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Ankle injury cut short NBA career

Bob Hersom Published: August 17, 1982
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Rubin Jackson never will know if he was good enough to make the Chicago Bulls' roster for the 1982-83 NBA season. His left ankle didn't cooperate.

The former Oklahoma City University basketball star, who was the Bulls' fifth-round pick in the NBA draft last June, went to Chicago's training camp last month, but a sprained left ankle left him unable to play.

"I sprained the ankle just a few days before I was supposed to report to camp," Jackson said from his home in Memphis.

"I was playing in a summer league, and I came down on somebody's foot after getting a rebound. I sprained the ankle pretty bad, but it's starting to feel pretty good right now. I'm playing basketball every day again."

Unable to perform in the Bulls' training camp, Jackson was released by the Chicago club.

"I went to the camp in Chicago anyway," said Jackson, "even though I didn't need to. My agent (Rich Travis) told me I'd probably get released. After I messed my ankle up I just wanted to see a few things, check it out, see what to expect."

Jackson didn't like what he saw.

"I didn't really like it there," he said. "It seemed like there were too many problems there. There were a lot of problems, all kinds of problems. They didn't know exactly what they wanted to do, I guess.

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