Stephen Jackson Confirms Rift With Gregg Popovich

by April 19, 2013

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.”