Say what you will about the Dallas Mavericks' Chris Kaman, but the man is as honest as they come.
I’m actually a LeBron James fan. I’m not much of a Dwyane Wade fan, but I’m a LeBron James fan. I’ve been watching him play, and we were in the same draft together. He’s had a great career already. I don’t want him to win everything, but I’m ok with the winning streak. I’m not against it or really for it. I just never really go along with (Dwyane Wade). I guess I just don’t like his style or whatever. I didn’t like the year the Mavs lost when he got all the foul calls. I didn’t like that.
Let's be honest: We're not surprised by his respect and adoration for The Chosen One. Save for Kobe Bryant, who's not about to divulge LeBron is rip-rolling the competition?
As for Wade, Kaman is clearly harboring some resentment.
Is he perhaps upset that the Miami Heat chose Wade over him, leaving him to dwell at the bottom and be used as eventual trade fodder with the Los Angeles Clippers?
Kaman does mention he's still reeling from the whistles Wade received in the 2006 NBA Finals, but that doesn't exactly constitute holding a grudge.
Had Dirk Nowitzki been giving this interview, then we get it. He was there. He watched Wade and Shaquille O'Neal waltz away with the title.
He was probably watching from his couch at home, still recovering from the shock that was the Clippers making the playoffs, but also coming to terms with their loss to the Phoenix Suns.
Perhaps there is some unwritten code in the league we aren't yet privy to, though. A loyalty by extension or association type ordinance. Kaman's a member of the Mavericks now, so he must hate who they hate.
If that's the case, there's a decent chance he's still irate at the San Antonio Spurs for beating the Mavs in the Western Conference Finals in 2003. Depending on how far this statute goes back, he's realistically not a fan of Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's Los Angeles Lakers, who sent Dallas home in the 1988 Western Conference Finals when Kaman was only five or six.
Anyway, kudos to LeBron. You've got a fan in a bearded Mr. Kaman.
Unfortunately, Wade's not so lucky. Kaman isn't about to order No. 3 jerseys anytime soon.
This may force the Heat to take Kaman off their wish list of free-agent centers they can't afford anyway.
That'll teach Wade to win a championship and not apologize to Kaman for it.