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With five days to go before the start of their regular season, the LA Clippers’ starting five has officially taken shape.
Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports reported Saturday that the Clippers are expected to officially name veteran Reggie Jackson as their starting point guard for the 2022-23 campaign. Jackson beats out fellow 32-year-old John Wall, who just signed with the Clippers this offseason, for the starting spot.
Jackson and Wall had been neck-and-neck throughout training camp and the preseason. But the decision to give Jackson the nod makes sense as he has already built chemistry with his Clippers teammates over the last three years. Jackson is also a better three-point shooter, which should be a major asset with all the defensive attention the rest of the starting five commands. Meanwhile, Wall can have free rein over the second unit and may still factor into closing lineups for the team if he has it going on any given night.
After Jackson, the Clippers’ starting unit will be rounded out by Marcus Morris Sr., Ivica Zubac, Paul George, and a returning Kawhi Leonard. As for Wall, there is plenty of reason to be excited about him this season regardless of his official role with the Clippers.
The Los Angeles Clippers are heading for the playoffs without Kawhi Leonard, but Reggie Jackson cannot help but imagine where they might be with him.
Leonard injured his ACL in last season’s playoffs against the Utah Jazz, and the Clippers lost the Western Conference Finals without him. Despite the loss of Leonard, the Clippers pushed the Phoenix Suns to six games, and were arguably within a few plays of advancing anyway.
For Jackson, the team’s point guard, it is not easy to look back and wonder what might have been.
“I’m not saying we’d be champs if he never got hurt,” Jackson said Friday, via Mark Medina of NBA.com. “But just with the way I’ve seen him approach the game, I was already in my mind envisioning a title.”
Does Jackson have a point? It’s difficult to say, but the Clippers surely would have had a better chance. They simply looked to be running out of gas against the Suns. Even a healthy Clippers team would have had a tough matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA Finals, though.
Jackson probably should not get his hopes up for this year’s playoffs. Leonard does not sound extremely close to a return.
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There are one-in-a-million chances and then there is what happened to Reggie Jackson on Tuesday night against the Dallas Mavericks.
The LA Clippers guard was the victim of a statistical impossibility during the team’s overtime loss to the Mavs. In the extra period, Jackson had back-to-back shot attempts end up as “wedgies,” the unofficial term for when the ball gets caught in between the rim and the backboard. Jackson’s two wedgies happened within roughly a minute of each other.
Rodger Sherman of The Ringer shared just how astronomically unlikely of an occurrence it was for Jackson. Based on there being 47,075 shot attempts in the NBA this season and only nine wedgies (including Jackson’s two), the odds of getting them back-to-back were about 1-in-28 million.
The wedgies ultimately proved costly for the Clippers. Since that situation results in a jump ball at center court between a team’s choice of players on the floor, the Clippers’ small overtime lineup ended up pitting 6-foot-8 Paul George then 6-foot-5 Terance Mann against 7-foot-3 Kristaps Porzingis, who won both taps. The Mavs ended up scoring on both subsequent possessions and won 112-104.
At least Jackson can take solace in the fact that neither of his wedgies were as bad as the one that this fellow NBA player had back in the day.
Retired MLB Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson is definitely happy to see somebody keeping his legacy alive in another professional sport.
Jackson spoke this week with Marc Stein of The New York Times and was complimentary of his NBA namesake, LA Clippers guard Reggie Jackson.
“I’ve always known the name and seen him around,” said the New York Yankees legend Jackson. “And I’ve always hoped for him to do well like this. The fact that he’s got my name, I’m glad to see him doing well a little extra. I want him to make the name good.
“You’re always looking for a guy who can perform when it counts,” the elder Jackson added.
Basketball’s Jackson has been an absolute breakout star for the Clippers this postseason. After signing a one-year minimum contract last summer, he has gone off in the playoffs to the tune of 18.1 points per game on 41.1 percent from deep during the Clippers’ Western Conference Finals run. The stellar performance has even earned the younger Jackson the nickname of “Mr. June,” a nod to the famous “Mr. October” moniker of baseball’s Jackson. Even the new goggles sported by the Clippers’ Jackson this season are reminiscent of the sunglasses worn by his namesake.
While basketball’s Jackson still has a pretty long way to go to catch the elder Jackson’s five championship rings, he is not the first NBA player to catch the eye of Mr. October.
The LA Clippers fell in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals, but there may still be a glimmer of hope for them on the horizon.
After Sunday’s 120-114 loss to the Phoenix Suns, Clippers guard Reggie Jackson offered a seemingly positive update about Kawhi Leonard’s health.
“He’s doing everything he can to make an impact from afar, and he’s doing everything he can to get back as fast as possible,” said Jackson of the two-time Finals MVP, per Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints.
Leonard, who did not make the trip to Phoenix, is nearing the one-week mark since the knee injury that he suffered in Game 4 of the Utah Jazz series. The 29-year-old was rumored to be dealing with an ACL issue, but the Clippers still have yet to provide any official updates on his health.
While it does not help that the Clippers will be playing every other day, the suggestion that Leonard is working towards a return is an encouraging one. Should they take even one game from the Suns without him, that would put the Clippers in a competitive position to buy more time for Leonard. In the meantime though, Leonard is still finding other ways to help out the team.
The Los Angeles Clippers made some moves on Tuesday night as they set their roster ahead of the upcoming season.
The Clippers signed Nicolas Batum, who recently cleared waivers after being let go by the Charlotte Hornets to make room for Gordon Hayward. Batum, 31, averaged 3.6 points and 4.5 rebounds in 22.9 minutes per game last season.
The Clippers are also re-signing Reggie Jackson, who signed with the team in February after being waived by Detroit. Jackson averaged 9.5 points and 3.2 assists in 23.1 minutes per game for the Clippers last season.
The team also waived Joakim Noah, who appeared in five games after being signed late in the season. Noah, who played 13 seasons in the NBA and made two All-Star teams, is expected to retire.
Adding Batum will give the Clippers some versatility and depth, while Jackson allows them to retain someone behind Patrick Beverley.
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Reggie Jackson has looked like a natural fit in his first few games as a member of the LA Clippers, and he may have a particular TV show to thank.
After posting a 13-4-3 line in just 19 minutes during Sunday’s win over the Philadelphia 76ers, Jackson credited “Cobra Kai” for helping him understand how to view different perspectives, per Sports Illustrated’s Farbod Esnaashari.
Jackson, 29, entered play on Sunday averaging 8.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 4.5 assists per game in his first few appearances for the Clippers. The team is now 4-1 since Jackson arrived, and he has given them some enviable depth in the backcourt.
As for “Cobra Kai,” the popular “Karate Kid” spinoff on YouTube, it is far from the only show that has served as inspiration for an NBA point guard.
Reggie Jackson received a buyout from the Detroit Pistons and plans to sign with the Clippers, according to a report.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Tuesday that Jackson and the Pistons agreed to a contract buyout. Once he clears waivers, the guard is expected to join the Clippers.
The Clippers have been looking to improve their roster in hopes of building a championship team. They acquired Marcus Morris in a trade with the Knicks before the deadline and now would be adding Jackson.
Their updated depth chart including Jackson would look like this:
Jackson, 29, has averaged 14.9 points and 5.1 assists per game this season. He’ll add depth to the Clippers’ second unit, joining their guard rotation of Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams and Landry Shamet.
Steven Adams is generally seen as an agreeable fellow, but it turns out that he wasn’t exactly too fond of former teammate Reggie Jackson.
The Oklahoma City Thunder center’s autobiography entitled “Steven Adams: My Life, My Fight” was released this week. One particular passage that went viral saw Adams take some major shots at Jackson, who is now a member of the Detroit Pistons.
In the passage, Adams criticized Jackson for complaining about his role with the Thunder and called him a “fool” for thinking that he should have been starting over Russell Westbrook. Adams also said that he “wasn’t that sad” to see Jackson go when the point guard was traded to Detroit and added that the Thunder “wanted him to leave” and “forgot about him pretty quickly.”
Jackson, now 28, was with the Thunder for the first three seasons of his career before he was dealt to the Pistons at the 2015 trade deadline. Two of those seasons overlapped with Adams, who is three years younger than Jackson.
Many of Jackson’s other ex-Thunder teammates also threw shade at him in the wake of his departure, so it’s clear that Adams is just expressing the general sentiment of those who played with Jackson in OKC.
Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Jackson and his trolling tactics have at least one notable fan: LeBron James.
Speaking with reporters on Monday before his Cleveland Cavaliers played the Pistons, James was asked about Jackson’s free throw line interruption during Detroit’s win on Sunday over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
“I’ve done it before,” the four-time MVP admitted. “I’ve won a playoff series doing that before actually. Yeah, so I’m all for it.”
It was Wolves star Jimmy Butler that Jackson distracted as he was stepping to the line late in the fourth quarter for a potential game-tying free throw. Butler would go on to miss the shot and the Pistons won by the final of 100-97.
The social media reaction to the incident was mixed, but at least Jackson can rest easy knowing he has The King’s blessing to troll to his heart’s content.
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