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Stephen Jackson doubles down on anti-Semitic rhetoric, DeSean Jackson defense

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Stephen Jackson doubles down on anti-Semitic rhetoric, DeSean Jackson defense

Former Warriors forward Stephen Jackson has made it abundantly clear how he feels about Jewish people, and his beliefs are appalling. 

On Tuesday, Jackson came to the defense of Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who had earlier shared an anti-Semitic and ignorant Instagram post of a fake quote that he attributed to Adolf Hitler. Stephen Jackson said that the post was the "truth," and is needed to teach the community. 

DeSean Jackson has since apologized twice, explaining that his intent was to "uplift" the African American community. The Eagles in a statement called Jackson's comments "offensive, harmful and absolutely appalling," and said they would take appropriate action.

On Wednesday, Stephen Jackson doubled down on his thoughts about Jewish people, speaking on Instagram Live in which he pedaled anti-Semitic conspiracies about the connections between Jews and banks and their world control. 

Jackson did say "F--k Hitler," multiple times during his Instagram Live session, and later said, "I love Jews and I love everybody. I stand on love for all who have love for all." But any such backtracking feels hollow: Jackson's true feelings are clear.

The former Warrior has been a major voice in the Black Lives Matter movement of late, after his friend George Floyd was killed while in police custody. Jackson has inspired many to speak up and march against systemic racism, and bring the necessary changes to American society that has plagued the Black community for centuries.

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That partially is why these comments are so disappointing. By preaching equality while demonizing the Jewish people, Jackson has lost credibility for his supposed beliefs of "love for all."

His thoughts on the racial injustices facing the Black community should not be diminished by this horrifying display of ignorance. Those truths are bigger than Stephen Jackson, and his otherwise divisive and hateful beliefs. 

However, in a fight against racism and systemic hatred and injustices, this is just another clear example of how important education is. There is no room for hate in this country, for any group of people. Communities such as Blacks and Jews, two groups that have been marginalized and oppressed throughout history, must stick together in solidarity and support for one another if actual change is going to occur.

Jackson's ignorant thoughts are just another clear example of how far we need to go as a society. 

Damian Lillard matches Steph Curry in impressive 3-point shooting stat

Damian Lillard matches Steph Curry in impressive 3-point shooting stat

There has been an abundance of comparisons between Steph Curry and Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard as of late, most of which are prisoner-of-the-moment takes based in ignorance.

Yes, Lillard has been absolutely incredible during the NBA restart in leading the Trail Blazers to the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference.

No, he has not surpassed Curry as the best point guard in the game.

That said, Lillard arguably is closing the gap. And now, he has done something that no player other than Curry has accomplished in NBA history.

Lillard ended the regular season Thursday having shot 40.1 percent from 3-point range on 10.1 3-point attempts per game, becoming just the second player in league history to post that kind of efficiency on such high volume. Curry, of course, is the other, and he has done it twice.

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In his unanimous MVP season in 2015-16, Curry shot a ridiculous 45.4 percent from long distance on 11.2 3-point attempts per game. Then, in 2018-19, he made 43.7 percent of his 11.7 3-point attempts per contest.

And he just barely missed accomplishing the feat a third time.

In 2016-17, Curry shot 41.1 percent from 3-point land, but didn't attempt enough 3s to qualify.

He literally was one attempt short.

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So, technically, Lillard will only have to do it once more to match Curry. 

That is, unless Curry reminds everyone next season why he's the greatest shooter in NBA history.

Damian Lillard, Oakland native, gets Twitter shoutout from Raiders

Damian Lillard, Oakland native, gets Twitter shoutout from Raiders

The Portland Trail Blazers outlasted the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night to earn a spot in the Western Conference play-in tournament.

Shortly thereafter, the Las Vegas Raiders showed Oakland native Damian Lillard some love on Twitter.

The shoutout was much deserved, as Dame averaged 51.3 points and 9.0 assists over the Blazers' final three seeding games, while shooting better than 56 percent overall and nearly 49 percent from deep (on 14.3 attempts).

Those numbers never will seem real.

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Although Lillard let it be known years back that he was not happy with the Raiders for leaving Oakland, he still roots for the Silver and Black.

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Dame -- who went to Oakland High School his junior and senior years -- also made it clear last November he did not support the Warriors moving from Oakland to San Francisco.

The five-time NBA All-Star will be back in action Saturday at 11:30 a.m. PT, as the No. 8 seed Blazers face off against the No. 9 seed Memphis Grizzlies.

If the Blazers win, they advance to the first round of the playoffs to take on Los Angeles Lakers. If the Grizzlies win, then Memphis and Portland will do battle again on Sunday to determine who will play the Lakers.

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