Tag:Stephen Jackson
Posted on: February 17, 2012 4:59 pm

Skiles and Jackson aren't getting along

Stephen Jackson and Scott Skiles are not getting along in Milwaukee. (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore 

In news that will surprise exactly no one, Scott Skiles and Stephen Jackson are not getting along. Jackson was initially reticent about being traded to the Bucks, and has struggled mightily on the floor. It was thought Jackson's perimeter shooting and commitment to defense would be a perfect fit for the offensively inept Bucks, but the Racine Journal Times reports that things have already hit a pretty low point: 

After Stephen Jackson was benched for the second half of a game against Denver Jan. 17, I asked the Bucks veteran swingman whether he had any inkling Bucks coach Scott Skiles was going to do that.

Jackson said he didn't get any advance warning and he didn't get any explanation after the game, either.

It was abundantly clear even then that Jackson, whom the Bucks acquired from Charlotte last June and was expected to be a key piece to the Bucks' puzzle this season, wasn't on the same page with Skiles.

Now, a month later, Jackson's relationship with Skiles seemingly has disintegrated. In an interview with Rod Burks of Channel 4 (NBC) in Milwaukee, Jackson said: "We don't have no relationship like I've had with other coaches and I don't expect to have one. Too much stuff has happened."
via BUCKS BEAT: Jackson, Skiles are all business.

Yeah, that's not good.

The Warriors were criticized for handing Jackson his last massive extension, the Bobcats were criticized for trading for that contract, and the Bucks were criticized for trading for that contract the Bobcats had traded for. That Jackson has seemingly fallen off the age cliff just makes matters worse. He's the worst kind of asset when he doesn't fit in with the team culture. He's an outspoken veteran who won't fall in line just to fall in line, who can be great in the right situation and terrible in the wrong, on a massive contract with years remaining and a declining skill set.

So, no, the Bucks will not have an easy time finding a suitor. That said, there's always someone out there looking for veteran scorers, and Milwaukee should definitely accept taking a bath on the investment in order to clear Jackson's money off the books. It wasn't a terrible idea to bring in Jackson, it just didn't work. Seems like so many ideas under the current regime in Milwaukee, unfortunately. 
Posted on: January 31, 2012 12:05 pm
Edited on: January 31, 2012 12:39 pm

Stephen Jackson the key to getting Dwight Howard?

Dwight Howard wants to play with... Stephen Jackson? (Getty Images)
Posted by Royce Young

The Dwight Howard rumor mill might be reaching an all-time low. And this teaming up with other players thing is getting a little out of hand.

Because ESPN reports that Dwight Howard wants to play with... Stephen Jackson? Wha?
"If the Nets want to improve their chances, my understanding is that Stephen Jackson and Dwight Howard have talked several times about playing together. And [they] would love to do so with the Nets with Deron Williams at the point guard setting them up. If the Nets want to improve their chances of getting Howard, making a deal for Stephen Jackson as well ... should be on their menu."
You hear about Deron Williams and Howard wanting to pair up or maybe Rose with Howard or at a time Chris Paul with him, but Stephen Jackson definitely wasn't to be expected. I suppose they're friends and people like to work with friends, so I guess it makes sense.

Jackson though hasn't been happy with the Bucks as they won't extend his contract. Jackson is on an expiring deal paying him $10 million this season. Said Jackson, "Everybody knows the situation. My situation is going to get better soon. Until then, I'm going to support these guys and continue to collect my check." Doesn't exactly sound like the happiest man in the world with his situation.

As Howard Beck of the NY Times tweeted: "Possibly relevant: They have the same agent." Yep, that could potentially be a major part of this. And it could give an idea where this rumbling is coming from.

But you can be sure that the Nets will have an eye toward Jackson if that really means an edge to get Dwight Howard. That franchise has basically sold its soul to build around a Williams-Howard combo. So if Howard said he had to have Leonardo DiCaprio as his power forward, I can guarantee Billy King would be getting on the phone to see what he could do.
Posted on: January 28, 2012 4:34 pm
Edited on: January 28, 2012 5:44 pm

Stephen Jackson suspended one game

Posted by Royce Young

Prepare for some news that will not likely surprise you. The NBA announced Saturday that Bucks guard Stephen Jackson has been suspended one game for verbal abuse of an official and for not leaving the court in a timely fashion during Milwaukee's Saturday night game against the Bulls.

Jackson's ejection came late in the game after he was hit with a second technical foul. Jackson will serve his suspension tonight against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Jackson did apologize on Twitter:

"To all my fans apologize for my actions. Its just somethings refs shouldnt say. Gotta keep my kool. Lesson learned."

Jackson, who was acquired from Charlotte in a deal that sent Corey Maggette to the Bobcats, is averaging 12.8 points, 3.2 assists and 3.4 rebounds a game.
Posted on: January 20, 2012 1:52 pm
Edited on: January 20, 2012 4:42 pm

Skiles suspends Stephen Jackson for missing bus

Posted by Ben Golliver stephen-jackson-mil

In the most predictable event of the 2011-2012 season, hard-headed Milwaukee Bucks coach Scott Skiles has reportedly suspended the equally hard-headed Stephen Jackson for Friday night's game against the Knicks in New York because his guard missed the team's bus.

The Journal-Sentinel reports that Jackson was benched during the fourth quarter of Tuesday night's loss to the Denver Nuggets and then wasn't on the bus for shootaround on Friday. The team told the paper the absence was "unexcused."

Jackson's comments after going 0-for-6 against Denver seemed a bit defensive.
"If they want to blame it on somebody, I'll take the blame," said Jackson, who finished with two points on 0-of-6 shooting in 17 minutes.

"I guess they expected me to spaz out and go crazy, but it's too late in the game for that. I don't know what they were trying to prove. When he (Skiles) didn't play me, my thoughts were to support the young fellas and support everybody out there and try to get this win.

"If they want to make it personal, they can. I'm used to it."
Jackson, 33, is off to a rough start in Milwaukee.

Traded by the Charlotte Bobcats to the Bucks in a 3-team deal on the night of the 2011 NBA Draft, Jackson is averaging 13.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game, his worst numbers in nine years. He's made it known publicly that a contract extension is "mandatory" and he's admitted that he checked out on the Bobcats last season after they traded forward Gerald Wallace to the Portland Trail Blazers at the trade deadline. Meanwhile, the Bucks are on a 3-game losing streak and in fourth place in the Central Division with a record of 4-9.

Poor individiual play, losing, combative coach: all the elements are there for an explosion. Unfortunately for the Bucks, Jackson's contract runs through 2012-2013, so this situation has plenty of time to boil over.

Hat tip: ProBasketballTalk

Posted on: December 26, 2011 5:45 pm
Edited on: December 26, 2011 5:57 pm

Jackson: 'I really left' after Wallace trade

Posted by Ben Golliverwallace-jackson

Trade my friend? OK, cool. I'll just throw in the towel.

That was the attitude adopted last season by then Charlotte Bobcats forward Stephen Jackson. According to Jackson.

Now with the Milwaukee Bucks, Jackson admitted to Charlotte.com that he mailed in the final 25 games of the season after the Bobcats traded forward Gerald Wallace to the Portland Trail Blazers for draft picks and expiring contracts.
“When Gerald left, I really left,’’ Jackson said at morning shootaround at Time Warner Cable Arena.

“Considering what we did (getting to) the playoffs, and then all those changes. To take Gerald away really took a lot out of me. I still was trying to do my job as best I can, but it was a lot harder. When they got rid of Gerald, that let me know they didn’t want to win. I didn’t want to be part of a place like that.’’
The Bobcats were 25-32 at the time of the trade and 9-16 after the trade deadline move that brought over injured center Joel Przybilla and second-year forward Dante Cunningham from Portland.

Keep in mind, this is the same Jackson who told Milwaukee media less than three weeks ago that there is nothing that can stop him from competing, not even a gunshot. Bucksketball.com with the quotes.
“If guys come in here not focused on a championship, just making the playoffs, we need to trade them. We need to be talking about championship and nothin’ else. You can’t limit yourself to just playoffs. Who wants to do that? Playoffs is not really an achievement to me. Anybody can get to the playoffs.”

“If I’m shot, I’ma get stitched and play the next game. I got hit by a car and played two days later.”
Jackson also claimed not to know that there was a lockout because he was attending to his rap career.
“Was there a lockout? I don’t know, I wasn’t even watching the news, I wasn’t affected by the lockout, I don’t have money problems. Yeah I wasn’t playing basketball, but I can’t control that. I was doing my music stuff at the time.”
The polite way to react to these statements is to say that what you see is what you get with Jackson. No minced words or trite comments, that's for sure.

Jackson was paid $8.5 million for the 2010-2011 season and was designated a team captain, so his honesty curries no favor. Without question, the Wallace trade was a move for the future and a signal that owner Michael Jordan was headed in a different direction. It's reasonable that Jackson took the news harder than anyone else in the locker room. But he still cashed the game checks and he still donned the uniform. Acknowledging that he checked out for nearly two months of an NBA season is a slap in the face to Charlotte's fans, whether he realizes that or not.

The good news: there's absolutely no second-guessing Bobcats new GM Rich Cho, who shipped Jackson to the Bucks on the night of the 2011 NBA Draft. Charlotte is in store for a burn-it-down rebuild that could take years before the team is in contention for the playoffs again. If Jackson couldn't handle two months without Wallace, imagine how the next two seasons would have played out.

He's your problem now, Milwaukee.
Posted on: October 6, 2011 10:05 am
Edited on: October 6, 2011 10:09 am

Stephen Jackson has a rap song about the lockout

By Matt Moore

The NBA Lockout is frustrating for everyone. The owners don't have a team to meddle with and ultimately ruin. The fans don't have a team to not attend preseason games for. And the players don't have a game to miss due to an injury they could easily play through. It's rough. Oh, and the employees... wait, no, don't have a snarky joke for them, it actually is terrible they're out of work over this. 

But anyway, you've got to do something to get through these dark times. And Stephen Jackson? He's turned to his art. Jackson released a rap video this week (WARNING: as you can probably guess, the song is NSFW) from what he says is an album called "What's a Lockout?" and the entire video is laced with ESPN commentary on the lockout. It also starts with the phrase "F*** a lockout." That's right. Stephen Jackson, has a rap song about the lockout. And it's filled with killer lines like these, courtesy of Cardboard Gerald's blog:  
I go hard as a crowbar to your glass jaw

Speaking of my pace, I maneuver like a NASCAR

Speed by ya since you’re moving like a grandpa

I ain’t stuntin’ on ya, I’m just sayin’ man, my swag’s raw
via Stephen Jackson’s Hip-Hop Debut (NSFW) | Everything's Coming Up Cardboard Gerald!.

 Am I the only one who finds it amusing that the lockout inspired Jackson to make a rap song? It's so "Artest 2005." 

In all seriousness, Jackson continues to walk that line that is seemingly untenable. He's at the same time a highly respected teammate, a borderline star, a veteran leader, and a player the younger guys look up to, and the kind of guy that drops an expletive filled gangster rap song on a whim after appearing in another video earlier in the summer. He's not defined by anything the league or anyone else wants him to be, he's authentic and original. And hey, look, Bucks fans, he mentions your team, too, despite not wanting to be traded there!
Let’s talk money, homie; what you sayin’ bro?

My pockets keep bucks like the same team I’m playing fo’
via Stephen Jackson’s Hip-Hop Debut (NSFW) | Everything's Coming Up Cardboard Gerald!.

Well said, CapJack. Well said. 

Posted on: September 3, 2011 8:19 pm
Edited on: September 3, 2011 8:26 pm

Pro basketball league takes shape in Las Vegas

Posted by Ben Golliverjohn-wall-dance

About two weeks ago, we brought you early word of an informal league being launched by Impact Basketball, a well-known training facility frequented by NBA players, in Las Vegas. The premise behind the league was simple, but surprisingly foreign: provide a structured, non-NBA environment for professional basketball players to compete during the ongoing lockout.

The New York Times reports that all systems are go for the league, which plans to begin a two-week slate of games on Sept. 12.
The site will be the Impact Basketball gymnasium, about two miles from the Strip. The unofficial commissioner will be Joe Abunassar, a longtime trainer of N.B.A. players. More than 40 players, locked out of N.B.A. facilities because of a labor standoff, have committed to play. Chauncey Billups, John Wall, Zach Randolph and Stephen Jackson will be among the headliners.

“This is an effort on our part to get these guys as ready for training camp as they can get, without going to training camp,” Abunassar said in a phone interview. “That’s the allure of it.”

The tournament has been named the Impact Basketball Competitive Training Series.
The league plans to sell a limited number of tickets to the general public and to provide live video streams of the games online. The Times reports that the following players also plan to participate: Shawne Williams, Iman Shumpert, Kyle Lowry, Chuck Hayes, Chase Budinger, Courtney Lee, Mo Williams, DeAndre Jordan, J.J. Hickson, Eric Maynor, Al Harrington, Jermaine O'Neal and Jared Dudley.

This league sounds like a noble and well-thought out attempt at getting professional basketball off the ground during the lockout, but it doesn't particularly sound like a made-for-TV event (aside from the presence of Wall, who is always made-for-TV, whether he's balling or dancing). The focus seems to be on staying in shape and skill development with a secondary emphasis on building chemistry between teammates. This league will likely have more in common with recent exhibition games or maybe the Las Vegas Summer League rather than an NBA game. The scope will be narrower and the sideshows will likely be non-existent. 

For hardcore hoop heads, that won't matter. But the casual fan likely won't pay this league any mind. Unless, of course, some bigger stars throw their hats in the ring.
Posted on: August 17, 2011 2:42 pm

Kendrick Perkins' says he was only drinking water

Posted by Royce Young

For Kendrick Perkins, his weekend arrest really didn't carry much of any punishment. It was just a misdemeanor charge, he got out on $150 bail and with a little community service, I'm sure he'll be able to move past whatever happened at a bar in his hometown of Beaumont, TX.

But Perkins sees the punishment of public perception as too much to ignore. Which is why he's going on the offensive.

Tuesday, we told you about his denial of the claims made by police after his arrest for public intoxication. Through a lawyer's statement, Perkins claims he was actually injured during whatever happened and even considered a police brutality complaint. And now, there's more. Via the Oklahoman, a publicist for Perkins says he was only having water at the bar and there are witnesses to verify it.

“Although these may be misdemeanors, it’s a big deal to Kendrick,” said Denise White. “He’s not happy about how things happened that evening and feels like the police were out of hand … He was not drinking alcohol, nor was he intoxicated. Not one drop of alcohol Friday night. We’re not sure why they said Kendrick was intoxicated. There are witnesses inside the club that will attest to Kendrick only drinking water that evening.”

How can we be sure about this? We can't, because evidently police did not administer a breathalyzer or take a blood test. And if you've ever heard Perk talk, it might be kind of difficult to tell if he's been drinking or not. That slow Texas drawl makes it sound like he's slurring everything. I mean, doesn't it seem a bit strange that he was arrested for public intoxication and they didn't actually prove he was intoxicated? Does to me.

So why did everything get out of hand? White says Perkins disagreed with the club's manager over money.

White said the altercation early Saturday morning stemmed from Perkins attempting to collect money from the club manager with whom he had struck a deal for the use of the establishment as an after party site wrapping up the event. The money, White said, was to go to Perkins' foundation, which aims to help children learn life skills and drug-awareness. According to White, the club owner became combative with Perkins and refused to hand over the money. An assistant to Perkins diffused the situation before “the lone policeman inside the club started harassing Kendrick to leave,” White said. Once outside, White said, another officer became more combative with Perkins, pushing him and grabbing his arm. Perkins, White said, was upset and pulled away. The officer then arrested him.

“We still don't know why he was physical with Kendrick,” White said.

Hey, at least it wasn't because of bourre.

Perkins was recovering as well from an incident that forced him to cancel his celebrity fundraiser game as well as skip a banquet for his camp. He reportedly was taken to the hospital the night before the arrest for dehydration. The word on that from White is that Perkins fainted playing dominoes at Stephen Jackson's house. He had been playing basketball with campers and then his friends who were in town -- Jackson, Rajon Rondo, Kevin Durant, Eric Maynor and James Harden -- and the 100 degree Heat and humidity in Beaumont caught up to him.

Whatever happened, at least we're getting two sides to the story. Perkins obviously is trying to clear his name from what became a pretty ugly stain on an otherwise solid reputation. I'm sure the clean-cut Thunder appreciate the effort too.
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