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Thursday, February 6th, 2014 at 10:30 am  |  21 responses

Chris Kaman Slept on the Bench and the Lakers Ran Out of Players

The Greek tragedy that is the 2013-14 Los Angeles Lakers continues to deliver hilarious lowlights. During a 119-108 road win in Cleveland on Wednesday night, the Lakers ran out of healthy bodies, and Chris Kaman took a nap on the team’s deserted bench. Per the LA Daily News:

“I had my shoes untied. I was laying down on the bench because we had a really long bench,” Kaman said. “There was 30 feet of extra space that I laid down.”

But Kaman couldn’t get too comfortable.

Lakers center Robert Sacre also fell into foul trouble, while Jordan Farmar experienced cramps in his calf muscles. Suddenly, the man who can never seem to find time in (Mike) D’Antoni’s rotation had to enter the game.

Sacre wasn’t penalized for his fouls, though. He picked up his sixth foul with 3:32 remaining. But per NBA rules, Sacre still stayed on the floor because the Lakers didn’t have any other healthy players. The only downside, the Lakers would receive a technical foul for any time Sacre fouls again.

“It doesn’t make sense to me,” Kaman said. “Anytime a superstar fouls out, you can take the tech and say everybody else is hurt. We want to keep him in. It is a loophole. There’s a lot of loopholes. That’s how it works.”

Lakers guard Steve Nash tried warming up, but he wasn’t on the active roster since the Lakers are sitting him on the second night of back-to-backs to preserve his body. Farmar had been icing for precautionary measures to ensure his previously injured left hamstring didn’t flare up again.

“I thought Farmar was iced down because he got to his minute number,” Kaman said. “I thought he’d come back in and be a decoy. I didn’t you know you could attack and keep a guy in.”

But NBA teams can, providing a reminder that perhaps it’s best next time that Kaman keeps his shoelaces tied.

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  • the rain

    No wonder he gets no burn. He takes it for granted. Pathetic.

  • Truth Teller

    Lowlight? The Lakers won with 4 qualified players. The comedy relief came from the Cavs. You’re telling me you can’t beat a 5 man squad? That’s a joke right there.

  • Smits#45

    Wow… Didn’t know that there were so many injuries and that Sacre couldn’t foul out. Has this happened before?

  • spit hot fiyah

    i read that it happened to the warriors a few years ago

  • spit hot fiyah

    this is what i do when i get an entire row to myself in an airplane:

  • bike

    You could make a country-western song out of that title.

  • shockexchange

    This is an epic article. Not sure who should be more embarrassed, the Lakers or the Cavs.

  • JoeMaMa

    Yeah, I remember that. The Don Nelson days. I feel like Nelson wanted something like that to happen, as part of some weird strategy.
    And speaking of Nelson and the Warriors, I’d love to see what he’d do with their lineup now. And much as the Warriors shoot now, I think he’d somehow make them shoot more 3s!!!

  • 360

    classic

  • Smits#45

    Somehow his behaviour reminds me of the Worm. Only he had accomplished to back it up…

  • Smits#45

    Somehow his behaviour reminds me of the Worm. Only he had accomplished to back it up…

  • Smits#45

    Somehow his behaviour reminds me of the Worm. Only he had accomplished to back it up…

  • spit hot fiyah

    reminds me of artest, followed by a cup to the face, followed by history

  • spit hot fiyah

    reminds me of artest, followed by a cup to the face, followed by history

  • spit hot fiyah

    reminds me of artest, followed by a cup to the face, followed by history

  • Smits#45

    Hahaha… Very true… Don’t see Kaman doing that though…

  • Smits#45

    Hahaha… Very true… Don’t see Kaman doing that though…

  • Smits#45

    Hahaha… Very true… Don’t see Kaman doing that though…

  • davidR

    no layups. ever.

  • spit hot fiyah

    they say that u should watch out for the quite ones

  • yoki

    Jaja that’s so kool kaman is funny we all should try that at work to c how our peers take it. And we get fired lol

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