A familiar face walked into the Wizards' locker room after their 121-102 win over the Celtics in Game 4 on Sunday night. Wearing a John Wall jersey, in walked former NBA player Stephen Jackson. Markieff Morris spotted him and yelled across the room: "what's up OG?"
Jackson, a notorious NBA tough guy through 14 seasons in the league, is a big fan of the 2016-17 Wizards, it turns out. Jackson sees an old school team that talks trash and plays with toughness. Naturally, he likes that.
"I wish I was playing for them," he told CSN. "They play with that edge. They've got guys on the team that play for each other and you don't have that a lot in the NBA."
Jackson said he's long been a fan of head coach Scott Brooks and he considers Wall to be a "little brother." He's also a big fan of Morris, who has taken the lead at times when it comes to talking and physical play.
"I know John and Beal love having him on the team," he said. "You need a tough guy. He's a guy that's going to put his body on the line for his teammates and stand up for his teammates."
Jackson said the Wizards resemble a team he used to play on.
"They kind of remind me of my Golden State team," he said.
That would be the Baron Davis-led Warriors who also boasted plenty of guys who loved to mix it up with other teams like Jackson, Matt Barnes and Al Harrington. Now, in the Wizards, he sees a team he can root for.