In a recent interview with Vice Sports Jackson, the number four overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft was asked which current player his game most resembles. His answer was Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs. Comparing yourself to a two-time Defensive Player of the Year is ambitious, though hardly makes headlines.
He was then asked which player he least resembles. That answer made some waves.
Not the smartest comment to make when you have to play Steph Curry 4 times a year. Wish I was a small, unathletic 2-time MVP/NBA Champion. pic.twitter.com/umL05XoX1e— Adam Joseph (@AdamJosephSport) September 29, 2017
“Just because he’s known as a shooter and I’m not,” Jackson said. “And, you know, he’s small and unathletic.”
So obviously that line ruffled some feathers. Jackson took his best shot at an explanation on Friday.
Man y'all make a story out of anything ♂️ my definition of athletic is a guy who flies through the lane and plays above the rim ♂️— Josh Jackson (@j_josh11) September 29, 2017
And y'all wonder why we don't like the media. Stop twisting people's words.— Josh Jackson (@j_josh11) September 29, 2017
Were words twisted? You be the judge. Jackson makes the Curry non-comparison at the 1:16 mark.
Hmmmm. Not a lot to interpret there. Either way I’d have no problem whatsoever with Jackson calling out Curry, or for that matter anyone else playing in the league right now. I like sports hate.
Phoenix and Golden State will meet four times this season, 2/12, 3/17, 4/1, and 4/8. Devin Booker’s rivalry with Troy Daniels died when the Suns traded for him last week. Let’s hope we can replace that beef with Jackson vs. Curry.