LOS ANGELES – If the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, the return of Reggie Jackson began with a few pushups and a couple of jump shots, though perhaps quotes should be placed around “jump.”
“Felt good just to touch the ball. Felt good to be out on the court again,” Jackson said Monday night after being allowed between the lines of the basketball court for the first time since early October. “I haven’t been allowed to touch it for five weeks and even when I snuck on there to get a layup or two, they kicked me off immediately. It’s still not the real thing, so just trying to get geared up towards that and hopefully get back as soon as possible.”
Monday was the four-week mark since Jackson underwent platelet-rich plasma treatment to address tendinosis in his left knee. He also had the procedure done to his damaged right thumb. He’d been shut down in training camp the previous week while getting multiple medical opinions and considering treatment options. The initial diagnosis for his return was six to eight weeks.