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Captain Jerk: Stephen Jackson’s Comments on Kobe

October 19, 2009 – R.S. De France

Keep talking Jackson.

Over the summer he alienated himself from his coach, his team, and the city where he plays. And that couldn’t have been easy in a city where they have a Stephen Jackson Day. Why stop there?

In Thursday’s San Francisco Chronicle, an article by Rusty Simmons quoted Jackson as saying this about Kobe Bryant:

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

While I respect Jackson’s skills, I also have to add that his comment was idiotic. Bryant, a future Hall of Famer in my opinion, has amassed a greater career at this point, beyond any reasonable doubt.

 

Kobe Bryant

Stephen Jackson

Points per Game

25.1

15.4

Rebounds per Game

5.3

3.8

Assists per Game

4.6

3.2

Highest PPG

35.4

20.7

Lowest PPG

7.6

3.9

Scoring Titles

2

0

NBA Titles

4

1

NBA Finals

6

1

MVP’s

1

0

All-Star Selections

11

0

Career High Points in a Game

81

42

Olympic Gold Medals

1

0

Final’s MVPs

1

0

Slam Dunk Championships

1

0

All-Star MVP’s

3

0

50 Point Games

21

0

His comment was framed around the debate about star players getting favorable foul calls, which is another issue entirely. Just for the accuracy of the debate, though, Captain Jack: you are no Kobe.

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