I was actually going to include these quotes in a story I'm preparing for our NBA preview section, but after Stephen Jackson was suspended by the Warriors for "conduct detrimental to the team," I couldn't resist putting them out there a little sooner. Jackson, who clearly wants out of Oakland, reportedly cursed Nelson after being pulled from the game following his five-foul, one technical stint Friday against the Lakers. Anyway, this is what a temporarily conciliatory Jackson had to say last Tuesday about Nelson and his coach's pursuit of Lenny Wilkens' record for all-time coaching victories. "It will be a pleasure for me to be a part ot if. He (Nelson) has been a great teacher, a great ambassador of the game. And he has done a lot for me, not only giving me confidence, but allowing me to show I can do more than shoot the ball. I had to put the work in, but he gave me the floor. I don't think people understand our relationship. I have the ultimate respect for coach and he has the same for me. I'm forever in debt to him. No question he is my favorite coach and I'm happy to be here."
Guess he changed his mind.
Wonder what Jackson will have to say THIS Tuesday? And can he do anything else to hamper the club's attempts to accommodate his trade request?
IT JUST MAKES SENSE
I'm not surprised to hear that Paul Westphal plans to utilize a three-guard lineup frequently this season. Even before Francisco Garcia's freak weight-lifting accident Friday, a lineup of Beno Udrih, Tyreke Evans and Kevin Martin was said to be under consideration. The Kings' most impressive stretch of the early postseason occurred in the final minutes of Wednesday's loss to the Trail Blazers .... with the maligned Udrih pushing the ball and finding teammates. Makes sense to go with your best players, provided someone can get them the ball.