Pistons’ Jackson felt ‘sharp needle’ constantly

Rod Beard, The Detroit News

Auburn Hills — The pain was mounting, but Pistons guard Reggie Jackson just wanted to keep pushing through left knee tendinitis.

He just wasn’t himself during training camp.

The coaches knew it, and he knew it.

And the time came to do something about it.

“It got to a point where I didn’t look like me on the court,” said Jackson, on crutches Tuesday after having treatment on the knee Monday in New York. “I was effective; I just wasn’t as explosive and I was hesitant to make moves.”

Jackson had a platelet-rich plasma injection — the second procedure in the same knee during his career — and a PRP treatment for his right thumb for an ulnar collateral ligament sprain.

The timetable for his recovery is between six to eight weeks, and he has confidence — he had the same procedure in 2011 — he’ll have another good rehab and be return by late November or early December.

He would miss 10-20 games.

“I’m not really sweating it; it’s part of the process,” he said. “I was actually more happy leaving the hospital yesterday that I have been in about a week.

“To find out the diagnosis and figure out what the procedure would be to get back, that was the hard part. Once I got the procedure, it was a like a burden was let off and a sigh of relief.”

Jackson and coach Stan Van Gundy said players deal with tendinitis on a regular basis, but when the pain becomes extreme, it has to be dealt with.

During the summer, Jackson was feeling some pain but thought he could work through the issues. Then, he started overcompensating and the coaches and training staff didn’t want that to lead to something worse.

“(Tendinitis) feels like a sharp needle is stuck into your knee constantly,” Jackson said. “I can play with it for a while, but I couldn’t play the type of minutes I was accustomed to playing. Once it got cold, it got worse and trying to heat it back up (was an issue).

“For the coaches and training staff, it was evident I was hesitant to make certain plays and got it checked out and figured out this was the best way to go.”

Jackson will be on crutches a few more days before beginning rehabilitation.

Johnson might shift roles

With Jackson out, the Pistons will have Ish Smith and either Lorenzo Brown or Ray McCallum on the final roster at point guard.

Van Gundy said the only way to keep three point guards would be to cut a player with a guaranteed contract, which is unlikely.

That means a different position player — possibly Stanley Johnson — could see time at the point guard position.

“I played point guard in high school exclusively,” Johnson said. “Our offense is so simple now: to bring it up, you just have to get it up the court safely.

“We did it last year when Reggie got hurt. I wouldn’t be surprised if I saw a little time.”

... Rookie Michael Gbinije hasn’t played much, but Van Gundy said he could seem time today at Atlanta.


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