According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Golden State Warriors are interested in getting 38-year-old Stephen Jackson back into the organization as a coach. However, Jackson has a different end in mind.

Per Stein:

I’m told Golden State has shown interest in Stephen Jackson in a coaching role. But Jackson, 38, hopes to make a PLAYING return next season.

The last time Jackson was on the hardwood was January 6, 2014 with the Los Angeles Clippers. In that season, he played in nine games and averaged 1.7 points on 23.1 percent shooting. Despite his time off, Jackson has his sights set on wearing a jersey next season.

Although this may seem hard to believe, it is no surprise that he still has the playing mentality after he insisted in February that his “We Believe” Warriors team from 2007 would beat this year’s team in a seven-game series.

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Stack Jack could potentially get a training camp invite, if his private workouts go well. However, it is unlikely that teams would give him a roster spot over younger talent.

Kerr and Jackson used to be teammates on the San Antonio Spurs’ 2002-03 team. They won a title together, defeating the New Jersey (now Brooklyn) Nets in the NBA Finals in six games. Perhaps this connection is what sparked the Warriors’ interest in having Jackson working with Kerr again.

Jackson could be a keen and exciting addition to the Warriors’ coaching staff. But it seems that next year’s staff is nearly finalized, with Mike Brown looking to close a deal to become Steve Kerr‘s lead assistant, replacing Luke Walton, who quickly occupied the vacant Lakers head coaching role after the NBA finals.

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