He's not afraid.

He wants to compete every night.

He's a 33-year-old with some wear and tear on his body, yet he says he wants to play three or four more years.

And all those things you heard about how he couldn't stand the thought of playing in Milwaukee?

Forget it.

Stephen Jackson strolled into the Bradley Center on Wednesday and proclaimed himself ready to play for coach Scott Skiles and ready to be a leader for the Milwaukee Bucks.

"I have to be because it's not something that he (Skiles) is going to have to ask me to do," Jackson said. "It comes natural. Being a leader is nothing you can teach.

"With me having a lot of success in this league, I think guys will respect that. But at the same time, I'm going to lead by example. I'm going to gain my respect by playing harder and going out and trying to win games every night."

Point guard Brandon Jennings, who will have Jackson as his new running mate in the backcourt, attended the Wednesday news conference and sounded thrilled to be teaming with another former Oak Hill Academy (Va.) star.

"I feel like we got a piece in here that can control the locker room, a vet that is well-respected and wants to win," Jennings said. "And he won an NBA championship before (with San Antonio).

"And a guy I know personally before I even started hooping in the NBA. It's just going to be great for us. He's going to bring a lot of scoring here, something we missed last year.

"And I think you're just going to see a different Bucks team, overall. Just our attitude is going to be different and our passion."