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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Rodney Stuckey: I'm good

AUBURN HILLS — Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey was back with his teammates on Tuesday, observing practice. His return to basketball is still uncertain, but he said he is feeling good.

“I’m good. Everything’s good,” Stuckey said. “They ran a lot of tests on me. Everything came back good. My heart is good. I’m just taking it day-by-day.”

It’s good news after a scary moment during the Pistons game at Cleveland on March 5 where Stuckey collapsed during a timeout and was taken out of the arena on a stretcher.

He was taken to the Cleveland Clinic where tests came back negative and he was released the next day.

Stuckey underwent more tests once he returned to Michigan and is still awaiting some of the results.

“They took a lot of tests, a lot of blood tests, heart stuff, everything came back good though,” Stuckey said. “Right now, I’m just chilling. They are going to give me the word. They are overlooking all my tests and stuff like that.”

What caused him to collapse is still unclear, but it’s not the first time he has felt something like this. He missed two games last season because he was lightheaded and said his latest episode was similar, but “kind of worse though.”

The cause could also be something as simple as dehydration, something he suffered earlier in the year against New Orleans on Jan. 15.

“I’m hoping that’s just what it is,” Stuckey said. “The doctors are doing a good job. I’m just going to take it day-by-day, whatever I need to do, whatever they want me to do, I’m going to do.”

Stuckey said he doesn’t remember much from the incident other than walking back to the bench and when it happens it’s something that just comes on and he can’t see it coming.

“It just comes on. Luckily ... Arnie (Kander) and those guys were by my side,” Stuckey said.

The range of when Stuckey could possibly return remains up in the air.

Stuckey is listed as questionable for Wednesday’s game against Utah, although it seems highly unlikely he will play. But at the same time he could possibly be out for the season.

“I don’t know,” Stuckey said when asked if he would return this season. “I just have to talk to the doctors and figure that out.

“Doctors are doing a good job. Whenever I hear back from them, I think you guys will know,” Stuckey added.

If it were up to Stuckey he would likely be playing with his teammates come Wednesday. He said he would feel comfortable returning whenever he was cleared.

“Whenever the doctors tell me I’m ready to play, I’ll be ready.” Stuckey said.

Stuckey received an outpour of support from fans, the Pistons organization and the NBA itself. The day he collapsed, Stuckey’s name was the No. 2 trending topic on Twitter with a vast majority of the posts prayers and thoughts for his well being.

“Just knowing I got a lot of people behind me and support, it’s a good thing,” Stuckey said.

Prior to the incident Stuckey was having a career year. He started all 62 games and averaged a career-high 17.1 points and 5.0 assists.


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