(Which sucks. Without question, Jackson would have had issues with Birdman at some point during the Finals.)
He admits now he sparred with Popovich for about half the season. And after Popovich released him just days before the regular season ended, Jackson posted this on Instagram:
“I would never say a player is better than me when I know their (sic) not. Not for no one. #uandiknowwhatsgoingon”
Tuesday he revealed who he was talking about: Danny Green and Manu Ginobili.
Jackson insists Popovich wanted him to admit Green and Ginobili were better. More than likely, Popovich simply told Jackson they were better. That’s why they were playing instead of him.
Pride wouldn’t let Jackson accept that, and he admitted as much Tuesday.
Manu Ginobili is unquestionably better than Jackson. Always has been. Danny Green? That’s up for debate. I wish I had a witty story to tell you about Pride – every man has dealt with this once or twice in his life – but every time I started to type one, I had to stop because it was far too revelatory. So bravo to you, Stephen Jackson, for coming clean with this tale.
Now, my five favorite Stephen Jackson posts in this site’s 7-year history:
1. Stephen Jackson, Caught in a Few Lies About that Skirmish Outside of a Strip Club
2. Eminently Quotable Stephen Jackson: “Was there a lockout? I don’t know, I wasn’t even watching the news”
3. Stephen Jackson Doesn’t Like “Serg Abaka,” Doesn’t Know How to Spell Serge Ibaka
4. Stephen Jackson Boasts: I Never Work Out in the Offseason
5. Stephen Jackson Made Passionate, Thrilling Love to Pressure Saturday Night