Darnell Jackson update #2.

Photo by Steven Chea

In case you missed the previous post, Sacramento Kings’ reserve forward Darnell Jackson went down at center court right as halftime began last night against the Boston Celtics.  After a battery of tests, the prognosis is Costochondritis, which, according to MayoClinic.com:

Costochondritis (kos-toe-KHON-dri-tis) is an inflammation of the cartilage that connects a rib to the breastbone (sternum). It causes sharp pain in the costosternal joint — where your ribs and breastbone are joined by rubbery cartilage. Pain caused by costochondritis may mimic that of a heart attack or other heart conditions.

Darnell Jackson has been cleared for full participation going forward, including the Kings next game against San Antonio on Friday night.

Jackson wasn’t available to practice today because his medical testing ran into the practice schedule, but Coach Westphal had this to add:

It’s the last thing you want to see.  Because Darnell had an incident earlier, I wasn’t as petrified because the assumption was that it was an occurrence of something that happened before that was not life threatening, but at the same time, that is serious stuff and you can’t help but be concerned.

We are very glad to hear that it is nothing serious.


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James Ham is the senior editor of Cowbell Kingdom, providing extensive Kings coverage through news analysis, in-depth interviews with players and staff and daily coverage of breaking news since 2010. Along with providing original content for the site, including the Cowbell Kingdom Podcast and his weekly Sunday Musings column, James also contributes to ESPN.com and is one of the producers behind the award-winning, independent documentary film "Small Market, Big Heart".