exhaustion and remained in a Toronto medical facility, having fluids administered and blood tests done, while the team traveled here late Saturday for a game tonight against the Brooklyn Nets. Jackson came to New York on Sunday and went through morning shootaround, though he acknowledged this is not the first time he has endured the issue, which he said, “feels like my body’s overheating and freezing at the same time, as well as queasy.”
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Anthony’s camp is cautiously optimistic that a deal will be struck before Monday, and trying not to think about the potential media circus that will take place if Carmelo is still with the Knicks. Two weeks ago, Carmelo’s wife, La La, said the family thought a trade would have been completed by now. Mentally, Carmelo and his family have moved on to Houston. Reality is another story. Hopefully, Mills and Perry will have the right answers when they address the media on Friday because the Carmelo issue isn’t going away until he goes away.
Kevin Durant got caught on Twitter bashing the Thunder roster, former coach Billy Donovan and referring to himself in third person in a strange set of tweets. Rumors began swirling that Durant had a second Twitter account in which he used to defend himself. his former OKC teammate Enes Kanter didn’t find the entire saga to be that funny. He went on CBS Radio to talk about Durant and his comments on Twitter. He defended Donovan and the Thunder, and said he finds this whole social media situation to be really sad.
“Never,” Enes Kanter said. “He never complained about Billy, never complained about us, and he never complained about the organization. But we learned how he felt from Twitter. I’ll say it again: it made the whole organization really sad. It was disrespectful. You just won a championship. You were the Finals MVP,” Kanter said. “I understand interacting with fans, but having a fake account and just answering back and trying to have a conversation with them and stuff, come on, man. If you’re Kevin Durant, you don’t do that. He is one of the top five players in the league. Come on, man. Just go do your thing. Play basketball and try to be the best. When he’s doing all these little things to all those people who sit on their laptop and just writing comments – they got no life. Come on, man. You don’t do that.”
After parting ways with superstar teammate Shaquille O’Neal, Bryant had a Lakers team to call his own, but he eventually grew frustrated with the lack of talent around him. In 2007, Bryant requested a trade from the only team that he had ever known, and for a time it looked as though the Lakers were going to appease him. That’s when owner Dr. Jerry Buss, legendary in his own right, sent a telegram that caused Bryant to change his mind and decide to stay in Los Angeles.
Rob Pelinka, Bryant’s former agent who is now the Lakers General Manager, relayed the story at an ESPNLA event. According to Pelinka, who still has the telegram, it read: “Kobe, as you make this decision, never bet against me winning championships.” According to Pelinka, Bryant read the note from Buss, who was out of town on vacation, and knew that he simply couldn’t leave the Lakers. Over the years Buss had proven that he could build championship-level teams, and if Bryant wanted to win, there was simply no better place to be.