Former Golden State Warriors wing Stephen Jackson is so excited to play in the NBA for the first time since January 2014, he forgot to run it by the team first.
"So happy for Stephen Jackson, who just told me he's going to camp w/the #Warriors this fall to give another shot at playing," wrote Rachel Nichols, who works with Jackson regularly on her show The Jump, in a since-deleted tweet.
So Henry Wofford, an anchor for CSN Bay Area, checked with the team, who said something along the lines of, "Nah we're good."
The Warriors say Stephen Jackson has not been invited to camp.
— Henry Wofford (@HenryWoffordCSN) July 10, 2016
Nichols then backtracked on her tweet without actually acknowledging its content, probably because of a conversation with Jackson that I'm imagining involved the phrase "slight exaggeration."
No guarantees for Stephen, of course. He tells me he knows he still needs to prove himself to some folks inside the Warriors organization.
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) July 10, 2016
Oh, yes, "of course." How could anyone draw any other conclusions from a tweet that she deleted. Of course!
Jackson, who played 14 seasons, spent parts of four of those with the Warriors, averaging 19.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 5 assists, and 1.4 steals with team. Despite playing 858 games overall, his 179 with the Warriors are tied for his highest total on one team, the other being the San Antonio Spurs.
Of course, if you were to ask him, Jackson would likely say he has a lot to teach Stephen Curry and this version of the Warriors. Because the 38-year-old guaranteed his 2007 Golden State team, which upset the No. 1 seeded Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs, would beat the 2016 Warriors.