Former Beaver scores for Cavs in NBA summer league play
Brian Jackson hits 3 of 4 off the bench in Cleveland win
LAS VEGAS - Brian Jackson didn't get a long look with the Cleveland Cavaliers Monday, but he made the most of it.
The former Oregon State player hit 3 of 4 shots from the field and scored six points in nine minutes off the bench as the Cavaliers blew out Golden State 91-66 in Las Vegas Summer League action.
Jackson, a free agent who played in the NBA Developmental League last year, had gone scoreless in six garbage-time minutes in Cleveland's first two games.
'I think I've played all right,' said the 6-9, 245-pound Knappa native, who played for the Beavers from 1999-2003. 'It's frustrating when you don't get to play as much as you'd hoped. Obviously, they are going to play their own (veterans and draft picks) and get them experience. You just pick up minutes whenever you get the chance. It' a tough deal.'
But Jackson hasn't hurt himself in the eyes of Cleveland assistant Mike Malone, the son of Brendan Malone and the man running the Cavs' summer-league team.
'The tough thing is, you can't play everybody,' the junior Malone said. 'Because Brian did not play a lot the first two games is not an indication he hasn't played well. We have been trying to play some of our own guys. He is one of our best-shooting big men, he is an extremely hard worker and he is a competitor.
'The sign of a true pro is when you call his number, even if he hasn't played, he is ready to go. Brian made his first shot today, had a nice post-up move late in the game and showed he is a very good team defender. I didn't know much about him coming into summer camp, but he has been very impressive to everybody on the staff.'
After he left Oregon State, Jackson spent part of a year playing in Germany. In 2004-05 he was a starter on an Arkansas team that won the American Basketball Association championship. Last season, as the Rimrockers moved into the NBDL, Jackson averaged 12.6 points and 5.9 rebounds in 47 games.
Jackson, who makes his offseason home in Knappa, hopes the exposure here will lead to him being in an NBA team's training camp in October.
'We tell all these guys the first night, they are not just auditioning for the Cavaliers, they are auditioning for the whole league,' Malone said. 'Brian hasn't gotten a lot of minutes for us, but shooting makes up for most of your sins. If you're a big guy who can play pick-and-roll in the NBA, you have value, and he can do that. He has a chance.'