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Antawn Jamison Dealt With ‘Unnecessary Nonsense’ With Lakers Reviewed by Momizat on . Along with superstar center Dwight Howard, Antawn Jamison will not be returning to the Los Angeles Lakers next season. Jamison signed a one-year deal with the L Along with superstar center Dwight Howard, Antawn Jamison will not be returning to the Los Angeles Lakers next season. Jamison signed a one-year deal with the L Rating:
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Antawn Jamison Dealt With ‘Unnecessary Nonsense’ With Lakers

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NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at Toronto RaptorsAlong with superstar center Dwight Howard, Antawn Jamison will not be returning to the Los Angeles Lakers next season. Jamison signed a one-year deal with the Lakers in an effort to win an NBA title before calling it a career. Jamison’s title aspirations did not not go according to plan.

With Jamison currently gauging interest in his services around the league, the veteran forward reflected on an extremely disappointing season with the Lakers and all the nonsense that transpired in Los Angeles via DeAntae Prince of Sporting News:

“It was fun,” Jamison said. “There was just a lot of unnecessary nonsense that really prevented us from accomplishing what we could have accomplished. Of course you can’t do anything with injuries and the coaches being fired…”

With everything that went wrong with this team built to win a championship last season, Jamison’s gamble to take the veteran’s minimum rather than signing a much more lucrative deal with a team like the Charlotte Bobcats didn’t pay off. The Lakers were considered a top tier team in the Western Conference with the addition of Steve Nash and Dwight, but couldn’t stay healthy or create any team chemistry until late in the season.

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Jamison was clearly disappointed with his role and all the off-the-court drama that took place in Los Angeles. The former Sixth Man of the Year says he’ll be making more of an effort to weigh his options in free agency this time around rather than jumping at another ideal opportunity on paper like he did last year, via Prince:

“Didn’t really view my options, but this year I really want to make sure I’m going to the right situation, where I have a good rapport with the coaching staff and also with management I’m able to communicate and get an understanding of what they want from me.”

Obviously, Jamison wasn’t given a clear indication from the Lakers’ coaching staff as to what the team wanted or expected of him off the bench. Although Jamison clearly wasn’t happy with his role, the North Carolina product was arguably the best bench player for the Lakers last season. A case could be made for Earl Clark, but Jamison proved to be the most consistent.

As of right now, Jamison has received interest from the Bobcats, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies. Charlotte may emerge as the frontrunner if Jamison is still intent on heading home.

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After reading his comments post-Lakers, check out what Antawn Jamison had to say at his Lakers introductory press conference, before the “nonsense”:


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  • CharlieMurphy!

    Jamison did a pretty damn good job with the bench last year. He was the most consistent.

  • Jim213

    I wonder what excuse they’ll think of for not communicating player roles

  • Sti1lmatic

    That’s always a problem in any work place. I’d like to see him go to a good team. He can ball regardless of what others may think.

  • hookedonnews

    He had an important role on the team. I don’t know what he’s complaining about. He apologized earlier in the season for griping about lack of playing time. Sorry it wasn’t a perfect experience, but no one ever said it was going to be. He should be glad he’s not out in the real word with the rest of us.

    • Sti1lmatic

      That’s true

  • ersliva

    once again we have another player looking at coach d’ahole as an incompetent nba coach

    • pcf

      dr buss put in his will that jim ran the team and jimwas when they went back to back,u werent bitching about jim then were u dude….p

  • ersliva

    once again another player that thought coach d’ahole is incomputant but also thought the same of little jimmy as well…

  • ra

    Recall (anyone?) that the reason Jamison came to LA was because of Mike Brown. He worked with him before, and was looking forward to fitting in with Mike Brown’s offense, which he did (well, hard to tell with only 5 games + preseason), in addition to getting along well with Mike Brown (who was a really nice guy, actually).

    Jamison’s style didn’t really fit in with D’Antoni’s system. So, we had DH, and Jamison, who didn’t work out with D’Antoni’s system. And with both of them there, Pau Gasol also didn’t fit in with D’Antoni’s system.

    I think that Pau will now fit in with the system, and all the players who ‘won’t’ fit in the system are gone.

    Let’s see how the ‘spot up shooters who spread the floor’ players work out.

  • Qing Zhang

    It’s mind boggling people blame the Lakers FO for this. Who was the ones that caused all those drama in the locker room? Did Mitch or Jim Buss suggest Dwight not to run Pick and Roll with Nash? Or did they have a problem with Kobe? The cancer is gone.

    For people who like to pamper Dwight, just follow him to the Rockets. Bandwagon ride is always free. For a player who asks to be the leader of a team, not using his skills to become the leader of a team, I don’t see what’s so great about him.

  • easyDreezy

    Well I can’t blame him. I’d take a lucrative deal over the team after the management handled things the way they did. Also, you cannot predict injuries. As a Lakers fan, we gotta admit it sometimes.

  • alfred lorenzo stine

    man yall always blow their quotes out of proportion! You writers are no better than espn

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