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Antawn Jamison discusses new life in Cleveland

As I stated earlier, former Wizard Antawn Jamison left in the third quarter of the Cleveland Cavaliers' 97-95 win against the San Antonio Spurs on Monday after developing stiffness in his left knee. At the time he left the game, Jamison had already scored 17 points. He seems to have made an easy transition to his new digs. He's averaging 17 points and 7.5 rebounds in his first 10 games with the Cavaliers, and scored 30 points in a loss to Milwaukee last Saturday.

Jamison recently sat down with Branson Wright of the Cleveland Plain Dealer to discuss his new team. Jamison said that it was weird joining the Cavaliers because it was a team that he always hated and caused a lot of headaches, but added, "there was a piece of me that wanted to see what it felt like to play alongside LeBron James, and Shaquille O'Neal and Mo Williams and all those guys."

He also talked about his desires to win a championship. "I went from a situation where I was pretty much packing my bags in April to, my birthday is in June, so hopefully it'll be a great birthday this summer," he said.

The Wizards were once the loosest team in the NBA, but the Cavaliers have taken that title. Jamison said he doesn't mind being around a group of guys who know when to joke around and when to get serious. "I haven't stopped laughing, ever since I got here," he said.


Branson Wright talks with Cavaliers forward Antawn Jamison

Branson Wright talks with Antawn Jamison

By Michael Lee  |  March 9, 2010; 12:12 PM ET
 
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Antawn thank you for the effort over the years and helping the DC community. You entertained us greatly but your skill set is better suited for the cavs where you are a super role player rather than the number one option. I hope you win the ring.

Posted by: jefferu | March 9, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

I have to admit I'll probably root for the Cavs in the postseason because of the Jamison trade. It can't be that disloyal, considering where the Wiz are at.

Plus Jamison, not without his faults, was a great player on some winning teams here, and was saying before the season that he wanted to make a championship run. Kind of painfully hilarious that anyone had those expectations looking back on it, but the Cavs def have a chance.

The Wiz Celtics game showed a lot, I think, about where the celtics will end up. They would go 5-6 games tops with the Magic or Cavs. The Hawks have matched up well with them in past playoff series', they might take em out too.

Posted by: bigtriumverate | March 9, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

People can say what they want about him not being a great defender but he was likable as a person and he was the only person I felt bad for when michael lee did that story. I think it was the story of how Gilbert got suspended and antawn had his head down in front of his locker where he had that larry o'brian championship trophy.

Posted by: jefferu | March 9, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

correction* picture of the trophy

Posted by: jefferu | March 9, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Who's AJ? He's dead to me.

Posted by: tundey | March 9, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Who's AJ? He's dead to me.

Posted by: tundey | March 9, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Yeah. What you said. Anybody rooting for the CAVS just because ANTAWN is in the house in CLEVELAND is a turn-coat BENEDICT ARNOLD. REMEMBER ILGAUSKAS. He could have helped us this year. May he break a leg.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 9, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

GO SPIDERS. Take the A-10 tourney crown, then kick azz and take names in the NCAA's.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 9, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Ha...he's dead to you. Perhaps a poor choice of words considering he left largely because of the fallout from his teammate bringing guns into the arena.

Posted by: jacob930 | March 9, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Ha...he's dead to you. Perhaps a poor choice of words considering he left largely because of the fallout from his teammate bringing guns into the arena.

Posted by: jacob930 | March 9, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Which part of his leaving comments lead you believe that's why he left......."largely."

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 9, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

I can't even understand what you just wrote, big guy.

Posted by: jacob930 | March 9, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Scola is BALLIN recently, another nice test for Dr.Dray. Hopefully he takes the Spaniard to school then "pisses a few drops" on Flip for good measure!

Posted by: divi3 | March 9, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

It's going to be great to see the Cavs get beat by Orlando again and then when LaBron leaves for NY...AJ will be stuck in Cleveland.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 9, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Who is LaBron and why is he going to NY?

Posted by: jacob930 | March 9, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

That's exactly the point, isn't it? He's, by far, the best shooter on the team and every opposing coach and player knows it. As a result, they're making a point of not letting him get lots of open looks. The shots that he has taken have been open looks that he's put down at a good clip. But those are few and far between.

The better question is, what would you rather do when he doesn't have an open shot? Force one up even though he's covered, or move the ball to an open teammate? He's chosen the latter, and his coach clearly endorses that.


Posted by: kalo_rama | March 9, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

That's just it, Kal. The teammate is not "open" anymore. Teams know M&M is NEVER looking to shoot and he is looking to pass... Again, that is why all of them are jumping the passing lanes. Look at his amount of turnovers the past 5 games.

And please do not forget this is a "very skilled" ball player who is very capable of driving to the rim when he wants to also. He is not just a "jump shooter". If he was I would not be on his case as much.

However when he drives to the paint on one of his many dribble penatrations, he needs to not leave his feet everytime and then pass off to the wings or corner. Every team knows he is going to do that.

He is going to have to start doing a couple of short jump and pops near the foul line. Once he does that more often it will open up the floor more for open shots in the 4th quarter. It won't matter if he hits or not, because just the threat of him shooting now will make opposing defenses play him more honestly.

Posted by: BulletsFever | March 9, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Who is LaBron and why is he going to NY?

Posted by: jacob930 | March 9, 2010 2:52 PM

b78 wishes ill upon AJ and Gil at all times for whatever reason, just how he rolls.

Posted by: divi3 | March 9, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Hated to see AJ go but it works out for the best for him and the Wizzies.
He cudda hada shot at the championship "IF" everything worked out from game one of this disaster of a season. BUT everything worked out the opposite.
Good luck Antwan.

Posted by: VBFan | March 9, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully he takes the Spaniard to school

Posted by: divi3 | March 9, 2010 2:45 PM

Luis Scola is from Argentina just like our Oberto. Does that mean Oberto is gonna bring his A game (0 pts, 4 rebounds, 5 fouls)

Posted by: jefferu | March 9, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Luis Scola is from Argentina just like our Oberto. Does that mean Oberto is gonna bring his A game (0 pts, 4 rebounds, 5 fouls)

Posted by: jefferu | March 9, 2010 3:27 PM

oops! He played pro ball in spain, got that confused.

I'm sure Fab will get his time on Scola tonight, Flip generally yanks Mcgee after his first adventurous FG attempt- usually about 5mins after tip

Posted by: divi3 | March 9, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

"That's just it, Kal. The teammate is not "open" anymore. Teams know M&M is NEVER looking to shoot and he is looking to pass... Again, that is why all of them are jumping the passing lanes. Look at his amount of turnovers the past 5 games.

And please do not forget this is a "very skilled" ball player who is very capable of driving to the rim when he wants to also. He is not just a "jump shooter". If he was I would not be on his case as much.

However when he drives to the paint on one of his many dribble penatrations, he needs to not leave his feet everytime and then pass off to the wings or corner. Every team knows he is going to do that.

He is going to have to start doing a couple of short jump and pops near the foul line. Once he does that more often it will open up the floor more for open shots in the 4th quarter. It won't matter if he hits or not, because just the threat of him shooting now will make opposing defenses play him more honestly."

I understand where you are coming from here, but this is my take on him the more I watch him play.

MM is athletic enough to turn the corner and penetrate the defense to a certain point - Foye is very similar. However, his defender is always right on his hip putting pressure on him (no blow by's) and I am starting to think he doesn't have quite enough athleticism to finish in those situations especially in traffic. As far as open shots are concerned, he does pass up a few up every game, but he also has many more shots that would be semi-contested if he took them and he seems to feel like he can't make those shots at a high enough percentage or get them off. Perhaps his shooting percentage is such bc he is so selective and would not be as high if he tried to finish at the rim or take those semi-contested shots. Basically, on the athletic, get-my-own-shot-whenever-I-want scale he seems to be extremely limited and we are giving him too much credit.

Put him on a team with a penetrating PG who knows how to drive and kick or a team with enough weapons that he is often left alone (supposed to be the Wiz before the trades) and he could utterly destroy teams from the 3 point line. Otherwise, he seems to be an over paid shooter who knows how to rebound for his position and keep the ball moving.

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 9, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Honestly, I can't think of one game this year that MM made contested shot after contested shot or made multiple pull up shots. He's either drained 3's when he's been left alone or he's gotten garbage put backs right at the rim. That's MM.

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 9, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Also, just because I advocate Giving Nick time, doesn't mean that I think he is the future 2-guard. Who knows.

Posted by: G-Man11 | March 9, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

I'm down with that.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 9, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse


And maybe if he plays halfway decently, he will gain in trade value

Posted by: Blurred | March 9, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Honestly, I can't think of one game this year that MM made contested shot after contested shot or made multiple pull up shots. He's either drained 3's when he's been left alone or he's gotten garbage put backs right at the rim. That's MM.

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 9, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse
_______________________
Exactly!
Miller has a very slow release on his jumper. Come to think of it, Miller doesn't seem to do anything well when he's on the move except rebound. Errand passes, no touch on his lay ups, no accuracy shooting. It's odd for a player with his talent.

Posted by: bozomoeman | March 9, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

I think you hit the hammer on the nail rphilli. MM is a 3rd option player that has to play off of the 1st or 2nd option player. He is a complementary piece at best not meant to be the high volume scorer. Everyone loved him when Gil, caron, and antawn were together playing with MM for like 4 games but then MM becomes more of the focal point and we see his deficiencies.

He would be successful playing off of jameer nelson, Deron williams, lebron, kobe, tony parker, or somebody that draws double teams.

I mean isn't that what makes guys similar to him look better (kyle korver, jason kapono, peja). MM is not a ray allen reggie miller type player

Posted by: jefferu | March 9, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

"And please do not forget this is a "very skilled" ball player who is very capable of driving to the rim when he wants to also. He is not just a "jump shooter". If he was I would not be on his case as much."

He isn't much of a penetrator. Doesn't move his feet enough. Is tall so it's easy to slap at the ball.

That's why I find it confusing that people seem to feel gypped if he doesn't penetrate and try to get FTs.

You know who I always wondered about, in terms of taking the ball to the basket? Nick Young. Here's a legitimately long guy with one of the best vertical leaps in the NBA and he wants to dribble around and shoot fallaway 3 pointers. I never understood it. It's almost like a tic that he can't get rid of.

The Wiz don't have a take-it-to-the-hoop penetrator at guard. Wish they did. Maybe they could trade half a dozen players for one.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 9, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

The Wiz don't have a take-it-to-the-hoop penetrator at guard. Wish they did. Maybe they could trade half a dozen players for one.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 9, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Actually Boykins does this several times a game.

Makes an amazing "oh no he didn't" shot at least one of those times. And gets crushed the others.

Posted by: Blurred | March 9, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

"That's why I find it confusing that people seem to feel gypped if he doesn't penetrate and try to get FTs."

I dont think anyone expects him to penetrate and score so much as people want to see him take contested shots. He'd get fouled plenty and score ez points at the line. As it stands, he wont take anything but a completely wide open shot, and even those he passes up mysteriously

Posted by: divi3 | March 9, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS...
Good news, the Wizards gave Shaun Livingston a second 10 Day contract...
Bad News, he doesn't play.

Posted by: bozomoeman | March 9, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Makes an amazing "oh no he didn't" shot at least one of those times. And gets crushed the others.

Posted by: Blurred | March 9, 2010 4:40 PM

always funny to see opposing fans cheer some of those, cant help but root for the 5'5" guy amongst behemoths

Posted by: divi3 | March 9, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

I always wince when he goes in there and then you lose sight of him and then this orange sphere just sort of pops up over 6 outstretched arms and plops in the bucket.

It is an amazing sight.

Posted by: Blurred | March 9, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

The Wiz don't have a take-it-to-the-hoop penetrator at guard. Wish they did. Maybe they could trade half a dozen players for one.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 9, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Actually Boykins does this several times a game.

Makes an amazing "oh no he didn't" shot at least one of those times. And gets crushed the others.

Posted by: Blurred

I think Samson literally means to the hoop, as in attacking the rim. Young definitely has the athleticism to do it. Not sure he has the handle or the mindset. Personally I think he's too in love with his jumper. But I also don't know if he is willing to take the contact needed to really rock the rim.

Posted by: ts35 | March 9, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

You know who I always wondered about, in terms of taking the ball to the basket? Nick Young. Here's a legitimately long guy with one of the best vertical leaps in the NBA and he wants to dribble around and shoot fallaway 3 pointers. I never understood it. It's almost like a tic that he can't get rid of.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 9, 2010 4:34 PM |

Flip doesn't like tics.

Posted by: artiesliver | March 9, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

You mean because he takes a lot of shots, right?

Posted by: Samson151 | March 9, 2010 4:27 PM

You tell me, here are the digits:

In games this season where NY plays 25mins or more(10 games), he averages 13FGA and 3.4FTA(joe johnson is at 3.8 for comparison)

and to piledrive the dead horse, in that same set of games he averages 17pts on 46%FG

that would seem to be the kind of production we're looking for right now, but who knows

Posted by: divi3 | March 9, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Percentage, Shmercentage.

Nick can't get playing time because he looks like the guy who stole Flip's girlfriend in college. That simple.

Posted by: harrybalz | March 9, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

The Blatche awakening muddies the NY waters in my mind. I felt fairly confident Blatche would never display a consistent work ethic, no matter what the situation. I previously believed if he would not invest in his role coming off the bench, then no more could be expected as a starter. Clearly I do not understand the modern athlete. Since becoming a starter he is now consistently dialed in and even talking some smack...what the?!!

- On Sauders post game comments about Blatche -
Flip must be quite old now, older than he suspects at least to even take that approach, particularly for where this team is today. Can you imagine where AB's head would be now if Flip instead had said, "Well Andre got baited a little there at the end of the game. Old KG got a little flustered after having Andre piss down his leg all day and decided to try the mental game, like the old cagey heavyweight. Worked out ok for KG this time but clearly Andre has his number and I doubt the schoolyard stuff will protect them in the future. A new day is dawning" Yes, completely displaced from reality I agree. That said, Andre's confidence and affinity for Flip both go off the charts. Maybe this just seems easy to me because I have small children?


Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows | March 9, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

good stuff shadow. is that positive reinforcement? we don't does that 'round here.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | March 9, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Percentage, Shmercentage.

Nick can't get playing time because he looks like the guy who stole Flip's girlfriend in college. That simple.

Posted by: harrybalz | March 9, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse
Nah it was the wifey/daughter 3 way NY pulled off this summer. All flip saw was a brown arse and some nondescript etchings in the back of they guys scalp as he cleared the bed with a 41 inch vertical and dove outta the window making a collar popping gesture. it didn't hit flip til training camp.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | March 9, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

The Wiz don't have a take-it-to-the-hoop penetrator at guard. Wish they did. Maybe they could trade half a dozen players for one.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 9, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Actually Boykins does this several times a game.

Makes an amazing "oh no he didn't" shot at least one of those times. And gets crushed the others.

Posted by: Blurred

I think Samson literally means to the hoop, as in attacking the rim. Young definitely has the athleticism to do it. Not sure he has the handle or the mindset. Personally I think he's too in love with his jumper. But I also don't know if he is willing to take the contact needed to really rock the rim.

Posted by: ts35 | March 9, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse
well, EB try to penetrate but he is far from the rim to attack it and get a chance to go to charity line.This ball club had LH,AD and GA as penetrating gards,I do not see much from foye. NY is a poor ball handler,he can not penetrate, he can not defend, he is inconsistant in shooting,we all saw how players like dixon are out of NBA,i think he will soon will be a jorney man

Posted by: gtefferra | March 9, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Nah it was the wifey/daughter 3 way NY pulled off this summer. All flip saw was a brown arse and some nondescript etchings in the back of they guys scalp as he cleared the bed with a 41 inch vertical and dove outta the window making a collar popping gesture. it didn't hit flip til training camp.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | March 9, 2010 5:39 PM

LMAO!!!

I'm sure Nick would say it's just circumstantial evidence. Flip has definitely been giving him the ol' fisheye since he got here!

Posted by: harrybalz | March 9, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

@lil- HAHAHA, great stuff man especially the collar poppin

Posted by: divi3 | March 9, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

it's tha collar poppin that burns Flip's soul

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | March 9, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Does NY have NBA game?
Flip should start him and let him play a whole half. Then do it again the next game to see if it was just a fluke.
I think NY is just too immature to realize what's happening to him.
I think Blatche was like this his first few years and finally the light bulb lit above his head.
NY is gonna grow up and I hope he's stilla Wizzie when he does.
He's cursed with potential.

Posted by: VBFan | March 9, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

"I dont think anyone expects him to penetrate and score so much as people want to see him take contested shots. He'd get fouled plenty and score ez points at the line. As it stands, he wont take anything but a completely wide open shot, and even those he passes up mysteriously. Posted by: divi3"

So you think he should take more contested shots.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 9, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

If you want to see somebody take contested shots, Nick Young is your man. This is a guy who actually dribbles around so his defender can get in position so Nick has to shoot a fallaway thirty foot jumper with a hand in his face.

Just kidding, but if you want inexplicable shot selection, Nick Young is your man.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 9, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

I think what folks around here want from Miller is for him to be more aggressive on offense. Fair enough. If you think about it, he's probably the Wizards' most skilled all-around player. Not necessarily the most talented, but he does have skills.

Unfortunately those skills don't include electrifying drives to the basket, so personally I'm glad he sticks to rebounding, passing, and shooting three pointers, all of which he does very, very well.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 9, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Flip has AB's back tonight. The should be giving the rookie ref hell. He's jerkin it out there.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | March 9, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

I tried to watch the Cavs, but I couldn't do it. I got tired of every commentator worshipping LJ.

The Mavs are a different story. I am rooting for them.

Although Antawn claims he cared about the city, he hopped on the first thing smokin' to Cleveland. I wouldn't be surprised if he petitioned for a trade. At the very least, Caron wrote a note.

Nice knowing you, AJ, but you are just a blip in Wiz history.

Am I wrong to hope the Cavs don't make it to the Finals and LJ leaves?

Posted by: syvetteavery | March 10, 2010 6:32 AM | Report abuse

Antawn already admitted that he asked Grunfeld to trade him.

Posted by: harrybalz | March 10, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

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