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Jarrett Jack on signing with Hawks, ACL injury

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Jarrett Jack working his way back, excited for opportunity with Hawks

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Jarrett Jack signed a one-year contract with the Atlanta Hawks earlier this summer and while it remains to be seen what sort of role he will play with the team, he is excited to be back in Atlanta.

Jack was working a basketball camp in New York recently and discussed his road back from last season’s ACL injury along with his decision to sign with the Hawks with ESPN.com’s Mark Mazzeo.

On returning to Atlanta, Jack said he was grateful that the Hawks were willing to take a chance on him given his injury and that he was excited to be playing at home.

There were a few teams interested. Considering that I live in Atlanta, I played college ball down there [at Georgia Tech] and the people of Georgia are familiar with me, I thought it just made sense on a lot of fronts. I was flattered that they called and wanted to take a chance on me, knowing that I’m coming off knee surgery, but I’m willing to prove to everybody that I’m more than capable of withstanding the physical challenges of the season and just contributing to the team.

Hometown players returning to Atlanta was a theme for the Hawks this offseason. The returns of Jack and Atlanta native Dwight Howard will add a local feel to next season’s Hawks team.

Jack also talked about the ACL injury that ended his 2016 season with the Nets prematurely. He called it the worst pain that he has ever felt but he stopped short of saying that he would not be ready for the start of next season.

I wouldn’t believe that. But I believe I’m probably a month out from participating fully in everything. I’m already on the court and going through drills, pretty much doing everything except for going against other people at 100 percent.

Jack added that he was rehabbing three or four hours everyday for the last four months and he had talked with guys like Lou Williams who had been through the injury before.

It remains to be seen what Jack is able to bring to the court for the Hawks next season. He will turn 33 in October and hasn’t been really effective as a player in some time. One thing he can provide is leadership and he can be a positive influence on Dennis Schröder who will be in his first season as the team’s starting point guard.