Lakers Chris Kaman Smashes Finger While Toboganning in China




The last thing the Los Angeles Lakers need as insane as this sounds, is for Chris Kaman to miss a significant amount of playing time due to avoidable accidents. Fortunately for them, it probably won’t come to that.

According to a story via Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times, the Lakers big man smashed his finger while toboganning near the Great Wall of China, where the team is visiting during a preseason tour.

Kaman, as big as he is, was riding some sort of kart on wheels on a concrete path when teammate Shawne Williams came speeding towards him.

“I didn’t hit the brake the whole time. Guys on the edge were yelling ‘Slow down’ and I just kept going,” Kaman said. “All of a sudden I catch up to this guy close to the bottom, so now I have to brake. Shawne Williams comes behind me without hitting his brake at all and just smashed right into me.”

Williams was going 20-25 mph hour and Kaman was going only about 3 mph at the time of the collision, Kaman said.

“My hand smashed right between the two sleds. I didn’t feel the end of my finger for, like, an hour,” Kaman said, extending a bandaged, swollen middle finger. “It’s starting to throb a little right now.”

Will he play Tuesday against Golden State in an exhibition here?

“Yeah, I’ll be fine,” he said.

Good luck Lakers nation, you’re going to need it.


  1. Kaman wasn’t good enough to stay with the Clippers, so why why would the Lackers pick him up? It doesn’t make sense.

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