“I haven’t been the same since I’ve seen it.”Watch @craigmelvin’s full interview with Stephen Jackson, a former NBA player and lifelong friend of George Floyd, who died while in Minneapolis police custody. pic.twitter.com/4qsdbBMxeB— TODAY (@TODAYshow) May 28, 2020“We’re going to get change. This is not right. Some kind of way we have to figure this out,” Jackson said. “Because you don’t want — Americans, you don’t want us pulling the ‘you’ on you.”You don’t want the people you’ve been brutalizing, the people you’ve been treating like trash, you don’t want them to turn around and do that on you. And that’s why America’s so scared of us. But we’re not going to do that. We come from a place of love … I’m going to get justice for my friend.”MORE: LeBron references Kaepernick protest after death of George FloydFloyd died Monday after a Minneapolis police officer, identified as Derek Chauvin, kept a knee pressed against Floyd’s neck for an extended period as he was prone on the street, periodically pleading for help and exclaiming he was having difficulty breathing.All four officers at the scene, including Chauvin, were fired by the Minneapolis police department.”For five straight minutes a white officer on our police department pressed his knee into the neck of a black man who was handcuffed, who was no threat and was articulating very clearly how he was impacted, how his physical health was being damaged and how he couldn’t breathe,” Mayor Jacob Frey told CNN.Frey has said the action used against Floyd in pinning his head to the ground is contrary to department policy, and he wants criminal charges brought against the officer.Melvin spoke to Jackson about the point in the videotape of Floyd’s arrest that he cries for his mother, who had passed away two years earlier. Jackson responded emotionally, “It hurt, because I knew that was a cry for help. I’m a black man, and I’m a strong black man, and I knew Floyd. That’s a cry for help. We don’t scream our mother’s name like that unless we know something is wrong and our life is in jeopardy … and we can’t control it.”“I knew that was a cry for help… we don’t scream our mother’s name like that unless we know something is wrong and our life is in jeopardy,” Stephen Jackson says about video of his friend, George Floyd. pic.twitter.com/ea98wo2A9i— TODAY (@TODAYshow) May 28, 2020A second night of protests in Minneapolis late Wednesday in response to Floyd’s death turned violent. One person was shot and killed. An auto parts store and construction site were set on fire. A department store and several other businesses were looted.Asked what Floyd would think of these protests, Jackson said, “He would be happy that the people are fighting for him, but that’s not the way he’d want them to do it. He’d want the people responsible for his death penalized. He wasn’t the type of people to hurt innocent people. We were the same type of people … We’d ride and see a homeless person, and if we can’t do nothing for him, we’ll get emotional. So this is not what Floyd would want. Floyd would want everybody standing together and fighting for justice. And that’s it. He’s not the type of person to promote violence.” Jackson played 14 seasons in the NBA, winning a championship with the Spurs in 2003, and now is a basketball analyst for ESPN. He said his friendship with Lloyd was “meant to be.” They were introduced by a mutual friend and came to call each other “Twin.” Jackson described Floyd as his “best friend.”Jackson said he was sent the video of Floyd being restrained by his girlfriend’s mother and did not immediately recognize that it was his friend on the ground.Stephen Jackson explains how he found out about the death of his lifelong friend, George Floyd. pic.twitter.com/YFG1fDY079— TODAY (@TODAYshow) May 28, 2020“I was thinking it’s just another video that’s she’s sending me, another black man getting murdered by the police. And I didn’t really pay attention to it,” Jackson said. “As I clicked out of the message, I had 50 messages, and I clicked on one of them from my friend, Mike D, and it said: ‘You see what they did to Twin in Minnesota?’ And I jumped up, screamed, scared my daughter, almost broke my hand punching stuff because I was so mad … It just destroyed me, and I haven’t been the same since I’ve seen it.” “Change is going to start with George Floyd.”NBA champion Stephen Jackson said much about his longtime friend, George Floyd, during a six-minute interview Thursday morning on NBC’s “Today” show, successfully fighting back tears at one point during his conversation with co-host Craig Melvin. His most salient message, though, was the hopeful declaration that Floyd’s death at the hands of police will be the last of these cases that have turned men such as Rodney King, Eric Garner, Philando Castile and now, George Floyd, into household names not for what they did, but what was done to them.