Kaman is now back in Los Angeles and finds himself playing against the team that drafted him on Opening Night for the Lakers. Kaman says, though, that there is really no extra motivation just because they’re the Clippers.
The Clippers have come a long way since trading their 7-footer, and Kaman says the Clippers organization is nothing like it used to be.
“I think before the owner Donald Sterling didn’t care about winning he cared about sharing his luxury money…I think it was all about save us much money as I can – get as much highlight players and still people will come watch.”
After acquiring Chris Paul, the Clippers organization has changed and become a serious Western Conference contender. But, does that make for a Clippers-Lakers rivalry? Kaman doesn’t think so.
Its changed a lot over the last 10 years that I’ve been in the league. We practiced at a community college in the hood, it’s come a long way. I respect what they’re doing and what they’ve done, but still there’s nothing like the Lakers. I mean, look up here at all the championships. They’re never going to have that. It’s never going to happen. I don’t see it.”
If there’s one thing you’re going to get from Kaman, it’s honesty. Without Kobe, tomorrow night is going to be a battle. Lakers tip-off against the Clippers Tuesday night, 7:30pm.