Jason endured terrible
loss as a teenager. At a family picnic to celebrate his older sister’s
departure for college, his two-year-old brother, Caleb, wandered off and
When Jason led
the Pac-10 in points, assists and steals as a senior, he became the first
player to do so since his childhood hero, Gary Payton.
In college, Jason
always slept in his uniform the night before a game.
When he graduated
from Arizona, Jason was the only Wildcat in history to finish his career
with more than 1,000 points and 200 steals.
Only four Seattle-area
players have been picked higher than Jason in the NBA draft—Elgin
Baylor, Eddie Miles, Tom Workman and Detlef Schrempf.
Jason was the sixth
point guard Lute Olson sent to the NBA. The first five were Ronnie Lester,
Steve Kerr, Damon Stoudamire, Khalid Reeves and Mike Bibby.
Jason was the first
Hawk since Stacey Augmon to make the NBA’s All-Rookie team.
his first NBA triple-double in a 2003 game against the Chicago Bulls.
In 2002-03, Jason
became only the third Atlanta player to top 600 assists in a season.
Mookie Blaylock and Doc Rivers were the first two.
In 2004-05, Jason
and Steve Nash were the only players to shoot 80% from the line, 50%
from the field and 40% from three-point range.
Jason was the third Mav to be be named Sixth Man of the Year. The first two were Roy Tarpley and Antawn Jamison.
Jason has the
number 206 tattooed on his chest. It is his hometown area code. He also
has a tattoo of Underdog.
Jason talked to
a couple of sports agents while at Arizona and later admitted accepting
money from them. This came to light after he graduated, and the university
instituted an immediate self-imposed sanction, forfeiting its money
from the 1999 NCAA Tournament.
Jason has invested
in his hometown, establishing summer camps and building a computer lab
where neighborhood kids can do their homework after school.
Jason and his wife,
Johnyika, have four daughters. He coaches Jasionna’s AAU basketball team. In 2010 they took second at the nationals.
pre-game meal is chicken fingers.