Oct.1, 2012, 2012; El Segundo, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers power forward Antawn Jamison (4) poses during media day at the Los Angeles Lakers Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Former Tar Heel Antawn Jamison Should Have Come Home To Play In Charlotte

Antawn Jamison had the opportunity to go back to Golden State or come home to Charlotte this season. However, he went the route of wanting to play for a championship contender in the Los Angeles Lakers. The only problem is that the Lakers are not looking like they are going to make the playoffs. Currently, the Lakers are in 10th place in the Western Conference. Their win-loss record is below 500. To add insult to injury, Antawn Jamison is not playing a lot lately. Does this mean that Jamison is on the trading block? Who knows.

One thing that I know is that Antawn has a lot of game left in him. Earlier this season on November 30th, 2011, Jamison had 33 points and 12 rebounds. Against the Dallas Mavericks on November 24th, 2011, Antawn finished the game with 19 points and 15 rebounds. In retrospect, Jamison had a successful season being the starting power forward in Cleveland last season. Playing alongside Kyrie Irving and Anderson Varejao was good for Jamison. He averaged 17.2 points and 6.3 rebounds while playing 33.1 minutes a game during the 2011-2012 season. Jamison played the minutes that he deserved, and his productivity was indicative of this. Now, Jamison is riding the bench. Jamison is averaging 6.9 points and 4.3 rebounds in 19.4 minutes per game.  Mike D’Antoni does not know how to use him in his system. In fact, the Lakers are having a difficult time with their identity as a whole.

The bottom line is this: Antawn Jamison, finish your career at home in Charlotte. If you do this, you will not be sorry. Being a Laker is alluring and attractive; however, Jamison is not a bench-warmer. If Pau Gasol is traded, possibly Jamison’s numbers may increase, but this is not guaranteed. Michael Jordan, look out for your fellow Tar Heel.

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