Kaman with the Mavericks
|No. 35 – Portland Trail Blazers|
April 28, 1982 |
Grand Rapids, Michigan
|Nationality||American / German|
|Listed height||7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)|
|Listed weight||265 lb (120 kg)|
|High school||Tri-unity Christian School
|College||Central Michigan (2000–2003)|
|NBA draft||2003 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6th overall|
|Selected by the Los Angeles Clippers|
|2003–2011||Los Angeles Clippers|
|2011–2012||New Orleans Hornets|
|2013–2014||Los Angeles Lakers|
|2014–present||Portland Trail Blazers|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Christopher Zane Kaman (born April 28, 1982) is an American-German professional basketball player who currently plays for the Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA. Kaman stands 7'0" (2.13 m) and weighs 265 pounds (120 kg). He was selected sixth overall in the first round of the 2003 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers, after a college basketball career at Central Michigan University.
- 1 Controversy
- 2 High school and college career
- 3 NBA career
- 3.1 Los Angeles Clippers (2003–2011)
- 3.2 New Orleans Hornets (2011–2012)
- 3.3 Dallas Mavericks (2012–2013)
- 3.4 Los Angeles Lakers (2013–2014)
- 3.5 Portland Trail Blazers (2014–present)
- 4 International career
- 5 Personal life
- 6 NBA career statistics
- 7 References
- 8 External links
In an interview Chris stated that he would like to shoot a lion on a trophy hunt "there’s so many cool hunts you could do. Potentially, like, a lion. That would be awesome, too. It’s so hard with the seasons and the timings. I mean getting tags for something like that is an interesting adventure in itself. I think it’s $60,000 to kill a lion."
Though Kaman was perhaps a bit high in his estimate (trophy hunters typically pay around $30,000) the unfortunate process of breeding lions specifically to be slaughtered by hunters, known as "canned hunting," is widely practiced in South Africa.
Cubs raised on the over 160 farms involved in the canned hunts often begin their lives in a sort of petting-zoo for tourists, where visitors can cuddle and pose for pictures with the baby lions. During the lions' adolescence, the animals are moved to pens away from tourists and kept in close quarters until they reach maturity, when they are suitable to be hunted. The Campaign Against Canned Hunting refers to these mature lions, who are sold to trophy hunters and then killed, as "living targets." The lion bones are then often sold to Asian markets to be used in medicine.
The problem with Kaman's casual musings concerning shooting lions is that these canned hunts utilize a creature whose wild populations have experienced a dramatic decline. According to Patrick Barkham's in-depth report for The Guardian on the subject of canned hunting, "There are now more lions held in captivity (upwards of 5,000) in the country than live wild (about 2,000)." Lions have become regionally extinct in 7 of their 30 native African countries, and have been listed as "vulnerable" by the IUCN since 1996.
Though breeders of the "canned lions" insist that the practice is an "international norm," environmentalists and conservationists criticize the industry whose "whole business model is to make egregious cruelty to helpless animals, routine."
While it's probable that Kaman is not aware of the full weight of his remarks, it's fairly evident that the process of killing a vulnerable species is not something to be taken lightly. 
High school and college career
Kaman attended Tri-unity Christian School in Wyoming, Michigan, leading his high school varsity to the state Class D quarterfinals in 2000, before losing to Lenawee Christian School. He went on to play for three seasons at Central Michigan University, leading them to a Mid-American Conference Championship and a NCAA tournament first-round win in 2003. He then garnered Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America honors before declaring for the 2003 NBA Draft, where the Clippers selected him sixth overall.
Los Angeles Clippers (2003–2011)
2003–04: Rookie year
In his rookie year, Kaman averaged 6.1 points, 5.6 rebounds, 0.89 blocks and 22.5 minutes in 82 games played (61 starts). He was the only Clipper to play all 82 games. Kaman became only the second rookie in franchise history (Michael Brooks, 1980–81) to play in all 82 games in his rookie season. Although his rookie year was all but spectacular, earning only five point-rebound double-doubles, he was ranked second among all rookies in blocked shots per game (.89 bpg), third in field goal percentage (.460) and fourth in rebounds per game (5.6 rpg), Kaman managed to hold a roster spot on the NBA Rookie All-Star Team. He tallied eight points (4–7 FG) and seven rebounds in 19 minutes played for the losing Rookie Team in the 2004 Got Milk? Rookie Challenge at NBA All-Star Weekend 2004 in Los Angeles.
A year after his rookie season, Chris Kaman improved his play by averaging 9.1 points, 6.7 rebounds and 25.9 minutes in 63 games (50 starts). He had missed 12 games due to injury, including the first 11 games of the season due to a left ankle sprain. Kaman continued to create milestones in his career as he scored in double-figures in 30 games and recorded four games with 20 or more points. Kaman recorded 14 point-rebound double-doubles and led the team in rebounds in 16 games and in blocks 19 times. Despite the Clippers missing the playoffs again for the eighth year in a row, Kaman continued to show progress in his play.
By the end of the '05–'06 season, Kaman averaged 11.9 points, 9.6 rebounds and 1.38 blocks in 32.8 minutes per game, appearing in 78 games (78 starts). He missed two games with a sprained left ankle (2/27 and March 1) and one game with a sore left knee (4/16) He finished the regular season ranked 9th in the NBA in rebounds per game (9.6), 12th in FG% (.523) and 24th in blocks per game (1.38). Kaman recorded 49 games of scoring in double figures with 10 of those games scoring 20 points or more. Kaman also recorded 36 games with 10 or more rebounds. Kaman finished the season with 29 games having points-rebounds double-doubles.
The Clippers achieved their first winning record in 14 seasons and clinched their first playoff spot since 1997. By the end of the season, the Clippers finished sixth in the Western Conference, with a record of 47–35 (their best finish since the team left Buffalo), set to face the Denver Nuggets in the first round. The Clippers beat the Nuggets, but lost to the Suns in the next round.
Since his rookie season, Kaman had raised his points and rebounds averages ever since he came into the league. Thus 2006–2007, especially after a strong playoff run, was supposed to be a season of high expectations. However, Kaman only managed to average 10.1 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 29 minutes per game, appearing in 75 games. One possible explanation was that Kaman had been slowed down by a hamstring injury in training camp, limiting his mobility. This had resulted in a difficulty to get into a game rhythm and contribute offensively. The Clippers finished the season 40–42, missing the playoffs to the Golden State Warriors by one game. With a newly signed contract, Kaman had not lived up to the expectations of the Clippers.
2007–08: Breakout season
After losing Shaun Livingston and Elton Brand for the majority of the 2007–08 season due to a dislocated knee and ruptured achilles tendon, respectively, the Clippers had very little expectations to be as competitive as they were two years prior. However, Kaman emerged as one of the most dominant centers in the NBA, averaging 15.7 points, 12.7 rebounds, and 2.8 blocks per game. Although he did not play in enough games to qualify for the league's statistical leaders, his rebound and block averages would have both ranked third in the league. Kaman demonstrated his ability to perform without Brand alongside him.
2009–10: All-Star season
Kaman was selected to his first All-Star Game as a reserve. Kaman finished the season with almost a double-double, averaging a career high 18.5 PPG, and 9.3 RPG. Still, the Los Angeles Clippers finished with one of the worst records in the western conference, with a record of 29-53.
New Orleans Hornets (2011–2012)
On December 14, 2011, the Clippers traded Kaman, Al-Farouq Aminu, Eric Gordon and a 2012 first-round pick (previously acquired from the Minnesota Timberwolves) to the New Orleans Hornets in exchange for Chris Paul and two future second-round picks. In his first ever game as a Hornet, Kaman recorded 10 points and 5 rebounds. Five days later he recorded a season-high 15 rebounds, then scored a season-high 20 points in the following weeks.
On January 28, 2012, the Hornets announced that they were looking to trade Kaman, who was their oldest player at the time, to a contending team as they looked to give more minutes to their younger players. They deactivated him as they searched for a trade partner, but decided to bring him back to the team after a week of being unable to find a suitable deal. In his first game back, he played 22 minutes off the bench, and had 10 points and 12 rebounds against the Kings, and followed that performance up with a 17 points, nine rebounds outing against the Bulls in 30 minutes of action.
Dallas Mavericks (2012–2013)
In July 2012, Kaman signed with the Dallas Mavericks, joining his former Olympic teammate Dirk Nowitzki. Kaman and the Mavericks agreed on a one-year deal worth 8 million dollars. He would average 10.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per game in 20.7 minutes per game in 66 games, starting 52 of them. The Mavericks finished 41-41 and missed the playoffs for the first time since the 1999-2000 season.
Los Angeles Lakers (2013–2014)
Portland Trail Blazers (2014–present)
Kaman played for the first time for the German national basketball team in the qualifying tournament leading up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In his debut with Germany, he posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds against Cape Verde. He was chosen the most valuable player by journalists.
Kaman is a dual citizen; he is a citizen of the United States and of Germany. Although he did not speak any German at the time, he acquired German citizenship in July 2008 (due to his great-grandparents being German), to play on the Germany national basketball team in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
On June 7, 2010, Kaman married Emilie VilleMonte. The two first met in college at Central Michigan University located in Mount Pleasant, MI.
Spokesman for misdiagnosis of ADHD
In January 2008, Kaman revealed that he was misdiagnosed with Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder at age 2½. Kaman spent much of his childhood on a farm and as a child he used to tear shingles off neighbors' rooftops and misbehave in school. His apparent ADHD affected his play in high school. He took Ritalin to treat the supposed condition, but the drug eliminated his appetite. Kaman became very skinny as a result. This was an incorrect diagnosis; his brain was actually in overdrive, working too fast. Tim Royer, the neuropsychologist who discovered the misdiagnosis when Kaman was an adult, worked on a daily training program with Kaman to slow down his brainwaves.
NBA career statistics
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
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- Bresnahan, Mike (2013-07-08). "Chris Kaman agrees to one-year contract with Lakers". Los Angeles Times.
- Lakers Sign Chris Kaman
- Trail Blazers Sign Center Chris Kaman
- "Kaman, Germans thump Cape Verde to reach quarter-final". Athens2008.fiba.com. Retrieved 2012-08-03.
- "Nowitzki und Kaman sagen EM-Teilnahme zu" [Nowitzki and Kaman will play the EuroBasket 2011] (in German). German Basketball Association. 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2011-07-22.
- Clippers' Kaman becomes German citizen for Olympics. Los Angeles Times. 2008-07-03.
- "Seven Minutes With Chris Kaman".
- "Rob Pelinka". DraftExpress LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-23.
- "Sea is choppy, but ship isn't sinking, Brand says – Los Angeles Times".[dead link]
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- "NBA-Topcenter Kaman: "Habe schon darüber nachgedacht, für Deutschland zu spielen" – Sport – SPIEGEL ONLINE – Nachrichten". Spiegel.de. 2008-01-25. Retrieved 2012-08-03.
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