The league is looking into how Stephen Jackson left the court Wednesday after being ejected. Suspensions and/or fines have yet to the determined.
It took a while for Jackson to vacate the premises. Apparently, there was some confusion on his escape route. Instead of going out of the visitor’s entrance near the Mavs bench, Jackson was circled around the scorer’s table and taken through the midcourt tunnel that’s normally used by Mavs coaches.
He encountered fans along the way -- probably not the wisest choice considering his history in the Indy-Detroit brawl a few year back -- and Mavs president Terdema Ussery. It seems Jackson and Terdema exchanged words. Heated words.
I asked Mark Cuban if he took issue with Ussery injecting himself in what potentially could have been a bad situation. “His job is to protect our fans and organization,” Mark said. “Jackson was obviously being rude and creating a situation that wasn’t positive for the NBA or our fans.”
But was Ussery’s behavior appropriate for a team president? “If the person doing it is smart, as Terdema is, then its the right thing to do,” Mark replied. “Better than a fan or random person engaging him. The guy was looking for trouble, better for one of us to have his attention than a fan or someone that was in the wrong place and wrong time.”
Warriors officials weren’t too happy with the scene, especially with exit play for Jackson. According to one team official I talked to, league security personnel later admitted they made a mistake by not walking Jackson through the normal exit.
“The bench is a lot safer than walking next to the fans who are drunk and screaming at him,” the G-State official said. “A fan literally could have slapped him. There’s a long stretch there where he had to walk through the fans. That Terdema thing would not have happened had [security officials] they not made a bad decision and take him the wrong way.”
As for what Jackson thought of Ussery’s apparent attempts to calm him down: “I didn’t know who he was, but I really don’t care. I still don’t care,” he told my good friend Janny Hu at the San Francisco Chronicle. “He was probably trying to help calm me down, but at that point, I knew that I had the people that were with the Warriors with me, and I didn’t know who he was. So at the time, I wasn’t trying to hear nothing from nobody else. I was with my people. I was going into the locker room. Everybody else that wasn’t with us, I wasn’t concerned.”