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News » Loud and clear, Jackson gets word

Loud and clear, Jackson gets word

Loud and clear, Jackson gets wordBy the time Warriors practice ended Friday, Stephen Jackson appeared to get the message that coach Don Nelson was trying to send with a series of radio interviews a night earlier.

"Me saying something isn't helping anything, and you all asking me questions isn't helping anything," Jackson said. "It's time to be quiet and see what happens."

Nelson was the first member of the Warriors to publicly stand up to Jackson's antics. The coach hit the airwaves saying he didn't understand how someone making $9 million a year could be unhappy and that Jackson's actions are making a trade increasingly difficult. But, Nelson added, he still "loves" his former captain.

Speaking on the " Warriors Weekly Radio Show" with play-by-play man Tim Roye, Nelson said, "How sad can a guy be making $36 million over four years? To this day, I really don't know why Jackson wants out. We're trying to win here, and he can be a big part of that."

Jackson announced at a New York promotional event Aug. 28 that he wanted out because he wanted to win, he reiterated that point at the Warriors' media day and he's done everything within his power to prove his mind hasn't changed since.

Maybe those days are over. After working hard to look unenthusiastic in practice Tuesday and Wednesday, Jackson was back to being his competitive, passionate self Friday.

"I'm glad that all of this stuff is starting to go away," Jackson said. "... In my world it all has gone away."

Nelson continues to say the Warriors "will try to accommodate a trade" and "I can still coach Jack," but he's decided to take it a step further.

"I understand that people get divorced and everything else, but, if you have affection for people, I think it lasts a lifetime," Nelson said. "I feel that way about Jack. I thought I helped his life. At least that's what I tried to do."

Jackson said this week that he'd listen to Nelson on the court, but the days of considering his advice outside the arena were over. Only two years ago, Nelson took Jackson and Baron Davis out for a night of shuffleboard and drinks.

"He doesn't have to do that anymore if he's uncomfortable," Nelson said. "All he has to do is play. ... I really like him on the floor, and I like him with this team. I actually hope we don't trade him, because I think he can be a big part of what we do here. ...

"A trade is not so easy to do when a guy has a big, long-term contract, and, especially, when he's had some issues. He is a good player, and I like him a lot on this team. Actually, we'd be looking for a guy just like him. As funny as it sounds, he's in the right spot, I think he likes the way we play and he's had his best year for me."

Jackson was one of only four NBA players last year who averaged 20 points, five rebounds and six assists, joining LeBron James, Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade. At media day, Jackson said he felt the team has progressively gotten worse, but three weeks of practice with the current roster has changed his mind.

"I'm surprised how much better we are right now than we were last year at this point," Jackson said. "... I will give my team that compliment."

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