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Andrew Greif: Sidelined since March 14, Serge Ibaka has been upgraded to *questionable* to play tonight in Houston. OUT: PG (rest), Kawhi Leonard (rest), Terance Mann (personal reasons), Pat Beverley (injury management), Amir Coffey (protocols) Doubtful: Reggie Jackson (sore left Achilles)
James Edwards III: Markieff Morris is OUT tonight, Reggie Jackson is a game-time decision.
Keith Langlois: Reggie Jackson back tonight, Derrick Rose starts
Rod Beard: It seems the #Pistons are more optimistic that Reggie Jackson will return to the lineup in a couple weeks and be able to contribute this season. That will help with managing Derrick Rose’s minutes and add another scorer to the starting lineup.
Rod Beard: #Pistons Reggie Jackson saw a specialist in L.A. and is making progress but there is no timeframe on a return as he is continuing toward full basketball activities.
Vincent Ellis: #Pistons coach Dwane Casey says Reggie Jackson (back) will likely be re-evaluated for a potential return after Christmas. Has been out since the the first two games of the season. He’s been doing non-contract stuff for several weeks.
James Edwards III: #Pistons announce that point guard Reggie Jackson (Stress reaction in lower back) has made progress but will continue rehab for another two weeks and then be re-evaluated.
Rod Beard: For those wondering, the #Pistons announced Reggie Jackson’s stress injury in his back on Nov. 2 and said he would be re-evaluated in four weeks. That means we should be hearing something at least in the next few days. I wouldn’t expect a return soon, though.
Rod Beard: In early injury report, #Pistons Blake Griffin, Derrick Rose, Reggie Jackson and Sekou Doumbouya are listed as OUT for tomorrow at #Pacers. Tim Frazier is doubtful. Could change tomorrow, possibly.
Shams Charania: Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Jackson has a stress reaction in his lower back and will be out for at least four weeks.
Rod Beard: Word on #Pistons Reggie Jackson: He has lower-back tightness that is exacerbated with the activity. He can go a certain amount of distance and then it starts to flare up. Once it starts to spasm up, he’s not moving right.
James Edwards III: #Pistons’ Dwane Casey said Reggie Jackson (back) is out. He wouldn’t say who is going to start.
Vincent Ellis: The expectation is Reggie Jackson (back) will be available Monday night when the #Pistons face the #Pacers. He missed Saturday’s loss to the #76ers.
Vincent Ellis: Reggie Jackson (back) our tonight vs. #76ers.
Rod Beard: #Pistons Dwane Casey on Reggie Jackson’s recovery from an ankle sprain: “If he’s in uniform, he’s going to play. We’re going to war and he says he’s okay and can go, so we have to be ready to roll from that standpoint.” Jackson is slated to start tonight vs. #Lakers.
James Edwards III: Dwane Casey: Reggie Jackson will start tonight. X-rays were negative.
James Edwards III: Reggie Jackson (ankle) is questionable against the Lakers. Again, would be surprised if he wasn’t back by, at least, next week’s West Coast trip. LeBron James is out because, of course, load management.
Rod Beard: FINAL: #Pistons 120, #Knicks 103 Drummond: 29 pts (season high), 20 rebs, 3 blks Griffin: 26 pts, 6 rebs, 4 assts Jackson: 20 pts, 6 assts It’s DET’s first 3-game win streak since Dec. 1.
Vincent Ellis: #Pistons coach Dwane Casey says PG Reggie Jackson (ankle) will be on a minutes restriction. He said he will force himself to limit Blake Griffin’s minutes.
Erik Horne: No Reggie Jackson (right ankle) for the Pistons tonight. Blake Griffin not starting, but not on injury list.
Jackson was back at full speed Thursday during training camp at Crisler Center, after a summer of rehabbing his surgically repaired right ankle prevented him from participating in off-season basketball activities. “Another step in the process of being on the court,” Jackson said. “Happy to get some five-on-five and contact with my teammates. I feel good. Wind feels good, my body feels great.”
Casey isn’t certain if or how much Jackson will play in the preseason, which starts Wednesday at Oklahoma City. “I’m going to play it by ear,” Casey said. “I’m going to talk with the medical people and find out, make sure he checks with his body. As well as he’s playing, we’ll see where we can get him in and get him some run and get the rust off.”
James Edwards III: News from #Pistons camp: Reggie Jackson is continuing to progress, participated again. Leuer is still up in the air for preseason. Also, Casey said he didn’t know how good Blake was until he got his hands on him.
Vincent Ellis: #Pistons point guard Reggie Jackson (right ankle) was a full-participant in 5-on-5 stuff today, according to Dwane Casey. Said he looked rusty and throwing the ball all over the place, but was good to see him out there.
The Pistons are hopeful Reggie Jackson will be ready to play by the start of the season, although he’s still working his way back into shape following an ankle injury. Jackson went down in late December, derailing what had been a promising start for Detroit in 2017-18.
Ed Stefanski, a new senior executive for the Pistons, sounds optimistic about Jackson’s health, but the point guard’s recovery isn’t complete yet. “Reggie is fully healed. We did an MRI I think a couple weeks ago, and it’s perfect,” Stefanski said at media day Monday. “It’s just now basketball shape, and he hasn’t played all summer long.”
“I’m excited to be getting on the court,” Jackson said. “I didn’t touch a court much in the summer, so I’m excited to just go ahead and love on Spalding some — get out there with my teammates and try to get back to playing basketball.”
Rod Beard: #Pistons Ed Stefanski: “Reggie is fully healed. We did an MRI a couple weeks ago. It was perfect. Now, it’s just basketball shape…hoping to get him ready to go opening night.”
Detroit Pistons fans have been eager to see what a healthy dose of Reggie Jackson, Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond means for the franchise’s postseason aspirations. And with opening night less than a month away, they may have to wait a little bit longer than anticipated. “I’m day-to-day,” said Jackson, who missed 37 games last season after suffering a grade-3 right ankle sprain on Dec. 26, “and I’m doing everything to get ready.”
And while the rest of his teammates gathered in California for offseason work with the new coaching staff, he kept his distance in order to get his body back to full health. “(Rehab) has been about getting mobility back and making sure the body is good,” he told reporters. “Rehab hasn’t just been about the ankle, but it’s making sure everything else is correct and ready to go. “I’ve been nursing injuries, and they’re nagging, but it’s part of the career, part of life.”
The Pistons finished 39-43 and parted ways with coach Stan Van Gundy on Monday, and Jackson realizes that things could have been different if he had been able to play more. “Being injured the past few years, I wish I could have done more and been healthy more to help us win games and to secure our future as a whole and (Van Gundy’s) future,” Jackson told The Detroit News. “I wish we could have been better the past few years and not have to get to this point.”
Rod Beard: #Pistons Reggie Jackson (pregame) on his return tonight (about 16 minutes): “I’m not going to try to force anything and just go out here and play basketball with the time that I’m allotted to play.”
Rod Beard: Jackson will start and play 15-16 minutes
James Edwards III: #Pistons’ Reggie Jackson will not suit up tonight, per SVG.
Rod Beard: #Pistons Reggie Jackson on ankle rehab: “It’s feeling better and not as much pain at all now. It’s just strengthening and doing everything functionally so that I can go out there and be myself but I’m getting more confident each and every day.”
Rod Beard: Full #Pistons SVG quote on Reggie Jackson’s progress: “He’s okay, but there’s nothing imminent with him. He’s doing his rehab and he did a little bit of 1-on-1 against one of the video guys today, but that’s as far along as he is.”
Rod Beard: #Pistons Stan Van Gundy on Reggie Jackson’s ankle rehab progress: “The plan right now is hopefully he’ll be able to run over the All-Star break … I don’t think he’ll be cutting by then. It’s all a buildup. That’s the hope: (Feb. 15th-21st), he’ll be running.”
Coach Stan Van Gundy didn’t have a detailed diagnosis but from replays, it looks to be more serious than a simple sprain. “Right now, the X-rays were negative; he’s got an ankle sprain,” Van Gundy said. “We’ll get an MRI and see (Wednesday) where we are.”
Rod Beard: #Pistons Andre Drummond on Reggie Jackson’s ankle injury: “That was tough to see my guy go down like that. It’ll be okay; it’s not as bad as we thought it was. He just needs time to rest and get himself together and he’ll be right back.”
From the loud yell he let out while writhing in pain on the court, it was clear almost immediately that Reggie Jackson was hurt. In the third quarter of Tuesday’s win over the Indiana Pacers, Jackson was driving to the basket threw a pass but landed on Pacers center Myles Turner’s foot. Jackson severely twisted his right ankle and stayed down on the court, unable to get up. He was helped to the locker room but couldn’t put any weight on the foot.
Michael Gallagher: Reggie Jackson is down. Grabbing his ankle.
Rod Beard: #Pistons SVG on Reggie Jackson’s confidence in his knee after return: “That’ll be dependent on him.” Right now, he feels ready to go. He feels different than at any point he did last year. I don’t think at any point last year he felt as good or had as much confidence in his legs as he has right now.”
“I just want to see him and make sure he’s ready to go,” Van Gundy said. “We’ll see how he is tomorrow, whether or not he’s going to go tomorrow night. Our original plan going into today was to play him about 12 minutes in the first half and then make an evaluation at halftime going into the second half. “But now I don’t know if the (adductor) is going to complicate that.”
Jackson was a full participant for the first time this training camp in a full-contact scrimmage. Coach Stan Van Gundy decided to switch things up and scrimmage during the morning session and leave the instruction to the evening session. The sessions were reversed earlier this week. The 4-on-4, full-court action left Jackson in a playful mood with reporters afterward. “The pain I could tolerate,” Jackson said. “It was just the lack of explosion and the feeling you’re letting your teammates down out here — especially with the goals we had set last year.”
Vincent Ellis: #Pistons Reggie Jackson (knee) was full participant in 4-on-4, full-court scrimmage today. Downright jovial mood with reporters.
Reggie Jackson has to wait a little longer. With Detroit Pistons training camp beginning Tuesday, the team will conduct its first scrimmage later in the evening. The team is going to keep playing it cautious until Saturday when the plan is to allow Jackson and his left knee to fully participate in 5-on-5 action.
But after the trials of last season, Jackson is confident that after an off-season geared toward doing a better job of managing the chronic case of tendinitis, he is back to normal. “One hundred percent would always be great to feel, but this year I just want to be better than I was the day before,” Jackson said Wednesday at the practice facility in Auburn Hills.
Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy told the Free Press on Monday morning that after an examination last week, Jackson has increased basketball activity and will arrive at the practice facility later this week to join teammates. “All good with the doctors and ramping up his basketball work,” Van Gundy wrote in a text. “He’ll be ready.”
The Detroit Pistons start training camp in two weeks. And Reggie Jackson, seeking a bounce-back season after struggling with left knee tendinitis, is on track to be on the floor when the team begins the earnest work of preparing to make the inaugural season at Little Caesars Arena a successful one. Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy told the Free Press on Monday morning that after an examination last week, Jackson has increased basketball activity and will arrive at the practice facility later this week to join teammates.
“All good with the doctors and ramping up his basketball work,” Van Gundy wrote in a text. “He’ll be ready.” Jackson appears to be right on schedule.
Stan Van Gundy likes practice. But he also wants a completely healthy Reggie Jackson. So don’t expect him to be a full participant in two-a-day practices when the Detroit Pistons being training camp Sept. 26.
“He should be good to go for the start of camp,” Van Gundy said after the Little Caesars Arena ribbon-cutting ceremony today. “I don’t think on the days we do two-a-days that we’ll have him do two (practices), but other than that, the hope is he’ll be ready to go. “You never know, but he should be.” Van Gundy – and the whole organization – has fingers crossed when it comes Jackson.
Vincent Ellis: SVG: Reggie Jackson has yet to return to basketball activity, but set to enter ramp-up soon with camp starting Sept. 26. #Pistons
Vincent Ellis: SVG: “I don’t think on the days we do 2-a-days that we’ll have him do 2 (practices), but other than that, the hope is he’ll be ready to go.”
But don’t expect Reggie Jackson, inactive for the last seven games, to return. “We just talked about that, and I don’t think so,” Van Gundy said. “It’s hard, because we’ve had that planned with him but to now say, ‘Oh, get ready’ – his mind has been in a different place here for a few days. “So no, I don’t think we’ll go back to that.”
Rod Beard: #Pistons SVG says he doesn’t plan to play Reggie Jackson in the last 4 games. Injuries could change that.
“He’ll tell you he doesn’t have pain. He’s fine,” Van Gundy said. “But you’ve seen a lot of guys go through injuries. It takes time to really get back. He was trying to get back and as the games grew in importance and he had some bad ones, it started weighing him down and he wanted to do all the things he thought he should be able to do. He put a lot of pressure on himself, forced the issue a little bit. He’s a competitor and he just wasn’t fight and it started to spiral a little bit.”
“I blame myself for that, a little bit, that we didn’t take care of this a little bit earlier. But it’s nothing he would’ve asked to do. He had some very good games, some very good fourth quarters. But I don’t think he ever got to a point where he felt like him himself. This is just the start of a long off-season of getting himself to not only get physically right but to mentally recharge, take the learning experiences from this season and come back better than ever. He’ll be 27 years old next year, so he’s coming into his prime, not going out of it.”
“This season at times, it felt good, and I could get (to my spot), but at other times, I felt like I was a shell of myself,” Jackson said. “I could see the gap, but I felt like I couldn’t get there, I couldn’t explode there seemingly as quick. “It was like guys were popping out of nowhere. They’d get back in front of the ball in front of me so I didn’t feel like I was the same.”
A. Sherrod Blakely: Reggie Jackson (neck spasms) will play tonight according to #Pistons HC Stan Van Gundy
Rod Beard: #Pistons Stan Van Gundy says Reggie Jackson will play tonight vs. #Magic.
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October 20, 2021 | 3:39 pm EDT Update
The draft-night trade? That was more difficult for Favors. He expected the first trade. He didn’t expect this one. At 30 years old, winning a championship is prevalent on his mind. As most of us know, Oklahoma City is not in win-now mode. Favors’ presence on the Thunder roster is kind of a square peg. He knows that he’s going to have to play as hard as he can and let things fall where they may. “At first, I was kind of confused,” Favors said. “I was caught off guard. But, I knew it was nothing personal. When I reflected on it from a business standpoint, I knew that something had to happen. I accepted it, and I’m in a great place. I love what the Jazz have done for me, and I love the fans there. OKC, we have a very talented team. We have a lot to learn, and a long way to go. But, we have a group of guys that work hard. It’s going to be a journey in this first year. But this is a talented group of guys.”
“I’m going to try and treat it like it’s another game,” Favors said in an interview with The Athletic. “But, I know that it’s not another game. Honestly? I just hope I don’t get emotional.” Favors will make his return to face the Utah Jazz on Wednesday as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder. It will be the season-opener for both teams, and, since twice being traded away from the franchise, it will be the first time Favors makes his appearance in a visiting uniform. Many remember he was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans two years ago. Twice, he was supposed to come back to Utah with the Pels. Once, he got injured at the last minute. The other? COVID-19 hit that very week.
Lakers legend Magic Johnson wants every NBA player to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Ahead of Opening Night of the league’s 75th anniversary season, Johnson told CBS News that every player should advocate for vaccination of the general public. He also urged non-vaccinated NBA players to get vaccinated. “You have said to your teammates that you are going to be there for them, well you can’t be there if you don’t get vaccinated,” Johnson said. “You letting them down and then that hurts our chances of winning a championship, I would never do that to my teammates. Never.”
Hoops star James Johnson, who just signed with the Brooklyn Nets, has also signed a lease to rent a Tribeca pad at 57 Reade St. Johnson, 34, is a 12-year NBA veteran. “He toured the apartment in late September and signed the lease in early October. He loves the layout and the location,” a source close to the deal told Gimme. The three-bedroom, three-bathroom condo was asking $16,500 a month to rent.
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The 2018 No. 1 overall pick — who helped lead Phoenix to the 2021 NBA Finals — was reportedly expecting an offer, but it never came. Ayton expressed his disappointment about the development. He can still re-sign with the Suns in restricted free agency after fielding offers from around the league. “My biggest advice for him is: control what you can control and that’s how you go out and hoop,” Paul said, per AZ Central’s Duane Rankin. “Things happen, the business of the game, but I know DA’s heart … and how competitive he is. At the end of the day, he wants to do a good job for our team. And I appreciate him for that. I know when we step out on the court tonight, it’s going to be all about what he’s gotta do to help our team win.”
Ball also compared his mindset as a player to those who took the court during Jordan’s dominance in the 80s and 90s as we discussed his accelerated return from a broken wrist. He could have been out of action until the summer, but with the Hornets’ postseason chances fading, he was back from the injury in just five weeks. “I feel like I still kind of got that mentality that they had back in the day,” Ball said. “Even with the switching teams and stuff, they never used to do that. You go to one team, you stay there.”