Steven Jackson showed his love for coach Don Nelson and his former teammates with hugs and smiles before tipoff last night, right before burying them with a dominant performance before the booing ignorant in Oracle arena. That’s who Stephen Jackson is, and that’s what he does on the basketball court.
In his comments both before and after the game, Jackson stressed that his actions in forcing a trade from the Warriors had absolutely nothing to do with Don Nelson or his teammates. About Nelson, he said “I have a lot of respect and love for Don Nelson.” And he was equally effusive in his praise and affection for his teammates. The reason why Jackson wanted off the Warriors was because of the ownership. He wants to play for ownership that wants to win, and he doesn’t believe that’s the case with the Warriors’ owner. I think he’s right about that, and I don’t blame him one bit.
Go in peace, Stephen Jackson.
I just got around to watching the game on tape, and was again depressed by the let down in effort that the Warriors are currently going through. It appears to be contagious, because my energy level is suffering along with the Warriors, particularly after a long hard night battling over the green felt. So if you’re looking for an insightful recap, I’m going to pass the ball to the consistently excellent Mike Massa at the Examiner. He hit this nail on the head.