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.”
TEAM DURANT TAKES SECOND IN SHOOTING STARS
Kevin Durant's “Team Durant” finished second in the Sears Shooting Stars Challenge in the first event of All-Star Saturday Night.
Durant was joined by Karl Malone and Skylar Diggins.
“Team Bosh,” with Chris Bosh, Dominique Wilkins and Swin Cash won for the second straight year.
Throughout the night, Durant and Malone got a chance to chat and get to know each other. Durant loved it.
“Surreal,” Durant described it. “I remember when I was a kid, my aunt, that was her favorite player. She had Karl Malone pictures all over the house. Every time I walked in, that's who I seen. To be able to talk to him and ask him about some of his experiences, it was cool. We said we were going to exchange numbers before we leave, so I'm looking forward to that.”
Malone was just as impressed with Durant.
“I love him,” Malone said. “That's all I'm going to tell you. I love him. I love how he just plays the game. He's a young guy, but he got an old soul that I love … I've had great conversations with him since I've been here. It's been pretty neat to be around him.”
Malone on how much he bench presses now — “Whatever I need to.”