Former NBA All-star, veteran and now head coach of the Vanderbilt Commodores men’s basketball team, Jerry Stackhouse revealed with NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski on his “The Woj Pod” show some mild memories of playing with Michael Jordan during his time with the Washington Wizards.
Stackhouse who played for the Wizards (2002-2004) dropped some bombshells during the podcast stating,
“I wish I never played in Washington & for a number of reasons; It was really challenging to be in a situation with an idol who at this particular point, felt like I was the better player. Things were still being run through Michael Jordan”
Stackhouse is alluding to him coming off of a trade from the Pistons where he averaged 21 and 4 assists a game, still regarded in his prime. Jordan on the verge on hitting 40 years of age was still respected as a player on the court, but lets be honest, far from his prime.
The offense according to Stackhouse was primarily still run through MJ, and most of the offensive possessions were stagnant and slowed paced from the low block, in which didn’t sit well with Jerry.
Stackhouse thought the offense being run through MJ was due to his relationship with Doug Collins back from Chicago.
What is the importance of Doug Collins and Michael Jordan?
Doug Collins coached MJ during the beginning of his playing career with the Chicago Bulls. Doug’s coaching style and ineptitude of developing players, coaching to their strengths were rumored reasons of allegedly Jordan speaking with management to have Doug terminated and replaced by Phil Jackson.
Jerry idolized Michael Jordan, respected Mike but has a fair valid point. The offense being run through MJ just didn’t have the same flow and cohesiveness that it did with Jerry being the focal point.
Ultimately, he thought the decision of himself being traded from the Pistons was solely based on him being due a new contract extension.
What left a bad taste in Jerry’s mouth?
The Detroit Pistons winning the NBA championship in 2004. The team Jerry helped build the foundation for.
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