With six weeks to go until the NBA season tips off, there is plenty of time for a player to get healthy, cleared by doctors and be ready for tip-off on opening night.
But after Reggie Jackson missed the start of last season in Detroit, was not himself when he did return, and that set back the entire team, and it never recovered, this news from Stan Van Gundy is a bit concerning.
“He should be good to go for the start of camp,” Van Gundy said after the Little Caesars Arena ribbon-cutting ceremony today. “I don’t think on the days we do two-a-days that we’ll have him do two (practices), but other than that, the hope is he’ll be ready to go.
“You never know, but he should be.”
Jackson has battled knee tendonitis for a while, and it kept him out the final nine games of last season as well. The Pistons are understandably not going to push him hard on the return, trying to keep Jackson healthy for the long term. And there is time before camp for him to get healthy.
Make no mistake, the Pistons need Jackson. Ish Smith played fairly well behind him last season and is back this year, and Langston Galloway provides some depth, but if the Pistons are going to make the playoffs in the East they need a healthy Jackson for most of the season.