OKC Thunder's Reggie Jackson: Season 'was a roller-coaster ride'

Q&A: OKC Thunder point guard reflects on season and looks forward to playing during the summer.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: July 8, 2012
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photo - Oklahoma City Thunder guard Reggie Jackson (15) battles for a loose ball with Phoenix Suns point guard Sebastian Telfair (31) during the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Phoenix Suns at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 in Oklahoma City, Okla.  Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Reggie Jackson (15) battles for a loose ball with Phoenix Suns point guard Sebastian Telfair (31) during the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Phoenix Suns at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 in Oklahoma City, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

Q: What did you take away from this season?

A: “It was a roller-coaster ride. It was a lot of ups and downs; not knowing what to expect. I got hurt before training camp. Before that was the lockout and the draft and not knowing when you're going to play. Coming in, like I said, I got hurt and I couldn't even get a chance to crack the lineup. Then Eric (Maynor) gets hurt playing and (Derek Fisher) comes in. It was just a bunch of ups and downs. But I just tried to be professional and learn as much as I could from those guys.”

How did you take it when the team signed Derek Fisher?

“I mean, you want to play but you can't really be bitter. It was Eric's spot in the beginning. I filled in, and then they felt like the best move was to get Derek Fisher. I feel like it was a good move, too. We made the Finals. Unfortunately, we didn't win it all. But I got to learn from a great veteran.”

What would you like to improve this summer?

“I just want to get healthy and get back to being 100 percent. I really haven't felt that in years, I feel like. So just get that under my belt. And then just pullups, working on my midrange game. You see how key it is, especially with great 3-point shooters and great slashers. You can get to the basket, but you have to have something in between. Those who kind of perfect that do well. Russ (Westbrook) has worked on it, and you see how well he's playing.”

How does it make you feel to get to the Finals as a rookie?

“It makes me feel like I'm part of something special. Being a rookie and getting to the playoffs is hard. People go their whole career without even cracking that, so it definitely felt good to be a part of something special this year even though we didn't win it all. But I wouldn't trade it for anything.”


by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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