There have been a handful of retired players hinting at making a return to the NBA. Stephen Jackson has been one of the more transparent about getting back into the league, recently saying that he was in contact with teams and even assuring that he’d be on a team this coming season.
Sirius XM’s Ric Bucher shared on Monday that Jackson is set to be joining the Golden State Warriors for training camp, along with another bit of information from Jackson:
.@RicBucher says that he’s spoken w/Stephen Jackson who will attend training camp with the Warriors & will not stand for the national anthem
— SiriusXM NBA Radio (@SiriusXMNBA) September 12, 2016
Jackson was reported to be a potential target for the Warriors coaching staff, but he’s stuck keen to his desire to play again. Attending the Warriors training camp gives Jackson a chance to compete for a roster spot, but nothing is guaranteed.
As for the second bit of information from Jackson, he would obviously need to earn a roster spot in order to boycott the national anthem, something that’s become a controversial trend in all of sports following the most forthright protest from San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Warriors players Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, and Draymond Green, have all spoken out in support of Kaepernick. It looks like Jackson will be following suit with his support should the Warriors grant him a spot after training camp.