Another positive in Jonas Jerebko‘s recover from an Achilles tendon injury that cost him last season is that, apparently, he didn’t think it should’ve cost him the whole season. From HoopsHype’s Jorge Sierra:
What was the lowest moment in those first months of the injury?
JJ: When it started get to 3-4 months and you feel like you could be out there playing, but really you couldn’t. You just want to be there and help out the team, but they won’t let you… It was tough. At the end of the season was pretty tough too. I felt like I could play, like I could help the team win some games and then they kinda held me back, which was probably a good thing. But it was tough.
So you wanted to play at the end of the season?
JJ: Of course, I wanted to play as soon as I felt like I was ready. I felt like I could have played 15 to 20 games, maybe I wouldn’t have been at 100 percent. Sure it was a good choice to not play, but of course I wanted to.
I admire Jerebko’s willingness to come back, but I’m actually glad the Pistons held him up. When the season finally starts, he should definitely be ready. And, according to what he told Sierra, he’s been working on his jump shot and ball-handling, so he sounds like he’s planning to factor into the small forward mix. As long as he continues to crash the offensive boards, I’m OK with him at either the three or four spot, but he’ll probably see minutes at both, especially if the team loses Tayshaun Prince and Tracy McGrady to free agency.