Jamison: I love Cleveland, but Los Angeles is unbelievable

I love Mike (Brown) to death and don’t know what the situation would’ve presented itself had he stayed but for me I’m one of those guys where first of all just give me the opportunity to be on the court for an extended period of time and eventually I will find a way to contribute but it was difficult for me to come in the game and my only three or four shots were threes and I’m a guy that needs to get into a rhythm with tip ins, slashing to the basket or pick and pops or things of that nature. […] It’s unbelievable in Los Angeles. I love the fans and the people of Cleveland but it’s nothing like playing here in Los Angeles. Great weather, restaurants, there’s always something to do. In Cleveland, when it becomes November and December, the only thing you can do is try to win basketball games and watch television.

— Former Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Antawn Jamison, Tuesday, in an interview with ESPN Los Angeles with Mason and Ireland. Jamison’s play with the Lakers has improved substantially since the hiring of Mike D’Antoni. He was the Cavs’ second-leading scorer behind point guard Kyrie Irving in 2011-12.

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  • This just in: Not as much to do in Cleveland in November and December as Los Angeles. Also, water is wet and Cleveland has a river that has previously been on fire.

  • Lyon25

    Heaven forbid someone tries to win basketball games.

    Never cared for him and this just solidified it. Keep jacking 3s buddy

  • mgbode

    oh, it’s Mike Brown’s fault that you cannot accept your tertiary role on the Lakers and are struggling with your 3pt shot.

    or that your lack of defense led to him keeping you on the bench more (especially since you also could not hit your shots).

  • Alex

    There isnt much to do in cleveland for the other 10 months of the year either

  • RGB


    You’ve got to be tough.

  • Kevin B

    Someone should introduce Dr. Teeth to the coat. Also, THIS JUST IN: THERE ARE NO RESTAURANTS IN CLEVELAND.

  • “In Cleveland, when it becomes November and December, the only thing you can do is try to win basketball games and watch television.”

    At your salary, you’re trying to do one too many things. Get your ass in the gym.

  • Kevin B

    Ha! You and I took the same smart alec “this just in” in completely different directions.

  • MrCleaveland

    I feel his pain. First he had to pay someone to come plow the driveway to his mansion every time it snowed. And the heating bills for that palace were unreal. Then he had to have someone detail his Escalade like EVERY DAY. And for what? Just so he could go to work. What a drag.

    It sucked to be him.

  • JohnnyJesus

    Fixed this for you Antawn:
    “In Cleveland, when it becomes November and December, the only thing you can do is try to win basketball games and watch television and miss 20 shots a night.”

  • “Once it got cold in Cleveland, there was just nothing to do. I mean, I could have left my house, where there were scented candles and heated floors and flat screen tvs and a jacuzzi with scented bubbles, but I just didn’t. And it got really boring. But OMGZ LA, it’s always warm and I can make sand angels and get a pumpkin latte year round…it just blows Cleveland out of the water.” – Antawn Jamison

    Cool story ‘Tawn. Bunch of pansies out in these places that don’t have seasons. “There’s nothing to do in Cleveland” remains one of the laziest statements Ive heard. Put a coat on and leave your house.

  • mgbode

    cmon now. be fair. he took 20 shots a night. he only missed 16.

  • Adam

    Notice, he didnt mention the fans in LA. We may be miserable during the winter, but we are still passionate. Anyone who went to the 3-8 Browns game sunday can attest to that.

  • FearTheRoo

    A city is what you make it.

  • Antawnandgone

    We would have won an NBA title and LeBron would still be here if this loser would have done anything when he came here. He was good at garbage points with a garbage team, but sucked big time when we needed some production to get us a championship. I guess he didn’t think working on his free throws was something to do in Cleveland. Just proves he didn’t want to work to win.

  • Tim

    As a person who grew up here and partied here and then moved to Ft. Lauderdale for 7 years and then moved back, I’m sorry to say this but I completely understand. Should he have said that? No. But I’ve been back for a few years and cannot believe how dead the scene is here compared to when I left. There wasn’t even an E 4th when I left and it seemed like there was more people out an about 10 years ago.

    And this is something that other people who’ve lived here have said to me.

    Yes I believe you need to make everything work. And you can find stuff to do in Cleveland but I definitly can understand where he’s coming from.