It was on December 1, 1997 when Latrell Sprewell attacked his head coach P.J. Carlesimo during a Warriors practice. He plays with his own terms and he runs practices with his own mood. This was not a lone incident involving Sprewell when he also carried a two-by-four after altecation with his teammate Jerome Kersey. When he was offered a solid $21 million 3 year contract by the Minnesota Timberwolves he declined saying he has a family to feed and now he still owe millions on unpaid taxes and credit card bills.
Stephen Jackson had just been suspended after a callous exchange of words with head coach Don Nelson after a preseason game when he went to the locker room and never came back. Jackson was also being fined by $25,000 after publicly announcing his discontentment and wanted a trade after seeing his team’s chances went nowhere after its magical 2007 playoff run. Jackson who agreed to a 3 year contract last November for $28 million was being named the captain of the Warriors team and it’s a bit ironic to see him disgruntled and unhappy. Many would love to be on his shoe with a solid contract and quality playing time this is not the time to run his prima donna ways especially this recession.
We all remember how Jackson’s brawling incident at the Palace of Auburn hills turned out to be one of the sport’s ugliest moments. And after all the felony charges and misdemeanors outside the court people are starting to gradually accept him but that turn out nowhere when he had his verbal war against one of NBA’s most respected coach. The Warriors are now on the boiling point and are looking for good possible trades. Time and time again players have to put this on their minds talent alone does not make you a good basketball player the 15 points and 3.2 assists doesn’t give you a right to step on anybody’s shoes you are paid to play and it would be an honor if the organization have high respect of your skills especially if you are named as the captain.
Sprewell have to learn that lesson with only pennies left on his pocket. The NBA is an organization of talented individuals but in the end when money matters and people filling every seats on the arena matters, business is still business… Don’t wait till the boss fires you. Get your act together coz when the time comes no one will save your ass except yourself.