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Lakers News: Chris Kaman Expresses Frustration With Lakers

Chris KamanAfter playing in only 13 out of 23 games played by the Los Angeles Lakers so far this season, the frustration is starting to mount for veteran center Chris Kaman.

Apparently, Kaman is unhappy with his current situation with the Lakers and rightfully so. The one-time All-Star isn’t being used by the coaching staff the way Kaman thought he would be when he signed a one-year deal for $3.2 million in the off-season.

With Kaman clearly frustrated, the backup center said the following via Ramona Shelburne of ESPNLosAngeles.com:

“It’s absolutely not what I was looking for,” Kaman told ESPNLosAngeles.com on Monday morning after the Lakers shootaround in Atlanta. “It’s not really in my control. I just try to keep working hard and be ready if the time comes. And if it doesn’t, then it just wasn’t meant to be.”

Along with starting to express his frustration publicly due to the lack of playing time, Kaman also went as far as to say that he probably wouldn’t have signed with the Lakers had he known his fate on the bench via Shelburne:

“Never did I think I would come here and not play, otherwise I probably wouldn’t have come,” Kaman said. “I had a bunch of other options, but I saw opportunity here.”

Before the season began, Pau Gasol, Jordan Hill and Kaman were expected to be the go-to guys in the frontcourt for the Lakers. Gasol was slated to be the starting center while the starting power forward position seemed to be up for grabs for Hill and Kaman.

Much like last season, head coach Mike D’Antoni tried many different combinations in the starting lineup and surprisingly went with Shawne Williams as a stretch four rather than starting Kaman or Hill. Eventually, Williams played his way out of the starting lineup and D’Antoni continued to experiment, but now Kaman seems to be buried on the bench, much like Antawn Jamison was last year.

With all the trade rumors starting to swirl, Kaman may very well be sent packing in a trade at some point between now and the NBA trade deadline on February 20. Although Gasol is getting mentioned in trade scenarios, Kaman may begin to emerge as trade bait with the veteran center publicly expressing his frustration with the team.

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  • Sasha

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Mike D’Antoni is downright evil.Not in a bad way LOL.Just the way this comes off.

  • Daryl Peek

    Can’t please everyone or give everyone minutes but Kaman has a very good point. Outside of his early mention of wanting to play with Gasol I can’t figure why he’s seemingly being blackballed?!?

    • Shit i say

      He plays no d

      • Daryl Peek

        Wrong. Rebounds just like Hill and blocks more shots

        • lakers72

          agree… a lot of times i’d rather see him on the floor then gasol just based on the higher energy level he brings compared to pau

          • SwaggyK

            it’s because D’Fuckantoni is an idiot

          • nlruizjr

            if it’s anyone that needs to be traded, it’s MD. He has no idea how to use Bigs effectively !!!! This guy will never win any title for anyone much less for the Lakers

        • Joseph Apohen

          Better scorer than Sacre.

    • ra

      Bigs … do … not … do … well … in … D’Antoni’s … system.

      Exception: 2006 v’n of Stoudemire – otherwise – nobody. The reason Stoudemire worked out well was because of …. Nash. The Lakers need a “2006 Nash-style” MVP PG in order for MDA’s version of small-ball to work well with a big.

      Who we got? I think CP3 might have fit the bill. Or a ‘re-vamped’ Nash might have even worked out well.

      • Zimmeredge

        no Stoudemire was excellent with D’antoni because was so powerful and so athletic. Of course Steve Nash have something to do with it on half court. Put Chris Paul or Lin or Holiday or Rondo they will always find a way to play with Stoud within the pick and roll system.
        offensively he was great. hustle offensively. He was eating offensive boards with highlights putbacks.
        But he ran the floor extremely well for his size.

        Put Josh Smith in D’s system and he will thrive.

        • ra

          Yeah, Stat was good. Not good anymore. He thrived on a system with Nash (that was my point). He was built for MDA/Nash system. No other bigs really fill the bill there.

          Also, Stat was not know for D. Can’t have it both ways (i.e., work well in MDA system as a big, and handle D well). It’s not made for that.

          • Zimmeredge

            not so sure. bigs are important in every system. But D’antoni’s system requires a specific type of center: a strictly defensive minded center. Kurt Thomas was amazing on defense. Chandler was also great.
            eventhough his centers never thrived offensively, his system needs an anchor inside, in the paint.

            The best combination of bigs for MDA might be Deandre Jordan + Josh Smith. That’s the type of player that he needs.

      • Daryl Peek

        Gentry ran the D’Antoni system. Marcin Gortat thriven in the system. So did Channing Frye. Kaman can work in the version of the offense were seeing right now. It’s not full on MDA small ball.

      • hookedonnews

        Tyson Chandler plays well in the D’Antoni system. They continued to run that offense even after MDA left. Dwight Howard could have played well in it if he wasn’t such a moron.

        • Daryl Peek

          Agreed

    • hookedonnews

      He also said he didn’t like small ball and complained about his minutes. He was also turning the ball over a lot right before he went out with the back issue. He has had a lot of injuries in his career (not sure what they were). As I have pointed out before, the same thing happened to him in Dallas. He was playing well, but something happened and by the end of his last season there he was on the bench most of the time. I had been hearing that he wasn’t playing because of back spasms. I don’t know what the full story is, but I know he’s not helping his case by going public with this.

  • Thierry

    Kaman can honestly play some good ball… He gets a bad rep because its not very elegant and he looks like a caveman but his game right now is on par if not better than the production pau has been putting out. I also liked the way pau and him connected on several plays within the flow of the offense. They seem to play well off of each other, I was disappointed when dantoni started benching him. The Caveman has raw fundamental talents that are completely overlooked cuz he’s probably the least flashy player in the NBA.

    • nlruizjr

      what a pathetic coach that kind figure out how to use a former HOF’er, there is no reason he can’t play minutes with Pau and/or Hill, he’s actually a 2nd Pau Gasol except he can play defense and rebound, how in the hell MD can’t figure out how to use him in PF and/or C is absolutely assanine, especially with Pau playing with a sprained ankle. This guy is just a jerk, the furthest thing from a coach.

      • nlruizjr

        excuse, I meant a former All Star, not HOF’er, it’s just that MD get’s me so pissed !!!!!!!!

  • Damon The Killa

    Him and Gasol made a nice duo the first couple games. Too bad minutes are spread amongst too many other deserving players to keep them happy.

  • Marty Susman

    Yes Gasol needs to go for draft picks, the 76rs are best for picks. BUT the person who really needs to be gone is this so called coach…

  • Supkg

    D’antoni wouldn’t know what to do with a center even if the center was name Kareem or Shaq… this guy is a joke as coach- good coaches use the talent around them and try to win… this coach doesn’t use the limited talent around him and loses…

    • ra

      D’Antoni did have Shaq, recall? 7-seconds + Shaq. His system couldn’t account for that fact that Shaq took more than 7 seconds to get from one end of the court to another. So, he adjusted. How did that work out?

  • DPGC44

    He came out publicly and embarrassed D’anoni. He black balls people like that ala Jordan Hill last year. I am starting to see that D’atoni is not a players coach.

    • Josh

      I would agree with you except that Hill had a career year last season before his hip injury ended his season.

    • nlruizjr

      well why isn’t he black balling Kobe, Kobe disagreed with MD his first day back !!!!!

      • lal

        Cause kobe is legendary. Mda benche’s kobe an he is fired guarantee you that. Kobe is the king of the castle mda just lives by it

    • hookedonnews

      Not true. D’Antoni is known as a players coach. Jordan Hill was injured, not blackballed. No one knows the reasons for every decision a coach makes. He has been complaining practically since he hit town, and then he was injured. I’m sure if MDA thought the team would play better with him on the floor he would be playing even if he does have a big mouth. Sacre earned his spot by working hard and playing well in practice. Maybe Kaman should practice harder and talk less.

      • dan

        This guy’s is clearly a JIM BUSS. TROLL HOW MUCH HE PAYING U TO BE US????

        • hookedonnews

          Yes, I’m sure Jim Buss is obsessed with what’s being said here. Everything I said is a verifiable fact except for my speculation that MDA would be playing Kaman if he thought the team would be better with him on the floor. Since D’Antoni wants to keep his job, I’m pretty sure he wants the best team on the floor he can put out there. And BTW, if Jim Buss wants to send me a check I’m more than ready to take it, but my opinions are my own.

  • hoovaboy

    I fuckin hate D’antoni! Its past time for him to go

  • Jan Rey

    kaman for asik!

  • just sayin’

    what i don’t get is why kaman isn’t getting minutes over shawne williams… he has better length, range and potential than shawne williams has really ever shown

  • Joe Chan

    Watch… just like last year, his regular rotation players are gonna get injured near the end of the season and then he’s gonna be forced to play the guys he discarded to make it to the playoffs

  • hoperhetoric

    He is more consistent than Pau Gasol… If gasol is injured then let kaman play instead of giving gasol an excuse not to play hard!!!

  • Daniel

    I thought Kaman had been injured. As soon as he’s ready to play he should be in. I like this guy. He play’s tough D, can shoot, box out, and rebound.

  • jay

    Kaman better than sacre

  • Jim213

    Hopefully CK gets some playtime given the last game with the Hawks. No excuses to finding the best options on the floor to WIN GAMES given the current status.

  • Zimmeredge

    there’s a reason why MDA is doing that and here it is: he’s trying to increase those guys values.
    Everybody’s saying “Chris Kaman is good he can play basketball as back up center”. It means team are ready to welcome him He’s already a good valuable trade bait.
    In the same time, he’s increasing Robert Sacre’s minutes because he is auditioning for the other teams. He’ll be a trade bait too and if he shows good value for low contract then there are a lot of teams who’ll get interested in him.

    remember those guys are expiring contracts. so they will interest a lot of tanking team down the line.

    We only have one good back up at the center position: Jordan Hill.

    • Joseph Apohen

      This sounds like the Lakers is a farm system for the other NBA teams.

      • Zimmeredge

        it might sound like that but that’s the reality. we need to get our low budget players to a decent level in order to trade them.

        remember that we’ve traded Brown, Crittenton and Mckie for Pau Gasol…
        so everything’s possible. some teams just wanna trade their big wage (Memphis, Bulls, Knicks) to get some cap space for the upcoming summer. Because of the draft, the FA or just because they need to lower their cap.

  • Ron Wittman

    D’Allbiloni is an idiot worthless coach. No emotion, just sits or stands there. Talk about doing nothing and getting a pay check. I though Kupchek was smarter than this. Expected from baby buss.

  • xdtrd

    and here i thought he was injured the whole time

  • LakerfanSince1980

    Screw d’antoni. His hiring by jim and mitch ruined everything. There’s a reason why he stunk in NY. He never made it past first round playoffs either. Whatever. I’m so frustrated that I can barely even watch the squad anymore. Mike D can take his small ball coaching and shove it up his azz along with HIS small balls!

  • dollarbill4life

    Maybe if he stayed healthy and off I/R, Kaman might see more time. It’s hard to guarantee playing time to someone who’s hurt frequently.

  • hookedonnews

    Maybe Kaman should stop talking. He’s been doing a lot of that since he arrived. He has said he doesn’t like small ball, complained about his minutes, turned the ball over too much, and had back problems. He has a history of injuries. I don’t know why MDA has lost confidence in him, but it appears that he has. Something similar happened in Dallas. If he gets the opportunity, I would advise him to shut up and play.

    • dan

      Ur full of shit dude. Tell Jim buss to sick it . boycott is coming soon 4 his ass…

      • hookedonnews

        You’re full of trash talk but no facts. Maybe you should see see a therapist for that fixation on Jim Buss.

        • Daryl Peek

          Ain’t it funny how folks come on these blogs and call others trolls when they bring no factual info to the convo? Nothing but opinionated hate filled rants?!?

    • Joseph Apohen

      Agree

  • ersliva

    its coach dumbasses fault…hes once again trying to ruin the lakersd wioth his small ball philosophy…he now has both its best big men and ends with him on how they are being/not being used….I say its time for kurt to take over….the lakers will suck as long as coach dumbass is their coach….
    hell hire me to coach them…just cover my expenses…I would run gasol in the low post and use Kaman as his backup…start hill at power with Johnson….use young for now at shooting guard and Bryant at point till they can get a healthy point man back and go with size and post Bryant/young all the time with gasol down low and have hill and Johnson slice around to get easy passes and baskets….thenm have young guard the point man at the other end….

  • Paytc

    It’s hard to show what your capable of from the bench. I liked what little I saw of Kaman. My advice would be the same for Kaman that I would give to any player. Control what you are in control of. Be ready to prove your worthy when called on to play. Just keep it all positive and it will eventually work out.

    Go Lakers !

  • dywanewade

    oh wow, all this time i thought he was injured or something. really mike, you’re playing sacre over kaman?

  • Lakers4Life

    Like I’ve said (along with most other Laker fans), Dumbtoni is a retard. It’s as simple as that. Seriously just kick that Pringle Man out of here – Phil Jackson’s mother can probably coach even better than that lolz.

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