Hornets guard Bobby Jackson tried to warn Marc Jackson. You don't meddle with a hamstring injury, Bobby Jackson would tell the team's 6-foot-10 center. But Marc Jackson refused to rest, seemingly always choosing to ride a stationary bike or participate in shooting drills. "He doesn't know how to just sit down," Bobby Jackson said. Now, that option might have been taken away from the Hornets' reserve center. On Thursday, Marc Jackson injured his left hamstring during the team's morning portion of individual workouts. Jackson, who already was hampered by a strained right hamstring, which forced him to miss all seven of the team's preseason games, did not practice at all during Thursday's regular session. Hornets coach Byron Scott said Jackson received an MRI on his legs Thursday, and the results should be known today, providing answers to whether or not he'll be available for the start of the season. "The one thing we tried to do with M.J. is make sure he got to Nov. 1 (healthy)," Scott said. "We wanted that more than anything. It's unfortunate, and hopefully it's something that's not going to last very long. We've just got to wait until we hear what's going on." Jackson, a six-year veteran, is scheduled to be the backup center behind starter Tyson Chandler. But if Jackson is forced to miss an extended amount of time, the Hornets must rely on either Cedric Simmons or Hilton Armstrong, who are both rookies. Scott said Thursday that he was just starting to get a "pretty good idea" of his rotation before Jackson re-injured himself. "I wouldn't say it's back to the drawing board, but it's basically between Hilton and Cedric who gets some time at that position," Scott said. "That's something I'm just going to let play out during these next five days. "Hilton has had his ups and downs, Cedric has been steady. He's played extremely well and progressed every game. So if I had to throw someone in there right now it'd be Cedric." That would be a huge blow to the Hornets' depth and leadership, though. The Hornets traded for Jackson in mid-season last year, and he immediately helped bolster their feeble frontline. In 22 minutes per game with the Hornets last season, Jackson averaged 9.1 points and 4.7 rebounds in 27 games, proving to be a reliable sub for starter PJ Brown. Jackson is also viewed as a vocal leader on the court, one of the only players who effectively communicates with his teammates by shouting commands and assignments. Armstrong, a natural center at 6-11, averaged 4.4 points and 2.2 rebounds in 11.6 minutes per game this preseason. Simmons is a more natural power forward at 6-9, but he can play minutes at center. Simmons averaged 5.8 points and 4.7 rebounds in 19.7 minutes per game this preseason. But Chandler, the 7-foot-1 center who the Hornets acquired this offseason specifically for his post defense and rebounding, said he wouldn't feel more pressure to perform if Jackson did have to miss an extended period of time. "It feels good to know that I'm going to be out there," Chandler said. "It felt good during the final preseason game in Sacramento to kind of be the anchor of everything. I felt like when I was out there I was able to get guys in the right places."
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The results of an MRI Marc Jackson received on his injured legs Thursday should be known today, giving the Hornets answers as to whether or not heâ€™ll be available for the start of the season. ASSOCIATED PRESS