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Rivers on playing Jamison: 'I hope not'

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07:20 AM ET 11.12 | For his part, says Antawn Jamison, "I'm still playing in practice." Asked if he expects [Jamison] to play anytime soon, Clippers coach Doc Rivers responded, "I hope not." This is a compliment. Asked if he could have gone somewhere else with a bigger role -- as in: any role -- Jamison said, "Of course." This is a plan. The Clippers signed Jamison for front-court depth, signed him for the versatility of being able to play power forward or small forward, signed him as a positive locker-room presence and signed him for the dependability that comes from 15 previous NBA seasons and extensive playoff experience. Most of all, though, they signed Jamison to not play him. That was the blueprint from the beginning, when Rivers, also the head of basketball operations, all but told Jamison in August that the 16th regular season would be life in semi-retirement.

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November 12, 2013  07:29 AM ET

He Is Past His Expiration Date, Bro.

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November 12, 2013  08:00 AM ET

This is no way to treat a HOF'er.

November 12, 2013  08:03 AM ET

Hey if Jamison chose the Clipps for this than it's all on him...

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November 12, 2013  08:50 AM ET

Great opportunity for Jamison to transition to coaching or front-office.

November 12, 2013  09:08 AM ET
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I really don't get this.Guys can have great history or they can be great guys.....But if they aren't playing - its pointlessCause the guys playing don't care unless they can see the dude walk the walk Why not just make him an asst coach?

Exactly!

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November 12, 2013  03:30 PM ET

I want Del Negro back... Rivers seems to like to play only a 8 man rotation... Vinny had a 10 man rotation and no one go that tired. Rivers won't get them past the first round either...imo

November 13, 2013  12:19 AM ET
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I want Del Negro back... Rivers seems to like to play only a 8 man rotation... Vinny had a 10 man rotation and no one go that tired. Rivers won't get them past the first round either...imo

Trust me, you don't want Del negro back LOL.

Doc does have his weird thingies, but at the end of the day, he knows how to get the job done. He has a record to prove it.

November 13, 2013  01:18 AM ET

Getting paid good money to ride the pine????? I'd ride that train!

November 13, 2013  08:32 AM ET

What a deal! If your Jamison; collect the pay check and show up for games and practices. Not a bad situation if it was disclosed before signing the contract. If he's on the roster after January 1st his money is guaranteed.

November 13, 2013  04:18 PM ET

It's a check, but I know he's gotta be feeling like, IT'S TIME!

 
November 13, 2013  07:58 PM ET

Some Laker fans (won't name names) predicted Antwan would be 6th man of year last year.

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