It was a cool moment for Pierre Jackson -- who when on the court is as cool as he is intense -- when Dallas Mavericks boss Donnie Nelson followed up the former Baylor guard's 34-point effort Saturday in the Texas Legends' 113-110 D-League win over the Vipers in Frisco.
"Welcome back to the Mavs!'' Donnie said, embracing the 5-11 Jackson ... who is excited to re-embrace his NBA opportunity.
Dallas worked its way through a paperwork jungle in the last two weeks to make this happen, first calling up Jackson from its D-League affiliate under with an announced two-year contract, then waiving him before the Jan. 5 date that would have meant the contract was guaranteed, then planning on signing him to this 10-day contract (but only after Jan. 14 when 10-day contracts are allowed, and only after the seven-day embargo on re-signing a player you'd cut to a 10-day).
That interim time was filled by Jackson happily accepting the invitation to return to the Legends, where he's been nothing short of spectacular in joining Texas teammate Manny Harris as a leading scorer and a leader, period, in the D-League.
Jackson was called up from the Legends on December 27, at which time he was averaging 29.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.9 steals and 35.7 minutes per game with Texas. In his brief time with the Mavericks, Jackson put up averages of three points on 21.4-percent shooting and 1.8 assists in seven minutes per game.
"We take it to heart,'' Pierre told us when we asked about wins and losses at the D-League level. "You've got to play with pride.''
The Mavs -- 12-27 with the Timberwolves visiting Dallas this afternoon in a 1 p.m. tip, and the GameThread is here on DB.com Boards -- now try to use the same philosophy with Jackson back in the fold. Dallas wanted to make sure to snap up Jackson again, especially as six different NBA teams were represented by scouts at the Saturday game -- and that doesn't even include the Cleveland Cavalier, who sources tell DallasBasketball.com were also considering a Jackson call-up.