Chris Kaman PF/C LAL 7 Days
Chris Kaman (back) is available to play against the Nets on Wednesday.
He's missed three games with a back issue and it's unclear how many minutes he'll see tonight. Meanwhile, Jordan Hill has been outstanding for the Lakers, so it won't make much sense for the team to take away any of his minutes.
Chris Kaman PF/C LAL 12 Days
Chris Kaman (back) is doubtful for Friday's game against the Warriors.
Kaman's disappointing season continues as he'll likely add his first game missed to an ongoing battle for minutes. The 31-year-old has seen his playing time trend downward in the Lakers' previous four games and isn't doing much with the minutes he is seeing as his 8.3 points and 5.3 rebounds averages indicate. Fantasy owners would be best-served to look elsewhere at this point.
Chris Kaman PF/C LAL 17 Days
Chris Kaman played a season-low five minutes on Sunday and he didn't leave the bench in the second half.
Mike D'Antoni described Kaman's benching as "a 'casualty' of trying to get [the Lakers'] most productive lineup on floor," according to Bill Oram of the O.C. Register. The Lakers won the game convincingly and Kaman's role continues to steadily dwindle -- after scoring 10+ points in four of L.A.'s first five games, he's now failed crack double-digits in five straight.
Chris Kaman PF/C LAL 19 Days
Chris Kaman played just 16 minutes on Friday against the Grizzlies, scoring six points on 3-of-10 shooting with three rebounds and one block.
Kaman is the odd man out right now with Jordan Hill getting about 30 minutes per game and Mike D'Antoni probably having conniptions giving these two and Pau Gasol as many minutes as he is. Feel free to move on if you made a speculative add at any point.
Chris Kaman PF/C LAL 23 Days
Coach Mike D'Antoni said he could change his lineup.
Pau Gasol is not really happy about it and the team might not play a starting lineup of Kaman and Gasol. "We have to figure out our identity and how we want to play and be consistent with it," Gasol said. "Stick with it, hopefully it works and we stick with it more because when things don't work is when you start wondering and maybe I should go this way, I should go the other way. You can't second-guess yourself." Kaman could take a hit, but his minutes should remain around 20 per night regardless of his place in the starting lineup.
Chris Kaman PF/C LAL 24 Days
Chris Kaman started at center vs. the Wolves but only had eight points and five rebounds in 19 minutes before taking a seat.
The Lakers were trounced from the opening tip, at least partly because of the slow-footed pairing of Kaman and Pau Gasol. Things have gone from bad to worse for Kaman, who signed in L.A. on a one-year deal looking to rehabilitate his injury-prone image around the league but finds himself playing a career-low 18 minutes under Mike D'Antoni.
Chris Kaman PF/C LAL 26 Days
Chris Kaman started at center in Friday's loss, scoring 16 points on 7-of-13 shooting with four rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 24 minutes.
It's going to take a bit more than one game for us to believe that Mike D'Antoni is going to suddenly embrace a traditional lineup, but he really needs to consider it with Kaman and Pau Gasol (nine points, 11 rebounds, one block) being two of the team's better players. Jordan Hill grabbed 13 rebounds with backup center minutes being opened up to him, so despite the loss there is some positive progress that would theoretically compel Mike D to stick with this.