Stephen Jackson, the talented Golden State Warriors swingman who is better known for his reckless on-court and off-court behavior, is a cancer on his underachieving team. He is just coming back from a two-day suspension for conduct detrimental to the team -- Jackson reportedly cursed at head coach Don Nelson after being removed from Friday's exhibition against the Lakers. His first action after coming back? Ask to no longer be a team captain.
"Being a captain was overrated to me, anyway," Jackson said, according to the Sacramento Bee. "You didn't do anything but go at the beginning to talk to the refs, and I didn't want to do that. Being a captain is overrated."
Ultimately, Jackson wants out of Oakland, but the Warriors (not surprisingly) won't trade him unless someone offers them something good. Which Jackson makes less likely with his boorish behavior.
Here's more from the Sacramento Bee story on Jackson:
He said he doesn't want to teach his younger teammates how to prepare for games. He doesn't want to be responsible for getting their games going, or getting the team going.
He sounded like he wasn't interested in a relationship with Nelson, whom he once said was like a grandfather.
"I have to give that respect to listen to (Nelson) when he's coaching," Jackson said. "So I'm going to give him that. But as far as being off the court, I don't listen. I've got to listen to him on the court and that's it, and I'm going to give him that respect."