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Jamison admits Lakers still not sure where to be on offense

Nov 4, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

Antawn Jamison, Lamar Odom AP

Among the many things going wrong for a Lakers team looking like it is dealing with information overload this season (they are thinking not just playing), Antawn Jamison has not provided that scoring off the bench the Lakers expected this season.

Like pretty much everything Lakers through three games, he has been a disappointment — he is 3-of-8 shooting for 11 points total, 0-of-3 from beyond the arc and he has really not impacted games at all.

We could chalk this up to Jamison being confused in the Princeton offense like everyone else, except he played in Washington for Eddie Jordan — the Lakers assistant coach and former NBA head man brought in to run the offense.

So what gives?

“I know the offense pretty well, but it’s pretty difficult when one or two guys on the court know where to be at,” Jamison said after the Lakers loss to the Clippers Friday.

But as soon as he said that, he jumped into the “patience” mantra that can be heard throughout the Lakers locker room. And he added he’s not worried about his game, either.

“We all gotta be patient, it’s not about one individual it’s about all of us collectively,” Jamison said. “I think we all gotta be patient and not try to do things outside of our means, and just let it come to us. But it’s frustrating especially when you’re not winning and you want things to happen a little more quickly.

“I think this stretch, it’s hard to say it’s never benefit us in the long run, because we went through some adversity early just trying to get a feel for what to do at both ends of the floor. As far as myself, I’m not worried, it will come. When it comes hopefully it comes at the right time.”

Patience is in short supply in Los Angeles, not so much because the Lakers lost as to how they are doing it. With a softer scheduled stretch of four games coming up — starting with the Pistons Sunday — the Lakers have a chance to get some momentum.

That or really freak Lakers fans out.

  1. captainwisdom8888 - Nov 4, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    When I was in 6th grade, a teammate’s dad who had no business “coaching” us at all…decided he would install the “Princeton” offense into our gameplay. We were a group of young kids with no experience playing with one another.Needless to say this offense had us thinking way too much on screens, back door cuts, and we started the year 0-3 even despite having the best player in the league. A new coach came in the fold and had us play a much simpler game utilizing our strengths, especially the strengths of our key player…who was the tallest and most athletic guy in our small community. We didn’t lose another game the rest of the season and cruised to double-digit victories straight to a championship.

    The NBA is a bit more complex than that, you cannot over-simplify your gameplan. On the other hand, if you ask your guys to become overly-cerebral than you’re simply going to take away from their athletic abilities. This is a game dominated by athletes, after all.

    • cosanostra71 - Nov 4, 2012 at 4:37 PM

      I think there is some fundamental differences between an NBA team/athletes and a 6th grade team/athletes.

    • mytthor - Nov 4, 2012 at 9:19 PM

      With experience like that, they should fire Mike Brown and make you the new coach!

  2. BigBeachBall - Nov 4, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    when gasol/howard learn to be the twin towers in the paint… the lakers will start winning games consistently….

  3. silveradonguyen - Nov 4, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    If they lost game today to piston LAKER is over

  4. denimourson - Nov 4, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Lol Jamison your lost on offense

    • mytthor - Nov 4, 2012 at 9:20 PM

      You’re lost on grammar.

  5. captainwisdom8888 - Nov 4, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    Wait, you mean to tell me thats theres big differences between the NBA and my 6th grade bball team???? No sh*t

    Thanks for blowing my mind with your overly-insightful gift.

  6. weedman8693 - Nov 5, 2012 at 1:35 AM

    Captin douche bag, no need for sarcasm, gtfo

  7. unxpexted1 - Nov 5, 2012 at 8:28 AM

    why is Jamison speaking on anything that pertains to offense this season. He has done NOTHING.

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