Following an altercation with coach Gregg Popovich during last season’s playoffs, 35-year old forward Stephen Jackson was waived by the San Antonio Spurs and hasn’t played a minute in the NBA since. A much publicized and controversial player throughout his career (Malice in the Palace anyone?), Jackson has played with numerous NBA clubs including New Jersey, Indiana, Atlanta, Golden State, Charlotte, Milwaukee and San Antonio. This morning it was reported by Marc Stein of ESPN that the LA Clippers, who have been somewhat hampered by injury this season, had signed the veteran, filling their last remaining roster spot.
Jackson confirmed the deal, wearing a Clippers jersey, via his Instagram account saying:
One thing about me I never panic. God taught me how to enjoy the bad and good times. It’s easy to be positive when you are thankful and humble. God is Great. Let’s turn up LA. Promise to give my all. #Clips.
An interesting year for Jackson resulted in fines for various altercations including a threatening tweet to Thunder enforcer Serge Ibaka (He ain’t ’bout dis life), and a chocking incident with fellow NBA player Steve Francis at a club. The Clippers should benefit from his services however, following injuries to forward Matt Barnes and somewhat more costly, guard JJ Reddick. Jackson averaged 6.2 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 19.5 minutes in 55 games for the Spurs last season.
It is expected that Jackson will join his new team when they take on Boston on the road this Thursday (11:00AM AEST on NBA TV)