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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

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Steven Adams throws shade at ex-teammate in new book

Steven Adams

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.

LeBron James is ‘all for’ Reggie Jackson’s free throw trolling, says he has done it too

LeBron James

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.

Video via NBA Reddit

Reggie Jackson appears to distract Jimmy Butler prior to clutch free throw (Video)

Reggie Jackson may have played a role in Jimmy Butler missing a free throw that could have sent Sunday’s game between the Timberwolves and Pistons into overtime.

With less than ten seconds remaining in regulation, and Minnesota down by three points, Butler went to the free throw line for three attempts. He made the first two. Prior to Butler’s third shot, Jackson steps in to have a word with Stanley Johnson, who stepped into the lane and in front of Butler. In the below video, you can hear groans from the crowd at Target Center and see an obviously agitated Butler.

After Butler missed the last attempt, Tobias Harris would tack on two free throws of his own to put the Pistons up by the three points they would eventually win by.

The reaction to what Jackson did drew mixed reviews on social media.

The Pistons improved to 11-5 on the season, which is surely all that matters to Jackson.

Stan Van Gundy assured Reggie Jackson that he will not be traded for Eric Bledsoe

Stan Van Gundy

A recent trade rumor has Reggie Jackson potentially heading to Phoenix, but Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy is assuring him that’s not the case.

Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders reported Thursday that Detroit offered Jackson and a first-round pick to the Suns for disgruntled guard Eric Bledsoe.

Van Gundy, who is also the president of basketball operations for the Pistons, addressed the rumor on Friday, per Johnny Kane of FOX Sports Detroit.

Van Gundy has had to make some similar assurances to Jackson in the past, but the 27-year-old guard appears to be safe for now. Jackson has gotten somewhat back on track this season with 16.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 6.0 assists per game, as the addition of Avery Bradley as his backcourt partner is allowing him to play with a bit more freedom on both ends.

As for Bledsoe, the writing seems to be on the wall for a trade out of Phoenix, but if anything, he may end up going elsewhere in the East other than Detroit.

Reggie Jackson feels he let teammates down with disappointing 2016-17 campaign

Reggie Jackson stunned

Reggie Jackson isn’t mincing words about his forgettable 2016-17 season.

Speaking after a team scrimmage Friday, the Detroit Pistons guard looked back on a year where he played in just 52 games due to a knee injury and saw regressions in almost every statistical category when he was on the court.

“The pain I could tolerate,” said Jackson, per Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press. “It was just the lack of explosion and the feeling you’re letting your teammates down out here — especially with the goals we had set last year.”

The good news for the 27-year-old Jackson is that he was a full participant in the full-contact scrimmage, a welcome sign of health with the start of the new season nearing. But Jackson seemed on the cusp of being traded this summer, so he will probably have to prove himself again as the perpetually mediocre Pistons continue to ponder whether or not they should finally blow it all up.

Pistons, Pelicans reportedly discussing Reggie Jackson trade

Reggie Jackson stunned

The New Orleans Pelicans committed $126 million to re-sign Jrue Holiday this summer, but they may still be looking to bolster the point guard position.

Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders reports on Tuesday that the Pelicans have discussed the possibility of acquiring Reggie Jackson from the Detroit Pistons in exchange for E’Twaun Moore and Alexis Ajinca.

The 27-year-old Jackson appears to have worn out his welcome in Detroit and was even almost dealt to the Orlando Magic last trade deadline.

Both Jackson and Holiday need the ball in their hands to be effective, but the former previously filled a sixth man role for the Oklahoma City Thunder early in his career. The Pelicans didn’t have much of a bench last season (they sniffed around the clearance rack by signing players like Jordan Crawford, Donatas Motiejunas, and Lance Stephenson), so this could be the right situation for Jackson to get back on track after a sharp regression in 2016-17.

Pistons reportedly gauging trade market for Andre Drummond, Reggie Jackson

Big changes could be coming to the Detroit Pistons this offseason.

Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders reports on Thursday that the Pistons are gauging the trade market for center Andre Drummond and guard Reggie Jackson, also noting that both were available this past trade deadline.

Drummond, who will be 24 in August, averaged 13.6 points and 13.8 rebounds per game in 2016-17. While he is an elite rebounder, the former No. 9 overall pick is very limited offensively and isn’t as strong of a rim protector as you might think. A skillset like that is one that the league appears to be moving away from, and Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy has been open about his frustration with Drummond recently.

Meanwhile, the 27-year-old Jackson put up 14.5 points and 5.2 assists per game last season. He’s a quality pick-and-roll player but his ball dominance hampers the flow of Detroit’s offense and caps their ceiling with him running the show. Jackson seemed close to going to Orlando at the February deadline.

The Pistons are in a tough spot, as they are currently trapped in mediocrity in the Eastern Conference. This current core has had serious difficulty even getting into the playoffs, so a hard reset may ultimately be necessary.