Stephen Jackson wasted little time reporting to the Los Angeles Clippers. Jackson, who signed with the club on Tuesday, was active and played against the Boston Celtics at the TD Garden on Wednesday night. The Clippers found themselves in need of depth in the wake of injuries to Matt Barnes, J.J. Redick, Maalik Wayns and most recently Reggie Bullock. Jackson logged 12 minutes in the Clippers' 96-88 win over Boston, going 0-for-3 in his first game since April. The San Antonio Spurs waived Jackson on April 12, just days before the postseason began. "I felt pretty good. I was winded,” Jackson said after the game. "My legs were tired as soon as I got in the game, but it felt good to get back out there. Getting a win in the first one is definitely sweet.” Tyronn Lue, assistant coach for the Clippers, recruited Jackson by reaching out to the 35-year-old last month. “Ty Lue called me like three weeks ago and asked what was going on,” Jackson explained. "He knew I had been working out. He told me they were interested and a few weeks later Doc [Rivers] called me. It happened just like that.” Jackson went six months between NBA contracts, but kept himself prepared in the event the right situation presented itself. "I wasn’t just sitting at home, watching television and eating popcorn. I was working out, keeping the faith that something good would happen,” said Jackson, who expects to struggle with his shot as he works back into game shape.
Call From Tyronn Lue Led To Clippers Signing Stephen Jackson
Real GM Basketball | Dec 12