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Stephen Jackson not exactly complimentary of Bucks organization

Jan 2, 2013, 2:23 PM EDT

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Saying that Stephen Jackson didn’t enjoy his brief time in Milwaukee a season ago would be an understatement.

He appeared in just 26 games, before a falling out with Bucks head coach Scott Skiles had him riding the bench and not traveling with the team while a trade to send him out of town was being actively pursued.

With his San Antonio Spurs rolling into town on Wednesday, Jackson was asked to revisit the reasons for his discontent.

From Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News:

“I just wanted to be around a positive organization that’s used to winning and plays the game the right way,” Jackson says now. “Milwaukee, they’re not used to winning. I just wasn’t going to go for it at the end of my career.”

“It just wasn’t a good situation for me,” said Jackson, who still keeps in touch with former Bucks teammates Drew Gooden and Brandon Jennings. “I didn’t want to be a part of no rebuilding team.”

The old guy in me says that Jackson, then in his 12th NBA season, should have handled this more professionally, and could have used the opportunity to mentor some of the younger players and help create the winning attitude and atmosphere he claimed was missing.

Then again, you can’t fault the guy for being honest in wanting to play for a winner at this late stage of his career — even if the way he went about leaving might not have been the most amicable for both parties.

  1. blarry21 - Jan 2, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    He is an idiot. He could’ve chosen to be a positive influence and help establish the winning attitude he claimed was missing, good point. It’s not enough these athletes get paid millions to play a game, some aren’t willing to put in any real work. Work a real job for a day, maybe you’ll get some perspective. Disgusting.

    • bougin89 - Jan 2, 2013 at 3:15 PM

      Although I really disagree with his statements about Milwaukee(no we weren’t/aren’t contenders but we are far from a rebuilding project) I can see why he really needed to go to a true contender because he’s been on losing teams since he left the Spurs the first time.

  2. dannomac21 - Jan 2, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    We didnt want to be around no declining shooting guard THAT WANTED AN EXTENSION

    • goraidersgospurs - Jan 2, 2013 at 3:28 PM

      You may not have watch but the spurs last playoff game, last season against OKC a must win game S.Jax was 6-7 from the 3 & scored 25pts, spurs still lost but he was not the reason & showed no sign of (declining) as you say!!!

  3. rhett16 - Jan 2, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    Jackson sounds like a major tool who apparently thinks a lot higher of himself than 95% of the rest of the league does.

  4. tdbj89 - Jan 2, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    guy is a joke. check his past he has been a bad teamate and a menace most teams he has been with

  5. seattlenative57 - Jan 2, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    “…should have handled this more professionally…”? We are talking about Stephen Jackson, right?

  6. fm31970 - Jan 2, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    He came from the BOBCATS fro cryin’ out loud. Milwaukee was an upgrade.

    Jackson never wanted to be traded to Milwaukee, and once here, he didn’t do much to help his situation. He complained multiple times about wanting a contract extension, yet was injured and did little on the court when he did play/was healthy to show he deserved one.

    I’m g;ad the Bucks didn’t give him anything but a ticket out of town. He was a cancer to the team, and Skiles was right to keep him on the bench. Yes, he played better when he was playing with the best team in the league last year (shocking, I know), but it’s possible Jackson may have put forth more effort once he got to San Antonio.

    Skiles is a tough coach to play for, but it’s a two way street, and Jackson was parked the wrong way on the wrong side of the road, out of gas, waiting for a tow.

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