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Report: Antawn Jamison is frustrated by lack of playing time, seeks explanation

Dec 29, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

Antawn Jamison, Lamar Odom AP

Antawn Jamison came to the Lakers to play an important role in the pursuit of winning an NBA championship. He took less money — signing for the minimum — because he saw the Lakers as his best shot to be a key contributor on a winning team after toiling on the hapless Cavs for the past several seasons.

However, after being a key part of the Lakers’ rotation under both Mike Brown and Mike D’Antoni in the Lakers’ first 25 games, Jamison has not played in the team’s last 5 games. And he’s not happy about it, according to Mike Bresnahan of the LA Times:

“Fifteen years,” the Lakers forward said, recapping his career. “My only thing is let me know why. I don’t think you go from starting and 30-something minutes to not in the rotation whatsoever. And not explaining to me what exactly happened, that’s the toughest thing. There’s nothing you can do but be positive and support your teammates. The only reason I came here was they said I was going to play and to win a championship.”

“There’s a competitor in me that wants to compete and I know I can help the team,” Jamison said. “Whenever I get answers, I guess I’ll feel more better about the situation but nothing has been told to me why nothing has happened or that I did anything wrong.”

After the first game Jamison didn’t play (a Laker win against the Bobcats), Mike D’Antoni said that Jamison and Jordan Hill would be out of the rotation for the time being. There wasn’t a reason given beyond D’Antoni saying it was due to “no fault” of the players or how they were playing.

But if Jamison is looking for a reason, he only need to look at the players in front of him and the skills they’re bringing to the table that he’s not currently providing.

The main player that’s stolen Jamison’s court time is Metta World Peace. Unlike Jamison, MWP is playing strong defense while also providing a more varied offensive attack. These are the traits the Lakers’ need from their forwards and, sadly, Jamison wasn’t providing them when he was exiled to the bench.

In the last 5 games he saw game action, Jamison scored a total of 15 points (going scoreless twice) while shooting 23% from the floor in 85 minutes. Along with these poor offensive numbers was a lack of attentiveness on defense — especially in transition and off the ball in the half court. Considering the Lakers’ struggles on the defensive side of the ball, it shouldn’t be a surprise that better defenders are seeing the court while he sits on the bench.

This isn’t to say that Jamison can’t help the team. He is a good player who has already shown his worth as a spark off the bench and down the line the team will need him to provide that same punch. Mike D’Antoni seems to understand this and has said that Jamison isn’t out of the rotation forever and that he’ll get another shot down the line.

But when simply looking at the players in front of him and how they’re playing on both sides of the ball, it really shouldn’t be a surprise he’s not seeing much burn right now. Even if Mike D’Antoni has not outright told him, it should be pretty clear why he’s the odd man out today.

  1. bucs24 - Dec 29, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    Cause u and your team sucks

    • mytthor - Dec 29, 2012 at 3:44 PM

      Thanks for taking the time to add such brilliant analysis. You’re really swell.

  2. themagicfanguy - Dec 29, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    Poor Jamison. Spend his career on horrible teams, then goes to LA so he can finally win and they are having a .500 season. I hate LA, but always liked Jamison. Hopefully they trade him to a contender before he retires.

  3. ihavenonickname - Dec 29, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    Seems pretty whiney of Jamison, the reasons are obvious: he wasn’t playing well enough and there are other guys filling their rolls better. Why you gotta go complain about that?? go hit the gym!

  4. norcaldeportes - Dec 29, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    Remember when the Cavs traded for him & everyone thought he was the missing piece for the Cavs & Lebron to win a title? LOL. Even in his prime he was just average.

    • bougin89 - Dec 29, 2012 at 11:12 PM

      A the time of the trade Jamison was a good stretch 4. He could actually make shots and on paper was a perfect pick n pop player with Lebron to go with Varejao who was a good pick n roll player. Unfortunately Mike Brown could only draw up two plays either pick n roll or pick n pop with Lebron being the guy with the ball in his hands. Obviously Jamison didn’t work out in Cleveland.

  5. fanofevilempire - Dec 29, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    put on your BIG boy pants and sit on the bench……………..

    hehehehehehehheehhehehehe

  6. dannymac17 - Dec 29, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    personally, i want to see a post about that 19 point comeback by the clippers

    or are you tired of writing about the clips and just want to write about irrelevant lakers named jamison for the sake of writing about the lakers?

    • slowclyde86 - Dec 30, 2012 at 12:34 PM

      Speaking of whining…

  7. jerrysshadescleaner - Dec 29, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    Count brees in on also wanting an explaination as well

  8. bougin89 - Dec 29, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    Explanation: You used to be a quality scorer and decent rebounder. Now you are an inefficient scorer, very average rebounder and terrible defender because you are too slow to cover small forwards and too small to cover decent power forwards. I hate when players blame anything or everything but themselves. Look in the mirror….

  9. badintent - Dec 30, 2012 at 1:46 AM

    The only guy that boards and plays D from the bench is Hill. The bench is a joke.

  10. 00maltliquor - Dec 30, 2012 at 2:35 AM

    If he’s really that clueless then why don’t he just ask Coach D’Antoni himself?? Instead of telling the media!

    Really, I think it’s just Mike D toying around with his bench and tryna see who can and will step up and take an oppertunity by the horns. Jamison will be back in the lineup soon, he just needs to chill and work on his shot. Mike D can afford to tinker with the bench rotation, see what works. I would like him to try out DJO and see what he’s made of before Steve Flake comes back to eff up the rotation even worse.

  11. dko83 - Dec 30, 2012 at 3:17 AM

    Interesting read: http://deadspin.com/5960701/deadspin-nba-shit-list-antawn-jamison-captain-of-failure

  12. kavika6 - Dec 30, 2012 at 3:36 AM

    Too bad Jamison made the unwise decision to go to the Lakers. He should have known that kobe and dwight alone will take 50 or 60 shots a game.

  13. omniusprime - Dec 30, 2012 at 8:43 AM

    Jamison not getting any minutes lately is yet another sign that Dumbtoni is the most ignorant coach the Lakers could haver picked. All Dumbtoni is doing is burning out the stars in hopes of saving his worthless hide. If Dumbtoni isn’t rubbing Gasol the wrong way he’s now doing it to Jamison. Who’s next? This jerk is going to cause a mass exodus from the Lakers because he rubs players the wrong way, just like he did with the Suns and Snickerbockers.

    Play Jamison!!! Fire Dumbtoni!!! We Want Phil!!!

    • jimeejohnson - Dec 30, 2012 at 8:55 PM

      Are you Don Rickles?

  14. loungefly74 - Dec 30, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    Jamison is…contrary to what his (career) numbers say…not a great player. he is a garbage points/team player. scoring his points in slop time. okay, with that out of the way….MWP is playing tough. Jamison needs to learn there is a difference to your role playing on a contender. he will get his chance, im sure of it, he needs to be patient.

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