Thursday, October 18th, 2012 at 1:40 pm  |  44 responses

Antawn Jamison Feels He ‘Deserves’ to Win a Championship

by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

Having spent much of his NBA life toiling away on crummy teams, Antawn Jamison has rarely gotten opportunities to chase a title. That, obviously, changed as soon as he joined the Los Angeles Lakers.

In sharp contrast with his collegiate days, Jamison has played most of his pro career in relative anonymity (despite posting solid, borderline Hall of Fame numbers).

Antawn appreciates the opportunity that’s now in front of him, and says that he “deserves” to win it all.

From Grantland:

“If I win a championship, I’ll be put in a different category,” he said. “I know where I am with the totals, the averages, the scoring list or whatever. But I didn’t win in high school. I didn’t win in college. To have such a roller coaster career in the pros and to be a professional night-in and night-out and to know I put in the work and did all those things I needed to do to be successful, man … “

And here, the composed, intelligent veneer with which Jamison conducts his media responsibilities broke down for a second. He smiled broadly, looked up at the rafters, and said, “Man, I deserve it. I want one bad. I envision it all. I envision holding that trophy up, I envision going to that parade, I envision getting that ring. It’s the only thing that keeps me motivated, having my name associated with a champion. I just deserve it.”

To say that anyone “deserves” to win the ultimate prize is a stretch, but you’d have a difficult time arguing that Antawn Jamison hasn’t (at the very least) earned the opportunity to compete for it.

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  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    “well i have never won, because i’m not much help to a winning basketball team, but i deserve to win now”
    *Meanwhile* Charles Barkley and Karl Malone sit and chuckle.

  • LakeShow

    No one deserves to win a chip. You only deserve to be able to earn one.

  • Shifty

    I like Jamison. He is a going to be a solid bench player. Maybe since he does t haven’t to focus as much on offense he can put some energy I to defense. Can’t argue here serves a chance at winning it all.

  • Monkeyball

    Jamison’s numbers (19.5 ppg, 8 rpg, 1.7 apg, 45% fg) are not borderline Hall of Fame. Yes, he’s scored almost 20,000 points, but that total is inflated precisely because he played on bad teams most of his career. He has two total All Star appearances
    Jamison’s career retrospective should also include that he was brought to Cleveland as a #2 option behind Lebron and he stunk at it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/blong33 Brad Long

    So did John Stockton, Patrick Ewing, Charles Barkley, Allen Iverson, and countless others. It doesn’t make or break your career resume, but I think it matters more personally to some players than it does others.

  • GC6

    I deserve a championship

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ben Osborne

    Might have had a chance on the LeBron Cavs if he wasn’t AWFUL in that Celtic series.

  • Omar

    Antawn Jamison and Hall of Fame should never be in the same sentence unless he buys a ticket.

  • Datkid

    This actually makes me want to root for Jamison a lot. He’s the homie

  • Redd



    no one deserves a championship my friend. IT IS EARNED.

  • Junior Taylor

    Jamison’s career numbers beg to differ. Show up a couple of years in Cleveland and you might have 1 right now.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Nick Tha Quick

    Somewhere in the Northwest, Adam Morrison polishes his two rings, opens a can of chew and says to himself, “I earned these. I deserve them.”

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    ^ this

  • shockexchange

    I see the Lakers wearing off on Jamison. As soon as he get to L.A. he starts acting “entitled.”

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    All good and funny comments so far lol I love his game and I’m glad he’s a Laker but no one deserves anything in this world. You earn your status and keep.

  • Comment_System

    shedding a single tear

  • roscoe

    Is aj goin 2 hava jbrady moment if he does not win one? “marsha, marsha, marsha!”

  • Luigi

    Well… I think he deserves to win one after him, Caron and Gilbert were carrying the Wiz Kids during the mid-late 2000s. People forget that he was 20-10 a night on a consistent basis.

  • Comment_System

    I deserve a night with pre-swizz beats alicia keys but who the hell am i.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Thank you.

  • Slick Ric

    Damn…yall going in on Jamison like he said something asinine. Being a sixth man is a good role for him and a few years late but If he cant say he deserves a chip, I don’t wanna hear anybody bring it up pertaining to Nash either. Not saying either deserve it, but some of yall aren’t consistent.

  • shockexchange

    It must be great playing with LeBron, Michael Vick or Iverson … you collect your paycheck and even if you underperform, the media looks for ways to blame them.

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  • danpowers

    somwhere out there big pat, ai, nash, stockalone, chuck, t-mac, spree, timbug, mullin, vince, cwebb and reggie are coming together to shake their heads about this

  • the king

    so what who the f cares everbody thinks they deserves something but they dont get it i deserves 2 be rich but im not hell im from cleveland we deserves a lot

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  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    gotta show a UNC brotha some love

  • C Da Tyrant

    You don’t DESERVE a DAMN thing in life. You EARN your keep.

  • Dagger

    Kind of rich coming from a guy with Steve Nash on his team . . . .

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  • shutup

    First insightful thing I have seen you post on this site. Kudos to you old chap.

  • shutup

    This dude is a clown and he doesn’t deserve ish.

  • Mengke Bateer

    Idk. He reminds me of Shareef Abdur-Rahim.

  • bike

    So I guess he didn’t deserve to be a starter on a team that set a record for consecutive losses in a season.

  • Datkid


  • shockexchange

    A compliment from Shutup! The Shock Exchange’s life has not been in vain.

  • Dutch Rich

    The pic is epic too, how he’s scratching his digitus quartus. Nice find guys!

  • shutup

    Your still a clown, just a sporadic semi-insightful one.

  • http://twitter.com/stepfdelaghetto Stepfan Raiford

    You could have played hard as a Wizard so why do you deserve a chip as a Laker? Get out of here.

  • tomtom

    HUNGER!! Something i feel certain lakers have lacked in recent years. I love it.

  • JackPackage

    HoF? Really?! I can get on board with somebody throwing Shawn Marion’s name out there as a potential slept on HoF guy but Antawn Jamison? Are you serious?! As for Jamison, he has already had the opportunity to go out there and get a ‘chip in Cleveland.

  • TV63

    He probably should have said deserve to be on a championship team like the Lakers. He did pay his dues with the Wizards and the horrible Cavs.

  • jewish

    I don’t get it. Not saying Jamison deserves a championship, but if you earn something then you deserve to get it.