The story of Antawn Jamison is analogous to that of Karl Malone, Charles Barkley or even Patrick Ewing: all veteran players who later in their careers sojourned city to city in pursuit of a coveted NBA ring.
In 2004 Jamison joined a talented Dallas Mavericks team but failed to secure a title. Shortly thereafter he was again disappointed by a series of early playoff exits as a Washington Wizard. Last season, Jamison looked to have finally scored it big: a role as LeBron James’ sidekick and a likely beneficiary of a title. Instead, James left for greener pastures in Miami and Jamison is left carry the brunt of the load for a dismal Cavaliers team.
In mid-January Jamison told the Cleveland Plain Dealer, “It can’t get any worse than this,” following an embarrassing 112-57 loss against the Lakers. “If it is, y’all going to have to help me. I don’t know how much of this I can take. This, by far, is the bottom.”
Jamison’s Cleveland team looks to have hit the bottom but the veteran forward has continued to produce despite his team capsizing. Since the calendar turned to 2011 Jamison has posted multiple 30 point performances while logging nearly 40 minutes nightly. Without LeBron James, Jamison has shot the ball with more regularity and is attempting a career high of nearly five three pointers a game. Should the Cavaliers develop some semblance of cohesion this winter, it will surely be on the back of Jamison.
Who could have imagined that a mid-December trade to one of the NBA’s basement teams would awaken veteran star Rashard Lewis? Prior to being dealt from Orlando, Lewis had yet to log a double-figure rebounding performance but now as a Wizard Lewis has posted four in the past 15 days. For those who dispel the power of a change of scenery, Lewis has been the poster child for players looking to bounce back from a sluggish start.
Since playing in the Capital City...