There seems to be a recurring theme here.
Firstly, Craig Sager reported a few weeks ago that Kobe Bryant and Mike D’Antoni hadn’t spoken in “quite some time,” and now it appears that the Lakers’ head coach has been giving another one of his players the silent treatment, too.
Chris Kaman, who will start tonight for the Lakers in place of the injured Pau Gasol, told reporters before the game that he hasn’t spoken to D’Antoni for three weeks, according to Kevin Ding from Bleacher Report.
D’Antoni hasn’t even told Kaman that he’s starting tonight – the veteran big man only found out looking at the lineups, per Ding.
Therefore, it’s not that hard to understand why Kaman told Mike Bresnahan from the L.A. Times that this has been the hardest season of his career “ten fold.”
If this story is true, that’s pretty crazy.
It’s a little more understandable that D’Antoni wouldn’t talk to Bryant right now as he’s injured – though even that seems weird seeing as he’s their star player – though to not communicate with a guy who’s starting tonight for your team? Wow.
Kaman signed with the Lakers over the summer in order to have a chance to play and get his career back on track, and he says he took less money to do so.
I can only imagine how much he’s regretted that decision all season long.