The Golden State Warriors Stephen Jackson was fined $ 50,000 by the NBA for his conduct after he was ejected from Game 2 of the first round playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks.
Jackson was ejected after getting a second technical and it ended with him shouting at the officials and having a verbal fight with Mavericks fans. Though Jackson regrets the ejection but he does not think his behavior was enough for an ejection.
However, there is nothing much that Jackson can do about his on-court behavior. He has acknowledged that he plays with a lot of emotion and does not know to play any other way. He also said that emotion plays a big part in his game and when he knows that there is a lot on stake, he does not know to play in any other way.
Jackson love to play basketball and is very passionate about it. Although, coach Don Nelson thinks Jackson should keep his emotions under control, yet close to the surface to get the best out of him.
Jackson did not play college basketball, instead he played in the CBA, Australia and Venezuela before rising through the ranks in NBA. He has played for five franchises in seven years and this includes the championship year the San Antonio Spurs.
Jackson did not have a reputation of a troublemaker till be got involved in the infamous Indiana Pacers fight in the stands on November 19, 2004. Jackson was suspended for 30 games for his role in the brawl. In October 2006 Jackson fired his pistol outside an Indianapolis strip club in an attempt to break up a fight.
He is due to stand trial on May 10, 2007 for a felony charge of criminal recklessness and misdemeanor counts of battery and disorderly conduct. The incident for which he is being charged also violated his probation for the charges levied after the Palace brawl.
In January 2007, Jackson was traded to the Warriors and it gave his career a second chance. The fans love and respect him and he is hoping to give them a season to celebrate this spring.