HoopsHype Chris Kaman rumors

February 8, 2014 Updates

But he also admitted that if he doesn't make it past the upcoming Feb. 20 trade deadline and finish out the season as a Laker, it won't faze him. "I don't care, I honestly don't care," Kaman said when asked if he has thought about the possibility of the Lakers trading him. "It's not something that I want to do, but it's not going to make me go to sleep at night and have to stay awake all night tossing and turning thinking about it. I don't care. If they want to trade somebody, trade me, trade the next guy, it don't bother me. It's part of the business. The sooner that you realize it's a part of the business, the better off you're going to be. Just let it roll and let it happen. I'm not going to try to stop anything." ESPN.com

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Did coach Mike D'Antoni know what was going to happen when Sacre picked up his sixth foul? "Yeah …," D'Antoni said with his voice trailing off and his eyes letting reporters know he wasn't being truthful. "Not really. But it’s a nice rule." "I never knew when you fouled out, you could go back in," 11-year veteran Chris Kaman said. "I never knew that was a rule. So, I had my shoes untied and I was like lying down on the bench because we had like a really long bench. There was like 30 feet of extra space." ESPN.com

January 9, 2014 Updates

Kaman wasn't sure why he continued to be on the outside (at best) of D'Antoni's rotation. "I honestly can't answer that question for you without telling you a lie. I really have no clue why. I'd just be making something up," Kaman said. "I haven't played in six games and then all of a sudden I play [Wednesday]. I really have no rhyme or reason for it. When it's my turn, it's my turn and when it's not, I just sit and be positive and try to be professional about it." Los Angeles Times

Bill Oram: Chris Kaman had an all-time great monologue about the Hack-A-Dwight strategy. Exchanged words with Dwight at one point, here's why... Kaman: "I was trying to foul him, but they weren’t calling them, so I started smacking him harder. I was like man I don’t want to mess you up or whatever. I don’t really care, but I just wanted to let you know don’t be a douchebag about it because this is what I’m supposed to do. … I don’t think he cared. I think he’s kind of used to it by now after what is it 9 years, 10 years in the league. The big thing is he’s shooting 50 percent, so I think teams see that as an advantage.” Twitter @bill_oram

December 17, 2013 Updates

With players who signed as free agents in the offseason able to be traded as of Sunday, Kaman would be a logical candidate to be moved because he isn't playing much and he makes $3.2 million on a team that's $7.8 million over luxury tax. He said he's heard nothing on that front and isn't expecting to, either. "I haven't," Kaman said, when asked if he'd heard from the Lakers or anyone else about whether he'd be moved. "The conversations I've had have been, 'Let's stick with it. Let's play it out a little more. Let's see where things go.' So I just try to be ready and be positive. I'm not going to let it take away from me having fun and being a good person. I just do the best I can with what I've got." ESPN.com

The veteran center says he joined the team as a free agent this summer because he saw opportunity to play significant minutes and re-establish his value after a couple of up-and-down seasons with New Orleans and Dallas. Instead he's found himself at the end of the Lakers' bench. "It's absolutely not what I was looking for," Kaman told ESPNLosAngeles.com on Monday morning after the Lakers' shootaround. "It's not really in my control. I just try to keep working hard and be ready if the time comes. And if it doesn't, then it just wasn't meant to be." ESPN.com

December 16, 2013 Updates

"I haven't," Kaman said, when asked if he'd heard from the Lakers or anyone else about whether he'd be moved. "The conversations I've had have been, 'Let's stick with it. Let's play it out a little more. Let's see where things go.' So I just try to be ready and be positive and do the things I'm not going to let it take away from me having fun and being a good person. I just do the best I can with what I've got." ESPN.com

The veteran center says he came to Los Angeles as a free agent this summer because he saw opportunity to play significant minutes and re-establish his value after a couple of up-and-down seasons in New Orleans and Dallas. Instead he's found himself at the end of the Lakers bench. "It's absolutely not what I was looking for. It's not really in my control. I just try to keep working hard and be ready if the time comes. And if it doesn't, then it just wasn't meant to be," Kaman told ESPNLosAngeles.com on Monday morning after the Lakers shootaround in Atlanta. ESPN.com

In the 13 games he has played for the Lakers, Kaman is averaging 8.3 points and 5.1 rebounds in nearly 17 minutes a game. Still, it's been a frustrating experience. "Never did I think I would come here and not play, otherwise I probably wouldn't have come," Kaman said. "I had a bunch of other options, but I saw opportunity here." ESPN.com

December 9, 2013 Updates
November 24, 2013 Updates

Every NBA player undergoes a concussion protocol test before the season that utilizes a basic deck of playing cards. "Including a joker," Kaman said. The questions vary from identifying previous cards—was it a jack of diamonds? Have you seen the two of clubs?—to how many consecutive red or black cards were shown. This establishes their baseline memorization capabilities. When a player then suffers a concussion, he is put through the same test to determine just how much of his memory has been affected. Curry met the requirements when he went through the test before Friday's game against the Lakers. He was subsequently cleared for Saturday night's contest against the Blazers. Bleacher Report

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Bill Oram: Lakers will go big in starting 5 tonight. Chris Kaman will start with Pau Gasol. Twitter @bill_oram

November 6, 2013 Updates
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Kaman, who signed with the Lakers as a free agent in the summer, was not complimentary of Carlisle. "I have a hard time with coaches who say one thing in one ear and then behind your back they're saying something else," Kaman said. "It's not easy to decide, was he serious. There was a lot that was said to me that was just misrepresentations and stories that went one way and the next day it would be completely opposite. So that's why I say he plays games with guys. He's not going to play games with Dirk or play games with Vince. But other guys he doesn't know well or are new, he plays games and I didn't get it. I had so many conversations with him and I got tired of the conversations." Dallas Morning News

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