- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Antawn Jamison doesn’t know when he will be back, but the Washington Wizards captain seemed optimistic it will be sooner rather than later when he met with addressed media last night for the first time since spraining his left knee Jan. 30.

“They are not going to let me go out there before it’s time, and I’m not going to go out there before I’m ready, but I feel good,” Jamison said.

Jamison, the team’s third-leading scorer (19.3), was tied with Caron Butler as the team’s leading rebounder (7.9) before last night’s game against the San Antonio Spurs. He was injured when he and teammate DeShawn Stevenson bumped knees in the Wizards’ 104-99 victory over Detroit.

The original prognosis had Jamison out three to six weeks. According to a team source, Jamison won’t be back by the end of February and likely will miss the full six weeks.

“They want to make sure that it heals as quickly as possible,” Jamison said. “They know me. If they let me do too much right now, I’d be out there trying to dunk and any other number of things I’m not supposed to do. But I’m able to shoot and take some jumpers. I’m pretty much doing what I’m supposed to do.”

The Wizards are being cautious with Jamison, who wears a knee brace whenever he isn’t in bed. His two rehabilitation sessions a day appear to be going nicely. Among other exercises, he is able to do squats, albeit without any weight on his shoulders.

Jamison said he was a little concerned with the way the Wizards played in their first two games without him, blowout losses at Toronto and at home against the Los Angeles Lakers. But he also knew the team would have to adjust to not having him in the lineup.

“When you lose a piece to the puzzle, it might take a little while for them to make the adjustment,” he said. “When you take a big piece of that puzzle away, it might take two or three games to get the chemistry back and the communication.”

What really bothered Jamison was that the “freak” injury came at such an inopportune time. That win over the Pistons was the Wizards’ seventh in eight games.

“That’s what really hurts the most,” Jamison said. “We were really playing well.”

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