Jackson says, players should not follow me
Rusty Simmons, Chronicle Staff Writer
Fresh off a two-game suspension for "conduct detrimental to the team," Stephen Jackson was speaking his mind again Tuesday, telling the media why he "couldn’t be a role model" on the Warriors."I don’t want these young guys to try to follow me," Jackson said. "I can’t be a role model to guys who make the same amount of money as me. … I think everybody is responsible for themselves, and that’s how it should be."
Jackson, who also forfeited $140,000, spoke on a range of issues after meeting with coach Don Nelson and general manager Larry Riley, and participating in team activities for the first time since Friday’s preseason loss to the Lakers.
He qualified some of his statements and contradicted himself on others, but generally he spoke his mind for more than 10 minutes after practice, also explaining why his relationship with Nelson is strained and why he would accept a buyout.
Jackson, who twice this preseason has demanded a trade, hasn’t changed his tune, but his relationship with Nelson apparently has taken a turn for the worse. Coming into training camp, Nelson said he understood Jackson and could coach the swingman through his disgruntlement. That’s not so believable anymore.