Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni threw Chris “The Caveman” Kaman a bone in the Lakers’ recent tilt with the Golden State Warriors, and gave him the start in place of the sick Pau Gasol. The Caveman responded by putting up a big 10 point and 17 rebound double double with three blocks to go along with it. This was a big difference from Kaman’s recent performances, which have been DNP-Coach’s Decision and Chief Bench Warmer, both positions Kaman has whined about as he refuses to realize his worth at this point in his career.
While this big performance isn’t going to steal any minutes from Gasol, it firmly plants a timeshare between Jordan Hill and Kaman for power forward minutes and minutes behind Gasol. Young center Robert Sacre will also be in the mix for minutes, as the Lakers are clearly in rebuild mode and will look to develop their young center into something worthwhile.
Whether Kaman is happy with his role on the Lakers or not is truly irrelevant, as the Lakers are nearing “tank for draft picks” mode and will look to slowly rehab their aging superstars so they can be effective in 2014. The 2014 Free Agent pool will be full of plenty of superstars and the Lakers will do their best to buy their way into Championship contention once again. A big part of this will be Bryant’s rehab, as the Lakers have already inked him to a two-year, $48 million extension, making his return to near 100 percent in health a necessity next season.
Kaman is unlikely to be part of that 2014 Lake Show.
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