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NBA All-Star notebook: Reggie Jackson thinking dunk contest in future

Thunder guard Reggie Jackson didn't win the Taco Bell Skills Challenge while partnered with Phoenix guard Goran Dragic. But maybe Jackson will be back next year for a different competition. He expressed interest this week in participating in the dunk contest.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: February 15, 2014
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Thunder guard Reggie Jackson didn't win the Taco Bell Skills Challenge while partnered with Phoenix guard Goran Dragic. But maybe Jackson will be back next year for a different competition.

He expressed interest this week in participating in the dunk contest.

“I wouldn't rule it out,” Jackson said. “I was told that I was mentioned as possibly an alternate (this year). I'm happy I didn't get picked. I don't want to be necessarily rewarded maybe for being shorter and dunking. I actually want to have some good tricks up my sleeve if I do anything.”

LOVE UNSURE WHEN WESTBROOK WILL RETURN

Minnesota forward Kevin Love said he was uncertain when Thunder guard and close friend Russell Westbrook might return to the lineup after missing 30 games while recovering from surgery.

Westbrook was expected to be out until after the All-Star break, and it's possible he makes his return in the team's first game, a Thursday tilt with Miami.

“I think he's just trying to get healthy,” Love said. “That's what Russ is trying to do. It's unfortunate that he's had the surgeries. I can empathize. I've gone through my series of injuries. But you just hope for the best, and he's keeping a level head about it all.

“As far as knowing when to expect him back, I don't know. I don't really ask him about that. I know where his head's at just as far as keeping it level and just being positive.”

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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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