As Reggie Jackson continued his rehabilitation from a severely sprained right ankle, he did some shooting drills with forward Henry Ellenson and assistant coach Otis Smith after Wednesday’s shootaround. On Monday, Jackson played one-on-one with Pistons assistant video coordinator Jordan Brink, who played at Calvin College in Division III three years ago. That workout didn’t go as well as Jackson planned, as he lacked his normal lateral quickness and was still a step slow. On Wednesday, Jackson looked better, doing some quick movements and moving into shots without much difficulty. It’s an encouraging glimpse of Jackson’s progress, as he still thinks he can make it back this season and play. The Pistons have just 18 games remaining, including Wednesday night's nationally televised matchup against the Toronto Raptors. “In a lot of ways, it’s been tough. It’s (past 30 games missed) now and I never envisioned a sprain lasting this long,” Jackson told The Detroit News. “Usually, you bounce back and play within a few hours or a few days or a week’s time. I never envisioned being out this long. The season’s been up and down and I just really want to go out there and play.” Wednesday is the 10-week mark since Jackson suffered a grade-3 ankle sprain on Dec. 26 after landing on Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner’s foot and writhing in pain on the court. He missed 30 games last season because of knee tendinitis and after sitting out 31 games since the ankle injury, he’s looking to bounce back before the season is done.
Pistons' Reggie Jackson takes small steps toward return this season
Detroit News | Mar 7