HoopsHype Chris Kaman rumors

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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

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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

"I had a good experience here," he said. "I enjoyed the city and the fans were great. It was probably one of my favorite cities that I've played in so far. But it doesn't work out everywhere you go. Players get bounced around. I guess I just didn't fit into coach Carlisle's style or what he wanted to do, so I had to figure out how to make it work somewhere else." Dallas Morning News

"It's a different coaching style," Kaman said. "Coach Carlisle is uptight and kind of plays games with people here and there. Coach D'Antoni is more relaxed. He lets guys get a feel and make mistakes and play. That's the kind of basketball players like to play. You can't micromanage every situation and pull a guy in and out and in and out. It just doesn't work that way. If you have some superstars, you might get away with that. But if you have guys who aren't superstars, it's hard to do that." Dallas Morning News

November 4, 2013 Updates

Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni is still trying to settle on a starting lineup and a consistent rotation four games into the season, and Chris Kaman hopes he settles on one soon that has him playing more minutes alongside Pau Gasol. "It's not easy, but I want to be patient with coach because he's a good guy and he's been straight with me," Kaman said after the Lakers' 105-103 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday. "We've talked and he's said, 'Hey, I want to get you in there more, but I'm trying to do everything.' It's hard to make everybody happy and do your job and win. There's a lot going on there for him." ESPN.com

October 28, 2013 Updates

"I respect what they're doing and what they've done, but still, they're nothing like the Lakers," Kaman said Monday. "You look up here at all the championships. They're never going to have that. It's never going to happen. I don't see it. Los Angeles Times

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

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