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Chris Kaman says he hasn’t talked to Mike D’Antoni in three weeks

Mar 26, 2014, 11:01 AM EDT

Kobe Bryant, Chris Kaman

Kobe Bryant doesn’t seem to get along with Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni, though that’s a message sent through anonymous sources.

Want a Lakers veteran willing to go on the record about his issues with D’Antoni? Look no further than Chris Kaman.

Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News:

Safe to say, Kaman’s excitement was sarcasm.

He hadn’t played in the Lakers last 10 games and has missed 35 games overall due to injury and DNP-CDs. This obviously isn’t the season Kaman envisioned when he signed with the Lakers to provide depth for a veteran team eyeing the playoffs.

Instead, the Lakers are headed toward the lottery. Wisely, D’Antoni is playing young players, getting them experience and increasing the Lakers’ lottery odds.

Kaman is getting the minutes he deserves. But he also deserves an explanation.

That’s on D’Antoni.

Kaman, whose contract expires after the season, won’t see his opinion carry the weight of Kobe’s within the Lakers’ organization. But this is another example of D’Antoni failing to run this team in a well-functioning manner.

It could cost him his job after the season.

  1. crillbill - Mar 26, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    The Lakers are an Eastern Conference Playoff team. Or as they call them in the Western Conference, a lottery team.

    • fanofthegame79 - Mar 26, 2014 at 2:17 PM

      And what’s funny is an Eastern Conference team will win the Finals again….strange how that happens. Here’s my question: the Western Conference teamsplays each other yet most of the Western Conference teams have winning records…how does that happen? And you can’t say it’s from playing against the East….

      • asimonetti88 - Mar 26, 2014 at 3:23 PM

        Probably because the Western Conference is full of teams that are good and win the majority of the games they play.

      • pharohislife - Mar 26, 2014 at 6:46 PM

        …you can say it’s from playing against the Eastern Conference. Western Conference teams rack up A LOT of wins against the East, Western Conference teams rarely lose to eastern teams. Unless your the Heat or Pacers, you go on a Western Conference Trip your likely to get beat up and lose multiple games. The East struggles against the West, this isn’t news.

      • antaresrex - Mar 26, 2014 at 6:51 PM

        “Here’s my question: the Western Conference teamsplays each other yet most of the Western Conference teams have winning records…how does that happen? And you can’t say it’s from playing against the East….”

        In games matching one Eastern team against one Western team, the Western teams lead this season, 273 games to 156. You can say it’s from playing against the East.

  2. unxpexted1 - Mar 26, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    It seems like Mike d’antoni just can’t get along with big men, and outside of Steve Nash, doesn’t seem to gel well with veterans. I almost think he would be a perfect college coach

    • fanofthegame79 - Mar 26, 2014 at 2:17 PM

      That’s a great assessment – I wonder how he would do with a college team.

  3. unxpexted1 - Mar 26, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    It seems like Mike d’antoni just can’t get along with big men, and outside of Steve Nash, doesn’t seem to gel well with veterans. I almost think he would be a perfect college coach

  4. aboogy123456 - Mar 26, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    I actually think that D’Antoni is a great X’s and O’s guy on offense. It’s shown because their offense improved last year and they also share the ball and seem to get good shots. I think his biggest problem is that he doesn’t know how to handle the other parts of coaching: he’s horrible with the media, he doesn’t know how to manage a locker room, and he doesn’t manage minutes well (playing kobe 40+ minutes last year come on). I think he’d be a great assistant coach where he could just focus on running the offensive scheme.

  5. aboogy123456 - Mar 26, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    I think he’d be a great assistant coach where he could just focus on running the offense, but as a head coach he’s been horrible with the media, he doesn’t know how to manage a locker room, and he doesn’t manage minutes well (playing kobe 40+ minutes last year come on).

  6. RonKarate - Mar 26, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    I can’t wait till the Lakers clean house.

  7. program33 - Mar 26, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    It could cost him his job after the season.

    Could?!?…..lol

    • 00maltliquor - Mar 26, 2014 at 12:20 PM

      I seriously doubt he gets fired next year. I’m not gonna get my hopes up.

  8. 13arod - Mar 26, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    fire the dam lakers coach already

  9. ProBasketballPundit - Mar 26, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    Lakers shouldn’t have let Steve Clifford go.

  10. andreboy1 - Mar 26, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    How Mike got this job in the first place is a complete mystery to me

    The team would be so much better with Rick Adelman

    • fanofthegame79 - Mar 26, 2014 at 2:19 PM

      At the time, the Lakers brass was looking at their roster and thought it looked like the high-octane Suns teams with Nash at the point, Kobe being the shooter, and Howard playing the Amare role…

  11. johnnyg1021 - Mar 26, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    Funny, I guess an extra million isn’t enough to sit at the end of the bench and lose. Heat offered him a Center spot but he wanted the extra money. So now just sit quietly and lose.

    • Professor Fate - Mar 26, 2014 at 1:30 PM

      I guess the money was enough, since he took it.

  12. lucasblack12 - Mar 26, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    Someone tell chris Kaman when you are as bad as he has been the last two years you don’t need an explanation. He had the same thing go on with Carlisle last year.

  13. zacksdad - Mar 26, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    Maybe D’Antoni has a bad neck. It hurts him to look up. He also cannot see all those banners in the rafters that were won by using Centers and/or Power Forwards.

  14. casualcommenter - Mar 26, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    Not a fan of the Lakers or D’Antoni, but at this point of the season, and given the current state of the Lakers’ win-loss record, giving young guys playing time makes far more sense than giving an average center who will turn 32 years old next month big minutes.

    Despite making aggressive moves the past couple of years, the Lakers somehow still have their 2014 first round pick, and the 2014 draft is set to be the best draft in years for lottery teams like the Lakers. D’Antoni is making the right strategic move for the Lakers’ franchise by giving extended minutes to Robert Sacre.

    • zacksdad - Mar 26, 2014 at 5:30 PM

      They cannot trade back to back first round picks. So they have it because of that, not their aggressive moves.

  15. campcouch - Mar 26, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    As long as Kaman stays Kama,he will stay employed. As long as D’Antoni stays D’Antoni,he won’t.

  16. Rick Bell - Mar 26, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    Problem is, Jimbo might just replace him with Chaz the bartender.

  17. lhollis74 - Mar 27, 2014 at 2:55 AM

    Ok, let me understand this. He didn’t get along with Melo in NY, there were rumors that Earl Clark left the lakers and signed with cleveland( I know, not a huge loss, but he was productive), cuz he didn’t like d’antoni, he trashed a multiple time all-star and FIBA world champ and two time nba champ in pau gasol before he even coached him a single game, Howard left prior to stating if Phil had came in he would have stayed(curious to know if that sentiment was only for Phil, or perhaps any other coach), he benches players like hard working Jordan Hill and Chris Kaman without any explanation whatsoever.
    Let’s face it, D’Antoni is a prick!
    Aside from all that, in a league where it’s commonly said that offense wins games, defense wins championships, and players have seen and heard the value of defense preached by more successful coaches than D’Antoni( Doc Rivers, Eric Spoelstra, Rick Carlisle, Dallas won only after stepping up their defensive efforts) and yet he seems not to care about defense. He is continually trying to pull off something that has yet to be done, PLEASE FIRE THIS GUY!!!!!

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