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Stuart Wayne "Stu" Jackson (born December 11, 1955) is an American former head coach and the former Executive Vice President in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has coached two different NBA teams: the New York Knicks in 1990 and 1991, and the Vancouver Grizzlies in 1997 and served as the Grizzlies' general manager.
Jackson worked as an associate coach and head recruiting coordinator under Rick Pitino at Providence College from 1985 to 1987. He also worked as an assistant coach at Washington State University from 1983 to 1985 and at the University of Oregon from 1981 through 1983.
Jackson was named the head coach of the New York Knicks in 1989 at the age of 33, becoming the then second-youngest head coach in NBA history. The Knicks went 52-45 during his tenure, upsetting the Boston Celtics in the 1990 playoffs before losing to the eventual NBA champion Detroit Pistons. He was head coach of the Wisconsin Badgers in the 1992–1993 and 1993–1994 seasons, leading the Badgers to the NCAA Tournament.
In June 2007, he became the Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations for the NBA, a league official whose duties included penalizing players for on-court misconduct. His duties included being in charge of on-the-court operations, scheduling, game rules, conduct, discipline and serving as the chair of the Competition Committee.
In the closing seconds of Game 4, with the Suns leading 100–97, the Spurs' Robert Horry committed a flagrant foul on Suns point guard Steve Nash, sending Nash into the scorer's table. Several Suns players moved away from their bench toward Nash and Horry after the foul. Jackson suspended Horry for two games for the hard foul on Nash and for delivering the forearm to Bell. Two Suns players were also suspended – starting center Amar'e Stoudemire and swingman Boris Diaw – for leaving the immediate bench area in violation of a league rule. Jackson said that "It's not a matter of fairness. It's a matter of correctness."
Jackson was also involved in controversial decisions to suspend Mavericks sixth man Jerry Stackhouse for the pivotal Game 5 of the 2006 NBA Finals against the Heat and to suspend Wizards reserve Darius Songaila for a pivotal Game 6 of a playoff series in 2008 against the Cavaliers.
In another isolated incident, Jackson was also involved in yet another controversial decision to not suspend or penalize Rajon Rondo's face-racking foul on Brad Miller with two seconds to go in Game 5 of a 2009 playoff series between the Celtics and the Bulls even though a flagrant was warranted. The foul left Miller with a mouth full of blood that required stitches, possibly costing the Bulls the game. The ruling was lenient, contradicting Jackson's previous statement claiming correctness is emphasized over fairness. Later, Jackson was quoted, saying, "We felt Rondo was making a basketball play and going for the ball after a blown defensive assignment by the Celtics team. In terms of criteria we use to evaluate a flagrant foul penalty 1, generally we like to consider whether or not there was a wind-up, an appropriate level of impact, and a follow through. And on this foul, we did not see a wind-up, nor did he follow through, so for that reason we're not going to upgrade this foul to a flagrant foul penalty 1. The initial play, in our mind, was on the ball—an effort to try and make an attempt on the ball and take a foul that would prohibit a game-tying basket," despite replays that clearly show that Rondo was nowhere near the basketball and the fact that the mentioned criteria of a "wind up" and a "follow through" does not appear anywhere in the rule book.
In the following Bulls-Celtics game, Rondo was seen flinging Bulls point guard Kirk Hinrich to the scorers table, getting pushed by Hinrich, and retaliating with a missed elbow, in which Jackson was again in the middle of controversy by "sweeping it under the rug" and not suspending Rondo for either act or making any news of it.
Jackson did not suspend Celtics' center Kendrick Perkins, after his elbow struck the Orlando Magic's Mickael Pietrus in the throat, during the 2nd round of the 2009 NBA Playoffs. Jackson had previously (1 week prior) used this rule to suspend Magic center, Dwight Howard, after a similar incident during their first round matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Jackson holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Seattle University. Jackson resides in New York with his four daughters.
Head coaching record
|Team||Year||Regular Season||Post Season|
|Won||Lost||Win %||Finish||Won||Lost||Win %||Result|
|NYK||1989–90||45||37||.549||3rd in Atlantic Division||4||6||.400||Conf. semifinals|
|NYK||1990–91||7||8||.467||3rd in Atlantic Division|
|VAN||1996–97||6||33||.154||7th in Midwest Division|
Source: Stu Jackson Coaching Record – Basketball-Reference.com
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