Corey Maggette was limited to 32 games by injury last season. Check that: by “injuries” – to his knee, to his Achilles tendon, to his lower back. Given the 13 years of NBA wear on his tread, it’s fair to wonder if Maggette’s body is telling him it’s had about enough.

Arnie Kander listens and observes the body at a different level, though, and it didn’t take the Pistons strength and conditioning coach long to get to the root of Maggette’s injury-plagued 2011-12 season with Charlotte.

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. ­– Basketball and entertainment combine for one night when Palace Sports & Entertainment and the Detroit Pistons present the first-ever Come Together Celebration featuring Grammy award-winning artist Sheryl Crow beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 12 at DTE Energy Music Theatre. Detroit area native and up-and-coming country/pop artist Paulina Jayne will perform when doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Andre Drummond’s coaches and teammates alike found him a willing and eager listener and learner during their time at the Orlando Pro Summer League last month. Arnie Kander can confirm their assessment.

If you wonder what the guru who sees things others cannot sees in a player described by many as a physical wunderkind, it’s all good stuff.

“What an incredibly attentive young man,” the Pistons strength coach said of Drummond this week. “You ask him, ‘Andre, what did we talk about yesterday?’ He’ll repeat it, verbatim. He’s really taking it in, taking it home with him.

(Editor’s note: Pistons.com today starts a weekly series, Summer School, that will provide first-person accounts from Pistons rookies Andre Drummond, Kyle Singler, Khris Middleton and Kim English of their experiences as they move to Detroit and prepare for their first NBA seasons.)

The challenge to avoid a slow start last season for the Pistons stemmed from the lockout and the handicaps it imposed on their first-year head coach, who had no familiarity with any of his players. This season, the challenge for Lawrence Frank and the Pistons out of the gate will be a schedule that takes them on the road for six of their first seven games.

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