Jerry Stackhouse’s NBA career is a fascinating one.
When he was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers back in 1995 he was the new face of the franchise, the star, the guy the Sixers were hitching their team to, something he recounts in a great feature at CSNPhilly.com. He remembers getting a hardhat, under-construction tour of what is now the Wells Fargo Center. That was going to be his house.
The next year, the Sixers drafted Allen Iverson and their plans changed.
Stackhouse has spent 18 years in the league, as a guy nearly putting up 30 a game in Detroit (2001) and as the sixth man on a finals team in Dallas (2006). Now he’s the sage veteran at the end of the bench in Brooklyn, a guy very much respected by players and coaches alike around the league.
Stackhouse would like to play 20 years in the NBA, he doesn’t want to walk away yet, he told CSNPhilly.com. But he has started to think about what’s next.
He mentioned broadcasting and coaching as possible options as well — and he would appear to be particularly well-suited for the latter, given the various roles he has filled during his playing career.
“My perfect route would be something like Mark Jackson,” he said, referring to the former broadcaster and current Golden State coach.
Go read the entire story, it’s a great look at the man. Stackhouse goes on to talk about Iverson and how the two likely never would have meshed on the court because of playing styles. And he talks about his versatility and lack of ego, which is why Stackhouse is still getting an NBA paycheck and Iverson is not.
Stackhouse would like to collect a few more of those paychecks before he is done.
DeMarcus Cousins says Mavericks’ rumored interest flatters him, but he loves Kings
The Mavericks’ long-rumored interest in DeMarcus Cousins took its most direct public turn before the season, when Dallas signed Cousins’ brother, Jaleel Cousins. Jaleel is now on the Mavericks’ D-League affiliate, and I bet he will remain there as DeMarcus approaches 2018 free agency.
So, DeMarcus Cousins, what do you think about the Mavericks’ long-rumored interest in acquiring you?
“It’s flattering,” Cousins told me, with a laugh, after the Kings’ Wednesday shootaround at AAC. Then, turning serious, he added of the Mavericks, “I respect them.”
“But,” I said, “I’ve also heard that you like it in Sacramento.”
“No,” Cousins corrected, “I love Sacramento.”
Cousins is getting good at this, toeing the line between appreciating another team’s interest and expressing his satisfaction with the Kings.
And give Cousins credit. He keeps producing at a star level for a team that hasn’t provided him with the proper support. Sacramento again appears headed toward the lottery, even as Cousins averages 29-10.
Questions remain, though: How much of Cousins’ attitude is him trying to make the best of an inescapable situation, and will expanded options in the summer of 2018 test his loyalty?
LeBron James dunks, struts past camerapeople and toward crowd, spooks fan (video)
NEW YORK (AP) — Derrick Rose is missing the New York Knicks’ game against Cleveland because of lower back pain.
Rose left the Knicks’ victory over Miami on Tuesday in the third quarter with back spasms. Coach Jeff Hornacek says Rose still felt sore on Wednesday when he came in and met with team doctors, so they sent him for an MRI exam to make sure there was no structural damage.
Rose is averaging 16.7 points and this is the first game he’s missed this season.