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Jarrett Jack isn’t exactly buying that playing with Chris Paul helped him

Dec 30, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

Jarrett Jack, Jrue Holiday

Golden State Warriors point guard Jarrett Jack and Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul have a long-standing friendship. The two floor generals have known each other since they were teenagers on the AAU scene, and that carried over into a friendly ACC rivalry at Georgia Tech (Jack) and Wake Forest (Paul).

When Jack was traded to Paul’s Hornets back in 2010, both were thrilled about the chance to play together.  Jack actually lived with Paul and his family for a short time. They were the NBA’s new backcourt bromance to replace Steve Francis and Cuttino Mobley, and it was fun to watch them share the court together.

Of course, the relationship as teammates didn’t last long. Jack and Paul only played one season together in New Orleans before Paul requested out and landed in Los Angeles. Now enjoying the best season of his career with Golden State, Jack was asked about his time playing next to Paul, and whether that helped him get to where he is now:

Well then! Perhaps Jack is still bitter about Chris Paul leaving New Orleans, or maybe there was a falling out between the two, but it’s more likely that Jack just wants to establish that he’s self-made.

Look, this is Jack’s fifth NBA stop. He’s a seasoned vet, a 29-year-old man who has scrapped for every minute he’s received. To give some of that long awaited and long overdue credit to your friend who skipped town, your childhood rival, a guy who is actually younger than you and who came into the league the same year you did? The guy everyone fawns over, the guy you had to replace? Nah. Not gonna happen.

Jack didn’t take the PR high road. He said what he felt and we should thank him for that — especially because it’s only going to make the Clippers-Warriors game on January 2nd even more interesting than it already was.

  1. bigmeechy74 - Dec 30, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    Wow that’s refreshing. Actual honesty.

  2. Gordon - Dec 30, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    You should give an award each year for most candid player. It would be fun to vote on the candidates & their respective comments.

  3. saint1997 - Dec 30, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    was he joking?

  4. davidly - Dec 30, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    Interesting. Who should I cite as a source here? D.J. Foster? Ethan Strauss? Sherwood Strauss? Twitter? NBC?

    And, as saint1997 rightfully points out: (even if we assume Jack actually said it) Sarcasm isn’t always translated with a 😉

  5. moseskkim - Dec 30, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Jack is a good player. Anytime u play with the best, u get better. Cp3 is the best Pg in the world and so Yeah I know u worked ur butt off getting to where ur at.. But cp3 helped at least a bit in getting there.

  6. mrlaloosh - Dec 30, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    CP-ME helps nobody but CP.

    • money2long - Dec 30, 2012 at 9:55 PM

      maybe he should hang around cliff paul more

  7. jerdogthompson - Dec 30, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    Bring on the Warriors. Clippers overlooked them the first time. WON’T HAPPEN AGAIN!

    • 808rude - Dec 31, 2012 at 1:55 AM

      You mean they have overlooked them 3 of the last 5 times they played? If they haven’t learned that lesson already they never will! lol Go Warriors! I’ll be in The Oracle to watch Their streak end…..granted of course it doesn’t happen the night before in Denver on Tuesday night.

  8. dko83 - Dec 31, 2012 at 4:39 AM

    It probably helped him be a better flopper.. “The trick Jarrett.. when someone touches you, react as if you were drop-kicked in the chest..”

    • rtfinch - Dec 31, 2012 at 8:08 AM

      “But dont forget to scream and throw your hands up.”

      • starvingardens - Jan 1, 2013 at 2:19 PM

        “Oh, and one more thing Jarrett… Don’t forget to look right at the ref as if you’ve been shot and need him to call the police.”

  9. bballnut983 - Jan 3, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Where do people get the idea that players help each other become better? Maybe an older veteran who is a year or two away from retiring might help a younger guy, but a guy in his prime won’t help another guy in his prime get better because they could lose their job.
    The NBA is all about self-motivation. That’s what separates the guys who have long careers versus guys who flame out after 2-3 years.

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