Chris Kaman's Been Up to Hilarious Antics Since Joining L.A. Lakers

Zach Buckley@@ZachBuckleyNBANational NBA Featured ColumnistJuly 17, 2013

Fans and analysts alike have yet to reach a consensus on what the on-court effects will be of the Los Angeles Lakers' active offseason.

While former Lakers Dwight Howard and Metta World Peace are both immensely talented, the pair also contributed to L.A.'s disastrous 2012-13 campaign. Howard never looked like he had both feet comfortably planted in his Hollywood home, while World Peace has never seemed fully at peace with this world.

What fans and analysts can agree on, however, is the fact that one of the league's most storied franchises appears to be on the cusp of becoming painfully boring. 


But never you worry, Lakers nation. Newcomer Chris Kaman is ready to provide all of the entertainment you could ever need.

L.A's newest man in the middle tried his best to make an extravagant entrance, horseback and all:

EXCITED to be a Laker! #Bigthingsahead

— Chris Kaman (@ChrisKaman) July 17, 2013

More outdoorsman than knight in shining armor, his grand entry didn't go quite as planned:

Ummm ya I noticed that after I saw the pic. #Horsespeealso @jrambrosio: @ChrisKaman Is your horse taking a piss?

— Chris Kaman (@ChrisKaman) July 17, 2013

Well-intentioned but poorly executed, Kaman probably still deserves at least a "Good job, good effort," here for the attempt. After all, it's the thought that really counts.

And Kaman's unique reasoning might be worth its weight in (purple and) gold:

Because it's the highest single digit. RT @Its_LA4life: @ChrisKaman Why did you pick #9?

— Chris Kaman (@ChrisKaman) July 17, 2013

For Lakers fans still studying up on their new center, he's no longer the bearded behemoth from his game film. He'll probably never enjoy the life of an L.A. insider, but he has made one drastic attempt to clean up his appearance:

So I ended up shaving the entire beard off! #FreshStart It's going to be a great year! #LakerNation

— Chris Kaman (@ChrisKaman) July 16, 2013

Pressed by reporters on his decision to lose the facial locks, Kaman tried to take credit but eventually revealed the real mastermind.

"Who wants to see me coming in here as a Caveman?" Kaman asked, via Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News. "Actually, my wife made me cut it off."

Was it a smart move? Well, I'll let you be the judge:


— Chris Kaman (@ChrisKaman) July 16, 2013

His new teammates haven't had the chance to take in the new look just yet. Let's just say that Los Angeles' nightlife wasn't the driving force behind his free-agent deal:

Kaman asked if he's talked to any of the Lakers since signing: "No. I've been out in the woods the last month and a half"

— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) July 16, 2013

If Kaman is half as productive as he is hilarious, the Lakers won't just accept his quirks, they'll appreciate them.

That seemed to be a lesson lost on Kaman's predecessor.