Steven Adams goes in on Pistons’ Reggie Jackson in new book
Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams is a very talented big man when it comes to the game of basketball. He’s got a knack for collecting the ball around the rim, and crashes the offensive glass especially well. In his new book “My Life, My Fight,” however, Adams goes in on a number of topics not only Thunder fans will find interesting, but NBA fans as well.
One of the topics that surfaced on Wednesday afternoon was Adams discussing former Thunder teammate Reggie Jackson, who is now with the Detroit Pistons. Jackson was the backup to Russell Westbrook, but got a good amount of time starting when Westbrook dealt with injuries. Adams first touched on the questionable out-of-bounds call when the Thunder faced the LA Clippers in Game 5 of the second round of the 2014 NBA playoffs. The ball deflected off Jackson’s hand, but the Thunder retained possession because the replays showed that he was fouled by Matt Barnes. Adams’ response is a bit surprising, to say the least.
“As for the controversial out of bounds call given to us that everyone says went off our guy Reggie Jackson’s hand? I couldn’t possibly comment. Reggie was in a three-on-one fast break situation and chose to take it hismelf instead of passing to KD or Russ. That’s far more controversial to me.”
If that wasn’t controversial enough, Adams also dives into Jackson and his relationship with the Thunder. Everyone knows a player without confidence can’t succeed in the NBA, but Jackson’s confidence was so sky-high, he legitimately thought he was better than Russell Westbrook, and wanted out of Oklahoma City because he wouldn’t be given a starting role.
When Russ came back from injury and took over the starting spot again, Reggie wasn’t happy. We were just looking at him thinking, ‘You’ve got to be some kind of fool to seriously think you should be starting over Russ.’ But that’s exactly what he thought, and that kind of thinking went against everything the Thunder was about. Yes, we competed in practice and fought for the starting positions, but once the actual game starts we all do whatever is required of us, no matter how much or how little.
“When the trade deadline got near, we knew Reggie wanted to leave. And because we knew he wanted to leave, we wanted him to leave as well. Why would we want to work every day with someone who wanted to be somewhere else? When he was finally traded to the Detroit Pistons, we forgot about him pretty quickly because we had new guys to welcome to the team.
Jackson was traded after 50 appearances with the Thunder during the 2014-15 season, and in the remaining 27 games of the season with the Pistons, averaged 17.6 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 9.2 assists per game.
The Pistons haven’t been able to do much of anything in the Eastern Conference, and up until this point, Jackson has been a bit of a disaster for Detroit. Meanwhile the Thunder have made the playoffs every year since and have even recovered nicely from the departure of Kevin Durant.