What? You don't like my bongos? Fine. Have a soft core if you want.

Andre Drummond, who is huge, fell very hard on his back, which is terrible for a back. Ergo, he’ll miss 4-6 weeks.

And while we’ll all be sad at not getting to see him dunk 150 times in the Rising Stars Challenge, the Pistons have a really great idea for keeping him involved in practices. From USA Today:

The Detroit Pistons have gone really high-tech for center Andre Drummond’s rehab.

Try bongos.

While other Pistons were getting in some light jogging following this morning’s shootaround at the Palace practice facility, Drummond sat there beating on a bongo … badly.

“This is my rehab,” Drummond said as he walked away, carrying the drum.

Drummond is out four to six weeks because of a bad back, and the drum is a way for the Pistons to keep the rookie center engaged and feeling like he’s still part of the team.

Yeah, there actually is a method to strength-and-conditioning coach Arnie Kander’s bongo madness. Playing the drum requires good posture, so it helps the body’s core.

“Sometimes, in all professional sports, when you’re injured, it’s like sometimes you become invisible. It’s just the nature of it,” coach Lawrence Frank said. “I think it’s important that we integrate Andre in everything we do, and he integrates himself, too.

So basically, because the Pistons want Andre Drummond to keep learning and not get bored at practice, they have him play the bongos. Plus, according to their strength and conditioning coach, “it helps the body’s core,” which is why you always see bongo players with gigantic muscles.

It’s a pretty brilliant plan, if you ask me. People were worried about Drummond’s motivation before last summer’s draft, and while he’s seemingly squashed those concerns thus far, giving him a fun way to pass the time while he can’t play just makes sense. Idle hands are the Devil’s playground and all that. Not to mention, bongos never get annoying if you hear someone play them for hours on end, day after day after day. Especially if the bongoster has never played them before. I’m sure Andre Drummond’s teammates won’t ever bugged at the guy bongoing in the corner of every practice. Bongos are pretty widely accepted, no matter the scenario.

Also, his last name is “Drummond.” Haha.

Comments (9)

  1. Kander can do whatever the hell he wants considering the magic he’s worked in rehabbing perpetually injured players.

  2. Yes. I red Kander is one of the best.

  3. I hear his favorite James Brown song is “The Funky Dummond”.

  4. Just saw a picture during the woeful pistons-hornets broadcast. breaking news, its not a bongo drum. Looks more like a djembe.

    Also, watching the free license that the other AD has from his coach is a revelation. taking wideopen broke ass jumpers with no consequences. I wonder which is better for the long term development of the player? Handed the keys to the franchise immediately or forced to over earn it? Is there a happy medium?

  5. The Pistons really march to the beat of a different Drummond.

  6. You deserve all of the applause for that last line Trey.

  7. He must love that Donkey Konga game for the gamecube, really helps with the PT for the back.

  8. You’d think he be dancing Gangnam style like dwight did…well maybe not. But what other wacky activities are good for PT for the back? Bowling is definitely out for the knee tho ( gotta love bynum)

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