AT&T Center - “We’re getting ready for the playoffs and putting our team together, and what we want to do and who we want to do it with, and we thought that making this decision with Jack was best for the group.”
That was San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich in his press conference addressing the release of forward Stephen Jackson prior to the Spurs (57-21) hosting the Sacramento Kings (28-50).
“(It was) a tough decision,” continued Popovich, “because on a personal basis I knew him a long time and I enjoyed him very much. (But) You’ve got make decisions that are tough sometimes and we thought this was best for our group.”
Asked if Jackson had violated any team policies, Popovich said no. “There’s no conspiracy theory or anything like that. He was classy. I’m pretty sure he didn’t like the decision but basically, you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do.”
A Yahoo! Sports report surfaced prior to the interview that stated Jackson was unhappy with his playing time this season. When Popovich was told of this report, he had one response on the matter: “You’ll have to ask Jack.”
“It’s basketball business and family business,” continued Popovich on Jackson, “I don’t know the details.”
As for his current team who are about to face the Kings, the Spurs will be relieved to know Tony Parker will start against the Kings. However with Jackson gone and Boris Diaw on the injured list for 3-4 weeks, Popovich had one thing to say about his bench.
“We look a little thin.”
Though a little thin, Popovich said the team chemistry was a consideration before making the decision to cut Jackson, but overall he ended with this: “I think the team will be fine.”
Best for the group? What Group? Pop's wine tasting group? Jax wasn't causing any trouble, he still can play and on some teams he will be starting or 6thman from the bench. He accept the role and now WHAT?!
My worry with this is who is going to back up Kawhi? Boris is out for 3-4 weeks, SJax is gone, and Manu is a walking injury machine. There must be someone in the D-League we are bringing up or have already targeted? We can't really think we're going anywhere in the playoffs with no backup SF?
I really don't get it. Why didn't we keep him another month or so until we have gone as far as we will go? What do we have to gain by cutting him now? We didn't have to resign him next season, but he could provide some reliability during the playoffs when we have had injuries and have not played our best basketball thus far. I guess I'm just left shaking my head...
@spursfan80Basically, I agree with you but, an unhappy player will not do any good. If the reason given is what it is, that Jackson is seldom used, it is because Kawhi Leonard eats almost all the time. Whatever, I think the coaching staff was right. So, it's 1 down, 5 to go. The Spurs is 1 less problem. They got rid of a $10m contract. What wil they do with this savings? Well, they are now ready to offer Al Jefferson omething substantial. The waiver of Jackson could be a start of movements. If Manu can't be back because of current imjuries, good for the Spurs. They can readjust and at the same time open again a $12m savings. They can plan in signing Varejao. It is in the frontline that the Spurs are really hurting. What other movements do we expect? I hope Blair, Bonner, Neal and Mills will go. The Spurs can now participate in the draft meaningfully. They can move up by dealings these assets. Good Luck Spurs. The future looks better now.
@rtesoro440 @spursfan80 I hope you're right, but I think Manu is definitely resigning. The good news from all of his recent injuries is that the FO have good reason to coax him into resigning for at least $10 mil less than his current contract. I think you may be forgetting the big elephant in the room, Tiago, whom I believe is going to demand A LOT of money to resign, cutting into our cap space. I don't know if we're going to have the funds to go after a near max player like Big Al.
Blair is definitely a goner, and I think if Mills' playing time is any indication, he's gone as well. I really, really hope they get rid of Bonner. Pop's infatuation with him is so infuriating because he's detrimental to our defense. And I hope we actually keep Neal. He has proven himself a good scoring spark off the bench especially when Manu isn't able to initiate the offense.
@rtesoro440 @spursfan80 Of course Manu isn't the same player as he was. However, that doesn't mean he is ready to retire. I think the problem is his role as orchestrator of the 2nd unit is misplaced. Manu simply doesn't have the athletic ability to beat players off the dribble and create. What the Spurs should do is allow De Colo to be the PG and Manu play a traditional SG role where he doesn't have to force passes. Even with this horrendous season Manu has had, he is still averaging double digits. You can't tell me he isn't better than 1/2 of the other NBA players out there at least?
As far as Tiago is concerned, exhibit 1. for overpaying big men is Omer Asik being paid and avg of $8.34 mil per year! You can't tell me that Tiago is worth more than $1.66 mil more than Omer Asik???? Teams will pay through the teeth for good big men, and Tiago happens to be top 15 in the league. He will bring top dollar this summer, trust me.
Manu coming back? He has disrupted the rotaton a long time with injuries. You must admit he is not the same as 5 or 7 years ago.It;s time for him to retire. When he returned the last time, he was so error proned and had so many errant passes. Talking of Splitter, he must be aware of his limitatiions. No team will pay him $10m. This is ridiculous to say the least!
@ChrisCano @rtesoro440 @spursfan80 Well I can assured you that Tiago is going to get a minimum of $10 mil because of his PER stats and lack of overall bigs in the NBA right now. I agree with you that he is too inconsistent to overpay, but what are we going to do? Centers who score 20 ppg are non-existent nowadays.
We have to go with what we know, and that's Tiago at this point unless you want to bet the farm on Al Jefferson. If we re-sign Tiago for around $10-12 million, that will leave us with about $10-15 to offer free agents. I think that can get us some good pieces and hopefully we can bring Adam Hanga out of Europe and put him in silver and black. I don't want to give him super-high expectations already, but he reminds me of Manu in a lot of ways. I'm hoping that our FO knows what their doing this off-season because it looks somewhat promising.
I have never been a fan of Tiago and would hate to see him signed to anything other than 6 mill a year so we can sign a real big...I watch him score but not on a nightly basis too inconsistent. we need that other 20 point scorer on the roster, and no it is not Manu. We need those points to come from a center
@isaacd35 going to win a few rounds and then start building for next year...
@ChrisCano yeah I understand, but it's just kind of hard to swallow when tim is having the year that hes having playing balls out when everyone else is dropping like flies, kinda pisses me off.
@isaacd35 @ChrisCano Timmy turns back the clock and gets in shape while Tony nearly gets blinded in a club and Manu wastes his talents playing with Argentina. Very sad to see a guy work so hard for his team and have the two others fail to follow Timmy's lead. Our only hope is that Kawhi is the second coming of Timmy.