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Stephen Jackson
Stephen Jackson
Position: -
Born: 04/05/78
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:220 lbs. / 99.8 kg.
Earnings: $68,866,243 ($83,771,970*)
Lakers assistant coach Phil Handy recently guested on Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson’s All The Smoke podcast, and the long-time LA coach tried to shed some light as to why Kobe was the way he was: “His realness, man,” Handy responded when asked what he remembers the most about Kobe Bryant. “He was misunderstood. I asked him one time, ‘Why you such an a–hole?’ I asked him that. And he said, ‘You really wanna know? Some of my teammates don’t understand the work. I see dudes walking into practice 10 minutes before practice and they leave right after. Why the f–k am I going to pass them the basketball? I don’t respect their work ethic.
Etan Thomas: I didn’t want to touch on any of this. I even tweeted that I was going to mind my business on this. However, since Kwame Brown posted that first video on his IG account (plus additional videos on IG Live and his YouTube page “Bust Life”), there have been multiple media outlets that have reached out to me to inquire if I would come on their show. They want me to get in the middle of what was going on with Kwame and Stephen Jackson and Matt Barnes, and my answer has consistently been an adamant, “No.” I told them that they were not going to use me to fan the flames of this beef. When I first caught wind of it, I immediately tweeted that I hated seeing good Brothas beef to this level over something that could’ve (and should’ve) been fixed with a phone call, and I still stand by that.
Etan Thomas: I also have a lot of respect for all of them. I am still amazed at all of the work that Stephen Jackson has done around the world after George Floyd was murdered. I’ve interviewed both Stak and Matt for my show, “The Rematch,” and for my new book on white supremacy and police brutality that I’m currently putting the finishing touches on (shout out to Haymarket Books). Kwame and I have been friends since we were teammates with the Washington Wizards for four seasons, so I have always been in his corner. I immediately ordered some shirts from his clothing line for me and my son. (We got “Momma’s Cooking” and “My Momma’s Son” shirts).