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Antawn Jamison: Kobe Bryant wants teammates to yell at him when he’s not passing the ball enough

Kobe BryantNo player in the NBA enjoys shooting the ball more than Kobe Bryant. Carmelo Anthony could give him a run for his money, but Kobe has been hoisting up shots in bunches for a very, very long time.

Like most great shooters, Bryant has nights where his shot simply isn’t falling and he gets carried away. He often becomes so obsessed with scoring that he doesn’t even look to pass the ball. According to Los Angeles Lakers forward Antawn Jamison, Kobe has asked his teammates to yell at him when that happens.

“Kobe will tell you,” Jamison said in an interview with ESPN’s Max and Marcellus Show on Wednesday (via ESPNLosAngeles.com), “He’s like, ‘Look, you guys as my teammates, yell at me. Let me know that you’re open because I’m so programmed,’ and this guy has told me this, ‘I see nothing but that basket. You could be open, there could be three guys on me, but the only thing I see is that basket so you have to tell me, Look, I was open. Or yell at me mid-play. That doesn’t affect me at all and I respect that.'”

You don’t score 82 points in a game without ignoring some open teammates, but Kobe is one of the few players in the league who can get away with that. He’s a five-time NBA champion and one of the greatest scorers of all time, which is why you can understanding teammates being hesitant to tell him to pass the damn ball.

“I think the thing we’ve seen in the past was most teammates might have been afraid to come to him or express, ‘Kob’ I was open,’ or, ‘That’s not what we drew up,'” Jamison said. “The thing I like about this team, Steve Nash — who is a Hall of Famer — and Dwight [Howard] as well, Dwight and Kobe have gotten into shouting matches on the bench because Dwight will be like, ‘Kob’, that’s your rotation. Get there.’ And after the game he’ll be like, ‘Appreciate it, big fella. I needed that.'”

I suppose Dwight calling Kobe out in the middle of a game is better than making fun of him behind his back. Communication is a key to success, which is why many believed surrounding Kobe with veteran teammates would be a championship formula. At the moment, it doesn’t appear to be that simple. That doesn’t mean the Lakers can be completely counted out, but the odds look stacked against them.

H/T Ball Don’t Lie

Antawn Jamison: Michael Jordan could still contribute in NBA at 50

Michael JordanMichael Jordan may be turning 50 next week, but current NBA player Antawn Jamison thinks the legend could still be a solid contributor in the league.

Jordan hasn’t played in the NBA since retiring following the 2003 season when he was 40. Jordan retired from the game two previous times — once to attempt a professional baseball career, and the other time after winning his sixth NBA championship following the 1998 season.

During his 2009 Hall of Fame induction speech, Jordan threw out the possibility of making a comeback at 50.

“One day you might look up and see me playing the game at 50. Oh, don’t laugh. Never say never. Because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.”

Jamison, who played college ball at North Carolina like Jordan and is now with the Los Angeles Lakers, believes MJ could still play in the NBA.

“I wouldn’t doubt that in the right situation with a LeBron (James) on his team or with a Kobe (Bryant) on this team, he could get you about 10 or 11 points, come in and play 15-20 minutes,” Jamison told ESPN LA’s Dave McMenamin Friday. “I wouldn’t doubt that at all, especially if he was in shape and injuries were prevented and things of that nature.”

Jamison also says Jordan wasn’t joking about possibly returning to the NBA at 50.

“He wasn’t joking,” said Jamison of Jordan’s Hall of Fame speech. “You hear stories still to this day, especially last year, him going to the practice facility and playing 1-on-1 with the guys and still they can’t stop him.”

Jamison’s words shouldn’t come as a surprise. In December, Jordan, who is a majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, worked out with his players. Both Gerald Henderson and Bismack Biyombo said Jordan could still play in the league.

Jordan would have to get in much better shape to think about a comeback, but it would be worthwhile just so we could see this moment recreated in real life.