Andre Drummond beat the drum slowly and softly Monday before the Pistons game against the Charlotte Hornets at The Palace.

And that wasn't good enough for strength and conditioning coach Arnie Kander.

"You got to work now," Kander told Drummond. "Let's go."

Drummond saw that Kander was serious and pounded on his drum a little quicker. But he was not the second coming of Buddy Rich.

The Drummond drum beat served two purposes. It is helping his sore back get better and it also is a way for Drummond to keep connected with his team. He will be with teammates every day during his rehabilitation. Step one was beating on a drum that he carried with him throughout the game-day practice.

The idea is to strengthen his core by keeping his back straight while he taps on the drums. Drummond injured his back last week and is expected out four to six weeks.

"He is our Ringo Starr," Pistons coach Lawrence Frank said. "I think it is very important that when you are injured in all professional sports to remain engaged. Sometimes in sports when you are injured, you become invisible. I think it is important that we integrate him in everything we do and he integrates himself. Mentally you are preparing like you are playing, but physically you can't play. So you prepare yourself as best you can."

Drummond's spirits were up Monday. He joked with teammates in practice and poked his head in during a media scrum with guard Will Bynum. He also participated in a simple drill that helps stretch teammates.



From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130211/SPORTS0102/302110406#ixzz2KhDH097a