HoopsHype Stephen Jackson rumors

November 8, 2013 Updates
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Spurs point guard Tony Parker left Saturday’s 121-96 preseason loss to Miami in the third quarter after banging a finger on the camera of a photographer seated on the baseline. Stephen Jackson sprained an ankle last season at MadisonSquareGarden tripping on a courtside waitress. In 2010, George Hill sprained an ankle after landing on a baseline photographer in Dallas. “It’s kind of like when you’re in your neighborhood. You keep telling people you need a stop sign, and they don’t change it until a kid gets killed and then they put up a stop sign,” Popovich said. “Somebody of stature is going to get seriously hurt by one of those guys, and then all hell will break loose.” San Antonio Express-News

September 26, 2013 Updates
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Stephen Jackson’s previous appearance on ESPN’s Highly Questionable went so well, they couldn’t resist bringing him back last week for an encore performance. This time, completely unprompted, he got to tell Dan Le Batard and Bomani Jones the tale of how he ended up with his hand around the throat of former NBA All-Star Steve Francis during a recent club run-in. Jackson explained: “We wasn’t never cool. I don’t hang with him. I don’t call him. We’ve never been in the same circles. It was too packed for me to get to the stage. So I go in the DJ booth…and as soon as I start rapping, he jumps on the back of the DJ booth. “I don’t know why he jumped up there. He bumped me two times with his midsection. I felt his belt on my neck. So the third time he does it…I turn around and I ask him to get down. He said something crazy, one thing led to another, my hand end up on his throat and next thing he in cuffs.” San Antonio Express-News

September 11, 2013 Updates

It may not have been the "Malice at the Palace" but former San Antonio Spurs forward Stephen Jackson got into a scuffle with former NBA guard Steve Francis. Jackson, who also has a rap career, was doing his thing on the mic at a night club when Francis decided to steal some of the spotlight from "Stak 5". In the video below, check out Jackson rapping to the crowd when Francis is standing behind him and seems to get into words with someone else. That's when the scuffle begins as the video quickly shows Jackson choking Francis (at 25:30 point) as the crowd is trying to separate the two. ProjectSpurs.com

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The Spurs forward also said he’s confident that he’ll sign with another team this summer, but so far he’s without an NBA contract. That uncertainty hasn’t stopped him from preparing as if he’s set to play in his 14th NBA season. Jackson took to Instagram today dripping in sweat after his second workout, and declared that he’d gotten his love back for the game after all that transpired at the end of a tough NBA season. Dime

July 5, 2013 Updates

Matt Barnes, according to a league source, is in the market for a full mini mid-level deal, and he'll likely sign with the Lakers or Clippers. Stephen Jackson is an intriguing candidate, but his salary has gone up every year he's been in the NBA. While Jackson might sacrifice some money this time around, $1.7 million sounds like a stretch. Another player to watch is Mickael Pietrus, whose name will be discussed among Knicks brass. Contrary to reports, the 31-year-old veteran was mostly healthy last season and has been impressive in recent pickup games. ESPN.com

June 18, 2013 Updates

"I asked him to trade me, because I wasn't playing as much and it was my contract year," said Jackson, who was earning $10 million in the final season of his contract. "I knew I could help some teams. I'm blessed that I've never had a surgery or any serious injury in my career, so I'm still healthy. I look up to guys like Grant Hill and Jason Kidd, who are able to play (until their late 30s). I'm looking forward to doing that. "But I could see it happening, because I wasn't playing, I was dominating in practice, I was working my butt off, and it was just frustrating to me … The good thing about it though, what I've learned from my younger years in the NBA, is that I stayed professional. I wasn't coming to practice screaming, I was working every day, I was a great teammate. But I felt that I was at the position in my career, 13 years, where I could go talk to Pop and we could have a solid conversation." USA Today Sports

"My respect for Pop is always going to be there, because one thing I love about Pop – he does what's best for the team, so you have to respect that," Jackson said. "I'm all about winning, and he's all about winning. One thing about Pop is that nobody can go to Pop and try to get Pop to say anything bad about me, because he won't. He knows I love the game and I deserve to play, but it was just a situation that wasn't right for me." USA Today Sports

June 13, 2013 Updates

Stephen Jackson was involved in one of the darkest, most disgraceful on-court incidents in NBA history, but he seems to look back fondly on it. In a very entertaining interview with ESPN’s Dan Le Batard and Bomani Jones (seriously, the entire 12-minute segment is worth your time), he spoke jokingly of his days with the Indiana Pacers, when in 2005 he hit a fan who threw a beer at teammate Ron Artest. About four and a half minutes into the interview, Le Batard goads Jackson into admitting that he enjoyed the fight: "It felt good to punch a fan one time" For The Win

June 5, 2013 Updates

Stephen Jackson flew commercial to Miami on Tuesday. He should have been on the Spurs' charter. He should have been joking with Tim Duncan and listening to Gregg Popovich. He should have been preparing for his second Finals and hoping he would get a few minutes trying to defend LeBron James; the Spurs might have been better for that, too. Instead, Jackson sat in 3A, on United flight 1158, from Houston to Miami. Any regrets, he was asked? “Nope,” he said. “Got my money.” San Antonio Express-News

A year ago Jackson announced, in so many words, Popovich was the only coach who could handle him. Tuesday he said he refused this season to play Popovich's “mind games.” That goes against Popovich's reputation as a straight shooter. That also goes against the conversation Popovich had just before the Spurs traded for Jackson in 2012. San Antonio Express-News

Pride wouldn't let Jackson accept that, and he admitted as much Tuesday. After showing the initial flash of anger when talking about Popovich, he later said Popovich knows him well, and that the release “was best for me so I wouldn't go crazy.” Or, as Jackson said Tuesday, again smiling, “I wouldn't want me on the team, either.” Still, Jackson insists he was right to not bend, in part, because he was right the previous time he left the Spurs. Then, after the 2003 championship, Popovich was equally blunt. San Antonio Express-News

April 18, 2013 Updates

While some face termination for not working hard enough, former Spurs forward Stephen Jackson said he was dismissed from the team for wanting to give more. “We had a disagreement,” Stephen told Sister 2 Sister about his most recent coach Gregg Popovich. “He wanted me to agree to players being better than me, and I didn’t agree. I’ve been in the NBA a long time, so it’s just something I didn’t agree with and something I have no control over. He’s the coach. He controls who plays, and he controls the team, which I do respect. At the same time, I know what I can do and what I been doing my whole career, and I’m far from ready to hang it up. So, I can’t let one person tell me where I’m at 35-years-old. To me, it just didn’t make no sense.” S2S Magazine

However, the NBA veteran said if the Spurs’ management had either granted him more playing time or released him from his contract earlier, he may have been able to help another team advance to the playoffs. “It was talked about before the all-star break, before the trade deadline…about me not wanting to be here and me going to other teams, but they wouldn’t do it then,” Stephen explained. “If they would have done it then, I would be on another team right now.” S2S Magazine

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