DURHAM, N.C. - Bouncing around with seven different teams could be a negative in the NBA. Jarrett Jack instead chooses to extract the positives from his 10-year sojourn.
"Everybody would love to stay and have that good team with one franchise, but for me, I take it for the positive of it," Jack said Saturday after the Nets wrapped up their final training camp practice at Duke. "I have been able to live in various places . . . And every place I've been, I've also done my thing. So I just am happy that I have always been in demand and have been wanted."
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Jack, 31, is the presumed starter at point guard, and coach Lionel Hollins included him among the quintet he said will be given every opportunity to work together as a unit.
Jack had his share of memorable moments with the Nets last season, including sinking the Warriors with a game-winning shot over Stephen Curry.
But Jack's plus-minus statistic wasn't good, with the opposition outscoring the Nets by 315 points when he was on the floor. In comparison, the next worst plus-minus of any other player on a postseason team was the minus-180 of Celtics big man Brandon Bass.
With Jack on the bench, the Nets were plus-79, and he knows those numbers have to change. It's the first thing he mentions when discussing what he hopes to improve on this season.
"Just my plus-minus, man," Jack said. "I didn't know it was where it was last year and I take it on the chin, man. I'm not the one to just look at it and just shrug it off. Anything that I feel is an area that I can improve on, I want to improve on. Plus-minus, three-point percentage, a few things. There are a number of things, but just more importantly what it just takes to rack up 'Ws' in the win column."
Jack is like a mayor around the league, seemingly always bumping into opposing players with whom he has a good relationship. He's left indelible marks everywhere he has been, using that infectious personality of his to make lifelong friends.
Warriors guard Curry referred to Jack during his MVP speech. Thaddeus Young said that says an awful lot about Jack's character and what the native of Washington, D.C. stands for.
"Jarrett has definitely been a journeyman," Young said. "But he's done well and played great on all the teams that he's played for and they have all valued him as a good player. We continue to value him as a good player for our team and I think that's definitely seen and known around the league. Teams know exactly what he can do. I'm just glad he has the opportunity to be the starting point guard, go out there and prove that he can be that guy."
Jack also is a guy who doesn't feel as if he's received a raw deal in any of the seven NBA cities he's called home.
"Nah, not really, because everywhere I go, people appreciate it," Jack said, "and then the places that I've left, they always say, 'Man, we wish you were still here.' So that's what I appreciate more than anything. Whenever I see my guys at Golden State, they are like, 'Man, we really wish we could have kept you here,' and the same thing in New Orleans. They tried to trade back for me.
"A lot of these situations arose, but it's a business, man. I look back sometimes to reminisce, but not as far as dwelling on the situation. I just focus on the situation and going forward."