The scowl is gone from Jerry Stackhouse's face. It's been replaced by a smile. But make no mistake, the spirit is still willing.
"I've got a burning passion still to get out there and compete and play," said Stackhouse prior to the Hawks' Friday night game with the New Jersey Nets at Philips Arena. "But I'm realistic about what I need to be for this team."
At 37, this Jerry Stackhouse is not going to go off for 30 anymore. But he's also not going to go off, half-cocked either. Gone is the loose cannon. Welcome the canon of wisdom.
"What he's doing over in that locker room is absolutely phenomenal from all the reports that I'm getting from some of the other players," said second-year Head Coach Larry Drew. "He's really holding that locker room together, which is something we've needed in the past."
"I think he's tremendous in the locker room for us," agreed power forward and two-time All-Star Al Horford. "He's making sure that he's keeping us together more than ever even though w...