After inexplicably being shelved for the fifth consecutive game on Friday night, Los Angeles Lakers power forward Antawn Jamison acknowledged that head coach Mike D’Antoni’s decision-making has chapped his ass.
“My only thing is let me know why,” said Jamison, 36, a two-time All-Star who was chosen by the Toronto Raptors with the fourth pick out of the University of North Carolina in the 1998 NBA Draft. “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, a 6-foot-9, 235 pound winner of the NBA Sixth Man of the Year award in 2004, signed with the Lakers (15-15) for the veteran’s minimum in July strictly “to win a championship.”
The 61-year-old D’Antoni, who has compiled a coaching record of 398-349 since debuting with the Denver Nuggets in 1998, runs an extremely simple and fast-paced offense that is exciting for players and fans alike.
Although graying, there is no question that Jamison, who scored 33 points and grabbed 12 rebounds last month against the Nuggets, still possesses enough athleticism to flourish in D’Antoni’s system.
As a unit, the Lakers, who have the league’s largest payroll at just more than $100 million, are an extremely talented collection of geriatrics designed to capture the franchise’s 18th Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy this June.
Mike D’Antoni, who inked a three-year deal worth $12 million to lead the Lakers after the team axed Mike Brown in November, can “win a championship” with Antawn Jamison and, if believing otherwise, the offensive genius is Tinseltown’s newest village idiot.by