What up, what up? Hope everybody out there is doing good. I had a really good all-star break, getting away with the fam to The Bahamas for a few days. The only bad thing about it was that it went by way too quick.
But it’s also good to get back to work because we’re trying to make that push now for the playoffs. We had two good days of practice this week and then we came out and played a pretty good game against the Pistons on Wednesday night. It never gets old beating those guys after the way they dominated us for a few years.
All the talk in the locker room last night was about how Cleveland made that move to get Antawn Jamison. I’ve been checking out SportsCenter the last few days, thinking they were gonna get Amare Stoudemire from Phoenix. But they get Antawn instead and he most definitely makes them better. They were already a good team, already the best team in the East by far and the best record in the NBA again.
They made themselves better, but at the same time we’re not going to hold our heads down. We still have confidence that we’re good and we can beat that team. We beat them last season in the playoffs and we still know deep down that we can do it again in a seven-game series.
A lot of people around Orlando and the NBA are saying that Cleveland made that move to matchup or match down with me in the playoffs. They’ve always tried to use big guys on me and that’s given me an advantage on the perimeter, but now Jamison gives them another stretch-four just like me. So that will make it interesting.
But I really don’t think I’m the big matchup problem that Cleveland has. It’s that Big Fella across our locker room that they better be worried about. Look at Game 6 last year against Cleveland when Dwight Howard had 40 points and 20-something rebounds. I’m just a guy trying to help our team win ball games. So they had better be more worried about the Big Fella than just me.
It will be interesting to see how Jamison changes their team because that Hickson kid was just starting to play well for them. Jamison will be able to spread the floor a little more and shoot threes as well as posting up. But LeBron James is still the number one guy that we have to worry about in Cleveland. We still have to stop him.
We’ll see Cleveland on Sunday, so we’ll get to see how they get their chemistry going. Jamison has got to learn their defense, but I don’t think that will be too hard for him. But you never know how the chemistry will work when a team adds a new guy.
It will be interesting for sure. Let’s just hope that when the Eastern Conference Finals roll around again this spring, that it’s us and Cleveland again battling it out. Yes, Cleveland made a good trade, but I still like our chances to contend for a championship.