NBA, Reggie Jackson in tears: ‘This team saved me, I don’t know if I would have continued’
After the defeat in Game-6, Reggie Jackson let himself go to tears at the press conference, thanking the Clippers with whom he could have played his last game, as he will be free agent from August 1: “I was not even sure to continue to play, without a team maybe I wouldn’t have done it. I told my teammates that they saved me, I am grateful to each of them and the opportunity that was given to me. I will always be a Clipper “
The LA Clippers failed to cap their first conference finals in franchise history by winning a ticket to the NBA Finals, paying dearly for the absence of their best player Kawhi Leonard. but yet you can’t really blame the Tyronn Lue players for anything, who overtook a tough opponent like the Utah Jazz in the second round and battled the Phoenix Suns by losing Game-2 by a hair’s breadth, at the end of a month in which they literally played once every two days without ever taking a breath. One of the protagonists of this ride was Reggie Jackson, which in these playoffs has nearly 18 points on average with excellent percentages (48% from the field, 41% from three and 88% to free players) by marking various key moments of his team’s games. “This year has been the best of my career. It was the most difficult year. And it was the funniest year”He said at the press conference in tears. “I wasn’t sure if I was going to keep playing. There have been ups and downs. There have been a lot of injuries. But I still found a way to get to that locker room. There first thing i said to my mates was ‘Thank you for saving me’. I love them all, starting with Paul [George, suo grande amico, ndr] for calling me at the end of last season when I was talking about the buyout with Detroit. I am grateful for all that I have been able to experience being here, this city makes me feel at home and the organization welcomed my quirks, my strengths and weaknesses. I often wonder if I would have continued to play without this team. For this I thank them ”.
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Unlike last year, when the Clippers group fell apart at the first difficulty, this year the Los Angeles people found themselves in the most difficult moments, when they found themselves back to the wall. “It has been a special year. It sucks not to be able to win, but I will always be on the side of those guys. And that’s why it’s even harder to accept that we won’t have the trophy in our hands at the end of the season. This group has found ways to push me every day to challenge myself and do my best. They are a family to me, a group of brothers. It has been a very special year with the extreme circumstances that everyone has faced with the pandemic, but this group is what allowed me to be myself and for that I am grateful ”. Jackson especially thanked Paul George (“In the last year and a half it has been special to have someone in my corner who has been in my family for ten years”), but he went through all the companions. “ISfun to be around guys like Pat Bev, Kawhi, Serge, Nico, Boogie, Rondo, Luke, Yogi. I could name them all: Jay, Amir, Daniel. If I forget someone, I’m sorry. We all had one goal, that of winning the title, and we didn’t get there. But I couldn’t be prouder of them. We never complained, we never looked for excuses. We worked every day and got what we deserved. We have found a way to welcome new players and to leave behind last year and the way it ended”.
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Jackson will be a free agent starting August 1, therefore it may not even be confirmed given that the Clippers already have $ 150 million in frozen salaries (assuming Kawhi Leonard and Serge Ibaka remain). But for sure he won’t forget his move to the Clippers: “This city is special to me. I can’t predict the future, I have no idea what’s going to happen, but this city, this organization and these fans are special.. They will always have a reserved place in my heart. I will always be a Clipper. I am grateful for this opportunity, thankful for all the people who supported me and made this year so special”.