Josh Jackson canceled workout while Danny Ainge was flying to Sacramento
Kansas Jayhawks star Josh Jackson blamed a failure to go through a pre-draft workout for the Celtics on the logistics. Those damned logistics, which were originally blamed on the short time between the C’s-Sixers trade and the NBA Draft, as it turns out, was actually just Jackson’s desire to not land with the Celtics, according to Danny Ainge.
It’s the only explanation that the C’s president of basketball operations, who was more than happy to take Jayson Tatum at No. 3 anyways, could give for Jackson’s decision to cancel his workout with the Celtics while they were already en route to see him.
Ainge: “I was mad. I flew across the country and had to fly back home.”
“There’s nothing to do in Sacramento!” https://t.co/4U6iJ9End9
— Jared Weiss (@JaredWeissNBA) June 23, 2017
Jackson, who ended up landing with the Suns one pick after the Celtics selected Tatum, averaged 16.4 points and 7.2 rebounds per contest for Kansas last season.
But perhaps more impressive was Jackson’s ability to find a way to flip his own chosen path (read as: blowing off workouts) into people and teams doubting his talents.
“I love proving people wrong,” Jackson said. “I’ve been drafted to Phoenix, and I’m going to go there and I’m going to make the best of it. I’m going to be the best player I can be. And those teams who didn’t draft me, one day they will be sorry.”
Ultimately, it doesn’t seem to matter much, as Ainge noted that the Celtics would have taken Tatum with the No. 1 overall pick, which was of course flipped to Philadelphia for No. 3 overall and a future first-round draft pick, regardless.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog