"It was just a freak incident, there was no contact I just planted", said the 19-year-old.
In Boston, Tatum will play alongside one the league's more dynamic point guards in Thomas, who averaged 23.3 points and 6.7 assists.
According to Ford, Jackson isn't interested in working out for Boston prior to the draft unless one of two things happens. "That's huge. Before anyone on our summer league roster takes the floor, we'll talk about who we want to be and our approach", said Stevens. "He was like, 'Yeah, it's 30 hours away".
Tatum was a player they kept a close watch on during the season.
"Frank, it's just his mentality - you know, that pitbull", Graham added.
Jackson said Friday that he's learned from his mistakes and is ready to put the past behind him.
In Jackson, Graham sees numerous same traits as Mason - athleticism and an impressive will to win.
Poor form by Jackson? "He's not a great shooter but he can make shots", said Bilas. Josh is the same.
The Celtics selected Duke's Jayson Tatum with the No. 3 pick, and Jackson went one spot later to the Phoenix Suns. Jackson said the "only reason" he did not meet with Boston is because of scheduling reasons. And whichever team drafts him will get someone who is arguably one of the most versatile players in this year's draft.
"I'd like to consult my attorney B.J. Armstrong (Jackson's agent)", McDonough said with a smile.
Jackson refused to come to Boston and, finally, when Ainge and Stevens were flying cross-country to Sacramento earlier in the week to see Jackson work out, Jackson's camp canceled the workout at the last minute. "There was a lot of players we liked in this draft".
When asked about other prospects, Bilas said Jarrett Allen of Texas "is a good prospect" but is raw and his game needs developing; Louisville's Donovan Mitchell - "a$3 powerful athlete who can really defend". Everything that he said validated what I already heard. "I'm just going to be happy for my guys".
"I can play multiple positions, I can post up, I can shoot, I can dribble", Jackson said on a conference call with reporters Thursday. "I had to get up at 4 o'clock and fly back home". "We just couldn't get anything done". That led him to declare for the NBA Draft. They clinched the Eastern Conference with a record of 53-29, ahead of the Cleveland Cavaliers by two games. As NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum took the stage to announce the Denver Nuggets' pick, fans yelled out "Monte Morris!" from the stands during the pregnant pause Tatum took. Every team could be the team. It's like you're playing poker with guys.
- SEMI OJELEYE: The 6-7 junior thrived at SMU (19.0 points) after transferring from Duke and could go late in the first round. After trading out of the No. 1 pick, experts thought that Boston was looking at Kansas forward Josh Jackson. Maybe, but this isn't the first time a player has told a team he didn't want to play for them without actually saying it. He's done really well.
Dwight Howard on the move again: Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the one-time Superman of the National Basketball Association will be playing for his third team in three seasons, as his hometown Atlanta Hawks traded him and the 31st overall selection to the Charlotte Hornets for Miles Plumlee, Marco Belenelli, and the 41st overall pick.