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Pistons’ Drummond takes breath of fresh air to refocus

Rod Beard
The Detroit News

Detroit — Pistons center Andre Drummond can breathe a little easier now.

Not because the season is over and he has some time to refocus in the offseason, but because of the nasal surgery he had a couple weeks ago, to clear up a breathing issue he had in one of his nostrils.

It affected his breathing in previous seasons, but he hadn’t had the opportunity to get the surgery done. With the Pistons missing the playoffs and not having anything else scheduled for the spring, he was able to get the procedure done. It will keep him away from basketball activities for another month or so, but he’ll be breathing much better because of it.

Drummond was at Tuesday afternoon’s unveiling of the Pistons’ revamped logo at Campus Martius Park in downtown Detroit and said he’s already feeling the positive effects of the procedure.

“I can sleep better,” he said.

He anticipates it’ll have him feeling stronger during games, as well, as he won’t have to breathe out of his mouth to help relieve the pressure.

In reflecting on last season, Drummond summed up that the injury to Reggie Jackson for the first 21 games derailed the momentum they had in the offseason, without one of their best players. After the 37-45 season, many called for sweeping changes to the roster, but Drummond wants to stay pat for at least one more year.

“I don’t think we need to do any changes; we’re perfectly fine where we are the team we have is fantastic,” he said. “We had a lot of bumps in the road last season with different things going on and it took everybody out of sync.

“With this summer coming up, we have to do a better job staying connected — the more stuff we do together, the better our camaraderie will be.”

But for now, it’s just about rest and getting ready for next season, which will ramp up in the next few weeks as well.

“Right now is most important time for our team, to rest, get ourselves together, come together collectively and come up with what we need to do together,” Drummond said.

“If you think about it, the season just ended not too long ago so I let guys spend time with their families.

“I’m letting everybody chill and spend time with their families and kids, if they have kids. In the next few weeks, I’ll start shooting out texts and see where guys are and where we can meet in the middle to do things as a team.”

Idled by surgery

Drummond said he hasn’t been able to work out since his surgery; moreover, he hasn’t thought about any potential changes to his technique on free throws, either. He shot a miserable 39 percent from the line and will need to continue to improve.

“Right now, I’m not even thinking about that and focusing on my body. I just had surgery, so I can’t really step on the floor either. I have about four or five weeks left before I can do anything on the court,” Drummond said. “Right now, it’s a mental thing to get my body and mind right and getting myself as prepared as I can for when I start doing my workouts, to get myself together.”

Rod.Beard@detroitnews.com

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