Jonas Jerebko: Joe Dumars and Arnie Kander advised against playing for Sweden this summer

Jonas Jerebko confirmed the report that he won’t play for Sweden’s national team this summer. David Mayo of MLive:

Still, Jerebko said that through discussions with Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars and strength and conditioning coach Arnie Kander, it was determined he should spend most of this summer doing targeted training at the practice facility in Auburn Hills.

“With me having no time to work on my game – it’s been a long season and I went straight from rehab into the season, basically, and had no time to recover on my Achilles’ – Arnie said that I need a summer off to just work on my game and get stronger,” Jerebko said. “He’s the expert on that stuff. I haven’t been able to work my leg in a while. So we just came to a decision that that’s the best thing to do.”

I’m a little disappointed to read that. I hope the Pistons didn’t pressure Jerebko to sit out if he wanted to play and felt he could’ve without compromising his Achilles’ tendon. Until now, all news about his recovery had been positive.

A player competing for his country can be a great honor, and I don’t think it’s right for NBA teams to restrict that unnecessarily. I’m sure the scrutiny here would be higher if Jerebko were American, but I expect this issue to die quickly.

Unless signs emerge that the Pistons went too far in prohibiting Jerebko from playing, I’ll drop the issue. I just hope it was truly Jerebko’s call.

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