D’Antoni’s Treatment of Chris Kaman is a Disgrace

As I predicted, the Lakers battled the tough Dallas Mavericks Tuesday evening, with an eight-man roster. Again, Chris Kaman, who has done EVERYTHING right when on the court this season, did nothing more than occupy an airline seat to and from Dallas, and a bench seat during the game.

After outstanding years with the Clippers and then in New Orleans, Kaman had a frustrating season last year, playing, or actually there too, sitting, in Dallas. Signing with LA for less money than he could have received elsewhere looked like an opportunity, and



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in this year of so many injuries, it is a mystery why Kaman is buried, deep, deep in oblivion.

Where can the Lakers find a seven-footer with a pretty good mid-range jump shot, who is an excellent rebounder, a solid defender, and who knows how, and when, to set a pick? Look at the end of the bench, D’Antoni – he’s right there in front of you.

The eight-”strong” Lakers don’t figure to be any deeper in the near future, first with the release of Shawne Williams, and then with the news that Xavier Henry, thought to be ready to return to action

this week, will be out at lease a few more days, until the middle of the month or so.

The Lakers played Houston really tough earlier this season, but I expect to see a different game tonight. Back in November, hitting 16 three-pointers, the Lakers beat the ego-man’s

Rockets, 99-98. Of course in that game, Kaman played 20 minutes, pulling down 10 boards and hitting three-of-five shots, and 37 of the Laker’s points were scored by Steve Nash, Steve Blake, and Jordan Farmar.

Following his trade from Cleveland to Chicago and subsequent release, Andrew Bynum is now a free agent, While


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signing him as a free agent makes no sense for the Lakers, would the Clippers consider him for 10-15 minutes per game backing up DeAndre Jordan? Or, how about Chris Kaman?

Hedo Turkoglu is still sitting at home, but the Clippers did make the right move yesterday in releasing Stephen Jackson. It has been reported, though, that it will be Maalik Wayns,released over the weekend when the team signed Darius Morris, who will be resigned to take Jackson’s spot.

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