Pistons guard Reggie Jackson considered retirement

Mar 24, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Jackson (1) drives to the basket against the Orlando Magic during the second quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Jackson is entering a contract season, and is excited about the possibilities of what the team can accomplish in building off their playoff appearance last season.

But things weren’t always smooth sailing for him. Staying healthy had been a problem, and in fact, he admits to considering retirement not long ago.

“A few years back, I thought (my future) was retirement after this season,” Jackson said, via The Detroit News. “I’m just happy to be in a good state of mind and playing ball this year. We’ll figure (the future) out from there. I’m excited about what we can possibly do this year. … I was just getting injured too much and I had hit basketball depression and it was a point in time that I really didn’t want to deal with the game anymore. It was more the injuries that started to have that (retirement) thought creep in my head.”

He played in all 82 games for Detroit last season after playing in a combined 97 the previous two years as he dealt with injury problems. With an average PPG of 15.4 and 4.2 assists while shooting a career best 37% from three-point range, Jackson will look to continue the momentum he built as last season progressed.

“Honestly, the rhythm I’m trying to chase is the one I had the last two or three months last season,” Jackson said. “That’s where the game came easy and I wasn’t forcing anything and taking what was given. We were more comfortable as a team. … I’m just trying to enjoy each and every day and the team I’m on and the opportunity God has given me and whatever He has in store for me.”

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