Stephen Jackson brutally criticises Tony Parker for Spurs 2012 playoff meltdown
Jackson and his fellow guest on the show were discussing the idea of snitching on players to coaches and guys that act as “double agents.”
One player Jackson feels definitely possesses “two-faced” qualities is legendary French point guard, Tony Parker. Jackson actually went as far as to blame Parker for the Western Conference playoff loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2012.
“To be honest with you I really think Tony Parker was one of those guys. I just feel like the whole time when I was there, when I had good games, when I was playing well, I felt like Tony was the guy to really go against me, to go behind my back to Pop to play (Manu) Ginobili, to play other guys because he wanted the credit.
“I’m going to give you a perfect example. We was up 2-0 against the Thunder, my last year with the Spurs. They came back and won three games straight. But Game 6 in OKC, I was having a hell of a game. I had six threes. Me and Kawhi (Leonard) was playing well. At the end of the game, when my six threes and other guys shots got us back in the game, Tony came in the game and tried to save the day and stopped playing team ball. We ended up losing that series.
“I kind of felt like that while he was on the sidelines, he was over there saying sneaky stuff to players and the coaches about getting back in the game so he can try to get his own personal achievements in the game and that’s why we lost. Pop wouldn’t say that. But I remember right after the game, me, Kawhi and Tim (Duncan) was sitting down after we lost, he came over there and said ‘I should have rode you guys, You all did everything you could.’ That’s his way of saying I should not have put Tony in the game.”
Whilst Jackson had a solid run for the Spurs, he may be calling out the wrong former teammate. Spurs fans will not be pleased, due to the respect that they have for Parker, who has won four NBA championships as the team’s starting point guard.
Another sign that Jackson is definitely not afraid to make his opinions known.