NEW ORLEANS — Jarrett Jack isn’t getting the minutes he got in Toronto, but he has convinced himself he is happier.
The one-time starting point guard for the Raptors before he was traded here along with David Andersen and Marcus Banks for Jerryd Bayless and Peja Stojakovic, Jack isn’t thrilled with his playing time, but he does enjoy the certainty his new role brings.
“It’s different for me playing in a backup role to an MVP candidate and perennial all star,” Jack said referring to starting Hornets point guard Chris Paul. “But I’m starting to carve out my niche, find my way. I had a pretty good game in Houston the other day but I’ve had some lows too.”
Jack added another high to his list Monday scoring 15 second-half points to help spark the Hornets which rallied for an 85-81 win over Toronto.
“I’m just finding a way to be consistent with it,” he said of the reduced role. “That’s the only thing with me. I’m happy. It’s a peace of mind just knowing what it is.”
“There were a lot of things that were, I guess, unspecified when I was in Toronto. I didn’t know if I was going to play 40 minutes or 17 minutes. Here I pretty much know what it is. Would I like to play more? Who wouldn’t. But it’s the situation and you have to know it’s bigger than you and you have to go with it.”
Jack says he is more relaxed in New Orleans than he ever was in Toronto.
“That’s what gives me peace of mind. You know what it is every single day,” he said of his 14-22 minutes a night. “You know when you’re going in, you know when you’re coming out. It kind of relaxes you in a sense. That’s something I didn’t really have in Toronto.”
Helping that relaxed feel along is the presence of Monty Williams behind the Hornets bench. Williams was Jack’s mentor in Portland when he was a rookie.
“He was basically the coach that was assigned to me when I was a rookie,” Jack said. “Also we’re from almost the same neighbourhood back home. We’ve known each other and have a mutual respect for each other. I couldn’t ask for a better situation this time around.”
As long as he remains content with 14-22 minutes a game, it sounds like Jack has finally found an NBA city to call home.