Reggie Jackson woke up at 8:15 a.m. Sunday, less than nine hours after his 32-point Game 4 in Memphis and a quick flight home. He had no idea the Memorial Marathon was being run in Oklahoma City.
Jackson decided to attend service at his downtown church but was stopped by the marathon. He ended up chatting with people, and after awhile, he saw his pastor’s wife running. She told him the pastor was a few minutes behind her.
Jackson texted his pastor, told him he’d be waiting, and Jackson ended up cheering a variety of runners. OKC mayor Mick Cornett snapped a photo of Jackson with some runners, which you can see here.
“I feel like it was a calling anyway,” Jackson said. “Definitely was blessed to be out there. Witness it.”
Jackson said his pastor has been dealing with health issues. His pastor eventually told Jackson the text “gave him strength to finish his part of the race,” Jackson said. “Felt like God put us both there. Definitely feel like it was a blessing.”
I wrote about Jackson for the Tuesday Oklahoman and his big night in Memphis. You can read that here.
I thought the whole marathon story was interesting. Let’s figure Jackson’s timeline. Wins the game around 11:25 p.m. Celebrates on the court and conducts an on-court interview with TNT at 11:30. Gets dressed in the locker room and chats with the media around 12:15 a.m. Boards the team bus some time soon after that and heads for the airport. Plane departs sometime between 1 and 2 a.m., I assume. Lands in OKC sometime around 3 a.m., I’m guessing. Gets home in the 3:30 range, set his alarm for what he thought was 8:30 a.m. but was actually 8:30 p.m., woke up anyway and went to church.
Sure, it’s easier to go to church the day after winning a game like than losing a game like the Thunder lost on Thursday night. But it’s still not easy. Good Saturday night for Jackson. Good Sunday, too.