Here is an embarrassing admission, that I’m pretty sure I’ve never mentioned — despite being a decent basketball player my entire life and being taller than the old man, I’ve only beat my dad at one-on-one once in my life. I’m more athletic than him and stronger than him, but there’s something about 40 extra years of experience and him having taught me the great majority of my moves that gives him an advantage. Now that he’s retired from the game, I’ll never beat him again. Drats.
If you’re wondering why I’m finally coming clean about this, it’s because Jerry Stackhouse is going through something pretty similar. From SLAM:
SLAM: What motivates you at this point in your career?
JS: I just like to play. Just being able to continue to beat my kids. To make sure they can never kick my butt. They’re getting to that point.
My AAU team, I watch these kids get better and better. Now they’re 16, 17 years old, becoming men, and I just like getting out there with them and competing. I think that’s kind of my motivation when I get out there with them and keep myself in shape.
And when it start time to get back with the pros in September when guys start working out again, that’s when I test myself. I know if I’m out there and I’m still able to compete, then I know I’ll be able to compete at this level.
Maybe you have been wondering what in the world has convinced Jerry Stackhouse to keep playing in the NBA despite being mostly used as an end of the bench guy/national anthem singer, but the answer is pretty simple — he just wants to keep being able to beat his kids at basketball. Being able to show your children who’s boss is one of the most important parts of parenting, so this makes a ton of sense.
And hey, things are working out well for Ol’ JerBear. After shooting just a shade better than 30 percent from three for his career, Dadhouse is currently shooting nearly 45 percent on long balls, good for 18th in the NBA. Even more impressive, he’s getting crunch time minutes and playing a big role for the Nets, despite the fact they have the second highest payroll in the league and could theoretically afford to pay a player who wasn’t born in the 1970s. Pretty impressive for a guy who has been around long enough to have made news for trying P90X and going vegetarian for a while in order to make a comeback nearly three years ago.
Seriously think about that — Jerry Stackhouse trying to play in the NBA was a surprise and a bit of a joke almost three years ago. Now he’s an occasional starter for a team with (probably ill-fated) title aspirations. Plus, he can still probably beat his sons at one-on-one. That last part is the most important though, especially since they’re almost old enough to be in the NBA.