#Nets Jerry Stackhouse Continues To Drink From Fountain Of Youth

Updated: March 20, 2013

Jerry Stackhouse has been the epitome of a professional that can help any team.  He may be long in the tooth but when his number is called he answers the bell.

Once again Stackhouse came alive after being in moth balls for two months when he was called upon Monday to play for an injured Keith Bogans.  He stepped onto the court and it was if he never left with his timely shooting and veteran understanding of the game.  Stack hit his first shot from the corner and just like that he was into the game.

There was one point in the game where he was on the break and was obviously fouled, it wasn’t called, and he threw up a behind the back banker off the glass for another bucket.  By halftime he was 3-3 from the floor for six points and ended the game with 10 points on 5-6 shooting in just under 20 minutes of play.

The Nets will be a much more dangerous team come playoff time if Stackhouse is able to contribute like he did in Detroit.

Rod Boone of Newsday

Stackhouse has played hoops for so long that he’s losing count.

“How many years is this?” he cracked after the Nets’ 119-82 win over the Pistons Monday. He was responding to a question asking how he felt seeing game action for the first time in nearly two months. “It’s always good to get out and compete. I’m just understanding our situation.”Jerry Stackhouse shooting a jumper

Stackhouse’s competitive juices had to be kept in check for the betterment of the team.

“We kind of understood the dynamic of what needed to happen,” said Stackhouse, who’ll find himself in another one of his old stamping grounds Wednesday night when the Nets (39-28) take on the Mavs (32-35). “Coach came to me and told me what the deal was a couple of months ago, told me he was going to get the younger guys some time and the odd guy out would be me.

“But I just needed to make sure I stayed engaged and stayed ready so when things rolled back around, I could be a factor in the playoffs. So that’s what I’ve done. Obviously, as a competitor, you want to be out there and you want to compete. I was sold on the big picture when I signed here and ain’t nothing changed with that.”

“People say that we are not really expected to win a championship this year. I don’t think like that. I’ve been around a team with just as much talent and we’ve gone to the Finals before. So, in my mind, anything is possible and obviously, I’m making sure that I’m ready to do my part in that possibility.”


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