Jim Jackson RumorsAll NBA Players
Height: 6-6 / 1.98
Weight:220 lbs. / 99.8 kg.
Height: 6-6 / 1.98
Weight:220 lbs. / 99.8 kg.
While he had many color commentators over the years, in 1993 Albert called a game with a young man who would easily become his most famous partner ever (sorry Eddie Johnson). That’s right, that year Jon Stewart put on the headset and saddled up to the broadcast table to call the third annual B-Ball Jam, a game that also featured Suns Dan Majerle, Oliver Miller, the Gorilla, the Suns Dancers and future Suns Cliff Robinson and Jimmy Jackson. (Miller was the best of the bunch though as he wore a backwards hat and an earpiece where Stewart and Albert could talk to him at the free-throw line. Well, that is, if you don’t count GM Tiffani Amber Thiessen who was my game MVP. #KellyKapowski4ever)
Jackson felt like he was in his element during Thursday’s pre-draft workout with the Jazz. Back to 100 percent health, the 22-year-old said it was “a lot of fun” to do all of the running required, getting to interact with Utah’s coaches and exhibiting his natural leadership abilities with the other five guys he worked out with. He also was eager to show that he has more to his game than he displayed at Wisconsin. “I’m not necessarily in a box,” he said. “Coming to these workouts, I get to show a little bit more of my skill set, show that my game can translate to the NBA.”
Traevon Jackson claims his old man is just a “regular dad.” Considering all things are relative, the former Wisconsin basketball standout can say that with conviction. To him, Jim Jackson is as regular a dad as he’s ever known. The elder Jackson, however, was anything but a regular basketball player. Jim Jackson was a McDonald’s All-American, the UPI college player of the year (Ohio State, 1992) and an NBA fixture who played on a record-tying 12 teams in the world’s best league from 1992-2006.
“And I said, ‘Mr. Carter, no disrespect,’ I said, ‘But that’s not my fault that they didn’t work out.’ I said, ‘Now, I’m the fourth pick. I’m not going to ask for anything more, but I’m not going to take less than what my market value is,’ and I said, ‘So if you don’t want to pay me what the fourth pick is, I understand. Trade the pick, but if not, I’m not coming in for anything less than that,’ because, you’ve got to think about it. I’m going to be selfish here. If I don’t sign for them, then later on, it hurts me on in my renegotiations. And it also hurts the fourth pick next year behind me, because I went below market value, which would have been Jamaal. So there’s a lot of factors going on, and my agent, honestly, left it up to me. Mr. Carter came in and said, ‘We’ve got a million-dollar signing bonus for you.’ I’m 22 years old, and I said, ‘You know what, Mr. Carter, I’ve never had a million dollars, so I don’t know what I’m missing, but I know if I shortchange myself, it’s going to hurt me longer in my career, so I’m going to go back to school. I’ll be in Columbus. If you want to do a deal, fine. If not, that’s where I’ll be.’
Jim Jackson on how his contract dispute and subsequent holdout that kept him away from all but 28 games his rookie season impacted his start in Dallas: “It impacted it, I think, perception-wise. You have to really think about this … I’ll give you a good story. I’m the fourth pick, and at the time, it was a market set. So you got Shaquille O’Neal goes No. 1, Alonzo Mourning as No 2, and Christian Laettner as No. 3. So the market is already set. So here’s my window—at six years, I signed a $21 million deal, so Christian was at like 25 or 24 [million], so my market was between 21 and 25 [million]. That’s where it was at. So when I got drafted, and they tried to offer me a deal that was about what the eighth pick got. So Donald Carter came to Columbus in the big plane, and picked me up, and we were flying over Columbus, and he says, ‘Well Jimmy, I don’t think we should pay a guard this much money, because Randy White and Doug Smith didn’t really work out’
“I went back, and I was going to start taking classes, but my agent told me to hold out just in case something happened. Now, also, I had a lawsuit against the Mavericks and against—which people really don’t know about—against the NBA. Because David Stern came in and said, ‘You’ve got to stop paying these rookies these long-term and high-priced deals.’ Well, that’s collusion, and you can’t do that. You can’t tell an owner what to do. We got wind of it, got the players’ association and said, ‘Here’s what’s happened.’ So finally, the Mavericks came in and signed me. You know, they’re hugging and kissing and ‘hey, we’re so glad,’ but it was because of the lawsuit. Because they would have to pay me double what a Cleveland offer would be, so they came in and paid me everything for 28 games, and that’s the reason why, so there’s always an underlying story to what it is. It wasn’t as simple as two sides coming together. The lawsuit kind of trumped everything.”
25 Jun 13