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News » Jackson: Cap'n trade

Jackson: Cap'n trade

Jackson: Cap'n tradeFresh off a two-game suspension for "conduct detrimental to the team," Stephen Jackson was speaking his mind again Tuesday, telling the media why he "couldn't be a role model" on the Warriors .

"I don't want these young guys to try to follow me," Jackson said. "I can't be a role model to guys who make the same amount of money as me. ... I think everybody is responsible for themselves, and that's how it should be."

Jackson, who also forfeited $140,000, spoke on a range of issues after meeting with coach Don Nelson and general manager Larry Riley, and participating in team activities for the first time since Friday's preseason loss to the Lakers.

He qualified some of his statements and contradicted himself on others, but generally he spoke his mind for more than 10 minutes after practice, also explaining why his relationship with Nelson is strained and why he would accept a buyout.

Jackson, who twice this preseason has demanded a trade, hasn't changed his tune, but his relationship with Nelson apparently has taken a turn for the worse. Coming into training camp, Nelson said he understood Jackson and could coach the swingman through his disgruntlement. That's not so believable anymore.

"Anytime somebody takes $150,000 from you, your relationship is going to change, regardless of who it is," Jackson said. "If my mom took some money from me, I'd still love her to death, but I'd still be upset about it. He's not my mom, so you can imagine how I feel. ...

"I have to listen to him on the court and that's it."

Jackson, however, would be interested in listening to a conversation about a buyout or any other means of getting out of Golden State.

"If they want to send me home and pay me, I'm fine with that. No question," Jackson said. "If they decide to send me home and still pay me, I'll still be playing Basketball somewhere. That's not going to stop. This is not the only team in the NBA."

Asked if he would take a buyout, Jackson said, "It would have to be right. That's something that they would talk about with my agent and he'd get back to me. I doubt they'd do that."

Jackson's attitude represents a sea change from when he was first named captain in 2007 and celebrated the event. Two years later, Jackson doesn't care about being a captain, doesn't want to play in Golden State and, according to a Warriors source, didn't look like he wanted to play Basketball at all during Friday's game.

Jackson picked up five fouls and a technical in the opening 10 minutes of an emotionally charged preseason matchup with Kobe Bryant, and Jackson was furious that his coaches didn't support him when he allegedly was elbowed by Bryant. After a verbal altercation with Nelson on the sideline, Jackson was sent the locker room, told not to return, and eventually was suspended.

On Aug. 28 at a promotional event in New York, Jackson told an audience that he wanted out of Golden State, and he reiterated his feelings a month later on media day.

Even if Golden State wants to trade Jackson, it might not have many suitors, considering the swingman's volatile personality and the four years and $35 million remaining on his contract.

"We're still going to try to accommodate him, but it's not that easy to do," Nelson said. Of course, Jackson disagrees.

"I know there are a lot of teams that want me," Jackson said. "I'm a good player. ... I don't know exactly what the conversations are, but I don't think it's as hard as people say it is."

His recent actions have spoiled the image repair he and the Warriors have sold since he was acquired from Indiana in January 2007. While with the Pacers, Jackson went into the stands during the infamous Pacers-Pistons brawl in 2004. He also was charged with criminal recklessness after firing shots during an altercation outside an Indianapolis strip club in 2006.

The Warriors probably need Jackson to keep quiet and play well if they hope to get anything of value in a trade. In the meantime, they have to put up with the distraction of having a malcontent as their most productive player and the drama that he brings.

"This has been different for me, but I have a feeling that once the season starts, things will settle down," rookie guard Stephen Curry said. "I really don't know what else to say about this offseason and the things that have happened up to this point, but I have an optimistic outlook for our future.

"Hopefully, things will turn around."

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