You understand that old expression about never ever fulfilling your heroes? Jerry Stackhouse discovered that lesson the hard method.
The long time NBA shooting guard and present Vanderbilt men’s basketball head coach informed ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on “The Woj Pod” that he is sorry for playing together with Michael Jordan as a member of the Wizards throughout the 2002-03 season. Stackhouse was traded from the Pistons to the Wizards in September 2002 as part of the offer that sent out Richard Hamilton to Detroit.
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Stackhouse had a healthy regard for Jordan, calling him an “idol,” however his experience with the Wizards changed MJ’s sterling image.
“Honestly, I wish I never played in Washington, for a number of reasons,” Stackhouse stated. ” I felt like we were on our method in Detroit prior to I got traded there. It was truly tough to be able to be in a scenario with an idol, who at this specific point, I felt like I was a much better gamer. Things were still being run through MichaelJordan [Head coach] Doug Collins, I enjoy Doug, however I believe that was a chance for him to offset some ill minutes that they might have had back in Chicago.
” So practically whatever that Michael wished to do,[we did] We left to a respectable start, and he didn’t like the method the offense was running since it was running a bit more through me. He wished to get a little more seclusions on the post, obviously, so we had more seclusions for him on thepost And it simply type of spiraled in a manner in which I didn’t enjoy that season at all. Type of image I had in my mind of Michael Jordan and the respect I had for him, I lost a bit of it throughout the course of that year.”
Jordan, a 39- year-old at the time, balanced 20.0 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.8 helps pergame Stackhouse, on the other hand, posted a team- high 21.5 points and 4.5 helps per game as a 28- year-old just a season eliminated from back-to-back All-Star looks with the Pistons, so his aggravation with being the second choice to Jordan was reasonable. The Wizards missed out on the 2003 playoffs, and Jordan retired for a 3rd and final time following his final game on April 16, 2003.
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The Pistons’ success without Stackhouse just made the circumstance in Washington even worse. Detroit rose to the No. 1 seed in the East, and Hamilton became the team’s leading scorer. The Pistons went on to win the 2004 NBA championship with Hamilton playing an important role in the beginning 5 with Chauncey Billups, Tayshaun Prince, Rasheed Wallace and Ben Wallace.
“[Jordan] had a young guard there, Rip Hamilton, who I was traded for to Detroit, who he didn’t feel like he might get it done with,” Stackhouse said. ” So he was like, ‘Let’s go getStackhouse I understand he’s harder and he canscore Let’s go bring him in here.’ For me, we simply lost in the second round, Detroit, believed we were on our method. …
“Watching a team that I kind of helped build the foundation for in Detroit go on to win a championship a couple years later, it left a bad taste in my mouth. So I was pretty happy to get out of Washington and get on to Dallas.”
Following his quick run in Washington, Stackhouse made stops in Dallas, Milwaukee, Miami, Atlanta and Brooklyn. For “Stack,” he likewise missed out on out on championship projects with the Mavericks and Heat late in his profession. If just Jordan had actually stuck with that Hamilton kid,