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Jamison reacts to Arenas's release

Antawn Jamison had just walked off the podium at TD Garden, where he answered questions about the Cleveland Cavaliers' 124-95 victory over the Boston Celtics, when I stopped him to get his reaction to Gilbert Arenas's release from a Montgomery County halfway house earlier in the day.

"I'm glad it's over with," Jamison said after scoring 20 points with a game-high 12 rebounds on Friday. "I think this is the most important part. He can get to just playing basketball. It's unfortunate the way things happened. We always envisioned, what I'm going through, doing it together."

This is the second time in the past nine years that Jamison was on a team that didn't have Arenas, with the two being teammates in Washington and Golden State. Jamison understands that Arenas's dispute with Javaris Crittenton, which led to guns being displayed at the Verizon Center locker room, contributed to him getting traded to Cleveland. Jamison is now two wins from advancing to the conference finals for the first time in his 12-year career.

Jamison was disappointed that he is the last player who started the season with the Wizards still playing. And hated to see Arenas get involved in a situation that nearly put his career in jeopardy. Arenas was sentenced last March to 30 days in a halfway house and two years of probation for a felony gun charge.

"That's tough," Jamison said. "He's a friend. A great teammate of mine that I've known, since he came into the league. It's behind us. I know I've learned from it. I know he's learned from it. Now he can just enjoy time with his family and do the thing the thing that he loves the most and that's playing basketball. I've been praying for him since the incident happened and I just hope things go in the right direction and he's able to enjoy himself on the basketball court again."

By Michael Lee  |  May 8, 2010; 12:24 AM ET
 
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Um, first to say, 'Who cares what Jamison thinks?'

He's no longer a member of the Wizards and now plays for the hated Crabaliers...

Michael - you couldn't ask anyone else, like, you know, current Wizards about this??? Shockingly poor journalism as usual from the Post.

Posted by: mohammed10 | May 8, 2010 1:32 AM | Report abuse

Very nice article.

Posted by: jjack1 | May 8, 2010 3:16 AM | Report abuse

Arenas, Butler, Haywood, Stevenson and McGuire might as all get on a bus and go watch Jamison try to win it all. That will be the closest they all will have for the feeling of "Championship Basketball".

Posted by: JohnWWW | May 8, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

"Michael - you couldn't ask anyone else, like, you know, current Wizards about this??? Shockingly poor journalism as usual from the Post.Posted by: mohammed10"

A current Wiz is not going to say anything negative about Gilbert Arenas. Certain not now that it looks like he plays in Washington next season.

Amazing what some folks consider poor journalism...

Posted by: Samson151 | May 8, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

You wonder how ex-Wiz like Jamison and Butler actually feel about Gilbert. Publicly, it's all sympathy. Privately, maybe they blame him in large part for last season.

The real question IMO is how good is the guy going to be next season? Good enough to play? Good enough to find a viable trade partner?

He's missed a whole lot of games.

Posted by: Samson151 | May 8, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

As far as a potential Arenas swap, it's the same issue that Warren Buffett had with tech stocks during the Internet bubble: how do you value them? Most of the discussion about trading Gilbert has centered on his contract. I thought for a while they'd just negotiate an outright settlement and release deal, but now that things have calmed, perhaps Leonsis wouldn't be so anxious to get rid of the guy. Gilbert obviously isn't a good fit for many teams, for basketball as well as $$ reasons. And the Wiz are no longer in blow-up-the-team-mode, which motivated the Cleveland and Dallas trades.

Things change.

Is there a potential trade partner out there?

Posted by: Samson151 | May 8, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Has Arenas learned? Who knows, but the money is against it?

Will Arenas play well? Who knows?

Will Arenas fit well with the young players? No.

Arenas may have $80m left on his contract, but he's worth only $20M. The $60m is long gone.

Leonsis needs to decide to build the current value of the team from where it is with Arenas or without Arenas.

It would be easier and more predictable without Arenas - even if the Wiz get only a $20M asset in return.

Posted by: Izman | May 8, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

One last thing: I couldn't believe it when I read in SI that the Wiz had been so far along in discussions with the Celts about Butler for Ray Allen. What in the world would they want with a 34 year old SG? Turns out they didn't, of course. Instead, they went with the young guy with the bad body.

Posted by: Samson151 | May 8, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Who's the guy with the bad body?

Thornton? Livingston? Howard?

Posted by: and_1 | May 8, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

"Um, first to say, 'Who cares what Jamison thinks?'"

I do.

I can't cheer for Cleveland, but I am pulling hard for AJ to win a ring.

He's very deserving of it, a true professional. If you can't cheer for him then who can you cheer for?

AJ is a class act all the way.

As far as Gil, I'm sure he's scared to talk to anyone right now but I would think he would be more forthcoming. Show people it is truly behind him and he's willing to move foward, even if the media isn't.

Show people he has a backbone instead of hiding under a hood down on his face.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | May 8, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Didn't they suck before Arenas had his OK Corral incident? This team wasn't headed to the playoffs anyway...

Posted by: authorofpoetry | May 8, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Um, first to say, 'Who cares what Jamison thinks?'

He's no longer a member of the Wizards and now plays for the hated Crabaliers...

Michael - you couldn't ask anyone else, like, you know, current Wizards about this??? Shockingly poor journalism as usual from the Post.

Posted by: mohammed10 | May 8, 2010 1:32 AM | Report abuse


mohammed

You are an idiot!

Posted by: MDterpfan | May 8, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

"Shockingly poor journalism as usual from the Post."

I'm sorry, but is it shocking or is it as usual?

Let's pick our battles a bit. AJ played here a long time; lots of people seem to like him despite his weaknesses. Thus, it's a relevant post.

Posted by: Urnesto | May 8, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

"Who's the guy with the bad body?
Thornton? Livingston? Howard?Posted by: and_1"

LOL there are a lot of candidates, aren't there? They've all got histories, and we haven't even mentioned Arenas yet.

The one thing most orthopods will agree on is that the best predictor of future injuries is a history of past injuries. If you're planning on building a club around Gilbert, Shaun Livingston, and Josh Howard, that takes some cojones.

Posted by: Samson151 | May 8, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

You think Arenas was the 'pitcher' or the 'catcher' in the shower when he was locked up?

Posted by: Max_in_Missouri | May 8, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

gil is still very serviceable. i think he just needs a coach willing whose "system" recognizes individual skills and talents and game plans around his players' strengths and weaknesses versus tonight's opponent's strengths and weaknesses. for next season, unless something very major happens in the draft or over the summer (less likely for the latter, i suppose), we have three guys locked in as starters: gilbert, blatche and mcgee and a scoring 6th man (young). if we find a tall strong-bodied starter at the #4, blatche may possibly(?) be able to move to the #3 and open up more space for mcgee to be 1-on-1, which means that HE (mcgee) will have to improve those skills. which he oughta be working on anyway. whatever guards we retain or obtain must be reliable pass-first shooters with enough quickness and handle to drive, draw and dish. more than all-star skills, perhaps, i think we need guys WITH skills who recognize their own and their teammate's skills and are able to bond around them. at the pro level, i am not a fan of coaches who demand players follow this or that 'system.' i THINK it better that the system use what each guy brings and that we define limits based on each guy's individual pro's & con's and how to work with whomever is on the court with him at that time. i BELIEVE that players win games and make coaches look good. coaches motivate and clarify player limits. almost everything else except specific timeout strategy takes place during offseason, preseason and at practice.

Posted by: dcjazzman | May 8, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

wooooooooooooow ignorance IS bliss thanks for the proof Max

Posted by: wiz313 | May 8, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

You are all idiots and so is ARENAS, except me. I am MR.Intelligent to you peons

Posted by: glawrence007 | May 9, 2010 7:23 AM | Report abuse

Jamison said. "He's a friend. A great teammate of mine that I've known, since he came into the league. It's behind us. I know I've learned from it. I know he's learned from it.

The problem is what did he learn from it?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | May 9, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

So is Gilbert now reinstated and done with his league/team suspension? Do the Wizards now begin remarketing Arenas merchandise? Is Gil allowed to go to Verizon Center to work out & practice?

Posted by: Darnell1 | May 9, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

The Wizards should return to The Washington Bullets, return to Red White and Blue colors, and make supporting our troops and gun violence education as their 2 main affiliations.

Also move their DLeague team to B'more!

Posted by: Darnell1 | May 9, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Offseason priorities:


#1 Draft Evan Turner.

Later picks target Duke C Zoubeck and MD G Vasquez.


#2 Retain their own FAs Livingston, Singleton, Miller, Foye.


#3 Sign FA C David Lee


Zoubeck
McGee
Lee
Blatche
Singleton
Thornton
Miller
Turner
Young
Ross
Vasquez
Arenas
Foye
Livingston

Posted by: Darnell1 | May 9, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Draft/FA plan B if not able to get Turner would be to take a big man (Cousins, Favors, Monroe, Aldrich) and then go after FA F Rudy Gay.

For example..

Zoubeck
McGee
Cousins/Aldrich/Monroe/Favors
Blatche
Singleton
Thornton
Gay
Miller
Young
Ross
Vasquez
Arenas
Foye
Livingston


But Turner is definately what I am hoping for!

Posted by: Darnell1 | May 9, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

I just did ESPN's draft machine 10X

1st eight consecutive tries got SF Wesley Johnson at #5... 9th try got Cousins at #3 and 10th try got Wall at #1.

Posted by: Darnell1 | May 9, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

I used to hate jamison' now i just dont care about him, although I hope dwight howard injures his pride in a week

Posted by: bford1kb | May 9, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

"I just did ESPN's draft machine 10X. 1st eight consecutive tries got SF Wesley Johnson at #5... 9th try got Cousins at #3 and 10th try got Wall at #1.Posted by: Darnell1"

Hmm, that shouldn't happen, given the Wiz at 10.3% and Golden State at 10.4%. Instead you should probably rotate between #5 and #6 most of the time, with maybe one in ten falling on the top pick (if you're lucky).

Posted by: Samson151 | May 9, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

The problem is what did he learn from it?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | May 9, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Maybe not to hang out with crazy morons? Or maybe that $12 mil a year is nice, but even nicer when you are in the 2nd round of the playoffs with a decent shot at moving to conference finals? Or maybe its nice to get the get the calls because you play for a team that has respect.

Or maybe that fans like you deserve a team made up of injured criminals.

Or maybe who cares, since he isn't a Wizard anymore.

Posted by: Blurred | May 9, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Hmm, that shouldn't happen, given the Wiz at 10.3% and Golden State at 10.4%. Instead you should probably rotate between #5 and #6 most of the time, with maybe one in ten falling on the top pick (if you're lucky).

Posted by: Samson151 | May 9, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Actually, this is pretty close to what SHOULD happen...80% of the time, it ended up within 1/10th of one percent where it is supposed to (on the 5). 10% of the time (when it had us at #1), it hit the statistical average to get the #1 pick, pretty much exactly as it should.

The we got the #3 without a countervailing #7 pick, but because we never got the #4 and instead always dropped to the #5, that pretty well averages it out.

Unless I am missing something, we tied for the 4th best record and lost the flip to go to the 5th best chance, so we should be swapping between 4 and 5, not 5 and 6.

the only reason this seems weird is that the ESPN draft machine didn't take into account that this is the wizards, so we really should have picked 5th 80% of the time, 6th 10% and 8th 10%.

Posted by: Blurred | May 9, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

"Unless I am missing something, we tied for the 4th best record and lost the flip to go to the 5th best chance, so we should be swapping between 4 and 5, not 5 and 6.posted by blurred"

Try it, see what happens.

Posted by: Samson151 | May 9, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

I read on Bulletsforever.com that it's mathmatically impossible for the Wizards to have the 4th overall pick.

They're usually spot on over there...

Posted by: elfreako | May 9, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Blurred:

Where do you think SANDERS will go in the draft? Which situation would be the best fit?

Posted by: glawrence007 | May 10, 2010 7:40 AM | Report abuse

Happened to come across a Texas post-mortem on the Spurs' loss to the Suns, which questioned why we didn't see DeJuan Blair more (9+ minutes) after he averaged 18 in the regular season. You recall Blair was the guy Reggie Miller expected to dominate Phoenix' smaller front line. The article's answer: 1) Blair has a tendency to commit the inopportune foul/TO against quicker players, and 2) he's a lousy foul shooter himself (hovers around 55%). The games were fairly close and the above flaws effectively kept him off the court at crunch time.

The thing I'd add is that Phoenix isn't as small as they once were, even with Robin Lopez unavailable.

Posted by: Samson151 | May 10, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

I agree with the TNT analysis that Pops should have gone with TParker much moreso in the series, he has always abused Nash and that particular match-up has been a large part of the Spurs success against the Suns.

It's odd that despite success it's never seemed like Parker was really one of Pop's guys, and now there is talk of him being traded.

Of course, the Spurs were too old (and too young) this year and werent going to win that series regardless

Posted by: divi3 | May 10, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

I read on Bulletsforever.com that it's mathmatically impossible for the Wizards to have the 4th overall pick.

They're usually spot on over there...

Posted by: elfreako | May 9, 2010 10:45 PM

They're absolutely right. Wizards
1. get lucky and jump into the top three, 2. stay put at No. 5 or
3. get pushed back to 6, 7 or 8.

BTW, the only way the Wiz stay at 5 is if nobody with a lower chance than the Wiz gets lucky. That ain't happening, folks.

Posted by: and_1 | May 10, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

What in the world would they want with a 34 year old SG? Turns out they didn't, of course. Instead, they went with the young guy with the bad body.

Posted by: Samson151

Same reason they wanted Howard. Allen is a FA after the season, so cap space and FA flexibility

Posted by: ts35 | May 10, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Arenas is not tradeable until he's reinstated by the league. He's not even finished his community service which may be a prerequiste from Stern to be eligible to comeback. I'm sure the Wiz would love to trade or give him away as he's an albatross around franchise's neck and the last link to the old Wizards teams that could never advance out of the 1st round. Don't forget that Arenas will have played a total of 50 out of the last 246 games since the beginning of the 2007-2008 season.

It's not like he was playing very well when he was suspended. The Wiz were trying to trade him for McGrady's expiring contract and they Rockets weren't interested. I see Arenas being back on the Wiz next year.

Posted by: wizfan89 | May 10, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

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