Former San Antonio Spurs guard Stephen Jackson wants to find a way back into the NBA.
The San Antonio Spurs hosted a variety of notable veterans on rosters throughout the championship-winning and deep-run-into-the-playoffs years. This included Stephen Jackson, who played 14 seasons in the NBA.
Jackson last played in the NBA in the 2013-14 season, appearing in nine games for the Los Angeles Clippers before getting waived. His last productive season, the 2012-13 campaign, came in San Antonio, as part of a two-year stint.
Well, despite being away from the NBA for three seasons, Jackson still wants in. He told this to Tom Osborn of the San Antonio Express-News:
“I’ve been working to go back to the NBA, so this (league) is a blessing for me,” Jackson said. “I want to play basketball as long as I can. I feel like there are guys in the NBA who can’t guard me.”
This quote from Jackson comes as he plays for the Killer 3’s of the BIG3 League. It’s allowed him to step on to the court and show what he can do at age 39.
Jackson played for the Spurs in two different stints, which came near the beginning and end of his NBA career. As noted, the latter one wrapped up in the 2012-13 season when he was mostly used as a role player. The first opportunity came in 2001 and ended after the 2003 season. This saw the Butler County Community College product win the 2003 NBA championship with the Spurs, before signing with the Atlanta Hawks.
Will an NBA team take Jackson? At his age maybe it’s on a veteran’s minimum deal at the back end of a bench. It could be similar to the role Metta World Peace took on the Los Angeles Lakers for the past two seasons. So, that wouldn’t guarantee Jackson a spot on a contender, unless he just wants in on any NBA organization that will take a flier on him.