Grizzlies’ Jaren Jackson Jr. doubts could pave way for Knicks
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Sights, sounds, notes and quotes from making a portion of the Knicks’ six-game Western trip that ended with Tuesday’s Lakers’ crusher at Staples Center.
They’re concerned about his durability. In late April, Jackson, 21, made his return from an extended absence after he tore the meniscus in his left knee last August while playing in the NBA bubble. Jackson has started just two of the nine games he has played this season and he has taken periodic games off for “injury management.’’ Jackson is averaging 14.6 points in 23 minutes per game.
The Knicks recently hired Jackson’s father, Jaren Sr., to be an assistant coach with the G-League Westchester Knicks. Jackson Jr. is also a former Creative Artists Agency client of current Knicks president Leon Rose and is now with CAA’s Austin Brown.
Sources also said Knicks general manager Scott Perry loved Jackson’s athleticism coming out of Michigan State as the draft’s youngest player when Memphis selected him fourth overall.
Jackson, who threw down a vicious dunk and made two 3-pointers in front of Knicks senior vice president William Wesley during the Knicks’ 118-104 win in Memphis on May 3, will enter the final $9.1 million year of his four-year contract next season. If he doesn’t sign an extension this fall, his future bears watching. Could Jackson play a small-ball 5 role with Julius Randle?
The NBA hasn’t heard such a loud explosion of sound this season as erupted after Cameron Payne stole the inbound pass from RJ Barrett and completed a layup at the third-quarter buzzer. The cacophony lasted the whole fourth quarter and the Knicks, not used to the decibel levels, crumbled.
The difference between the Clippers and Lakers in a nutshell: Donahue said he paid $156 for his Lakers ticket, which was virtually the same seat that cost him $96 for the Clippers.
Add this one: Walking past the iconic Muscle Beach complex in Venice Beach, which was bare of bodies and all the weights.
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