Lakers Vs. Knicks: Chris Kaman On Returning To The Lineup (VIDEOS) Reviewed by Momizat on . The Los Angeles Lakers not only finished victorious against the New York Knicks, they came out with a new Lakers franchise record in the process, scoring 51 poi The Los Angeles Lakers not only finished victorious against the New York Knicks, they came out with a new Lakers franchise record in the process, scoring 51 poi Rating: 0
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Lakers Vs. Knicks: Chris Kaman On Returning To The Lineup (VIDEOS)

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The Los Angeles Lakers not only finished victorious against the New York Knicks, they came out with a new Lakers franchise record in the process, scoring 51 points in the third quarter. Those 51 points also happened to be the most the Knicks have ever given up in a quarter in franchise history. Mike D’Antoni didn’t seem too moved by the new record, but he was impressed with Xavier Henry’s tremendous play despite a torn ligament in his wrist. He also had high marks for the rookie Ryan Kelly, who played more than any other member in the purple and gold.

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Nick Young says tonight was a night that he wanted to prove the haters wrong and Henry, who says he loves playing in the current system, is far from quitting. Chris Kaman played for the first time in several games. He admitted he started out rusty in the first half and was definitely winded. Kaman discusses how to play in a way that gives everyone a sense of purpose. Check out our videos below and don’t forget to subscribe to our Lakers Nation YouTube Channel!

MIKE D’ANTONI: Says Xavier Henry Is Fearless, Ryan Kelly Is Smart, And Talks Trying To Salvage The Season

NICK YOUNG: Wanted To Prove The Haters Wrong Tonight, Jordan Hill Jokes About Nick Young’s Knee Injury

XAVIER HENRY: Isn’t Ready To Quit, Will Play Through Pain Of Torn Ligament

CHRIS KAMAN: Talks Playing In A Way To Give Everyone A Sense Of Purpose, Says He Was Definitely Winded From Not Having Played In A Game For Some Time

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  • Wesley

    Chris Kaman and Mike D’Antoni didn’t talk to one another for 3 weeks.Then another thing Chris Kaman found out he was starting by looking at the lineup card.SMH these coaches should talk to the players on a regular basis.Communication is the key to success in the NBA.I wonder what Mike D’Antoni would do if Jim Buss and Kelly tried to demote Mike D’Antoni on a Monday morning behind closed doors in the bosses office?

    Mike D’Antoni would fax his resignation to the Lakers right after he stormed out of the office and then he would write his resignation paper and fax it over to Lakers human resources.Demotion is the reality of a coach that can’t communicate with his players.Coaching is all about communication and that is damaging when a coach refuses to talk to his players.This coach sucks and the Lakers gotta fire him.

    • Daryl Peek

      Kaman, who signed with the Lakers as a free agent in the summer, was not complimentary of Carlisle.

      “I have a hard time with coaches who say one thing in one ear and then behind your back they’re saying something else,” Kaman said. “It’s not easy to decide, was he serious. There was a lot that was said to me that was just misrepresentations and stories that went one way and the next day it would be completely opposite. So that’s why I say he plays games with guys. He’s not going to play games with Dirk or play games with Vince. But other guys he doesn’t know well or are new, he plays games and I didn’t get it. I had so many conversations with him and I got tired of the conversations.”

      It should be noted that Kaman has a history as a free-spirit who speaks his mind and he hasn’t always blended well with former coaches or tammates.

      He started last season playing solidly while Dirk Nowitzki was recovering from knee surgery. But the two of them never meshed well upon Nowitzki’s return. And that led to less playing time for Kaman.

      “If Dirk had been healthy, I don’t know if I would have even played at all,” Kaman said. “It was tough. Toward the end of the year, I never said this, but I was like, really, why would you want me back next year. That’s why I didn’t go to my exit interview. Not because I didn’t feel like it, but because I felt like, how could they possibly want me back. They’re going to play me 5 minutes a game? That’s not going to work.

      “He always told me that me and Dirk just didn’t go good. But if you look at the numbers, it wasn’t that terrible.”


  • Daryl Peek

    “It’s a different coaching style,” Kaman said. “Coach Carlisle is uptight and kind of plays games with people here and there. Coach D’Antoni is more relaxed. He lets guys get a feel and make mistakes and play. That’s the kind of basketball players like to play.

    “You can’t micromanage every situation and pull a guy in and out and in and out. It just doesn’t work that way. If you have some superstars, you might get away with that. But if you have guys who aren’t superstars, it’s hard to do that.”

    Kaman then reiterated that he never forged any trust with Carlisle.

    “Early in the year when Dirk was injured, I thought I played pretty well,” he said. “When Dirk came back, I saw my minutes decrease and with coach wanting a more defensive guy at the five spot. That’s his (the coach’s) prerogative. I can’t control that. I just tried to make the best of it. And it was tough, some games not playing, some games playing six minutes or two minutes and getting an apology that ‘I shouldn’t have played you at all,’ or whatever. It’s something I just wasn’t used to.”

    Is it D’Antoni, Carlisle, Monty Williams and Del Negro or should a mirror check be in order?

    • emman

      Just curious, what’s your real paid job/position in Lakers organization?

      • Sylvia Ross

        emman, I have often wondered the same thing.

        • Joseph Apohen

          Me too. Why does he know so much?

          • Daryl Peek

            I pay attention and don’t filter facts with my personal feelings, that’s all.

          • 3339

            well the fact is that the Lakers are 24-46 and Kobe said that he has no interest in playing for dantoni, a coach that numerous people felt never should’ve been hired to begin with and a coach that many of our players have had a problem with such as Pau Gasol (2 time champ).

          • Daryl Peek

            There are 15 players on this team and we’ve had 2-3 more over the course of this season who are no longer in place. To say many of our players had a problem with D’Antoni is misleading. Gasol, Kaman, and Hill are the only ones. Kobe did not say he has no intention of playing for MDA either. This is what I mean by the ESPN First Take ISH.

            Kobe on whether or not D’Antoni has earned another year as Lakers HC…

            “I don’t know,” he said on the Dan Patrick Show — but he acknowledged all the losing wasn’t necessarily D’Antoni’s fault. It’s been tough on him,” Bryant said. “The two years that he’s been here, he’s been dealing with so many injuries left and right. He hasn’t really gotten a fair deal, fair shake at it since he’s been here.” –Kobe Bryant via Mike Bresnahan, March 19, 2014 LA Times

            As far as the D’Antoni hire goes, of course Kobe would’ve rather had Phil but he was not in opposition of MDA…

            “I think we were all kind of thinking it was going to be Phil” Jackson, Bryant said Tuesday. “It probably caught Mike off guard a little bit too. But I’m excited.”

            Again, I pay attention. I don’t deal in trying to speculate on conjecture in my feelings. We can bash MDA all day long for not having won a championship in the past or dysfunction in other NBA coaching stints but the fact remains this team has been a mess dating all the way back to 10-11 under Phil. The constant has been a divided locker room. Until that’s resolved it wont matter who the coach is or how much help the FO brings in to help Kobe. It starts with Kobe buying into the system, period. After that the other chips will fall into place if good health avails this mess we’ve been in lately.

          • Chrmngblly

            Pure hogwash…

      • Daryl Peek

        I’m just a fan who believes in telling the whole truth. Those that don’t like stuff like I posted above, are caught up in their emotions and don’t want to or can’t handle the truth.

        • Emman

          Don’t get me wrong DP as we are all part of Lakers Nation, it’s just because your insight &analysis of games, FO decision, etc. is so in-depth that only someone w/in the organization can articulate. I actually enjoy reading your post except when you have depend coach MDA w/c happen all the time when somebody say negative about his coaching style..

          • Daryl Peek

            The only reason I defend MDA so avidly it seems, is because the people attacking him do so not based in reality or facts, but emotion. They almost always evoke the past championship absolute or team dysfunction he’s been a part of but every coach has been a part of that at one point or another, and all were not winners til they got into the right circumstance that allowed that to manifest. Many of the coaches they suggest to replace MDA had had the same ups and downs as he has.

            As the great Jerry West recently said “It’s easy to sit back and criticize what’s going on over there with the Lakers when you’re on the sidelines to criticize.”

            West is one of many who contends MDA has done a good job given all of the circumstances he’s had to deal with from the jump.

        • Chrmngblly

          I think Peek is a shut-in who has nothing else to do with his time. You will find he has a great recall of Lakers’ historical facts but has trouble with the human-side and meanings of events.

          • Daryl Peek

            My stalker as usual with the antagonistic side of the human personality is all he has to offer. He who sits on the sideline with his easy button as Mr. West describes. Every conversation the ubiquitous Chrmngblly engages in, begins and ends with a snide quip, solely intended to insult his target at the pleasure of his obsessive egomaniacal nature.

          • Chrmngblly

            Nothing but luv for ya…..nothing but luv…

          • Chrmngblly

            Are you OK? I can’t believe how you lashed out at me. It was so emotional—and people say you are such a hard, cold, fact machine…but not me. I think of you as more of a pompous windbag-type. Snap out of it!

          • Daryl Peek

            My point is proven.

          • Chrmngblly

            So is mine. You do have “trouble with the human-side and meanings of events.” Besides, you take yourself too seriously. I can’t help you, DP, all of us get a little time in the barrel. It’s part of being a human being. So eat sh*t.

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