Goodbye Redd, Hello J-Stack

By Troy A. Sparks, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: January 19, 2010

MILWAUKEE (BASN) — Since the Bucks lost guard Michael Redd to injury for the rest of the season, many Milwaukee fans wondered who would take up the scoring slack.

We thought it would be rookie sensation Brandon Jennings. After he went off for 55 points earlier this season, he’s cooled off.

And there’s nothing to worry about now. The Bucks sidelined a scorer who jacked up a lot of shots and brought in another shot jacker/scorer.

To increase team scoring, Milwaukee signed 6-foot-6 guard/forward Jerry Stackhouse for the rest of the season.

“J-Stack” is a 35-year-old veteran. The Bucks have a history of signing overpaid, aging players who are near the end of their careers.

It might work out, though. Stackhouse is a 14-year veteran. He played in 854 career games and has a little bit of mileage left. Those games include 563 starts with Philadelphia, Detroit, Washington and Dallas.

An inquiring mind wants to know from Philly sports fans what kind of player and person J-Stack is and can we trust him.

He was the third overall pick to the 76ers in the 1995 NBA Draft. What happened in Philly? Weren’t there enough basketballs to go around for himself and Allen Iverson?

It doesn’t matter.

He’s on a temporary assignment for the Bucks not to last more than 90 days.

J-Stack owns a career average of 18.4 points, 3.7 assists, 3.4 rebounds and a steal a game. He spent the last five seasons with Dallas and has been in the postseason seven times.

We pulled J-Stack from the scrap heap because maybe he can help us. Bucks coach Scott Skiles was still a player when J-Stack came in the league.

J-Stack has been working out since his release from the Mavericks, just in case some team needed him. J-Stack must have been smart enough to stack his chips to tie him over.

He’ll get more chips from the Bucks for part-time work.

J-Stack’s teammates welcomed him to Milwaukee. They all know his game, and he’ll be in uniform Wednesday against the Toronto Raptors at home. He might get in the game.

You’ll be informed of his progress as the season progresses.