The walking boot next to Brandon Knight's locker was easily noticeable after the Detroit Pistons ended their 18-game losing streak against the Chicago Bulls on Sunday night. The contraption is for two ailments -- the left ankle sprain he suffered last month at Utah and plantar fasciitis that he battled last summer. He struggles with plantar fasciitis in the other foot, as well, and has suffered a broken nose in each of his first two seasons. That's why Knight, 21, is going to listen to his body and not push it like he did last summer. That means no Orlando summer league play, and he's also going to pass on the Las Vegas camp run by longtime assistant coach Tim Grgurich. Observers wouldn't know Knight's left foot was "burning" early in the 99-85 victory over the Bulls because he had his second consecutive strong game. He contributed 20 points and five assists -- one night after a 25-point, six-assist effort in a loss at Minnesota. But with only four games remaining, it hasn't crossed his mind to shut it down. "I know we don't have a shot at the playoffs this year, but I can't really sit down and watch," Knight said. "If I can get on the court and play and give some type of positive boost to my team, I'll do it, whether I'm scoring five points or not. "That's just my competitive nature. Whether it be foot, knee, all the stuff that I'm trying to battle right now, nose, I just try to play through it."
Pistons' ailing Brandon Knight will take it easy in off-season, not a moment sooner
Detroit Free Press | Apr 9