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Lakers News: Antawn Jamison Unhappy With Benching Reviewed by Momizat on . A lot has been made of Antawn Jamison getting five consecutive DNPs after looking like he had finally started to pick things up in the last couple contests he a A lot has been made of Antawn Jamison getting five consecutive DNPs after looking like he had finally started to pick things up in the last couple contests he a Rating:
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Lakers News: Antawn Jamison Unhappy With Benching

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antawnjamisonA lot has been made of Antawn Jamison getting five consecutive DNPs after looking like he had finally started to pick things up in the last couple contests he actually made it onto the court. Fans have been asking about Jamison’s status and why he hasn’t been earning any playing time.

Following last night’s victory over Portland at the Staples Center, Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni talked about Jamison’s status and why he isn’t currently in the rotation. However, according to Mike Bresnahan of the L.A. Times, Jamison wasn’t buying what D’Antoni was selling.

“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 no question Jamison is frustrated with his lack of a role on this team. To this point he’s kept quiet and said the right things, but it seems that not getting into Friday night’s blowout win over Portland was more than Jamison could tolerate.

Whether or not he gets back into the rotation in the future is obviously yet to be seen, but for now it seems that he will continue to stay benched until D’Antoni decides to change his mind.

This season he’s averaged 7.2 points for the Lakers in 25 games.

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  • http://twitter.com/Mini_Mamba Freddy J

    He sucks. Tell him to kick rocks

  • http://www.facebook.com/glecy.dizon.9 Glecy Dizon

    D’Antoni is something else

  • http://www.facebook.com/monsantiano Ramon Santiano

    NoDantoni is the dumbest coach in the league this season. Can’t think of anyone else being dumber.

  • http://twitter.com/sti1lmatic _

    Jamison can give us 20+ points a night and is more athletic than Pau.
    This guy will be traded and then drop 40 points on us each time we play him.

  • the equalizer

    jamison is not playing b/c he plays zero dee…dantoni wants players that play with energy on both ends of the floor….jamison was getting schoooooled on defense…so to think that dantoni doesnt care about defense, has zero clue…when jamison does get minutes, he has to show effort on the dee end of the court…goo lakes and dantoni!!!

  • Nerdy_Kidd

    mike d’antoni offense with mike brown defense lakers championship team

  • ramos

    This is your coach like it or not either your with us or against us and if your with us support or coach cuz he aint going nowhere n if your against us then get off this site its for real laker fans that ride or die with the team not for no bandwagoners that only love the lakers when there winning damn sick of all the negativity when we win the title everyone will be saying how great dantoni is smh

  • ramos

    Look like it or not dantoni is our coach either your with us or against us if your with us support your team and coach he aint going nowhere phil is not coming back thats the reality of things if your aginst us then get off this site its for real laker fans that ride or die with the team win or lose we dont want no bandwagoners that only like the lakers when things are good when the lakers win the title watch how many people start saying how good dantoni is smh lakernation support not bash your team

    • http://www.facebook.com/garabed.turshudjian Garabed Turshudjian

      Good post senor Ramos.Very well said.A.Jamison and D.Ebanks don’t play defense at all and that is why he benched both of them. For that same reason, he would put Steve Nash on the bench, if we have had one good replasement PG. D’Antoni is one of the best coaches in NBA and although his system is more offensive, he pays attention on the D too.Don’t blame the coach for players not playing hard enough.

  • prince

    mike d obviously wants the d, and antawn doesn’t have the d

    • the equalizer

      exactly @ prince and ramos….gooo lakes and dantoni! anddd… we want the lakes to be playing their best basketball come playoff time…in time time…

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