Apr 24, 2010; Charlotte, NC, USA; Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard (12) defends against Charlotte Bobcats guard forward Stephen Jackson (1) during the second half in game three of the first round of the 2010 NBA playoffs at Time Warner Cable Arena. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-US PRESSWIRE

Stephen Jackson and the Milwaukee Bucks: A Loveless Marriage

Stephen Jackson has only been on the Milwaukee Bucks for 20 games, but it feels like so much longer. They’re a feisty pair of newlyweds, fresh into a fiery relationship, but aware that it isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

First, there was the game against the fast-breaking Nuggets, when Stephen was of little use in defending the Denver jailbreak.

Then there was the missed shootaround before the next game in New York, and the and subsequent team action.  (He was fined and made inactive for the game.)  He followed up with a league suspension for berating officials less that two weeks later.

The Bucks and Stephen aren’t thrilled with their relationship.   Expect one to send the other to sleep on the couch soon.

Ric Bucher is reporting that Stephen Jackson has spoken with Dwight Howard about playing together with Deron Williams on the Nets (h/t Jusin Defeo, Nets are Scorching):

If they want to improve their chances, my understanding is that Stephen Jackson and Dwight Howard have talked several times about playing together and would LOVE to do so with the Nets with Deron Williams as the point guard setting them up. (note: my caps to convey Bucher’s emphasis)

 

Scott Skiles praised his bench today, noting that many of his bench players could be starters in the NBA.  He makes no mention of Stephen Jackson, a longtime starter in the league.

We have a couple guys on our bench… maybe three guys in Dunleavy, Beno, and Ersan, who could start in a game, be starters on another team.

That’s Skiles’ passive-aggressive way of taking a shot at Jackson without really taking a shot at Jackson.  Touche, Scott.

Tonight, as of halftime of the Pistons-Bucks game, Stephen Jackson did not play.  Skiles used 10 players.  Expect a divorce soon.

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