NBA Finals: Thunder rookie Reggie Jackson is watching, learning and having fun
Jackson said: “It's been a roller coaster. I came in not knowing what was going to happen. But it's been a good experience for me on the while.”
Reggie Jackson has had a peculiar rookie season.
Summer league was canceled and training camp was cut short because of the lockout, and he was injured during the preseason.
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He wasn't playing, then suddenly was the Thunder's backup point guard when Eric Maynor was lost with a season-ending injury.
After Oklahoma City signed veteran Derek Fisher, Jackson's game day uniform was a coat and tie. He spent time with the D-League Tulsa 66ers.
During the regular season, Jackson appeared in 45 games, averaging 3.1 points and 1.6 assists in those contests.
Jackson spoke to The Oklahoman about his season and his role with the team during the playoffs.
Q: What's this ride been like for you?
A: “It's been a roller coaster. I came in not knowing what was going to happen.
“But it's been a good experience for me on the whole. I just took it in, learned what I can from Fish and from all these players. Not too many people can say they came in their rookie season and got to contribute as much as I did, and then got to be in the Finals. It's been fun for me.”
What's your role with the team now?
“When the coaches sit down every day and prepare, they ask me a few questions, and I have a few homework tasks I have to do. It's good for me.”