Stackhouse is doing much more than mentoring the Nets this year and has become an important piece off the bench for PJ Carlesimo.
Stackhouse said the key to his longevity was staying fit and continuing to relish each match. "It comes down to wanting to compete and just wanting to play," he said. "In the summertime not taking too much time off, I think that is kinda the key because sometimes guys take too much time off and it get harder each year to get your motor going again to get through the grind of getting yourself in professional sports shape.
"The less time you take away from your craft the more chance you have of withstanding and being able to play for a long time."
Stackhouse also lists himself as a sucker for television infomercials, buying countless training aides or fitness devices. "My wife hates it because they clutter up the house," he joked. "If I see something on one of those gimmicks on TV that can give me a little edge than I try it out. Part of it is that when you do something and it starts getting old then you can jump on something fresh and it stays fun."
While fitness is one part of playing 18 seasons of professional basketball, Stackhouse has also been able to reduce his role with humility dropping back from a superstar to a veteran role player as he has aged. Stackhouse was a star rookie with the 76ers in 1995 and became a superstar with Detroit, winning two All-star selections in 1999-2000 and 2000-2001 and averaging a career best 29.8 points per game, second in the league in 2000-2001.