HoopsHype Jerry Stackhouse rumors

August 13, 2013 Updates

Calling LeBron James "misinformed" about the state of the National Basketball Players Association, executive committee member Jerry Stackhouse told CBSSports.com on Monday that the union "is in a good place" and "moving in the right direction." "He's the best player in the game right now and we want the entire league to be involved," Stackhouse said in a phone interview while in New York on union and other business. "But he needs to be informed in speaking on our union business." CBSSports.com

Stackhouse, one of seven executive committee members elected at All-Star weekend in Houston this past February -- when longtime executive director Billy Hunter was ousted -- said James' comments felt like a "kick in the stomach." "I don't think he's had any dialogue with anybody since the All-Star break, but it is what it is," Stackhouse said. "To make that statement about where we are as a union right now, he was misinformed." CBSSports.com

"I would've liked [James] to come to the meeting next week and hear it and then voice his opinion," Stackhouse said. One of key criticisms of union governance in a January report on Hunter's tenure by the Paul- Weiss law firm was a lack of involvement among the union membership. "It hasn't been a priority," Stackhouse said. "We can't wait until collective bargaining to get engaged in the business of basketball." CBSSports.com

August 12, 2013 Updates

Calling LeBron James "misinformed" about the state of the National Basketball Players Association, executive committee member Jerry Stackhouse told CBSSports.com on Monday that the union "is in a good place" and "moving in the right direction." "He's the best player in the game right now and we want the entire league to be involved," Stackhouse said in a phone interview while in New York on union and other business. "But he needs to be informed in speaking on our union business." CBSSports.com

Stackhouse, one of seven executive committee members elected at All-Star weekend in Houston this past February -- when longtime executive director Billy Hunter was ousted -- said James' comments felt like a "kick in the stomach." "I don't think he's had any dialogue with anybody since the All-Star break, but it is what it is," Stackhouse said. "To make that statement about where we are as a union right now, he was misinformed." CBSSports.com

Though any player can be nominated for Fisher's post, there is a strong preference among some in the union leadership for an experienced executive committee member to move into the top job. One possibility would be vice president Chris Paul, but Stackhouse called it "unrealistic" that a superstar with so many on- and off-court obligations could handle the job. "I think Chris understands the type of strength that comes about with it," Stackhouse said. "With the superstars in our league -- LeBron, Chris Paul -- we want all those guys to be a part of the union and be a voice. ... But that's a tall task to ask one of our marquee, superstar guys." CBSSports.com

July 29, 2013 Updates

In an effort to lift itself from the dysfunction and ineffectiveness of the Billy Hunter-Derek Fisher regime, the NBA players association has spent the past month identifying four candidates to succeed Hunter as executive director. Led by 18-year veteran Jerry Stackhouse, the NBPA has narrowed its options to former NBA coach and league executive Stu Jackson, Pistons legend and former NBA coach Isiah Thomas, former Madison Square Garden executive Steve Mills and Charlotte Bobcats president Fred Whitfield, FOXSports.com has learned. Sports attorney David Cornwell is said to be a longshot candidate. “I’m totally denying we are down to those four prospects,” Stackhouse told me Sunday afternoon. “Those are just four well-known guys, guys who know our business, guys who have ideas we wanted to hear from. They are not the only guys we want the search firm to vet. I haven’t even had a chance to talk with Fred Whitfield yet. I was planning to do that on Monday.” FOXSports.com

June 18, 2013 Updates

"If the Heat don’t win it, I think you could say they’re the best team not to," said Brooklyn guard Jerry Stackhouse, who played with Miami the first part of the 2010-11 season when the Big Three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh had just joined forces. "Just with how dominant they were in the regular season and coming off a championship." FOXSports Florida

June 16, 2013 Updates

Iguodala is on the union's executive committee. He and Stackhouse both say the players bear some responsibility for losing touch with what the union was doing, and Stackhouse hopes the attendance in Las Vegas will show that players understand. "We're all guilty," he said. "We just kind of trusted. We do it in a lot of areas, not just with our union. We do it with our finances. We've got to educate guys about the union and make them understand that the day's going to come when you're not going to be able to play this game anymore. You've got to start thinking about that and preparing yourself for when the ball stops bouncing. It's a tough transition." ESPN.com

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Jones, 34, says 65 players have signed up thus far, with hopes of getting the entire league involved. He's also hopeful that he'll get the NBA Player's Association on board, having met with Vice President and Secretary- Treasurer of the Player's Association Jerry Stackhouse and James Jones. Stackhouse and James Jones were impressed with Jones' website and presentation and are backing it with plans to present it to President Derek Fisher. Jones is confident that Player Population will eliminate misinterpretation of vital and key information that come out of player meetings. CSNNW.com

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Stackhouse knew that the Dallas crowd cheered just as loudly when he came off the bench as it would have if he were starting. Both Nelson and Avery Johnson had no problem drawing plays for him and letting him loose. 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." Grantland

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

And that's how an NBA urban legend is born. Only, in this case, it actually happened: the time Jerry Stackhouse saved a few bucks by beating up Kirk Snyder after a Mavs-Jazz game. They ran into each other again the following year, after Snyder had been traded to New Orleans. Again, he approached Stackhouse in the tunnel. "He started walking to me," Stackhouse remembers. "I closed my fists, wondering what's this fool up to, thinking we're about to go in. He just came in and opened his hand out to me and said, 'Man, I really needed that.'" Snyder told Stackhouse that he had been struggling to get onto the court and wanted to impress his coach, Jerry Sloan. "I was just like, 'Damn, next time just get my number. You want to talk to somebody, we can do that without me having to pay a $1,000 fine. But it was the weirdest thing I had ever witnessed. You get into some knuckles with someone and they come back and tell you, 'I needed that.'" Grantland

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