Spurs' Stephen Jackson: His Three Best/Worst Quotes About Port Arthur in Grantland Piece

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One man's love affair with his hometown.
Stephen Jackson is getting known as a quote machine as he and his fellow San Antonio Spurs struggle to survive in the NBA Western Conference finals.

He's the subject of a piece in Grantland, the Web site devoted to long-form sports journalism. In it he talks a bit about growing up in Port Arthur, and, while he says he loved it, the local visitors bureau won't be rushing to publicize many of his quotes. Such as:

3. On the many convenient shopping opportunites:
"How easy is it to buy a gun in Port Arthur? As easy as it is buying candy."

Most Some people live honestly

"Now, there's one high school. When I was there, there were two high schools. There's one main street, eight sets of low-income housing. Everybody knows everybody. Sixty percent of everybody is doing the same thing, selling drugs, gang-banging. And the other 40 percent are people working hard, trying to make an honest living, churchgoing people. The opportunity to make it out is very slim. There's been a million basketball players to come out of there and I'm the second one to make it to the NBA. It's a hellhole."

1. Port Arthur: Home to many chuckle-filled memories of youth:

He remembers shooting dice in a friend's backyard when several rounds of gunfire erupted from in front of the house. When Jackson relayed the story to a friend a couple of days later, the friend responded, "Really? That was some of my people going to shoot some guys they had beef with. They probably didn't know you were over there."

Hey, and he didn't even mention the Museum of the Gulf Coast!

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MadMac
MadMac

But not smarter, obviously.

MadMac
MadMac

Thanks for pointing that out. I stand corrected. Truth be told, I would've missed it based on the tone of this article.

Armandhillsix
Armandhillsix

PA PA, I keep yelling it. If you ain't from PA, stay out of PA. I learned a lot from my days in PA. That which doesn't kill ya makes ya stronger.

Tray Green
Tray Green

U not from p.a. i can tell, a "community center"???

John Nova Lomax
John Nova Lomax

He is helping out, Mac. The article goes on to say that he built a community center downtown -- the first structure of note there in 50 years.

MadMac
MadMac

And, he's doing exactly what to reach back? HP did an article on Hilton Kelley, who got out, (without playing ball) and then came back to aid his community. This MoMo's exloiting PAT, just like the refineries.

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