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Stephen Jackson returns to practice with the Bucks

Dec 20, 2011, 7:18 PM EST

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There was plenty of speculation that Stephen Jackson had ulterior motives for skipping out on a few days of Milwaukee Bucks practices — read: money — but maybe not.

Maybe it was all about his back.

Jackson was cleared to practice Tuesday and will be back on the court with the team Wednesday, reports the Journal Sentinel.

But after a visit to orthopedic surgeon Bernard Rawlins in New York on Monday and receiving an epidural on Tuesday in Milwaukee, Jackson was cleared to return….

“I’ll be ready to play tomorrow, unless somebody tells me no,” Jackson said. “I wanted to practice today but I just took the shot this morning. It’s still preseason. The only thing I’m worried about is I’ve got four days to get ready to play that first game. If people expect me to go out there and get 40 points against Charlotte, that’s not my attitude. My attitude is going there and winning. My focus is getting ready to play against Charlotte, and I’ll be ready.”

The Bucks need Jackson to help turn around the worst offense in the NBA last season (101.6 points per possession was dead last). He’ll have a healthy Andrew Bogut and Brandon Jennings, plus he is not the ball stopper that Corey Maggette was last year.

But an epidural has to raise a red flag — that is a powerful painkiller, but it will not solve the problem itself. Something to monitor on the Bucks going forward.

  1. jibbajones - Dec 20, 2011 at 7:41 PM

    So let me get this straight…

    You (and others in the media) insinuate that the guy is basically faking an injury to protest not getting paid. It turns out that the guy is legitimately hurt, but is there any mea culpa on the part of you or anyone else involved in spreading the false innuendo? Of course not…

    And people wonder why athletes hate/want nothing to do with the media…

  2. boiler72 - Dec 20, 2011 at 10:33 PM

    As a life-long, die-hard Bucks fan, I just want him to help the team win games. Hammond tries hard, but he has made some badly questionable moves. I’m sorry, but Drew Gooden is terrible. Jon Brockman is useless. Hell, Paul Mokeski was a thousand times better than Brockman. Either way, Jackson will be good for this team, even if he has a lot of miles on him.

  3. deadeyedesign23 - Dec 21, 2011 at 9:44 AM

    Anyone else think he looks like Piston Hurricane from Punch Out?

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