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Andre Drummond had nose surgery to help with breathing

Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond had an underwhelming season, but perhaps it was partially due to breathing problems.

Drummond had surgery to correct a deviated septum, an issue that dates back to his time with Connecticut.

“This season was probably my toughest breathing year for me,” Drummond said, via Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press. “It got progressively worse. My allergies were really bad and it was really hard for me to get that wind out there.”

Drummond said it’s something he’s dealt with for four years, but only now did he find the time to correct the issue.

“(I’ve) been playing with my right nostril for four years because I ended up (injuring my nose) some more after my second season,” Drummond explained. “I never really had a chance to really sit down and do a surgery. Last year, we made the playoffs and the year before that, I went to the Olympics. It was really tough for me to be out for six weeks and not be able to do anything.”

Drummond was a disappointment in 2016-17, as were the Pistons. It’s quite clear that his coach won’t tolerate another season like that, so maybe this will help, at least a little bit.

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