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Here's some more quotes from Antawn Jamison on his benching that didn't make the story ...
* "The biggest thing for me is to continue to come in and work and be positive and make sure if the opportunity comes up again I’m ready. I’ve seen it so many times. I’ve seen it where guys just give up and the opportunity comes and they’re not mentally prepared or physically they’re not prepared. So, it’s a long season. Things are going to happen. My situation is just to continue to work, continue to be positive and if that situation comes up, just be ready to go out there and compete at a high level."
* "There never was an inkling that I wanted out or anything like that ... I love these guys. I’ve found a pretty good bond with these guys. It’s the course of the season. Things like this happen and for myself, I just got to be upbeat. I’m in L.A. We’re winning. I’ve been some places and losing. It’s just the competitor in me that wants to be out there. I know I can compete and help this team, but what we got now is working. You don’t want to rock that. I don’t want this to be anything bigger than what it is."
* "I’ve been through so much throughout my career, I’m not going to let missing a couple of games bring me down to the point where I’m not myself."
* "It was a tough one the other night and that comes with the territory. You want to be out there and you want to compete, but the overall picture is that we are winning and that’s why I’m here. I never experienced five games in a row, I can’t recall, winning wise so believe me to get on that plane and to get in that locker room after wins and to be able to get home and you’re not frustrated because you’re part of something that’s not successful … Winning cures a lot."
* "You’re not going to hear me complaining about it. I want to be a part of a winning organization. That’s what we’re doing now and while we’re doing it I’m not playing, but that’s the task at hand. For me, I’m going to continue to come in here, I’m going to work, make sure that I’m still in shape and when that number is called, I’m going to compete. Even when it’s tough and I’m not playing, I’m still having fun. Playing alongside and dealing with guys like Kobe and Dwight and Metta World Peace on a day-to-day basis and you’re in L.A. – even though it’s been a little rainy and cold the last couple weeks – it’s not that bad of a gig. It’s just something as far as me making an adjustment. I knew coming in playing time wasn’t going to be what it was or anything like that. It was just tough to be playing and all of the sudden not."