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News » Warriors' Jackson has seen light, wants out


Warriors' Jackson has seen light, wants out


Warriors' Jackson has seen light, wants out Nine months ago, Stephen Jackson announced that with his new contract extension, he fully intended to be a Warrior for life. Nobody believed that, of course, but the news of his desire for death came a little faster than expected.

Jackson told Dime magazine on Friday that he wanted to be traded, either to Cleveland gee, I wonder why, any of the three Texas teams at least there are playoff aspirations or maybe even New York and the team so nice that for every win, it loses twice.

Jackson could not be reached Saturday, but he told the magazine, "At this point, I'm 31 years old. I have four or five years left," Jackson said. "I want to be in a situation where I can continually be in the playoffs and get another ring. So that's where my mind is at now."

How this means going to the Knicks is anyone's guess, unless the guess is this: It doesn't matter to him as much where he goes as where he leaves. He got his three-year, $28 million extension from Li'l Bobby Rowell 18 months before it expired to stay happy enough to be the heart of the de-Baronized franchise, and he now has asked for the check and a cab.

And in case you don't trust magazines, he also told the crowd gathered at Friday's promotional event for a new shoe, "I don't think I'll be a Warrior next year. I'm looking to leave."

That's a lot of witnesses for this to be a slip of the tongue, which means that Captain Jack, his 20.7 points, 3.9 turnovers and 18 technical fouls last season really have had their fill of the Golden State Funhouse.

This is not an unusual phenomenon; the Warriors are the place you go when a you're in a much worse situation, and of which there are few, and b until a better opportunity comes along, of which there are many.

Jackson seemed to be the sort of fellow whose loyalty could be bought, and the pre-emptive extension seemed to be just the thing to make him find the good, even in this situation.

But then he saw the Warriors as we have seen them, and told dozens of his new BFFs on Friday that he wanted out, to play either on a contender or the Knicks, he'd be good either way. He negotiated his deal with Rowell, but now apparently has hired an agent to facilitate his departure.

He liked the 2007 and '08 Warriors , got his money and his image rehab while they were there to be gotten, then saw the 2009 Warriors and realized that the previous years were a mirage, and that the truth lay in the 12 years before that, and the one just completed, and the two or three coming.

Sources say, though, that this was a surprise of sorts in the timing, in that Jackson hadn't actually said anything this definitive about his desire for relocation - until now. The only hint he offered Friday that his trade wish was not a new development was a cryptic, "It's not about a decision I made. It's just things are in the air."

"Things?" There might not be a vaguer term in the language. Then again, the Warriors' response from general manager Larry Riley, reached in Dallas on Saturday afternoon, wasn't much longer on details.

"This is slightly out of the blue," he told The Chronicle, "in that there have been some indications that there might be something going on there. But in terms of how we were preparing for the season, it's very much a surprise. What I'd like to do now is just slow down and evaluate things and see what's really up. Other than that, I really don't want to comment right now."

In short, the Warriors suspected something, but it was only recently, so either Jackson kept his dissatisfaction to himself, was influenced by the magnetic pull of former teammate Al Harrington, who was with him at the shoe show, or had given hints as the season deteriorated that being a Warrior wasn't much fun anymore.

But in terms of getting equivalent value for Jackson, the news for the Warriors will be much worse. His contract is hard to eat, his game is a little too imprecise for good teams to endure, and the Knicks aren't interested in the type of Jacksonian contracts they are trying to eradicate.

In other words, they've got another disgruntled player who is going to be hard to move, meaning that if he stays unhappy in Oakland, he could do a real number on the new kids who haven't seen the full depth and breadth of what it means to be a Warrior. They'd have learned soon enough, of course, but the team likes to put off the day of realization for as long as possible.

In short, this is a freshly edited tape loop of the Golden State circle of life. Stephen Jackson is the latest but not the greatest to take that ride, and to take the Warriors for one along the way.


Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: August 30, 2009

 

 
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