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Jackson says Bobcats shut him down to miss playoffs

Jun 30, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

Stephen Jackson, Mark Ayotte

The Charlotte Bobcats finally made the playoffs for the first time ever in 2010 and there were grand plans to build on that in 2011.

Not exactly how it went. Still, at the end of the season they had an outside chance to catch the Indiana Pacers, become the eight seed and be fodder for the Chicago Bulls in the first round. But that didn’t happen because with Stephen Jackson sidelined with injury the Bobcats could not generate enough offense to win games.

Jackson said he could have gone those last 10 games but he thinks the Bobcats didn’t want to make the playoffs. It was something he could say from a distance during his introductory press conference with the Milwaukee Bucks, the team he was traded to on draft night (via the Associated Press).

“The last 10 games, I could have played,” Jackson said. “But they shut me down. The team shut me down. So I kind of assumed they didn’t want to make the playoffs.”

It didn’t look like that on March 30, when Jackson was 1-of-4 shooting in 15 minutes against the Cavaliers. He looked off that game, and he missed a lot after that. But whatever he says.

Jackson said it felt like the Bobcats were building for winning three years from now, but he will turn 33 next season and he doesn’t want to wait around.

The Bucks are team looking to win now. Two seasons ago they came together at the end of the season and looked like a franchise on the rise, then Andrew Bogut had a gruesome elbow injury that continued to set the team back last season. Combine that with a suddenly anemic offense and it was time for changes — John Salmons is out and Jackson is in. If it works, the Bucks could surprise teams next season.

  1. ac0117 - Jun 30, 2011 at 8:39 AM

    When healthy the Bucks are a playoff team (Eastern conference…)

  2. paulharghis - Jun 30, 2011 at 9:23 AM

    The Bucks are a borderline playoff team. They will never challenge for a title. Sheep that think otherwise is what the NBA counts on.

    • ac0117 - Jun 30, 2011 at 3:24 PM

      They made the playoffs last year and were hurt this season. No one is saying they are title contenders, but who thought the Mavs would win the NBA title this year, ahead of:

      Celtics
      Bulls
      Heat
      Lakers
      Spurs
      Thunder

      Unless you are a clairvoyant, I don’t think you can call anybody a “sheep”. Good try though

      • nightman13 - Jul 1, 2011 at 11:58 AM

        The NBA will never allow another small market team to make the Finals after the horrible ratings from 2004-2007. Look at the Bucks 76ers ECF in 2001 and tell me that series was called down the middle. The NBA wanted the Philly TV market, not Milwaukee’s.

        MIlwaukee’s 1 million citizens don’t draw the TV ratings of LA, New York, Miami, Chicago, etc. Therefore, they will never get a shot even if they can put a good enough team on the court.

  3. wiLQ - Jun 30, 2011 at 5:00 PM

    “But they shut me down. The team shut me down. So I kind of assumed they didn’t want to make the playoffs.”
    Yeah, it’s called tanking and that’s not exactly a new thing Mr Jackson…
    http://weaksideawareness.wordpress.com/2011/06/22/how-to-easily-spot-tanking-and-upside-of-weak-drafts/
    http://weaksideawareness.wordpress.com/2011/06/23/which-teams-are-the-most-suspected-for-tanking/

  4. 1969chevss - Jun 30, 2011 at 8:16 PM

    Jackson was never that good anyway. Just cuz Tim Duncan got him a ring,he thinks he’s all that. He just was in the right place at the right time. Retire and stop crying.

  5. paulharghis - Jul 1, 2011 at 8:59 AM

    ac: You are actually going to compare the Bucks roster to the Mavs? Really?! Get a grip dude. All I have to say to you is….Baaaa. That’s all you understand. You are a sheep.

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