AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - The Pistons got to work for a rare evening practice Monday, hours after the All Star break festivities closed.
With everyone back under the same roof, progress on Andre Drummond's return from a stress fracture in his back became a topic of discussion.
Drummond told reporters in Houston during the All Star break he was "pain free," but head coach Lawrence Frank said that is just part of the plan towards the rookie forward's return.
"That's one step, then there's the rehab, and the whole nine yards," he said.
Frank said at some point, Drummond will go back to doctors for an update.
"I don't know if it's an MRI or something, but we'll see now that everyone's back in the building."
Drummond has missed the team's last four games, and was limited in two contests after injuring his back. He has averaged seven minutes and seven rebounds in limited time off Frank's bench this season, but his potential has already drawn the interest of the NBA.
He's been a bright spot on a Pistons team still struggling to maintain a consistent identity and would have played in the Rising Stars Challenge Friday night had he been healthy.