NBA Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Stu Jackson has seen enough of Stephen Jackson’s lip, especially directed towards the NBA referees. After the incident last night, Stu Jackson has suspended Stephen Jackson for tonights game against the Los Angeles Lakers.
The incident of which St. Jackon was suspended for occurred last night when, after the game, he directed verbal abuse towards the referees and did not leave the court in a timely manner.
Jackson is only averaging 13 points in 31 minutes this season, far less than his 18 and 21 points per game averages the past two years with the Charlotte Bobcats. His minutes have been reduced slightly, but they should not account for the lowest total in his career since the 2006-2007 season where he was traded during that season from Indiana to Golden State.
Perhaps Jackson was purely frustrated last night, as he had an off game. He scored just 10 points on 4-14 shooting, including one for six from behind the arc.
Jackson is not the most famous person of the incident, but the Brawl at the Palace of Auburn Hills still haunts Jackson today. Many remember Ron Artest (now Metta World Peace, hah!) charged and attacked a fan, but Stephen Jackson was there in the stands too.
The Milwaukee Bucks are off to a 7-11 start, and are currently tied with the Cleveland Cavaliers for 8th place in the Eastern Conference, though the Cavs hold the tiebreaker. In this shortened season, every game matters. With the Lakers coming to town tonight, a victory seems highly unlikely, but you never know.
In any case, Stephen Jackson has severely hurt his team tonight, especially playing on the second night of a back to back.