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Why Spurs waived disgruntled Stephen Jackson

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11:02 AM ET 04.13 | In a stunning move triggered four games before the start of the playoffs, the Spurs announced before a 108-101 victory over Sacramento they had waived Stephen Jackson, cutting loose a veteran small forward they traded for 13 months earlier. "We're getting ready for playoffs and putting our team together, what we want to do and who we want to do it with," coach Gregg Popovich said. "We thought making this decision with Jack was best for the group." Popovich refused to badmouth a player he says he likes personally, characterizing Jackson's dismissal as "basketball business" and "family business." But, coming as it does so close to the start of the postseason, it is a move the front office clearly felt pressure to make. In the final year of a contract he wanted extended, and increasingly unhappy with a diminished role, Jackson's displeasure had percolated below the surface since before the February trade deadline. According to a Yahoo! Sports report, the team discussed a release then, with both sides ultimately agreeing to stick out the season. Jackson's level of discontent apparently grew in recent weeks, coming to a crescendo as the team opted to keep him off the trip to Denver on Wednesday.

San Antonio Express-News

Gregg Popovich, Stephen Jackson, Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images Gregg Popovich, Stephen Jackson, Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images
April 13, 2013  11:23 AM ET

Looks like the Spurs are in great position to continue their streak of Playoff underachieving.

April 13, 2013  11:43 AM ET

Stephen Jackson is a knothead.


Good move by Pop.

April 13, 2013  11:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Stephen Jackson is a knothead. Good move by Pop.

great move by the Spurs. Saves them lots of $$$ at the end of the season.

April 13, 2013  12:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Looks like the Spurs are in great position to continue their streak of Playoff underachieving.

Looks like the Lakers are sitting at home wishing they were in the playoffs.

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April 13, 2013  12:40 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Looks like the Spurs are in great position to continue their streak of Playoff underachieving.

Having Stephen Jackson on the roster wouldn't change that fact either...

He is Running out of towns to get run out of...

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April 13, 2013  12:46 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Looks like the Spurs are in great position to continue their streak of Playoff underachieving.

Kidding, I hope.....just a moronic comment nevertheless

Lets see what you got now, without the rapist

April 13, 2013  12:46 PM ET

Shocking because of the timing, but not surprising.

This has been the way it has ended for Stak5 with each of his last 4 teams: Golden State, Charlotte, Milwaukee, and now SA. He has always wanted to be "the man" and always pushed hard for more playing time/more $$.

He has declined some in the past two years, and would have been better off accepting the veteran role: keep himself in great shape, do the most with the minutes he gets (which weren't that few) and help the younger players on the team. But instead, he stills sees himself as the #1 guy. So, yeah, it's shocking but given his history, not unexpected.

April 13, 2013  12:55 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Stephen Jackson is a knothead. Good move by Pop.

Yep, well said.

April 13, 2013  01:03 PM ET

This is another dumb **** move by a dumb **** coach.

This wino has all but guaranteed the Spurs will not be in the finals. Probably not get out of the first round.

Who does dumb **** like this??? How in the hell is this guy not drinking.

Cutting Jax, one of his best defenders at SF. Really???

Ok, so who's going to defend Durant when Leonard is on the bench. Green, Bonner??? None of these YMCA players can deal with KD.

So what that Jax responded to the overpaid story and Pop didn't like it. He is a grown man, not a college kid. All Pop needs to do is coach basketball, he is not responsible for his players off the court as long as it doesn't interfere with Spurs basketball.


This is the same kind of dumb **** move from Pop that didn't land us Scola or J.R. Smith.

Like I have said. It isn't about winning with this wino. It is about winning his way or it's the highway. He is too stubborn to bring in or keep the necessary talent to win another title. The Spurs are done until they get rid of this ****. It is too bad he is going to mess up the few years that TD has left to play this game.

April 13, 2013  01:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

This is another dumb **** move by a dumb **** coach.This wino has all but guaranteed the Spurs will not be in the finals. Probably not get out of the first round.Who does dumb **** like this??? How in the hell is this guy not drinking.Cutting Jax, one of his best defenders at SF. Really???Ok, so who's going to defend Durant when Leonard is on the bench. Green, Bonner??? None of these YMCA players can deal with KD.So what that Jax responded to the overpaid story and Pop didn't like it. He is a grown man, not a college kid. All Pop needs to do is coach basketball, he is not responsible for his players off the court as long as it doesn't interfere with Spurs basketball.This is the same kind of dumb **** move from Pop that didn't land us Scola or J.R. Smith.Like I have said. It isn't about winning with this wino. It is about winning his way or it's the highway. He is too stubborn to bring in or keep the necessary talent to win another title. The Spurs are done until they get rid of this ****. It is too bad he is going to mess up the few years that TD has left to play this game.

Mess up the few years TD has left? You mean like last year when the Spurs went 50-16, and lost in the conf finals? Or this year, where SA still has a chance to get 60+ wins?

What's hurting the team this year is injuries. Leonard, Parker, Diaw, Neal and Manu have been out for long stretches. No coach works harder at dividing minutes and resting players than Pop,. This year, there really wasn't a lot that could be done.

But if you really want Pop gone, who are you going to replace him with? If there was a coach that could guarantee a title, I think the Lakers would have hired him at the beginning of the year.

April 13, 2013  01:35 PM ET

PERFET TIMING! Lakers can sign Jackson immediately to replace the Black Mamba!

April 13, 2013  03:01 PM ET
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PERFET TIMING! Lakers can sign Jackson immediately to replace the Black Mamba!

No they can't...he would have had to have been released by 1 March to play for a playoff team (if the Lakers even make it in for the playoffs).

April 13, 2013  03:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

This is another dumb **** move by a dumb **** coach.This wino has all but guaranteed the Spurs will not be in the finals. Probably not get out of the first round.Who does dumb **** like this??? How in the hell is this guy not drinking.Cutting Jax, one of his best defenders at SF. Really???Ok, so who's going to defend Durant when Leonard is on the bench. Green, Bonner??? None of these YMCA players can deal with KD.So what that Jax responded to the overpaid story and Pop didn't like it. He is a grown man, not a college kid. All Pop needs to do is coach basketball, he is not responsible for his players off the court as long as it doesn't interfere with Spurs basketball.This is the same kind of dumb **** move from Pop that didn't land us Scola or J.R. Smith.Like I have said. It isn't about winning with this wino. It is about winning his way or it's the highway. He is too stubborn to bring in or keep the necessary talent to win another title. The Spurs are done until they get rid of this ****. It is too bad he is going to mess up the few years that TD has left to play this game.

Not sure what you have against coach Popovich...but Steven Jackson has done some stupid things in the past few years...so this is not a suprise by anyone except you. Nothing personal, but your distain for coach pop is kind of unfounded given that he has lead a small market team to the NBA finals (and won quite a few in the process) during his tenure. Lighten up, please.

April 13, 2013  03:10 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Looks like the Spurs are in great position to continue their streak of Playoff underachieving.

The Spurs? The same team that has the most post season success over the past decade-and-a-half? You're crazy, son.

April 13, 2013  04:43 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

great move by the Spurs. Saves them lots of $$$ at the end of the season.

No, it actually doesn't save them one red cent unless Jackson is signed by another team. His contract (like all NBA contracts) is guaranteed. The Spurs have to pay him unless another team signs him.

April 13, 2013  04:46 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Kidding, I hope.....just a moronic comment neverthelessLets see what you got now, without the rapist

The Lakers got nothing with or without the rapist. Kobe had been playing entire games in an effort to get to the 8th playoff spot. That meant they would have played the Spurs or Thunder in the first round (with Kobe the rapist badly worn out and tired, obviously) and lost badly.

April 13, 2013  04:50 PM ET

Note that Stephen Jackson's contract was for $10,059,750 for the 2012/2013 season or about $122,679.87 per game. The Spurs have three games to go. The Spurs will be paying Jackson the remaining $368,369.61 that he is owed. Nice gig if you can get it.

 
April 13, 2013  05:50 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

great move by the Spurs. Saves them lots of $$$ at the end of the season.

Are you joking? How does this move save them money?

This was his final year, they don't need to give him a new contract in the summer. The only thing they don't have to do is pay him 2 games salary and some playoff money. Talk about money saving...

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