Wednesday , Jan , 02 , 2008 Oly Sandor

Stephen Jackson ‘A True Star’ Like Kobe Bryant & Tim Duncan?

Stephen Jackson 'A True Star' Like Kobe Bryant & Tim Duncan?It’s official. I’ve joined a cult. Instead of making like David Koresh in some rural compound, I’ve joined the legions of Warrior fans who see Stephen Jackson as their leader.

By the way, I’m referring to that Stephen Jackson-the controversial swing who left San Antonio, followed Ron Artest into the stands at Detroit, and recently fired his piece like Rambo outside an Indiana night spot.

His coach, old school Don Nelson, is showing love.

Jackson is on pace for career-highs in scoring (21.4 ppg) and rebounding (4.9) and the Warriors are 18-7 since he returned from his season-opening suspension. Nelson, whose team went 1-6 without Jackson, is therefore mentioning him in the same breath as Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant, Ron Artest, and Davis for their impact on both ends of the court.

“To me, those guys are the true stars in the league,” Nelson said. (Janny Hu, San Francisco Chronicle)

Neither Nelson nor I have been brainwashed by the Golden State fan base. Okay, I lie. I can’t speak for Nelson, but I’ve been absolutely brainwashed by one Warrior fan: Jessica Alba.


(Brainwashed. No doubt about it.)

Again, I digress. Jackson, after being dismissed as an enigma with Indiana, has teamed with Baron Davis to turn the Warriors into Western Conference contenders.

The wing can control both ends of the floor. On offense, he’s a straight scorer -capable of filling the hoop from all spots like Bernard King and Adrian Dantley. On defense, he possesses the toughness and will to lockdown opponents’ top perimeter scorers.

A rare combination in today’s NBA.  

More and more, Jackson is controlling his legendary temper, too. He’s no longer overreacting when officials miss calls and is acting like a captain (Coach Nelson anointed him with this position over the summer).

Jackson isn’t an elite player on the level of Bryant or Duncan, but he is an All-Star. Cult member or not, that’s easy to see.

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