Reggie Jackson, point guard of the Detroit Pistons, is set to miss nearly two months of action after suffering a knee injury, according to several reports.
Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said Wednesday that Jackson doesn’t need surgery but added that the the guard would decide on his rehabilitation process.
“He’s also got a bone bruise in there now which would’ve required him to have some rest, anyway, but the tendinitis is a problem that keeps recurring,” the Pistons coach said on the final day of training camp.
“He’s got several options. As you would expect, some of the options that are best long term will take longer in terms of (rehabilitation) time,” added Van Gundy.
Jackson is set to miss a minimum of four preseason games and could end up missing nearly a month of regular season action.
The Pistons begin their preseason against the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday.
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Reggie Jackson injury-prone?
Jackson has been bothered by tendinitis in his left knee for years, dating back to his days in Oklahoma City.
Entering his sixth season, Jackson has missed a ton of games during his short career due to his left knee.
Last season, Jackson averaged a career-high tally of 18.8 points and 6.2 assists from 79 games. But the 26-year-old averaged only 30.7 minutes of playing time, considerably low for a starting point guard, due to his recurring knee problems.
It’s not unusual for point guards to suffer from knee injuries. The likes of Chris Paul, Stephen Curry and Derrick Rose have battled similar problems in their respective careers.
Meanwhile, Van Gundy announced Wednesday that reserve point guard Ish Smith would be starting in place of Jackson.
“It would be tough for us to do something. We either have to make a trade or cut somebody with a guaranteed contract.
“I don’t think there’s a big-ticket move out there for us and I don’t think we’re going to blow up everything long term for a month or less of games,” said the Pistons coach when asked if he would try to trade for a point guard.
Reggie Jackson and the Pistons cliched the eighth seed last season with a 44-38 record. They are projected to return to the postseason next year.