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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. Mike - Aug 6, 2010 at 1:22 PM

    If organizations ran the place and players were treated like 2nd class citizens — they wouldnt make millions of dollars. They wouldnt be able to leave the team that drafted them unless they were traded.
    Stop defending them as if they werent collaborating the last 3 years. The only reason they are still on the same team is because, unlike the teams you say “own” them, they can talk and plan where they all want to end up and David Stern doesnt have the b**ls to come out and do anything about it.

  2. LAUGHING - Aug 6, 2010 at 1:28 PM

    Your comment actually makes me wonder about your education. How was it a dumb decision to go to a team that could potentially be a dynasty squad? Also if you knew ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS, than you would know popularity in the field is based on drama. The Heat will sell out anywhere they go because everyone wants to see them lose. The interviews alone will generate more money. Now all three of them are going to be marketed as the big 3 or three kings whatever you want to say. They will have crazy fame. You telling me that it wasn’t a good move to go try to create a dynasty?

  3. Ghost - Aug 6, 2010 at 1:55 PM

    where not as mad that he left . we are just mad at the way he handle it all. it want the right way and for that reason hes not classy. lebron gave up on us ! he promised not to leave cleveland till he brought a championship and did he stay ?? no , that is an unloyal man ! or should i say cry baby

  4. suck - Aug 6, 2010 at 2:18 PM

    cleveland sucks, lebron needed help, fans dont understand that. thats why in cleveland sports there is so much heartbreak. CLEVELAND SUCKS PERIOD.

  5. educator - Aug 6, 2010 at 2:41 PM

    Hey Suck…you can go back in the closet and continue sucking yourself…that way you’re retardation will stay where it belongs…Lebron is a classless *** and belongs in your closet with you…This argument has nothing to do with how well miami will end up doing or how many rings they will win…It is about Lebron’s dishonesty with the fans of the Cavs and his immaturity in the way he went about his decision…nobody has any argument about his classlessness, all you can say is it was a good business decision or he’ll win more…neither of these reasons have anything to do with having class or integrity of which Lebron has neither…by the way it’s a great business decision to go out in the woods or the middle of a lake and dump waste chemicals and trash etc…i guess being a good business decision makes it the right thing to do…

  6. JOe - Aug 6, 2010 at 4:19 PM

    were not haters first off!
    were pissed that we supported him and basically made him who he is today!!!
    we never dicked him over like he did us.
    he could have told cleveland weeks before that he was going so we could have pursued other big name free agents! he *ucked us!
    thats why we are all pissed, you idiots need to get it right..
    yea were salty that he left but had he done it the right way and gave us half a chance then we would not have burned his jerseys and despise him the way we do now.
    were pissed that he screwed us and we didnt have any chance of getting any other big names because we thought he was staying.
    so you wake up! know wtf your talking about before you talk.
    were gonna surrport the team we have no matter who is on our team and i cant wait to play miami! we know were gonna play hard and make it a contest unlike what you clowns think. we still have a team here and a pretty good one at that. im sick and tired of idiots blowin bs out there mouths in ignorance. were mad for a reason and were gonna have a chip on our shoulders for a long time so you get over it!

  7. This world is crazy - Aug 6, 2010 at 4:57 PM

    Some people acted like they owned Lebron….Basketball is just entertainment nothing more. Lebron is not loosing sleep about Cleveland being mad. Everyone whose mad will be the main ones watching when the season comes. Sooo what he is the villain, villains drives ratings. Ultimately that all any league cares about anyway. People need to stop acting like wrestling fans…that man didn’t know none of you or owed u anything.

  8. tiredofthemsinformed - Aug 6, 2010 at 5:07 PM

    If you watched EVERY Cavs game every year like most of us have, you would see how hard it is to play as a team when you have someone on the team like Lebron. Someone who’s favorite play is to dribble out the shot clock, then pass it to someone with 3 seconds left (who has no shot), then look at them like they’re an idiot when they don’t make the hurried shot. Besides that. A dynasty is one thing. Ruining the sport is another. It’s going to take these guys 1 season to destroy what legends like Bird, Magic and Jordan created. That’s why all the greats are upset.

  9. zippola - Aug 6, 2010 at 6:21 PM

    those teams won championships with players gotten through the draft or throught trades by their management of the team not a bunch of superstars running to them because of warm weather or no city taxes,or the buddie system these chumps agreed to 3 years ago at the world championships. it was colusion and an attemp to win a cheap ring because neather one could lead their teams past the lakers and celts and thats the mind set of the so-called superstars of today ruining the sport for their own selfish means no matter what and they still won’t win it because of chicago,atlanta,milwalkee,boston,orlando which will kick their a**s they are not a team as much as just 2 great players and a slight power-forward who have to play 40 minutes a game to win.

  10. zippola - Aug 6, 2010 at 6:38 PM

    how can lehogtheball win more anywhere else when he helped lead the cav’s to the best record in the NBA the last two years and then tank it in the playoff at lease in miami they don’t care enough about the sport so when LeChoke looks for a heart on the yellow sandy beach and chokes for them he’ll run off to L.A. or Boston In 6 years with another selfish a**ed Decision good luck LeRingless or should i call you Barkley Jr.

  11. Andy V - Aug 6, 2010 at 10:10 PM

    The first time one of those three amigos comes down the lane against Andy — LOOK OUT! — Can you say Clothesline –I believe one of those three will be injured this season for the most part — I’n not wishing it upon them though.

  12. Rocky48 - Aug 7, 2010 at 3:45 AM

    I must agree wholeheartedly with Unknown-on top of that there is no excuse for quitting-look at games 4 and 5 vs Celtics and LeQuitter looks like a 9th grade rookie playing basketball-go back and look for you non-believers

  13. bbbbb - Aug 7, 2010 at 8:40 AM

    oh cmon! Can’t u understand, Lebron would have stayed in lousy Cleveland if they have given him better teammates. Cleveland didn’t do their part! All they think about is that Lebron alone can lead them to victory!oh cmon!think about it! Even Michael Jordan had Scottie and Dennis,even Kobe had a Pau and Ron,but what did Lebron had in Cleveland?!O’neal?!Jamison?!maybe if they were 15 years younger!duhhh!Williams?!oh, the ball hog! cmon! Lebron’s decision was the best decision he ever made! most of you say that it was a wrong decision and that he wasn’t loyal to Cleveland? Well if he did come back, can the Cavs assure him that they would win the championships with those kind of teammates?! well if you wanted lebron to be loyal, why did you gave him the reason not to be?!CLEVELAND SUCKS!BOOOOOOO! i think for the 2010-2011 season, cleveland will have the worst record in the NBA!i can’t even imagine them winning a single game!BOOOOOO

  14. sal - Aug 7, 2010 at 10:38 AM

    cleveland is going to be terrible this year

  15. jay - Aug 7, 2010 at 11:26 AM

    already assuming he’s gonna fail?

  16. austin - Aug 7, 2010 at 1:14 PM

    Lebrons a joke. Sure you could say oh well he wants to win a ring! and everyone thinks three big stars can actually not get greedy with one another? y’all keep sayin it was his best decision, so he would rather be considered one of the least favorite players in the NBA and be a back up to Wade as team leader, no Lebron was greedy enough to leave Cleveland he is sure as hell greedy enough to try and take over the team. But whatever the Cavs will still be a playoff contender so haters keep talkin, Cleveland is the best city! GO CAVS!!

  17. Anonymous - Aug 7, 2010 at 1:30 PM

    NO LeBron did not give up on winning a ring in cleveland its just that he had no supporting cast!!!!!! Just face it LeBron is the best player in the world!!! some people think Kobe Bryant is but he’s old!!!!!! Lebron’s stronger, bigger, more athletic, smarter,and has better skills!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Get your facts straight DJ!!!!!!!!!

  18. Anonymous - Aug 7, 2010 at 1:43 PM

    What are you talking about blablam????????????????????????????? ten years and several titles down the road in five years LeBron will have BAD KNEES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lol.

  19. LieBron - Aug 7, 2010 at 2:14 PM

    I was very comfortable this postseason. LieBron said “My ultimate goal is to win a championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers and I won’t stop until I get that done.” I reacted as any Cleveland fan should. I thought, ok, if we win this year and he leaves, at least he got it done first. I also thought, if we don’t win, at least LieBron said he wouldn’t leave if he didn’t win. I was very comfortable in the fact that no matter what, we’d either have a CHAMPIONSHIP or LieBron would stay. Little did I know, LieBron is exactly that. A liar. What a loser.

  20. NeutralFan - Aug 7, 2010 at 2:28 PM

    Business decision is about money, yes I agree with you. However, making money is a long-term on-going process. Lebron is gonna stay in the league for at least another 10 years. Yes, he left 30M on the table by going to the Heat. But as others mentioned, winning championships will bring other profits that Lebron might have if he had stayed in Clevland. Think of Tiger Woods, if he was just a good golfer without any major or tour wins, he would be worthless. Sports is about winning which consquently means profits.
    LeBron made that decision for his own good. The world can judge all they wants, at the end of the day, as long as the decision aligns with his values and goals, it’s a good decion.

  21. steven turner - Aug 7, 2010 at 9:59 PM

    you say a business decision yea but it could also be the wrong decision. what happens to lebron if he doesnt win a championship in his 6 or 7 year contract then he will regret what he did. i do believe that the miami heat will not win the nba championship this season. three people cannot make a team.

  22. Omar - Aug 7, 2010 at 10:31 PM

    Cleveland without LeBron will be interesting indeed, now we will see if the fans are really fans of the cavaliers or LeBron, also we will see how the team will be put together, should the tank the season for a good chance at a draft or work hard to show they are a good team? Either way, JJ Hickson needs to step up, specially considering the fact they could have gotten Amare Stoudamire for him and didn’t trade him anyways. On another note, am i the only one who thinks Dan Gilbert made that letter just to try and make fans keep coming to games? Seriously, since his best guy just left he had to DO something to keep fans interested.
    Then again, i don’t know how the Cleveland fans are. Regarding to LeBrons “Decision”, its smart from a winning standpoint, although he did carry it out wrong the fact remains he has a great team with him right now. The Cavaliers were good, but they were lacking LeBron’s Scottie Pippen. The team wasn’t bad, they had some good role players but no second star and to win a championship he will need that second helper, because in my opinion Mo Williams fills in the third guy.
    Will he be remembered as a great of all time? Honestly i doubt it because of this move, but he is a great player, none the less. Is LeBron a liar? Fine, he is, then again who doesn’t lie? He tried he failed he decided to leave. I do believe he quit in the playoffs, he wasn’t as fiery as always.
    Either way its a long road for Cleveland, especially when they pay Miami, because its gonna be hard for them to beat them.

  23. Matt - Aug 8, 2010 at 9:14 AM

    I am not sure that LeBron was the leader that clearly he thought and Clevelanders thought he was. He was great to be around when things were going well, but he did not possess the desire to confront or challenge teammates. As the playoffs unwound this year, you could definitely see that Kobe was a true leader – unafraid to get into his teammates for not playing well, missing assignments, etc. LeBron showed his frustration with his teammates and did not challenge them to fight through it.
    I am still amazed by the last couple of games of the Boston series, where a player I didn’t really care for (A. Parker) tried to do what LeBron should have. He was actually trying to motive LeBron to play hard and to to fight on. I thought AP and LeBron switched identities, but then realized that no, LeBron was not a true leader.
    I actually am cautiously optimistic that there will be entertainment value down at the Q this season. 60+ wins, no – but I do believe they will play fundamentally sound TEAM basketball. They will be fun to watch and may just pull some surprises along the way. It will be fun to be an underdog again, because it will be the feel good story and steal headlines from the Heat.

  24. rome - Aug 8, 2010 at 2:29 PM

    I think the Cav’s are good enough to win about 45 games. If you look at the
    player’s brought in to play with the Cav’s, they all played worse
    with the cavs. Starting with Hughes who scored very well and was a slasher but because of lebron he had to change his style for lebron.
    Most teams move without the ball and get the ball in there sweet spot and get fast breaks. The cav’s just gave the ball to lebron and
    moved out the way not knowing what he would do. Look at the other player’s damon jones, wally world, antwan jamison and especially mo williams.
    Every one is on his case. He is not about standing around waiting for someone to pass him the ball he can create his own shot and he is a
    good passer. Lebron padded his own stats and made the players around him to
    reliant on him. Player’s were more consistant scorers before teaming with
    lebron. Its not all lebrons fault the coaching allowed it. when you have an
    offense where you stand around it makes it eaiser for the opposing team on
    offense, because the dont use any energy guarding you that is why rondo and rose were so good against us.

  25. Anonymous - Aug 14, 2010 at 6:39 AM


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