Son of ex-NBA guard Jim Jackson says his father no match for him


jim-jackson-with-sonWisconsin Guard Traevon Jackson, the son of former NBA guard Jim Jackson, said in an interview to HoopsVibe that he would defeat his father on the basketball court.

“I would win easily. He can beat me in golf and all other games cards, all that stuff. But he’s no beating me on the court,” Jackson’s son said, laughing.

During the 2012-2013 season, in his sophomore year, Jackson posted career highs in all major categories while playing in 35 games, starting 29 of them. Jackson was second on the team in free throw percentage (.765), first in steals (1.0 spg) and 15th in the Big Ten in assists.

Speaking about the pressure based on who his dad is, Traevon Jackson said he did feel it, when he was growing up.

“I don’t even think about it at all, actually. The pressure that I feel now the most is pleasing the Lord. That may sound cliché, but that’s an everyday type of task and the biggest thing for me,” he said. “As long as I continue to grow in that aspect, there is no other question.”

He went on to say his father supported him when he went to Wisconsin, instead of Ohio State.

“He told me what I was getting into as far as the coaching staff and what to expect, and he was right; he was right about a lot of things,” Traevon Jackson said. “At the end of the day he was just happy for me because he had seen where I started from in terms of basketball and what I had become. He was just very happy for me, and my mom too.”

Traevon’s father Jim Jackson was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks in the 1st round (4th pick) of the 1992 NBA Draft. He played 13 years in the NBA, appearing in 885 games (650 started), averaging 14.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg and 3.2 apg in 32.8 minutes of action.

Jackson, an NBA journeyman played for 12 NBA teams – Dallas Mavericks, New Jersey Nets, Philadelphia 76ers, Golden State Warriors, Portland TrailBlazers, Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets, Phoenix Suns and LA Lakers.

Traevon Jackson said it was great that his father moved around the NBA during his playing days, as he got to see a lot of different cities and a lot of places he wouldn’t have otherwise.

“Just from watching him, I got to really go through and experience his career with him. He started out as a top guy in the league and eventually became a productive role player. Just seeing how he handled it was awesome,” Traevon Jackson told HoopsVibe.

“It taught me to never give up, no matter what. I think about it now when I go through adversity, I never saw him put his head down; he always found a way, just like my mom. Just keep working hard and good things will come.”

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