The Los Angeles Lakers joined the Milwaukee Bucks Sunday as the first two teams to be knocked out of the 2013 NBA Playoffs. The Bucks fell 4-0 to the Miami Heat in the East, while Antawn Jamison and the Lakers fell 4-0 to the San Antonio Spurs in the West.
Jamison, one of 16 former Wizards in the 2013 NBA Playoffs, averaged 7.3 points and 1.8 rebounds after four games. He clocked just under 20 minutes per contest for a Lakers team that couldn’t field Kobe Bryant (Achilles), Steve Nash (hamstring), Steve Blake (hamstring), or, in the fourth game, Metta World Peace (knee). After the victory, Spurs guard Tony Parker called the sweep “Weird,” regarding the absence of so many key Lakers. Here’s how Sunday’s injury report read in full:
▪ Steve Blake (strained right hamstring) is out.
▪ Kobe Bryant (torn left Achilles tendon) is out.
▪ Pau Gasol (torn plantar fascia, right foot) is probable.
▪ Jordan Hill (left hip surgery) is probable.
▪ Dwight Howard (torn labrum, right shoulder)is probable.
▪ Antawn Jamison (sprained right wrist) is probable.
▪ Jodie Meeks (sprained left ankle) is out.
▪ Steve Nash (strained right hamstring) is out.
▪ Metta World Peace (popliteal cyst, left knee) is out.
If you noticed Jamison clutching his wrist all night long–despite knocking down 5-for-9 from the field with a bad shooting hand–that’s because the 15-year-pro is expected to have wrist surgery now that the Lakers’ season is all said and done.
From Kobe Bryant’s Achilles injury to the Dwight Howard Game 4 ejection (two separate technicals as a result of Howard reacting to getting hit by defenders), the future of the Lakers is a vast unknown. Jamison will turn 37 in June, and he will likely look for higher pay in a smaller market next season to make the most out of the time he has left.
For more on the Lakers, check out NBA Examiner Ben Hernandez Jr. and Los Angeles Lakers Examiner Ryan Ward.
While Jamison is on the road to recovery, former Wizards Juwan Howard, Rashard Lewis, and Mike Miller are riding the Miami Heat train to the second round. Former Wizards Head Coach, Flip Saunders–who has been working for ESPN lately as an analyst–is expected to return to the Minnesota Timberwolves next season. This time around, Saunders will be named “Team President.”
Saunders was fired by the Wizards last January after a 2-15 start, after which then Assistant Coach Randy Wittman took over. Wittman, as Head Coach this season, led Washington to 29 wins, the most the franchise has achieved since 2007-08 (43-39, Eddie Jordan).