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“I really was gonna retire… my brother here saved me”

Reggie Jackson was a central element in the LA Clippers machine alongside Paul George last season. When he joined George at basketball camp, Jackson shared his gratitude to George for helping him with his career.

Reggie Jackson experienced a major career change with the LA Clippers. In the absence of his superstars, Jackson emerged as one of the best players on the roster and looked like any other player in a Clippers uniform.

Though the guard spent a decent chunk of his career with the Detroit Pistons, he wasn’t exactly successful with the team. When Jackson saw his career stagnate, he was in a pretty miserable place, too.

Discussing the struggles in such a situation, Jackson shared his gratitude to Paul George for helping him turn things around. He said:

“You know, when I was in Detroit it was fun on my own, but the organization wasn’t very successful. We made the playoffs when I got there, but at the same time I was going through a lot of injuries.”

He added:

“The naysayers, the criticism from the fans — it really made me question myself. Don’t let anyone in life do that to you, take the fun out of the things you love to do. I really wanted to retire. My lifeline, the reason you all see me so happy, my brother here saved me.”

Reggie Jackson at Paul George’s camp: ‘It really started to question myself [late in Detroit tenure]… Don’t let anyone in life do that to you, take the fun out of the things you love to do. I really wanted to retire. My lifeline, my brother here saved me.”

Jackson joined the LA Clippers midway through the 2019-20 season. Though he didn’t play many games with the team early on, he later became a vital part of the NBA bubble.

Jackson has been a core member of the Clippers roster ever since. With his health, he was also a valuable contributor and leader on the floor.

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After some career lows in Detroit, Jackson has had a resurrection in LA. With the team also on the rise, he will be a key element in the upcoming season.


Reggie Jackson’s role with the LA Clippers next season

Reggie Jackson drives past Brandon Ingram
Reggie Jackson drives past Brandon Ingram

Reggie Jackson played as the main loaner and starting guard for the Clippers for most of the last two seasons. Although this was mainly due to a depth issue in the guard point, Jackson was more than reliable in that position.

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Heading into next season, Jackson may be used differently. With the Clippers’ takeover of former All-Star John Wall now complete, Jackson could step in as number two from the bench.

This gives the Clippers a lot of depth. An experienced and reliable veteran coming off the bench is always a great piece for any title contender. However, whether this could have a negative impact on Jackson’s mentality remains to be seen.

With a healthy lineup of Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and John Wall, the Clippers may be entering a new era. With Jackson closely backing the trio, the Clippers will be a team to watch out for next season.

Paul George, Reggie Jackson, John Wall and KAWHI LEONARD are not a band for Clippers! 🎥- @joeylinn_


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