Kaman Stays Busy, On and Off the Court
Eric Patten, Clippers.com | 12/14/11

Clippers center Chris Kaman is an avid outdoorsman.

He’s known to post pictures of his excursions on his official Twitter page @ChrisKaman. He hunts, fishes, rides ATVs, and builds things. And after nearly five months away from the NBA, he returned to Los Angeles with a thick strawberry-blond beard, looking something like a mountain man.

Evidently, Kaman had a busier offseason than most, balancing time between working on his game and a number of recreational activities.

“I did a lot of whitetail deer hunting,” he said. “I did a lot of working around the house, projects here and there. Stuff like chopping wood, so many different things.”

There were hunting trips in Illinois and across Michigan and fishing in California.

“I did a lot of different things,” he continued. “Building stuff, setting up trail cameras for deer, a lot of different things. And I also worked out every morning before.”

As he indicated, basketball was also a significant part of his summer regimen. He traveled overseas with the German national team and his friend, Wurzburg, Germany native, and NBA champion Dirk Nowitzki.

“I went to Germany and to Lithuania for the European Championships, so it was an exciting summer,” Kaman said.

It was the second time Kaman, who has dual citizenship (American and German), played internationally for Germany. He debuted with a double-double against Cape Verde in the 2008 FIBA qualifying tournament as part of the lead up to the Beijing Olympics.

This time around, in Eurobasket 2011, Germany finished ninth among 24 teams, but Kaman led the tournament averaging 10 rebounds per game.

He said he enjoyed the experience and even considered playing in Europe during the lockout, but negotiations between the NBA and its players turned for the better, quickly culminating in a settlement.

“It worked out perfectly,” Kaman said. “I had been praying about it a little bit, trying to figure out what to do and it just worked out. I didn’t have a problem and everything just kind of came through in the right positions.”

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