Streaking Bobcats dominate Hea...
Bobcats 104, Heat 65...
Heat-Bobcats, Box...
Shaq's superstar dunk contest ...
Healthy Corey Maggett is loggi...
MVP? It's debatable between Ko...
Cavs roll as Shaq reaches mile...
NBA Roundup: Friday's action...
ROSTER REPORT 2010-01-20...
NOTES, QUOTES 2010-01-20...
Blazers Tried to Hide Darius M...
NBA Essentials: The Pritchard ...
Your Weekend NBA Guide: What t...
The Grizzlies Sign Darius Mile...
Blazers Threaten to Sue Team T...
Brand, Maggette could opt out
Brand has surgury
where are you mike?
February 2017
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
Add to Google
Add to My Yahoo!
Subscribe in NewsGator Online
Add to Windows Live
News » Golden State Warriors send Stephen Jackson to Charlotte Bobcats

Golden State Warriors send Stephen Jackson to Charlotte Bobcats

Golden State Warriors send Stephen Jackson to Charlotte Bobcats It was universally understood that swingman Stephen Jackson's tenure with the Warriors needed to end. The sooner, the better.

"After evaluating the thing for several weeks," Warriors general manager Larry Riley said, "it was important that we do it now."

Jackson, epicenter of the soap opera the Warriors' season had become, is now a Charlotte Bobcat, traded Monday with guard Acie Law for guard Raja Bell and forward Vladimir Radmanovic.

So eager was Jackson to join his new team, he flew from Milwaukee to Orlando, Fla., on Monday and played 45 minutes for the Bobcats, scoring 13 points in a 97-91 loss to the Magic.

"I wanted to be out pretty bad," Jackson told the Associated Press. "Things were going bad. I was getting blamed for everything. I wasn't seeing eye to eye with the team. I got fined in preseason, which was ridiculous. It was just a lot of things that I didn't agree with that was going on."

But what becomes of the Warriors now that Jackson is gone?

The team cut about $21 million off its future salary cap, giving it much-needed flexibility. And it got rid of a thorn, whose very presence caused irritation. But what happens now that Jackson's gone is far less certain than the fact he had to go.

"We lost our best player," coach Don Nelson said after Monday's practice in Milwaukee, where the Warriors played Saturday night. "We have to be different. So we'll just have to kind of see what happens."

Jackson was a major cog in Nelson's offense, averaging 16.6 points and 4.7 assists per game. He brought a combination of skills shot-making, passing, experience, toughness, durability that no other Warrior possesses.

He also was the Warriors' defensive stopper, which guard Monta Ellis said makes this loss harder to swallow.

"What we've been emphasizing the whole time is defense," Ellis said. "(Jackson was) one of our best defenders on the team. And we're trying to get better on defense. Now, who have we got that's going to play defense? We've got me. Who else?"

But perhaps the biggest hole is off the court. Jackson was the locker-room emperor and spokesman. He was the big brother others leaned on, the voice that everyone heard.

From the organization's perspective, that wasn't always a good thing because of Jackson's brash and sometimes anti-establishment approach. Whispers of concern about Jackson's influence on Ellis have echoed from the organization for a while.

"Monta's only chance to be the franchise player was for us to move Jackson," a team source said. "He's already going down that road. But getting him away from Jackson will hopefully straighten him up."

Riley said one of the benefits of having Bell on the roster is that he can bring some veteran experience and leadership to the team, though he doesn't have the relationship with the youngsters that Jackson had.

The Warriors would like for Ellis to fill that void, but he said he isn't planning on increasing his responsibility.

"I'm not going to put any more on my back," Ellis said. "I'm not going to do more. Somebody else is going to have to step up and take on the role that Jack had and be that player."

If not Ellis, then who? Andris Biedrins isn't the kind of player who can carry a team. Corey Maggette, the most experienced player, has been most effective as a sixth man. Kelenna Azubuike is out for the season.

The Warriors are hoping Bell, who played for Nelson in Dallas in 2002-03, can be a veteran leader in the locker room, but his status is uncertain. He played 32 minutes in Charlotte's loss to Portland on Saturday but is not expected to play today in Cleveland as the Warriors need to evaluate his left wrist. He's been playing with a partially torn ligament but chose not to have surgery at the beginning of the season, which would have sidelined him for four months.

Radmanovic is expected to play against the Cavaliers. But while he gives the Warriors much-needed size and shooting, they aren't bringing him in to be a leader.

That leaves the Warriors' core of young players rookie Stephen Curry, Anthony Randolph and Anthony Morrow to figure it out on their own. From management's perspective, that was better than the alternative of keeping Jackson.

"I really felt that this was as good a deal as we were going to get," Riley said. "And I also thought the time was now. While our young players have done a tremendous job of doing everything that they can to not allow this to become a distraction, I also thought that if we went any further, it probably would've been."null

Stephen Jackson"s stats AS A Warrior


Points per game


Rebounds per game


Assists per game


Steals per Game

Play Basketball Hot Streak and win prizes!

Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website:
Added: November 17, 2009


Copyright ©, Inc. All rights reserved 2018.