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Thursday, February 18th, 2010 at 11:00 am  |  56 responses

Rashard Lewis Not Scared By Jamison Trade

The Cleveland/Orlando rivalry gets better and better with each passing day: “The Magic player that will most feel the impact of Antawn Jamison’s addition to the Cleveland Cavaliers will be power forward Rashard Lewis. Jamison has caused Lewis problems on occasion. So what does Lewis think about the trade? ‘It doesn’t scare me,’ Lewis said. ‘I’ve been on all star teams as well as him. I think it’s going to come down to who executes better on the defensive end. Most definitely a great player. … At the same time one guy doesn’t win ballgames. They do have another guy called LeBron James which is going to be our focus.’ Magic Coach Stan Van Gundy said the acquisition made the Cavaliers ‘pretty formidable. They’re already the best three point shooting team in the league,’ Van Gundy said. ‘They get another guy who can stretch the floor with Shaq inside, LeBron on the perimeter.”’

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  • neaorin

    Damn I thought we were going to get a guaranshard. Oh well.

  • http://fjkld.com Jukai

    Don’t believe Rashard for a second.
    Jamison + Shaq was pretty much tailor made to beat the Magic.
    Jamison is a smaller four who can guard other smaller fours out on the perimeter.
    Shaq is a gigantic big who can guard other bigs without double teaming.
    I still say the Lakers are a better team, but let’s face it, the Magic are screwed.

  • http://www.basketballnonsense.com Melvin

    screwed Magic!

  • http://www.slamonline.com wayno

    Cavs > Magic, no questions asked now…The Eastern Conference is Mike Brown’s to lose now.

  • jumpman3224

    These playoffs are going to be soooo interesting. It would be ultimate irony if after everything DHowards ‘super’mans up and dominates Shaq in the ECF.

  • SonicProof

    its not like he was doing good this season anyway, other than vince this dude has been the most inconsistent.

  • Ronald

    Eh? Sorry what rivalry? A onet time one-sided playoff series and stupid comments by an aging veteran does not make a rivalry.

  • kev

    i dont know if the lakers are still the better team at all. Clevland really doesnt have any weaknesses. They have shooting, size, defense, and they are really deep off the bench.

    Lakers vs Cavs

    fisher vs Williams- advantage cavs

    parker/west vs kobe- advantage lakers

    lebron vs artest advantage cavs

    shaq/hickson/jamison vs gasol/ bynum/odom hmmmm maybe even

    bench vs bench – advantage cavs

    Cavs in 6! 2010 champs

  • http://theurbangriot.com/ NUPE

    This is what the Cavs and fans have been waiting for. Jamison is a huge improvement without giving up anything. Stat may have been an even bigger improvement but also carries a lot more risk. The Cavs were arguably the best in the East, and considering they beat the Lakers already, they now expect to win a ring. Lofty expectations, but very possible now.

  • Anthony

    @kev id pick gasol/bynum/odom over shaq/hickson/jamison any day of the week, it’s barely debatable

  • vmcb

    oh hey, Cavs! The championship is yours to lose. Have fun.

  • T-Money

    Gotta give it to Danny Ferry, he did his homework. Orlando doesn’t have any mismatch to exploit anymore. Shard won’t be able to double down on Shaq anymore because Jamison has to be guarded on the perimeter, they got size on the wings so you won’t see Delonte guarding someone like Turkoglu… They could still exploit Shaq in the pick n roll but Vince is just not as good as Turk with finding guys off of the side PnR.

  • WOODY

    Shaq>Bynum all day long. Jamison/Hickson/Powe/Varajao>Gasol/Odom because they outnumber them and because the first time Gasol is hit hard he backs off. A total wuss. It’s only not debatable to a deluded Laker homer.

  • dfrance21

    Why do people get so upset when the word rivalry is used. Does it make that much of a difference? I think this is a great pickup for the Cavs and now they are solid at every position. And if they get Big Z back after the 30days like people are speculating, they will be that much better.

  • Steve

    Is Jamison really that good? Cavs are a sure favorite, but if anybody is going to beat them , its the magic

  • http://theurbangriot.com/ NUPE

    The cavs are still a team of 1 all-star and 4 role players. Jamison is an upgrade and a decent second option. Shaq is not what he use to be and there is nobody else on the team that would be considered ‘very good’. They don’t have that much talent outside of LBJ. This makes them better, but certainly not as ‘deep’ as some people may believe. Ferry’s formula of 1 superstar combined with 4 decent role players with strong team concept seems to be working. This is by no means a stacked team with talent, but may be the best team because the style of play LBJ follows.

  • clos1881

    I don’t see Shaq being the factor alot of yall think he is going to be in the playoffs

  • http://slamonline.com AlbertBarr

    I think Jamison could be described as ‘Very Good’ NUPE. he does average 20 and 8 and he does it with versatility. C’mon now.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I think Jamison is going to disappoint y’all. I’ll go on record with that.

  • Juice

    yea @ nupe you are talkin kinda wreckless

  • SonicProof

    people seem to forget that the cavs still has leon powe and jj hickson sitting down, their bench is crazy now.

  • ripit

    Uh, people thought Richard Jefferson would help the Spurs too, and look how that turned out. Just saying, don’t hyperventilate over him yet.

  • LA Huey

    It’ll take at least one more playoff series (and Cavs have to win) for it to be considered a rivalry.

  • Robb

    If Howard plays like yesterday, it doesn’t matter who the Cavs get. Lebron’s supporting cast are gonna choke once more. James can’t win by himself.

  • kev

    @anthony, how is the lakers front court vs the cavs barely debatable? you mean to tell me that shaq cant match up with bynum (who is always suffering from some typ of injury)? jamison is just as versatile as odom and has more heart!(the only reason odom isnt a starter) gasol is a great player but he isn’t physical enough to go against shaq, hickson and varejao. Not to mention the possiblity of a healthy powe and the return of z. The cavs can throw a ton of different match ups on the court that the lakers or anyone else can’t.

  • T-Money

    allenp – why? do you think he’ll do less than what he did for dallas and wash and, if so, why? i’d be curious to hear your take. imo, he’s the perfect 4 to squeeze between shaq and bron and he can even play 3 against the lakers in a big lineup because artest won’t burn him with speed.

  • madis

    And yall forgetting Mo Williams who can also be referred as “very good”.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    T-Money
    Just watching dude with the Wizards, particularly in the playoffs, I wasn’t struck by him being that good when it counted. Maybe my opinion is slanted or something, but I remember him missing a lot of shots he should have made and playing horrible defense. I don’t remember him as a good passer.
    He can hit certain shots and he rebound fairly well for his size, but I would still have preferred Amare. But, I could be wrong, you never know.

  • ry ry faris

    when it comes playoff time mo williams chokes…jamison has never been on a contending team…lakers repeat

  • Anthony

    @kev what’s on my mind is this: Shaq/Hickson/Jamison without Lebron won’t win you ballgame like Gasol/Bynum/Odom are doing at the moment without Kobe. And sure Shaq is a million pound heavier than Gasol, Jamison is a 20/8 that’s cool and Hickson is performing well but they need Lebron to win games.

  • T-Money

    1- everybody would have preferred amar’e. the suns didn’t want to give him up so there’s no need to get back on that. it wasn’t jamison or amar’e, the cavs never had a ”choice”. 2- as a cavs fan, i remember him coming up VERY big in some of those playoffs series. he rebounds well and scores really well from inside and outside. the defense is suspect but can’t be worse than jj, i think the cavs have enough to hide him on D. on his passing skills, they are just not needed with the way the cavs play. 3- twan is twice the player jj is and they gave up nothing for him.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    T-Money
    I can’t argue with your logic. I just wanted Amare. As a fan of basketball, I wanted Lebron and Amare together.

  • Mike

    Dwight and Vince are not going to be denied this year, just you watch!

  • http://digitalthread.com AlbertBarr

    Co-Sign AllenP @ 2:59…it just would have been awesome, ‘chip or not.

  • tavoris

    @Allenp-Jamison doesn’t play horrible D…he doesn’t play ANY D.

  • http://theurbangriot.com/ NUPE

    Jamison is the closest thing to a ‘go to’ guy the Cavs have outside of LBJ. He’s not nearly the player that Amare would have been, but he’s a clear upgrade to JJ or anyone else LBJ had. I like this pick for the Cavs as they’ve upgraded from the best record in the league and added a real offensive threat. Shaq will have his moments and games where he’ll seem dominant again, but I hold my opinion that the Cavs are not stacked with a ton of talent. I can go for Jamison as a ‘very good’ player and Shaq and Mo may be effective to good (at times). But the team is still a LBJ only team where the Lakers, Nuggets can win without their #1 guys.

  • http://Slamadamonth.com Mvp23100

    I see a whole bunch of cats are jealous you got the best team in the nba playing the best ball in the nba with the mvp and they add 20-8 jamison and you dispute if its that big of a deal f**k outta here besides the team bron is having his best year better than any of kobes years individually

  • http://Slamadamonth.com Mvp23100

    nupe your wrong

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Nupe
    It’s not Lebron only, but the talent deficit is greater for Lebron then it is on any other title contender. Then again, they do have good team chemistry.
    If you rank players from 1-5, with 1 being the highest ranking, then Lebron does not have a single 2 on this team, which is a problem. He has three 3s, of varying degrees, but no twos. Kobe has a two, the Celtics have three or four 2s and the Magic have a 2 in Vince.

  • T-Money

    nupe: the second option (twan) is a proven 20 ppg scorer, the third option (mo) has been scoring 17 ppg for the last 3 years, the 4th option (shaq) is a center who can still command a double team. all of their perimeter rotation players + twan can hit 3s. they have bigs in jj, andy and pow who specialize in getting garbage buckets in traffic. the team plays terrific D. what more do you need?! if they don’t make it to the finals it won’t be because of a lack of pure talent like last year. if they fail this year, then it’s going to be a choke job.

  • LA Huey

    co-sign T-Money

  • UnRel

    all those player>player is funny.. you guys can’t forget.. PJ in a 7 game series is far greater than Brown in a 7 game series..

  • http://asfkl.com Jukai

    It’s different to say “take so and so off your team and they wont be any good” then saying Lebron doesn’t have a good team. Lebron’s team would suck without Lebron but it’s also tailor made for Lebron.

  • tavoris

    Jamison gets buckets as well as just about every other PF in the game. The problem is he gives them away just as easily.

  • http://asfkl.com Jukai

    Tavoris: And Amare wouldn’t…?

  • http://asfkl.com Jukai

    Bottom line:
    1) Cavaliers don’t need more defense at the four spot, they have Andy. He’s a damn good defender.
    2) They DO need a smaller four who can defend a Lewis type four. Amare can’t guard a person like that.
    3) Amare would be a far better suited player when Lebron is in the game. Jamison is far better suited when Lebron is out of the game. I feel it’s more valuable to have firepower when Lebron isn’t there. After all, Lebron can always get buckets. But he can’t play 48 minutes a game in the playoffs. He ain’t Wilt Chamberlain.

  • tavoris

    Jukai-not a fan of STAT either. Jamison is a better fit on the Cavs than STAT would be.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Are you kidding me? We were gonna beat then without Jamison anyway, now it’s just overkill.
    Get back to your pen!s enhancing drugs you overpaid douche.

  • http://slamonline.com dmonz

    Rashard is a Power Forward?!?! damn ..since when

  • Shem

    Co-sign Jukai, Varejao and Hickson cant hang with Lewis on the perimeter or when they take it inside. Although, Howard can beat Shaq on several drives, he is one of the large centers that does not need double teams to stop it.

  • LA Huey

    @UnRel, I remember people saying something similar when Doc had to match Xs & Os w/ PJax. What I don’t remember is how that went? Can you remind me? =)

  • The D Train

    unless Kobe goes into glory-mode or LBJ busts his ankle, it’s not even close this year. I was not on the C-train last year, but I don’t see a team of LBJ, Jamison and any other 10 cats losing to a team of Dwight, Vince and any other 10 cats. Dwight’s shortcomings as a superstar are too much to overcome when Plastic-Man V2 (and not in the good way) is your second best player and you’re matched up against Lebron and Co. I 100% dislike Cleveland and LA, but I just cannot sees it any other way, yo. Too bad for me.

  • The D Train

    also…if the CBA doesn’t change, I, and we, get to look forward to another 5+ years of Cleveland and LA picking up the good-to-great players that the cheap teams have, and running toe-to-toe for titles every year. yay for the NBA…capitalism at it’s absolute finest.

  • BostonBaller

    Don’t book your flight and hotel rooms just yet…there are a couple of teams on both coasts that might just have enough game in them come playoff time to knock one or both of these teams out. This is why the games are played.

  • LCD Screen Cleaner

    both teams played hard

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