The regular season opener is fast approaching. And one of the questions surrounding the Los Angeles Clippers is who will start at point guard. With some reports indicating Reggie Jackson got the nod, Clippers coach Tyronn Lue set the record straight on Sunday.
“I do not know where it comes from,Lue responded when asked about reports that the team should start Jackson.I didn’t say it.“
Pressed further by a reporter if he has made up his mind, the 45-year-old coach replied dryly: “No.“
Lue did not commit to who between Jackson and John Wall will start matches in the starting unit. Instead, he complimented the two veterans, and the decision is about “get the right fit.“
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“Both guys are in a great position and their mindset is in the right place,Lu said.It’s about winning. It’s not about who is the starter, who is the better player. It’s about adapting well and trying to win and both guys are okay with that.“
A case for Jackson
One possible reason Jackson needed to start Wall again is that he’s been on the team longer, stepping back into the Clippers’ uniform since the middle of the 2019-20 campaign. Additionally, he was able to build great chemistry with stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George during the 2020-21 playoffs. During that playoff trip, Jackson averaged 17.8 points and 3.4 assists per game.
As the Clippers struggled through an injury-riddled campaign last season, the Boston College product was among the team’s top performers. He started all 75 games he appeared in, averaging 16.9 points and 4.8 assists per game.
A case for Wall
Wall also deserves a look at the starting point due to his star power and playmaking abilities. He has missed two of the last three seasons due to injuries and a disagreement with the front office. of his previous team, the Houston Rockets.
Even so, the former No. 1 pick has recently shown flashes of athleticism and creativity with the ball he previously became known for.
Fans will be able to see Lue’s decision on who will be the starting point guard in a few days. The Clippers will face the Los Angeles Lakers in their opener on Thursday.