Jerry Stackhouse returned to the Nets lineup for the first time in 22 games dating back to Jan. 26 in Houston. Stackhouse fittingly returned to action against his former team, the Detroit Pistons, where he became a two-time All-Star and led the NBA with 2,380 points during the 2000-01 season.As Brooklyn embarked on the first of an eight-game road trip, Stackhouse turned back the clock and provided a spark off the bench after a 51-day layoff between appearances. Stackhouse brought the “Stack Attack” to the Palace of Auburn Hills and scored 10 points while shooting an efficient five-for-six from the field. Stackhouse also fired up his teammates on the bench with a blocked shot, one of numerous stingy defensive plays by Brooklyn to hold Detroit to 82 points.
To those who know Stackhouse, this type of effort should not come as a surprise. Despite missing a substantial amount of time, Stackhouse takes pride in maintaining his conditioning and being ready when called upon.
Stackhouse constantly hoists up a number of corner three-pointers before ultimately working his way around the perimeter during pregame routines.
In a league that promotes youth, athleticism, and flashy play, Stackhouse is a throwback to the 1990’s thanks to his experience, gritty play, and fundamentals. It’s also worth noting Stackhouse proudly brought back FILA basketball sneakers this season.
As I alluded to in a previous piece here, Stackhouse is reminiscent of that older man you face in the park that can still play after many years.
If you’ve played “street ball,” you know it’s the winners that are allowed to remain on the court after each game.
With that in mind, Stackhouse’s eight years of playoff experience should not be overlooked on a Nets team that has failed to reach the postseason in the previous five seasons.
Stackhouse has provided tutelage to his teammates as a coach on the floor and on the bench during games for Brooklyn. In his 18th season in the league, Stackhouse has seen just about every situation and his experience is vital to the team.
As the season nears its conclusion, coach P.J. Carlesimo has consistently played the hot hand in his rotations. With MarShon Brooks receiving inconsistent minutes and Keith Bogans nursing a sore left ankle, look for Stackhouse to get an opportunity to earn consistent playing time as the regular season draws to a close.
Michael Scotto is an Analyst for SNYNets.com. Follow him on Twitter for the latest news from Brooklyn and the NBA: @MikeAScotto