Janis Carr of the Orange County Register wrote:
Antawn Jamison kicked the ball out to Steve Nash, but the pass sailed beyond the point guard’s hands and into the back-court. It was one of a handful of minor missteps Jamison figured he would commit in his first start in a Lakers uniform Tuesday.
“I’m getting more comfortable and more comfortable each day I’m out there and competing,” said Jamison, who was starting in place of Pau Gasol. “It’s a process. It’s the preseason, you go through the process.”
Jamison started for Gasol, who was given the night off by Coach Mike Brown. Brown said had no reservations about throwing Jamison into the starting spot. The veteran forward has averaged 5.1 points and 5.0 rebounds in the first three exhibitions.
Jamison said he’s getting more confident with the offense and Brown’s defensive schemes. But until he gets everything “under my belt” he won’t be happy with his play. Although Jamison’s passes might have lacked pinpoint accuracy, his positives outweighed whatever mistakes Jamison made in the Lakers’ game against the Utah Jazz at the Honda Center.
“It’s not really anything difficult for me to adjust to,” said Jamison, who signed with the Lakers for the veteran’s minimum.
Brown said he sees signs that Jamison is fitting in well with the rest of the team.
“Hes a pro, a great guy and very versatile,” Brown said. “He told me at shoot-around today ‘I’m starting to feel more comfortable out on the floor.’
“He’s been in a lot o different situations. He hasn’t played in this offense combined but he’s done some of the things we’re trying to do when I was coaching him in Cleveland. And he’s done some of the new stuff we’re doing when he was with Eddie (Jordan, assistant) in Washington.
“So he’s had a taste with both. A guy like him just keeps keeping along.”
Jamison said although the Lakers have struggled in the preseason, having lost their first three games, the team isn’t pushing any panic buttons.
“This is a veteran team; we know when to turn the light switch on,” he said. “The things we are doing are things we need to improve upon.
“When we get everyone healthy and the rotation down pat, I think our chemistry is going to be there. It’s cool to see what we can do on both ends of the floor. We’re starting to see what things we can improve upon.”
“That comes with any team, any situation. But with this team, we know what the overall picture is. We know what we need to improve upon. Those things are going to work for us. We know the next step.
“First we have to get everybody healthy, but what I like about it, everybody is one the same page.”