Stephen Jackson was second in the NBA this year with 18 technicals (1 behind the leader) with 2 ejections thrown in for good measure. He had countless moments where he allowed his frustration level to take him out of a play. I say "frustration", not referees or opponents, because we saw way too many plays where he didn't actually get fouled or he made a bad move and was embarassed about turning the ball over. Even if the ref did make a bad call, in my book 1 or 2 bad calls can happen in a game due to the human factor and you have to let them go.
We need to start a push today to send the message that this needs to be turned around. There is no way he can get his emotions under control alone or during the season. He needs help and a lot of it.
Here are my suggestions, I am looking for more. We cannot have the leader of our team saying the right things off the court and acting like a baby on it.
1) Nelson threatens to bench him every time he falls behind a play due to whining and complaining (after an initial grace period of 5 strikes). Nellie then has to man up and actualy bench the man. This will draw a ton of media attention and Jax should have too much pride to be called a bitch in the national media.
2) Hire a sports psychologist to work with him from now all the way through the season. Jax needs to work out his issues now and have a shoulder to lean on after games to reflect intelligently on what went down.
3) Hire someone like Jerry West to mentor the whole team as a team on what it takes to be a winner. If the whole team becomes more emotionally intelligent, it will really help the individuals who lag behind. I dont care if it costs $10 million for one season of coaching, if Cohan is serious about having any success, it would be worth it.
4) Force Jackson to ref games in lower level leagues. We have a couple in the Bay Area that are very competitive. After Jax gets shouted at a few times he might start to see how difficult it is to make the correct call every time and why a ref won't bail out a player on a bad move.
5) Reward success. If he starts to pull it together it should be a big deal to everyone in the Warriors organization, media, fan base, everything. The Mayor of Oakland should announce a freaking Stephen Jackson day if he finishes the first half of the season with 5 or fewer technical fouls, no ejections, and very few failures to get back on defense.