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Stephen Jackson asks Pacer fans to think upon him fondly

Bobcats swingman Stephen Jackson was part of the Pacers for some very good years. He was also an instrumental part of the lowest moment in Pacer franchise history when he gleefully charged into the stands after Ron Artest went up, punched a fan, and then egged on the crowd as he was escorted out of the arena. Later, Jackson got himself in trouble for firing a gun in a parking lot outside of a strip club, and after that got a chest tattoo to remind himself of the incident.

Jackson and Al Harrington were traded for a package that netted the Pacers Mike Dunleavy, Troy Murphy, and Ike Diogu. As Golden State of Mind reminded the world recently, that hasn’t worked out so well for the Pacers.

When Jackson’s Bobcats visit the Pacers tonight, Jackson hopes that Pacer fans remember the good times. Mike Wells of the Indy Star put it this way:

“I think people are not looking at the fact that I’m human and I make mistakes,” Jackson said after the Bobcats’ practice Monday. “I made two mistakes, but I haven’t been in any trouble since.

“They need to realize I can play this game and I’ve been effective ever since I’ve been in this league. I help teams win and people should let the negative stuff go and look at the positive things.”

As Jackson led the Warriors to one of the most shocking playoff upsets in NBA history and has the feisty Bobcats ready to play the role of first-round spoiler this season, things have not gone well at all in Indiana. Whether Pacer fans blame that on Jackson or not remains to be seen.