HoopsHype Chris Kaman rumors

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This season, his rim protection numbers are similarly strong. And the Blazers have benefited. "I just think it's a concentration thing for me," Kaman said. "I think some years, I haven't taken the initiative to put myself in the position to be more of a defensive-minded player. I've been trying to do more scoring. But I knew, coming here, I was going to have to do a little bit of both. So I've just been trying to focus on doing my job defensively. And when [Aldridge] goes out, try to be a little more aggressive offensively to score." NBA.com

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Houston is more likely than Cleveland as a landing spot via trade for Corey Brewer, according to ESPN.com ... Q: You look like you are in great shape and very motivated this year. Would you say that this is the team for you? Would you like to stay in Portland long-term? Chris Kaman: "So far, so good. I don't know how much longer term I've got, you know. I think it depends on what happens this summer with a lot of guys who are restricted free agents and unrestricted free agents." Oregonian

Q: The elusive Sasquatch is said to live deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. Do you think Big Foot is given enough credit for staying under the radar this long? Post career on the hardwood, would you be willing to shift gears and dedicate your time to finding the big fella? Chris Kaman: He laughs. "I don't know if I'll have time to find him. But if he is real, he's done a heck of a job hiding. You think they'd find a dead corpse or a bone or something. But they have that predator invisible shield." Me: So you're not willing to say he exists? A: "I don't know. I'm skeptical about it. You just never have seen a body. I've never seen actual evidence. You've got these doctored up pictures. That's about it." Oregonian

November 15, 2014 Updates

Lot of surprises there, including Lopez' teammate Mason Plumlee ahead of Tim Duncan. Then again, Hollins is mostly using Plumlee only against bench players so he's boosting numbers that way. Same might be true of Gobert. Omer Asik, Roy Hibbert, Gasol, those are all established. Maybe most impressive is Robin Lopez and Chris Kaman's numbers together. That's a big deal for Portand, who was atrocious last year at defense. They finished 16th in defensive efficiency, but had outlier performances against the West that were much worse. They've ticked up to 10th this season. CBSSports.com

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One reporter asked Stotts whether he would consider Kaman grabbing rebounds outside of his body as an “out of body experience,” which caused Stotts to chuckle. “I don’t even want to venture what a Kaman out of body experience would be.” The Columbian

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While playing defense, Kaman backed into Mozgov in an effort to box him out as a Denver player attempted a shot from the perimeter. But as Kaman pushed Mozgov, the 7-foot-1 center toppled on Kaman's back and chomped down on his head with his teeth. "I went back pretty hard and I must've hit him in the chest," Kaman said, retelling the story. "He kind of folded over and his teeth went down on my head." Oregonian

Kaman instantly cupped his head, felt a gash and blood. He was pulled from the game and taken to the locker room, where he was given three stitches. After the game, he was wearing a big bandage on his balding head, but said he felt "pretty good." "It happened so fast, I was like, 'What the heck?" Kaman said. "I felt his teeth kind of crush me in and I was like, 'Crap, I know I'm going to need some stitches." Oregonian

October 22, 2014 Updates

The Trail Blazers' backup big man suffered a head laceration when Denver Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov inadvertently gnawed on it during the Blazers' 93-75 victory at Coors Events Center. While playing defense, Kaman backed into Mozgov in an effort to box him out as a Denver player attempted a shot from the perimeter. But as Kaman pushed Mozgov, the 7-foot-1 center toppled on Kaman's back and chomped down on his head with his teeth. "I went back pretty hard and I must've hit him in the chest," Kaman said, retelling the story. "He kind of folded over and his teeth went down on my head." Oregonian

October 14, 2014 Updates

So shooting a bear is the dream? Chris Kaman: Bear, Alaskan moose would be sweet, a caribou, a musk ox, there’s so many cool hunts you could do. Potentially, like, a lion. That would be awesome, too. It’s so hard with the seasons and the timings. I mean getting tags for something like that is an interesting adventure in itself. I think it’s $60,000 to kill a lion. For The Win

Have you ever taken any teammates fishing with you? Chris Kaman: Nah, I’ve taken some members of the coaching staff and a few other people who work for the team, but none of my teammates have wanted to come on an adventure with me. I mean, most of them don’t know how to swim. They don’t want to go in a boat. For The Win

How did “Exploring Kaman” come into existence? Chris Kaman: I had a fishing boat for years in L.A. when I was playing with the Clippers. The marina was really close, so I could go whenever the season was done for the Clippers. Generally we got done really early, with the exception of that one year. It was always right on down to Mexico with the fishing boat, have myself a good break before I went back at it. Basically, I did it a couple years in a row, didn’t think about filming it or anything, but we’d do a couple Flip videos of fish we caught. But crazy stuff would happen to us in Puerto Vallarta, in Cabo, all sorts of interesting stuff. And we thought it would be cool to film it, so I talked to some buddies back from Grand Rapids, Michigan, where I’m from. They came down and filmed it, and that was probably six years ago, maybe, seven years ago. For the last three years we’ve been editing it, and it got to the point where I’m comfortable with it and I like it. So we made six episodes and we’re going to release them online starting Friday. For The Win

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Head coach Terry Stotts, meanwhile, was quick to point to the differing-yet-valuable intangibles each bring to Portland's tight-knit roster. "Steve is a consummate professional," Stotts said of Blake. "He's one of the hardest playing guys that I've been around and leads by example. He's very competitive." In Kaman, Stotts noted the value the veteran big man offers to Portland's younger centers, particularly in using size and spacing on the floor. "What he offers Joel (Freeland) and Meyers (Leonard) is some mentorship, as well as veteran knowhow." Oregonian

October 2, 2014 Updates

"Terry seems real even-keeled, level headed,'' Kaman said. "He jokes a little bit, is serious a little bit. I like him so far. But it always starts off that you like a guy, but by the end of the year you can end up hating him. You just never know. Hopefully, I don't hate Terry.'' Oregonian

Today, my skepticism has evolved into hope. At Monday's media day, Kaman proclaimed himself changed. "My ego,'' he said, "is gone.' Oregonian

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