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Stephen Jackson is the Warriors in one perplexing 6' 8" package. He's capable of scoring 20 points in a quarter, then zoning out (we're not talking defense) in the next. Almost everyone who has ever played with him, say they like him as a person. But he has gotten into trouble both on the court (two ejections from playoff games last season and a 30-game suspension for charging into the stands during the infamous 2004 riot at the Palace of Auburn Hills) and off it (a guilty plea to criminal recklessness after he fired a gun outside an Indianapolis strip club last October).
So if you're Warriors coach Don Nelson, what do you do with swingman Jackson, who returned to camp this season with a large tattoo on his chest of two praying hands holding a gun in front of a church? You make him a captain, of course, the role that Jack, as everyone calls him, shares with Baron Davis and Matt Barnes. "We have great confidence in him as a player and a leader," says Nelson.