Home
Lakers News: Chris Kaman Wants More Minutes Alongside Pau Gasol Reviewed by Momizat on . After the departure of Dwight Howard over the summer, the Los Angeles Lakers made an interesting move bringing in former All-Star center Chris Kaman. Even thoug After the departure of Dwight Howard over the summer, the Los Angeles Lakers made an interesting move bringing in former All-Star center Chris Kaman. Even thoug Rating:
You Are Here: Home » News » Lakers News: Chris Kaman Wants More Minutes Alongside Pau Gasol

Lakers News: Chris Kaman Wants More Minutes Alongside Pau Gasol

Share on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

After the departure of Dwight Howard over the summer, the Los Angeles Lakers made an interesting move bringing in former All-Star center Chris Kaman. Even though the move left a few scratching their heads, Kaman has played well in limited minutes. Despite playing well and making an impact already in purple and gold, Kaman isn’t totally satisfied with his minutes via Lakers Nation reporter Serena Winters:

With Jordan Hill providing a spark off the bench for the Lakers, head coach Mike D’Antoni has been trying to figure out a way to get all three frontcourt players considerable minutes. Obviously, Gasol is the starting center and that doesn’t seem to be changing anytime soon, but D’Antoni chose to go with Shawne Williams as a stretch four and that hasn’t worked out as planned. In 16 minutes off the bench in the win over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday, Kaman scored 10 points, grabbed five rebounds and recorded an assist and a block. Although impressive numbers in limited minutes, Kaman did get into foul trouble with five fouls and turned the ball over three times. With Kaman already expressing his desire to play more, the ball is in D’Antoni’s court moving forward. It’s no secret Williams isn’t cutting it as the starting power forward, but D’Antoni has been reluctant to make the change with four games in the books. Following the win over the Hawks, the Lakers will embark on a three-game road trip starting with the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday followed by Dwight Howard’s Houston Rockets on Thursday and New Orleans Pelicans on Friday. D’Antoni made indication to mixing things up in the starting lineup during the road trip, but that may change if he’s not satisfied with Williams’ performances as a starter.

———————————————————————————————————

VIDEO: Check Out What Mike D’Antoni Had To Say After The Win, Addressing Chris Kaman’s Minutes

Share on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

About The Author

Lead Writer

Ryan is the Lead Writer at Lakers Nation - Lakers Beat Writer for Examiner / AXS - Born In UK - Proud England / Liverpool / Raiders Supporter - Follow Ryan on Twitter: @Lakers_Examiner

Number of Entries : 1540
  • Daryl Peek

    I agree with Chris

  • Solomon

    Kaman & Gasol, Hill & Gasol… love both. Williams hasn’t been producing… at all! So far as I’m concerned he isn’t earning those minutes… Gotta do it.

    • LakersHeatBeef

      Jordan Hill has a 27.46 PER one of the highest in the NBA.Top PER on the Lakers.Shawne Williams needs to give his minutes to Jordan Hill IMO.Start Hill.

  • Jim213

    Shows he’s not comfortable playing small ball. IMO, in games that will require to play big he’ll likely be playing along side of Pau but may likely have less minutes in games that demand quicker legs and play.

    • tony

      Screw the Small ball when Blake has to guard guys that are 5-7 inch taller and have career nights when they play against Lakers. Dumbtoni is not using these guys properly

      • Jim213

        Agree with your view about the coach not using the right combination of players during key moments. But I’d place Meeks on the floor rather than Blake given he has shown solid contributions on the defensive end aside of being able to keep up with quick guards.

        Given the coach’s style they’ll play small ball. Also they won’t be able to keep up with teams that shoot lights out while getting out rebounded and out hustled with Kaman and Gasol on the floor. We’re not winning a ring with the current team this season so they’ll have to make the most of it. But if things don’t work out with the coach he may likely not be around the following season. There’s a reason why the second team has contributed more thus far than the first.

  • ra

    Is this the ‘new’ NBA? In order for players to get more playing time, they have to ask for it? So, aren’t the coaches aware of the benefits of, for example, Kaman playing more minutes alongside Pau?

    If the players have to ask for more playing time, rather than ‘playing well and earning it’, then there’s a problem. Also, if coaches aren’t recognizing that certain players will help the team by playing more, then there’s a problem.

    Either way, there’s a problem. I know it’s early on in the season. Glad it’s not up to us here at LakersNation to decide who to play, but on the other hand, is there someone (like Magic, Luke, Worthy) who is commenting to D’Antoni about this?

    Example: Rambis commented endlessly about lack of D last year, and now he is a coach. And, now the Lakers D has made an improvement. So, wouldn’t you think Kurt would be making comments to D’Antoni about other things? He’s (KR) a veteran coach, who has some great ideas to contribute.

    • hookedonnews

      I don’t think it’s up to players to tell the coach how much playing time they need. Frankly I couldn’t wait for MDA to get Kaman off the floor last night after all those turnovers. I’m sure all these roster issues will work themselves out. As you said, it’s early. We’ve had some excellent chemistry on this team so far. Don’t want to see players complaining. As far as assistant coaches telling the head coach how to run the team, who to play with whom, etc., I don’t think that’s the way it’s done either. When Rambis was a commentator he could say anything he wanted. He’s working under D’Antoni now. I’m sure if he wants input he will ask for it. I’m glad that Rambis is working with the defense. He has his hands full with that. I don’t know what kind of relationship he and MDA have, but I really don’t think D’Antoni feels like he needs his advice about player rotations, etc., but who knows? It’s possible they discuss these things, but I would be surprised if they did. And for taking advice from Magic after the comments he has made, I don’t see that happening either.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Caveman>Birdman lol.But seriously yes play the twin towers together all the time!

  • Gregory Choa

    The Lakers should definitely be starting games with Pau at center, which means that the only logical way to get more minutes for Jordan Hill would be to start him at the 4 alongside Gasol. Kaman should be the first big off the bench and this should also allow Pau to play some minutes as a power forward. Shawne Williams should be behind both Hill & Kaman on the Lakers depth chart…why he’s still starting is a bit mystifying to me. If he was a true and reliable threat from the perimeter in order to become a real “stretch 4″ that D’Antoni craves, that’d be one thing…but he simply hasn’t been that and so his getting minutes at both Hill and Kaman’s expense makes no sense.

    • Daryl Peek

      I see Kaman and Pau fitting perfectly together with Hill being the first big off the bench. The advantage of starting both big’s is their versatility. Both have good mid range jumpers and both can command the post. Kaman sees how good Pau is at finding him when he moves into sweet spots as Pau has the ball in a triple threat stance at the elbow. Floor spacing wont be a problem IMO and it wil allow for precision like PNR offense like the Spurs run which is not much different than what D’Antoni runs. With Nash, Blake, Kaman and Pau starting you have 4 knock down shooters that are great at passing the ball also. X fits in with his ability to get to the rim and knock down threes also.

      The bench mob maintains the change of pace explosiveness with Farmar, Meeks, Young, Johnson and Hill. You can throw Williams in there at the 3 or 4 to make up for lack of length off the bench.

      • Guest

        Works for me…either way, it relegated Shawne Williams to a seat on the bench behind both Hill and Kaman on the depth chart. I like Shawne, and I can appreciate that D’Antoni has stuck behind him, but I don’t see the sense in starting him anymore.

      • Gregory Choa

        Works for me…either way, it relegates Shawne Williams to a seat on the bench behind both Hill and Kaman on the depth chart. I like Shawne, and I can appreciate that D’Antoni has stuck behind him, but I don’t see the sense in starting him anymore.

        • Daryl Peek

          Williams has potential. Given he’s been out of basketball for over a year, it’s understandable he will need time to shake off rust. The problem is, we can’t afford to dig a hole in the win loss column like we did last season. Only so much patience’s for development when you have other players on roster that can step up right now.

  • hookedonnews

    D’Antoni’s comments on the video above tell me all I need to know. Everyone just needs to relax and do what they are asked to do. Last year everyone was complaining about the short rotations. This year they’re complaining because someone isn’t getting enough minutes. The players just need to play well when they get their opportunities, do what the coaches are asking them to do, and everything will go well. If it’s going to come down to people not happy because they aren’t getting enough minutes (even though the team is winning), that becomes a problem that we don’t need. I’m sure rotations will shorten as time goes on, but having so many players who are able to contribute is a good thing. It sure beats what went on last season.

Privacy Policy | © 2014 Medium Large, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Scroll to top