Jackson’s Passion Bites Warriors

The Warriors chances of winning the all important game against Washington just got tougher as Stephen Jackson just got tossed with 10.3 seconds left in the game. He picked up a technical for arguing a foul call, then picked up another tech after Arenas missed the free throw.
Jackson’s passion is what makes him good. The dude plays hard. He plays hurt. He exudes intensity on a team that was formerly packed the zeal of a chemistry class.
But nights like tonight, and the game at Portland recently, are the times when his passion hurts. They need him on the floor, not in the locker room cooling down under a cold shower.
It’s nights like Friday when he has to learn to calm down, even when he’s right. It’s nights like tonight when he has to swallow his frustration over being wronged, succumb to the ego of a referee, just so he can be there for his team.
It’s one of the most difficult things in sports, balancing emotional players like Jackson. It’s like starting a fire with the hopes of keeping it contained. A gust of wind from the wrong direction, a drop of something flammable, and an un-intended target is going to get burned.
The Warriors need Jackson to master pyromania and fast. This playoff race may come down to the last game. And, frankly, they can’t afford to get burned by his passion too many more times.

Marcus Thompson

  • commish

    Let’s be honest, ok, and not sugar coat it–Jax has a major anger issue (which you call passion) and has very little control of that demon. Nash has passion, Dirk has passion, Biddy has passion, as does a large percentage of professional athletes. But they channel it better than Jax. What seems worse is that smart folks know how to get under his very thin skin–and off he goes–rendered useless as he is escorted off the court and into the locker room. You cut him way too much slack; the guy needs some professional help and I don’t mean just on the court.

  • Gina lee

    Hey Marcus,

    What do you think of this talk?

    Here are comments from Hal Perry, USF Dons Basketball Team, NCAA champions in 1955 and 1956, Team Captain 1956:

    “That’s right, he’s good, that’s fantastic, ooh boy, that’s a powerful statement,” these were some of the things I said while listening to the talk by Bob Avakian, Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party on, “The NBA – Marketing the Minstrel Show and Serving the Big Gangsters.” I really appreciated hearing this talk. Everything he’s saying about sports, I lived through it.

    While listening to Part 1 of the talk, I couldn’t believe how deeply and accurately Bob Avakian described everything. Anyone who listens to this talk is put in a better position to understand what really went on. It’s unbelievable how it describes what happened to Black players. It is so excellent and incredible, I can’t begin to express everything I think about it and I need to listen to it again. If you took a group of high school kids and had them sit down and listen to this, they’d never be the same again….

    Blacks were excluded from sports for years. They weren’t allowed in the Industrial League and the story of Don Barksdale (one of the first Black players in the NBA) is an example of that. I played with the Harlem Globetrotters in one of their last series and I agree that the Globetrotters were very good as serious basketball players. The existence of the Globetrotters was influenced by the lack of Blacks in pro-basketball.

    In my experience as a basketball player, Avakian makes a good point that there’s a need for leadership and coaching. I don’t agree with Bobby Knight’s approach that the players don’t know anything about the game and I think the players can understand more than the coach.

    I highly recommend that people listen to this talk and spread the word about it.

  • D’andre Teeter

    I look for that talk on the NBA by Bob Avakian online finally found it and downloaded it at bobavakian.net