He may have last played in the NBA back in 2014, but Stephen Jackson is still not giving up on his dream to once again play at the highest level.
The 39-year-old is currently playing for the Killer 3’s in the Big3 League, and has been showing his fans that he still has a lot of left in his tank. He recently scored 23 points for his team, and admitted that he continues to work on his game, as he plans to go back to the NBA. He then added that he feels some current players in the league will not be able to guard him should he make a successful comeback.
“I’ve been working to go back to the NBA, so this (league) is a blessing for me. I want to play basketball as long as I can. I feel like there are guys in the NBA who can’t guard me.”
Captain Jack was a 14-year league veteran and played for nine different teams. The highlight of his career was back in the 2002-03 season, when he won a championship with the San Antonio Spurs. He also had his best year individually in 2010, when he averaged 21.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.6 steals per game for the Charlotte Hornets.
The odds may be stacked against him to return to the NBA, as there are a lot of young swingmen like him that are free agents, but it’s still not entirely impossible. The likes of Vince Carter, Manu Ginobili and Dirk Nowitzki are all the same age or even a year older than him, but are continuing to be effective contributors for their respective teams. If he can show that he can produce stellar numbers in the Big3’s inaugural season, there may be a chance he can turn some heads and potentially be invited for a possible workout, which could set up the comeback he has been long been looking forward to.