Stephen Jackson’s release by the San Antonio Spurs last week came as a shock to many. Nobody saw it coming, and many people were led to believe that Jackson was happy being part of the San Antonio organization. That clearly was not the case — at least not recently.
The day he was released, Jackson hinted at a possible conflict with coach Gregg Popovich.
“I would never say a player is better than me when I know their not. Not for no one,” Jackson wrote on Instagram.
He then tagged his note with a hashtag saying you and I know what’s really going on.
Jackson made it pretty obvious that he was dissatisfied with being behind players on the depth chart whom he thinks he’s better than. He elaborated on that thought in an interview with Sister 2 Sister Magazine.
“We had a disagreement,” Jackson said in reference to Coach Popovich. “He wanted me to agree to players being better than me, and I didn’t agree. I’ve been in the NBA a long time, so it’s just something I didn’t agree with and something I have no control over. He’s the coach. He controls who plays, and he controls the team, which I do respect. At the same time, I know what I can do and what I been doing my whole career, and I’m far from ready to hang it up. So, I can’t let one person tell me where I’m at 35-years-old. To me, it just didn’t make no sense.”
Jackson also says he expressed his unhappiness with his role on the team prior to the trade deadline and all-star break, and that he wishes they would have released him sooner so he could have joined another team.
I’m not 100 percent sure about whom Jackson is referring, but I’m guessing it’s Kawhi Leonard. Leonard was the team’s first-round pick in 2011 and has seen a big minutes boost this season. He’s also played well for San Antonio, and you cannot really disagree with the results; the Spurs secured the second seed in the Western Conference.
Who can really be surprised about Jackson having an issue with the team? He’s had problems everywhere he’s played, so it was only a matter of time before he had an issue with the Spurs. I’m honestly shocked he went this long without really having a big disagreement with the team.
Stephen Jackson revealed Thursday that he missed three games because his wife had a miscarriage of what would have been the couple’s first child.
Jackson played 19 minutes for the Spurs on Feb. 10 against the Nets, but he missed the team’s next three games because of personal reasons. He rejoined the team on Thursday and played 19 minutes in a 116-90 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.
Before the game, Jackson told the San Antonio Express-News’ Mike Monroe that he missed the games because his wife, Renata, lost the child she had been carrying for 6.5 months. Jackson told Monroe that he is frustrated and “nowhere close to being over it,” but that being back with the team has helped him.
“I’m happy to be back with the team. I need to be back with the team, just for my own sanity,” Jackson told Monroe. “Basketball and being around these guys helps me a lot, so it’s definitely something I needed.”
Jackson says the Spurs organization is like a family, and that the support he’s had during the tough time has been immense. He says coach Gregg Popovich told him to take as much time as he needed. He told the Express-News that he received daily phone calls from Tim Duncan, and that he also heard from the team’s owner and general manager.
Jackson had five points, three rebounds, and three steals in his first game back with the Spurs.
Stephen Jackson had to leave Thursday’s Spurs-Knicks game at Madison Square Garden after spraining his ankle falling on a waitress who was serving Mayor Bloomberg. We’re not even joking.
The injury occurred late in the first quarter of the game after Jackson attempted a 3-point shot from the corner. As Jackson was backing up while tracking his shot, he stumbled over a waitress who was crouched down to serve Bloomberg.
Adding insult to literal injury, Jackson missed the shot. He was 0-for-2 in his three minutes of action before leaving the game with a sprained right ankle.
Stephen Jackson has problems on most teams he plays for in the NBA, but for some reason he fits in well in San Antonio.
Jackson had his breakthrough season with the Spurs back in ’02-’03, which helped him earn a contract with the Atlanta Hawks. Jackson jumped around to four other teams over the next eight seasons. He had a notable 30-game suspension for his role in the brawl in Indiana, a 7-game suspension for firing a gun outside a strip club, and he has had numerous team or league-issued suspensions for minor infractions since. He admitted he quit on the Bobcats, and he successfully forced his way out of Milwaukee last season.
That long list of missteps doesn’t seem to bother Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who loves Jackson.
“I love his sense of humor and I love his competitiveness,” Popovich said Sunday, via the Star-Telegram. “He gives us a little bit of an edge.
“It’s great to have him, and the guys really appreciate him, especially Timmy (Duncan). He’s been one of Timmy’s favorite players through the years, so it’s great having him back with the squad.”
Are we talking about the same Stephen Jackson? The guy who seems to be a problem everywhere he goes? I guess the Spurs like the enforcer role he plays and the way he threatens opposing players. Or maybe Jackson made up with Duncan by finally letting the big man rap on his album.
Stephen Jackson was not messing around when he issued a threat to Serge Ibaka over Twitter on Friday night, and now he is paying the price. The NBA fined him $25,000 for his threat.
The Spurs swingman was watching the Thunder-Lakers game and saw Ibaka scuffle with Metta World Peace. The incident must have reminded him about his past run-ins with Ibaka — they had one in last season’s Western Conference Finals and another at the beginning of this season — and it prompted him to threaten the Thunder forward.
We gave Jackson a break on Friday by saying he must have meant it in jest, but we figured a fine was coming. It did.
Jackson also apologized on Sunday. He wrote the following on Instagram:
“I apologize to @sergeibaka, the NBA, and to all my fans for the comments I made. It was unprofessional and childish. I’m not a thug just a man who speaks his mind. It was not appropriate. I do apologize. Only a man can admit when he’s wrong.”
We appreciate that Jackson apologized, but it still doesn’t clear him from doing something that was not only foolish, but offensive. The NBA described his tweet as hostile. It certainly was. I know a lot of people enjoy toughness in the NBA like the old days, but it’s totally inappropriate to threaten to smash a player in his mouth.
A fractured finger has been keeping Stephen Jackson from playing for the Spurs the past few weeks, but it isn’t keeping him from tweeting.
Depending on how you view it, the San Antonio swingman issued either a threat to Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka, or cracked a joke about the forward’s tendency to get involved in fights with some of the league’s more notable tough guys.
Somebody tell serg Abaka. He aint bout dis life. Next time he run up on me im goin in his mouth. That’s a promise. He doin 2 much.
It isn’t clear what led to Jackson’s tweet, but we have a few ideas.
Jackson beefed with Ibaka during the Western Conference Finals last season. That probably made Jackson realize that Ibaka doesn’t back down from anyone. He also got a technical at the beginning of this season for trading trash talk with Ibaka.
Then toward the end of Friday’s Thunder-Lakers game, Ibaka got into it with noted crazy man Metta World Peace.
Double-technicals were handed out on the play and, as you could tell in the video, Ibaka was ready to fight Metta.
Jackson probably was watching the game and his tweet was a response to the fight. He likely isn’t dumb enough to threaten another player over Twitter knowing that the league fines players for anything over Twitter. This was probably just his way of saying Ibaka better watch out who he messes with. I actually think it’s pretty cool that Ibaka stands tough as OKC’s enforcer.
Stephen Jackson takes his music as seriously as his NBA career. In fact, if the highly-entertaining interview he gave recently is any indication he probably cares about rapping more than playing basketball. That’s why he had no problem flat-out denying Tim Duncan when Duncan asked if he could rap on his new album.
“I asked him if I could rap a little on his album, and he told me no, straight out,” Duncan said according to Spurs Nation. “I was very offended. He’s never even heard me rap. He doesn’t know what I could do.”
Jackson and Duncan are teammates now, yet Jackson allowed Kevin Durant of the Western Conference rival Thunder to appear on a track. Clearly this is simply about music, and S-Jax is not willing to find out if Duncan has what it takes to earn respect in the rap game.
I’m not going to lie, I can’t imagine Timmy would be a good rapper either. That being said, wouldn’t you at least make an exception for a teammate? Apparently Jackson swears off jump shots in the offseason for a reason. There are no teammates in the rap game.
Stephen Jackson has been in the NBA for a very long time, and he hasn’t exactly come across as a highly-motivated player during his 12-year career. Jackson is incredibly passionate about rapping, and it seems like he spends more of his offseason time writing rhymes than he does in the gym. That’s probably because he does.
In fact, Jackson spends no time in the gym at all during the offseason. During an interview with New York City hip-hop station 105.1 FM on Monday, the Spurs shooting guard told the hosts of “The Breakfast Club” that he doesn’t work out when the NBA is out of season — at all.
“I don’t work out,” he said emphatically. “I ain’t worked out my whole career. That’s me. That’s how I’ve been my whole life. I been doing it so long, so when I go to training camp, I take those three weeks to get in shape.”
We have our first NBA trade deadline deal, folks. But don’t get your hopes up. It doesn’t involve Dwight Howard, although it’s still a swap involving big names.
The Warriors agreed Tuesday to trade shooting guard Monta Ellis, forward Ekpe Udoh and injured center Kwame Brown to the Bucks for center Andrew Bogut and forward Stephen Jackson, according to Yahoo! Sports.
And how’s this for irony: The Warriors host the Bucks on Friday.
Ellis, obviously, has previously been linked to trade scenarios sending him to Orlando. But instead he’ll be heading to Milwaukee where he’ll be part of a dynamic backcourt along with Brandon Jennings. Udoh, who can also fill in at center, gives the Bucks a young big man with plenty of upside.
With the Bucks hanging around the fringe of the East’s playoff picture, both players will give the team a serious boost that it wouldn’t have otherwise gotten with Bogut out for possibly the rest of the season. And then there’s Kwame Brown, who despite being Kwame Brown was a prominent role player for the Warriors before tearing a pectoral muscle in January.
Bogut, who has faced injury troubles throughout his career, has missed all but 12 games this season, thanks mostly to a fractured ankle. Golden State also welcomes back Stephen “Stak5” Jackson, who for now returns to the team for which he was a key contributor during its impressive 2007 “We Believe” playoff run. We say “for now” because the Warriors are reportedly shopping Jackson in hopes of getting another big.
Stephen Jackson should have never signed with the Bucks. Considering he’s nearing the end of his career, signing with a lousy team made little sense unless he simply wanted money. A mere 30 games into the season, the honeymoon is already over. In fact, there never was a honeymoon as Jackson and Milwaukee coach Scott Skiles cannot see eye-to-eye. Jackson is frustrated, has been riding the bench, and wants to be traded.
“Not at all,” Jackson told HOOPSWORLD when asked if he has a future with the Bucks.. “It’s obvious, you can see that. I’m just waiting until my situation is different. I’m coming to work every day and keeping myself prepared so that when my situation does get better, I’m ready to go.”
Jackson is averaging only 10.9 points per game — his lowest total since his sophomore NBA season. He has been completely vocal about his desire to get out of Milwaukee and made it clear that he has no respect for the Bucks coaching staff.
“I’ve worked hard for many years to be that player that guys want to play with,” he said. “To not be playing, and not have any reasons behind it, it’s kind of disrespectful. At the end of the day, I’m 33 years old. I’m not a 22-year-old guy that you’re coaching. I’m a grown man who’s probably done more than a lot of people in this locker room in this league, including coaches. Like I said, I can’t put myself in the game and I can’t do anything except support my teammates and be ready for when I do play.”
He may be 33 years old, but he’s acting like a high school kid who had his minutes chopped down for no reason at all. No coach wants to let a player tell him what to do, but Jackson obviously has no respect for Skiles. If he’s not gone before the trade deadline, things can only get worse. A 33-year-old malcontent isn’t going to help the Bucks build a team for the future.