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Reggie Jackson On Playing For Thunder: “I Was The Scapegoat”

Pistons point guard Reggie Jackson revealed that he cried tears of joy when he was traded away from the Thunder at the trade deadline. Jackson had 17 points and 5 assists in win over the Wizards in his Pistons debut, he looked very comfortable running the show.

The 24-year old guard, who according team Kevin Durant was the only player that didn’t want to be in OKC, says that he was the scapegoat for the Thunder.

If this is true, you have to feel for Jackson. He knows he has a special opportunity with this Pistons team, so it’ll be interesting to see what he can make of it. Via Yahoo Sports:

“You’re my point guard,” the president and coach of the Pistons said, and soon they hung up, and Reggie Jackson crumpled and started to sob. He couldn’t stop. He cried and cried and cried. And, now, 24 hours later, Jackson was on the phone with a reporter, and it was happening again.

Reggie Jackson was crying again, because life seldom connects such angst and triumph in such a compressed period of time. One day, he’s under siege in Oklahoma City. And the next, he was suddenly embraced in Auburn Hills. This had been so much to process, so fast, and Jackson was still coming to grips with it all Friday afternoon.

“I’ve always dreamed about this, and I was never sure it would happen,” Jackson told Yahoo Sports. “Stan believes in me, in the leader that I can be. He believes in the player that I can be, and I’ve always imagined having a coach like this, an opportunity like this, in the NBA.”

“I wasn’t always perfect, nor was the situation, but I became the brunt of the blame there,” Jackson said. “Everything bad that happened, I was the scapegoat. I’m taking all this blame, and I’m wondering: ‘How am I supposed to change it all here, make an impact, in eight minutes a game?’ Everybody is jumping down my neck, and it gets annoying when I’m supposed to have this great impact playing so little this season.

“All of a sudden, I’m the bad locker room guy. I’m the problem…”

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