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Desert Pines grad Pierre Jackson back with Sixers after long, strange trip


Matt Slocum / AP

Newly drafted Philadelphia 76ers’ Pierre Jackson poses for a photo after a basketball news conference at the team’s practice facility, Saturday, June 28, 2014, in Philadelphia.

The short player looked down the long road of his basketball career and agreed it has been a strange one.

"Tell me about it," said Pierre Jackson, a 5-foot-10 point guard who is trying to land a spot with the 76ers, a team that is a little short on point guards, too. "I never doubted myself. Never. I've been confident the whole time."

That confidence came in handy as Jackson, a Desert Pines High grad, took a journey that has gone like this: Las Vegas; Twin Falls, Idaho; Waco, Texas; Philadelphia (very briefly); New Orleans; Villeurbanne, France; Boise, Idaho; Istanbul, Turkey; Philadelphia; and, on Thursday, back to Las Vegas with the Sixers' summer league team.

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