Monday, February 7th, 2011 at 10:00 am  |  13 responses

Technical Fouls Will Not Change Stephen Jackson

Refs can T up Cap’n Jack all they want, just don’t expect him to change his ways (despite pleas from everyone in the Bobcats organization.) The AP reports: “At the end of a shootaround last week, Charlotte owner Michael Jordan yelled across the floor lamenting about how his Bobcats often play a man down when guard Stephen Jackson gets preoccupied with the officials. An exasperated coach Paul Silas said Sunday all he can do is take his top scorer out of the game when he starts mouthing off. And as Jackson keeps piling up the technical fouls, he’s losing not only significant money, he’s also approaching an automatic one-game suspension. But for Jackson, it’s about right and wrong, fairness and not losing his emotional edge. Don’t expect a calmer Captain Jack anytime soon. ‘No, I get techs because I want to. I don’t care,’ Jackson said Sunday. ‘I’m not getting techs for no reason. It happens.’ When the NBA announced it was cracking down on player behavior this season, Jackson appeared to be one of the targets. Jackson played a starring role in a video distributed to teams showing demonstrative actions that would result in technical fouls. Jackson also feels his past – he served a lengthy suspension for his role in the infamous Pacers-Pistons brawl in 2004 and has had other run-ins – is a significant factor in how he’s treated. ‘My reputation is the main reason why a lot of things don’t go my way on the court,’ Jackson said. ‘I can’t really pout about it and complain about it. I know I put myself in those situations. I went in the stands. I had those incidents off the court and I’ve got to be responsible for them. I just have to be professional and try to get through it.’ It’s not going very well. The volatile Jackson has lost $172,000 this season thanks to 11 technicals, a one-game suspension without pay following an ejection and a separate $50,000 fine for verbally abusing a referee. A little over a month after sending a letter of apology to Bobcats season-ticket holders for his behavior, Jackson is quickly collecting technicals again.”

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  • http://slamonline.com Caboose

    Stephen Jackson, Dwight Howard, Ron Artest, and Zach Randolph are the players most hated by refs…

  • http://zenguu Max

    @ Caboose,
    So true, maybe add Amaré too.

  • hoodsnake

    They don’t look at the bigger picture. Unfortunately the rules are the rules and if you don’t follow the rules your team takes a hit in the long run. These players don’t think any further than themselves. Its a team sport

  • http://www.slamonline.com Anon E Mouse

    I’ll say it upfront, I’m a “Whoo” fan with no apologies. Love his game, but I’d say this about any player. It’s a downright liberty to use an active player in a video about demonstrative behaviour which will lead to a T. How the hell did the Players association allow that to pass???

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    I think everyone can agree that the new T rules are bullsh!t. But, rules are the rules, and the NBA is your employer: You go by those rules, because they’re the ones paying you. Make a formal complaint instead of a demonstrative one.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Anon e Mouse

    Moose,on that basis let’s try a scenario; Your employer puts up a poster of you in the workplace highlighting poor standards of performance according to their highly subjective standards. You’re OK with it as long as you can make a formal complaint? Not me bro. We know Whoo isn’t a saint but we also know refs are biased enough without the league putting targets on player’s backs.

  • Way up north

    also a huuuuge cap’n jack fan, and thats a great point anon. It is somewhat different than an everyday job because they should be used to being in the public eye or being critically looked at by peers… but that’s still f-ed up if you think of it in that vein. I know everyone doesnt feel this way, but playing ball brings out emotions, and one of the best parts of the nba is that you can see the reactions/emotions and feel like you actually know the athletes, and then you can decide whether you like them or not. But having david stern or joey crawford decide what emotions are appropriate or not seems like a move that alienates the real fans and real “ballers” more than the occasional curse-laden tirade by jax or kg or whoever….. imo

  • Red Star

    Emotion is a part of the game, sometimes it’s good and sometimes it’s bad! One thing that is not up for dispute is that it is human nature! That being said when is the league going to stop treating players like their robots?!?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Anon e Mouse

    @ Way up north I see what you mean about it being somewhat different but I’ll respectfully disagree. I’ve seen too often where employees are held to an unreasonably high standard or just plain marginalized due to their level of pay being equated to responsibility, yet on the other hand they are treated like badly behaved kids with their finger in the cookie jar on a corporate shelf. But on all your other points re emotion etc you are spot on couldn’t agree more. Where would the league be without the Bad Boy Pistons to hate or my Knicks playing villain to Michael’s heroics? or Reggie talking sh*t to the fans, or Kemp grabbing his nu.. I could go on suffice to say that the league has capitalised on these moments from day 1 (rightly so) and will continue to as long as it the employees don’t get too upity.

  • http://jayemmbee23.tumblr.com Clutch Performer

    I love Jack but keep screwing with MJs team and see if he doesnt have your ass traded lol

  • http://www.slamonline.com Anon e Mouse

    Clutch, MJ is no different to any other owner, you can screw up as much as you want as long as you perform or fit into his plan. You forget MJ played with the walking Technical known as the Worm? Sure he wasn’t an owner then but it was his team anyway and if Rodman wasn’t providing some muscle and amazing rebounding Jordan would have had him outta there quick fast. Jax wouldn’t have been able to do a damn thing to stop him. Having a “crazy dude” providing the team muscle used to be a requirement for any team worth their salt.

  • http://www.nba.com/heat/ The Angel of Stern

    haha I read this article a few hours ago, then I checked the box scores for the games tonight and realized the he picked up another two T’s and got ejected tonight against the C’s. Vintage Captain Jack.

  • don123

    can teams suspend a player for being too demonstrative on the courT? besides, being suspended for 1game is going to hurt the team, so in a way, picking up too many techs is detrimental to the team.