View Full Version : Carlisle boots Jackson off bench

12-10-2006, 08:14 AM

By Mark Montieth

CLEVELAND -- Stephen Jackson's temper brought more trouble for him Saturday night, as he was kicked off the Indiana Pacers' bench by coach Rick Carlisle during their game with Cleveland at Quicken Loans Arena.

Jackson was ejected by Carlisle after being benched with 2:46 left in the second period of the Pacers' 107-75 loss to the Cavaliers, and spent the rest of the game in the locker room.

Jackson, who had been repeatedly burned by Cavs forward LeBron James in the first half, snapped at Carlisle as he walked to the bench. As Jackson was sitting down, Carlisle stood and pointed to the locker room, shouting at him to leave. Jackson tossed his chewing gum toward the court as he headed for the exit tunnel.

"He came to the bench and an exchange ensued that I thought was inappropriate and detrimental to the team, and so I made a decision to remove him from the bench," Carlisle said afterward.

Jackson headed for the team bus shortly after Carlisle addressed the team and politely declined to take questions.
James, who finished with 27 points in 32 minutes, had scored nine of Cleveland's previous 11 points when Jackson was yanked, six of them on layups. He had hit 10-of-11 shots at that point. Jackson was coming off his two best games of the season, having scored 26 points in a victory over Orlando and 25 in a win over Portland.

The emotional Jackson began the season amid controversy after he fired shots into the air during an incident in the parking lot of an Indianapolis strip club. He also was suspended for 30 games two years ago for his part in the brawl at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Carlisle said he planned to talk with Jackson later Saturday night or today but anticipated the incident would not affect Jackson's status for Monday's game at Chicago.

"As of right now, this is a one-game situation," Carlisle said.

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12-10-2006, 08:15 AM
I am soooo glad the Mavs don't have these kind of problems.

12-10-2006, 11:35 AM
Jackson should have been traded with Artest, the Pacers have now come to that realization...

12-10-2006, 12:08 PM
What kind of name is "Quicken Loans Arena"? Sounds like one of those sleazy payday loans places. Couldn't they have done any better than that in terms of a company to sell the naming rights to?

12-10-2006, 03:08 PM
I would bet all of my vCash that this stuff bugs the crap out of Larry Bird.

12-10-2006, 03:56 PM
Jackson is a punk and has been his whole career. He won't last. Now they can pin all their hopes on Queesy.

12-10-2006, 04:43 PM
Jackson is the consummate punkazzbiotch.

12-10-2006, 05:14 PM
Good for Carlisle, Jackson is just a troublemaker.

12-11-2006, 12:28 PM
Pacers bench Jackson for tonight's game
Guard disagrees with suspension imposed in the wake of exchange with coach in cleveland.

CHICAGO -- Stephen Jackson accepts the one-game suspension the Indiana Pacers imposed on him Sunday.

That doesn't mean he agrees with it.
Jackson was suspended by the franchise for tonight's game against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center over his bench confrontation with coach Rick Carlisle in the second period of Saturday's loss at Cleveland.

Carlisle sent Jackson to the locker room after Jackson objected to being benched late in the first half, by which time the Pacers were trailing by 24 points.

He remained in the locker room for the second half as the Pacers suffered their worst defeat of the season, 107-75.

Sunday, while the team took a day off in Chicago, Jackson explained his side of the story.
"I'm going to take it, because anything that happens to me I stand up and take it," he said. "If I'm wrong for anything, I'm wrong for challenging (Carlisle's) authority to take me out.

Rick and (CEO Donnie Walsh) have always supported me 100 percent and I have great respect for them, but at the same time I don't think I should be the target when the team is playing bad."

Carlisle indicated following Saturday's game that Jackson would play tonight. Sunday, however, in what Carlisle termed a franchise decision, a one-game suspension was levied.
Carlisle and Walsh declined further comment.

Jackson had re-entered Saturday's game with 6:04 remaining in the second quarter, but LeBron James proceeded to scored nine of Cleveland's next 11 points, seven of them against Jackson.

Jackson, who was pulled with 2:46 left, said he did not raise his voice to Carlisle as he walked off the court, but asked why he was being taken out. He said Carlisle told him he wanted to make a substitution, at which point Jackson muttered something under his breath that might have been overheard. Carlisle then stood and told him to go to the locker room.

Carlisle did not elaborate on the exchange, other than to say he considered Jackson's comments to be "inappropriate and detrimental."

Jackson came under fire last season for complaining excessively over officials' calls and when removed from games. He had vowed in the preseason to be less emotional, while Carlisle indicated he would be stricter.

Jackson's reputation took another hit during the first week of training camp when he fired shots into the air during an incident in a strip club parking lot in Indianapolis.
He faces a court appearance in Michigan on Jan. 26 to determine if his actions violated the conditions of his probation related to his involvement in the brawl at the Palace of Auburn Hills two years ago during the Pacers' game at Detroit.

"I don't want people to lump this with other things that have happened," Jackson said. "I think this has been blown out of proportion."

Jackson said he gets upset over being removed because he doesn't get tired and believes he can help the team win.
"Inside I feel everybody should get mad about losing," he said. "We make too much money not to go out and play hard and not care about wins and losses. The fans don't pay to see us come to lose.

"Sometimes my emotions flare in a game, but how can you play in a big-time game like this without emotion? I just want to win."

O'Neal's doubtful
Jermaine O'Neal had said he would play tonight, but the Pacers are doubtful.
O'Neal strained his left hamstring at Seattle on Dec. 1, and aggravated it in last week's game against Orlando. He has missed the previous two games.
"He wants to play and he feels like he could go, but we need to make sure we assess the risk factors before we send him out there," Carlisle said.
Carlisle added the MRI of O'Neal's injury shows a problem area.

Call Star reporter Mark Montieth at (317) 444-6406.
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