Lakers News: Chris Kaman Believes He Can Still Play At All-Star Level

Lakers News: Chris Kaman Believes He Can Still Play At All-Star Level


kaman 6The Lakers had a press conference to formally introduce Chris Kaman as a member of the team. Kaman posed with GM Mitch Kupchak and his new jersey, sporting the number nine for the first time in his career.

Many people don’t realize that Kaman is a former All-Star, being named as a reserve for the 2010 team in a season when he averaged 18.5 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks in 76 games for the Los Angeles Clippers.

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While nobody is expecting Kaman to replicate those numbers this season, Kaman believes he still has it in him:

I don’t think that much has changed in me mentally or physically. Sometimes people just get hurt […] I feel confident that I can be at that (All-Star) level.

While it is unknown whether Kaman will start or come off the bench, he is expected to be a big contributor this season and hopes to thrive in Mike D’Antoni offense, which he admittedly is looking forward to playing in.

Whether two big men with the skillset of Kaman and Gasol can work together in this offense remains to be seen, but if Kaman can get close to his All-Star level and Gasol can keep up his stellar play from the end of last season, these two can form a very formidable front line for the Lakers.

Kaman averaged 10.5 points and 5.6 rebounds in 66 games last season for the Dallas Mavericks.


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  • imutau

    I think Kaman was a steal at the deal we got. Especially for a legit big man who has some game.

    • John

      True that. In fact all their signing are steals. Young players at the vets minimum. You cannot get any better bargain than that.

  • quickster007

    Kaman offensively is better than Howard. Defensively, his no slouch. I’m more worried about the Lakers back court. There is no one in that back court that can play defense. Point guards like Parker, Paul, Westbrooke will have career high if they play the Lakers.

    • Eddie Lazaro

      We’ll see. With a complete healthy roster, a full training camp with all his plays, practices and drills, Mike D’Antoni and his brother Dan will have no excuses where this team will go this season or little Jimmy will be forced to give him a boot on the way out or the LAKERLAND and rest of the Buss family run a “Coup” and put Jennie on the Helm.

    • hookedonnews

      Want to tell me who can contain Parker, Paul or Westbrook? The Heat had to put LeBron James on Tony Parker. No one can contain any of these people by themselves. That’s why team defense is so important. Do you think the GS back court has great defenders? This idea that the Lakers back court can’t defend anyone is something that’s repeated constantly, but look around the league. There aren’t that many great perimeter defenders, and as I said, team defense is what’s important. Few PGs can defend each other that effectively one on one.


    mike miller must be signed by lakers management now that he’s in the market, dont let him get away lakers management, he’s a championship player!!!!!