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Mark Cuban Believes Lakers’ Chris Kaman Wasn’t Good Fit In Dallas Reviewed by Momizat on . The Los Angeles Lakers added center Chris Kaman this offseason after Dwight Howard decided to take his talents to Houston. Even though Kaman will not have the s The Los Angeles Lakers added center Chris Kaman this offseason after Dwight Howard decided to take his talents to Houston. Even though Kaman will not have the s Rating:
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Mark Cuban Believes Lakers’ Chris Kaman Wasn’t Good Fit In Dallas

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NBA: New Orleans Hornets at Dallas MavericksThe Los Angeles Lakers added center Chris Kaman this offseason after Dwight Howard decided to take his talents to Houston. Even though Kaman will not have the same pressures to win as Howard did, he is still expected to contribute at that position.

The Lakers were able to sign Kaman for the mid-level exception worth $3.1 million, which is a great price for a center of his caliber. Kaman will be backing up Pau Gasol this upcoming season, and he has shown that he is still a capable player on the court.

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There were some teams going after Kaman in free agency, and his former team, the Dallas Mavericks, decided not to bring him back this offseason. Owner Mark Cuban spoke to KTCK-AM in Dallas, and he talked about why the team went after Samuel Dalembert over bringing back Kaman.

Norm Hitzges: It was hard to put Kaman and Dirk on the floor at the same time defensively. Do you believe this year’s team fits better than last year’s group?

Mark Cuban: I don’t think it was so hard to put Dirk and Chris on the floor together defensively. I think where we ran into problems … we couldn’t convince Chris not to put the ball on the floor. When Chris would just pick and pop, he was a top-five shooter in the NBA. Dirk and Chris playing pick and pop, pick and roll was lethal. No team could stop it. Chris had his own way of doing things, and that created some issues. It just didn’t work. Dirk and Brandan Wright played a lot better together. That’s one of the reasons we went hard after Samuel Dalembert. Sam is much more of a rebounder and he’s also a good shot blocker and rim defender.

Cuban is someone who speaks whatever is on his mind and criticizing former players is nothing new for the owner. However, the past is the past, and Kaman is now on the Lakers and looking to surprise people with a successful season.

So Lakers Nation, what are you expecting from Kaman moving forward? Voice your opinion in the comments section below.

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  • imutau

    A big man that if he gets fouled can actually make his freaking free throws!!

  • Antonio Bastardo

    I’m kind of interested to see exactly horrible the Lakers defense will be when Kaman and Gasol are on the court at the same time. I’m expecting “historically awful” but hoping for “just terrible”.

    • Jim213

      Expected some to hate on the cry baby Cuban but…

      • M. D’antoni

        This guy doesn’t know what the hell he’s talking about, the
        Lakers are obviously a 65 win team next year. Kaman will turn in his finest all
        around season, something like 20 ppg 15 rpg 4 bpg and will be a front runner
        for defensive player of the year. Gasol should average a near triple double (22/12/9 and 65% shooting) and Steve Nash will return to MVP level by averaging
        15 assists per game while shooting 60% from the 3 point line. I’m expecting
        Wesley Johnson to be in the mix for 6th man of the year and Ryan Kelly to be at
        least first team all-rookie, if not rookie of the year. Lamar Odom will return
        and will lead the league in rebounding. You can go ahead pencil him in for comeback
        player of the year. As far as the team as a whole, I’m expecting the Lakers to
        average at least 115-120 ppg and shoot 55% as a team. Defense will be great
        too. I’m sure with all this defensive talent LA will give up less than 90 ppg
        and hold opponents to 38-42% shooting. I’m expecting a clean sweep in the
        conference playoffs and maybe one loss in the finals. It will be ‘ship #17 in
        June baby!!!!

        • Jim213

          Optimistic though realistically IMO best 50 game winning season. Unless management can acquire more true experienced depth.

  • Daryl Peek

    I like the addition of Kaman, he should fit in nicely with Gasol. But there’s another young player out there Jimmy and Mitch need to be looking at as the future center of the Lakers. The Sixers are sleeping on the potential next Dirk Nowitzki… Spencer Hawes.

    Hawes is only 25 and has nice handles for a 7’1″ center. He also has great stretch range and can go down low and mix it up if needed. He needs to get better at crashing the boards though. I could see Hawes and Ryan Kelly being lethal under D’Antoni going forward…

    Jerry West once said “the key to obtaining great young FA talent is waiting for other teams to make a mistake” Philly is doing just that IMO.

  • Eddie Lazaro

    So Cuban statements make sense now, I DON’T THINK SO! DUMB STUPID like a child not to accept KOBE trade in 2006, thinking KOBE’S pay is too expensive. SO EGOTISTICAL and IGNORANT to break a lucky 2011 Championship team because HE IS CHEAP, thinking he can do it again at much cheaper. What else is new mark, it’s not your fault. BLAME SOMEONE FOR YOUR FUCK UPS.

    Chris will be in good hands with the LAKERS where he will be another 18/12/5 and that’s nothing new.

    • Jim213

      Let’s not forget the cry baby’s 2011 CP3 rant that helped to block the deal. Even today they say it’s one of Stern’s worst moves. Given that if he came to Staples he would be welcomed by some of our best rowdies fans though he’d likely have extra security.

      • Eddie Lazaro

        Thanks Jim213, for reminding me. I totally forgot to mention that, one of his best contributions to the LAKERS.

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