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News » Jackson stands by statements

Jackson stands by statements

Jackson stands by statementsStephen Jackson, speaking publicly for the first time since demanding a trade last month, stood by his statements and probably managed to avoid another league fine while discussing a variety of topics Monday.

"What I said is how I feel, point blank. That's not going to change," Jackson said. "It doesn't feel good to me, that ever since I've been here, I've been a big part of getting this organization back to a winning attitude - if not the biggest part - and every year, I've lost somebody who helped me get to that. ...

"It feels like I'm next. It feels like we're not getting better."

During a promotional event with former teammate Al Harrington on Aug. 28 in New York, Jackson told an audience "I don't think I'll be a Warrior next year. I'm looking to leave." He was fined $25,000 for "public statements detrimental to the league" Sept. 15.

With Stephen Curry using a video camera to capture the moment and C.J. Watson and Ronny Turiaf stopping by to listen, Jackson addressed a clamoring media contingent for about 20 minutes at the Warriors' Oakland facility Monday.

"I've got to work for Warriors President Robert Rowell, and I've got to respect him," said Jackson, who last year negotiated his contract extension with Rowell. "I don't think we're going to have any more conversations without my agent being here. Those days are over. I don't think the casual talks are necessary, because I'm not going to be fake."

Jackson said his relationship with Rowell has changed, and that he arrived in Oakland just in time for media day so no one would ask him to read a statement.

"I'm not a puppet," Jackson said. "I didn't want anybody to throw some piece of paper in my face and say, 'You need to say this to save face.' I'm not doing that. That would be going against all the stuff I stand for and why people respect me in this league and call me the ultimate teammate."

Every Warriors player stood by Jackson as a teammate and captain.

"He could have not shown up today, but he's here and that shows his leadership and his accountability to his teammates," forward Corey Maggette said.

"I guarantee you that Tuesday morning, when we come in for practice, Jack will be here and will be working on things that will help us win," Turiaf said. "He's the ultimate competitor. He wants to win every single game, every single shooting drill, everything. I can look you straight in the eyes and tell you that this will not become anything controversial among the players."

Playing much of the season with a broken toe and a sprained wrist, Jackson set career highs in points 20.7, rebounds 5.1 and assists 6.5 last season to join LeBron James, Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade as the league's only players to average 20 points, five rebounds and six assists. Jackson compared the distractions of the physical pain he endured last season to his current disgruntlement.

"Even though I made the statements that I made, I'm going to come in here and play like I didn't make them," Jackson said. "But I'm never going to settle for losing. I'm always going to be upset or pissed off until I start winning."

Jackson thought the Warriors were a winner when they upset top-seeded Dallas in the 2007 playoffs.

"We've been taking steps back ever since," said Jackson, who, 18 months after the playoff appearance, signed a contract extension through 2013. "Who's going to turn down that money? I'm not stupid. I didn't go to college, but I have a lot of common sense."

"It feels like I'm next. It feels like we're not getting better."

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