DO YOU KNOW ANTAWN JAMISON?
Here are five things you may or may not know about Clippers veteran forward Antawn Jamison:
1. Jamison is in elite company when it comes to his statistical production. Entering his 16th NBA season, he is one of just 22 players all-time to compile at least 19,000 points, 8,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists. Of the 22, only four are active, Jamison, Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan and Dirk Nowitzki. The others include 17 Hall of Famers. He is 42 points away from hitting the 20,000-point plateau.
2. He has four children (two boys, two girls). While his family lives in Jamison’s offseason home of Charlotte, Jamison said when he signed with the team all four of his children were excited for his season with the Clippers. His six-year-old son, A.J., may have been the most excited.
“My 6-year-old is just ‘Blake Griffin, Blake Griffin, Blake Griffin,’” Jamison said. “It will be good for him to come out and meet the guys. It just amazes me as far as how quickly they develop. He has a high basketball IQ as well. He’ll sit there on NBA TV this whole summer just watching games. For me, having a son that’s what it’s all about, for him to understand the magnitude of the situation daddy’s in.”
3. According to Jamison’s official website, he has always loved sweets and junk food. His mother said he used to get “candy, cookies and honey buns and hide them under his bed” when he was kid. He still likes those kinds of treats today.
4. For more than a decade, Jamison has provided community assistance for the underprivileged through his foundation “A Better Tomorrow.” His “A Better Tomorrow” initiative is comprised of the following annual projects: Thanksgiving with the Tar Heels, Shoes for the Uptown Shelter, The Christmas Explorer’s Project, March Madness, The Antawn C. Jamison Scholarship and Antawn’s All-Star Basketball Camp.
5. Jamison is one of the most media-friendly players in the NBA and does so without a social media presence. He does not operate a Facebook, Twitter or Instagram page. Still, in 2005 he was awarded the Magic Johnson Award, presented annually by the Professional Basketball Writers Association to an NBA player who combines excellence on the court with outstanding cooperation in the media.