Byron Scott made the smart move — he started J.J. Hickson at power forward for the Cleveland Cavaliers Wednesday night. It’s smart because the Cavaliers are building for the future, and Hickson is young and needs the experience. It’s smart because the Cavaliers want to run and Hickson is maybe the best athlete on the team.
That doesn’t mean Antawn Jamison has to like it.
The veteran who was brought in to blend with LeBron James is now a sixth man with James gone. Frankly, he probably should have been anyway (remember LeBron asking for more Hickson run during the playoffs last season).
But Jamison told the News Herald now he didn’t understand what was expected of him.
“It is what it is,” he 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.”
Your job is to come in and play your game, not take 10 minutes to find your rhythm. Bring a scoring punch off the bench.
For the record, in the season opener tonight against Boston (as of this post) Hickson had a team high 14 first half points on 6-of-8 shooting and was a +6. Jamison was 0-for-1 in his 7 minutes, no points and a -7.