Stephen Jackson has been around the league for 11 years now. He’s won a ring with San Antonio, served a hefty suspension with Indiana, and ruffled some feathers in Golden State. He’s earned a colorful reputation — both good and bad, depending on who you ask — around the league. Former Spurs’ teammate Tim Duncan has called him the “ultimate teammate.” Larry Bird has said he is the toughest player in the league and many of his current Bobcats teammates would surely agree.

In the aftermath of a game-clinching steal against the Toronto Raptors, Jackson was thrilled with the win and allowed me to ask him a few non-game-related questions about his fellow NBAers. While answers one and two didn’t shock me, I wasn’t expecting the response I got for number three. Celtics’ fans, rejoice.

HM: Who is the best teammate you’ve ever had?

SJ: (without hesitation) “Tim Duncan. Tim Duncan because he is the same person every day. He comes to work every day and he wants to win. He has the same passion for the game that I have.”

HM: Who is the toughest player you’ve ever played alongside of?

SJ: ” The toughest I’ve ever played with? Probably Gerald Wallace. He’s fierce. He plays 110 [percent] every night. He gets beat up, fouled, bruised and all of that but he still plays. That’s just one guy that I know that is so tough, besides Ron Artest.”

HM: Who is the toughest player for you to guard around the league? Who gives you the most trouble as a defender?

SJ: “I’m going to say Paul Pierce. He has the best footwork in the game. And, he can do a little bit of everything. He can post up, shoot it, come off the dribble. He’s always given me a problem. I’ve seemed to guard other guys well, LeBron James and all of those guys, but Paul Pierce for some reason gives me a lot of problems. He has some of the best footwork in the game.”

Comments (5)

  1. Steven Jackson makes love to pressure!

  2. He sure had passion shooting away at the club, or beating the crap out of some clueless fan in the stands.

  3. He also has passion for the Stephen Jackson Academy of Art, Science and Technology, the school that he opened in 2006 in Port Arthur, all of the basketball camps he holds in his hometown, his charity work with his Jack1 Foundation and for joining the Speak Up for Violence campaign with John Legend. He’s done some bad and questionable things, but they don’t erase all of the good –and he’s done a lot more than what I’ve just mentioned– that he’s done/donated/committed to over his career.

  4. Holly putting you in your place.Really like Stephen Jackson, have for a while, even though I’m a Pistons fan. Dude has skills when he’s in tune to the game. Needs a coach like Pop to bring it out of him night in and night out though.

  5. I still think he did us wrong in Golden State by taking that redic extension then pouting his way off the team but Capt Jack will always be one of my favorite players in the league because of his crazy swagger that just fit so well in the bay area. I sort of hope he get’s traded to a contender while he’s still young enough to ball but his contract probably won’t allow it.

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