Unsigned with a few weeks before training camp begins, Stephen Jackson remains intent on making an NBA comeback. The 38-year-old told SLAM’s Rodger Bohn that he wants to play two more years in the league and he will not consider going to Europe or the D-League if that doesn’t happen:
SLAM: What’s the grind been like for during this comeback attempt?
Stephen Jackson: My whole career, I’ve never had no serious injuries or no surgeries. These last seven months, I’ve been doing two-a-days to get ready. I know I have a good two years left and hopefully I can help somebody.
SLAM: Have you considered the D-League or possibly going overseas? Or is it NBA or bust?
SJ: NBA or nothing, man. I don’t need the money. I just want to give back to the game. Anything else is a step down, so I just want to give the NBA a shot.
Jackson last played in the NBA in 2013-14 for the Los Angeles Clippers. He only played nine games for them, however, as a stopgap when they were dealing with numerous injuries. The year before that, he played 55 games for the San Antonio Spurs but was waived before the playoffs began. While out of the league, he has tried his hand at broadcasting, most notably on ESPN’s The Jump with Rachel Nichols.
On that show months ago, Jackson announced that he wanted to return to the court. Since then, though, it has been unclear whether or not any teams are interested in signing the veteran.
If Jackson was in his prime, then his ability to guard multiple positions would make him a great fit for today’s NBA. After a couple of years not playing, the question now is whether he’s merely past his prime or his career is over.
Source: CBS Sports Headlines / Stephen Jackson on comeback attempt: ‘I have a good two years left’