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Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 at 10:20 am  |  19 responses

Chris Kaman Frustrated By Lack of Playing Time With Lakers

Pau Gasol isn’t the only big man in LA that’s unhappy with head coach Mike D’Antoni. Chris Kaman is also voicing his displeasure to the media, basically alluding that he feels like the Lakers misled him about his role this past summer. Per the LA Times: “The reserve center continues to find himself at the end of the bench during Lakers games. No playing time, no stat line, nothing. It’s not what he envisioned when he signed a one-year, $3.2-million free-agent deal with the Lakers in July. ‘I’m just going to take the high road and do the right thing, but it’s definitely not what I was told coming in here,’ he said on Monday. ‘Obviously, I would have never came here if they had said, ‘We’re not going to play you at all.’ I thought I had a good opportunity coming here. It’s frustrating and I want to be able to try to help if I can, you know? And I really, truly think I can, but it’s not up to me.’ Kaman was the only healthy Lakers player not used in a 114-100 loss Monday to Atlanta, the lone member of the ‘DNP-Coach’s Decision’ club. ‘I can’t be [irritated] because I’m getting paid a lot of money to do what I do and I can’t complain,’ said Kaman, an 11-year veteran. ‘Obviously, as a human being, I have emotions and things. And so there’s frustration. A lot of people think I’m still hurt, but I assure you I am not still hurt.’ Kaman looked fine during exhibition play, forming a nice rapport with Pau Gasol, but then weird things started happening. He smashed a finger while tobogganing down from the Great Wall of China, a freak occurrence when the sled driven by Shawne Williams hurtled down onto Kaman’s toboggan. He didn’t miss any time for that injury but a few days later was sidelined almost a week because of an intestinal illness. He recovered in time to play the Lakers’ first 12 games, averaging 8.3 points and 5.3 rebounds until back spasms forced him to miss three weeks. He returned to action Friday against Oklahoma City, scoring nine points in the fourth quarter of a blowout loss. He didn’t play Saturday against Charlotte and two days later against Atlanta. Lakers Coach Mike D’Antoni sympathizes with Kaman, continually telling reporters he wants to find him some playing time.”

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  • Tarzan Cooper

    the toboggan incident is just so amazing.
    kaman is basically calling _’antoni a liar.
    sidenote:anyone catch metta’s dispute with kenyon over pasta?

  • 604ricy

    Fire Mr.Pringles and hire George Karl.

  • CKLOH

    So he should be. D’Antoni’s refusal to accommodate his players’ varying paces has cost LA several games this season. He simply has not adopted a halfcourt-reliant system. Bryant, Gasol, Kaman, and some others are best suited to overwhelm their opponents in methodical scenarios which befit their higher IQs.

    Even PJ needed to adapt Winter’s Triangle to meet the specific requirements of his Bulls and Lakers teams. D’Antoni refuses to wilt as the system is supreme in his eyes.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    the real question is, WHY IN THE WORLD DID HE EXPECT TO PLAY? we knew he wouldn’t this summer.

  • CKLOH

    I honestly thought D’Antoni was creative enough offensively to create a balance of fast- and slow-paced styles which befitted the entirety of the roster. Sacre has been a great help defender, but Kaman provides so much more as an offensive player and as an adept individual post defender that I’m completely dumbfounded as to why D’Antoni refuses to take advantage of his talents.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    ehh, there is no real balance for them to find…i mean if they slow down at all, they are taking their ability to win without a truly great player away. it’s not like Kobe can dominate a game in terms of willing them to victory, Pau is obviously not the same player he was just a short while ago. Playing Kaman will only slow their pace to the point of them just being your average team. And they don’t have talent to win playing like a normal team.

  • Sérgio

    I like D’Antoni, but he is way too inconsistent with his lineups, specially with the bigs. Kaman, Shawne Willians, Hill and Sacre go from starters to DNP-CD in consecutive nights.

  • spit hot fiyah

    at least his CD collection is getting bigger

  • Mike From Spain

    Changing a system to better fit personnel requires some qualities like deep knowledge of said personnel, flexibility, deep knowledge of the game and intellectual horse-power, and sadly not all head coaches in the NBA have this golden combination.

  • Interdico Scriptor

    It’s JUSTICE seeing this shitty LAL team this year w/ Kaman, Young, so-and-so and the other perfidious no-names, and I can’t help but notice that Laker land has fallen on tough times – that’s for sure. They’re now joining CHi, Bost, NY et al as terrible teams and genuine flops & I wonder how the big markets are feeling that squeeze right now? It’s gotta be tough.

  • LakeShow

    Agreed.

    He’s always been like this unless a certain squad plays well continually for him then he runs them into the ground.

    The guy is a talented coach, but a more traditional approach to rotations would be greatly appreciated.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i’m fairly certain that the Lakers will be competing for championships again sometime in the next 5 or so years. this is hardly a big deal, just a lull. Chicago/Bos presumably will jump right back into contention in the same amount of time. — New York, well, as long as James Dolan is making their decisions, they will be in this type of situation.

  • CKLOH

    I didn’t mean he must establish one consistent rotation. He simply seems incapable of adapting to his opponents. LA has a team which may not be nightly victorious, but has no business lacking competitive resolve. Fourteen-point loss to the Hawks? That’s on the coach.

    D’Antoni is supercilious beyond measure.

  • brothasdontsurf

    I guess when you’re an ex- All Star you are allowed to complain like this, just ask Chris Kaman or Jamaal Magloire

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    the Lakers are one game below .500 with a roster that has no business being anywhere in the neighborhood of .500

  • Conor

    If you say so.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    ok

  • initbruv

    “I’m just going to take the high road and do the right thing”….(he says, while doing the wrong thing by talking about it to the media)…”I can’t complain”…(he says after sufficiently complaining)…”Obviously, as a human being, I have emotions and things.”…(sigh)

  • robb

    That MF D’Antoni’s just playing around with the lineup I’m tired of it.

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