Jackson Feels He's as Good as Kobe
Old 10-15-2009, 12:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Stephen Jackson spoke publicly about his 'beef' with Kobe Bryant on Wednesday.

“I’m not going to bow down," said Jackson. "I’m not a fan of Kobe. I’m not somebody who looks up to him. I’m a grown man myself. So when I go out there and play the game, I play the game. I feel like I’m just as good as him. I might not get the publicity or notoriety he gets, but I feel like I can play with anybody in the NBA any given night.”
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Old 10-15-2009, 12:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i actually like that statement of his.
its far from the truth, but thats how everyone should play.
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Old 10-15-2009, 12:26 PM   #3 (permalink)
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ummm... being able to keep up with kobe on any given night and being as good as kobe are two vastly different things...

this is the thing about guys like sjax. it's about playing against his opponent, about his personal ability to keep up with or to dominate that guy. with kobe, it's about that, but it's also about the ability to make his team better and to impose his will on the whole other team - even on the whole arena. in the past this may not have been so, but in the past 2 years he has proven that he is bigger than his position, that he can take over a game and become the focal point of everyone involved in that game.

while jackson is a very good 2 guard, he isn't even close to being able to do that.
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Old 10-15-2009, 12:32 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Bah.

He is as good as Kobe.

On Paper.

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Nor should he or any other player "bow down". Talk is cheap though. If he's as good as he thinks he is he should shut his yap and prove it on the floor. Instead he blows smoke and acts like a tool to get traded.
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its a mentality thing though...
you cant praise your 'enemy', or bow down to an opponent.

it reminds my of something that i heard a few years back regarding the downfall of USA men's basketball - remember the couple of years that they lost and everyone was freaking out about it...

i remember someone say something along the lines of - When the dreamteam first began, the players from the countries/other teams wanted to get autographs and take their pictures with the NBA stars... and USA dominated the comp.
a little bit later, other countries/teams actually wanted to play and compete with the USA and its NBA stars.... and USA still won, although it was more of an effort.
a little more later, other countries/teams wanted to beat them and show that they could.... and they ended up doing it.

the moral of the story, never back down... never give your opponents praise... always have confidence that you are better.
i dont blame SJAX for talking smack.... you cant admit an opponent is better. never back down.
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Kobe is going to drop 50 on his ass for saying that.
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Seems like the statement was misinterpreted to me. As I understood it, when Jackson matches up against Kobe he goes in with the mindset that he's as good as Kobe so as not to give himself a mental disadvantage from the start. Makes sense.
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Just as hard as SJax works, Kobe works just as hard, maybe ever harder. You want to respect your opponent yet at the same time have a swagger about yourself, but you don't want to give any opponent any real bulletin board material. Kobe won't back down either. SJax should have just kept his mouth shut.
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its a mentality thing though...
you cant praise your 'enemy', or bow down to an opponent.

it reminds my of something that i heard a few years back regarding the downfall of USA men's basketball - remember the couple of years that they lost and everyone was freaking out about it...

i remember someone say something along the lines of - When the dreamteam first began, the players from the countries/other teams wanted to get autographs and take their pictures with the NBA stars... and USA dominated the comp.
a little bit later, other countries/teams actually wanted to play and compete with the USA and its NBA stars.... and USA still won, although it was more of an effort.
a little more later, other countries/teams wanted to beat them and show that they could.... and they ended up doing it.

the moral of the story, never back down... never give your opponents praise... always have confidence that you are better.
i dont blame SJAX for talking smack.... you cant admit an opponent is better. never back down.

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The right diposition to have, in this case IMO. Slightly misconstrued as usual.
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Seems like the statement was misinterpreted to me. As I understood it, when Jackson matches up against Kobe he goes in with the mindset that he's as good as Kobe so as not to give himself a mental disadvantage from the start. Makes sense.
Doesn't matter how you interpret it, he should keep that shit to himself. Kobe is going to rip him a new one.
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I agree. Right mindset though, at least behind closed doors.
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ummm... being able to keep up with kobe on any given night and being as good as kobe are two vastly different things...

this is the thing about guys like sjax. it's about playing against his opponent, about his personal ability to keep up with or to dominate that guy. with kobe, it's about that, but it's also about the ability to make his team better and to impose his will on the whole other team - even on the whole arena. in the past this may not have been so, but in the past 2 years he has proven that he is bigger than his position, that he can take over a game and become the focal point of everyone involved in that game.

while jackson is a very good 2 guard, he isn't even close to being able to do that.
that might be true, but i know one thing... if Bosh had a bit of sjax in him, we would do a lot better against boston!
i always had the same mindset, basketball is just a game... its stupid to be intimidated by an opponent. 90% of the game is in your mentality.
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its a mentality thing though...
you cant praise your 'enemy', or bow down to an opponent.

it reminds my of something that i heard a few years back regarding the downfall of USA men's basketball - remember the couple of years that they lost and everyone was freaking out about it...

i remember someone say something along the lines of - When the dreamteam first began, the players from the countries/other teams wanted to get autographs and take their pictures with the NBA stars... and USA dominated the comp.
a little bit later, other countries/teams actually wanted to play and compete with the USA and its NBA stars.... and USA still won, although it was more of an effort.
a little more later, other countries/teams wanted to beat them and show that they could.... and they ended up doing it.

the moral of the story, never back down... never give your opponents praise... always have confidence that you are better.
i dont blame SJAX for talking smack.... you cant admit an opponent is better. never back down.
Not sure that I agree with that.

When the 1992 Dream Team played you had probably the best collection of talent EVER in pro sports... at a time when basketball wasn't the global game that it is today. It was orchestrated murder.

Over the last 25 years a lot of countries have made VAST improvements to their programs and interest in the game has grown by leaps and bounds. There's just a bigger & better talent pool to choose from now for those european and south american countries.

Do you really think that this past Team USA lacked any confidence going into the tourney? They were stocked with the best players in the whole damn NBA! They just don't win as easily now because the rest of the world has improved so much (the years of playing time together also helps a great deal).

In terms of an individual praising an opponent... Dirk praised the Nuggets' defenders... and then went on to TORCH them game after game in the playoffs.
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