Blog Focus: The Stephen Jackson/Don Nelson Drama is Certainly Entertaining
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The NBA season is yet to start, and typically, preseason hoops generate little interest.
Thankfully, though, this year, we have the Don Nelson-Stephen Jackson feud in Golden State to keep us busy through the doldrums, and several bloggers have reacted:
Pardeep Toor, It's Just Sports: "This is what Nellie always does. Creates wedges with his star players as some sort of ploy for more power. He marks the roster with his uncharacteristic style, handicapping the organization to either win with him or be dysfunctional without him. That's why the players are the ones who always get traded (Webber, Harrington, Crawford) and Nellie stays."
Golden State of Mind, with a quote from Jackson himself: "I'm not as dumb as people think," Jackson said. "I'm a smart guy. Sometimes I might say some things that people don't expect because it was on my mind. But I know what's right and wrong. I know what I need to do to continue to build my reputation in this league as a player and as a man. By keeping my composure, it's going to help me and not take away from me being a great basketball player."
Tim Kawakami, Talking Points: "There’s no question–not in Jackson’s mind and I would presume not in the Warriors’ mind–that this is not the end of the volatility. Jackson’s not backing down."
Adrian Wojnarwoski, Yahoo!: "Jackson flipped on Friday night in Los Angeles when Nellie let him stay on the floor to pick up five fouls and a technical inside of 10 minutes. Jax was at wit's end when he started clinging close to Kobe Bryant. One source on the court says Kobe addressed Jax as ‘Young Fella,' and for some odd reason that pushed Jackson over the edge. Soon, Jackson was cursing Nellie and storming to the locker room on his way to a two-game preseason suspension."
Andy Hutchins, The Sporting News: "Some people use exit interviews, phone calls, e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter to express displeasure with their current employment. Stephen Jackson used a shoe company's block party."