Jamison Thinks Injury Is Not Serious

Antawn Jamison, who went down with a strained right patella tendon in the first quarter tonight, was walking around after the game and said he is hopeful that the injury is not serious. Jamison is flying to Memphis with the team tonight and will undergo an MRI tomorrow.

"I'm not in that much pain right about now," Jamison said. "Initially, it hurt like heck. This ice is doing wonders for me."

Jamison on the play: "It gave out on me. I didn't hear a pop or feel a pop so I didn't think anything was torn but it just felt like somebody tapped it with a hammer. It was painful but once I calmed down and walked around a little bit, the pain went away."

Jamison actually said that if it was the regular season or if the team had a big game tomorrow night, he'd be willing to play so that's a good sign. "I don't think this is anything that is going to keep me out too long."


-I caught up with NIck Young and he told me that he will be out for a week and a half or so to rest his sore left knee. The knee was bothering Young during camp and really started bugging him after Friday's scrimmage. That timeline means that Young could miss the two games against the Hornets in Europe. Stay tuned.

-The health status of Jamison and Brendan Haywood, who is visiting another hand specialist tomorrow, is the main concern but as for tonight's game, the Wizards simply didn't look too good during a 108-82 loss to the Mavericks. They actually started off pretty well and led 28-27 after one but things fell apart from there.

-The key stats were 35.6 percent, as in the Wiz shooting percentage, and 23, as in the number of Wiz turnovers. The poor shooting and sloppy passing led to easy buckets for the Mavs. Andray Blatche (18 points, five rebounds, two steals and a block) was a bright spot as was JaVale McGee (seven points and three rebounds in 12:15 of PT). McGee stroked his first shot - a turnaround j from the wing - had one real nice block, ran the floor well and generally looked solid in his first pro game.

-I'll provided update information on Jamison and Haywood asap tomorrow.

By Ivan Carter |  October 7, 2008; 11:22 PM ET
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That's a HUGE relief! Let's hope that this was only a scare and that AJ only needs rest. It's already bad enough that Haywood may be sidelined for the year because of the wrist...

Posted by: Wiz fan | October 7, 2008 11:40 PM

Sorry to be a realist, but we've all seen guys injure their knee, walk off, feel pretty decent...and have a torn ACL show up on their MRI...Hope I'm wrong, but don't think we're out of the woods yet.

Posted by: Jake | October 7, 2008 11:41 PM

Tell Brenda to stop being a wuss and play with a cast or something. We CANNOT lose him 4-6 months and expect to make the playoffs with Elton Brand and co. in the east now.

Posted by: Bryan | October 7, 2008 11:50 PM

Man again?!…This is def a cure!, seriously, we should change our name, logo, or the owner or somethin, this is gettin ridiculous. Im sick and tired of all dis injuries and the words “IF” we r healthy, we can beat anybody", cause dat will never happen

Posted by: ak47 | October 8, 2008 12:01 AM

and haywood should just suck it up and ply, i mean kobe has the same injury just like him and he still opt to have surgery after this season, man brendon is such as pu**y

Posted by: ak47 | October 8, 2008 12:03 AM

That game was brutal to watch. Blatche and McGee looked good as Ivan said. Good to see Etan back in action. No NY or Dixon. Pech looked ok, as did DerMarr, and Dee. Caron looked good. Everyone one else was ineffective (DeShawn, AD, Darius, L.Johnson, Taj Mc, Dom). Overall we looked pretty bad. Not much else to say.

Disapointed to hear about Haywood, and his comments seemingly giving up on the season attitude.

A Blatche and McGee frontcourt future is looking pretty bright though!

Posted by: Darnell | October 8, 2008 12:07 AM

Im just hoping Brendan doesnt need the surgery. But I can see his point of view. He may opt to get it now to avoid disaster later on. But we'll have to see. I dont want to have to ask Etan to step up with Blatche @ center, especially if Antawn is going to be down, because then we will really need Andray at forward.

Posted by: Kym | October 8, 2008 12:10 AM

I cant believe haywood just givin up so easily, kobe has the same injury as him and he still opt to hv surgery after this season..I guess this is wat separate superstar from role player. haywood should just suck it up and ply, this is not life threatening injury or knee injury it just a ...hand. waht a pussy

Posted by: Anonymous | October 8, 2008 12:11 AM

i think either haywood or jamison goin down for quite sometime might be a good thing cause now Blatche can ply more minutes and we can see now how truly good he can be, it comes at the cost of other but i dont really mind cause he needs minutes and need to show wat he got, this is his 4th year

Posted by: ak47 | October 8, 2008 12:13 AM

(A) Unless you have a medical degree and have examined both men, no one is in a position to say Haywood and Kobe have the same injury. (B) Kobe has a torn ligament in his finger, Haywood has an injury to his wrist.

Posted by: kalorama | October 8, 2008 12:29 AM

The Curse of Les Boulez....

Posted by: www.ultimatefootballnetwork.com | October 8, 2008 12:35 AM

As for the game ... Blatche did some nice things, but he also showed he still has some learning to do. With his size, reach, and athleticism, there's no reason for him to be finishing off drives at the rim with one-handed scoops and finger rolls. He should be trying to slam it home with force and drawing fouls.

McGee has some nice physical tools, but priority number one is for him to get stronger. he gets pushed around like a kid on the playground against real NBA bigs.

Posted by: kalorama | October 8, 2008 12:42 AM

Given that this was only the first preseason game, it was still bad to see such a blowout by a team that doesn't really play that much defense.

I saw way too much one on one and Les BouleS got outrebounded by 18 boards and the Mavs had 13 more assists. Where was the hybrid Princeton Offense?

Game should have been closer since the Mavs had more turnovers and only shot 53% from the FT line.

It was a freak play when AJ got injured. It was basically a guy who got caught out of position scrambling to get back to his man and fell awkwardly. Dirk just basically broke him down with the first step and it was a short night for AJ.

AB looked good on the court, and played a bit soft, but pretty much, that's what I said his game was...finesse.

Also, I wasn't too impressed with AB's physique. Did he even work out this summer. A lot of flab around the arms.

DMac again proved to be a scrapper, but can't be relied on to score consistently.

Posted by: DC Man88 | October 8, 2008 1:03 AM

Kudos to Caron. He looks like he's ready for the season to begin.

Posted by: DC Man88 | October 8, 2008 1:05 AM

It'll be interesting what Les BouleS will do.

With BTH out of the lineup, possibly for 4-6 months, Les BouleS essentially have no size in the paint although there's plenty of height.

It could get really ugly.

If BTH's going to be out for a long time, EG might have to package some bodies to get a quality guy at the 5.

Chris Kaman for ET, NY, and next year's draft picks work.

ET's got 2 more years, and by that time, LA could write him off the books and use some of that towards Lebron.

I'm sure NY would love to return to LA.

http://games.espn.go.com/nba/features/traderesult?players=1982~851~3243&teams=27~12~12&te=&cash=

Posted by: DC Man88 | October 8, 2008 1:38 AM

Sure hope Antawn's injury is a minor one!

As for the rest, based purely on reading reports and looking at the box score in Dallas:

For this game at least, DMac really did not show that he had acquired any of the new offensive skills we have been hearing so much about in the training camp reports. DerMarr, meanwhile, showed the type of numbers you would like to see from your back-up 3...

Dee Brown seems to have done well and the much maligned Opech also seems to have had a productive game.

The results from AB were largely positive and compared to some of the comments coming out of Philly about Speights, I would say that JaVale passed his first test pretty well.

We do need Brendan back sooner than later.

To say nothing of Gil.

Posted by: khrabb | October 8, 2008 8:17 AM

See EG, this is what happens when you give a dude with a bum knee(Gilbert) all of that cash...you strap your team. If Jamison is out the season is definately done. I don't see them making the playoffs this year anyway to be honest.

I hope Jamison is "ok" but part of me would like to see what Blatche & Young would do in a full season with big minutes.

Jamison can't move laterally and got beat on the baseline yet again. Crazy thing is he hurt HIMSELF and just went down. Never seen anything like that before.

I think he should stop playing defense altogether, one of these days he's REALLY going to hurt himself. :P

- Ray

Posted by: Ray | October 8, 2008 8:25 AM

This season, is not a season for injury excuses.

If EG wants to win, then he's going to have to adjust.

Change is inevitable...it's how you manage change that's the key.

Posted by: DC Man88 | October 8, 2008 8:44 AM

Yeah, the ice makes it feel better BECAUSE IT'S NUMB! Yikes.

When I first saw Antawn's injury, I immediately thought ACL because of how awkward it was. But he says it's his patellar tendon, which is less serious. Mark this, though: AJ will never play consistently at the same high level again. Patellar tendon pain from an injury like that never fully goes away. I'll be surprised if AJ plays out his contract or if he ever reaches the same productivity again.

Don't want to be negative. I hope I'm wrong. On the bright side, Ja-VALE looked better than I expected. He and Andray both need to be more aggressive shot blockers. I also liked DerMarr's (sp?) game. Same height as AJ and brings some of the same skills, though with less productivity. But who knows? Maybe he can step it up (if he makes the team).

Posted by: Choowee | October 8, 2008 8:51 AM

A) Unless you have a medical degree and have examined both men, no one is in a position to say Haywood and Kobe have the same injury. (B) Kobe has a torn ligament in his finger, Haywood has an injury to his wrist.

Posted by: kalorama | October 8, 2008 12:29 AM

Thank you. BH is also approaching a contract year and needs to have this done and out of the way. He would be out 4-6 months which would have him back to us in time for Cleveland in the round 1.

Posted by: prescrunk | October 8, 2008 8:56 AM

He would be out 4-6 months which would have him back to us in time for Cleveland in the round 1.

Posted by: prescrunk | October 8, 2008 8:56 AM

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DING!

Funny stuff, prescrunk.

Posted by: Choowee | October 8, 2008 9:01 AM

I don't have a medical degree, but if BTH has a torn liagament in his RIGHT wrist (A) he won't be able to shoot or handle the ball with that hand which would make him a huge liability on offense and (b) would cut down on his aggressiveness on the defensive end and rebounding. It's not like AD's left wrist injury last year which didn't impact his ability too much to handle or shoot the ball (not to mention that AD doesn't play in the low post in a position where there is constant contact).

Pretty ignorant to question Heyood's heart when he's never had a serious injury and is coming off his best year. If the 2nd hand specialist says he needs surgery to avoid long-term problems, BTH and the Wizards would be stupid to put it off. These things happen and teams adjust; Etan would have to step up to start and AB would have to log some minutes as the backup center. You can't just trade for a new starting quality center at this point in preseason. We got through last year with no true backup center and won 43 games with no bench and were lucky BTH only missed two games the entire year.

Posted by: wizfan89 | October 8, 2008 9:34 AM

Another great resigning by EG. Eg has really done wonders for this franchise. He will leave us in the same place he left the knicks and the bucks. Worst GM ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | October 8, 2008 10:18 AM

"Another great resigning by EG. Eg has really done wonders for this franchise. He will leave us in the same place he left the knicks and the bucks. Worst GM ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | October 8, 2008 10:18 AM "

Funny and not funny.

Two of the worst defensive players on Les Boules get injured trying to play D.

Gilby: Hanging around in the paint waiting for a rebound and gets steamrolled by Gerald Wallace. Recovery has been a total debacle.

AJ: Caught out of position trying to get back at a wide open Dirk and then his knee buckles when Dirk makes a move.

171 mil right there for the next 5-6 years.

Posted by: DC Man88 | October 8, 2008 10:22 AM

"Haywood could be out for four to six months. Gilbert Arenas is out for at least two months after ANOTHER knee surgery
Antawn Jamison went down with a "strained right knee," and did not return to the Dallas preseason game
Dallas led by more than 20 points at the start of the fourth quarter
The strengths that were touted in training camp, chemistry and a defensive system, were both visible weaknesses on a shamefully outmatched Wizards squad

Can I have any good news at all, please?

Posted by: This is going to be a cooooold winter | October 7, 2008 10:43 PM "

Maybe we can call it the curse of Earl Monroe. He was the original guy who was sent packing by Abe because of a contract dispute.

Rumor has it that there's a buried Earl Monroe NY Knick jersey under the VC court before they poured the foundation.

Now, they will need to level VC before the curse can be lifted.

Posted by: DC Man88 | October 8, 2008 10:32 AM

If Haywood does require surgery, it is my feeling it will be far more painful than the loss of Gilbert for another year. I have always appreciated that Etan plays with heart but unfortunately he is sorely undersized and has pretty poor basketball skills...horrible shooter from the field or the free throw line, can't catch the ball in the post, up and under and half hook are only offensive moves. Haywood was one of the bright spots from last year and I was really looking forward to him building on that. Would have been even more intrigued if EJ had even a clue as to how to use a talented big man.

AJ obviously a concern as well, hate to be without his scoring and leadership for any extended period.

I wonder if AJ and Haywood are out for a period if EJ would burn Caron and AD for 45 min a night in deperation or reside himself to a rebuilding year with the focus on youth development...lol, yeah right. Unless Haywood and Jamison pop right back up, this year could be over before it starts.

Posted by: Dr. Strangelove | October 8, 2008 10:40 AM

I think EG is an idiot. He should have only signed players who weren't going to get injured.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 8, 2008 10:44 AM

"I think EG is an idiot. He should have only signed players who weren't going to get injured.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 8, 2008 10:44 AM "

Obviously you are joking.

The correct statement would be "EG should have not given a max money contract to a guy who's already injured while the team did just as well without him in the lineup as they did with him in the lineup."

Posted by: DC Man88 | October 8, 2008 10:51 AM

Can we please go back to the Bullets!

Posted by: Peyton Gray | October 8, 2008 10:57 AM

"BH is also approaching a contract year and needs to have this done and out of the way. He would be out 4-6 months which would have him back to us in time for Cleveland in the round 1.

Posted by: prescrunk | October 8, 2008 8:56 AM "

If BH is out for 6 mos. and AJ will be hobbled by injury the on 1 will be looking for is the "1st" pick in the draft.

Posted by: Dave, | October 8, 2008 11:21 AM

lol i hope ur wrong

Posted by: prescrunk | October 8, 2008 11:46 AM

"I also liked DerMarr's (sp?) game. Same height as AJ and brings some of the same skills, though with less productivity."

Johnson's skill set is quite different from Jamison's. Johnson is quicker and more athletic and better off the dribble than Jamison.

Posted by: kalorama | October 8, 2008 11:49 AM

The way it's shaping up lottery in closer than playoffs.

Posted by: Dave, | October 8, 2008 11:49 AM

BH lost will have more impact than that of AJ. At this point I trust Andre's game better than Etan's.

Posted by: Roy | October 8, 2008 11:51 AM

All i have to say is, we are cursed. I dont know how or why, but we are. Antwan gets hurt doing nothing. Gil got hurt doing nothing. Nick is out even though ivan reported that other than bth, everybody came out of camp healthy. And now bth might be gone for up to six months? cursed.

Posted by: c.bell | October 8, 2008 12:00 PM

Jamison spreads the floor and takes a potential rebounder out of the pain on offense. He doesn't need the offense to run directly through him. That said, we've never known what Blatche is capable of because he hasn't been in when he's had to be a "go-to" guy. From what the early reports have said, Jamison's injury isn't too serious....so we'll not be finding out if Blatche is ready for 40+ minutes or P-T and will have to carry the load anytime soon. He may however see more time at 5 if Haywood can't go with Etan still working his way back and McGee being a rookie.

Posted by: G$ | October 8, 2008 3:34 PM

the wizards suck anyways

Posted by: da boss | October 8, 2008 6:56 PM

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