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July 12, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers have officially signed Chris Kaman for the 2013-14 season. "We're pleased to be able to add a big man of Chris' caliber to the roster for the upcoming season,” said General Manager Mitch Kupchak in a news release. "He's a versatile center who defends well, goes hard to the glass and can score both in the paint and from mid-range while also being a high character guy and solid locker room presence. " Kaman will earn $3.2 million for one year with the Lakers, the team using its taxpayer mid-level exception.
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April 2, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
SACRAMENTO -- Pau Gasol will sit out Wednesday's game against the Sacramento Kings because of a severe recurrence of vertigo. He returned to action Tuesday after missing four games because of dizziness and nausea but was relegated to his hotel room Wednesday after feeling similar symptoms. Gasol had nine points and four rebounds in the Lakers' 124-112 loss to Portland. He said afterward he experienced lingering effects of his illness while making turns on the court and said he might have come back too soon.
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November 5, 2009 | Jim Peltz
What has gotten into Chris Kaman -- and will it stay there? The Clippers' center has bolted from the gate to a level that has surprised many. After six seasons in which he averaged 10.4 points a game -- including the last two when he was hampered with injuries -- Kaman is averaging 22.6 points a game through the first five games of this season. That included 25 points in the win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday, the Clippers' first victory of the season after opening with four losses.
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April 1, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Pau Gasol has wanted to play next to Chris Kaman for months. It will finally happen Tuesday against Portland. Gasol and Kaman will start together against the Trail Blazers a day after Gasol said he hoped Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni would allow it. "The way Chris is playing right now and the way Pau's playing better, it probably makes sense," D'Antoni said Tuesday. "Why not try it again?" Kaman and Gasol spent time together on the court during exhibition games and briefly at the start of the regular season.
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March 16, 2010 | By Lisa Dillman
The premise was that bad individual performances happened to be a fact of life during the treadmill of an 82-game NBA schedule. But, if spaced out judiciously, not quite as noticeable. The Clippers' Chris Kaman didn't let that thought quite get finished. "I've had a nice bunch of them," he said, ruefully. One of the low points was Monday night. Kaman went three for 15 from the field for eight points in an eight-point loss to the Hornets. With each miss, most of them banging off the rim, his frustration level kept rising.
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November 15, 2010 | By Lisa Dillman
Lasting image of a Clippers season: Chris Kaman limping off the court with a sprained left ankle in New Orleans. Kaman's house of pain quickly expanded to a world of hurt for the Clippers, who dropped that game against the Hornets last Tuesday and went on to lose the next night at San Antonio and at home Friday against Detroit. Unfortunately, for Kaman, there is no fast-track healing process for an ankle. "Not really much else I can do ? can't heal it overnight," Kaman said before Monday night's game against the New Jersey Nets.
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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.
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October 28, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
Chris Kaman knows the Clippers. No, he really knows the Clippers. He spent eight seasons with them, an eternity to be sure, and was an All-Star in 2010 before they traded him in the Chris Paul deal a year later, which irks him to this day. The Clippers dominated the Lakers last season, sweeping all four games by an average of 13.3 points, and became the buzz of the town by hiring Coach Doc Rivers during the off-season. It's a Clippers town now? Not according to Kaman, the witty, loquacious center who signed a one-year deal with the Lakers in July.
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February 3, 2010 | By Ben Bolch
Chris Kaman wants to sleep in his own bed. His ankle hurts and his team has been on the road for two weeks, suffering meltdowns in single-digit locales such as Minnesota and Cleveland. So what transpired Tuesday night at the United Center made it feel like sweet home Chicago for the 7-footer. The Clippers center notched a double-double in his return from a sprained left ankle and helped his team stifle the Chicago Bulls during a 90-82 victory that ended a losing streak at four games.
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January 12, 2011 | By Lisa Dillman
Fantasy-league owners aren't the only ones closely monitoring trade rumors. Long-injured Clippers center Chris Kaman was talking Wednesday about the incessant stream of speculation regarding Carmelo Anthony's eventual destination, joking about the sheer number of players involved. "There's like 25 players, 40 players or something," Kaman said, smiling. "Realistically, it's like 12 or 15. It's just wild. I didn't realize they were going to move Chauncey [ Billups ]
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April 1, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Chris Kaman got the start Tuesday night, playing alongside Pau Gasol in are rare move by Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni, who prefers a smaller lineup. Before the game, Kaman defended D'Antoni. "It's a frustrating situation for a lot of people," said Kaman.  "For as much heat as [D'Antoni] takes, I don't think he has had a fair shot at it either, with all the injuries. "He's not trying to hurt anybody.  He's not purposefully doing anything negatively. I think he's just trying to do the best he can with what we've got.  All the injuries, it's been an interesting, tough, interesting year this year.  I've never seen injuries like that before in my life.
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April 1, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
The two towers approach delivered a single, familiar result. Another Lakers loss. Pau Gasol got his wish, the chance to play next to fellow 7-footer Chris Kaman, but nothing really changed Tuesday in a 124-112 victory by the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center. Gasol and Kaman didn't show much chemistry together, but was that surprising at all this season? BOX SCORE: Portland 124, Lakers 112 Also in the predictable file: Steve Nash left in the second quarter because of a sprained left ankle.
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March 30, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Chris Kaman found time to joke about his best game with the Lakers. The rest of the season, excruciating at worst and challenging at best, melted behind him. He had 28 points, 17 rebounds and six assists in an easy 115-99 victory Sunday over the Phoenix Suns. "I actually thought I had 30 because my career high was 29 a bunch of times. That last play, Jodie [ Meeks ] was open so I threw it to him," Kaman said. Had he shot it down low on that late fourth-quarter play, it probably would have gone in. Kaman didn't mind on a night he made 13 of 19 shots.
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March 27, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
  MILWAUKEE - Somehow the days get even more unpredictable for Chris Kaman. He went 10 games in a row without getting off the bench, then started for the Lakers on Tuesday against the New York Knicks because Pau Gasol was sidelined by vertigo. He also voiced his displeasure that day with this season, saying he "can't wait till it's over," a shot at Coach Mike D'Antoni and the small-ball concept. That was the easy part for Kaman. He did not travel with the Lakers the day before Thursday's game against the Milwaukee Bucks because he stayed in Los Angeles for a family member's undisclosed medical procedure.
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March 25, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Chris Kaman started Tuesday's game for one reason. There weren't enough healthy big men for the Lakers against New York. “It's been a long season. I can't wait till it's over,” Kaman said, adding a sigh before officially ending a 10-game sentence at the end of the Lakers' bench. He hasn't enjoyed the month of March. Or, really, this whole season. “The last conversation I've had with Coach [Mike D'Antoni] was in Portland,” three weeks ago, Kaman said. “I didn't really talk to him [Tuesday]
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February 12, 2014 | By Melissa Rohlin
With the Lakers' onslaught of injuries, Chris Kaman has been thrust into a new role.  In Tuesday's 96-79 loss to the Utah Jazz, Kaman played 37 minutes, more than twice as many as the 17 minutes he has averaged this season. "I'm fine, I'm just old," the 31-year-old center said.  With age, apparently comes some rust. Kamam led the Lakers in scoring with 25 points, but it took him 24 shots to get there (he only made 11 field goals). "It's just a lot of minutes," Kaman said.
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January 2, 2011 | By Lisa Dillman
Now, a word, or two, from Chris Kaman . This is almost shaping up as Kaman's (lost) wilderness season as he hasn't played in nearly a month since reinjuring his right ankle at Portland on Dec. 5. To put it bluntly, the Clippers' starting center is not close to rejoining the lineup. "It's a slow progress," Kaman said Sunday. "Since I came back and played and hurt it again, they're probably more wary of me coming back sooner. And they're probably going to make it later.
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October 1, 2010 | By Lisa Dillman
It used to be land of the giants around the Clippers. Bigs, seemingly everywhere. Naturally, this led to a daily dose of trade rumors. Marcus Camby , now in Portland, was rumored to be on the move almost from the day he joined the Clippers and center Chris Kaman's name seemed to fit nicely into headlines from coast to coast. Now it is down to one giant ( Kaman) and another giant in training ( DeAndre Jordan ). Veterans Jarron Collins and Jake Voskuhl are in the Clippers' training camp on non-guaranteed contracts.
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February 9, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Chris Kaman finally had the game he envisioned when he signed with the Lakers last July. An advocate on numerous occasions for more playing time, Kaman had 27 points and 10 rebounds in almost 28 minutes of the Lakers' 92-86 loss Sunday to the Chicago Bulls. He was strong down low, hit some mid-range shots and had his best game on offense in almost two years. His minutes, though, will decrease again when Pau Gasol returns from a strained groin after the All-Star break, assuming Gasol isn't traded before the Feb. 20 deadline.
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February 7, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
After giving a huge effort in a loss Wednesday to the two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat, the Clippers have to gear up to face the Toronto Raptors on Friday night at Staples Center. The Clippers will have to find the energy again to face a Raptors team that is the surprising leader of the Atlantic Division, with a 26-23 record. The Clippers have won four out of the last five games the two teams have played, but they just got by the Raptors in Toronto three weeks ago, escaping Terrence Ross' 51-point game.
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