Stephen Jackson won't waste much time pondering the reasons for the draft-day trade that sent him to the Milwaukee Bucks.

And the 33-year-old is not worrying about his return to Charlotte to play his former team in the Bucks' season opener Monday night.

"Another game," Jackson said after the Bucks' final practice of their shortened training camp. "It's the first game of our season. We need to get off to a good start, regardless if it's Charlotte or anybody."

The National Basketball Association's long-delayed season started with five games on Christmas.

And the Bucks are swinging into action with back-to-back games, playing against owner Michael Jordan's Bobcats on Monday and returning home to face the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday.

It's a fairly reasonable first week of the season, with two of three games at home.

But the schedule gets intense with five games in seven days as the Bucks head west in the first week of January.

Jackson missed some time during camp with left hamstring and lower back injuries, and he traveled to New York to see orthopedic specialist Bernard Rawlins last week.

Jackson then had an epidural steroid injection Tuesday after he returned to Milwaukee.

But the 6-foot-8 guard-forward promised all along to be ready for the opener. And he was able to get through three consecutive days of practice after making his Bucks debut and playing 15 minutes in the exhibition finale against Minnesota on Wednesday.