Posted June 05, 2013

Stephen Jackson has no regrets about missing Finals after release by Spurs

2013 NBA Finals, Ben Golliver, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, Stephen Jackson
Stephen Jackson gives a "thumbs up" to his inclusion on a "Most Overpaid" list. (Spurs.com)

Stephen Jackson was released by the Spurs in April, a move that denied him a shot at a second ring. (Spurs.com)

Which member of the Spurs will get the unenviable task of defending Heat forward LeBron James during the 2013 Finals? Kawhi Leonard? Danny Green?

One player who will not be going head-to-head against the reigning MVP: Stephen Jackson. He was released by San Antonio back in April after he and coach Gregg Popovich didn’t see eye-to-eye about his role on the team.

The San Antonio Express-News reports that Jackson is traveling to Miami to take in the Finals and that the veteran forward has no second thoughts about his abrupt departure from the Spurs.

Any regrets, he was asked?

“Nope,” he said. “Got my money.”

He later said Popovich knows him well, and that the release “was best for me so I wouldn’t go crazy.”

Or, as Jackson said Tuesday, again smiling, “I wouldn’t want me on the team, either.”

The 13-year veteran, who won a ring with the Spurs in 2003 and averaged 8.3 points and 2 rebounds during last year’s playoffs, took his release in stride, even though it occurred just days before the start of the postseason.

“I ain’t tripping at all,” Jackson wrote on Twitter back in April. “No worries. Don’t worry about what [you] can’t control. Breathe easy.”

Shortly after releasing Jackson, the Spurs signed free-agent forward Tracy McGrady to fill his roster spot. McGrady, 34, has seen only spot minutes and has yet to score in four postseason appearances.

Jackson, 35, averaged 6.2 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 19.5 minutes in 55 games this season. He earned more than $10 million in 2012-13, the last season of his contract, and drew headlines when he disputed his placement on Forbes‘ “Most Overpaid” list.

“I’ve been underpaid my whole career,” he said, smiling. “You do the math. It’s adding up. Who cares? Whether they think that or not, I’m still getting paid almost $10 million this year.”

Jackson has earned more than $68 million in salary.

“Captain Jack” was also fined $25,000 by the NBA in December for threatening Thunder forward Serge Ibaka on Twitter.

Game 1 of the Finals is set for Miami’s American Airlines Arena on Thursday night.

6 comments
tweener8292
tweener8292

He gets his money, and he'll get a ring when (in 6) they win it all. 

Yeah I Said It So What?
Yeah I Said It So What?

All that yap is nothing but pride flowing.  He doesn't mind NOT being in the NBA finals?  

That's a real big lie, for sure. 

James C
James C

@Yeah I Said It So What? I don't think it is a big lie. I don't think he cares about not being in the finals because he is getting paid. This entire article, including the quotes from him, make me think one thing. Single minded ego-maniac that cares nothing about anyone but himself. That type person could cares less about the team as long as "I'm getting my 10 million per year". 

The difference between the great players and the players in it for the money is really simple. The great players earn their money by being great AND making those around them great. Stephan Jackson didn't do anything to make those around them great, or better. As long as he is getting his money, he is fine. 


The question I have is how long before we here he is out of money and files for bankruptcy protection. 

Brandon12
Brandon12

@James C @Yeah I Said It So What? So you read this man's comment and y'all's take on the matter is that this man is only about the money and doesn't want to help a team.  Stephen Jackson got kicked off the team because he wanted a greater role on the team.  In essence he wanted to help his team win instead of wasting away on the bench.  It was Popovich who had the entitled mindset and wouldn't deal with his attitude after the man couldn't deal with being demoted.  Not saying I would have handled the situation the same way, but I know for a fact I would have been upset about being demoted.  Usually when a person is demoted in any job the next step is termination, so to expect someone to take that in stride is moronic.  In the end why would you worry or care if your severance was a 10 million dollar check.  People always want to focus on the negative and take sides when there are always two sides to every story.  It kills me that we as workers always take the sides of the owners and management.