The Timberwolves exaggeration ...
Milwaukee Bucks: Grades From 1...
Minnesota Timberwolves they di...
Minnesota Timberwolves Today a...
Minnesota Timberwolves will en...
Thunder 94, Timberwolves 92...
Thunder-Timberwolves, Box...
Wolves' Love, Thunder's Collis...
Trail Blazers' Miller says Six...
NBA Roundup: Friday's action...
Web viewing of NBA games may s...
Jerry Sloan 20th anniversary g...
OJ Mayo wins InsideHoops fan p...
Timberwolves hire Dean Cooper ...
Timberwolves re-sign Ryan Gome...
Brand has surgury
Brand, Maggette could opt out
Brand, Maggette could opt out
where are you mike?
September 2017
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
Add to Google
Add to My Yahoo!
Subscribe in NewsGator Online
Add to Windows Live
News » Cam Inman: While the Golden State Warriors win a game, the clock keeps ticking on Stephen Jackson's tenure with the team

Cam Inman: While the Golden State Warriors win a game, the clock keeps ticking on Stephen Jackson's tenure with the team

Cam Inman: While the Golden State Warriors win a game, the clock keeps ticking on Stephen Jackson's tenure with the team Stephen Jackson ISN'T going away quietly.

His trade value went up Monday night. So did the Warriors' win total, as they notched their second win in six games this season by routing the Minnesota Timberwolves 146-105.

This was, finally, a welcome chapter in Jackson's ever-evolving quest to escape the Land of Cohan.

Even with a 25-point lead, Jackson stayed in the game to pad his stats a career-high 15 assists to go with 10 points, six rebounds, four steals and two blocks. Perhaps that will woo some other team's general manager in a faraway place.

Less than 24 hours earlier, Jackson's agent, Mark Stevens, disparaged Warriors coach Don Nelson and demanded that Jackson's long-standing trade request be granted as soon as possible.

"I hope his lawyer says something negative about me (today). It must have turned (Jackson) on," Nelson said. "He set the tone. He moved the ball. I ask him to play like that every day."

That report served as the propaganda an agent must spew to appease a disgruntled client and hasten an exit strategy. Jackson distanced himself from Stevens' words, saying the agent acted on his own accord. Jackson claimed he has the utmost respect for Nelson and would never bad-mouth him in public.

The latest drama didn't hurt the Warriors' on-court product or put Jackson on the bench (or on a plane to Cleveland, New York or wherever else he wants to go).

Jackson, instead, traded in his volatile ways (no technical fouls this year) for a much different style. Rather than launch 3-pointers all over Oracle Arena and go out guns-a-blazin', Jackson was beautifully unselfish.

Case in point: He pulled up at the 3-point line on a fast break, peaked at the basket, then whipped a pass to Anthony Morrow in the corner. Morrow made the 3-pointer to push the Warriors' lead to 94-67 and Jackson's assist total to 13, more than he'd ever recorded.

The third quarter ended in similar fashion, with Jackson dishing an assist to Stephen Curry for a buzzer-beating 3-pointer and a 111-77 lead.

Warriors fans cheered, of course. They want to boo Jackson for his request to flee We Believe Nation. But they end up cooing over each no-look assist, helpful basket, clever steal and rare rebound.

Don't expect this to be a common occurrence as Jackson walks the green mile of his Warriors tenure. He simply was showcasing another aspect to his game, and if that helped bring Nellie one win closer to Lenny Wilkens' record as the NBA's all-time winningest coach, then everybody goes home happy.

The Timberwolves (1-7) made for a great resume builder, not only for Jackson but also Kelenna Azubuike (31 points), Anthony Randolph (23 points), Morrow (20 points) and Monta Ellis, who had 18 points on 50 percent shooting from the floor (he was ranked 102nd in the NBA with a 42.4 percent field-goal percentage).

Nelson is being sporty about Jackson's plight, all the while biting his tongue at Stevens' accusations that no players trust the 69-year-old coach.

"We're trying to accommodate him," Nelson said before the game in regards to trading Jackson. "If we can get a good deal, we'll do it. We said that over a month ago."

While Jackson awaits transfer, he said his teammates "know that when the ball goes up, I give 110 percent. They know this is a business. It hasn't affected my play and my relationships."

Jackson is in his 10th season. He'll eventually be on his sixth team. He'll be laughing all the way to the bank.

And where will the Warriors be? They'll ask you to cast your eyes to Ellis, Randolph, Morrow and Curry. They'll ask you to "believe" that everything will work out in the end.

It will for Jackson. It's the NBA. It's a players' league. It's appalling at times. It's also beautiful, too, when a disgruntled multimillionaire can see the light and dish out 15 assists in 31 minutes.

Wait, 15 assists? Isn't that supposed to be Curry's job as the point guard? That day will come. So, too, will Jackson's freedom from the Warriors .

Contact Cam Inman at

Play Basketball Hot Streak and win prizes!

Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website:
Added: November 12, 2009


Copyright ©, Inc. All rights reserved 2018.