PORT ARTHUR, Texas -- Back in his hometown for a basketball
camp bearing his name, Golden State's Stephen Jackson said he has
completed court-ordered community service stemming from his role in
a 2004 brawl in the stands during a game at Detroit.
Up next: more community service, this time for last month's
guilty plea to a felony count of criminal recklessness for firing a
gun outside a strip club last year in Indianapolis.
"Detroit's finally over, and Indy, I'm going to knock that out
next week," Jackson said in the Thursday edition of the Port
Arthur News. "After that, I'll be off everything, no more court,
no more anything."
Jackson averaged 15.5 points per game last season for the Pacers
and the Warriors. He scored 19.9 points per game during the
playoffs and was instrumental in eighth-seeded Golden State's
first-round upset of top-seeded Dallas, despite getting ejected
from two games.
This is the first year for Jackson's weeklong camp in Port
Arthur, where he led Lincoln High to the 1995 state championship
before transferring for his senior year to Oak Hill Academy, a
basketball factory in Virginia.
Jackson, 29, was scheduled to appear at a local library Thursday
for an NBA "Read To Achieve" promotion.
He also lends his name to the Stephen Jackson Academy, a private
school that began last school year with 15 students. It has classes
up to sixth grade and is housed at a Baptist church. Classrooms and
a gym are under construction in downtown Port Arthur.
"The reason I want to start young is when you start young,
there's less room for error growing up," Jackson said.
Jackson said he has learned from his arrests and wants to be
viewed as a role model in his hometown.
"Those two incidents brought me back to reality," he said. "I
could have easily lost my job."