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Why Stephen Jackson lost love for game

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10:30 AM ET 12.27 | Ex-Charlotte Bobcat Stephen Jackson, now with the Milwaukee Bucks, said he lost his love for playing here once the Bobcats traded close friend Gerald Wallace last February. "When Gerald left, I really left," Jackson said at morning shootaround at Time Warner Cable Arena. "Considering what we did (getting to) the playoffs, and then all those changes. To take Gerald away really took a lot out of me. I still was trying to do my job as best I can, but it was a lot harder. When they got rid of Gerald, that let me know they didn't want to win. I didn't want to be part of a place like that."

Charlotte Observer

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December 27, 2011  10:42 AM ET

Stay away from Dallas, Bro.



Stay far, far, FAR away!

December 27, 2011  11:22 AM ET

Your owner has made it pretty clear it's all about the bottom dollar, my man.

December 27, 2011  11:27 AM ET

Check that, "Your previous owner...."

December 27, 2011  11:27 AM ET

Check that, "Your previous owner...."

December 27, 2011  11:29 AM ET

It's a business, Jack. Be a pro.

December 27, 2011  11:42 AM ET

The Game Lost Its Love For You, Bro.

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December 27, 2011  12:07 PM ET

This is the same thing he was saying when he left the Warriors. When Davis left and a few others, he shows up in pre-season and starts saying how he is gone. He got his wish, and now, here we go again. I think he just wants to be traded to a contender, but his attitude is causing other teams to steer clear.

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December 27, 2011  02:11 PM ET

Wow.....what a load of bull. He is a professional, and professional actions and demeanor are expected....and not to be a surprise. Get over it and grow up. Period.

December 27, 2011  02:24 PM ET

This guy is a loser, keep him away from The Lakers!!!

December 27, 2011  02:33 PM ET
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Orlando should trade for him.He wants to play with an all star.

Captain Jack needs to go to Orlando, or better yet, come to the Knicks

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December 27, 2011  03:13 PM ET

Still looking for Love in Milwaukee .... vs his former Team the Bobcats ...

17 mins, 1 reb, 1 ast, 1 steal, 3 TO, 6 fouls ~ Out, and 6 pts ...

Wish I could LOL ... but he's a Buck, my home team ;-(

December 27, 2011  05:00 PM ET

Keep away from the Clippers......

December 27, 2011  05:28 PM ET
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Wow.....what a load of bull. He is a professional, and professional actions and demeanor are expected....and not to be a surprise. Get over it and grow up. Period.

I can understand where he's coming from. The Bobcats weren't going to over power any team. They all bought into a philosphy that in order to win, and make the playoffs, they'd have to grind games out and play a physical style. The team bought in, were very much in the the playoff picture.... Until Jordan had a fire sale to clear contracts with not knowing what kind of new CBA they were going to have.

I don't care what sport you play, when you buy into a team concept, and are having success(they were winning more than losing, everyone know's they weren't title contenders). Then your management trades away your best player for little in return, that would take the wind out of your sales, and the philosophy that you bought into, seem lil' more then a steaming pile of dung. I know his past and his immaturity, but in this instance, most established players that aren't looking for a possible hole in the lineup to get extra playing time, would feel exactly like Jackson did. How could you not.

December 27, 2011  05:29 PM ET

*sails

December 27, 2011  11:34 PM ET

He be showin' some love in dat picture.

 
December 28, 2011  07:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

I can understand where he's coming from. The Bobcats weren't going to over power any team. They all bought into a philosphy that in order to win, and make the playoffs, they'd have to grind games out and play a physical style. The team bought in, were very much in the the playoff picture.... Until Jordan had a fire sale to clear contracts with not knowing what kind of new CBA they were going to have.I don't care what sport you play, when you buy into a team concept, and are having success(they were winning more than losing, everyone know's they weren't title contenders). Then your management trades away your best player for little in return, that would take the wind out of your sales, and the philosophy that you bought into, seem lil' more then a steaming pile of dung. I know his past and his immaturity, but in this instance, most established players that aren't looking for a possible hole in the lineup to get extra playing time, would feel exactly like Jackson did. How could you not.

Exactly...what, should he just keep playing the violin while the ship is going under? No, he decided to look for a lifeboat. People talk about being professional as if the concept exists inside of a vacuum in the context of a team. It goes both ways. Management had something to build on in Charlotte, but being professional for them means keep the profits in the black. There is the Mark Cuban, Jerry Colangelo, Yankees way - get the pieces you need, see what you got, try and try again - and then there is the Bengals and Pirates way where profits come first and a competitive team is a luxury.

I want players who have some fire about them and want to win. No one should be forced to play for an owner who doesn't want to win because the game is played to win. He probably should have kept his mouth shut, but the sentiment is spot on!

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