Jax Wants Out

I wasn’t able to get a hold of Stephen Jackson, but I did confirm with a team source (and another NBA player) that Jax wants out of Golden State. He’s even hired an agent to find him a trade.
After proclaiming aloud that he didn’t think he’d be with the Warriors next season — before a crowd at a Protege block party in New York, no less — he told Dime Mag that the Warriors know about his desires to bounce.
Here are the highlights of his Dime Mag interview.

On when he made the decision

“It’s not about a decision I made. It’s just things are in the air right now. I really can’t get too much into it right now, but I’m just looking to go somewhere where I can go and win a championship.”

On where he wants to play
“Either Cleveland, anywhere in Texas or out here with Al (Harrington) in New York.”

On being in Nellie’s system
“I loved it. It gave me a chance to show everything I could do on the court. It was great for me, but at this point, I’m 31 years old. I have four or five years left, I want to be in a situation where I can continually be in the playoffs and get another ring. So that’s where my mind is at now.”

Marcus Thompson

  • A’s in 2010

    What happened? I doubt he just woke up today and pulled this. Something new had to happen recently for Jack to react this way. Something else must be going on.

  • jscrilla

    NIKCUF Please! Did Xmass come early. I’d trade this guy for a bag of Doritos….what a worthless pud. He will be remembered as the best warrior ever to consistently dribble the ball off his foot. Xtremely Overated….Xtremely Ill advised shooter…..probably the worst contract in franchise history save Dunleavy…man I’d trade him for Zach Randolph and his brother.

  • JJ

    lol Jscrilla, you’re clueless.

  • Sure – he gets his contract renegotiated, then pulls this crap? I say let him suffer on the W’s… Ha ha! Or trade him to the Knicks so he and Harrington can “win a championship.” Ha ha!

  • Raven

    haha…..what a pimp-slap on rowell’s face. Jax just played him and got an extension. where’s that quote Jax said “I want to be a Warrior for life”
    this show’s how rowell’s meddling just keeps piling crap on top of crap. Jax could’ve been easily traded for a legit player if rowell hadn’t extended his contract that makes untradeable. what teams in their right mind would give something in value if they know jax is disgruntled and wants out.

  • wander7

    Shared reaction with Raven…

    When I saw the news on CSN Sportsnet Central, I just starting laughing thinking how Jackson played Rowell!

  • Dig

    Thank you Bobby Rowell under your leadership you brokeup a playoff team and turned it into a team no one wants to be on! Special props to Chris Cohan for again putting puppets who have no business running basketball operations in power.

  • dominic

    low blow. the bay welcomed him with open arms. now he wants to leave when things are somewhat getting brighter.

  • Livermore Joe

    Wow. Just wow. Is it possible that the Warriors have been throwing around Jax name in trade talks and now he knows something is going down and he’s just tryng to make it sound like he’s driving the train? Or is he just being a jerk?

  • Wupuck


  • marlon

    trade him to bobcats..solid go-to-guy scorer..

  • What Raven said…X2.

  • Felix

    Well Nelson has been pimping the Warriors, so jack learned his lesson.

    When the Warriors wake-up then and only then will they begin to play real basketball, not that crap “Nellie” throws out on the court.

  • George

    Yeah. Let him go to NY with Harrington. Jack and Harrington putting up 50 shots combined is the right championship formula. Him gone opens up the door for Randolph to play the 3.

  • Chris Mullin


    SJax wants you to tell him how it tastes.

    btw, I tried to trade him for a snzck-sized bag of doritos, but no luck.


  • pixellatedspace

    I hope the Warriors can entice the Knicks into a sign-and-trade for David Lee with a package of Jackson and the expiring contracts of Speedy Claxton and Acie Law. Highly unlikely, but I can dream can’t I?

    But, I have a feeling they’ll do something stupid like the Belinelli for George trade instead.

  • LT in LA

    i sure hope someone is willing to take on his contract. This is a blessing in disguise for the W’s.

  • Oregonguy

    Nothing less than David Lee quality. Otherwise, keep him.

  • gillie

    Lee for Jackson?
    Another dumb move!

    Lee doesnt play D ya big Oaf! A rich man’s Troy Murphy.

  • Dunk

    This is just too funny. Jack cozies up to Rowell and acts like he’s his new best friend. Then against Mully’s advice, Rowell gives Jack a big extension. Now a year later, Jack spits in the face of Rowell and the whole Warriors organization.

    Turns out making player decisions isn’t as easy as you thought it was, is it Bobby? Now Golden State fans get to watch Bobby fiddle while the Warriors burn to the ground.

  • tellronnyisaid

    *yawn* What’s new in Warriors land?

  • Bob Morrison

    Where is Mullins when you need him. Nelson, Rowell and Cohan deserve all they will get after turning on Mullin, who was the only bright spot for the Warriors and their temporary recent success. Now we can watch them return to being a door mat.

  • earl Monroe

    Good riddance, who would want the NBA’s leader in turnovers? I would gladly dump him, it would a joyous day for me not have to watch him turn the ball over in critical situations, or take inopportune shots, or throw up shots at the hoop during wild forays to the basket.

    Please, please, please make this happen.


  • john

    Can’t even say i’m surprised. But when you’re a bad team everyone is tradeable IMO. And especially a guy who would be a role player, on any playoff/championship team. He was not a long term soution, as much as rowell tried to make him one. So we suck a a little more, we weren’t going to the playoffs this year anyway. Let’s dump his salary and move on, or maybe package him and Monta for a real impact player, and not a warrior impact player cuz there is a difference.

  • hibcbcbc

    They can’t trade Rowell’s righthand man.

    Who is Rowell going to blame if they appease Jackson and trade him?

    He would have nowhere to turn but himself.

    And Rowell never takes accountability, the little punk.

  • Brian

    Seriously, can you blame the dude? When he got here this was one of the most exciting places to play. And in 3 years he’s watched Cohan/Nelson/and especially Rowell send this franchise back 10 years. They trade Richardson for Wright. They let Baron walk (and then sign Maggette for more than they said Baron was worth), they trade Harrington for essentially Claxton and Law. They pretty much treat Chris Mullin (Mr. Warrior in my book) like crap. And I’m inclined to believe the Stoudamire trade didn’t happen because there was no way he was going to sign an extension to remain here. Why would anyone want to be here? Jax signing the extension last year is kind of puzzling because he pretty much shot himself in the foot as far as being traded. But I don’t blame the dude for one second. And if things don’t improve around here real quick, I expect to hear the same thing from Monta (if he gets back into his old form)

  • Bryant

    championship my ass! on the knicks? on the rockets? there’s a slight possibility in Dallas. the spurs and cleveland are legit contenders.

    He sucked Rowell into that contract and is taking the money and running!

    we don’t need his ass. that’s more pt for monte and curry

  • Perry

    Stephen Jackson to Dallas for Jason Terry.

    Same day, we turn around and trade Monta Ellis to San Antonio for Manu Ginobili.

    Pros: The Warriors, Mavericks and Spurs all acquire legitimate, starting quality NBA talent. Stephen Jackson goes home to Dallas and Dallas goes with this:

    1. Kidd
    2. Jackson
    3. Marion
    4. Nowitzki
    5. Dampier

    You got Josh Howard as 6th man, he replaces Terry’s departed 6th man contributions. Or, they could start Howard at the 2, have Jackson off the bench or start Jackson at the 3 and go with Marion off the bench.

    Dallas has an overload of 3s, Golden State has an overload of 1s.

    Golden State gets 2 creators in the backcourt. Guys who can create their own shot. Guys who are capable of big games. We avoid adding to our logjam at the 1 because we got rid of Monta Ellis and acquired 2 proven, playoff contributors.

    The Spurs get younger, they get a player with a big upside, a former Most Improved Player of the Year and they go with a smaller line-up:

    1. Parker
    2. Ellis
    3. Mason
    4. Jefferson
    5. Duncan

    This is what we go with:

    1. Terry
    2. Ginobili
    3. Maggette
    4. Randolph
    5. Biedrins

    2nd unit:

    1. Watson/Curry
    2. Morrow
    3. Azubuike
    4. Wright
    5. Turiaf

    Cons: Hard to see the Spurs giving up a player the caliber of Manu Ginobili and one who is so incorporated in their system. But both Ellis and Ginobili have proven to be injury prone, they both have suffered injury setbacks in their careers.

    Both Ellis and Ginobili have hinted at wanting to leave their respective teams throughout their careers and their names have sometimes come up in trade talks, albeit in different scenarios.

    Rick Carlisle and S. Jackson had problems in Indiana…….probably not willing to take on a guy like Stephen Jackson in exchange for a “team first” and very talented NBA player in ‘Jet’ Terry, if you’re Dallas.

    Golden State gives up on Monta Ellis…………is this a good move? Does he end up becoming an All-Star in San Antonio, he’s still young and talented?

    Worst of all, this may start a chain of disgruntled Golden State players looking to get out. It may end up being their highest priced players that want out first……………

    Biedrins is a marketable contract, Maggette is a tough contract……..

    Azubuike is a marketable contract……..

    We’ll see what happens.

  • Ewok

    Mullin wanted a combination of Diddy, Maggette and EBrand. Before that, Mullin was in the verge of getting KG.

    Rowell and Cohan spoiled all that.

    Rowell even opted to have Stephen Jackson above anything else.

    So the Warriors continue to suffer.

    Cohan and Rowell, you have outdone and overused your welcome. Just go.

  • warrior faithful

    Thank goodness.. i been saying for awhille that the warriors will not become a good team til jackson leaves… we can’t have a guy like him thinkin nhe is the “best player” on the team… and shooting 15-20 shots atin the 30% range… esp when we have a.morrow who is a clearly better option…

    jax thinks he can run point but man he’s so sloppy and terrible… images of him tryin to dribble on ak47 in the playoffs and turning it over and over keeps popping in my head

  • T-Bone

    Maybe the W’s can package both Jax and Rowell to Knicks so they can F-Up that francise even more. Get him outta here!

  • Kyle

    Sell the f-ing team, already. This is a car wreck.

  • chan

    this just goes to show that rowell is a fool and a pathetic front office tool, and that jackson is a 2 faced snake. he was all “team” before he gets his money, and after he played rowell for his big money extension, he wants to be traded. what a team player. cohan, sell the team to someone without the ineptitude of you and your staff.

  • zeelurker

    Great move Rowell, way to show Chris Mullin how the team should be run! Take a valuable trade asset and tranform it into a player and a contract that will have to be given away for little in return. Soon you’ll have your lap dog Fitz praise your move on the radio so you can delude yourself into thinking that the fans are going to continue to fill Cohen’s pockets with cash.

    As for Jax, didn’t Steve Miller sing a song about this back in the day?

  • Mike S

    Here’s the real problem:

    When Jax says he wants out, and Amarie refuses to sign an extension if traded here, and Elton Brand would take much less to play elsewhere, and Gilbert calls Baron and laughs at our max offer, this creates a stigma with our club that this is not the place to be among elite players. This causes us to overpay for players like Corey just to consider us.

    This stigma can last a long time (like the 10-12 years after the whole Nelly-Webber thing). See, obtaining Mullin that obtained Baron finally elevated us up from that slude. Now the current leadership group droppped us right back in that crap. In a minute Nellie will take his millions and all-time wins record, and go relax back to Hawaii with a clear conscious. While were stuck here rooting for the garbage team he and his croonies created.

    Cohan I think you’re a real coward to allow all this to happen. You will go down as the worst Bay Area Sports Owner in history. Your legacy is destroyed by your own inability to take charge. Shame on you.

  • Bluzman145

    I am so tired of Jackson throwing up a brick or intentionally fouling a good shooter after he made a mistake or got burned on D. More PT for ‘Buke and Morrow. Hooooohrah

  • Bluzman145

    addition by subtraction…all heart, no brains or skills

  • TimTom

    Warrior Faithful:

    You are an idiot. Jackson is not the problem. Cohan, Rowell, Nelson are the problem.

    Diddy given away.

    Harrington for JC.

    JC given away.

    Bellinelli given away.

    Maggette given 50 million(are you kidding?).

    Jackson given 27 million for 3 years with 2 years left on the contract.

    Flunkster Dude scandal. Real nice.

    Monta alienated by Rowell and Cohan(way to keep the stars happy).

    THis team is a clusterf*ck of bad decisions. They can’t keep the stars happy, so they leave. Or they sign non stars to ridiculous contracts making them untradable when they become malcontents. They send a message to players around the league that they are dysfunctional and won’t treat their players right. Most of all, they send a message to the fans that their money, energy, and loyalty will be rewarded with a bunch of overpaid, underskilled, poorly coached basketball.

    Cohan, Rowell, Nelson, and fans like you are the problem.

    Another year of losing basketball by the bay. Enjoy it man, because I sure won’t be watching.

  • Gerald

    If the W’s get serious about trading him, they should take a look at the Jazz.

    They could go after Kirilenko, whom i’m sure the Jazz wouldnt mind ditching, play him at the 3 , randolph at the 4 and maggette or azu at the 2, where jax would have played.

    Or they could go for Boozer and play randolph at the 3. Throw in Claxton’s contract and it could fly. Or they could just sck it to him and send him to sacramento.

    As a big time W’s fan it’s rough to hear but I think the Warriors need to act swiftly. Does anybody see any success starting another season with a whiner? We saw how it went last season.

  • earl Monroe

    Buy his ass out. Rebuild

  • When u want to be traded, let management know, then shut up! Stop takin your crap to the media. Any team wants to get something, so if you keep your mouth shut, other gm’s will take a look.

  • Harp’s Dubs

    He wants to go to any Texas team? Gladly! Send his sorry ass, with no-position Monta Ellis and creaky-kneed, last year of contract Speedy (Ha) Claxton for McGrady and Aaron Brooks. Salaries match.
    Houston does it because they get Monta, who is a young guy and a helluva ballplayer and Jackson, who can still defend good perimeter players. Their defense doesn’t take a hit after losing Artest and their offense gets a boost adding a much younger 20+ point scorer. Warriors do it to rid themselves of Jackson’s contract and because Monta doesn’t have a position in this league. We get McGrady, who will be in the last year of his contract, can start and tutor Morrow. If we want to keep him, we can and pay him what we feel’s fair. If not, there’s $23 million off the books next summer. We also get Aaron Brooks to start ahead of Curry until he’s ready.
    Make it happen!
    This is the best news of the summer for Warriors fans.
    Hell, I’ll even take him for Eddy Curry because Eddy’s contract ends before his and it gives us another big bodyIf we don’t move him, I’ll be pissed!

  • Bob Fitzgerald will hate Stephen Jackson with a burning passion as of noon Monday.

  • fergus

    If you check NBA stats, Cap’n Jack led the entire NBA in turnovers last year!! Anybody who watched the team knows this feat to be a great one!!!

  • kris

    new york is a contender?

  • snowbird

    Hey Marcus- still like the trade of Dunleavy and Murphy for Jackson and Harrington?

    Yep. Indiana was the clear beneficiary of that one.

    Not that I’m one to say I told you so, but…


  • equate

    Oh man, Xmas might come early this year!!

  • The wise

    Bay area sports is atrocious… smh

  • Sassan

    I remember how smug Rowell was when he signed Jackson (called it a no-brainer and a bargain) while people like Matt Steinmetz were scratching their heads that why the team intentionally turn a great trade-bait to another anchor around their neck. Like one of Nelson’s old quotes, It was a no-brainer alright. You had to have no brains to give Jackson that deal.

    Let’s see how Bob Fitzgerald turns on “Captain Jack”.

  • Mr B

    Dubs always rebuilding. Now what? What’s next for this pathetic franchise that has the nerve to charge the outrageous season tickets that they do.

    Guess I have not missed anything with the Dubs. Same ol same ol.

  • commish

    Dudes, Jackson is just angling for another extension which Rowell will bend over and give him a heartbeat. Jax is smarter than Rowell and Cohan combined. He learned from the best–Nelson, who screwed Mullin out of his job so he could be king of the crap heap.

  • NBAbler

    The Warriors are young and cannot afford to lose Jackson’s veteran leadership. This man is the heart and soul of the franchise. He leaves it on the court every night, a role model for the young guys. They should do whatever it takes to keep the Captain. Renegotiate to make him the Warrior for life he said he wants to be.

  • tony

    looks like Nellie and the Mavs are already ready to work on something http://www.dallasbasketball.com/home_display.php

  • Danzster

    Really, weren’t you wondering what had happened to the Drama of the Dub’s? This was in the cards from the moment Rowell decided to become the Warriors version of Al Davis. The next chapter begins with Jax discovering that nobody is willing to take on his contract and he has jumped out of the plane without a parachute…..oh, wait, I guess thats what the
    guaranteed $35M contact was about…..I did not see that coming!!!!

  • bob friedlander

    jack ass led the league in t’s and turn overs-if the warriors can find anyone dumb enough to take his blotted contract good riddance

  • jeff

    Didn’t Jackson lead the league in technicals too? I hate watching him turn on the refs, crying like a baby, when the game is on the line. He’s by far the worst in the NBA at the crybaby game. On every shot he cries for a foul, and it gets worse as the game goes on. I have this image of Jackson dribbling the ball off his foot after charging into traffic with no vision of the defense, then jumping up and down under the basket, literally jumping up and down like a five year old, complaining to deaf ears that he didn’t get the call, while his man is running the floor and scoring an uncontested layup. Between the turnovers, the technicals, the hoisted three point attempts, and the constant whining…who needs the ugliness of his game. Sure, beautiful plays at times, but has anyone ever seen a guy give away games at the critical moment like Jax? My wife and I used to yell for them not to give the ball to Jackson at crunch time. I recall how nice it was watching the playoffs, after watching every Warriors game this season, without having to witness a guy working the refs the whole game in the most negative and counterproductive of fashions. Leave! Best thing that could happen to the Warriors. And take the worst attitude on the NBA courts with you! Whatever it costs!

  • Mike in Atl

    Commish agreed. What I want to know is why so many are of us (fans) are calling for Jaxs head. Do we not realize that without Jax we will return to the complete rubbish team we were under, dare I say it, St. Jean. Jax is the only leader on the team. Everyone else is a follower and most aren’t very good followers. Without Jax we would be winning 10 – 15 per season. Don’t dump Jax, just get us some help!

    Marcus any word on Amare?

  • Earl Bait

    Good bye Jax. If he doesn’t want to be here, get gone. What kind of leadership is jumping ship CAPTAIN. What a joke. I hope he joins Al, so they can rip up NYC, and NYC can rip them up too.

  • Ste

    Can anybody tell me what this will do in terms of salary cap ? does it mean that the warriors could get a star quality player or is this season just over before it even begun ?

  • earl Monroe

    We can stop with the talk about Jackson being a leader, leader’s do not handle situations like this, leaders do not lead the league in turnovers,
    leaders do not take horrible shots at inopportune times. Period. (of course, the other “leader” Nelson, allows him to do all this )

  • Lufty455

    The real problem is with the coach. He sucks period.
    Fire his ass and Rowell for this mess they have caused.
    Damn this is like the Webber rookie era.
    How can all of this drama unfold in just 2 years time?
    Send Jackson and Ellis to Memphis for Gasol and Gay.


  • petaluman

    I know it’s small potatoes compared to the Jax rumor mill, but it’s being reported that we signed Mikki Moore for the vet’s minimum. I asked your opinion on him earlier without receiving a response. How about one now?

    I expect him to be 3rd string at both the 4 and 5 spots. He won’t play much unless AB, RT, AR, or BW are hurt. However, I think he’ll be a big help to our young bigs.


  • Ken

    I think that Morrow’s 47 points made Jackson feel that his starting position might be precarious at Ws. With Curry and Ellis both being likely to play, that leaves Morrow, Jackson, Maggette and Azubuke all contending for one #3 position.
    With Randolph and Biedrins playing together, both now 7 feet, that allows three smaller, faster, high scoring players in the remaining positions – with the usual disadvantages of being a midget team…

  • Ewok

    This is a classic text book case of a bad management system where ego and biased interest prevailed.

    Every business college should study the warriors as a case study to pass a college requirement.

    The Warriors organization, not the fans, is simply Bad business, plain and simple.

    Look at the names of the great players and managers, and talent scouts we let go, the players who became disenchanted with the organization not to mention the disenchanment we have now other than Jackson!

    There is no corporate loyalty among all participants. True this is a business and nothing should be taken personal but loyalty still has its room for appreciation.

    The Problem is very clear, the sources of these problems were never addressed properly and Cohan and Rowell are the living proof of a rotting system.

    Their style of management is too rigid and offers no flexiblity.

    Rowell should be embarrased to the bone that his instincts about Jackson proved to be a disaster, and Mullin was right all along.

    Rowell fell for a bum, street deal! and he does look like a freaking goat now.

    One obvious organizational flaw is that everyone is evdiently and clearly, not on the same page!

    Look how many guards we have competing for minutes! How many small forwards (all of them with marquee salaries) and very few big guys. This is clearly the result of poor vision, poor participation, poor planning and poor leadership.

    On top of all these, we draft a point guard after giving Monta all these assurances… We created a traffic jam we couldnt fix. That’s Warrior leadership at best.

    Sell the team Cohan. Take Rowell with you. You have hurt a lot of people in your leadership, do you ought to hurt more in the future? Running a sports organization is different.

  • yeeezy

    trade jax & law to charlotte for gerald wallace.

    charlotte gets and point gaurd.. and we pretty much swap SFs

  • yeeezy

    or jax & law for T.Prince

  • Ewok

    How about this, Bring back Antwan Jamison if we can afford him.

    I like to have Joe Smith back also but this organization didnt see it that way.

    My prediction,

    Jack and Monta will be traded. That seems the direction and that’s the reason why we took Ellis and just today, i heard of signing Miki Moore in the frontline, also as of press time, that’s the reason why CJ Watson is staying.

    To make the the story short, All these Monta accolades in the past were nothing but Kabuki show.

    Terrible organization, terrible vision.

    I now include Don Nelson in the goat list.

    I think we should have Kevin Mchale as the next coach and that should come with a New Owner and GM.

    Bring Back Mullin.

  • My friend suggests Jax plus Acie Law for Howard. The salaries work and both teams get rid of their respective headaches off the court. The Mavs take on more years with Jax, but Law’s expiring contract cushions the blow.


    SAMI keep your homerism to yourself and bring something to the discussion if not just be quite and how about typing in normal letters and NOT CAPS like a 5 yr old. Unless Rowell is telling you to do this and in that case SCREW YOU ROWELL!!! YOU TO FITZ!!!

    Fitz you suck just b/c you are not honest about the dubs and don’t give callers the opportunity to place thier displeasure with the team b/c your too busy trying to force the company line down the throats of the listeners.

    Ohhh and ROD, I expected more from you man but maybe you are getting some side action from the dubs to help fitz out.

  • earl Monroe

    Joe Smith? Under what circumstances did Joe Smith leave the Warriors the first time? Have we forgotten that?

  • randolphforpresident

    Its pretty funny how all these people calling for the Warriors to “bring back Mullin!” never mention some of the absolutely terrible signings he made. Big contracts to Adonal Foyle, Troy Murphy, Mike Dunleavy and then Corey Maggette to top it all off before he leaves. You give him 100% of the credit for getting the Warriors to the playoffs in 2007 and completely ignore all the major mistakes he made.

  • Ewok

    Mullin was no perfect guy, not a perfect manager.

    But his way of managing seems to have a similarity or a parallel to his basketball career as a player.

    At the beginning, he made mistakes, but he slowly matured, and became wise with his decisions. During the last few months before his termination, He was actually making the right decisions based on what was available in his realm and limited power.

    But his biggest backstabber was his mentor, Don Nelson. Rowell has an insatiable vendetta on him over his strong jealousy over Mullin and you got an owner who is totally inept and don’t have a clue.

    This organization is full of Great White Sharks!

    Just How do you work in these circumstances?

    Mullin was a unifying factor. He got them to the playoffs.

    Look at the Warriors now. Barely started the season and they are already on the way out as the New Clippers of the decade.

    If only i had the money, i would buy this franchise.

  • Lufty455

    I hear they are selling season passes… who the heck is buying them now???? I bet there will be a lot of open seats this year and next. Nellie, Rowell great job!!! You guys really hit the lotto this year.
    Both of you guys deserve to be fired for this crap.
    Enough is enough, no more Warriors game for me until they get Nellie and Rowell out.