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Reggie Jackson
Reggie Jackson
Position: G
Born: 04/16/90
Height: 6-3 / 1.91
Weight:208 lbs. / 94.3 kg.
Salary: $10,384,500

Reggie Jackson on Russell Westbrook: 'I'm always thankful for all he's done for me during my career'

So you’re almost leaving me feeling like you and Russ have an okay relationship these days. So what is that now? No, nah. I mean I see him around. We play pick up and all (during the offseason). There’s no problem (laughs) — at all. I always wish him well, always tell him to tell his family what’s up for me. He was definitely — even though we were around the same age — he was definitely my vet, showing me the ropes, taking me around, making me comfortable. I think a lot of my aggression and my fire, and the way I play is because we’re all a product of our environment. So I also felt like I was raised under him as well. I’m always appreciative of Russ and thankful for all he’s done for me during my career. He raised me and showed me the ropes, especially preparing me for… what it was going to be like being a starter in the league and taking your lumps, the ups and downs and staying confident in yourself and even keel. I think a lot of that was from watching him and just getting to pick his brain and talk to him. But when we get out there and it’s time to compete, there’s no friends (laughs).
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People don’t understand how I felt. … Honestly, people had missed (what happened). I definitely feel like protecting my teammates at all times, and that’s what I’ve tried to do, so what had angered me was that people had missed how when (Clippers forward Marcus Morris’) big shot the game before (in a Clippers win over the Lakers on Dec. 3), (Westbrook) he had tried to trip him, and then Zu (Clippers big man Ivica Zubac) got tripped a play earlier so when I felt like (when he) tried to (trip him) I was pretty upset. That’s always been big brother, (and) letting all the emotion out, being excited.
But people don’t understand, like, I had a great time when I was in OKC. Russ was my biggest advocate. … I know when people (talk about) the ‘SPG’ thing, or things like that — I just wish we had dealt (with things) better as a team, as an organization. I thought we were highly talented. … It was just frustrating. At the time, even being young, I felt like I’d seen just how talented we were, so it was not really being able to deal with my emotions young. I feel like that helped paint a narrative of me young, but really my frustration was that I felt like I’d seen titles possibly in our future, but you could see them slipping away just from little minuscule things that we weren’t building, I felt, in the right way. So I definitely feel like I know I played a part in us not (reaching peak potential). That was more so my frustration when I was young because that was my vision when I first went to OKC.