Jerry Stackhouse should shut the hell up

Published: April 25, 2008

In case you missed it, here are the comments Jerry Stackhouse made during his radio show on Wednesday…

  • "Chris [Paul] is such a great guy, I think he's been able to kind of deal with Byron Scott. I don't think Byron Scott is the best coach. I don't think he's the best guy to deal with — you know what I'm saying? — from some things that I've heard from other players and just some dealings that I had with him earlier in the season.

    "I was about ready to kick his ass — you know what I'm saying? He was sitting on the sideline and we just got into a little conversation or something and he was going to tell me, you know, 'Talk to me when you get a ring.' I was like, I told that fool, 'If I played with Magic and Worthy and Kareem I'd have a ring, too. So, you know, he's a sucker in my book, but that's a whole other story."

First of all, Jerry, your Dallas Mavericks are down 0-2 in the Playoffs, so that doesn't give you much right to criticize anybody associated with the team that's whupping your ass. You should be especially hesitant to criticize the opposing coach, since your own coach is two losses away from being fired.

Secondly, Byron Scott was a better ball player than you could ever hope to be. Dude was the leading scorer on a Lakers team that won 62 regular season games and an NBA championship in 1987-88, so he was hardly riding coattails. But I guess you have that beat Jerry, because you've averaged 20+ points in five separate seasons during your career. But wait, your team averaged less than 37 wins during those seasons. What does that tell us?

Third, you're playing like a dog in this series, shooting 6-of-19 from the floor and being just as guilty as any other Maverick of playing horrible defense. In fact, you've played so bad that you lost your starting job to Jason Terry in the second half of Game 2. That makes you sound like a sucker in my book.

I really don't get what Stack was trying to accomplish with those comments. I mean, what's more likely: That such remarks will boost the performance of his teammates, or that his smack talk will simply serve to piss off the Hornets and make our guys even more determined to finish this series in four games? Yeah, I'd bet on the second one, too.

So, you know, maybe Jerry Stackhouse should shut the hell up.

[UPDATE] You can hear the audio of Stack's comments right here

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