Mavericks' Chris Kaman Says L.A. Lakers 'Trying to Buy a Championship Team'
Chris Kaman has a history of being both soft-spoken and extremely outspoken, given the circumstances under which he is speaking. A recent interview during the Chris Kaman show with Dallas area radio station 104.1 The Ticket is definitely an example of outspoken Kaman.
The interview included Kaman giving his views on the success of the San Antonio Spurs, David Stern's disapproval of their success and the recent trend of teams throwing together superstars in order to win a championship.
Kaman complains about the lack of chemistry with the Lakers, and their near-adamant insistence that they can build a team through the pairing of very good basketball players, rather than having the team build together over time.
I think that’s just a big joke, all that crap with the Lakers and stuff. I don’t know, they’re trying to buy a championship team instead of working hard and jelling, getting guys to go out there and play. They have all the talent potential in the world it just doesn’t seem like they can make it fit together.
It seems like that's quite a large accusation to toss Los Angeles' way, especially since it's exactly what the Dallas Mavericks had planned over the summer.
You see, the Mavericks took a run at signing Deron Williams over the summer, a move that would have essentially been an attempt by the Mavericks to team a superstar point guard up with their superstar power forward.
Not only that, according to Jean-Jacques Taylor of ESPN, there's now talk about the Dallas Mavericks attempting to trade for Dwight Howard, should the All-Star center become available, for some far-off, unknown reason.
Throughout all this talk about the Lakers being a part of the bad in basketball, the part that exhibits teams doing their best to create superstar tandems, Kaman has been a part of a team that's been trying to do just that throughout his entire tenure with the team.
In fact, it's pretty easy to make the argument that the Mavericks are in the exact same boat the Lakers are in, only they've had far less success in attempting to put together a team with multiple star players.
As far as building through the draft goes, the Mavericks only have Rodrigue Beaubois, Dominique Jones, Bernard James, Jared Cunningham and Jae Crowder who have all been on the roster since they were drafted.
Los Angeles has Robert Sacre, Devin Ebanks and Darius Morris on the roster since the day they were drafted.
Basically, both teams rely more so on players they've traded for or picked up via free agency than anyone else, and neither has drafted any of the players who have contributed the most on their rosters.
In fact, even Dirk Nowitzki and Kobe Bryant were both traded for after they were drafted by different teams.
It just seems to be a strange thing for Kaman to complain about when he's playing for a team that has attempted to do the same thing the Lakers have over the past year.
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