Kevin Durant claims he did not intend to use a fake social media account when he criticized Billy Donovan and the Oklahoma City Thunder over the weekend, but you can count former NBA player Stephen Jackson among the many who do not believe the Finals MVP.
During Wednesday’s edition of “The Jump” on ESPN, Jackson said he now looks at Durant the same way he looks at any other Twitter tough guy who hides behind a keyboard.
“Kevin Durant, I look at you now as I look at everybody else on Twitter and Instagram that has a little egg avatar,” Jackson said. “You are that person now. You cannot be excluded from that.
“Who creates a fake page? I’m the person, if I want to respond to someone on social media, it has to come from my page with a verified check on it. He’s an egg avatar now. I have no respect for him. Don’t do that.”
Jackson clarified that he has no problem with anything Durant said or the fact that K.D. likes to “clap back” at critics, but he clearly feels Durant was trying to hide while doing it.
Durant said it was not a mistake to send the tweets from his verified account, though he expressed regret over saying he didn’t want to play for Donovan and trashing his former teammates. However, the fact that the tweets were written in the third person has led to the theory that he intended to send them from a burner account. Jackson obviously subscribes to that theory even if Durant denies it.
Stephen Jackson is an excellent basketball commentator, and the sports media world is better with him in it. One of the reasons: Captain Jack simply tells it like it is. Whereas some analysts are wary of hurting others’ feelings, Jackson just shares what’s on his mind — unfiltered.
Wednesday on ESPN’s The Jump, Jackson trashed new Brooklyn Nets forward DeMarre Carroll. Since arriving in Brooklyn, Carroll has had some less than favorable things to say about Toronto, his former team. Recently, he said there was a “lack of trust” among teammates that hindered their success. He’s also said he didn’t succeed with the Raptors because he’s “not a one-on-one player.”
These seem like thinly veiled shots at the Raptors’ stars, Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, and Jackson thought they were unnecessary.
“DeMarre Carroll, why are you even talking?” Jackson said. “If anyone passes you the ball you should be happy. Play defense. You’re Bruce Bowen. Just go in the corner and shoot threes and be happy. You shouldn’t even have an input, you’re not good! … He’s not good enough to have an opinion. He’s not. Everybody has a voice in the NBA now.”
Jackson wasn’t the only one with that perspective. Paul Pierce shared Jackson’s point of view. Check out their takes below.
Their point is fair: Carroll is a nice rotation player, but why trash your former team on the way out — particularly when your former team was relatively successful? It just makes you look salty.
Stephen Jackson is a big advocate of the country and NBA relaxing its rules about marijuana. That’s probably because he loved it so much he even used to smoke before games.
The 14-year NBA veteran was on actor Michael Rapoport’s podcast last week and talked with him about his experiences with smoking weed before NBA games.
“I can’t speak for nobody else. Me personally, I’ve done a lot of s— before games sometimes and still was able to go out there and be productive,” Jackson told Rapoport, as transcribed by Dime. “I just gotta be real, you know, it’s been a couple games where I smoked before games and had great games. It’s been some games where I smoked before the game and was on the bench after three minutes sitting on the sideline, ‘please calm down, this high has to calm down,’ I done shot three shots that went over the backboard, like, I’m going to be honest, like ‘ahh, I gotta calm down.’”
The great stories about Jackson and marijuana didn’t end there.
According to Jackson, who most notably spent four seasons with the Warriors and Spurs, he, Baron Davis and Don Nelson used to talk about weed together in Golden State. In fact, he says Nelson celebrated with the team when the league’s drug tests ended for the season.
“Nobody knows this story, so this is the first time somebody is hearing this. We’re in Utah and the drug test people are around, you know, to get our last drug test so we can smoke, right? Don Nelson, we talked about weed all the time, he was cool with talking about weed. We got our last test in Utah, right? So me and Baron are coming out the locker room just screaming, excited with our last pink slip saying we could smoke for the rest of the season and Don Nelson hauls a– down there giving us hi-fives like, ‘yeah, we can smoke now!’ It was cool, the fact that he knows what’s going on off the court with his players, which was great man. We enjoyed it. That’s why we were a great team.”
The ’06-’07 Warriors team coached by Nelson and starring Jackson and Davis pulled off one of the biggest upsets in NBA playoff history when they defeated the No. 1 seed Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs. Not only were they a good team, but they were major fan favorites. Stories like this make it easy to see why. And such stories also make you wonder whether Jackson was high when he had this to say.
Stephen Jackson continues to search for a taker in his NBA comeback bid. Most recently, he’s been floating the Chicago Bulls.
Jackson talked to Raul Barrigon of HoopsHype about his comeback bid and said that Jimmy Butler and Rajon Rondo have both said they want him on the Bulls.
“Well, actually not a lot of people know that Jimmy has been calling me,” Jackson said. “We’ve been talking for like three months now. Even Rondo has been calling me, they really want me on the Bulls team. I’ve been talking to a lot of guys, because guys know what I bring. There’s not many guys like me. There’s probably one or two guys in the NBA like me that can play both ways and don’t mind really shutting the guy down.
“I’m a winner, I’ve been in the playoffs many years. Guys know I’m a great teammate, Tim Duncan called me the ultimate teammate. I know how to play good for the guy next to me. I’m getting calls and I will be ready and that’s the biggest part.”
Jackson also namedropped Steve Kerr and said they’d talked a bit, though affirmed that nothing is close.
It was claimed that Jackson was headed to Warriors camp, but this was quickly proven false. He will doubtlessly keep talking himself up and dropping names, but making an NBA roster is probably a longshot for him at this point.
It turns out that Stephen Jackson’s bid for an NBA comeback may be somewhat unrequited.
According to a report by Henry Wofford of CSN Bay Area on Sunday, the Warriors are saying that have NOT given Jackson an invite to training camp.
The 38-year-old Jackson had apparently told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols, whose show “The Jump” Jackson has been a regular guest on, that he had gotten a camp invite from the Dubs. Nichols then proceeded to send out a congratulatory tweet announcing the news. This was evidently not the case, however, and Nichols has since deleted the tweet. She went on to post the following clarifications:
Jackson making a comeback with Golden State, where he played from 2007 to 2009, never made much sense to begin with. The two attributes that the Warriors pride themselves on are three-point shooting and defense, both skills that left Captain Jack a long time ago. Additionally, the team doesn’t have very much young talent in need of mentorship from a veteran like Jackson, considering that they have made back-to-back NBA Finals appearances and just won 73 games.
The Warriors may still consider Jackson in an assistant coaching capacity as was previously reported. But it’s probably safe to close the book on the possibility of a “We Believe” reunion tour in Golden State next season.
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The Golden State Warriors have made some big additions already this summer, but an unlikely name will be trying to latch on with them come training camp.
ESPN’s Rachel Nichols tweeted Sunday that NBA veteran Stephen Jackson told her that he plans to try to return to the league at Warriors camp.
Nichols would know, as Jackson has been a contributor to her ESPN show, “The Jump.”
Jackson spent parts of four seasons with Golden State, but he hasn’t played in the NBA since 2013-14, and that was a nine game stint with the Clippers. He turned 38 in April, so he’s still theoretically of playing age, but it’s hard to believe he’ll stick on such a talented roster unless Golden State decides they want a mentor figure on the team. The Warriors do see something in him — they had recently been eyeing him in a coaching role, not a playing one. It’ll also be interesting to see if his criticism of Kevin Durant will impact anything.
Former NBA swingman Stephen Jackson is looking to make a comeback next season, and the Golden State Warriors are willing to give him an opportunity. However, the team may have a different role in mind than the one Jackson envisions for himself.
ESPN’s Marc Stein reports that the Warriors are interested in adding Jackson to their coaching staff, but the 38-year-old wants to play.
The last time Jackson played was when he appeared in just nine games for the Los Angeles Clippers during the 2013-2014 season, averaging just 1.7 points in 11.9 minutes per game. He has not made a significant impact with a team in about five years, though some of his best seasons were in Golden State from 2007 through 2010.
If the Warriors do offer Jackson a coaching position, they may want to check with Kevin Durant first. Jackson blasted Durant during the playoffs (video here), and Golden State wants to sign the free agent superstar. That could create some awkwardness.
With the Thunder losing to the Warriors on Saturday, setting the stage for Game 7, one could point to several reasons Oklahoma City came out on the wrong end of the final score. When watching the game, Stephen Jackson noticed a lack of effort from a Thunder star.
Kevin Durant was criticized by some for the nineteen shots he took during the first half. However, it was what happened after a fourth quarter turnover by Durant that caught Jackson’s attention. The former NBA player ripped Durant for not closing out on Stephen Curry shooting a three-pointer, saying Durant didn’t even try. Jackson went on to emphasize that Oklahoma City isn’t going to beat the Warriors or anyone in the Western Conference Finals by “half-assing like that.”
Given Oklahoma City at one point had a 3-1 series over Golden State and are now staring at Game 7 in Oracle, there has been no shortage of people picking apart the last two games to see what the Thunder need to correct. In this particular instance, it’s tough to find fault with Jackson’s analysis on the play in question. The good thing for Oklahoma City is they have one last opportunity to close out Golden State and it will likely take maximum effort to do so.
Forgive Stephen Jackson if he’s a little biased on the matter, but the former small forward believes his 2007 Warriors would have beaten today’s Warriors.
Jackson was appearing on ESPN Thursday when he made the declaration.
“My Warriors team would be today’s Warriors team! I guarantee that,” said Jackson.
Jackson was traded to the Warriors in 2007 and played two and a half seasons with the team. The 2006-2007 team went 42-40 and reached the playoffs as the eighth seed in the Western Conference. Then they pulled off a huge upset by knocking out the top-seeded Dallas Mavericks in the first round in six games.
“We beat the one-seed. We beat the one-seed,” Jackson repeated. He did give the current Warriors respect, saying “they’re great. Don’t get me wrong, they’re great.”
Look, Dubs fans loved that ’07 team. It was the first Warriors squad to reach the playoffs since ’94, and it took another six seasons before Golden State made it back again. But who in their right mind would say a team that went 42-40 would beat a team that is 51-5 and on its way to becoming the best team in NBA history?
I love you Stephen, but that’s just crazy talk. Jackson has always been someone passionate who speaks his mind as this shows, but nobody ever said logic or objectivity were his middle names.
Los Angeles Clippers forward Stephen Jackson is a re-gifter. No, not that kind of re-gifter. Most people who re-gift are too lazy or cheap to go out and buy a gift, so they just pass something on that was given to them. I guess you could say Jackson did that, but he did it with an electronic device that costs hundreds of dollars.
As part of the NBA’s Christmas Day celebration, players were given Samsung Galaxy Note tablets from the league. Since these same players have made millions of dollars throughout their careers, Jackson decided to give his to an arena worker. The best part is the Clippers were playing on the road against the Golden State Warriors — Jackson’s former team. Perhaps he knew the employee.
“Season for giving,” Jackson wrote on Instagram. “NBA gave me a gift. I gave it to a girl that worked at Warriors arena.”
We have seen Jackson do some pretty dumb things over the years, but this is not one of them. Kudos to him for making someone’s holiday more memorable.