Stu Jackson Rumors

The NBA’s review of Dwight Howard’s contact with Andrew Bogut concluded that it did not rise to the level of excessive because Howard was trying to free himself from a tie-up with Bogut, president of basketball operations Rod Thorn told CBSSports.com Tuesday. “It was a very close call as far as I’m concerned,” Thorn said. “As Bogut is holding his arm down, Howard tries to extricate his arm. He doesn’t hit him with his elbow, by the way. He hits him with the back of his hand, maybe a touch of the wrist. To me, it was unnecessary, but I didn’t think it was excessive.”
Stu Jackson is a former NBA head coach and the former executive vice president of the NBA. More recently, he has worked as an analyst on NBA TV. All those jobs make him uniquely qualified to answer a set of questions about the league from the Star Tribune’s Michael Rand: Q There is a lot of talk of “tanking” and teams intentionally losing in the NBA. How much of that do you think is perception and how much is reality? A My view has always been that the perception is greater than the reality with most teams. I think every franchise has reasons why they make certain decisions with their personnel, in terms of managing their salary cap situation to allow for certain trades or free agency, and it really depends on the stage of development respective franchises are in. Those decisions are not the same for everyone. For some it might take on the appearance that a team is tanking when they’re really just managing their own development.
Also, 10 years later, the NBA has not experienced another event as devastating as the brawl — a credit to the league’s response. “Out of a horrible incident like this,” said Stu Jackson, former NBA Senior Vice President of Basketball Operations, “some positive changes came about. As bad as the incident was, it was also an opportunity to define who we were as a league, as teams and players, and make a statement that this type of incident wouldn’t be tolerated. I think all we could expect of ourselves at the time was that we address the situation appropriately and move forward.”
Former NBA executive vice president of operations Stu Jackson is joining NBA TV, providing analysis on rules, discipline and other areas that he oversaw in the league office. He also will take questions from fans on Twitter and give his insights on NBA.com. Jackson left his position on Aug. 1 after more than 13 years at the league, where he was in charge of all matters relating to play on the court. He said moving into broadcasting will give him a chance to stay involved. “It’s something that it gives me a platform to talk about issues surrounding the NBA which are near to me,” Jackson said. “It’s a good way to obviously be out there and still be a part of the NBA.”
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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.”
Stackhouse said the timetable for the union to name an executive director is between Christmas and NBA All-Star Weekend. He said the union needed to first clean up its bylaws and structure. “Our long-term deadline is to have our guy in place around the same time as when Adam (Silver) replaces David Stern,” Stackhouse said. “We want our guy in place to begin the process of forging a relationship with Adam.”
Stern also said last week that he thought the league has made great strides by instituting a fine system for players who flop, but felt even more needed to be done to continue to discourage the behavior. Jackson said the committee discussed increasing the fines or other punishments, but was not making any recommendations for changes at this time. “It was unanimous among the committee that the flopping system, the policy, has worked this year,” Jackson said. “But there was also an acknowledgement that we’re open to discussing how we continue to enforce the flopping policy.”
The committee is also recommending that a new rule be put in place to prevent players from standing out of bounds on offense in halfcourt sets. Jackson said this is an increasing trend that they have seen this season, with players on offense standing out of bounds in half-court offense in an effort to suck the perimeter defense further away from the paint and create better spacing. Under the proposed change, any player committing what would be a new infraction would be whistled for a violation, and the ball would change possession. Jackson said this wouldn’t apply to a player who runs out of bounds while curling around a screen or trying to separate from a defender, only when he is stationary and standing out of bounds during a halfcourt offensive set.
Smart said he was “not shocked” that Cousins didn’t receive his third suspension from the league. “I didn’t know,” Smart said. “I just stayed neutral. In this case, it was just a very unusual storm because you actually had an injury there as well as the other situation. So the whole focal point was moving forward anyway because you knew he wasn’t going to be playing in this game for sure.”