The expectations are high for Phoenix Suns forward Josh Jackson this season.
In collaboration with Marc J. Spears of ESPN’s The Undefeated, Jackson is keeping a diary of everything going on during his sophomore campaign.
In his latest entry, (here’s his first) Jackson touches on a variety of topics, including the upheaval this week in the Suns’ front office.
On McDonough’s firing:
“I got a glimpse of what the NBA life is like when I first came into it last year because, as y’all know, our first coach Earl Watson got fired after the third game. That showed me that it was a business. At any given time, you can be replaced and someone can just come right in and take your job.”
On #1 pick Deandre Ayton:
“Deandre Ayton is dominant. He’s a monster. He is the No. 1 pick for a reason. Any team in the draft who had the No. 1 pick would have picked that dude right there for obvious reasons. I tell him every game, ‘Nobody can stop you. Go in there with a mindset that no one will stop you.”
On looking for a new pad:
“There is a little thing that I’m dealing with. It was storming in Phoenix for like three days last week. I came home to 13 different spots in my ceiling leaking water all over my floor and my carpet. It is a pretty nice place, but not as nice as it was. They had to knock out the carpet and also the ceiling a little bit because there was mold in there.”
On what he hopes to accomplish this season:
“Coming into this season, I really want to show people that I have gotten better in the past year and show people I have been working on my game a lot this summer. I am really versatile. I have been working on my point guard skills, my ballhandling and my passing. I’ve been trying to play at that one spot a little more to elevate my game a little bit.”
There’s lots more to enjoy here, check it out. Follow Marc J. Spears to stay up to date on Jackson’s reflections as the season progresses.