Sep 28, 2013; El Segundo, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Chris Kaman (9) is interviewed during media day at the Lakers Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Kaman: "Sterling Didn't Want to Pay A Ton of Money To Get Players"

Water is wet.

The sky is blue.

Donald Sterling is cheap.

Those are three things that will likely remain true through the course of existence. And who knows better about Sterling’s knack for being frugal? Players during the “down” era as a Los Angeles Clippers. Chris Kaman, currently of the Los Angeles Lakers, spoke with Mark Medina about his time as a Clipper.

Yeah, but of a losing franchise so how good am I? At that point it’s all about trying to do the best I can with what I have. Donald Sterling didn’t want to pay a ton of money to get other players.

via Mark Medina’s Sulia Account

To be fair the Clippers being bad was more an indication of how bad the entire team was, not just how good Kaman “wasn’t”. During his tenure as a Clippers (2003 to 2011), Kaman averaged a decent 11.8 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists. During his peak years where he averaged from ’08 to ’10, Kaman averaged a double-double (16 points, 10 rebounds), but couldn’t stay on the floor due to health issues. Unfortunately from Kaman’s arrival until his departure the team made the playoffs once 05-06.

As far as Donald Sterling goes, everyone knows that he is one of the lesser team owners in the NBA. Refusing to cover his staffs medical coverage in the 2000s, attempting to convince Ron Harper to take a lesser deal and not thinking a trainer is necessary are all blemishes under his belt that go under the “cheap” category.

He’s attempting to make amends by giving Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and Doc Rivers a ton of money, but some just can’t forget other instances that were important.

Kaman did speak on the current Clippers team noting that they’ll be one of the top teams in the West this season. If the Lakers can compete at their highest level a Clippers-Lakers playoff series may be in order come April.


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  • Alfredo Rodriguez

    Don’t forget about the Donald helping Dr. Jerry Buss purchase the Lakers in 1979. Sterling has always “hated” doing anything with his basketball franchise. But for his best friend, he’d do anything for. It was Dr. Buss who told Sterling to join the NBA in the first place. It was Dr. Buss who convinced Sterling to trade Byron Scott for Norm Nixon. Theoretically, you could even say “Donald Sterling is the reason why the Lakers have won 10 championships.”

    But ever since his mentor and former Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis passed away, Sterling has started to change.