Stephen Jackson wants out of Milwaukee
Old 02-19-2012, 11:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Stephen Jacksons stint with the Milwaukee Bucks hasnt gone quite as planned. Less than halfway through his first season in Milwaukee, Jackson is already tired of the organization and wants a trade. Hes not hiding his frustration and admits that he wants to be dealt before the trade deadline.

The Bucks acquired Jackson on the night of the 2011 NBA Draft and hoped that he would provide leadership and take the team to the next level. Instead, he has been moved to the end of the bench and feuded with Bucks head coach Scott Skiles.

When asked if he has a future in Milwaukee, Jackson shook his head.

Not at all, Jackson told HOOPSWORLD. Its obvious, you can see that. Im just waiting until my situation is different. Im coming to work every day and keeping myself prepared so that when my situation does get better, Im ready to go.

Jackson is frustrated with his diminished role and doesnt understand why hes not playing more. Over the last two seasons with the Charlotte Bobcats, the 12-year NBA veteran averaged 19.8 points and 37.3 minutes. This month, hes averaging 21.3 minutes per game and has been benched altogether for five games.

Its very difficult, Jackson said. Im going from playing 38 minutes each game and being one of the top guys in minutes played over the last five years to not playing at all. Its tough. The only thing that I can do is worry about what I can control and thats trying to be a professional and keep supporting the young guys. Its tough though, with how much I love the game. I know I have a lot of basketball left in me. Its tough not being out there and not being able to contribute.

Jackson says that his relationship with Bucks head coach Scott Skiles is irreparable. He doesnt appreciate the way that Skiles has handled this situation, describing his benching as disrespectful.

Ive worked hard for many years to be that player that guys want to play with, Jackson said. To not be playing, and not have any reasons behind it, its kind of disrespectful. At the end of the day, Im 33 years old. Im not a 22-year-old guy that youre coaching. Im a grown man whos probably done more than a lot of people in this locker room in this league, including coaches. Like I said, I cant put myself in the game and I cant do anything except support my teammates and be ready for when I do play.

Skiles has not met with Jackson to discuss the situation, according to the small forward.

No, theres really nothing you can say, Jackson said. Theres no excuse for it.

On Friday, the Bucks faced off against the Orlando Magic. After the game, Jackson said he would love to join the Magic and play alongside his good friend Dwight Howard.

I would love to [play in Orlando], Jackson said. Dwight has said a couple of times that he wants me to be with him. When you get a compliment like that from a big man like Dwight, it means a lot. Tim Duncan always steps up for me and says Im the ultimate teammate too. When I have guys like that speaking up for me, I must have been doing something right throughout my whole career. I know my situation is going to get better eventually and Im just going to keep being professional and keep my mouth closed.

While Jackson has become somewhat of a distraction, he insists that hes trying to keep his teammates out of the line of fire. Many of Jacksons teammates love him and a lot of the young players in the locker room look up to him. He hopes his situation gets resolved, but he doesnt want them to be dragged into his drama.

I really dont want them to get involved in it, Jackson said. I want them to continue to play and worry about winning games. I can handle my own situation. Ive been a great professional, one of the top players in this league for a long time, and my play will speak for itself.

The NBAs trade deadline is on March 15 and Jackson is definitely someone who could be on the move.
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Old 02-19-2012, 11:43 AM   #2 (permalink)
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He'd be a great starting two guard here next year.
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He'd be a great starting two guard here next year.
I think veteran is a last thing we need on this rebuilding team.
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I think veteran is a last thing we need on this rebuilding team.
Actually it's one thing we'll start needing next season. Not sure Jackson is the guy i'd want though.
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When this guy's on, he's almost unstoppable. A great competitor too.
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When this guy's on, he's almost unstoppable. A great competitor too.
He hasn't been "on" all season. Pass.
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Actually it's one thing we'll start needing next season. Not sure Jackson is the guy i'd want though.
If veteran i say let's keep Jose for a year, we need to teach all the rookies how things should be done in NBA. But other than that we are not going to be a team that we want to be next season. So getting a veteran especially not a pg doesn't really make seance to me.
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He hasn't been "on" all season. Pass.
Did you read the article? He's not exactly motivated to help this team. Rightfully so, I wonder why they aren't playing him as much. They gave up Maggette and their draft pick for him. The 2 or so years with the Bobcats he played solid. Actually took a horeshit team to the playoffs not too long ago.

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Did you read the article? He's not exactly motivated to help this team. Rightfully so, I wonder why they aren't playing him as much. They gave up Maggette and their draft pick for him. The 2 or so years with the Bobcats he played solid. Actually took a horeshit team to the playoffs not too long ago.
If he's not motivated to help Milwaukee, why will he be motivated to help us, when we are in a worse position record-wise than the Bucks.

I loved S-Jax during his run with Golden State and Baron Davis days, but he's dropped off since then. He'd be better suited on a contending team than here.
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Did you read the article? He's not exactly motivated to help this team. Rightfully so, I wonder why they aren't playing him as much. They gave up Maggette and their draft pick for him. The 2 or so years with the Bobcats he played solid. Actually took a horeshit team to the playoffs not too long ago.
He was getting minutes during the first 13 games of the season. The problem was twofold: the Bucks were not winning (4-9) and he was not hitting his shots consistently. After that, Skiles stopped starting Jackson. Maybe you could say that Skiles gave up on him too quickly. But we don't know what was going on in the locker room.

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If he's not motivated to help Milwaukee, why will he be motivated to help us, when we are in a worse position record-wise than the Bucks.

I loved S-Jax during his run with Golden State and Baron Davis days, but he's dropped off since then. He'd be better suited on a contending team than here.
He might be better on a contending team. But, even for that to work, Jackson might also need to realize that his role needs to change.

Players who sustain the same level of play at 33 are the exceptions, not the rule. Guys like Nash make it easy to forget that most players are declining at 33. For some it's a slow decline, for others it happens rapidly. Most 33 year olds are not playing 36+ minutes every night.
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Like bill h was saying, at the start of the year he was given a lot of minutes, and a lot of opportunity. The problem was that he was chucking like crazy and couldn't hit a shot to save his life. His poor shooting was killing the team. Skiles was forced to throw him on the bench and limit his minutes for the sake of the team. I don't want that kind of thing happening here... Because I guarantee you it would.
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I think it is more than poor shooting that took him out of the starting lineup. Skiles is benching him for another reason. Maybe it is chemistry between C Jack and Jennings or his defensive effort (considering his ability to defend).

I see Gooden's and Livingston's minutes going up as well as Delfino. These are all players that don't stop the ball in their hands. Perhaps D'Antoni could learn something from Skiles.
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If he's not motivated to help Milwaukee, why will he be motivated to help us, when we are in a worse position record-wise than the Bucks.

I loved S-Jax during his run with Golden State and Baron Davis days, but he's dropped off since then. He'd be better suited on a contending team than here.
I never once said to bring him here, that move would be pointless. I still think he can compete with any SF if he gets consistent playing time, despite his age. Put him on the Lakers, Magic(Like he wants), Atlanta, and you would see a huge difference.
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I never once said to bring him here, that move would be pointless. I still think he can compete with any SF if he gets consistent playing time, despite his age. Put him on the Lakers, Magic(Like he wants), Atlanta, and you would see a huge difference.
i dont think the three teams you listed would want him. but the lakers you could make a case if jackson was coming off the bench to fill in the hole odom left
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i dont think the three teams you listed would want him. but the lakers you could make a case if jackson was coming off the bench to fill in the hole odom left
I think there are a lot of upgrades at the 3 with Barnes and World Peace. Barnes is also Jackson's best friend I heard.
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Jackson needs to go to a contending team where he can be controlled. I wouldnt want him in TOR either. According to Bucks fans, he's become very good friends with BJennings and has had an awful influence on him, as shown in BJennings 2 shot game vs PHX and his recent comments of leaving MIL.
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Thrills hit it on the head. When Jax was with San Antonio it worked. It's a locker room controlled by Duncan and Pop, plus you had guys like Bowen and Barry there too.

He's always been talented, but he's one of those guys who thinks he's a lot better than what he actually is.
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This is what happens when you're playing 9 different guys 20+ minutes. 10 man rotations don't make anybody happy.
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