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Jackson: 'I really left' after Wallace trade

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

Since: Jul 6, 2008
Posted on: December 27, 2011 9:18 pm
 

Jackson: 'I really left' after Wallace trade

I love Stephen Jackson.  He represents what's RIGHT with the NBA in my opinion.  The man knows how to keep it real.  Players like LeBron can learn a thing or two from him.  What's wrong with the league is how he gets bad calls from the refs all the time just cause of his reputation.



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 8:58 pm
 

Jackson: 'I really left' after Wallace trade

It is hard to believe that Jackson is 33 years old and still acts like an immature little punk!

Players like Jackson are all what is wrong with the NBA.  The world would have been done a favor is that car that hit Jackson would have ran over his head.



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 8:58 pm
 

Jackson: 'I really left' after Wallace trade

It is hard to believe that Jackson is 33 years old and still acts like an immature little punk!

Players like Jackson are all what is wrong with the NBA.  The world would have been done a favor is that car that hit Jackson would have ran over his head.



Since: Apr 9, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2011 7:16 pm
 

Jackson: 'I really left' after Wallace trade

Yeah, it does stink! Worthless game, now. To many loosers, not winners.



Since: Apr 9, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2011 7:10 pm
 

Jackson: 'I really left' after Wallace trade

WHO CARES BASKETBALL,  STINKS ANYWAY!



Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2011 5:49 pm
 

Jackson: 'I really left' after Wallace trade

"As bad as it looks on the outside just put yourself in Jacksons shoes....Id be pissed too"

I had a friend get fired, I thought it was bogus...  However - since the company still paid me to do my job I did just that...  My damn job.  Put myself in his shoes?  I'd love to - I'd love to be paid that much to play a sport and have contract that allow me to mail it in with no repurcussions.



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 3:22 pm
 

Jackson: 'I really left' after Wallace trade

This guy is a problem wherever he goes.  It doesn't matter whether the team is stacked for a championship or not, with this guy, they aren't going to win it.  His mouth causes too much trouble.  Let alone his antics.  Maybe like Artest or whatever his peace loving name is now, if you put him with a veteran leader and coach with a championship maybe, but other than that, this guy will get you canned.  If I was a coach/GM, I would avoid him like the plague.



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 1:08 pm
 

Jackson: 'I really left' after Wallace trade

*94.5%



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 1:07 pm
 

Jackson: 'I really left' after Wallace trade

In what world do you think you're a good/championship caliber team when you're 25-32 in the NBA? If the Over/Under wager on guys that smoke weed in the NBA was 94.5, id have to take the over after reading articles like this every day.



Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 12:32 pm
 

Jackson: 'I really left' after Wallace trade

As bad as it looks on the outside just put yourself in Jacksons shoes...He is out there busting his butt every night and with Wallace truly believes they can compete, that is exactly what you want from your players, believing you have a chance. Once Wallace was dealt that was a huge shock to him and his attitude changed, who wouldnt be angry if they thought they were a good team and outta nowhere management gets rid of an important piece. You go from playoffs to rebuilding and expect the guys running and sweating to just go along with it, careers are short and the odds of winning a title are slim unless you are the guys that pick your city and your teammates. Id be pissed too


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