Jerry Stackhouse has told FOX Sports that this is probably his last season playing basketball in the NBA. Instead, Stackhouse hopes to have a larger role within the NBA Players Association next season. Stackhouse was selected to be Vice President of the players Union at last year’s all-star game, replacing Derek Fisher. Stack had this to say about his decision:
“It’s not completely sold that I don’t get the bug (to play) again. But, really, I think this is an opportune time to kind of step to the forefront to do something with the union and try to make sure we select the right executive director.’’
Another possibility for Jerry is to become a broadcaster, either with the YES Network, or with another channel that covers the NBA. This can pave the way for Stackhouse to become an NBA head coach, which is something he is interested in doing in the future. Stackhouse has said that he will always be involved in the game at some capacity and can’t imagine leaving basketball.
In 31 games this season, Stackhouse is averaging 4.5 points, 0.8 rebounds, and 0.8 assists per game. He has recently returned to the Nets’ rotation after not playing a minute for nearly two months.
This can’t be a bad thing for the Brooklyn Nets. Although the team will obviously have a hard time getting through Miami in the eastern conference, perhaps knowing that this is Stackhouse’s last season will give them extra motivation, much like how Ray Lewis gave the Baltimore Ravens motivation to win a Superbowl last season. Stackhouse has never won an NBA championship in his nearly 20 seasons in the league.