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Chris Kaman's boot is meant for walking

Clippers center will wear a plastic one for at least two weeks to help his injured left foot heal.

December 11, 2010|By Lisa Dillman

His new footwear, unfortunately, was not a fashion statement.

The Clippers' Chris Kaman, who has been limited to 10 games, will have to wear a plastic walking boot for his left foot for at least two weeks, allowing the bone bruise and ligament to heal. And he will be out for a minimum of three weeks.

"Let it heal instead of just beating up on it," said Kaman, who will stay behind and rehab the injured ankle when the Clippers travel east Tuesday for a three-game trip.

"It had gotten worse from the first MRI to the second MRI. I don't know if I was doing too much. Or those two games, playing on it. I don't know that kind of stuff."

Kaman played at Denver and Portland, knowing he wasn't 100% but was eager to get going. Then he reinjured the foot Sunday against the Trail Blazers.

"I felt like I went a few steps backward after that Portland game but it was more than a few steps," he said. "I guess I got a pretty nice bone bruise in there that's going to take a while to heal."

Injury updates

Guard Randy Foye has been nearly as scarce as Kaman. His injury, a strained left hamstring, has limited him to seven games.

Foye is projecting a possible return Wednesday at Philadelphia. The Clippers then play at Detroit on Friday and at Chicago on Saturday.

"Just somewhere in that area," Foye said. "I've been working out really hard. I really don't want to get high on it because last time I was really excited after coming back after three weeks, really not understanding the hamstring. I just want to keep pushing forward and try to get better every day.

"It's so frustrating because it feels good and then you go out and start running and cutting and you do it again."

Etc.

Even the children of the Clippers are requiring surgery.

The 13-year-old baseball-playing son of Brian Cook, Gavin, had a procedure. But he is expected to be sidelined only a few weeks.

"He'll be all right," Cook said.

The team lifted the teenager's spirits by signing a ball for him, sending along get-well wishes.

lisa.dillman@latimes.com

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