Jackson earns another 10-day deal

MIKE GANTER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:03 AM ET

Luke Jackson earned another 10-day contract and despite the short-term sense of accomplishment that comes with such a moment, this was a very big day for the former 10th pick of the 2004 draft.

"To be honest, this really means a lot," Jackson said. "My whole first three years in the league has just been almost like a nightmare, well, maybe not a nightmare but so up and down. Finally to be in a good situation where I get an opportunity just makes me appreciate and be thankful for it."

Back problems and a broken wrist contributed heavily to Jackson's struggles in those first two years but this season, he made the tough decision to go down to the D-League and show NBA people he finally was healthy and ready to come back.

"It has been a long time coming," Jackson said. "I've always felt I was capable, I just haven't had the opportunities either because I was hurt or whatever reasons."

Tuesday against the Miami Heat, Jackson got a legitimate chance to show what he could do and he impressed the people he needed to impress.

Jackson played just under seven minutes and wound up with 10 points and two assists.

"He just made the right decisions," head coach Sam Mitchell said. "Even if the shots he had didn't drop, I still saw a guy who was making the right decisions."

PARKER HONOURED

The NBA announced yesterday that Anthony Parker has been selected by a five-member panel of former players as the divisional winner of the 2006-07 NBA Sportsmanship Award. Joining Parker as the other divisional winners are Atlanta's Joe Johnson, Chicago's Luol Deng, Houston's Shane Battier, the Los Angeles Clippers' Elton Brand and Utah's Derek Fisher.

The NBA Sportsmanship Award, designed to honour a player who best represents the ideals of sportsmanship on the court, is voted on by NBA players.


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