Title: JERRY STACKHOUSE HAS MADE HIS MARK AS A HEAD COACH WITH D-LEAGUE’S RAPTORS 905
Date: April 5, 2017
Original Source: Vice
Synopsis: For my latest at Vice, I wrote about what Raptors 905’s chase of a championship could mean for the career of rookie head coach Jerry Stackhouse.
As Raptors 905 head coach Jerry Stackhouse stepped out of the locker room to walk to his postgame scrum, he was met by a camera. The camera followed his short walk through the Hershey Centre hallway—where the 905 play in Mississauga, Ontario—and as Stackhouse reached the assembled media, he was met by a few more cameras. Were this the NBA, this would not at all be surprising. Here in the D-League, though, following an inconsequential, late regular-season game, these are not cameras from ESPN or TNT.
Throughout Stackhouse’s career, he’s been compiling footage of his journey, first as a player and now as a freshman bench boss. It’s a smart bit of forward-thinking self-marketing, something that began in a post-home movie era and has stretched into a record-everything-just-in-case present. At some point in the future, the footage pieced together over an illustrious playing career and fledgling coaching expedition will make for intriguing viewing, a story decidedly worth telling and hearing.
The ratcheted-up camera presence on this random Thursday is born of necessity. By cause of his own rookie success, Stackhouse’s story is wilfully being plucked from his hands and is beginning to be told on a much more prominent scale, a long-term storyboard facing expediting because the third-act resolution—Stackhouse landing an NBA head coaching gig—is breathing down the protagonist’s neck.