Back in 2005, when Reggie Jackson was 14, his father got him tickets to All-Star weekend in Denver.
“But I didn't really care,” Jackson said. “Because unless I'm at that level playing basketball, it's not really in my mind. NBA was just a dream then.”
But it's not anymore. And now Jackson, in his first full season in an NBA rotation, will make a return trip to All-Star weekend, this time as a participant.
Jackson will be part of the Saturday night festivities, competing in the Skills Challenge.
“I wasn't too concerned about it. My dad must have bought tickets because he thought it would be fun for me, but I didn't pay attention too much.
“It's an honor to represent our team and participate in the Skills Challenge.”
Thunder teammate Kevin Durant said, “It's something he can definitely win and bring back to OKC.”
Jackson and his brother will both attend the event and stay all weekend.
“Got to,” Jackson said. “Kevin is in the big event and Paul George, we became close. So I have two guys I have to watch out for. Especially battling each other West and East. It'll be fun.”
STEVEN ADAMS UNSURE IF HE'LL PLAY FOR NEW ZEALAND NATIONAL TEAM THIS SUMMER
With Steven Adams' popularity back home at an all-time high, there's already buzz in New Zealand about his potential inclusion on the country's national team this summer.
But at this point, with the World Championships not until September, Adams remains undecided on if he'll compete.
“I'm just focusing on the NBA,” Adams said. “What is it, in September? I'm just going to make a decision then. Well actually not me, it's me and the Thunder. We're trying to work together now, trying to see right now.”