NBA Rumor: Reggie Jackson Injury

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Detroit​ Pistons fans​ have​ been​ eager​ to see what a healthy dose of​ Reggie Jackson,​ Blake​ Griffin and​ Andre​ Drummond​​ means for the franchise’s postseason aspirations. And with opening night less than a month away, they may have to wait a little bit longer than anticipated. “I’m day-to-day,” said Jackson, who missed 37 games last season after suffering a grade-3 right ankle sprain on Dec. 26, “and I’m doing everything to get ready.”

And while the rest of his teammates gathered in California for offseason work with the new coaching staff, he kept his distance in order to get his body back to full health. “(Rehab) has been about getting mobility back and making sure the body is good,” he told reporters. “Rehab hasn’t just been about the ankle, but it’s making sure everything else is correct and ready to go. “I’ve been nursing injuries, and they’re nagging, but it’s part of the career, part of life.”

Jackson was a full participant for the first time this training camp in a full-contact scrimmage. Coach Stan Van Gundy decided to switch things up and scrimmage during the morning session and leave the instruction to the evening session. The sessions were reversed earlier this week. The 4-on-4, full-court action left Jackson in a playful mood with reporters afterward. “The pain I could tolerate,” Jackson said. “It was just the lack of explosion and the feeling you’re letting your teammates down out here — especially with the goals we had set last year.”

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.

“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.”
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June 17, 2021 | 5:28 pm EDT Update