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Lakers’ Kaman adds different dimension than Howard

first_img“He just talks,” Kaman said of Cuban. “He treated me really well. He’s a really good guy. I just don’t think he looked at the numbers.”Kaman also disagreed with how Dallas used him.“I skipped my exit meeting. I knew I wasn’t going to go back,” said Kaman, who averaged 10.5 points and 5.6 rebounds last season. “I just didn’t feel like they liked what I brought to the table or they would’ve given me more opportunities.”Kaman vowed to accept his role with the Lakers. “When you’re in a business, you’re meant to do a job,” Kaman said. “I’m going to do the best I can.”Shooter’s mentalityHill’s job description will go beyond providing energy. D’Antoni and Kobe Bryant convinced him to spend his offseason taking 600-700 jumpers per day.“With this offense, I can spread the floor a little bit and expand my game,” said Hill, who worked out at his Atlanta residence.How does Hill do that without compromising his strengths on defense and rebounding?“One doesn’t mean he can’t do the other,” D’Antoni said. “It’ll just make him a better player.”Making progressAfter rehabbing all offseason on respective knee and hamstring injuries, Gasol and Steve Nash gradually progressed their activity level by participating in most of Monday’s practice. Gasol completed the entire practice, while Nash sat out toward the end.“Keep your fingers crossed but hopefully he has his best year ever,” D’Antoni said of the 33-year old Gasol, whose $19.3 million contract expires after this season. “I think he has at least five more good years, real good years, in him.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Lakers’ newly acquired big man remains a familiar name in Los Angeles.For those who missed out on Chris Kaman’s times with the Clippers, his qualities differ from what Dwight Howard showed last season with the Lakers before jetting to the Houston Rockets.Kaman hardly matches Howard’s defense, which earned him the NBA’s Defensive player of the year award in three seasons. “He’s an above the rim player,” Kaman said. “I can’t play above the rim.”center_img Kaman’s career averages of 11.8 points and eight rebounds falls short of Howard’s career numbers (18.29 points, 12.96 rebounds). But Kaman remains superior in his post moves and mid-range jumper. Not surprisingly, Kaman’s career 74.4 percent mark from the free throw line also trumps Howard’s 57.7 percent clip. “I’m a similar player as Pau (Gasol). I think I’m inside and outside like he is,” Kaman said. “I complement his game well.”Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni remains undecided whether he will start Kaman or Jordan Hill at power forward along with Gasol at center. But a discussion with D’Antoni convinced Kaman to join the Lakers on a one-year deal at the mini mid-level exception worth $3.2 million after making $8 million last season with the Dallas Mavericks.“He was a straight shooter,” Kaman said of D’Antoni. “I respect that more than anything.” Despite saying he respects Mark Cuban, Kaman disagreed with the Mavericks owner for arguing he played off the dribble too much. Synergy Sports Technology shows Kaman took 159 catch-and-shoot jumpers compared to 29 shots off the dribble.last_img read more

Will Manual Pellegrini pick this West Ham XI to face Arsenal on Saturday?

first_imgLeft Wing – Felipe Anderson How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Right back – Pablo Zabaleta REVEALED 12 The club’s record signing will relish the battle with fellow speedster Hector Bellerin Centre Back – Issa Diop Right Wing – Andriy Yarmolenko Must improve after last weekend’s awful performance smart causal Cool and calm on the ball, his work off it is imperative to the Hammers’ chances Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes possible standings Has looked bright in his two cameo appearances from the bench so far Manuel Pellegrini will take his West Ham United side to the Emirates to face Arsenal on Saturday, knowing full well defeat will only increase speculation surrounding his future.Despite only arriving in the summer, the former Manchester City boss has spent well over £100million on revamping West Ham’s side. 12 12 REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Centre Midfield – Jack Wilshere Centre Back – Angelo Ogbonna 12 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Fabianski will almost certainly keep his place in goal 12 Holding Midfield – Carlos Sanchez Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? center_img 12 Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener ALTERED Left Back – Aaron Cresswell The experienced Argentine should keep his place ahead of Ryan Fredericks 12 Pellegrini knows he has to spark an upturn in fortunes 12 Centre Forward – Marko Arnautovic With captain Mark Noble injured, Carlos Sanchez could make his debut Latest Premier League News Must keep his emotions in check against his former side, his play from deep will be crucial 12 Gets the nod ahead of Masuaku because of his superior defensive abilities huge blow 12 12 gameday silverware However, a thrashing at Anfield on the opening weekend was followed up by a disappointing home defeat to Bournemouth last Saturday.As a result, the Chilean is under pressure.The Hammers come up against London rivals Arsenal, who are also in the embryonic stages of new leadership.Unai Emery is also yet to win a Premier League point from his opening two games, and will feel confident when facing a West Ham side which has conceded six soft goals from their opening two games. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade So how could West Ham line up on Saturday and will it be third time lucky for Pellegrini or Emery?Goalkeeper – Łukasz Fabiański Holding Midfield – Pedro Obiang 12 The France Under-21 international could make his West Ham debut ahead of Fabian Balbuena Got off the mark last weekend, will look to bully a nervous Gunners defencelast_img read more