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Skiles suspends Stephen Jackson for missing bus

Posted on: January 20, 2012 1:52 pm
Edited on: January 20, 2012 4:42 pm
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


Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 2:30 pm

Skiles suspends Stephen Jackson for missing bus

Two years ago the Milwaukee Bucks were the surprise team of the NBA when they came out of nowhere to win 45 games and make the playoffs with a team full of over achieving hustle players...  a healthy and motivated Andrew Bogut...  and a flashy young rookie named Brandon Jennings.  Two years later, the team has a bunch of lazy role players (Drew Gooden)...  a center who plays when he feels like it (Bogut) and a "go to" player who is a cancer in the locker room and at best the 3rd option on a good team (Jackson). 

As a frustrated Bucks fan, I just shake my head.  At least they used to be fun to watch.  Now it's like watching a building collapse on a nightly basis.  Someone needs to be held accountable for this mess. 

So who made these fantastic personnel decisions?  GM John Hammonds and head Coach Scott Skiles.  BOTH MUST GO.  Cut Jackson now.  Cut Gooden.  Trade Bogut and pray Jennings buys into what any new GM puts out there.  Actually trade anybody except Jennings.  Most stink and none are much good. 

This team - which frankly hasn't been very good for 90% of the last 20 years - has become an embarressment for the city of Milwaukee.  Take that Sen. Kohl !

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