Friday , Oct , 23 , 2009 Oly Sandor

Why Stephen Jackson must keep quiet on Kobe Bryant

On Wednesday, Jackson’s Warriors met Bryant’s Lakers for the first time since his outlandish comments. While Bryant’s numbers were modest (21 points, five rebounds, and three assists), don’t think the All-World two-guard hasn’t taken note and won’t try to bust-up Jackson each time they meet for the rest of their careers. Having confidence is fine, but Jackson is now a target. Goading Bryant also complicates his trade demand …


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My Quick Analysis: I’m guessing Stephen Jackson never heard about Gary Payton’s first meeting with Michael Jordan.

Years back, Payton, then a rookie with the Seattle Supersonics, ran into Jordan at a club the night before an exhibition game against the Chicago Bulls. Never shy, The Glove trash-talked His Airness, who coolly brushed off the young guard’s words.

Jordan took revenge the next night by lighting-up Payton on-court. It seems he had extra motivation from their little run-in the night before at the club.

I think Jackson should consider this story the next time he feels so obliged to speak on Kobe Bryant. You may recall a couple of weeks ago the former Golden State Warriors’ captain recently declared to the world he was Bryant’s equal.

“I’m not a fan of Kobe. I’m not somebody who looks up to him. I’m a grown man myself. So when I go out there and play the game, I play the game. I feel like I’m just as good as him.”

On Wednesday, Jackson’s Warriors met Bryant’s Lakers for the first time since his outlandish comments. While Bryant’s numbers were modest (21 points, five rebounds, and three assists), don’t think the All-World two-guard hasn’t taken note and won’t try to bust-up Jackson each time they meet for the rest of their careers.

Having confidence is fine, but Jackson is now a target. Goading Bryant also complicates his trade demand.

Remember, Jackson asked the Warriors to move him earlier in the summer. On the one hand, potential suitors will appreciate his competitiveness. On the other hand, some teams will be weary of acquiring a player whose competitiveness gets the better of him and too often spills out publicly.

To be fair, Jackson’s confidence is a big reason why he’s such a terrific player. However, it’s in everyone’s interest, especially his own, that he tone-down his public comments.

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