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News » Candid Cam: Warriors ship Stephen Jackson to Bobcats


Candid Cam: Warriors ship Stephen Jackson to Bobcats


Candid Cam: Warriors ship Stephen Jackson to Bobcats Stephen Jackson HAS fled the Warriors as part of a four-player trade Monday with the Charlotte Bobcats, who don't exactly evoke the championship criteria Jackson pleaded to join in the summer.

Out goes Stack Jack and backup guard Acie Law. In comes Vladimir Radmanovic and Raja Bell.

The Warriors are off to a 3-6 start. So are the Bobcats. Give it a year before Jackson is demanding a trade again. Give it a day or two or a few months before this backfires on the Warriors , simply because nothing ever goes right with that frustrating franchise.

Getting rid of him was a must considering how vocally disgusted he was with the Warriors . The sooner the better that it took place.

But the post-Jackson era won't cure the Warriors' ills. The team still lacks star power (pray for a 2010 free-agent jackpot) and it still hasn't been sold by Chris Cohan.

Jackson's departure does many things, and let's look at it in order of importance:

(a) Monta Ellis is on the clock as the next disgruntled Warriors "star" who wants out of the Land of Cohan. Last year's AnkleGate ruined his relationship with team brass, and only a few days ago he was bickering with coach Don Nelson in front of media. Ellis followed Jackson around like a puppy at times (see: high-fiving guys at the scorers table en route to the tipoff). If he saw how easy it was for Jackson to escape the Warriors , an encore effort is sure to come from Ellis, who doesn't offer the same leadership ability as Jackson and won't rally his teammates around him.

(b) Does this signal the true end of the "We Believe" playoff era? Sorry, Nellie is still here, coaching up a team that becomes a little less difficult without the Jackson distraction. Ellis, Andris Biedrins and Kelenna Azubuike also are remaining from the 2007 playoff run. But Jackson joins the We Believe Alumni Foundation that also includes Baron Davis, Jason Richardson, Matt Barnes, Mickael Pietrus and Al Harrington. All that said, the "We Believe" era was long over before this trade and more likely at the start of last year's 29-win campaign.

(c) As far as the on-court impact, Jackson was not the Warriors' best player, just their heart and soul. This team hasn't had much heart or soul this year, so bye bye. Nellie said last year that Jackson is at his best when he's the third-best player on a team. Jackson is averaging 16.6 points per game this season while shooting 27.5 percent on three-point attempts. Jackson's defense was often lauded, mainly because of the job he did shutting down Dirk Nowitzki in the 2007 first-round playoff upset. If his defense was so great, however, it should have rubbed off on his teammates, and it didn't.

(d) The financial impact apparently works out great for the Warriors , simply because they got rid of an unhappy ex-captain who looked virtually untradeable because of last year's contract extension.

We pause here for the financial details from colleague Marcus Thompson II's blog: "The Warriors save about $5 million next year, more than $21 million overall. Raja Bell has one year left on his deal (this year) for $5.25 million, so the Warriors gain $3 million in expiring contracts (as Law has one year left for $2.2 million). Vladimir Radmanovic has this year for $6.5 million and a player option for next year at $6.83 million. So next year, when Jax was slated to make $8.45 million, the Warriors will be paying $2.4 million less than originally planned. Not to mention, the Warriors are completely free of the $19.32 million Jackson was set to earn in 2011-12, 2012-13."

Jackson's agent, Mark Stevens a week after trashing Nellie on ESPN.com told that same Web site Monday that Jackson is "delighted" about the trade and is a big fan of the Bobcats' president, Michael Jordan.

How should Warriors' fans' remember Jackson? He had his moments. But he was overhyped. His mouth and emotional ways made him the Warriors' most dominant personality, so he often was in the spotlight.

The Warriors' best moment in decades coincided with a 33-point effort from Jackson, that coming in the series-clinching upset of the Dallas Mavericks in the 2007 playoffs.

Jackson's worst moment came over the past few months, as he turned his back on a franchise so shortly after it awarded him a three-year extension.

That extension has been the target of much valid criticism of the Warriors' brass. But now the contract is gone. So is Jackson.

This trade certainly isn't a shock. You may think his exit was only a couple months in the works. But it goes back further than that.

After a Dec. 15, 2008 loss to the Orlando Magic, Jackson said: "It's difficult for me considering the concrete and groundwork we laid when we got here, to where we are now. It's frustrating that the guys I had here, the guys I had success with, are here no more."

He then vowed to learn how to play "young ball." Instead, he played Warriors management into a new contract. Good for him. He saw an open shot and took it. Bad for him that he became so disloyal less than a year later.

In that loss to the Magic, by the way, Jackson went 3-for-14 from the field. Warriors fans won't miss those nights from him.

What they'll miss: his blunt assessment of a sorry franchise, the occasional clutch 3-pointer on a fast break and an intimidating presence he brought to the court. The Warriors have no street-wise bouncer out there anymore.

Now Jackson is property of the Charlotte Bobcats, your new 2011-2014 championship contender. Yeah, right. How delightful.

Look for Cam Inman's Web-only "Candid Cam" takes whenever there's a breaking sports story, or whenever Cam's got something to say _ in short, just about every day. You can reach Cam at blogs.mercurynews.com/kawakami/2009/11/16/Warriors.-do-something-right-trade-jackson-to-charlotte-for-21m-in-future-cap-relief/


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Added: November 17, 2009

 

 
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