WASHINGTON — NBA player Reggie Jackson, a four-time All-Star who also played for the Chicago Bulls, will wear a pair of socks instead, instead of sneakers, for the NBA charity event “Heels Up,” which will raise money for charity.
Jackson, who will wear the shoes to the Washington Wizards’ home game against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night, was diagnosed with an orthopedic issue and has been unable to practice during the lockout.
“It’s been really tough.
I’ve been a big part of a lot of great charities, so this is just something I feel really good about, to help people,” Jackson said.
“I want to help raise awareness of a few things and the things that are important to people.
I’ll wear a couple pairs of socks to the game. “
The socks, I feel like they will make people feel better, so I thought, I’m going to wear a little sock for a little bit.
Jackson has been out since March, and has not played in the NBA since the playoffs began. “
And then I’ll just be myself for a while.”
Jackson has been out since March, and has not played in the NBA since the playoffs began.
He has played in only 12 games this season.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver issued a statement on Tuesday evening saying the league is committed to supporting charities, and said he hoped Jackson would recover.
“We’re grateful for the support Reggie has shown us over the years,” Silver said.
“[But] the league does not have a timetable for Reggie’s return.
We are disappointed that Reggie has been placed in this position and that he has not been able to participate in any of the charity events and activities planned.
We appreciate Reggie’s efforts and support during this time of adversity.”
The Wizards were one of a handful of teams that were expected to participate, but Silver said the team has not received word from Jackson yet.
The NBA has given $500,000 to the American Red Cross and other organizations.
The Wizards are expected to host a charity event on Wednesday in Washington, and they are expected back in action against the Celtics on Thursday.
Jackson and his wife, Stephanie, are expecting their third child in January.
Jackson has not participated in charity events since March after he injured his ankle while playing in China, and was out until March 21, the day he returned.