CLEVELAND - OCTOBER 27: Antawn Jamison #4 of the Cleveland Cavaliers tries to get a shot off over Shaquille O'Neal #36 of the Boston Celtics at Quicken Loans Arena on October 27 2010 in Cleveland Ohio. Cleveland won the game 95-87. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Not everyone was pleased with the way the Cavaliers went about their 95-87 win over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night. F Antawn Jamison, coming off the bench for the Cavs instead of starting as he would prefer, seems a bit unhappy with his roll -
"It is what it is," Jamison said. "I don’t know what the role is going to (entail). I don’t know how many minutes I’ll play. I’m up in the air, just like you."
Jamison played 20 minutes against the Celtics, primarily backing up starting PF J.J. Hickson. Jamison scored 4 points on 2-6 shooting, while Hickson led the Cavs with 21 points on 8-11 from the floor.
Whether it is a veteran unhappy being the 6th or 7th man, or simply a case of Antawn Jamison wanting out of Cleveland, this is the type of distraction the Cavaliers can ill-afford - if Jamison's comments are to be taken at face value.
Looking at his body language as he sat on the bench during the final minutes, I think I know my answer.