Stack Jack vs. Stephen

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Reid pointed out two good profiles of Stephen Jackson that make him sound like a pretty genuinely good guy. They’re worth passing along:

1. Ric Bucher’s story in ESPN the Magazine is the first I’ve seen that tells this story:

Donald Buckner Jr. took the younger half-brother he called Stevie a lot of places but Longs (housing project) was not one of them. Stevie understood, well aware of what drugs and poverty could drive folks to do; no one grows up in a town surrounded by six prisons and misses that lesson. Stevie was a 14-year-old burgeoning basketball star when Donald hooked up with a new girlfriend living in Longs. Only she had an ex who hadn’t conceded that their relationship was over. Donald visited her one night and the ex called him out to settle it Port Arthur style. “In my neighborhood, no one minded catching a fair one,” says Jackson, “and my brother didn’t back down from anyone.” So they fought, with Donald getting the best of it until the ex’s brother and a cousin jumped Donald from behind, attacking him with a bottle and lead pipe. By the time Stevie heard about the fight, Donald was lying comatose in an ICU, 17 staples in his head. Stevie was bedside when a single tear slid down Donald’s face as he exhaled for the final time. “You can’t tell me seeing his brother die that way hasn’t had an effect,” says Pacers CEO Donnie Walsh. “To me, it’s why he is always coming to the help of his teammates.”

2. Yesterday in the S.F. Chronicle, Gwen Knapp referenced Bucher’s story and basically localized it with all he’s done since arriving in the Bay Area.

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