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Jackson booted for two games 2009-10-12

Jackson booted for two games  2009-10-12INDIAN WELLS Coach Don Nelson said Saturday that the Warriors will try to accommodate swingman Stephen Jackson's request for a trade, but only if it benefits the team.

At this point, any trade involving Jackson might benefit Golden State.

Prior to Saturday night's outdoor game against the Phoenix Suns, the Warriors announced they were suspending Jackson for two preseason games for "conduct detrimental to the team." Jackson wasn't with the Warriors for the game against the Suns at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, and he won't play against the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center on Monday.

The Warriors didn't seem to need Jackson because they had guard Anthony Morrow, who poured in 15 of his game-high 30 points in the fourth quarter as the Warriors beat the Suns 104-101 under the desert night.

Rookie guard Stephen Curry, making his first start, had 16 points, seven rebounds and seven assists with four turnovers.

The Warriors also got 15 points and 13 rebounds from Anthony Randolph. Center Andris Biedrins had eight points, 15 rebounds and three blocks.

Whatever positive vibes the Warriors created with their second-consecutive preseason victory were negated by the drama surrounding Jackson. The suspension stemmed from an incident in Friday's win over the Los Angeles Lakers at the Forum. Jackson played just nine minutes, 20 seconds all in the first quarter while matched up against Kobe Bryant and picked up five fouls and a technical during that span.

Frustrated and animated, he was taken out of the game. One team source said Nelson told Jackson to cool off. Before long, Jackson was in the locker room, never to return.

Nelson declined to comment after Friday's game, and maintained the same stance Saturday. He suggested the incident was fairly serious in his eyes, evidenced by handing out a punishment he doesn't like to enforce.

"I try to stay away from doing anything that will cost the players a lot of money," Nelson said. "I hate to take big money from guys."

This latest incident brings Jackson's desire to play elsewhere back to the forefront. Jackson will lose $139,000 because preseason games are figured into salaries.

He also was fined $25,000 earlier this summer for publicly demanding a trade, saying he wanted to play for Cleveland, Houston, Dallas or New York. Then, at media day, he expressed his disappointment at the Warriors' lack of progress and over how management dismantled the team that reached the 2007 playoffs.

Now looms uncertainty over what will happen next. Will they trade Jackson or can the relationship be repaired?

General manager Larry Riley declined to comment on whether the Warriors have ramped up their effort to accommodate Jackson's trade request.

According to a team source, the Warriors have talked with the Cleveland Cavaliers about trading Jackson for center Zydrunas Ilgauskas. But those talks, according to the source, have been quiet for a while. The Cavaliers prefer to keep Ilgauskas, the source said, and it would take more than Jackson for them to consider moving him.

Golden State, however, doesn't have much else it's willing to part with. Even backup center Ronny Turiaf is off the table, one team insider said.

The Warriors value Jackson and don't want to give him away, as Riley and Nelson have said, but moving an unhappy Jackson just might be more beneficial than keeping him around. Warriors 104, Suns 101next game: Monday, at Clippers, 7:30 p.m.

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Added: October 12, 2009


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