Tina Ball has always been supportive of her sons. She is a teacher and a mother who made sure her sons’ academics were always in order which made it much easier to nearly guarantee all of their enrollments at UCLA.
But while she was always a mainstay at Chino Hills basketball games and there Cheap New Zealand Warriors Jerseys for all three of her talented sons, she was forced to step aside after she suffered a stroke in February.
“I remember playing great and after the last game, we were just sitting there and Pop was like, ‘I need to talk to you,'” Jackson said. “He was like, ‘Jack, you had a great Summer League. You’re playing well. I really want you on my team, but there’s only one way that you gone make my team — during the season, you can’t smoke weed, Jack. You just can’t do it. I need you focused. I need you on your game because you know we have a chance to win a championship. I need you focused.'”
“Once he told me that, I shut it down,” Jackson said. “The NBA was way more Cheap Michael Jordan Jerseys For Sale important than weed. Trust me.”
It all worked out just as Popovich said it would. Over the course of the 2003 NBA postseason, Jackson started in all 24 of the Spurs’ playoff games, averaging 12.8 points and 4.1 rebounds to help the franchise capture its second title. Passing on puffing weed wasn’t a concession Jackson would’ve made for just anyone.
Russillo: “Does that mean that the next GM that signed you, if he didn’t ask you that question, that that wasn’t a rule you had to follow?”
Jackson: “We had to have that talk first. Let me know my role.”