Antawn Jamison doesn’t get Twitter. Neither does my 70-year old dad (okay, he’s 69, will be 70 next June).
He, my dad, was recently in town and Twitter came up in the dinner conversation. I tried to justify its relevancy by citing how it provides those in the media, bloggers, such as myself, the ability to extend personal branding (as HRO would call it), and even more so, how it’s great for late-breaking news, especially in the sports world. I trailed off and cut the list of merits short after seeing the look on my dad’s face, not mentioning how I’ve actually made friends with people via Twitter.
My pops, mind you, is not completely tech oblivious. He does have a ‘net book’. And I suppose Antawn is in the same boat.
Tom Sorenson of the Charlotte Observer has the first Antawn Jamison, ‘Here I Am’ article of the summer. Sorenson recently caught up with the Gentleman Jamison at his basketball camp in North Carolina. You should read the whole piece, but here are a couple select quotes:
But the Cavaliers crashed and burned in the Eastern Conference semifinals against Boston and crashed and burned again two weeks ago when LeBron giddily announced he was leaving Cleveland for the Miami Heat.
“I was disappointed,” Jamison says Thursday at his basketball camp at Carolina Courts in Indian Trail. “I only got to play with him two months.”
Okay, so Jamison wasn’t disappointed in LeBron as much as he was disappointed in his actions.
There was also this dubious quote in the article regarding Twitter:
He is universally well-liked and, even though he’s a Tar Heel, disdains Twitter.
Are Tar Heels usually relatively amicable toward Twitter? I’m not sure. And Jamison isn’t even quoted. Oh well.
One thing I can say is that D.C. misses Jamison, for many of the reasons outlined in Sorenson’s article. He’d probably play in Washington for less than half of the $28 million remaining on his 2-year contract, and Wizards fans would gladly oblige.
But back to “disdaining” Twitter for a second. Now why would Jamison do that?