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Jamison: life without LeBron will be "interesting"

Aug 5, 2010, 6:13 PM EDT

Antawn Jamison has something of a knack for being on the wrong team at the wrong time.

He was the Warriors’ best player when the team was terrible. He was fortunate enough to play on some very good Wizards teams, but his team was knocked out of the playoffs by LeBron James and Co. on three separate occasions.

It looked like Jamison finally caught a break last season when he was traded from the Wizards to the Cavaliers. The Wizards franchise appeared to be in the midst of a collapse, and it looked like Jamison was going to be the final piece of the championship puzzle for the Cavaliers.

A few months later, things are a bit different. The Wizards have John Wall, Andray Blatche, and a number of other promising young players, and the Cavs are scrambling for answers in the wake of LeBron James’ departure. When asked about what the Cavaliers will look like now that James is gone, Jamison responded with a mixture of optimism and class, saying that things will be “interesting” for the Cavaliers next season, and that the team still has enough pieces to be successful without James in the lineup.

Jamison has been a very good player in this league for a very long time, and he’s always done things the right way both on and off the court. One hopes that he can find success in yet another tough situation.

  1. Malik - Aug 5, 2010 at 7:15 PM

    Stay classy Antwan, unlike LeBosh Wade, you will go down as a guy who took a challenge head on and even though you failed you never quit.

  2. Anonymous - Aug 5, 2010 at 9:28 PM

    Are you saying the someone who give an organization two contracts is not classy? In the world of the NBA where players are treated like second hand clothing, traded for players, draft rights and money, Lebron and Bosh were doing what was in their best interests. NBA teams do it all the time. It makes sense from a business standpoint. Why is everyone getting on these two for making the “PROPER” business decision, just as any team would do?

  3. Meluv F. Urburger - Aug 5, 2010 at 9:39 PM

    Will Wade and Bosh be at LeBeefcurtain’s bikeathon this weekend?

  4. George - Aug 5, 2010 at 9:50 PM

    The difference between LeChoke and Antwan is like night and day. Antwan is not a quitter and LeChoke well…..look at the videos of games 4 & 5 in ’10, along with game 6 of the Magic series in ’09. LeChoke flat quit on his team, probably so he could leave easier. LeChoke is a self serving ass.

  5. R U kiddin' me? - Aug 5, 2010 at 10:11 PM

    Yes, the NBA is a business. But last time I checked, most business decisions are made for financial reasons….profit! And I also agree that every free agent has the right to make their decision where they want to play and what they perceive to be in their own best interest. But please…. don’t spin this to be they made a ” business decision”. Each player made a selfish decision to serve their own needs…and that is they are friends and want to play together…. and that’s OK too. Owners make decisions to make their business profitable. And if you still think it was a business decision on LBJ’s part, you are sadly mistaken. The move and the way he went about it will hurt his “brand” significantly. He already has lost endorsements (not renewed) and taken less in player salary…..and you call that a good business decision……puh-leeze.

  6. RRR - Aug 5, 2010 at 10:38 PM

    I hate to take away from Antwan’s classisness by discussing LeBron, but I have to say his move to Miami just proves that he is not leadership material. If he was any kind of a leader, Chris and Dwayne would have moved to Cleveland!

  7. lol at selfish? - Aug 5, 2010 at 11:13 PM

    Ummm … making a decision to make your business profitable (thereby bringing yourself more money) is not selfish? You seem to have a very warped idea of what that word means. I’d say go back for an education.
    Teams do this kind of stuff all the time to players. Finally the players look out for themselves and people jump to call them selfish. Hah!
    No leader, no matter how charismatic, could ever sell Cleveland.

  8. rij - Aug 6, 2010 at 12:55 AM

    actually not quite. Due to no state income tax in florida, LBJ is not taking a salary hit. It will in fact equal out close to what he would get after takes in Cleveland. So in essence it was both a personal and business decision.

  9. Taxman - Aug 6, 2010 at 8:23 AM

    actually, you are incorrect. I am a CPA in south Florida. These guys do not have to pay state income tax for games played in Florida, but for the other 40 some games plus playoffs, they have to pay the state taxes of the states in which they work at the time, so their tax savings, while sizable to you and I, will not be as much as many believe. The money would have been better for LBJ had he stayed in Ohio. Bosh, on the other hand, gets out from the nearly 50% tax levied in Canada, so he makes out.

  10. Unknown - Aug 6, 2010 at 9:10 AM

    All you haters just give it up! Do you think for one minute that if A Jamison had just the slightest opportunity to join Lebron and all the others that he would not JUMP, LEAP and RUN to the chance to try and win a ring! Get real – Wake up! Call Lebron anything that you want – you all just show you are nothing but cry babies….The Celtics and Lakers are a bit concerned about the Heat…Would the Celtics take Shaq if the Heat were not what they are now…NO – No TEAM WOULD! Lakers are building to stay champs…and they should! They are the team to beat!

  11. Hartzy24 - Aug 6, 2010 at 9:51 AM

    If they made the right business decision, why are you watching sports? Sports has taken a turn for the worst because of the contracts that are being negoitiated. It is clearly different than when i was growing up watching Michael Jordan. He was not the highest paid player in the NBA until the final two seasons of his contract in Chicago so why didn’t he make a better business decision? Because he cared about things like loyalty, hard work, and perserverance. I am just surprised that Lebron was willing to ride the coattails of another great!! By the way, if it was such a fantastic business decision, why is Lebron going to lose millions upon millions of dollars in personal revenue because he has gone from NBA loved star to the most hated player in the game. Whoever is running his camp needs to take some business and P.R. classes because he is an idiot.

  12. DJ - Aug 6, 2010 at 10:31 AM

    The decision was not the problem, it was how he made the decision. When lebron decided to move to miami along with d-wade and chris bosh he gave up his leadership. He will no longer be considerd a team leader like michael or kobe. Its not that he couldn’t win a championship in cleveland, its that he didn’t, and then he gave up.

  13. old school baller - Aug 6, 2010 at 10:46 AM

    Legones lack of education finally came to the forefront.It was obvious this was his decision which made no sense from a business, leadership, financial or goodwill decision. To much emphasis has been placed on “winning a ring”. My projection of the end result?
    no ring, losses in the millions, no billionaire status and a hated individual.

  14. old school baller - Aug 6, 2010 at 10:47 AM

    Legones lack of education finally came to the forefront.It was obvious this was his decision which made no sense from a business, leadership, financial or goodwill decision. To much emphasis has been placed on “winning a ring”. My projection of the end result?
    no ring, losses in the millions, no billionaire status and a hated individual.

  15. GB - Aug 6, 2010 at 10:55 AM

    I just hope the mgt. of the Cav’s puts in some kind of rule for the court which will not allow lebron to throw his white powder or whatever it might be in the air as he has done over the years. that will get his goat, seeing he thinks its his trademark.

  16. tyler - Aug 6, 2010 at 11:19 AM

    your an idiot lebron wanted them to come but they wouldnt because they dont want to come to the city of babies cleveland

  17. renee - Aug 6, 2010 at 11:24 AM

    cleveland will beat miami 1 in 4 meeting this year

  18. LAUGHING - Aug 6, 2010 at 11:43 AM

    George you sound like a clown. Lechoke? yet he brought your trash team to the playoffs different times and your entire team couldn’t step up also. Why should one guy have to do everything. No championship team did one person do it all. You can tell most of you fans never played a sport a day in your life to know that it takes a team to win. Renee lol your going crazy if you can honestly say that all those bench players that are now starting are gonna beat Miami. Miami could beat them without Lebron and Bosh. I love the fantasy worlds you guys live in

  19. Dan - Aug 6, 2010 at 12:01 PM

    Lets hope so…………

  20. Sguy2130 - Aug 6, 2010 at 12:04 PM

    Jamison was proclaimed the missing piece and LeQuit bascially said he wasn’t by bolting to Miami. Slap in the face to Jamison and his old Cavs teammates. Jamison I’m sure would rather be on a team that is considered a high level contender, but I doubt he wants to play with LeQuit anymore. He spent his career not liking him to begin with from his time with the Wizards. The Cavs and Wizards hated each other for a while, and this was probably the nail in the coffin. Please think before you type.

  21. ace - Aug 6, 2010 at 12:41 PM

    Lebron didnt go to the heat because it was a good business decision. Business is about money and he left 30million on the table in cleveland. He has also destroyed his image as a leader. He is not second to wade. What sense does that make. If you cant beat em join em huh. True leaders and champions work hard and strive to be the best. he wants the easy way out. If he wanted it to be business decison then he shouldnt of made public promise to to cleveland fans.

  22. R - Aug 6, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    Bosh and D-wade didn’t come because the deal was all ready set that they would all play together in Miami…That’s why the all took the same contact extensions so the could all be free agents at the same time. Bosh and wade were together during free agency. Everyone all ready knew it was fixed and they all ready knew they were gonna play together. Anyone who didn’t see that is dumb.

  23. LAUGHING - Aug 6, 2010 at 12:57 PM

    RRR Cleveland didn’t have enough money to get Bosh and Wade. The only reason they could sign Lebron back at max is because they already had him. They would of had to rebuild the team like they are doing now even if the big three was there because they would of had to trade everyone just to meet the money needs of those three. Also who would want to go to Cleveland. The only reason Lebron went is cause he was drafted. If he was drafted anywhere else he would have played his best game there too. He just happened to be from Ohio and you guys got lucky.

  24. LAUGING - Aug 6, 2010 at 1:05 PM

    MAN MAN. You don’t get it do you? You Cleveland fans and the media puyt Lebron at the top like that. He did run with it yes. What does image matter when you have no rings???? ask Dan Marino how that feels. Quitting is if he was to leave while still under contract. Jamison is old now. If he was in his prime he would have done damage. He needed a second option and Jamison was not that. He also wanted to win. If you guys ever went to the basketball court and picked teams or even seen people pick teams, you always see the best players picking each other. Why is that? It’s because they want to win. Winning is the priority after your family is fed. You fans are treating these players like they are dogs fighting and when they don’t do what you want them to do, you shoot them down.

  25. blablam - Aug 6, 2010 at 1:11 PM

    It might not seem like a good financial decision to the short-sighted, but 10 years and several titles down the road this will prove to be the best financial decision he ever made.

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