Yesterday, we all learned that Gregg Popovich thinks Stephen Jackson is a good defender because Captain Jack has no idea what he’s doing. Today, we find out that even Coach Pop was more than a little nervous to bring Stephen Jackson in to the mix, especially in the midst of a possible championship season.

From the San Antonio Express News:

When the Spurs reacquired the volatile 34-year-old in a March trade for Richard Jefferson, playoff moments such as this were the second thought that entered Popovich’s mind.

“My first thought was, ‘Why in the world am I doing this?’” Popovich kidded.

I don’t know if it’s true or not, but it definitely feels like Gregg Popovich is slowly but surely building a standup set of Stephen Jackson jokes. Pretty soon he’ll be peppering in things like “The only thing Stephen Jackson does on the straight and narrow is line up the NBA symbol on his headband” to postgame press conferences and working up “Take my Stephen Jackson please” material for between-quarters interviews.

At least that is how I envision it, though I will admit that it’s pretty unlikely Gregg Popovich is doing open mic performances in and around San Antonio. Kind of hard for him to keep a low profile in that city, I’d imagine. That being the case, I’ll just assume all these jokes are for a private offseason roast, because that is something I can easily see existing. Some drinks, some friends and Gregg Popovich’s best cracks on his players seems like a pretty chill evening.

Comments (4)

  1. During a game one night, Stephen Jackson and Ron Artest go to David Stern with an idea for some in-arena entertainment.

    “Well, let me see it,” says Stern.

    So, Jackson and Artest start their routine by climbing into the stands–where they proceed to viciously beat the fans sitting there. Cries of pain and terror reverberate throughout the arena.

    A shocked and sickened Stern exclaims, “That’s not entertainment! I don’t know what to call that!”

    “Oh, we do…,” begins Jackson, before finishing in unison with Artest: “The Aristocrats!”

    (I want royalties, Pop! And for it to still be 2005, apparently.)

  2. AAAutin: I don´t get this joke. Stupid european as I am…But I bet Pop plays this all the time in the locker room
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=boNRVXR7bqg&feature=related

    • Yesterday, we all learned that Gregg Popovich thinks Stephen Jackson is a good defender because Captain Jack has no idea what he’s doing. Today, we find out that even Coach Pop was more than a little nervous to bring Stephen Jackson in to the mix, especially in the midst of a possible championship season.

  3. as long as he doen’t go into “take my stephen jackson, please!” We are good. Keep up the good work pop.

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