Jackson Hopes To Find Role with Celtics
MANCHESTER - Luke Jackson grew up as a Celtics fan, so he's got that going for him.
Jackson's not sure what his role will be, and neither is Doc Rivers. Rivers knows that the kid can shoot and put the ball on the floor, but injuries and pecking order limited his playing time in Cleveland.
"He's had some injuries, and he's really has not had a chance to play yet," said Rivers. "We're going to see through training camp [what he can do]."
Jackson, acquired in Friday morning's trade for Dwayne Jones and cash considerations, seems to think Boston will be a better situation for him than Cleveland was, and thinks that he can be a factor for the Celtics.
"I'm a team guy, a hard worker who can shoot the ball," said Jackson after his first shootaround with the Celtics.. "I'm excited to get a chance to play here. Playing behind the two highest paid guys on the team, LeBron James and Larry Hughes, there wasn't a great opportunity for me. I realize that Paul Pierce and Wally are two established stars as well, but I think playing up-tempo, it looks like coach wants to get a lot of guys in there."
Jackson woke up in Manchester, NH this morning expecting to take shootaround with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He'd heard from his agent Thursday night that there was a possibility he could be traded to Boston, but it was still a surprise Friday morning when he found himself heading to Waltham to join the Boston Celtics for a shootaround, only to take a bus back to Manchester, NH for the exhibition game against the Cavaliers Friday night.
"It was a little crazy, but I think I'll fit in well here," said Jackson. Jackson and a handful of reserves practiced about 10 extra minutes to help him learn some of the Celtics basic offensive sets.