Jackson to start second wave of community service
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.
Detroit's finally over, and Indy, I'm going to knock that out next week. After that, I'll be off everything.
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."
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press
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