Aaron Jackson, the 31-Year-Old Former Duquesne Basketball Player Who Has Played Basketball Overseas since 2009, Making Stops in Italy, Turkey, Spain, Russia, and China, Finally Got His NBA Breakthrough [Derived Headline]

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Aaron Jackson, the 31-Year-Old Former Duquesne Basketball Player Who Has Played Basketball Overseas since 2009, Making Stops in Italy, Turkey, Spain, Russia, and China, Finally Got His NBA Breakthrough [Derived Headline]


Benz, Tim, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Aaron Jackson, the 31-year-old former Duquesne basketball player who has played basketball overseas since 2009, making stops in Italy, Turkey, Spain, Russia, and China, finally got his NBA breakthrough.

On April 11, he had just finished his ninth season of play. He was at the Staples Center watching the Lakers beat the Houston Rockets.

That was the night Andre Ingram made his NBA debut at the 32 years old. He came off the bench and scored 19 points in his first game.

Jackson was there as a guest of the Lakers. Along the way, Jackson was taking notes on plays the Lakers were running with Ingram to take back to his coaches in China, with an outside hope that he may sign in L.A. during the offseason.

Of course, watching Ingram made him wonder if that could’ve been him.

The next morning, after staying out late celebrating his girlfriend’s birthday, he got a call from the Rockets telling him to get up and get to Sacramento as soon as possible. He was about to join the team for the regular-season finale.

Sure enough, Jackson became Ingram to an extent. He got to the game just in time, with no warm up. …

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