My Friday Encounter with Stephen Jackson

February 2, 2010, 1:13 am
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Feb. 1, 2010

Quick little story Call it tracking Capn Jack.When former Warrior Stephen Jackson was back in the Bay Area last Friday as a member of the Charlotte Bobcats, as you would figure, his arrival caused quite a stir.At least a dozen reporters and a half-dozen cameras were present when Jackson held court at the teams morning shoot-around that day.Well, I tried to talk to Jackson on Thursday night, when the Bobcats got to their team hotel in downtown San Francisco.
Wasnt going to happen, but not for lack of cooperation by Jackson, who was his usual relaxed self.
As Jackson got off the bus, he greeted me and we had a quick chat. But when I asked him if I could get five minutes with him, he said: I cant. No, I just cant.Just to emphasize the point, a member of the Bobcats' media staff was present -- and if body language was any indication, Jackson was indeed off limits.
Turns out, Jackson and the Bobcats media relations department had anticipated such requests. And what Jackson told me was that hed basically promised Charlottes PR department he would do only one session with Bay Area media, rather than a series of one-on-ones.Knowing how Jackson is wont to talk, probably not a bad idea.
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