Former Oregon Duck standout Luke Jackson underwent successful surgery last week to repair a herniated disc, and the Cleveland Cavaliers' rookie expects to be back at full strength next season.
'The surgery went as well as it could have gone,' the Creswell native says. 'Everything that needed to happen happened. There is absolutely no pain now. Doctors say I have a 98 percent chance of being 100 percent when my rehabilitation is done.'
Jackson says he first hurt his back in summer-league play in Orlando, Fla.
'I kept playing, and it kept getting worse and worse,' he says.
Doctors repaired a pinched nerve, 'and we thought there was a chance it would get better, but it never did,' Jackson says. 'It was a huge hindrance to my game. I just wasn't healthy, and it was something I needed to take care of.'
Jackson says if rehab goes well, he can be back on the court in about two months, but he doubts whether he will play for the Cavs this season.
• Lake Oswego High quarterback Nick Lomax has been offered scholarships by Boise State, Hawaii, Idaho and Oregon State. The Beavers would have the 6-7, 215-pound Lomax grayshirt Ñ meaning he would enroll in school next winter and begin his eligibility in 2006. Lomax visited Boise State last weekend and will visit Hawaii this weekend.
• Hall of Famer Clyde Drexler and his co-author, Kerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune, will sign copies of Drexler's new autobiography, 'Clyde the Glide,' at three Portland-area bookstores this weekend. Drexler and Eggers will be at Borders in Vancouver, Wash. (811 S.E. 160th Ave.) from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. today; at Borders in Gresham (687 N.W. 12th St.) from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today; and at Barnes and Noble at Tanasbourne (18300 N.W. Evergreen Parkway) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.