Cunningham’s NBA debut could be cherry on top of exciting Michigan sports Saturday

Detroit — Saturday could be a big day in the local sports landscape, and not just because of the big game in college football.

Cade Cunningham, the Pistons’ No. 1 overall pick, appears likely to make his NBA debut before a raucous home crowd at Little Caesars Arena. Cunningham, who suffered a left-ankle injury near the start of training camp, was not listed on the injury report for Saturday’s game against the Orlando Magic.

Cunningham has been limited for the past few weeks in practice, but he has been ramping up this week. It’s been a day-to-day approach for the Cunningham, the team medical staff and the front office in trying to make sure that the No. 1 pick was completely cleared to return to action, without risk of further injury.

Coach Dwane Casey said last week that Cunningham was still experiencing pain with certain movements, which delayed his return, but it appears he’s ready to make his debut, before what should be an electrified group of fans, on the same day as the Michigan-Michigan State in-state clash.

https://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2021/10/29/cunninghams-nba-debut-could-cherry-top-exciting-michigan-sports-saturday/6192021001/

Christin Hakim

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