Last offseason, the Los Angeles Lakers felt as if they scored a home run deal by signing former All-Star center Chris Kaman to a one year, $3.18 million deal. The frontcourt duo of Pau Gasol and Kaman appeared to have solid chemistry while on the floor together during the preseason. However, unfortunately for Kaman, the 2013-14 season has not been kind to him, to say the least.
Often times, coaches receive unwarranted blame for rotations, productivity, etc. amongst their players. In this particular situation though, Mike D’Antoni is fully responsible for the incredibly dubious decision making when constructing his rotations. For some reason, he has decided to play the former last pick, bench warming, garbage-time playing Robert Sacre rather than Kaman. What is even more mind blowing is that D’Antoni refuses to give Kaman minutes even when the team allows their opponents to score upwards of 110 points per game.
Obviously, something is not working with the current rotation, so why not mix it up a bit? Again, this goes back to D’Antoni’s suspicious activities towards certain players he appears to have a dislike for. Additionally, Jordan Hill has been victim to D’Antoni’s tactics, so much so that he even “accidentally” missed out on the team’s picture a few days ago.
Gasol in particular has voiced his displeasure when asked about the small ball lineup starting againstthe Memphis Grizzlies, “Good luck, right?” Gasol said. “Let’s see what happens [Wednesday] if Wes continues to start or if we actually try to match up and utilize our size because we do have guys with size that can do well.” When a team’s big men are taking subliminal shots at the coaching, immediate action must take place. D’Antoni is a goner once this dreadful season ends, likely being the end of his NBA coaching career as well.
For Kaman though, in all likelihood, he will not see another minute of basketball action for the remainder of the season. He has been wasting away on the bench, passing the time by growing out his caveman beard. Fans must feel for the guy, as he stated how excited he was to join the Lakers last offseason in order to get much more playing time than he did with the Dallas Mavericks. Kaman certainly still has game, as he put his skills on display recording multiple 20-10 games this season, so he should find a new home once he hits the open market this summer.