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Andre Drummond: ‘If you saw practice, you wouldn’t have thought I got hurt’

Keith Langlois of Pistons.com:

Andre Drummond after going through full practice Thursday: "If you saw practice, you wouldn’t have thought I got hurt."

I wonder whether today’s practice at all changes Lawrence Frank’s last assessment of Andre Drummond’s return (“He’s not coming back anytime soon.”). I don’t expect the Pistons to waiver in their patient stance, but the point Drummond is healthy enough to return might be closer than Frank previously thought.

47 Comments

  • Mar 21, 20133:24 pm
    by Blocks by Dre

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    Oh well…goodbye Otto, hello Burke!

  • Mar 21, 20134:02 pm
    by DoctorDave

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    If JoeD knows what is good for the team, Drummond is going to be experiencing “back spasms” and “flu like symptoms” for the rest of March into early April…. And then Dougie_Howser_MD can explain that Drummond’s conditioning is not back up to game ready. That _should_ keep him on the bench for the duration.

  • Mar 21, 20134:38 pm
    by Scott

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    It may just be my hate for Lebron… But I wish Drummond would play Friday night. Ending the Heat’s streak would make this year almost worth it.

    • Mar 21, 20134:40 pm
      by tiko

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      I agree.. also if Drummond can play let the kid play.. 

    • Mar 21, 20134:58 pm
      by G

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      It’s gonna take more than Drummond.

      • Mar 21, 20135:55 pm
        by Blocks by Dre

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        it would take Drummond and a side of MIRACLE for us to even have a shot

      • Mar 21, 201310:52 pm
        by I HATE FRANK

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        we contrary to popular belief we actually when healthy … have good team and a team that Maimi has been known to struggle against…

        We have a scoring big
        We have a dominate rebounding and Defensive big (not maxiell)
        Capable 3 point shooters at PG,SG,SF 

        Then we have 3 scorers off the bench .. 

        • Mar 21, 201311:29 pm
          by Blocks by Dre

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          We’re also on a 9 game losing streak, and they’re on a 24 game winning streak so…my money is on the Heat

        • Mar 22, 20131:39 am
          by bounty

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          I’ve got some property in North Korea with a GREAT view, and the Worm stayed there recently that I’m looking to sell…you have any interest?

        • Mar 22, 20131:47 am
          by bounty

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          I’m sorry dude, but I’m a glass half full kind of guy, but even I think that post was horrible.  Even if the Pistons are up 20 with 5 minutes left, I would still bet on the Heat.  Just accept that they are tanking(partially due to injuries, partially because Stuckey and Maxiell have no future with us and don’t care), and enjoy the ride to a possible top 5 pick.  Trying to rationalize that this team has a chance to stop the second longest winning streak OF ALL TIME is just sad. 
           

        • Mar 22, 20137:16 am
          by tarsier

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          Several teams matched up well with the Heat earlier in the season, and typically with more talent on the roster (the Knicks and Pacers come to mind). Over the course of this streak, the Heat have conquered any matchup difficulties.

  • Mar 21, 20136:21 pm
    by anthony

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    I wouldnt mind him coming back. instead of us getting blown out, we can at least be competitive and still lose. honestly he is the only reason i havent gone off the rocker being a pistons fan.

  • Mar 21, 20136:32 pm
    by Fallon

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    Without two picks in the 1st round, you can forget Burke! Although at his size, he will probably be available in the 2nd round!

    • Mar 21, 20136:50 pm
      by Blocks by Dre

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      Burke in the 2nd round…LOL

      • Mar 21, 20137:52 pm
        by gmehl

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        Burke won’t be there in the 2nd round but Isaiah Canaan might be and that is the PG i think we should be looking at with our 2nd pick (#36). Various mock drafts have him going late in the 1st and early to mid 2nd round. He is only 6’1 200 pounds but he could easily be a great replacement for Will Bynum if he is not retained. The other option might be to package pick 36 and pick 56 (from the Clippers*) for a late 1st rounder so we can get him or Myck Kabongo.

        • Mar 21, 20139:30 pm
          by G

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          What’s the kid’s name from UDM? I like him in the 2nd round.

          • Mar 21, 20139:49 pm
            by gmehl

            I think you mean Ray McCallum

          • Mar 21, 20139:51 pm
            by G

            McCallum. He’s good stuff.

          • Mar 21, 201311:14 pm
            by gmehl

            I’ll have to try and download some UDM games and scout him and get back to you :-)

  • Mar 21, 20136:55 pm
    by T Casey

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    If they are holding him out as a tanking strategy, I can kind of understand. I’d still like to see him play some games down the stretch alongside Monroe before going into next season. And, as is, I feel like he’s been held back enough to not have to sit out games he’s healthy enough to play in because it would improve our draft positioning.

  • Mar 21, 20137:40 pm
    by Ozzie-Moto

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    Frank KNOWs that if Drummond come back he will be pressured to start (or at least play him) with Monroe, which for some reason he never has UNDERSTOOD that was the whole idea of drafting him in the first place.  With nothing to play for other than understanding what we have for next year he have no more excuses.  That is why he came up with his opinion that Drummond would need a MONTH to get in shape etc.  Of course if there is any real concern of his health you don’t play him but i have the feeling that not the case. If he gets a bit winded then pull him.  And for those that think that Dru’s return or going to turn into a lot of wins and sabotage a good draft pick:  THE PISTONS need a LOT more than just Dru. to be start winning .    The brain trust is brain dead!     JD put together a team is still hopelessly unbalanced and Frank couldn’t inspire this team to fight it way out of a paper bag.  They both should step down out of embarrassment alone

  • Mar 21, 20138:08 pm
    by gmehl

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    Curiously asking is there ANYONE out there that thinks we are not in tank mode?? My theory about this season is that Joe after trading away a future 1st rounder never thought in his wildest dreams that Drummond was going to be as good as he has turned out in his 1st season. For those of you that think that Drummond returning will not impact our chances of a top 4 pick then you should turn your eyes to our upcoming schedule. We have games coming up against Charlotte (twice), Minnesota (twice), Toronto (twice) and Philadelphia (once) that i believe if Drummond or Knight play could definitely pull out a couple of wins. If we can lose most of those games then it will go a long way to securing us a chance at a top 4 pick. This is why i believe you will see Drummond and Knight sit out the rest of this season. Its the same with Cleveland and Minnesota shutting down Irving/Waiters and Love respectively. If i had my way then i’d be shutting down Will Bynum and maybe even Monroe. We should let Maxiell, CV, Jerebko, Middleton, English and Kratsov pay the bulk of the minutes the rest of this season. 2 months of pain can set this franchise up for the next 5 or so years if we can get one of McClemore, Porter, Oladipo, Muhammad or Bennett.

    • Mar 21, 20139:16 pm
      by Herman Neutic

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      Right on, gmehl! I especially agree with your theory regarding Joe trading away a first rounder. The question is can the Pistons lose all the remaining games of the season. If so, I say Frank has to get an A, at least for his long-term goal rating. 

    • Mar 22, 20133:15 am
      by Tom Y.

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      Right now Smart and Noel are both in most people’s top-4, so we’re quite likely to get at least one of Oladipo or Porter at number 5. Muhammad will almost certainly be there but personally, I’d pass. Bennett – interesting prospect but I’d rather draft a wing and one that can help our D. Porter and Oladipo would both be great fits and it’s quite possible we’ll have a shot at one of them at least.

      • Mar 22, 20138:15 am
        by tarsier

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        Unless Detroit starts winning, Oladipo is probably a safe bet at this point to assume will be available. Porter has a pretty good shot at being top three, so he’d be a harder get.

  • Mar 21, 201310:28 pm
    by George

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    I wonder how our tanking strategy will play come free agency?  Unless I am going to get overpaid, I would never come here as a free agent.

    • Mar 22, 20131:31 pm
      by Huddy

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      Professional basketball players can obviously see a team playing bench guys and having two of their best players out of the game at the end of the year is not an accurate portrayal of their abilities next year.  Not to mention tanking means a higher draft pick and better talent on the team that you would get to play with.  Would a free agent really look at a team and say “man they are probably going to add a top 5 pick to the team, no way I want to go there.  Maybe if they had a pick at 9-10 I would consider it, but no way now.”  Thats not to say we are the best destination, but doing worse at the end of the season dealing with injuries and drafting higher isn’t going to change them from where they would be with a few more wins on the season.

  • Mar 21, 201310:55 pm
    by Brandon Knight

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    Will BK7 play on Friday? If he will, I think he will drop 40 points against Miami!

    • Mar 21, 201311:24 pm
      by gmehl

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      He’s got a bigger chance of ending up on a LeBron poster. Seriously man you need to consider changing your PistonPowered handle to Brandon Knight’s slappie!

      • Mar 22, 20137:18 am
        by tarsier

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        That’s what we all read when we see his handle anyway.

  • Mar 21, 201311:29 pm
    by gmehl

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    Did anyone just see Damien Wilkins f**ck us in the a**? Seriously who fouls a guy going for a 3 when your up by 2 points in the dying seconds of the game.

    • Mar 22, 201312:00 am
      by frankie d

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      yea, i saw it. dumb…dumb play.  gotta give it to denver, though.  they took advantage of the breaks and came away with another win.
      denver has no business being as good as they are.  guys like faried and lawson and brewer would be castigated by fans and the coach because of what they cannot do, instead of setting up a scheme that takes advantage of what they can do.  they have a roster that is not that much better than detroit’s roster.  but they do have an excellent coach who knows how to build a team and make use of the odd parts and players he has on his roster.  lawrence frank should be taking notes every time denver plays.

      • Mar 22, 201312:22 am
        by gmehl

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        I agree with you Frankie but i think Denver’s spare parts team fits together better than ours. Faried is one of those guys you can plug into any team and they’d instantly be better. He was one of the guys i picked to be steal of the draft along with Drummond. He is very much Rodman 2.0 in my eyes. (idiocy removed)

        • Mar 22, 20137:23 am
          by tarsier

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          He wasn’t in the same draft as Drummond.

          • Mar 22, 20138:51 am
            by gmehl

            Yes i know that. I was just talking about draft steals in general not that they were both from the same draft.

      • Mar 22, 20131:48 pm
        by Huddy

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        Denver doesn’t have gaping holes like the Pistons do.  They have two SFs in rotation that are both better than who we have starting.  They have two starting level PGs great wing defense with Igoudala and Brewer.  Even though they haven’t had much time to prove it I think the Monroe Drummond front court is superior to what the Nuggets have (even though the Nuggets aren’t exactly bad down low because of Faried and their Center rotation), but that wont matter until we fill our other holes.

  • Mar 21, 201311:57 pm
    by Brandon Knight

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    Isn’t it time for you guys for introduce yourselves. (gmehl, oats, “G”, I hate Frank, tarsier, Huddy, get well Susan, Jeriffic, Blocks by Dre, and Vince) lol funny names,  Who are you guys?

    Ok I will introduce myself, my name is Ahmed and I am a student at the University of Michigan.

  • Mar 22, 20131:36 am
    by Big Rick

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    Manimal came out the same year as Knight. Actually he was still on the board when we selected Knight……..sigh!

    • Mar 22, 20132:42 am
      by Brandon Knight

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      Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade were all still on the board when we selected Darko Milicic!

      • Mar 22, 20139:30 am
        by Jeremy

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        http://sports.espn.go.com/nbadraft/d03/story?id=1572845
         
        Please go there and read it. Chard Ford article written hours after the 2003 draft. In regards to Darko: “Darko is really one of a kind. He runs the floor, handles the ball, shoots the NBA 3 and plays with his back to the basket, so you can slot him in at the 3, 4 or 5 positions. OK, a few other guys can do that too; what sets Darko apart is his toughness in the post. You have to love a guy who has the footwork to spin by an opponent but still prefers to lower a shoulder and bang. Fact is, Milicic plays in attack-mode at both ends of the floor. The more you push, the more he pushes back. While he won’t be asked to carry the Pistons, he’s capable of doing this earlier than you think.”
         
        On Carmelo: ” Of the top three, Carmelo is the most accomplished. He will be a dominant NBA scorer. Every time scouts begin talking about him, the names of Antoine Walker and Glenn Robinson are evoked. That’s not bad company. But is he the guy to turn the Nuggets around?”
         
        On Bosh: “The Raptors tried to trade this pick, but couldn’t find any takers. Bosh was the next best player on the board. At his size and with his skill set, his upside is similar to a Tim Duncan or Kevin Garnett. The Raptors have to be patient, but he’ll be worth it.”
         
        On Wade: “The first big shocker of the draft. Pat Riley really wanted a player who could contribute right away…He’s got a good handle and can play point at times…He’s got a great first step and is a solid defender…The biggest issue? The Heat desperately need a good shooter in the backcourt. For all of Wade’s strengths, he isn’t a good long range shooter. Interesting pick.” 
         
        The fact of the matter is, once again, any team would have chosen Darko at #2. There are probably some that would have taken him #1 (this is all at the time – now? definitely not but hindsight is 20/20). You can’t fault Joe for drafting Darko. He was supposed to be the gem of that draft. Ford even questions in that article whether James could handle all the hype and live up to his potential. The Raptors settled because no one wanted to move up to take any of the remaining players. The way it sounds, Wade wasn’t even expected to have been selected at #5. At the point in time when Darko was drafted, Sheed wasn’t even on this team or even a thought to be on the team. Okur was a breath of hope but the team desperately needed a young offensive big that could play along side Ben. Darko made sense. The blame should fall on Larry Brown and his coaching staff for not developing Darko and only remotely using him as a human victory cigar. Had Darko actually lived up to his potential and was developed properly, who knows what we would be discussing now.
         
        Sorry this is so long, I am just growing tired of (still) reading about “we could have had….” along with the “no free agent will want to come here” statements. That happens in any sport. In 1988 the Lions drafted Benny Blades #3, they could have had Tim Brown (#6), Sterling Sharpe (#7), and Michael Irvin (#11). In 1989 the Lions drafted Barry Sanders #3, they could have taken Neon Deion Sanders (#5), Derrick Thomas (#4), or the next RB off the board (Tim Worley). The fact of the matter is drafting is as much about luck as it is making an educated guess of how a player will perform. College/High School/Euro-league statistics on a 19, 20 year old only help out so much. What can’t be predicted is the human side of things, the psychological components involved.

        • Mar 22, 201310:48 am
          by tarsier

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          Nobody would have taken Wade or Bosh. There were probably one or two GMs who would have considered Darko over LeBron. And 5-10 who would have considered Melo over Darko (probably even a couple who would have actually grabbed Melo), but yeah, the top 4 draft picks had pretty much been set in stone for quite a while by the time people actually started picking.

        • Mar 22, 201312:38 pm
          by Brandon Knight

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          Yeah I know that, I was just being sarcastic in response to Big Rick. You can’t look back and say why we didn’t draft this or that guy! Knight was the best player available, so we drafted him!…. you guy still didn’t see the real Brandon Knight, but believe me it’s coming and he will shock the world.  
           

    • Mar 22, 20137:27 am
      by tarsier

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      Knight wasn’t a bad pick, and he still has at least as much upside as Faried or Leonard. But just imagine, with where they were taken, Dumars might have been able to trade down and grab both.

      Faried would definitely be a nice addition. But Leonard is exactly what the Pistons need. 

      • Mar 22, 20138:56 am
        by gmehl

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        The things is at the time if Dumars did that then everyone would of thought he was crazy. He would of looked like a genius afterwards though.

      • Mar 22, 20137:28 pm
        by G

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        Leonard? He’s kinda “meh”, isn’t he?

        • Mar 23, 20133:04 am
          by tarsier

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          He’s just a role player, but he is a phenomenal 3 and D guy.

  • Mar 22, 201310:24 am
    by Domnick

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    We need t try drummond and monroe together as starters 

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