If you don't follow the NBA, the name Stephen Jackson might not immediately ring a bell. Allow me to reacquaint you. Jackson was the kindly Samaritan who followed his then-Indiana Pacers teammate Ron Artest into the stands to slap some fans around during a 2004 brawl with the Detroit Pistons. For this Jackson received a 30-game suspension. It turned out to be such a life-altering experience that Jackson would never again use his hands as a weapon in public. Not even close. The next time Jackson chose to disturb the peace, he would brandish a bona fide weapon--a 9 mm pistol.
Anyone looking for further evidence that Washington is not a basketball town can find it in abundance in the muted reaction to Wizards star Gilbert Arenas's reinjury of his surgically repaired left knee last week, an injury that will keep him out at least three months but more likely means his season--and by extension the Wizards'--is pretty much a lost cause. In a city that paid real attention to hoops, Sports Topic A would be the question: Did Wizards coach Eddie Jordan recklessly endanger his star's health by playing him far too many minutes?