Andre Drummond has been the best thing about this Pistons season. Nothing else is really close. He plays with great enthusiasm, and he has talent to match. I defy find a single Pistons fan who isn’t enamored with him.
So, when he got hurt, I avoided reading these pieces for a while, but it’s worth knowing what Drummond is going through.
As you could expect, Andre Drummond isn’t exactly himself nowadays.
Normally a gregarious presence in the Pistons locker room, Drummond was subdued talking to a small media contingent after the Pistons’ thrilling 105-100 victory over the Bucks on Saturday night.
The topic was the bad back that will keep out for probably a month – possibly longer.
“This is my life,” Drummond said in his first comments since the Pistons announcement Friday. “It’s all I know so not being able to play, it sucks, but I gotta move forward and worry about my teammates.”
Frank said the injury is especially rough on Drummond because it is his first injury — and he might not be able to handle things as well as a veteran who has been injured before.
"This is his first time going through anything like this," Frank said. "A veteran guy kind of understands the nature of it. But when you are 19 years old and this is your first injury you can become invisible sometimes. You know that happens sometimes. You not only can become invisible but it is easy to not just take care of yourself 100 percent. When you are young guys don’t know."
The 19-year-old is naturally outgoing and upbeat. But for the next few days, the Detroit Pistons rookie center might find himself playing the part of the sad clown.
"Just gotta recover," he said. "That’s all there is to it."
The wide smile and jovial nature that accompanies Andre Drummond was understandably absent after the Pistons’ 105-100 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday.
Having to miss crucial time in a rookie year is enough to make anyone lose their easygoing approach, and Drummond will sit the next four to six weeks with a stress fracture of the fifth lumbar vertebra.
Alright, enough! Here’s some happy Drummond:
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