Reggie Jackson said he has tuned out all media the last few weeks, but he admitted he heard the criticism earlier this year.
The Detroit Pistons developed another identity when Jackson was out earlier this season after undergoing a platelet-rich plasma injection to treat his left knee tendinitis.
“I could probably not play for the next 10 games and we lost all 10, it’s probably going to be my fault,” Jackson said. “That’s the outside world, that’s the name of the game. That’s how it goes.
“I don’t really listen to it. I can’t control that. I’m just going to control what I control. When I come out here, I’m going to compete to the best of my ability and compete as hard as I can.”
There have been questions as to whether Jackson's drop in production is related to lingering knee issues.
Jackson and the Pistons say he’s fine, but Jackson thinks it more a matter of Van Gundy trying to diversify the offense, a decision Van Gundy made when he saw an ineffective Jackson.
“Maybe it used to (bother me), but that’s why literally I can’t recall an article I’ve read, I can’t really recall watching any interviews — especially since two weeks starting before (the NBA All-Star break),” Jackson said. “I’ve literally just learned to tune out all fans. I’m just coming in here, coming out to do my job each and every day. When this game’s done, it’s done, but I could really (not) care less about anybody else’s opinion anymore.
“I’ve had some dark days throughout the season, but I’ve turned off all the media, I’ve turned everything else off. I’ve been happier in life.”