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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Stuckey unsure what clearance means

Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey was cleared by three doctors to “return to a progressive exercise program” on Wednesday. What exactly that means is still unclear, even to Stuckey himself.

“Exercise. I don't know. Sweat,” Stuckey said prior to Wednesday’s game against Utah. “I don't know. I don't really know. I don't know what to tell you guys. I haven't talked to Arnie (Kander) or (Mike Abdenour) or those guys about it. But if they said I'm clear to exercise, I’m pretty sure I’m probably clear to practice.”

The complete statement released by the Pistons Wednesday said: “Rodney Stuckey underwent a completely negative cardiac evaluation under the direction of University of Michigan’s (Fred Morady, M.D.), Cleveland Clinic’s (Thomas Dresing, M.D.) and the Detroit Medical Center’s (Luis Alfonso, M.D.).

“The combined opinion is that Rodney may return to a progressive exercise program.”

Pistons coach John Kuester was unsure what exactly the statement meant, but thought it was a good sign.

“You’ve got some of the best doctors in the world and they’ll give us the right answer,” Kuester said. “They’ll tell us what direction to go. If they say don’t play, he won’t play. He’s been cleared to exercise, where that is I don’t know. All that matters right now is he’s coming out of this thing looking good.

"He’s been cleared to do exercises, workout or whatever. We’re have a clearer picture even tomorrow."

Kander and Abdenour will likely paint a clearer picture for Stuckey and Kuester moving forward, but both Kander and Abdenour were unavailable for comment Wednesday.

The biggest question that still remains is what caused this? Stuckey seems to believes whatever caused him to collapse is no longer issue an he is looking to move forward.

“I’m normal man," Stuckey said. "It was just a little freak accident that just happened.”

Does this clearance mean Stuckey will return this season? That’s also still unclear, but he is done taking tests for now and hoping to put this incident behind him.

“I'm done talking about this stuff,” Stuckey said. “I did all the tests. They came back fine. Everything is good. I got cleared. I’m good now.

“I’m good. I feel good. The doctors did a good job. I did every possible test that I could do. Everything came back good. We’ll go from there."

Kuester said he will leave it up to the doctors to make the call on when Stuckey returns, but he is hoping to see his starting point guard back on the court soon.

“I think he’s going to be alright,” Kuester said. “He’s gone through a battery of tests. But I can’t make that call. Am I hoping he does? Yeah, absolutely. The most important thing in this whole process is to make sure he’s OK. Not only from a basketball perspective, but life itself.”


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