Bucks’ Jackson doesn’t play against Pistons

After sitting out the last game for his verbal abuse of an

official, Stephen Jackson was held out of Milwaukee’s victory over

Detroit on Monday night.

”It was my decision,” Bulls coach Scott Skiles said. ”I liked

the way we’ve played the past couple games. He’ll have an

opportunity to work himself back in there.”

Jackson, acquired in a 2011 draft-day trade from Charlotte, has

already missed two games this season – one for missing shootaround

against the Knicks on Jan. 20 and Saturday’s game against the Los

Angeles Lakers while serving the one-game suspension his tirade

after the Bucks’ loss at Chicago on Friday.

Jackson was on the active roster Monday and suited up, but never

played.

”I ain’t surprised,” Jackson said. ”They know how I feel.

Everybody knows the situation. One thing I’m not going to do is not

be professional. I’m going to cheer the team on and do what I have

to do.

”My situation is going to get better soon. Until then, I’m

going to support these guys and continue to collect my check.”

Jackson also agreed with Skiles’ assessment of the team’s recent

play.

”You know what? For the most part, Scott is right,” he said.

”We are playing well without me in the lineup but it’s all good.

It’s all about winning. It happens. Like he said, the team is

playing well. The rotation is great, and as long as we’re winning,

there’s nothing for nobody to complain about.

”I’m expected to be prepared for anything. I came in, did my

work. I’m going to come in tomorrow and work at practice and

continue to work on my game. But at the end of the day, I have to

be able to perform wherever I’m at.”