Stephen Jackson: 'Made my money'

Updated: June 5, 2013, 2:31 PM ET
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Stephen Jackson is in Miami, but not to watch his former San Antonio Spurs teammates play the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals.

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The veteran forward, who was abruptly waived by the Spurs in April, told The San Antonio Express-News on Tuesday that he hasn't watched any of his former team's playoff games and doesn't plan to watch them in the Finals, either.

On Tuesday, Jackson, who flew to Miami to have fun, replied, "nope," when asked by the newspaper if he had any regrets.

"Made my money," he told the newspaper.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said it was "best for our group" when the team announced Jackson's release in April.

He told the newspaper that he was released by the Spurs because he wouldn't play Popovich's "mind games."

After his release, he told Sister 2 Sister magazine that Popovich "wanted me to agree to players being better than me, and I didn't agree."

Jackson told the Express-News that the players in question were Danny Green and Manu Ginobili.

Sources close to the situation told ESPN.com's Marc Stein in April that the Spurs came to the conclusion that it was best to release Jackson to try to "move forward" with the players who will be in Popovich's playoff rotation.

Jackson was a member of San Antonio's title team in 2003 and was reacquired in March 2012 in a deadline-day trade with Milwaukee. He averaged 6.2 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 19.5 minutes in 55 games this season.

He told the Express-News on Tuesday that in the end, the release "was best for me so I wouldn't go crazy" and admitted, "I wouldn't want me on the team, either."

Information from ESPN.com's Marc Stein was used in this report.

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