If you thought we had fun putting together Mike Dunleavy's very last GSoM report card, then strap on your seat belts for this one. Up next is the one, the only...
People in Indiana can't stand the man. The Charmin soft fans in Dallas can't stand the man. The refs can't stand the man. The NBA's vanilla fanbase can't stand the man. David Stern and the NBA's PR department can't stand the man.
This is our man.
He's like that crazy cousin everyone has who's always on the verge of doing something absolutely nuts, but always, always, always has your back. He'll go down swinging with you even if you're outnumbered 2 to 12- he's just down for the cause. Thankfully with Jackson and the Roaracle We Believers it was exactly the opposite as it was 20,000 on 5 (just ask Cuban's crew). Like Tim Duncan, I'll take this man on my team any day of the week.
It's funny how things come back to full circle. The last time the Warriors made the playoffs Nellie was at the helm. As you know Nellie's return last season meant a return to the playoffs. The last time the Dubs were in the West's elite 8 CWebb and Spree were clowning Charles Barkley. This time around Jax filled the void that had been absent since those two were chillin' at the barbershop by clowning none other than the Chuckster on national TV. I'll never forget Jax joking around about Barkley on TNT not having a ring and saying that Dwyane Wade could never make it into his TMobile Fav 5 because it was already filled up by the likes of Mickey D's, Dominos, Burger King, Cinnabon, and Krispy Kreme. (Check out Barkley Does the Bay -- Readers' Photoshop Creations from the C.W. Nevius SFGate blog for a good laugh.)
After a decade plus of a culture of losing fostered by Chris Cohan's countless blunders, the only thing that could overcome it was heart and the "I just don't give a..." attitude. Enter stage right Stephen Jackson...
Steve Kerr: "And when I said Stephen Jackson doesn't care,
I meant it in the best possible way."
Thank you Indy!
- Trade: Dun, Murphy, Diogu, McLeod for Harrington, S. Jackson, Jasikevicius
- The Warriors & Pacers Blockbuster Trade: Throwing Up W's and L's
- Basketball Obituaries -- Mike Dunleavy Jr. 2002-2007
- Dad's got my back!
- Warriors Head Coach Don Nelson Talks about the Blockbuster Trade
- Warriors-Pacers Blockbuster Trade Linkfest
- A Little Pacer Perspective on the Blockbuster Trade
- New Warrior Al Harrington Talks about the Trade
- Everyone's Talking About the Trade!
- GSoM Q&A with Matt Steinmetz - 01/18/07 (Part 1 of 2)
- A Reality Check on the Blockbuster Trade between the Warriors and Pacers
- GSoM Q&A with Marcus Thompson II - 01/30/07 (Part 1 of 2)
- Jon Barry on the Warriors and Pacers Trade
- Simulation Analysis of the Warriors-Pacers Blockbuster Trade
Make jump for a report card with some guaranteed Action!
I was standing next to R Dizzle (there's no sitting down when you're at the Roaracle Arena!) when Jax threw this "in yo eye!" dime to a cutting and emphatically scoring JRich during Game 4 of the Shock the World series against the Dallas... Dallas... Dallas (I seem to have forgotten that team's name, anyone care to remind me?). With a huge grin R Dizzle remarked that Jax's pass was "So unnecessary." I have to say I agree, but with one slight modification. It was so unnecessary, but absolutely necessary at the same time.
Dallas don't want none of this!
I was chilling with Adam Lauridsen of Fast Break fame the other day and he was singing Jackson praise for being the only guy in the team who calls Andris Biedrins' number for some pick and rolls and always finds a way to get him involved. Here's some video evidence to illustrate Adam's great observation:
Overall Grade: A-
Jax- I hope you're reading this man. I just have one simple request. I can live with the turnovers. I can live with the sparse rebounding totals. I can live with all those 3pt attempts. I can even live a few of those techs. BUT I can't live without that frisk intro with you and Matt Barnes during player introductions. Forget what David Stern might say or think, ya'll gotta bring it back!
(If you don't get pumped up everytime you watch the Warrior intros from last season's amazing run, then you need to run to the ER and get your pulse checked- seriously.)
That's CAPTAIN Jackson to you mate!
(From our creative friends over at Fear the Beard.)
Should Jax and Barnes bring back that hilarious frisk intro? Who else will Jackson ghost ride with his D this year besides ReDirkulous? What's the over/ under on techs you think Captain Jackson will get this season?
2006-2007 GSoM Report Cards
- Chris Mullin & Rod Higgins (B+)
- Don Nelson (A+)
- Jason Richardson (B)
- Mickael Pietrus (C)
- Matt Barnes (A-)
- Sarunas Jasikevicius (D+)
- Zarko Cabarkapa (F+)
- Troy Murphy (D+)
- Mike Dunleavy Jr. (D-)
- Josh Powell (C)
- Adonal Foyle (D+)
- Ike Diogu and Keith "Who?" Mcleod (Double D+)
- Kelenna Azubuike (B-)
- Patrick O’Bryant (F)
- Monta Ellis (B+)
- Al Harrington (B)
- Andris Biedrins (A-)