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Jax Going on the Shelf

Ever wonder why Jackson, who is right-handed, almost always jumps off his right foot (which is what a left-handed shooter does)? It’s because his left big toe has been killing for more than two years now.
And he’s fed up with it.
His toe has been giving him pain all season. It actually started in March 2007. He first injured the toe, then in late April had an MRI that said it was fractured. A few days later, the Warriors changed their statement, saying there was no fracture and Jackson had turf toe. (I’m not sure Jackson ever stopped believing it was fractured.)
He’s been playing on it ever since. Rest hasn’t worked, but he hasn’t looked deeper into what was wrong with it. He just kept playing.
But now he has an appointment in Houston on Friday to get his toe checked out. He’ll play Wednesday night in Dallas (you know he’s not missing a showdown with Dirk) and then he’s going get his toe examined by the Houston Rockets doctor.
Why now? Because it’s getting worse and the Warriors aren’t playing for anything. After the New Orleans game, he was noticeably limping. Then Tim Duncan stepped on it tonight.

Jackson: “It’s been hurting for so long that I’ve learned how to somewhat block it out. But if I can put up these numbers, imagine what I can do without this pain.”

He said he’s going to stay in Houston until it’s figured out. He is dead set on making sure he comes into training camp with this behind him. I would not be surprised if he’s done for the season. From the impression I got, he’s going to do whatever it takes. Surgery. Rest. Ballet. He’s just tired of the pain.

Jackson: “I wanted to wait until the end of the season. But everybody is noticing it’s getting worse. It’s time I take a good look at it. We’re not going to be in this position next season. We’re going to need everybody healthy and I don’t want to go into next year not worrying about my toe.”

Jackson said he’s already missed too many games (13) for his liking and didn’t want to sit out anymore. But he’s got designs on a playoff run next season, and he plans to have an even bigger season. Nelson sounded as if he was fine with the decision to get his toe checked out. He’s been looking to sit guys anyway, right? This bails him out from having to answer more questions about resting healthy veterans.

Nellie: “He’s played in pain. Back-to-backs have been hard for him. It’s time to take a look at it, then we’ll see what happens.”

Marcus Thompson