Jackson promises peace vs. Bryant
Marcus Thompson II
Warriors swingman Stephen Jackson promises there won’t be any drama between him and Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant when the two match up tonight in Ontario."I guarantee you I won’t feed into the nonsense," Jackson said after Monday’s practice. "Because I know if it comes down to it, if we had a real fight, I know what would happen. So I’m just going to leave it alone and go out there and play basketball."
The last time Jackson and Bryant matched up, on Oct. 9 at the Forum in Los Angeles, Jackson wound up getting suspended for two games after a run-in with coach Don Nelson.
Tonight, though, Nelson won’t be on the sidelines. He’s with his wife, Joy, in Southern California after her 54-year-old brother, Mark Van Kampen, was injured in a motorcycle accident Sunday and had to have one of his legs amputated. The Warriors anticipate Nelson will be at practice Wednesday.
Assistant coach Keith Smart, who ran Monday’s practice, is expected to assume head coaching duties tonight.
"I hope everything works out," Jackson said. "It’s an unfortunate incident, and the only thing we can do is be here for him and have him in our hearts and our thoughts."