Friday 23rd February 2018,
The Hoop Doctors

Stephen Jackson Disses Gregg Popovich and San Antonio Spurs

Stephen Jackson is at it again.

No, not playing in the NBA. That would be weird. I mean he’s insulting Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs.

Jackson, who was let go by the Spurs in the middle of the regular season, previously said that Coach Pop played “mind games.” Now, in an interview on ESPN’s Highly Questionable, Jackson has postulated that Pop only cares about certain players.

“To me, (Gregg Popovich) only cares about three guys, and the rest of the guys just fit in wherever you can,” he conceded on the show (h/t Spurs Nation’s Dan McCarney).

I’ll give you one all-encompassing guess as to who he was talking about.

That’s correct, Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan and Tony Parker. Who else?

It surprises me that Jackson seems shocked in any way by this. To an extent, he’s probably inaccurate, but of course Pop cares most deeply for the three players he’s spent the most time with. I’d be concerned about his people skills, more than I already am, if he didn’t.

If anything, Jackson’s comments seem to come out of sheer jealously or lingering resentment. San Antonio did cut ties with him at a time when he was unable to sign with another team and be playoff eligible. That sure seems like cause for him to throw the Spurs under a bus while admitting that by no means is he trying to throw them under the bus.

“When you disrespect me, or I feel like I’m wronged in any type of way, and you feel like I should be the bigger person, I might not be because this is my life and I choose to make the decisions, just the way Pop made the decision to cut me off his team.”

Again, motive.

No doubt that Pop was brusque when he sent Jackson packing, but this is probably true of Jackson’s entire stint in San Antonio. Pop isn’t a warm, fun-loving guy.

Somewhere beneath that rugged exterior and penetrating look, that I can only assume sees into the soul of the person he’s conversing with, there beats the heart of a kind, benevolent man. Just not on the basketball court.

Jackson, who has a history of on-court scuffles and a more than checkered past courtesy of his involvement in the Malice at the Palace fiasco, doesn’t seem like a player who would respond well to such stringent tactics.

Then again, he could have a point. I don’t know. I’ve never personally spent ample time playing under Pop.

Maybe he has a softer than soft spot for his Big Three. Maybe they have pillow fights and scarf down mountains of candy and donuts on the sidelines while Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green, Tiago Splitter and the rest of the gang run suicides. Who knows?

All I know is that we might not want to take the word of Jackson without further investigation. I don’t doubt there is some truth to his assertions, because I’m sure there is. Believing the Pop maintains a cavalier attitude with and couldn’t give a damn about the rest of the team is hard for me to wrap my head around.

Probably because it isn’t true.

Dan Favale is a firm believer in the three-pointer as well as the notion that defense doesn’t always win championships. His musings can be found at in addition to Follow @danfavale on Twitter for his latest posts and all things NBA.

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  • CowgilDoc

    SJ keep up the trash and nobody will sign you!

    • afannaz

      that’s why when he came to the warriors for a minute, a minute later he was gone. they see his history, and knew they didn’t want his poison to destroy their great chemistry. the w’s want TEAM players, not ME guys like jackson or monta ellis. i’m sure POP felt the same way about him, as well as his deteriorating skills.

  • Poggierolls

    SJ just can’t get over that he is not a stud anymore. He refused to give into the idea other players are better than he. Spurs have best system in NBA and he let his ego get in the way of being part of it.

  • Nonno

    SJ was given a chance by Pop, but he didn’t appreciate it. If he had been a team player he would be in the finals now soaking up Ginobli’s minutes,

  • kemnewman

    I don’t know about SJ but I think that pop made a terrible mistake by keeping Tim Duncan out of the game in the end if TD was in the game the Spurs would be champs today.

    • hookedonnews

      I agree. It was the Frank Vogel/Roy Hibbert thing all over again. As for SJ, he was given an opportunity to be a part of one of the best teams in the NBA, and he blew it. He’s one of those guys who just never learn.

  • Dee

    He was actually on the team twice he know more than us outsiders. So stop hating on the dude, use your brain and stop being ignorant talking crap over the internet. Sj will get signed he’s better then a few vets so stop hating. I bet you guys is a big Queen James fan huh yeah the guy when he’s on offense he’s strong as an ox but when he’s on defense he’s soft as cotton floping at 230 pounds onto the floor like a mop. C’mon be serious Jordan never done that. Theyll let the heats win next gameand complaint about how the spurs old and was tired out from game six and how the heats was the first team to win two games I the series lol you fool.

    • JeffMantri

      Ms. Jackson, what did we tell you about commenting on articles about your son?

    • SWAMP

      I keep hearing that Jordan never did that. He did that and more. Pretending to be sick, grabbing players a pushing the aside in games in front of ref’s.

      Go back and look at film before you talk.

  • The Clarences

    Pop: 4 championship rings, 17 years coaching the Spurs….

    Jackson: no championship rings, 16 years with 6 non NBA teams & 7 NBA teams….

    Nuff’ said.

  • nlruizjr

    Hell he’s exactly what the Lakers need, period !!!!!

  • Erick Willing

    Buckets shouldn’t have slept w/ Timmy’s wife.
    He might still have a job & a future….

  • expatde

    What an a$$. He was never more than a mediocre player. And he is a clueless off the court as when trying to play on the court (e.g., roughly a 1:1 assist to turnover ratio, 37% FG shooting, etc.). If there were justification for a player gag order, this is it.