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News » Charlotte Bobcats Getting Inside 2009-11-18

Charlotte Bobcats Getting Inside 2009-11-18

Charlotte Bobcats Getting Inside 2009-11-18Stephen Jackson said Monday night that he had to get out of Golden State to escape a losing culture. But isn't that what he's entering in Charlotte?

A versatile player with a checkered past, Jackson was the key piece in a four-player trade the Bobcats completed Monday morning. Jackson and point guard Acie Law come to Charlotte, while guard Raja Bell and forward Vladimir Radmanovic become Warriors.

Jackson forced his way out of Golden State, particularly when his agent made numerous inflammatory remarks about Warriors coach Don Nelson in a recent article. It was clear in Jackson's first comments following the trade that his venom toward the Warriors had not dissipated.

"We made history by beating Dallas in the first round (in 2007). Then things started getting worse and winning stopped being a priority. Once winning stopped being a priority, I didn't want to be a part of it," Jackson said.

"It started when we got rid of Jason Richardson and then the next thing you know, it was Baron (Davis). And then it was Al Harrington and Matt Barnes. The team that we had when we made that run, that beat Dallas in the first round, went south. Once it started doing that, I didn't want to be a part of it."

And yet Jackson went to a team that has never reached the playoffs. Can he accept the Bobcats missing the postseason this April?

"Yeah, because I know the effort and attitude is there," Jackson said. "Anytime you have a guy running the team like (Bobcats general manager) Rod Higgins -- who I know well, that's the reason I went to Golden State -- those guys are competitors and they want to win. Those are the type of people I want running a team that I play for."

MAGIC 97, BOBCATS 91: They shot 50 percent from the field for the first time this season, with better offensive spacing and movement, but they missed nine second-half free throws to go 0-5 on the road and extend this losing streak to five games.

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