SH Blog: Jamison said Kobe and Dwight didn’t trust each other; J.R. Smith angry with Pierce

Kobe vs. Dwight

It was quite obvious something wasn’t right last season in Lakers nation. An elite starting five that had many experts expecting a championship off the bat, but it wasn’t the lack of individual play that made the Lakers non-contenders, it was their chemistry that was out in left field.

Antawn Jamison spent last season with the Lakers, the majority of that time on the bench. But the 15-year NBA veteran saw greater opportunity elsewhere this summer, signing a one-year deal worth $1.4 million on Wednesday with the Clippers.

Jamison appeared on ESPN 710 in Los Angeles and was very open to commenting on his former team.

The veteran opened up about his view of Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard’s relationship.

“I really believed before we got started that those two could co-exist. But it just didn’t work out that way. Both guys are unbelievable basketball players, the best we have in the game right now. But for whatever reason we just couldn’t get that relationship as far as them communicating and them trusting each other the way you needed them to trust each other in order for us to win a championship. It just didn’t happen that way.”

Jamison also commented on the coaching situation in LA, which many felt was out of hand. After Mike Brown was fired early last season, the team was in a panic to find a new coach. With fans clamoring for a return by Phil Jackson, the Lakers went with Mike D’Antoni.

“I don’t dislike Mike. I obviously respect him as a coach. In my eyes, one of the best offensive-minded coaches in the league. I just think he was put in a tough situation … but toward the end of the season you saw him kind of open up, and we started to have a relationship, and I kind of understood where he was coming from.”

Kobe and Dwight have finally gone their separate ways, with Howard signing with the Houston Rockets in free agency. In hindsight, no team would have attempted to bring in Howard to play with another star, but then again, he’s with James Harden now.

Onto other news from around the league:

      • J.R. Smith, who always keeps the dog days of the NBA interesting, may have sparked a feud between the Knicks and Nets after he retaliated to comments made by Paul Pierce earlier this month. Pierce said he believed the Nets would eventually own New York. Smith didn’t take lightly to those comments and fired back during an interview with Ian Begley of ESPN New York.  Smith began to rant about Pierce and the Nets, saying, “I just look at him as a bitter person just getting out of Boston. He doesn’t really know what New York is all about. He’s been playing in Boston his whole career. He just knows, just know that his words have consequences and he’s going to have to pay for them.”

J.R. Smith vs. Paul Pierce

 

    • Aldridge Yahoo! Sports reported that Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge was displeased with Portland’s 2012-13 season but not to the point where he felt a trade was necessary. Over the summer, Aldridge was involved in a series of trade rumors, all stemming from his interest to leave Portland. It was reported that Aldridge’s representatives met with Blazers general manager Neil Olshey in Las Vegas to discuss trade possibilities but nothing materialized. But it was earlier this summer when the trade rumors all began. Jason Quick of The Oregonian reported that Aldridge “wants out” of Portland and believes the city is “too small” and “boring.” Does that means he will stay in Portland? Perhaps the better question may be, is Damian Lillard and the hopes of being a playoff team enough to keep him there?

 

  • Iske The Philadelphia 76ers have hired Chad Iske as an assistant coach, sources tell Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. Iske will join Lloyd Pierce on new coach Brett Brown’s staff. He has been part of the Denver Nuggets’ organization for the last 13 years when he started as an intern with the club in 1999. He was promoted in 2008 to assistant coach under George Karl. Iske is well known for his strength and conditioning and player development techniques. Although he’s never played competitively, Iske has also gained experience coaching high school basketball.
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  1. PC3 @swhtown20 says

    WHO WANTS 2 PLAY WITH KOBE? NOBODY RT Just Look At The Lakers A Pure Mess ..Lets Face It D12 Is Way Better off Marketing Wise & Houston Is A Way Better Team Then The Lakers per Espnnba RT 12th N The West…Kobe is An Ego Maniac That LA Has Created Per Nelly ..Most Overratted Player Ever Only Thing Kobe Can Do Is Score What Else? Not Effeicent At All Kobe Goes 7-27 Everynight=Losses..D Tony Who Encougares more shooting & No Defense Not Good For Lakers ..D12 Was The Best Laker Last YR. BUT 2 Bad LA Didnt Relize That But The Best GM in The Nba did Morey..Kobe &D12 Have 2different Personalities If Ownership Wanted The best Center N The Game n His Prime They Shouldve Amnestied A 35yr Old Kobe Who Just Suffiered A Career Injury..Kobe Is Not Worth 30mil For Half The Season Who Is Like Terrell Owens A TeamChemistry Problem Player..Puts His Ego Above The Team Who Thinks He Knows It All..It Was Hilarious 2 Put Kobe Personailty N The Meeting 2 Convince D12 To Stay Disaster Im Watching The Clips And Rockets Next Yr

    • jerry25 says

      Its pretty easy to figure out Kobe. He wanted and expected a 6th championship.when he promised to Dwight that he would retire after the season. Now that Kobe knows his dream of catching Michael is in jeopardy, he is will give it another 2-3 years, despite a serious injury.

      This won’t end nicely for the Lakers but ESPN(ABC)/TNT are betting that love them / hate them, fans will tune in to watch. Question is after Lakers miss the playoffs and fail to put together a competitive team in July 2014, will the NBA viewers care anymore? Will Laker Nation go into decline like with the Celtics for so many years? Celts now have only 3 games on ESPN/TNT, and they are special rematches.

      Dwight had Kobe figured out. NY Post writer Fred Kerber revealed that the reason Howard stayed with ORL is because their front office threatened to trade him to LAL if he didn’t accept his ETO. DH never wanted to be Kobe’s “boy” in LA. He had Kobe figured out correctly. Dwight made the right decision 2 months ago, and its laughable that people in the media couldn’t see it ahead of time.

  2. jerry25 says

    Lets not take JR Smith too seriously about him being Angry. Ian Begley probably tempted JR to respond about Pierce’s remarks. JR said that he rejected Nets in Feb 2012 after coming back from China. Truth is that Nets were never interested in JR.

    JR loses credibility when he says that Nets still aren’t any good. Even teammate Felton praised the Nets team when doubting Brooklyn would take over New York (city) eventually. Smith also guaranteed Knicks would win the championship this year, which is laughable.

    Everyone knows that Nets have a better team than Knicks, once again.
    Brooklyn has 17 games already scheduled on ESPN/TNT. Knicks were given 25 games. We will see by end of season if ESPN/TNT regret that decision.

    • PC3 @swhtown20 says

      JR Is A Immature Thug Who MT have A Mental illness… What A Bust In The Playoffs When They Put Playoff Defense On Him & Just Like All The Bad Decsions THE knicks Organzation Makes.. SIGN JR Then He Gets Real Surgery On His Knee I Mean Really Knicks Everybody Else Wouldve Let Him Go..Anybody That Thinks The Knicks Are A Good Team Has Lost Their Mind..If Tyson Can Get All The Thugs Melo Raymond JR& Shurmpet 2 Listen To A Real Leader The Could Be Great But Good Luck w/ All Those Bad Ppl RT Disaster

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