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Report: Stephen Jackson, Scott Skiles are pretty much done with each other

Feb 17, 2012, 6:20 PM EDT

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From Gary Woelful of

After Stephen Jackson was benched for the second half of a game against Denver Jan. 17, I asked the Bucks veteran swingman whether he had any inkling Bucks coach Scott Skiles was going to do that.

Jackson said he didn’t get any advance warning and he didn’t get any explanation after the game, either.

It was abundantly clear even then that Jackson, whom the Bucks acquired from Charlotte last June and was expected to be a key piece to the Bucks’ puzzle this season, wasn’t on the same page with Skiles.

Now, a month later, Jackson’s relationship with Skiles seemingly has disintegrated. In an interview with Rod Burks of Channel 4 (NBC) in Milwaukee, Jackson said: “We don’t have no relationship like I’ve had with other coaches and I don’t expect to have one. Too much stuff has happened.”

Woelful goes on to say that the Bucks would love to unload Jackson, but Jackson’s advanced age, high salary, and low productivity could make that a challenge. Still, the Bucks could send away a talented young player, such as Irsan Ilyasova or even Brandon Jennings, as part of a package deal that would allow the Bucks to unload Jackson, according to “some NBA officials.”

Jackson can create his own shot, pass well, is famously quite fond of pressure, and was a key part of the Golden State Warriors’ thrilling 2007 playoff run. Still, Jackson is 33 years old, and he hasn’t shot better than 42% from the field since the 06-07 campaign in Golden State. A playoff team might be willing to take a flyer on Jackson, but given his years of low efficiency and the baggage he’s currently carrying with him, Skiles and the Bucks might be stuck with Jackson for the foreseeable future.

  1. 7hedudeabides - Feb 17, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Gasol, Morris to Bucks for Jennings, Jackson and Gooden. Bucks unload bad contract (Gooden) and unhappy SJax. Also get to try their own version of international twin towers in Gasol and Bogut with both their contracts expiring in 3 yrs. Or maybe try and involve T’Wolves in 3 team where Wolves get Gasol, Bucks get Williams and Lakers get Jennings. Man, must be crazy to be a GM in the NBA!

  2. birdsflynorth206 - Feb 17, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Jackson wears out his welcome everywhere he goes

  3. 00maltliquor - Feb 17, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    Why in hell would the Bucks make Brandon Jennings part of a package deal solely to get rid of
    Stephen Jackson?! That’s the stupidest thing I’ve heard all season!

  4. mute617 - Feb 17, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    I didn’t even realize Milwaukee still had a team…

  5. ditka96 - Feb 17, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    Skiles needs to get canned! The Bucks knew that Jackson was a dick when they got him so they should play him. He is the only player on the roster that I would have confidence scoring 20 every night. Jennings is good but I wouldn’t say they could count on 20 every night from him. Skiles has no rotation. One night someone will play 30 minute the next night 10. Example…about a month ago Jon Leuer scored 19 points and had 6 rebounds in the second half of a game. The next night 5 minutes….

  6. mtheparrothead - Feb 18, 2012 at 6:56 AM

    “dont have no”. Brilliant.

  7. wozzmann1955 - Feb 18, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    This whole season has been a glaring exposure of the Bucks management’s ineptitude and complete disregard in all phases of the organization.
    Allowing a locker room cancer to set up shop in your clubhouse is not a well thought move.Would a different coach get more out of the troubled player?It’s entirely possible given the fact that Skiles has had previous encounters of this nature.His scheming is lackluster at best and his furious scowl no longer gets the attention it begs for.
    Senator Kohl,,,TEAR DOWN THAT TEAM!!!!

  8. farvefromover - Feb 18, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Just mentioning Stephen Jackson’s name registers with the turd watch meter on PFT

  9. dannomac21 - Feb 18, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    Ersan Ilyasova*

  10. muskyhunter2542 - Feb 18, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    As a former long time Bucks fan if they lose Brandon Jennings I am done for good. now I’m only temporary done.

  11. poohman1975 - Feb 18, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    Uhhh, how about the fact that the coach is Scott Skiles. Really? This guy is an azz clown.

  12. dexterismyhero - Feb 20, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    Jackson will prolly pull his Glock out.

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