Originally written December 29, 2012 on Laker Nation:
Los Angeles Lakers reserve forward Antawn Jamsion was brought in to be a great scorer off the bench this season for a championship caliber team. However, after being given reduced minutes and not playing in the past five games Jamison (via Mark Medina of L.A. Daily News) is beginning to question whether or not Los Angeles is the place for him; #bbpBox_284912185086472192 a{text-decoration:none;color:#A800C9}#bbpBox_284912185086472192 a:hover{text-decoration:underline}Antawn Jamison to me about 5 DNP's: "It doesn't make sense at all. They're pretty much telling me my services are no longer needed."about 22 hours ago via webReplyRetweetFavorite@MedinaLakersNBAMark MedinaPhoto Credit: Getty ImagesJamison is averaging a career low 7.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 20 minutes per game this season as a Laker, while his career averages are 19.2 points, 7.8  rebounds and 35.9 minutes per game. His averages this year are even lower than those of his rookie season in 1998-1999 as a Golden State Warriror.Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times spoke to Antawn in more detail about his absences after the Lakers recent blowout win Friday night against the Portland Trail Blazers;Antawn Jamison has seen just about everything in his NBAcareer.“Not this,” he said Friday after sitting out a fifth consecutive game via the dreaded DNP-Coach’s Decision.“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.”Jamison didn’t stop there and had more to discuss;“There’s a competitor in me that wants to compete and I know I can help the team,” Jamison said. “Whenever I get answers, I guess I’ll feel more better about the situation but nothing has been told to me why nothing has happened or that I did anything wrong.“DNPs for the first time in my career. I have not had a conversation with [D’Antoni] about anything about the situation.”ESPNLA writer Dave McMenamin spoke to heach coach Mike D’Antoni briefly about Antawn not playing before the blow out win;“Probably,” D’Antoni said, simply, when asked if Jamison would get a chance to cut his DNP-CD streak anytime in the near future. “Everybody gets another chance. We’re playing nine guys and I’m really liking Metta (World Peace) going and making us small. I like that. We don’t want to lose Antawn because he does what he does, but Darius (Morris), I want to keep developing him. His defense, his energy, his stuff of that sort. But, we’ll see. Antawn is ready to roll if we need him.”To continue on with his comments D’Antoni also said;“I’m sure he wants to play, as does any player wants to play, but he’s great,” D’Antoni said. “He’s a professional and he knows his chance will come around.”Jamison did not play within the first three quarters because he has been out of the rotation. However in the fourth quarter, with the lead well in hand, D’Antoni cleared the bench and sent in Robert Sacre, Devin Ebanks, and Earl Clark while Jamison sat and watched.Sacre, a rookie from Gonzaga, has been back in forth with the Lakers and their D-league affilate the Defenders and has played in 13 games with the Lakers. Ebanks, a young reserve forward, has played in 15 games this season. Earl Clark, acquired in the Dwight Howard trade, has played in 9 games with the team this season.Post game Coach D’Antoni spoke about Jamison not playing in “garbage time”; #bbpBox_284903504722673664 a{text-decoration:none;color:#639}#bbpBox_284903504722673664 a:hover{text-decoration:underline}D'Antoni said Antawn Jamison is too good a player to play garbage time. He could return to rotation at some point, but out of it right now.about 22 hours ago via TweetDeckReplyRetweetFavorite@LakersReporterMike TrudellAftrer signing to play for the Los Angeles Jamison came with lofty goals and expectations. It was widely assumed that he would come off the bench to add another threat to a team full of star players. With Steve Nash and Dwight Howard being added to the starting lineup Jamison’s averages off the bench would provide the needed scoring punch to turn the Lakers from a good to a great team.Yet that has not happened. In a season full of peaks and valleys for the Laker faithful Antawn’s absences have become an obstacle to overcome instead of a pillar to rely on. The season is still young and there is a lot of time between now and May to turn things around. However comments like these are sure to present problems unless they are addressed soon.Antawn Jamison has the reputation for being the consummate professional and being a pros pro at all times. I believe this is Jamison simply stating his current displeasure with his lack of playing time and looking for a way to help contribute to the team. Regardless of how he feels, the ball is not in his court.The post Jamison: “My services are no longer needed” appeared first on Laker Nation.
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