Los Angeles Lakers' Antawn Jamison Unhappy at Being Benched

By David Charnley
Derick Hingle-US Presswire


Antawn Jamison has showed his displeasure shows his unhappiness at being benched and failing to play a single minute on Friday night.

Jamison was signed by the Los Angeles Lakers in July for the veteran’s minimum of $1.4 million and a one-year contract.

After the firing of Mike Brown it seemed that Jamison had begun to find his form under Mike D’Antoni. Back on November 30th against Denver Nuggets he scored 33 points by then could only average 12.3 points over the next four games.

He has now seen his playing time dwindling down and finding himself further down the bench next to rookie Robert Sacre.

At the age of 36 Jamison has had a distinguished career and with time running out on his career he is frustrated at his minutes of play.

“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.

“There’s a competitor in me that wants to compete and I know I can help the team.

“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.”

Jamison is averaging 7.2 points this season in 25 games, five of which he has started which is a huge decline from the 17.2 points he was averaging last season with Cleveland Cavaliers. Despite the fact it was assumed that his points would drop it wasn’t expected that he would miss entire games.

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