Stu Jackson to provide analysis for NBA TV
Former NBA executive vice president of operations Stu Jackson is
joining NBA TV, providing analysis on rules, discipline and other
areas that he oversaw in the league office.
He also will take questions from fans on Twitter and give his
insights on NBA.com.
Jackson left his position on Aug. 1 after more than 13 years at
the league, where he was in charge of all matters relating to play
on the court. He said moving into broadcasting will give him a
chance to stay involved.
”It’s something that it gives me a platform to talk about
issues surrounding the NBA which are near to me,” Jackson said.
”It’s a good way to obviously be out there and still be a part of
Jackson hopes to use his position to provide clarifications on
rules matters – perhaps such as the play near the end of a Houston
victory at New York on Nov. 14, when even Knicks coach Mike Woodson
wasn’t aware a foul called before Carmelo Anthony attempted a shot
wasn’t reviewable. The league began providing more resources to
fans under Jackson, including a video rulebook at
”You need only to look at the number of websites that have
popped up in recent years with respect to officiating and
play-calling analytics to understand that there’s definitely an
appetite among fans that is present and will continue to grow,”
Jackson said. ”You not only see it in the NBA but you see it
across all professional sports because fans are becoming more
sophisticated. They have an insatiable need and thirst for rules
and interpretations, and just to understand what goes on in the
minds of professional leagues, particularly the NBA.”
Rod Thorn replaced Jackson and fines rose sharply in the first
month from Jackson’s last year. Jackson said perhaps the league has
shifted the line of interpretation in some areas.
”Players are being warned for flops that previously we didn’t
warn,” he said. ”That’s been one noticeable change.”
Jackson’s first Twitter chat is scheduled for Friday (he’s
twitter.com/stujackson32) and his first in-studio appearance is
scheduled for Dec. 13. He will also appear on a monthly podcast
with Reggie Miller called ”You have to be kidding me!”