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.
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.