Chris Kaman Named to 2010 NBA All-Star Game
For Immediate Release
Los Angeles Clippers center Chris Kaman has been named by NBA Commissioner David Stern to the Western Conference Team for the 2010 NBA All-Star Game. Kaman will replace injured West all-star guard Brandon Roy (right hamstring strain) of the Portland Trailblazers in the game on Feb. 14 in Dallas and be making his first All-Star appearance.
Kaman, 27, is enjoying his strongest season, averaging a career-high 20.2 points and 9.0 rebounds while shooting 49.7 percent from the field (370-745). Kaman is just one of three players in the NBA currently averaging at least 20 points and nine rebounds per game, and ranks 16th in the NBA in scoring and 19th in rebounding.
The Clippers leader in scoring (887) and double-doubles (19) in 2009-10, Kaman is the ninth Clipper in franchise history to be selected to the All-Star game and the first since Elton Brand in 2006. Kaman becomes the third Clipper All-Star since 1993, joining Brand (2002, 2006) and Danny Manning (1993, 1994).
Kaman joins Clippers guard Eric Gordon in the festivities at All-Star Weekend, as Gordon will participate on the Sophomore team in the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam and compete in the first NBA All-Star Slam Dunk-In against Torontos DeMar DeRozan at halftime of that game.
The NBA All-Star Game will air live on TNT, ESPN Radio and in 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages worldwide at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 14.