When you’ve played as many basketball games as Stephen Jackson has — 784, including playoffs — you have to keep searching for something to motivate you to become the best player you can be. You have to find something deep inside of you to drive you to success. And when that fails, you have to draw upon how much a certain city’s fans hate you for punching people in the face. Bizarre strategy, but effective.
Jackson, a former Pacer still hated at the Palace for his role in the Ron Artest brawl with Detroit fans in 2004, enjoyed the give-and-take with the fans. At one point, he mimed crying after hitting a key 3-pointer.
“People don’t understand that when you boo me, I play better,” he said. “People still remember that incident, and I hate that it happened, but I’m just having fun. I love hecklers.”
Hey, it works. Jackson went for a season-high 39 points last night, and in the Bobcats’ previous game in Detroit, Jackson put up 28. That’s 33.5 points per game, which ain’t nothing to sneeze at. In fact, if Jackson could play every game in Detroit, he’d lead the league in scoring with the second highest per game average in the past 21 years, trailing only Kobe Bryant’s 35.4 per game output in 05-06.
It’s blatantly obvious that if Stephen Jackson really wants to dominate the NBA all he has to do is charge in to the stands of every arena and start attacking fans. Six years later, he’ll be the NBA’s scoring champion. Easy peasey lemon squeezy.