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“The Prodigal Son (Jax) Has Returned”

The Warriors practice was intense. Columnists and TV reporters and cameramen showed up. Jackson was as defiant as ever. Nelson was hardly spewing the faux calm he tends to employ. The Warriors players were fairly tight-lipped, rushing past the throng of media so they could avoid talking about the Jax Saga.
Jackson, easy to spot in his red shoes, looked like he was trying unsuccessfully to practice hard. His body language didn’t suggest he was fully committed, at least from my balcony view of the end of practice.
One thing was clear: this ain’t over.

NELLIE TRANSCRIPT
For Stephen Jackson’s transcript, I will refer you to the transcribing machine that is TK.

Everybody ready?

The prodigal son has returned. It’s good to have Jack back. We’re going to keep him in the same position, as far as my starting (small forward). He is concerned. We met this morning. What went on the meeting will remain private, in house. He served his suspension and we’re ready to roll.

Is he still your captain?

You can ask him that.

How much of a distraction has it been?

Well, you know the only unfortunate part is we’ve been doing some very nice things. Morrow has had two great games and we’ve won 3 out of 4 games, or whatever, 3 out of 5 now. So we’ve been playing pretty darn well. And nobody seems to know. (chuckles). That’s the only downside as far as I’m concerned. But things happen and you deal with them. You move on.

You convinced Jack is good to go?

Yeah. Jack’s good to go.

You said you would try to accommodate Would you be more likely to do that now?

Nothing’s changed. We’re still going to try to accommodate him. But it’s not that easty to do.

Jackson said the staff didn’t support him in that Lakers game. Do you feel that way?

Well it got heated between he and Kobe, and those things happen during the course of a game. He picked up some fouls and, I don’t know, it was a physical encounter as far as I concerned.

Is this going to happen again?

I hope not.

Have you told him if it happens again he’ll be suspended again?

What we talked about will stay private.

You said I suspended Stephen Jackson

We did.

That was my question. Wasn’t that something Larry should be doing?

Yeah. He did.

Inaudible question.

We needed to sit down and just talk. And we did, and we’ve moved on.

You said you can coach Jack and he wouldn’t be a problem. Did that change?

No, I think he’s going to be the same guy. We’re not asking him to be somebody different than he is. To be jack out there. He’s a good player. He played well for us. As long as he’s here. And like I said, if we get a chance to move him and its good for the organization, we will do that.

You’re OK with him being the same guy off the court?

I’m never going to ask a guy to change. He’s gotta do that himself if he wants to. It’s just like anything else, from stopping to smoke cigarettes or drugs or anything else. If you don’t want to do it yourself, nobody can do it for you. That’s up to him. He’s 31 years old, or will be this year. He’s an adult and he needs to make that decision.

Think he’ll have as big a role offensively as he did last year?

I think the same role is what I have penciled in. I’m going to play the young guys more. I don’t think he’ll be leading the league in minutes. He’ll be a player for us, a starter, be a big part of what we do.

What about his leadership role? Did he talk with his teammates?

He has asked not to be captain, and I accepted. So I think that’s a good thing because our young guys need to accept more leadership. It gives Monta more of a chance now to be that guy and he’s going to grow into that role. So that was accepted. It was Jack’s idea, and we’ll move on from there.

That was this today?

That was this morning, yeah.

Do you think he had any legitimate complaints?

We’ll leave all that in house, what we agree with and what we don’t agree with. I’m not going to tell you what goes on in private meetings. I never have and I hope I never will.

Marcus Thompson

  • http://www.highesteemstudio.com Matty Slims

    I can see why Jackson is upset. He’s being payed to be a veteran leader for this young team (or at least that had to be the intention behind resigning him anyway right?) and when he got into it with Kobe his coaching staff didn’t have his back. This might be the one instance where Jackson is right. But I guess you could say that Jackson is stiffing the Warriors by wanting out after getting paid so why should they back him? The thing that sucks is there is more drama off the court than on it. Go dubs. *dies*

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  • robo

    Trade Jackson, George, and Law to Cleveland for the expiring contract of Ilgaukas (and draft picks) or the Warriors trade Jackson to the Lakers for the expiring contracts of Adam Morrison and Jordan Farmar.

    How does that sound, Cleveland? Lakers win it again and LeBron fails to win a championship with the Cavs, so he bolts to New York or New Jersey with Shaq.

    Either way, Stephen Jackson gets his ring and the Warriors get cap space. The Warriors can then work on trading Corey Maggette to the playoff bound Wizards for the expiring contract of Mike Miller or to the playoff bound Spurs for the expiring contract of Manu Ginobili.

    On a sidenote: The Warriors can waive Ilgauskas one day after the trade is made or at the end of the season. They can do the same with the Miller/Ginobili trade for Maggette.

    With the additional cap space in 2010, the Warriors can then go after 7 foot, All-Star Dirk Nowitzki and they will still have all of their up and coming pieces.

    2010-11 Warriors:

    Ellis, Curry, Watson
    Azubuike, Morrow
    Randolph
    Nowitzki, Wright
    Biedrins, Turiaf

  • Mr B

    Bum!!Time to move on. Had enough of Jackson’s stuff.

  • GSWFan24

    The Jackson blow up was just a diversion from the fact that Kobe was handing him his ass in that preseason game then he flipped “just like a child, takes no responsibility for his part, it ain’t me attitude”. Sure Rowell and the rest of management sucks but he still acted like a buffon in that game, thats a fact. Hysterical

    I think he’ll play a couple weeks before another incident arises, probably when he’s getting abused on D!!, He’ll say the defensive scheme is the reason why he’s getting beat and its the coaches fault…

    This kind of attitude is classic of a sore loser athlete, when things are good their cool, when problems arise they blame and point fingers…I grew up with guys like Jack! I understand him well, maybe too well…

  • Bo Walter

    Dirk wants to stay in Dallas, so I dont think that’ll change in any projected trade fantasies.

  • http://cctimes ECJ

    I say the Warriors should work a trade with Dallas.. Maybe wait till Shawn Marrion can be traded.. and deal Ellis and Jackson to Dallas for Josh Howard and Marion.

  • A’s in 2010

    Don’t send him home, don’t place him on the inactive list. Play him but play him no more than 10 mpg, it’ll drive him nuts. Maybe he’ll choke Nellie and we can move to void his contract or something. Sounds like a plan to me. :)

  • commish

    Ditto to A’s. Jax has such a short fuse; light it and watch him blow his way out of millions while extracting a growing cancer from the team. That is what I’d do; play him like he played that dufus Rowell.

  • J.

    I’m siiiick of Jack and his “all about me” attitude! You agreed to the extension knowing the Warriors are not going anywhere this season or next, so be professional and just play ball, that’s what your being paid to do! Ugh

    oh and FIRE ROWELL!!!

  • OptimusPrime aka Rod Brooks

    Nobody has pity for these multi-millionaire babies. We have some great young pieces and now Im starting to believe that we will be fine without him and his antics. Take a trade for an expiring contract and move on.

  • robo

    The problem with the Warriors isn’t Jack; it’s Cohan and Rowell. It’s good that Jack managed to get an extension from Rowell, but it’s not like he’s already received all of the money. He’s just looking to get off of this sinking franchise, plain and simple. Look at how Al Harrington got himself traded through the media; Jack is just doing the same.

    Cohan and Rowell got rid of Baron Davis even though he helped revive their franchise; saying Baron wasn’t going to be healthy in the long run, triggering this current slide. Well, watch what the Clippers do this season. Man, I hope they can stream some of their games – that’s a franchise I’m gonna watch.

    Cohan and Rowell got rid of Chris Mullin even though he helped revive their franchise, thinking they didn’t like his management style. Well, what NBA player wants to play for the Warriors now? Amar’e Stoudemire – Nope! Stephen Curry – Nope, he’s just stuck and it’s too soon to ask to be traded.

    Cohan and Rowell got rid of Matt Barnes even though he helped revive their franchise, saying he’s not the same player anymore in a season where the young man lost his mom. Now, that’s loyalty for you. Well, good for Matt Barnes; I hope you win a championship with the Orlando Magic.

    And the list goes on: Jason Ricardson, Mickael Pietrus… Cohan and Rowell got rid of _____________ … Who’s next? Monta Ellis, Kelenna Azubuike, Anthony Randolph…

    If you want to fix this team, you have to fix the problem – Robert Rowell. Chris Cohan gets lumped in because he should have gotten rid of Rowell a while ago.

    Think about this; if Rowell were fired today, would Jackson return to being ‘Captain’ Jack? If the current players like playing for the Warriors, would other NBA players want to play for them too?

  • sartre

    Yes Cohan and Rowell are fools, the former for agreeing to the extension and the latter for conceiving and negotiating it. But that in no way makes Jackson any less responsible for his current appallingly bad behaviour.

  • Gizzm

    Rowell is a complete joke.
    Jackson is a ghetto ass thug.
    And Don Nelson should be on Survivor, he makes Richard Hatch look like a nursery school teacher in terms of manipulating people.

  • goingforthemoney.com

    Marcus, Jackson is no Prodigal son, for a Prodigal Son would have thought about the situation and came back humbled and contrite and mentally ready to go. I like Jackson as a player and have always hope for the best. However he has crossed the line and simply needs to be pushed to the back shelf. The W’s are in a developmental stage and only need to focus on the task at hand which is to give the younger players more playing time. They don’t need to do anything else, cause nothing done now is going to change a thing as far as the team going anywhere until the Young guys gain more experience. Ironically this is their opportunity for a new beginning. No need in crying over spilled milk. The W’s were not going to win with him anyway. All they have to do is just continue to faze him out of the equation and just wait! Once teams start positioning themselves for the playoffs they will come a calling.

  • Lufty455

    Where is Rowell in all this mess???
    He is suddenly gone silence in all this hoopla…
    Fire his ass now with Nellie!!!!
    I can’t stand this crap any longer.
    Rowell, Nellie, Cohan, and Riley just go away now before it gets really bad.
    And Flap Jack,,, It all about me first again!!!
    You need to shut up and play because people out there are losing their jobs.
    That’s right REAL JOBS!!!!
    You are playing basketball only and getting paid millions to shoot the damn ball in the basket.
    They are all a bunch of rich ass bastards.
    They are not worth taking my hard earned money longer.
    Boycott the damn Warriors and Raiders.

  • http://www.animalhiphop.com Animal

    While I admire Robo’s enthusiasm, there is NO WAY that we turn Jackson and Maggette into Dirk Nowitzki and Manu Ginobili. LOL.

  • Gizzm

    Now today, Jackson throws his teammates under the bus by saying that nobody on the team backed him up when Kobe was picking on him.

    What a loser. I hope the Warriors trade him to the Bucks or the Bobcats.

  • sartre

    What I don’t understand is why the organization doesn’t gag him. He drives his value down by the day with every boneheaded utterance. Presumable they have some degree of control over his professionally related media exposure. Jack is the poster-child of Self-Defeating Personality Disorder.

  • jerry
  • robo

    Animal,

    Please read my post again. I didn’t say the W’s would keep Ginobili; I said the W’s could trade Maggette for Ginobili and his expiring contract. I even implied that the W’s could waive Ginobili 1 day after the trade for cap space; with Ginobili probably going right back to the Spurs of course.

    If you total all of the expiring contracts (Ilgauskas, Miller or Ginobili, Claxton, and Moore), the W’s have plenty of money to offer Dirk Nowitzki a max deal. The Mavs could probably offer more money, but that franchise is getting old and Dirk would be looking for a chance at a ring. And I think Dirk is one player who wouldn’t mind playing for Don Nelson.

    Here’s that list again of 2010-11 Warriors:

    Ellis, Curry, Watson
    Azubuike, Morrow
    Randolph
    Nowitzki, Wright
    Biedrins, Turiaf

    Plus, their draft picks. Yeah, Jackson and Maggette for a 7 Foot All-Star in Nowitzki.

  • Jacksonsucks

    An article was written this morning that the only offers the Ws are recieving for Jackson are “garbage” offers.

    We recieve garbage offers for our garbage player except our garbage, I can guarantee stinks more than their garbage. This guy is like Starbury.

    Jackson also stated that he does not look up to Kobe but cannot keep up with Kobe and was called a “young fella”. Because he cannot keep up with Kobe, he takes it out on the coaching staff, his teammates??? WTF? Man up and deal with Kobe and not the coaches and players.

    This guy can go to a championship bound team (if outside the lakers) at some point will still deal with Kobe.

    May have a Championship ring from the Spurs but this guy is a looser in all sense of the word.

  • Lufty455

    This guys must be the biggest con artist in the world.
    Flap-Jack take a chill pill and relax.
    Maybe you need a reality check and go back to the hood.
    I dare you to start mouthing off there.
    All talk jack, nellie, rowell, cohan, and riley can all kiss my a.s…

  • MWLX

    Jack is following the Al Harrington playbook, so the next step will be a fake injury. Sweet revenge – a trade to Memphis or OKC.

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