I am not sure how well the Stephen Jackson in Milwaukee experiment is going to work. He’s an older guy who just wants another championship. They’re a team caught in the middle, neither good enough to contend or bad enough to rebuild. It’s a weird fit and I’m not so sure that StackJack will be the easiest guy to deal with if he’s not happy with the direction the team is going.
That being said, since he’s been at training camp with the Bucks, he has dropped some pretty incredible quotes. These come from Jeremy Schmidt at Bucksketball, who was at Media Day to document these gems:
“If guys come in here not focused on a championship, just making the playoffs, we need to trade them. We need to be talking about championship and nothin’ else. You can’t limit yourself to just playoffs. Who wants to do that? Playoffs is not really an achievement to me. Anybody can get to the playoffs.” [...]
“If I’m shot, I’ma get stitched and play the next game. I got hit by a car and played two days later.” [...]
“[Scott Skiles is] a fiery guy, and I’m looking forward to me and him arguing, because that means the fire is on the team and we goin’ in the right direction. To be able to play for him and Jim is a blessing for me.” [...]
“Who won the championship again? I didn’t even watch the playoffs.”
“Dallas sucks to me.” [...]
“I don’t mind leading by example, I don’t mind fighting for my teammates, I don’t mind putting myself on the line for my teammates.” [...]
“Was there a lockout? I don’t know, I wasn’t even watching the news, I wasn’t affected by the lockout, I don’t have money problems. Yeah I wasn’t playing basketball, but I can’t control that. I was doing my music stuff at the time.”
“When it was over, they called us, told us to come. Now I know what’s going on.”
And these come from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s Charles F. Gardener:
“I am crazy on the court, I am,” Jackson said. “I don’t mind getting kicked out; I don’t mind fighting, because I love the game that much. I hate losing.
“So people misunderstand me from that, that’s cool. But off the court I’m totally different. They always show the bad stuff I do. [...]
“Last year was probably the first year I came close to getting suspended for technical fouls, because I was the only one trying to get to the playoffs,” Jackson said. “They (the Bobcats) traded Gerald Wallace, and I was kind of frustrated because I wanted to win.
“All I care about is winning. If people consider that being a jerk or being weird, then hey, I’m weird.” [...]
“I love being on a team that’s not on TV and not considered a good team,” Jackson said. “That’s my whole career. And when we shock people, that makes it even sweeter. That’s what we plan on doing.”
Just to recap — Stephen Jackson loves playing for bad teams but is only playing for a championship, and if he doesn’t get that, he’s going to get technicals and kicked out of games because he’s trying to hard. He didn’t notice the lockout, thinks the defending champs suck and is looking forward to fighting his new coach. Also, if you shoot him, he’ll just get stitched up and play the next day. Phew.
At the very least, the Bucks got a guy who is incredibly quotable. For a team that is mostly known for playing defense, dressing like Christmas and not being the most exciting team in history, that’s not bad. Between him and Brandon Jennings, they have enough personality for an entire team.