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Antawn Jamison on elimination: 'It's disappointing'

By Michael Lee  |  May 14, 2010; 12:25 PM ET
 
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I figure AJ would be used to it by now. ;)

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | May 14, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

AJ was a bad fit for them. Ferry should be fired. He never put a balenced team around LBJ. They got who James wanted, not who the Cavs needed.

Posted by: burgess7911 | May 14, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

AJ's a bad fit for any good team looking for a starting PF. He's a sixth-man 'tweener. Not that there's anything wrong with that....

Posted by: Firuz1 | May 14, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Boy oh boy. It looks like Ernie G. did a real nice job on the trades he made. Man did AJ look lost out there with the Cav's or what. Now they owe him 2 more years on his contract. Wow.......

CB did ok with the Mav's but CB is what he is. He is looking for a big contract and the Wiz would have probably ended up paying too much for him to keep him.

DStevenson and getting rid of his contract was another great move by Ernie. I still believe however Haywood would be a great fit here next year. He is an unrestricted FA and a nice 3 year contract at about 6.5 million seems fair for what he brings to the table.

*** I almost felt sorry for Jamison because he looked like he was not even supposed to be on the floor with that starting 5.

Posted by: BulletsFever | May 14, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

AJ's a BUSTER!!! period. He is not a Powerforward, he is a Weakforward. If he was actually all that, why did the wizards send him packing? I agree that he is a bench player and didn't help the Cavs at all. He choked last night and should be dissappointed in himself...not the entire team.

Posted by: Moe22 | May 14, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

The Cleveland people cared only about keeping James. From the owner through Danny Ferry to Mike Brown, their sole interest was to enable Lebron James and try to keep him in Cleveland.

Jamison was a willing victim, and with Shaq clogging the paint and James roaming the baseline at will, there was no place for him, especially since the coach had no interest in plays for AJ that in any way hindered James' selfish drives and random shots.

If he stays, they'll need a gutty coach. If he goes, they'll need a real GM. Either way, the franchise is teetering on a cliff.

Posted by: joe2chase | May 14, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Jamison should have been on the second unit for the Cavs. His poor defense on Garnett was a real killer, and Hickson or Anderson V. would have been better starting options. Jamison would have matched up well with big baby.

But the bottom line is that M. Brown had no idea how to use Jamison. Jamison is not a spot up player. He needs to catch the ball on the move. That's when he gets those runners to fall, and his jumper has more rhythm.

Posted by: ZardsFan1 | May 14, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

AJ's a BUSTER!!! period. He is not a Powerforward, he is a Weakforward

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Well there is some real poetry there.

Posted by: crs-1 | May 14, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Garnett jumps over Jamison....Scores!!!!
All night long...to the tune of Lionel Ritchie's song....all night

Posted by: iamdawalrus | May 14, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Jamison went looking for a ring and, alas, found only some goat horns. I feel badly for him. But EG should get some credit for dismantling the broken bullets and getting a fair amount of loose change for the spare parts.
It's time for a lot of moving on in the NBA.

Posted by: khrabb | May 14, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Ben Wallace, Shaq, Mo Williams, and now Jamison this year. Who ever is in charge of personel over there needs to go...Ferry.

It seems like the timing of the whole "Gilbert" situation may not be that bad of a deal for us. It cleared our roster of some dead weight and the power scales may be tipping in the east soon...

Posted by: burgess7911 | May 14, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Turns out Ernie knew a thing or two about what he was giving up when he got rid of Jamison and Butler. Good Riddance!

Posted by: gimmedat | May 14, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

The reason why jamison didnt succeed in Cleveland is because unlike Washington he got more touches, thats what it comes down to, we all know what he can do. Jamison doesnt matchup up well with garnett to start with and the sytle of play doesnt fit either. Cleveland system its all about Lebron and players waiting around that doesnt help Jamison game

Posted by: cjdwolfpack | May 14, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

its funny how some are critical of Jamison and Butler not succeeding. They where the bright spots for a Washington franchise and i thought they could win with them but just like Cleveland Grunfield failed to put the right pieces around there was no veteran guy to go with ga butler jamison and haywood. When guys like a posey where avaible Grunfield decided to stay with young immature players like young and blatche.. Jamison and Butler situations doesnt deminish my thought of them. lebron and dirk didnt step up

Posted by: cjdwolfpack | May 14, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Oh gag-me with the Ernie love-fest, he is just cleaning-up his own mess. Ernie, Flip, and now Mike Brown,all failed (un-like Dallas) to properly use Antawn Jamison.

Posted by: closg | May 14, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Antawn is a class act - period. He had an awful series versus the Celtics as KG ate him up defensively but the greater part of the problem is that I don't think Mike Brown and the coaching staff made an effort to truly utilize Jamison effectively. Cleveland's half-court sets were virtually non-existent thru the whole playoffs. If it wasn't easy baskets on the break it was LeBron doing everying 1 on 5 and that type of basketball just doesn't work in the postseason. I'm not going to jump on the haterbandwagon and start bashing AJ or CB or BH for their postseason disappointments and point it out as proof that they are lesser players than we estimated during their tenure here in Washington. Truth of the matter is teams win championships - teams with focus and chemistry and in both scenarios (Caron & Brendan in Dallas, Antawn in Cleveland) there was never any true chemistry.

Posted by: blackman1 | May 14, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

"Boy oh boy. It looks like Ernie G. did a real nice job on the trades he made. Man did AJ look lost out there with the Cav's or what. Now they owe him 2 more years on his contract. Wow.......

CB did ok with the Mav's but CB is what he is. He is looking for a big contract and the Wiz would have probably ended up paying too much for him to keep him.

DStevenson and getting rid of his contract was another great move by Ernie. I still believe however Haywood would be a great fit here next year. He is an unrestricted FA and a nice 3 year contract at about 6.5 million seems fair for what he brings to the table.

*** I almost felt sorry for Jamison because he looked like he was not even supposed to be on the floor with that starting 5.

Posted by: BulletsFever | May 14, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse "

Looks like the only thing EG can do is trade away dudes that he shouldn't have signed/re-signed/drafted in the first place, while continually building lottery/mediocre teams.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | May 14, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Karma

Posted by: ivyleague | May 14, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Oh gag-me with the Ernie love-fest, he is just cleaning-up his own mess. Ernie, Flip, and now Mike Brown,all failed (un-like Dallas) to properly use Antawn Jamison.

Posted by: closg | May 14, 2010 3:08 PM

Oh spare me the "Antawn is just misunderstood" angle. He had a chance to do something big last night and he spit the bit. He shot 20% from the field in the biggest game of his life!!
BTW, he did go to an all star game under Ernie. Is it Ernie's fault that Cleveland didnt know that Jamison is now a "mess"?
You snookered another one, Ernie!

Posted by: gimmedat | May 14, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

gimmedat

No-doubt that AJ FAILED last-night, but he was a fish out of water in Mike Brown's system and he was not used properly. Two different things.

Posted by: closg | May 14, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

closg:

Your distinction between the two "different things" still doesn't explain how Ernie and Flip failed to use him properly and how Ernie is just cleaning up his mess, now does it?
AJ failed on his own last night. He missed wide-open, uncontested jumpers that he normally hits all day, every day. Stop making excuses for your 'tweener.

Posted by: gimmedat | May 14, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

the Curse of Zydrunas Illgauskas has begun for Cle. Bron better get the f##k ouuta there if he ever hopes to win a title. if that town wasn't snakebitten enough, they go out and destroy any goodwill that the sporting gods had been showing them, by trading us Big Z, him sitting out for a month til he could get bought out, then signing right back up with tha cavs. when asked about his time with the wizards he said something like "I was Undefeated" . Ask him how he felt about his second run with the cavs.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | May 14, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Here we go again with this AJ stuff, he's a good scorer for regular season basketball, that's it. He can't play any defense and in the playoffs when the defense picks up, his junk shot offense simply is ineffective. Glad he's not a Wizard anymore.

Posted by: stingem1 | May 14, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Dear Mr. Lee,

Please, no more coverage on this guy.

Posted by: stingem1 | May 14, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Dear Mr. Lee,

Please, no more coverage on this guy.

Posted by: stingem1 | May 14, 2010 5:45 PM

I couldn't agree more. Can we please get some more coverage of the upcoming draft prospects for our beloved Sea-Dogs? With 3 out of the top 34 picks, we could really stand to make some strides in rounding out a decent roster...

Posted by: Janitor_with_a_Jumpshot | May 14, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

YES...the playoffs are looking GREAT without the traded Wizards who thought that were contenders but are pretenders and are all at home like the rest of the Wizards. It's fitting that especially Caron and Jamison didn't get to shine in the limelight after being traded. The couldn't even support their team's superstars...WAY TO GO BOYS....glad you are gone with your overpayed salaries and overated talent.

Posted by: gman54 | May 15, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

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