Antawn Jamison’s Last Exit
When both Brendan Haywood and Caron Butler were traded, you knew Antawn Jamison just had to be traded too, sent to greener pastures … via leaving the Verizon Center in a car worth over a quarter-million dollars. Which, by the way, I’m told is a Bentley Continental, most likely a GT, and not a Maybach as was originally reported (thanks to @CarbonPrimo and the car nuts at @UpshiftReviews).
Michael Lee reports that Jamison even requested a trade. But did he even have to? Well, let me put it this way, he shouldn’t have had to. But you can’t blame ‘Twan for wanting to make sure Ernie Grunfeld wasn’t going to hold him hostage on an un-seaworthy ship with a plank, a revolver and perhaps an eye-patch and a devious smile.
Antawn Jamison wasn’t perfect, but he was a a pro’s pro. A throwback player. I wish ‘Twan all the best, but not necessarily a championship with LeBron in Cleveland. I’m not sure, I’ll have to see how I feel when NBA playoff time comes around.
There will be plenty of tribute posts for all the departed Wizards in the future, but until then, a couple quick parting shots of Jameson for Jamison’s last night as a Wizard in bullet-point form:
“He’s one of the most professional guys I’ve ever been around.”
-Flip Saunders on Antawn Jamison
I’ve taken to calling Jamison ‘The Gentleman’, but maybe he should be ‘The Professional’. After all, it is a business, as everyone has reminded us numerous times over the past couple of days. With Jamison driving off into the night in a Bentley, which evidently holds the world record for speed on ice, ‘The Professional’ is probably more fitting. So for now on, when I see that guy in a Cleveland Cavaliers uniform, I’ll just think, “There goes that professional.”
“When your name’s mentioned so much, you’re almost prepared.”
-Flip Saunders on life in the NBA
I’ve been pretty much prepared too. I wasn’t exactly disappointed that Jamison was traded, well, maybe a little since he’ll be subjected to LeBron’s shucking and jiving. No, my disappointment was that I didn’t get to see Jamison one last time in a Washington Wizards uniform.
VIDEO: Wizards players reflect on playing against the Timberwolves without Jamison and moving forward
“I’m 29, so I’m still one of the young guys.”
-Josh Howard when asked about leadership
I’ll mention that I’m also 29, and while I don’t consider myself old, I certainly don’t consider myself one of the young guys. But, if you want to do the calendar math, Josh is currently the sixth oldest Wizard, and that’s including Gilbert Arenas.
Fabricio Oberto was born on March 21, 1975, and even though he’s a great guy, I wouldn’t exactly look to him as a locker room leader. Zydrunas Illgauskas was born on June 5, 1975 and will never wear a Wizards uniform. Mike James was born on June 23, 1975 and could be gone today. Earl Boykins was born on June 2, 1976 and finally, Mike Miller was born on February 19, 1980, around nine weeks before Howard’s April 4, 1980 birthday.
All other Wizards are at least a year younger than Howard, with the youngest, JaVale McGee, being seven years, eight months and 22 days younger. So, despite his protests, Josh Howard is NOT one of the young guys, he’s an elder statesman in Flip Saunders’ stable.
- I must thank Brett Haber, sportscaster for the local CBS affiliate, WUSA. As Jamison was exiting the building in the video at the top of this post, via CSN Washington, … Surprise! … all of a sudden Haber pops from around the parking garage corner at the eight second mark, thus making a scene filled with potential sadness an unexpected source of comedy. As I watched that part several times upon the video coming out during the game, instead of grief, I was stricken with the giggles many times over. Here’s to you Mr. Haber.
- Even better is another angle of Jamison’s departure where you see a security guard tell Haber, “Did you understand, ‘No!’?,” who in turn responds with a meek, “Okay.”
- Then there’s Jamison’s message to Wizards fans: “I love them more than they love me.” Seems like an odd thing to say, as if Wizards fans didn’t quite appreciate him. Then again, he’s caught off-guard in a “moment” … so I’ll give him a break.
- The funny part is that someone at 106.7 the fan thought Jamison said, “May God love them, more than he loved me,” which actually kinda makes more sense.
- I just want to know two things, what song did Jamison play in his ride as he and Drew Gooden left the building (or was it just uncomfortable silence), and what song was Javaris Crittenton supposedly singing while he was supposedly loading his gun. I don’t think that’s too much to ask.
- After calling the Wizards, ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’, Mike Miller said, “It is what it is” …. drink.
Jamison, you are now free from your Groundhog Day nightmare. I bid you adieu.