Larry Brown and Stephen Jackson = NBA History
“Stephen Jackson Punches a Fan In The Face There. . .”
-Steve Levy, ESPN Sportscenter Broadcast – Nov 19, 2004
Five years later, the NBA continues to work toward forgetting the Pacers-Pistons Brawl of 2004. Feel free to take a look at the video of the catastrophe and enjoy the camera time given to Coach Brown (then with the Pistons) and Stephen Jackson (instigating as much as possible).
Shortly after this mess, the Pacers dismantled their squad and began their present “whitening” campaign (see : Troy Murphy, Mike Dunleavy, Travis Diener, Josh McRoberts, Tyler Hansborough). Ron Artest had to serve a suspension and then probation via the Sacramento Kings. Stephen Jackson’s suspension was shorter, but his punishment continued with time served as a member of the Warriors and now with the Bobcats. As for the the Pistons, they continued on that season as the reigning NBA Champs and reached the 2005 Finals. Coach Brown’s team eventually lost the series to the San Antonio Spurs by one game.
Maybe back in November of 2004, fifteen days after the Bobcats’ entered the NBA, a basketball fan could have wondered “Hey, what if one of those thugs for the Pacers had to play for the Pistons coach?”