It really can’t get any better than this. The leaves are changing, the weather is slightly colder but comfortable and the NBA has already started pre-season, meaning the season is about to get under way! Then why does turmoil surround the Bay Area? What did we do to deserve such atrocity from one player?!?!? Another wrinkle, and now Stephen Jackson has relinquished his Captain title. No more Captain Jack. And I can’t say that I’m surprised or upset really. I didn’t think he was a leader when he was given this honor nor do I think he is one now. Jackson is sinking his own ship, every time he opens his mouth. The most devastating part of his loud mouth is how influential he is to Monte Ellis, who already had qualms about playing with the newest Warrior. Rumor had it, Jackson was looking for a team suspension after his blow-up and now he is after his teammates for “not having his back,” when he picked up his five fouls and a technical. What do you do?
The organization at this point, doesn’t have a choice. They can’t bring him back and hope things work out in the locker room and on the court. They are now past of the point of no return. It is probably not a secret that the Warriors are looking to trade Jackson his ridiculous contract. Now that things have been laid out, it is quite clear the management has made several, huge mistakes. Behind then GM, Chris Mullin, ownership gave Jackson an extension, that he is not worthy of nor should the Warriors have given to an aging and not so skilled player. Jackson in turn, the greedy man that he is, only accepted the extension because he wanted the money. Not because he wanted to stay a Warrior. Not because he wanted the opportunity to mentor young players. Not because he wanted to give back to an organization that has helped repair his image. From the get go, this relationship between Jackson and the Warriors were never true, only the money has kept this sinking ship alive.
So for now, the Warriors’ organization sits in the dark, hoping hat they can weather this storm long enough, or until some miracle can come and they can dump Jackson and his horrible contract onto someone else’s hands while getting somewhat of his trade value back. As for Jackson, the total transformation of a player is probably the most interesting part of his journey. Only a few years back, he wanted to become the leader, the role model, the Captain. After a few losing seasons, Jackson has become what he always was: a selfish, hypocritical player, who may have the possibility to become worse if he doesn’t get his way.