REPORT: Pistons’ Blake Griffin cleared to resume all basketball activities, listed as day-to-day
Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin has been cleared to resume all basketball activities after missing his team’s first nine games of the season, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. Griffin will be listed as day-to-day moving forward.
Griffin learned he had a meniscus tear in his left knee at the end of the 2018-19 season, soon choosing to undergo surgery in his injured knee, which would force him to potentially miss the beginning of the next season.
His recent recovery timeline suggested he would return at some point in mid-November, which would make this day-to-day process right in line with his diagnosis.
Andre Drummond has been anchoring the Pistons throughout this early stretch, along with some strong contributions from Luke Kennard and Derrick Rose. The point guard position is as shaky as it’s ever been, with head coach Dwane Casey trying his hand at converting shooting guard Bruce Brown Jr. into the role for the time being.
Griffin’s presence should boost the Pistons’ offensive prowess, giving them back an All-Star and a dependable 20-point scorer back in the lineup. The star forward played through his injury during the first round of the playoffs, which likely delayed his season debut in 2019-20. Though he has no regrets when it comes to his decision.
“I would do it over again, especially in the playoffs, for sure,” Griffin told Charania. “If I can play, I can play. It didn’t do any more damage, (the meniscus) got taken care of, and I feel great now.”
Griffin averaged 24.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 5.4 assists per game last season, playing in 75 games.