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Chris Kaman injures finger tobogganing at the Great Wall of China

Oct 13, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

source: AP

The Lakers are in China as part of the NBA’s Global Games schedule, with two preseason games on tap against the Golden State Warriors.

Part of the excursion involves the team taking in some of the sights, although Chris Kaman seemed to get a little too aggressive with one of the attractions, and wound up with a minor injury.

From Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times:

One of his fingers was squashed while he was sledding down a slippery concrete track after trekking along the wall for two hours Sunday with Lakers teammates and staffers. …

“I didn’t hit the brake the whole time. Guys on the edge were yelling ‘Slow down’ and I just kept going,” Kaman said. “All of a sudden I catch up to this guy close to the bottom, so now I have to brake. Shawne Williams comes behind me without hitting his brake at all and just smashed right into me.”

“My hand smashed right between the two sleds. I didn’t feel the end of my finger for, like, an hour,” Kaman said, extending a bandaged, swollen middle finger. “It’s starting to throb a little right now.”

A season ago, the Lakers were decimated by injuries to all of their important players — Kobe BryantSteve Nash, Pau Gasol, Jordan Hill, and Steve Blake all missed significant time.

Thankfully, this one isn’t too serious, and Kaman said he’d play in the team’s exhibition on Tuesday.

  1. sellahh - Oct 13, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    You can take the person out of the trailer but you can’t take the trailer out of the person.

    • kb2408 - Oct 13, 2013 at 1:26 PM

      You gotta be kidding me?!

  2. johngalt1783 - Oct 13, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    This was so Kamanesque.

  3. mackcarrington - Oct 13, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    This guy goes to China to toboggan? Was there even any snow?

    • asimonetti88 - Oct 13, 2013 at 5:20 PM

      He went to China to play basketball.

      • mackcarrington - Oct 13, 2013 at 8:21 PM

        No kidding genius! You should change tour name to Capt. Obvious
        But he got injured tobogganing!

      • jimeejohnson - Oct 14, 2013 at 8:47 PM

        He cannot change his name to Capt. Obvious, because I am.

    • abchome - Oct 13, 2013 at 5:56 PM

      It’s not on snow, but a slideway

  4. antistratfordian - Oct 13, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    I used to finger toboggan chicas in high school.

    • jimeejohnson - Oct 14, 2013 at 8:48 PM

      Thumbs downs courtesy prudes.

  5. doublewide007 - Oct 14, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    Mutianyu toboggan ride goes down a series of zigzag bends, with an altitude difference of 100 m (328 ft). Carts for single and double is available so that adult can keep their child accompany during the toboggan ride.

    The toboggan is fun and not scary at all, although you may be backed up a little. It’s really easy to control – push handle forward = speed up, pull back = brake. Do not attempt to get stuck behind some toboggan riders who doesn’t have the confidence to go fast. It really does ruin your whole experience!

  6. doublewide007 - Oct 16, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    Great photos, thanks for sharing. Mutianyu Great Wall is a good alternative for Badaling, often quiet, with less tour buses and stops. Badaling gets more tourists than Mutianyu. If you could visit only one, and want to enjoy a better views with less crowds, Mutianyu is right for you.

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