Stan Van Gundy said he was done talking about Reggie Jackson. That lasted for, oh, about a week. The Detroit Pistons president-coach was asked about his beleaguered point guard again on Tuesday, and he expressed some regret in the way he handled Jackson this season. "What we were asking him to do was step up in a pressure situation that he wasn't fully equipped to do at this point," Van Gundy said after practice. "And that was wearing on him. He was a guy who takes it very seriously and everything else, and he wasn't able to get the attention to himself in getting himself right." Van Gundy maintains Jackson is fully cleared and able to play after a preseason injection to treat tendinitis in his left knee, but the struggles of not being able to play like he did last year weighed on him mentally. Then came the losses, with Detroit going 1-6 in a crucial mid-March stretch, before the decision was made to sit him for the foreseeable future. Van Gundy still has not said if Jackson will play the rest of the season, but he will remain inactive Wednesday when the Pistons host the Toronto Raptors (7:30 p.m., FSD). "I think (sitting him) probably should have happened earlier, and I don't think we were real fair with him in that," Van Gundy said. "I'm happy with where we are now. If I had any regret, and I really don't, it would have been that we didn't do this earlier."
Pistons regret not sitting Reggie Jackson earlier
Michigan Live | Apr 5