Milwaukee Bucks veteran shooting guard Stephen Jackson, would like nothing better than for him to be called into the team’s front office before the NBA trade deadline occurs on March 15, to be told that he is on his way to another club. Jackson has reportedly become a permanent member of Bucks head coach Scott Skiles’ doghouse, hence he has not been seeing a lot of time on the floor for a while.
At the shoot around on Wednesday morning, before the Chicago Bulls slipped past Milwaukee 106-104 at the Bradley Center that evening the guard now playing in his twelfth campaign in the Association, was asked if he had any wish to find himself in a Bulls uniform for the balance of the season. According to “CSNChicago.com” Jackson replied “Who wouldn’t want to play with Derrick Rose? Right up the street; it would be a great fit for me. I don’t think anybody in the league would say they wouldn’t want to do that, but me, at the end of the day, I just want to play. I’ve been a competitor my whole career, I’ve won everywhere I’ve went, so at this point, I just want to get back on the court and do what I do best, wherever that is. It’s been tough with me because I’ve been in a situation where I haven’t been playing, a situation that doesn’t fit me and the good thing about it is hopefully something happens in the next couple of weeks where I can get somewhere where I can play. At the end of the day, I’m here supporting the team right now and just trying to stay professional until something changes.”
Members of the media asked Chicago bench boss Tom Thibodeau his opinion of the talented, but much traveled veteran; and the Bulls head coach basically told the reporters that his only concerns were with players on his own roster; not for players on other franchises.
The Bulls current starter at the two-guard slot Richard Hamilton is listed as day-to-day by team after tweaking his shoulder. The 34-year-old former Pistons star has played in just 16 of the team’s 41 games so far this season, which has put the bulk of the starts in the hands of Ronnie Brewer. Brewer, is a nice player off of the bench, however he is not a starting shooting guard for a team that hopes to capture their first NBA Title, since a guy named Jordan played for the franchise.
Would Jackson help Chicago not only get to the Finals but win the Larry O’Brien Trophy? There is no doubt that he the talent is there; the only question is which Stephen Jackson would the Bulls be getting? Will it be “Captain Jack” the player who helped the Golden State Warriors to their last Playoff appearance as well as key part of the Charlotte Bobcats team that made the Post Season for the first time in 2010? Or would it be the player who charged into the stands with Ron Artest during the infamous “Malice at the Palace” incident, or the pain in the neck that harangued the Warriors so badly to be traded that they dealt him to the Bobcats for an injured Raja Bell?
Jackson proved he could be the “Good Soldier” when he was traded from Golden State to Charlotte, where he got along quite well with then coach Larry Brown; who is not afraid to butt heads with any player. Given the chance to play for a team that has a very good chance of going all the way, would most likely keep him on his best behavior. Whether Chicago would want to pick him up for the stretch drive remains to be seen.