Stephen Jackson’s name can be added to the list of veteran players in search of an NBA comeback this upcoming season.
Jackson, 38, has not played in the NBA since his nine-game cameo with the Los Angeles Clippers during the 2013-14 season. However, in a video post on Instagram, Jackson sounded more confident than ever about his chances to latch on with a team for the 2016-17 season.
“I just want to let everybody know that I will be back in the NBA this year, Jackson said. “I can’t say exactly what’s going on right now, because you know, people try to run with stuff and everything’s not locked in yet, but I will be back in the NBA this year. So to everybody that’s been supporting me, praying for me, I appreciate it. The haters, I appreciate ya’ll too, because ya’ll motivated me to prove ya’ll wrong.”
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ESPN.com’s Marc Stein reported in late June that the Golden State Warriors had interest in adding Jackson to their coaching staff. However, Jackson was not ready to call it quits and reassured people of his intentions to return to the NBA.
During an appearance on ESPN’s The Jump, Jackson said he “definitely did not leave” on his own terms. Retired NBA player Tracy McGrady, sitting next to Jackson, told teams to sign him because he’s in great shape and can still help teams.
Over his 14-year career, Jackson captured an NBA championship with the 2002-03 San Antonio Spurs. He averaged 15.1 points per game over 858 career contests.