It was supposed to be a major summer at the Las Vegas Summer League for Frank Jackson but after one half of basketball, his time in Vegas has come to an end.
Frank Jackson was showing great promise and ability in one and a half quarters in the Las Vegas Summer League with the New Orleans Pelicans.
The former Duke guard missed all of last season with the Pelicans due to a right foot fracture, and when cutting into the lane on Friday against the Toronto Raptors Summer League team, Jackson went down in a heap of pain holding his foot.
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Luckily for Jackson, the injury he sustained was not on his right foot, but rather his left ankle as after the game Jackson was diagnosed with a left ankle sprain and was considered day to day.
The Pelicans said that Jackson would miss Saturday’s game against the Miami Heat Summer League team, but they hoped he would return on Monday against the Detroit Pistons Summer League team.
Unfortunately for Jackson and the Pelicans, his time at the Las Vegas Summer League is over as the Pelicans announced he will not play in any more games due to the injury and should be cleared for basketball activities in 2-4 weeks.
Jackson only saw the floor for 12 minutes on Friday afternoon but was able to score 13 points, pulling down six aggressive rebounds, and adding an assist and steal to his stat line.
Making four of his seven shots from the field, Jackson was very aggressive in his first game action since the NCAA Tournament in 2017, Jackson got to the free throw line five times and made all five of his attempts. Jackson did miss his lone three-point attempt.
Pelicans Head Coach Alvin Gentry was on the broadcast before Jackson’s injury saying that he really like Jackson’s game and how agreessive he was defensvively.
The Pelicans lost point guard Rajon Rondo to the Los Angles Lakers so there are minutes to be had at the point guard position in New Orleans, but Jackson will have to wait until training camp and the preseason to show what else he can provide the Pelicans with.