New Orleans center Chris Kaman sat down with Hornets.com 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. Ive had an opportunity to do that one time (in 2006), when we went to the second round and lost in Game 7 against Phoenix. Its a completely different game, it seems like, when youre in the playoffs. Everything is so much more intense. Each shot has more impact than the last. Its a good feeling.
Most memorable dunk in the NBA: I dont have a specific one. I dont dunk much anymore. I used to dunk a lot. But two points is two points
of course, I say that because I cant dunk as well anymore. [grins]
Most embarrassing moment in the NBA: Ive been dunked on a bunch of times. I dont necessarily look at that as embarrassing, because if youre going to block shots, youre 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 its incredible to experience it.
Toughest player to face at his position: It used to be Yao Ming, but its probably Dwight Howard now. Yao is such a big man. You couldnt 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. Its very bright in there and a great place to play.
Favorite NBA road trip: I always like to go to Detroit, because Im from Michigan. I get to see family. I also like going to New York City.