Jerry Stackhouse had a successful 18-year NBA career that included a pair of All-Star appearances. He retired after the 2013 season and had a brief stint in broadcasting before he transitioned into coaching.
Stackhouse is in his second season as head coach of the Vanderbilt Commodores and things haven’t gone well. Following the team’s fifth consecutive loss to open the SEC campaign, the 46-year-old coach surprisingly and very publicly aired the issues with his team in a profanity-laced tirade that included singling out individual players.
Jerry Stackhouse had a successful NBA career
After a successful college career at North Carolina, the Philadelphia 76ers selected Jerry Stackhouse with the No. 3 overall pick in the 1995 NBA draft. Stackhouse impressed his rookie season in Philly, leading the team in scoring 19.2 points per contest. He earned NBA All-Rookie Team honors.
After a couple of seasons, the 76ers dealt Stackhouse to Detroit, where he would have some of the best years of his career, including the 2000 and 2001 seasons where he was named an All-Star. In 2001, Stackhouse posted the best numbers for his career, averaging 29.8 points a game.
Jerry Stackhouse played another year with Detroit before moving to Washington for the 2002-03 season. For the next decade, he played for six different teams, finishing up his career in 2012-13 with the Nets. For his career, he averaged 16.9 points per game.
Jerry Stackhouse moves into coaching
After retiring in 2013, Jerry Stackhouse transitioned to the broadcast booth where he joined Fox Sports Detroit as a Pistons analyst. In 2015, he returned to the court when he was hired as an assistant coach for the Toronto Raptors to begin the next chapter in his life.
A year later, the Raptors named Stackhouse the head coach of the Raptors 905, the organization’s developmental league team. He guided the club to a successful 2016-17 season, culminating in a D-League title. Stackhouse was named the NBA D-League Coach of the Year.
In 2018-19, Stackhouse joined the Memphis Grizzlies to work as an assistant coach. He stayed for one season before he was named the head coach of the Vanderbilt Commodores. Last year, the Commodores struggled under Jerry Stackhouse, finishing the season with an 11-21 record.
Publicly criticizes team in profanity-laced tirade
This season Jerry Stackhouse had hoped the program would see a marked improvement after a year in his system. It has yet to happen through the first 11 games. With Scottie Pippen’s son Scotty, the main offensive weapon averaging better than 20 points a game, Vanderbilt has posted a 4-7 record and lost all five SEC games to open conference play.
Following the team’s most recent effort, a 92-71 loss to Arkansas, Stackhouse blew his stack in a profanity-laced tirade where he took repeated shots at his team.
“We’ve gotta clean some things up,” Stackhouse said, describing the team’s defensive effort. “We’ve gotta find some guys that want to play basketball. Right now, we’ve got some guys that don’t want to play no damn basketball. We’ve gotta figure that out sooner rather than later.”
After specifically calling out the effort of freshman Myles Stute, saying “I couldn’t even keep him in the game,” Stackhouse talked about the team’s overall effort.
“We’re still fighting, still going at it, but at the end of the day we’re just doing dumb stuff over and over and over again. I take responsibility for it, but I haven’t had any teams that I’ve had before that I continue to tell the same things as much as I’ve told this team for them to still come out and do the same sh–.”
Jerry Stackhouse had a successful career as a player in college and the NBA. He had a successful start to his head coaching career winning a D-League title in his first season. While success has eluded him at Vanderbilt, his most recent approach publicly excoriating players doesn’t sound like a winning formula for his team going forward.