HoopsHype Chris Kaman rumors

October 21, 2013 Updates

Just how the Lakers will work out the pairing of Kaman and Gasol in the frontcourt will be an interesting problem for D’Antoni. Kaman is a natural center, and did not play power forward at all last season. Overall, according to 82games.com, he registered a per-48-minute PER of 16.5 last year, while his opponents came in at 18.7. That’s a net of -2.2. As a power forward, Gasol has a PER of 15.4, while opponents were 17.2, a net of -1.8. But as a center, where Gasol’s versatility is much more effective and his lack of speed is easier to hide, he registered a PER of 22.0, with opponents at 14.4. That’s a +7.6. The numbers show that Gasol needs to play center, but that means putting Kaman into unfamiliar territory at power forward, where he could well be a disaster. Like everything with this Lakers season, much is unknown. Sporting News

October 13, 2013 Updates

The Lakers have experienced Kobe Bryant's torn Achilles' tendon, Pau Gasol's knee problems and Steve Nash's broken leg over the last year. Now there's the tobogganing injury sustained by Chris Kaman at the Great Wall of China. One of his fingers was squashed while he was sledding down a slippery concrete track after trekking along the wall for two hours Sunday with Lakers teammates and staffers. Los Angeles Times

His sled, essentially a wheeled cart with a brake, was rammed from behind by teammate Shawne Williams. Kaman instinctively put out his hand as he saw Williams careening toward him and, well, ouch. Visitors to the Mutianyu portion of the wall take a gondola or cable car to the top of a hill where the wall is located. They can return the same way or take the toboggan down. "I didn't hit the brake the whole time. Guys on the edge were yelling 'Slow down' and I just kept going," Kaman said. "All of a sudden I catch up to this guy close to the bottom, so now I have to brake. Shawne Williams comes behind me without hitting his brake at all and just smashed right into me." Los Angeles Times

The Lakers have experienced Kobe Bryant's torn Achilles, Pau Gasol's knee problems and Steve Nash's broken leg over the last year. Now there's the tobogganing injury sustained by Chris Kaman at the Great Wall of China. One of his fingers was squashed while he was sledding down a slippery concrete track after trekking along the wall for two hours Sunday with Lakers teammates and staffers. His sled, essentially a wheeled cart with a brake, was rammed from behind by teammate Shawne Williams. Kaman instinctively put out his hand as he saw Williams careening toward him and, well, ouch. Los Angeles Times

Visitors to the Mutianyu portion of the wall take a gondola or cable car to the top of a hill where the wall is located. They can return the same way or take the toboggan down. "I didn't hit the brake the whole time. Guys on the edge were yelling 'Slow down' and I just kept going," Kaman said. "All of a sudden I catch up to this guy close to the bottom, so now I have to brake. Shawne Williams comes behind me without hitting his brake at all and just smashed right into me." Los Angeles Times

October 11, 2013 Updates

Chris Kaman's most distinctive China memory? Dirk Nowitzki being mobbed ... Kaman played on the German national team at the 2008 Olympics and recalled a time where a pack of about 1,000 volunteers surrounded his then teammate, Dirk Nowitzki. “'Photo! Photo! Photo! Photo!' They don’t speak good English, but they know they want a picture," Kaman recalled. "It’s crazy. They’re all like little puppy dogs putting a picture out for an autograph." Sulia

"Don’t eat things from street vendors. There’s like little rules. And basically, obviously everybody knows it’s a communist country. Their laws are different from ours. The police can detain you for reason if they want because it’s communism. They decide to make the rules. So, you just got to be careful in knowing where you’re going, what you’re doing and trying to have someone with you who knows what they’re talking about. "It’s not a free country. You just got to remember that." Sulia

October 9, 2013 Updates

The Lakers won their second exhibition game in three tries Tuesday, defeating the Denver Nuggets 90-88 in Ontario. What did Coach Mike D'Antoni take away from the Lakers' win? "The two bigs can play together. I didn't know that," said D'Antoni after practice Wednesday. Pau Gasol and Chris Kaman started together in the front court, with Gasol listed as forward and Kaman center. "I've not traditionally loved two bigs together, but they have nice chemistry and they both are skilled," D'Antoni said. "We'll see going forward, but it looked good last night." Los Angeles Times

October 8, 2013 Updates

NBA players are notorious for spending their money on all sorts of lavish delights from sports cars to jewelry to clothing, but a couple of members of the Los Angeles Lakers took it to a whole other level by buying a bovine. That's right, Chris Kaman, Robert Sacre and Lakers strength and conditioning coach Tim DiFrancesco bought a cow. This isn't like Billy Crystal's pet cow Norman in "City Slickers." The three of them are going in together on a full cow's worth of beef after it's been to the butcher, or approximately 400 pounds of cuts of meat for their freezers. DiFrancesco, who has picked up the nickname "Grass-Fed Tim" around the team because of his belief in the health benefits of eating grass-fed beef, came up with the idea after connecting with a farm that raises grass-fed cows down in San Diego. ESPN.com

Kaman is getting half, 200 pounds, while Sacre and DiFrancesco are getting a quarter, 100 pounds, each. It was originally supposed to be a four-way split, but longtime Lakers trainer Gary Vitti backed out. "Gary Vitti ran out of freezer space, so I think he’s out," Kaman said. "So, I got to pick up the slack. I’m happy to, though." ESPN.com

October 7, 2013 Updates

Obviously you were in the same city as Kobe for a long time, but seeing him up close, being a teammate, how would you describe that experience so far? Chris Kaman: I always hated him. When you play against a guy like him, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, you don't like them because they're so competitive. I respect that, but I don't like playing against them. But when you're on their team, it's a whole different story. You love the people. They're good guys. Kobe, he's just been working hard trying to get himself ready. He comes to practice and he works his butt off. I respect that as well. I'm excited for him to play. I'm hoping sooner than later. ESPN.com

October 4, 2013 Updates

You've been very complimentary of Pau Gasol in your comments to the press. Do you see the possibilities of you guys helping each other on the court together? Chris Kaman: That's something that you could ask him, but from my perspective, I feel pretty comfortable just in the last few days playing with him. He's a great passer, a great play maker. He makes everybody around him better and those kind of players are hard to come by. I guess I would say, you never have to force anything when you're playing with Pau. It just kind of comes natural. He'll make easy plays and it makes everybody's jobs easier. If you ask the guards, I think they feel more comfortable with it as well. So, I think it will work well. ESPN.com

October 1, 2013 Updates

Great for the accountants and salary-cap wonks, but complicated for the team-building and chemistry you hope develops during training camp. "I'll be honest. It's a tough thing to do," said new Lakers center Chris Kaman, who experienced a similar situation in Dallas last season, as they lined up their books for a run at Dwight Howard by assembling a group of players on one-year contracts. "You've got the opportunity to play one year and you could play really well, or you could play really bad. You could fit in great, or you could not fit in. You could get hurt or you could stay healthy. There's just so many things that can happen, and the biggest one is that you're on a one-year deal and you're worried about it the whole time and it stresses you out. "But you've got to just play basketball. That's what I've been doing for 10 years and that's what I'm trying to focus on doing now." ESPN.com

September 20, 2013 Updates
August 11, 2013 Updates

Norm Hitzges: It was hard to put Kaman and Dirk on the floor at the same time defensively. Do you believe this year's team fits better than last year's group? Mark Cuban: I don't think it was so hard to put Dirk and Chris on the floor together defensively. I think where we ran into problems ... we couldn't convince Chris not to put the ball on the floor. When Chris would just pick and pop, he was a top-five shooter in the NBA. Dirk and Chris playing pick and pop, pick and roll was lethal. No team could stop it. Chris had his own way of doing things, and that created some issues. It just didn't work. Dirk and Brandan Wright played a lot better together. That's one of the reasons we went hard after Samuel Dalembert. Sam is much more of a rebounder and he's also a good shot blocker and rim defender. Dallas Morning News

August 10, 2013 Updates

It was hard to put Kaman and Dirk on the floor at the same time defensively. Do you believe this year's team fits better than last year's group? Mark Cuban: I don't think it was so hard to put Dirk and Chris on the floor together defensively. I think where we ran into problems ... we couldn't convince Chris not to put the ball on the floor. When Chris would just pick and pop, he was a top-five shooter in the NBA. Dirk and Chris playing pick and pop, pick and roll was lethal. No team could stop it. Chris had his own way of doing things, and that created some issues. It just didn't work. Dirk and Brandan Wright played a lot better together. That's one of the reasons we went hard after Samuel Dalembert. Sam is much more of a rebounder and he's also a good shot blocker and rim defender. Dallas Morning News

July 16, 2013 Updates

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