Heard It Through the Grapevine

Posted by Rob Mahoney on January 26, 2010 under xOther | 2 Comments to Read

  • Erick Dampier and Jason Kidd appear to be good to go for tonight’s game.
  • There are a few different philosophies when it comes to retiring from the NBA. Obviously, there’s the “go out on top” approach, where a veteran NBA champion rides off quietly into the sunset. Jerry Stackhouse is apparently taking a different route. From Stack, via Eddie Sefko: “I still feel I have something left in the tank…When I go out, I want it to be on ‘E.’ At this point in my career, most guys are thinking about trying to get on a team that’s really close to a championship. But where could I have more value than to a younger team that’s really trying to take it to another level?”
  • Stack also talked about his career arc, his role on the Bucks, and a little on his time with the Mavs with Steve Aschburner of NBA.com. Stack’s never been one to shy away from anything, and though nothing he says is particularly outlandish, I did find one of his responses especially interesting: “NBA.com: Yeah, but you haven’t been on a championship team. The Inside the NBA guys turned that into a debate — would a player rather have Steve Nash’s career or Steve Kerr’s? — to weigh All-Star status against a ring collection. JS: I don’t hold a whole lot of stock in [needing a championship ring]. Some people get the chance to play for a championship, and I did in Dallas. [But] if Steve Kerr or somebody had a chance to play longer than he did, I’m sure he’d have jumped at it. He probably would have traded back a ring. It’s great to say that you won. But at the end of the day, they’re probably going to say you coat-tailed Michael Jordan for it anyway [laughing]. A lot of those guys who were on championship teams — Keith Booth or Tony Brown — don’t you think they would trade those rings for four or five extra seasons of income and playing? At the end of the day, it’s a business. You’re working and trying to use the gifts you got from the Man Upstairs to create a legacy for your family. That’s all that’s going to matter once all of the air’s out of the ball. How much have you been able to save and put away. You know the stories, the guys who squandered their earnings and outlived their means.”
  • Speaking of ex-Mavs, Chris Littmann of The Baseline catches up with Brandon Bass. Something tells me Bass didn’t quite have this current situation in mind when he left the Mavs for what was assumed to be more minutes and a bigger opportunity.
  • Andrew

    The idea that winning a championship makes or fails to make a career is a weird one, though intuitively it makes sense. I mean, if even Hakeem couldn’t win one until Jordan realized his lifelong goal of being a Double-A baseball player, does that mean A) That Hakeem had a “made” career even though, odds are, if Jordan had stayed, he wouldn’t have had those, or that B) Hakeem wouldn’t have had such a career without a ring?

    Jerry’s comparisons are a bit on the nose. I don’t think anyone’s elevating Keith Booth because of his ring. Still, although Kobe and Kevin Garnett are great players, are they GREATER players for having played with Shaq, Gasol/Odom/Bynum or Pierce/Allan then they would have been otherwise?

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