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Friday, April 19th, 2013 at 10:20 am  |  28 responses

Stephen Jackson Confirms Rift With Gregg Popovich


The San Antonio Spurs raised eyebrows when they cut Stephen Jackson loose last week. Cap’n Jack breaks down what happened — from his point of view, Jackson and Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich could no longer co-exist. Per S2S Magazine: “We had a disagreement,’ Jackson said. ‘He wanted me to agree to players being better than me, and I didn’t agree. I’ve been in the NBA a long time, so it’s just something I didn’t agree with and something I have no control over. He’s the coach. He controls who plays, and he controls the team, which I do respect. At the same time, I know what I can do and what I been doing my whole career, and I’m far from ready to hang it up. So, I can’t let one person tell me where I’m at 35-years-old. To me, it just didn’t make no sense.’ [...] While he’s not sure what team he’ll end up on, Stephen is confident that he’ll have a lot to offer as he has in the past. ‘I went to Golden State and helped them get to the playoffs my first year there, and they haven’t been to the playoffs in 13 years. I played in Charlotte … and I got them to the playoffs. So, every team I go to, I make them better.’ … ‘I don’t want to be a guy who’s just sitting on the bench stealing money,’ he said.”

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  • spit hot fiyah

    no diss track?

  • russian guy

    At least he doesn’t want to be Lamar Odom.

  • LLC#12

    Ego in the way. I’d love to know which players he didn’t agree were better than him.

  • pposse

    come to the bulls

  • Kadavour

    well he isn’t better than Danny Green or Kahwai or Manu. What is he beefing about. Just shut up and play. That’s like AI wanting to come back to take some starter’s minutes. Be real dude.

  • http://www.facebook.com/devin.williams1 Devin Williams

    Nigga need to relax and let some things go, whats better being right or having a job

  • i_ball

    “He’s the coach. He controls who plays, and he controls the team,..” Take that D’Antoni

  • Ugh

    “I’ve been in the NBA a long time, so it’s just something I didn’t agree with”
    That’s totally non-sequitur.

  • RayJr

    Yeah the one person that you should listen to would be the one that controls your fate on the team. This guy is all about living in the past.

  • Max

    Leave it at this Capt Jack.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Say what you want but he’s handled this like a professional and is being quite respectful toward Popovich here… at a time when doing opposite would be perfectly understandable. Both guys seem like stand-up NBA dudes.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    Sprewell 2.0

  • RayJr

    Well he has to save face now that he doesn’t have a job.

  • bigA

    I heard it had to do with Kawhi being a 38 min a game player…

  • Anthony Dixon

    thing is he’s a millionaire

  • Melvin

    If you can’t get along with Greg Popovich, you won’t get along with any coach. I used to like , but this guys attitude really made me hate him. Put your f**kin ego away. Good luck getting signed to a team next season.

  • J Blackburn

    I will take Capt. Jack with open arms when he signs to play for the new Seattle SuperSonics next Fall!!!! Been a fan since day one and respect a guy who plays with so much heart and determination for his teammates and squad!!

  • LP

    this guy doesn’t even workout in the offseason…his numbers reflect…. nevertheless, We’ll (Bulls) take em….

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    multi millionaire. who gets paid the same if he stays or gets cut.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rig.veda.94 Rig Veda

    sometime, the number don’t add up! basketball is a team sport and one man team is not going to cut it. If you are not a play maker, shut up and be a roll player.

  • Spetsnaz

    Its sad when dudes don’t transition out of the NBA gracefully instead burning bridges just trying to convince everyone they can still ball like a 25 year old at 35+.

    I guess some peoples ego just wont allow it

  • danpowers

    i kind of like stephen jackson as a player and dont know him in person but he seems to be pretty stupid. smh

  • patrick

    my prediction, is that he won’t get signed any team next year

  • patrick

    i agree, bulls should take him

  • http://twitter.com/FlowMerchant ▲Pr●methius▲

    Now that’s over-exaggerating right there. Sprewell choked P.J. Carlesimo for God’s sake.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    Comparisons can be drawn of early career boneheaded decisions as well, but I merely observed a correlation in how ego (pride) has influenced their exits.

  • Alvin

    sound like an old man reminiscing of world war 2 to me hahahaha captain Jack’s getting old

  • Busta213

    SJ once went into the crowd and punched multiple fans……

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