Reggie Jackson is starting to quiet those who doubted he was worth the five-year, $80MM deal he inked with the Pistons this past offseason, writes Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders. “He’s a guy who can really turn the corner and get in the paint,” coach/executive Stan Van Gundy said of Jackson. “It’s tough to keep him away from the rim without committing two guys to him, and that opens up people. When he’s driving and attacking and finding people, I mean, we can get good shots pretty much at will. … When he’s really aggressive and decisive and just goes, he’s a [expletive] good player.”
For his part, Jackson believes that the Pistons should be playing better as a team than they have been, and he expects improvement in the near future, Kennedy adds. “We have a lot of new players on the team, so we are still trying to figure it out,” Jackson said. “We should be ahead of where we are right now, but we have our ups and downs. We are taking our bumps and bruises and trying to move along with this season.”
Here’s more from the Eastern Conference:
- The Sixers have strongly denied a recent report by Forbes Magazine that asserted that co-managing partners Josh Harris and David Blitzer want to sell the franchise, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer writes. “Those are inaccurate and not true,” Sixers spokeman Mike Preston said. “Josh has said in early October that he intends to be involved in the Sixers for many, many years to come. That has not changed.“
- Hornets point guard Jeremy Lin is enjoying the low-key nature of playing in Charlotte, and he’s glad he no longer has to try and live up to the hype of “Linsanity,” something he was unable to do with the Rockets and the Lakers, Adi Joseph of The Sporting News writes. “They were just expecting me to do what I did in New York, which — it’s just not possible if you don’t have the ball in your hands,” Lin said regarding his time in Houston and Los Angeles.
- The Bulls are now Jimmy Butler‘s team, with former leaders Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah reduced to secondary roles, something that all three players are still getting used to, Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post writes. “I mean, we’re still adjusting,” Rose said. “There’s still a process here of just having a new system, having a new defensive system, having new strategies and all that. It’s just trying to figure things out, and it’s nothing to worry about, to tell you the truth. I think we’re going to be fine.”