The Legends welcomed the Greensboro Swarm, D-League affiliate of the Charlotte Hornets, into Dr Pepper Arena Thursday night and used a big first half to defeat the visitors 121-106. The good guys led 64-43 at the half and would hold onto the lead the rest of the way, allowing them no closer than 12 points.
Texas also had two new additions on the roster in the starting lineup: Quincy Acy and Pierre Jackson. Acy began the year with the parent club Dallas Mavericks and was re-acquired by the organization in a trade with the Los Angeles D-Fenders on Monday. Stay tuned for a special feature on the former Baylor Bear.
Acy’s Baylor teammate in 2011 and 2012 is now his 2016 Texas Legends teammate. Jackson was acquired in March in a trade with the Idaho Stampede and was playing overseas until recently.
“A couple days before my trial was up in Croatia me and my agent came to terms, figured it out and wanted to give this a go.”
It’s been a quick turnaround for Jackson. “About a week and a half ago,” he says the events started to take place.
The 5-10, 180-pound point guard has been an electric scorer from day one. Unfortunately, injury troubles have stunted the early portion of his pro basketball career. But he’s on the way back up to the top.
I asked him what it meant to be back out on the D-League court and when he finally found the words, he said “I’m healthy.”
“I kind of hope that every game goes as planned. I plan on playing as good as I can every game, trying to win every game while I’m down here.”
“I worked my tail off this whole year,” continues Jackson postgame. “I’ve been out, just trying to get back to where I was. Make shots, get everybody involved. It’s been working out for me. Got a chance to do it tonight and get a good win for the team.”
In his first game back stateside, Jackson packed the box score with 31 points and 11 assists on 11 of 18 shooting, 2 of 5 from downtown and 7 of 9 from the free throw line. The double digit assist total causes Jackson’s face to light up.
“Oh wow! I did? Thank you! (laughs) That’s all I was really worried about. I kind of asked on the bench how many assists I got, how many turnovers I got.”
“That’s my job. I’m the point guard. As long as I’m playing the point guard and my main goal is point guard I’m a point guard. I’ve played roles where I have to play the scorer on the team so people kind of forgot that I can distribute the ball, so I’m glad I got a chance to do that.”
Coming over to a new team is too tall a task for some. With his former college teammate Acy also debuting with the Legends Thursday night, the process was made all the more easy for the adaptive Jackson.
“Yeah man, Q(uincy) is my brother,” says the 25-year old. “He helped me a lot when we were down in Waco. It’s an honor to be able to play with him again. I’m a big fan of his.”
On and off the court, these two know each other and the results speak for themselves. “He makes the game easier for me, gets me open with screens and gets himself open by getting me open. His man has to help me. He’s a hard worker and I’m glad I get a chance to play with him again.”
Manny Harris continued his red hot play with 23 points and 7 rebounds on 10 of 18 shooting. Jameel Warney followed up a strong Saturday outing with 19 points, making 7 of 12 shots and tallying a game high +/- of +24. Acy added 16 points, 7 rebounds and made both of his three-point attempts.
Another newcomer and former NBA player, Tony Wroten scored 11 off the bench while adding a team-high 9 boards.
The Legends continue their season Friday night in Oklahoma City vs. the Thunder-affiliated Oklahoma City Blue at 7:00 PM.