Over his 18 year career, Jerry Stackhouse has played with or against just about everybody. From Allen Iverson to Tracy McGrady and LeBron James, “Stack” has seen it all. The ups and the downs of a long career certainly come with their fair share of stories.
From 2002-04 Stackhouse balled in Washington, and while not a lot of success was had during his time there, the excitment was through the roof.
“Stack” found himself suiting up next to Michael Jordan in a weird situation that put player next to legend. Although Stackhouse was a young, hungry player on the rise, he found himself competing for shots alongside a 40-year old Jordan who was ball dominant.
“It was a tough dynamic, obviously with Michael coming back to play and actually being part of management, it was a little bit of strain on everybody,” Stackhouse told Talkinhoopz.com.
“I understood it from his standpoint because as a basketball player and a true competitor your going to be competitive at no matter what stage in your career. I think he still felt like he was the guy, and I was in the prime of my career.”
Stackhouse managed to average 21.5 points per game during 2002-03 season, which happened to be Jordan’s last in the NBA.
Although the pair enjoyed some individual success, the franchise as a whole suffered, finishing 37-45 while missing the playoffs.
I was coming from Detroit playing at a high level, obviously it felt like we were close to a championship and then coming over to Washington it was like starting over again for me, so it was a little bitter-sweet.”
Stackhouse was playing alongside his “idol” but couldn’t get it to produce any wins on the court.
The fact that I got a chance to play with one of my idols, (but) didn’t have the success that I though we would bring on the court, I still look at that as a memorable moment in my career.”
Stackhouse is now debating whether or not to call it a career himself. He hinted to Talkinhoopz.com that retirment may be an option, but nothing is set in stone just yet.
I’m pretty much maybe done. The knees are getting creakier and creakier every season, but I still enjoy getting out there and competing with the guys so I don’t really know what the future holds this moment.”
“Stack” has been one of the best leaders, teammates, and players the league has had over the past decade, so maybe he’ll lace em up for at least one more season with a competitor and get a ring.