NBA Superlatives: Chris Kaman

Monday, February 27, 2012
By: Jim Eichenhofer,

New Orleans center Chris Kaman sat down with to provide some of his opinions about his professional career and the National Basketball Association. Kaman is in his ninth NBA season, after spending his first eight years with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Most memorable moment in the NBA: “Playing in the playoffs. I’ve had an opportunity to do that one time (in 2006), when we went to the second round and lost in Game 7 against Phoenix. It’s a completely different game, it seems like, when you’re in the playoffs. Everything is so much more intense. Each shot has more impact than the last. It’s a good feeling.”

Most memorable dunk in the NBA: “I don’t have a specific one. I don’t dunk much anymore. I used to dunk a lot. But two points is two points… of course, I say that because I can’t dunk as well anymore.” [grins]

Most embarrassing moment in the NBA: “I’ve been dunked on a bunch of times. I don’t necessarily look at that as embarrassing, because if you’re going to block shots, you’re going to get dunked on a lot.”

Most surprising thing about the NBA as a rookie: “How fast-paced and athletic the guys are. When I came into the league, I had never seen athletes like that in my life. Obviously they are the top athletes in the world, but it’s incredible to experience it.”

Toughest player to face at his position: “It used to be Yao Ming, but it’s probably Dwight Howard now. Yao is such a big man. You couldn’t move him. And he had a great touch, too.”

Most underrated player in the NBA: “LaMarcus Aldridge is a monster, but he had never been an All-Star (before this year).”

Best uniforms in the NBA (besides the Hornets): “I like the Knicks’ uniforms. They are so traditional.”

Favorite NBA arena: “Dallas. It’s very bright in there and a great place to play.”

Favorite NBA road trip: “I always like to go to Detroit, because I’m from Michigan. I get to see family. I also like going to New York City.”