Chris Kaman Frustrated By Lack of Playing Time With Lakers

by December 18, 2013

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.”