From what I've read and seen about him, Jackson seems like a great guy on and off the court. so don't get it twisted - I don't hate Stephen Jackson the man.
I've already listed my beefs with his game, and even though all the moderators probably wanna kick me off for saying such horrible, stupid things, I still stand by them. they're beefs about his game though, OK?
secondly I apologize for the scatter-brained nature of this long reply. I've been writing this off and on all day. it's more like a collection of thoughts than a single reply
note that I never said Azubuike was a better player than Stephen Jackson. I'd like to see Buike weasel his way into the starting lineup because I think between Monta, Maggette, and Harrington/Wright we have enough offense. I don't want to be the leading team in ppg this coming year. It'd be awesome if the best team's lead the league in ppg, but lets be real here: GSW, Denver, and Phoenix? the "Run and Gun" offenses are amusing, but hollow.
Nelly has gotten the team much closer to a champ than any of the other crappy coaches we've had the last 15yrs and its been great fun to watch, but I think there is a glass ceiling to his game plan.
In an effort to score less, play more like a team, maybe run a little more clock, make the other team get tired on defense, and get an offensive rebound every once and a while - I see a kid that's a little more scared to score, and a little more enthusiastic about rebounding and defending being a better fit.
Jax can settle down into a role player/vet he would be much more useful than Azu. I think he has the God given talent, the experience and the tenacity to be an All-League defensive player, but I'm doubtful if will ever see it (esp with Don at the head coaching position). I just picture Jackson trying to do WAY too much next year with Baron being gone and the lack of Vets: Committing even more turn-overs, being SO emotional and raw it actually hurts the team, playing so hard he gets injured, etc. it's a nightmare I don't want to come true (knock on wood). It could be I'm worrying about nothin, since are starting five don't have to lead the league in minutes played anymore - we may see a dramtic change in the style of play... (Argh! I want the season to start already!). however I believe it's more likely the style will stay the same with jax, Al, and Nelson still on the roster.
Like if you watched Boston in the Finals; I can see him becoming a Sam Cassel, which is good in some cases but overall bad. ill advised one on ones, trying to prove he's still got game (and yes, I know Sam's got way more years on Jax), throwing up some crazy shots that may go in, but overall, it throws the rest of the team out of rhythm.
I want respect from the rest of the league. right now, it seems like were just an entertainment team. It's just like Houston's big undefeated streak last year. everyone knew it was just a fluke, and everyone knew they still weren't going to go anywhere in the playoffs. if the league doesn't give Houston - a team that's made it into the playoffs the last few years - any respect, why would anyone fear us?
what would make me happiest as a Warrior fan would be to see them win another championship. not keep their vets forever, not lead the league in ppg, or attempted 3 pointers - a championship. and yeah if we have to copy Boston's style or SA's style so be it.
go watch Ruker Park if you want to watch entertaining street ball with games that are 150 to 140 or whatever. I want to watch my team play basketball (in the post season).
in my opinion - best way to go about getting those two things (respect and a championship) is: 1) let Jackson and Harrington slip away now while their stock is relatively high. 2) suck now but develop our youth 3.) Wait for a superstar offering that fits with the young potential 4.) go for it all in a few years.
no matter how much I bitch and moan, and no matter what style of play they end up with, I'll still watch them... I mean C'mon they're the Warriors!