HoopsHype Jerry Stackhouse rumors

January 21, 2013 Updates

As one league scout said about the Nets: "They're not playing different, really, but they're playing harder." It also sure does help when more of the shots go in the basket, no matter who is drawing them up. "Whenever you have a guy that means that much to you, your franchise player, when Deron picked it up, we picked it up," Nets veteran Jerry Stackhouse said. "I don't think there's any coincidence. Yeah, the coaching change, you can spin that all you want to, but the guys on the court are the ones who really matter." ESPN.com

January 11, 2013 Updates

Rasheed Wallace, once Stackhouse's running mate at the University of North Carolina, was on the losing end of that first Brooklyn–New York battle. Wallace missed nine of his 11 shots. It's true, the ball don't lie. Nor do the lasting careers of two of the league's locker room sages. They've been allies, All-Stars, contributors, opponents, retirees, returnees, lightning rods, and — perhaps most importantly — chameleons, adept at adapting to their ever-evolving NBA roles. Both 38 years old, both hoping for one last playoff run, it's been nearly two decades since Sheed and Stack first met at Chapel Hill. "You're not going to beat Father Time," Stackhouse said. "He's going to catch up with us all. But I think we can manage him. I think that's what I learned to do. Playing less minutes, absorbing a little less of a role than I would customarily want … taking my wants out of the equation and putting other people's at the forefront. When I was pushing, pushing, pushing for what I really wanted, it seemed like I never really got it." Grantland

"I had a referee tell me he didn't like coming to the Rose Garden because he knew it was going to be a battle with Rasheed," remembers Nash, who took over the Blazers in 2003. When asked for comment, NBA officials declined to speak for this story. "Despite the fact he's had a marvelous career, I think it could have been better," Nash says. "But he was never about personal accolades. He was a team player, wanted to win, and coaches had a high regard for him, which is evidenced now. The fan base in Portland was probably equally divided. He had a lot of supporters because they liked his play. But he had a lot of detractors, too, because he wasn't fan-friendly. He was also difficult with the media, so the media never portrayed him in a favorable light. That's a shame in some ways, but it was his doing." Grantland

That first Dallas season also featured the defining Jerry Stackhouse, Tough Guy story. It happened after Utah rookie Kirk Snyder took a cheap shot at him under the basket during a game. Stackhouse retaliated with one of his own. Both men thought they were even. Nope. They bumped into each other a few plays later and … well, Stackhouse can explain the rest. "Boom, he punched me in the stomach with an open fist," Stackhouse said, incredulously. "I was like, 'OK, I can go crazy right now and get suspended for two or three games and lose this money.' The smart side of me said, 'No, I'm not going to do that. But I'm going to get this boy.' You don't put your hands on me. I can deal with a lot of verbal stuff and wolfing and all that, but you put your hands on me, no. And I thought I had cleaned it up, but obviously I hadn't." When the game ended, Stackhouse recalls asking the training staff for a warm-up suit, then waiting on the docks where Utah's bus would depart. "I ain't even shower," Stackhouse recalls. "I put on some sweats, some sneakers, and I went and stood in the tunnel. As soon as [Snyder] came out, I fired on him. I got in a couple. That was it. I don't know where all these security people came from. It probably lasted 20 seconds. Everybody pulled me off and that was it." Grantland

On the day of the second Nets-Knicks game in December, Wallace finally talked — barely. Asked if he was proud of his and Stackhouse's longevity, Wallace responded, "Hell yeah. We just know how to take care of our bodies doing what we do.12 We've had damn near every injury you can have happen to us throughout our career. But you've got to stay with it, know how to take care of your body. You can't take it for granted." Nor will Wallace take his comeback for granted. "I'm glad to see that I still have a lot of fans left in the basketball world," he said. "There's been a lot of people on the streets, when I'm out at restaurants or off of the basketball court, a lot of people say they're glad to see me back — to see, I guess, real basketball, post play and this and that, depending on who the fan is. It's a good thing, though. I'm not downplaying it or anything. It's definitely good." Grantland

January 8, 2013 Updates
December 28, 2012 Updates

“I think he’s the logical choice,” Nets guard Jerry Stackhouse said. “He’s been in a lot of big-time situations. That’s who he is. If I’m an owner or a general manager and I’m going to make a coaching change, he’d definitely be the first guy I’d see if he had any interest.” New York Daily News

December 26, 2012 Updates

No question, it is a simpler proposition for a non-Christian like me to say bah, humbug to those who have attacked the N.B.A. for turning Christmas into basketball’s version of a “Star Trek” marathon. So let’s allow Stackhouse to counter the righteousness of the argument with an appropriate dose of realism. “At the end of the day, when the licensing checks are rolling in, we’re all in line,” he said. “Everybody should be all in. It helps our brand.” New York Times

December 18, 2012 Updates
December 16, 2012 Updates
December 5, 2012 Updates

What motivates you at this point in your career? Jerry Stackhouse: I just like to play. Just being able to continue to beat my kids. To make sure they can never kick my butt. They’re getting to that point. My AAU team, I watch these kids get better and better. Now they’re 16, 17 years old, becoming men, and I just like getting out there with them and competing. I think that’s kind of my motivation when I get out there with them and keep myself in shape. And when it start time to get back with the pros in September when guys start working out again, that’s when I test myself. I know if I’m out there and I’m still able to compete, then I know I’ll be able to compete at this level. The Score

December 3, 2012 Updates

But Stack has a secret. It’s Taaj Jaharah, an innovative New York trainer and therapist whose work on agility and flexibility basically throughout his career helped Kareem Abdul-Jabbar play until he was 42 and at a high level. “I have worked with him (Stackhouse) since his rookie year in Philly,” Jaharah said in an email. “He has been fastidious in his desire to continue to retrain and to maintain his ease of movement, a truly dedicated athlete. They don't last 18 years in the league without that.” It’s a great lesson for young kids. Players like Abdul-Jabbar and Stackhouse realized when they were kids that training their bodies for that sort of flexibility would extend their career. They probably never realized how long. And this at a time whether to just keep busy more players than ever seem to want to continue their careers. There are eight players at least 38 with the return of Stackhouse, Rasheed Wallace and Derek Fisher and Grant Hill and Kurt Thomas over 40. NBA.com

November 17, 2012 Updates

Johnson has assured Stackhouse that he’ll coach at least one practice this season. The goal is to become an assistant under Johnson, but Stackhouse — who was drafted at No. 3 in 1995 by the 76ers and later traded by current Nets GM Billy King — said he won’t retire until he can no longer dunk. “If I get it on the break, I’m going to dunk it,” Stackhouse said. “I’m not going to dunk it like I did in ’95, but I’m still dunking. That’s kind of my barometer. When I come down the court and I don’t feel like I can still jump and dunk the ball anymore, yeah, it’s time for Stackhouse to retire.” New York Daily News

October 2, 2012 Updates

The veteran guard said Monday he plans on assuming the role of a player/coach this season, with hopes of establishing a career on the bench under the familiar tutelage of Avery Johnson. It’s no wonder the Nets didn’t hire another assistant coach. “I never thought I’d want to coach, but now I kind of want to transition into that, kind of learning from (Johnson),” Stackhouse said. “I know he’ll allow me to assume some of the responsibilities this year. I think a lot of coaches would be threatened by that, but he’s comfortable enough to let me earn my way while I’m playing. “It’s kind of an ideal situation for me. Hopefully I can grow with this group past my actual playing days. Stackhouse, who’ll turn 38 in March, signed a one-year deal this summer with the Nets, his eighth team in an 18-year career. He played under Johnson for four years in Dallas, and plotted on a reunion after Johnson was hired by Mikhail Prokhorov. New York Daily News

September 14, 2012 Updates
September 4, 2012 Updates

Williams is renting in SoHo while shopping for a permanent home, preferably one with easy tunnel access. He will have company. Joe Johnson, the Nets’ newly acquired All-Star guard, forward Kris Humphries and guard Jerry Stackhouse will all be living in Manhattan as well. Seven Nets will reside in New Jersey, including the rookie Tyshawn Thomas, who got an apartment in Hoboken, his hometown. (Two others, Mirza Teletovic and Tornike Shengelia, are playing overseas and have not yet shopped for homes, but they are likely to end up in New Jersey, too.) New York Times

July 16, 2012 Updates

The signing would give the Nets 12 players under contract, as they also inked Jerry Stackhouse on Monday. They still need to re-sign Kris Humphries, which a source reiterated Monday was in the works, and find a center to back up Brook Lopez. They’re looking at veteran Nazr Mohammed, a source told the News. New York Daily News

July 14, 2012 Updates

General Manager Billy King said a deal with Humphries was “close,” but added, “It’s a process.” He also confirmed that the Nets were working on a deal with Jerry Stackhouse, the veteran guard. New York Times

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