Monday, October 14, 2013

Chris Kaman injures finger tobogganing at the Great Wall of China

The Lakers are in China as part of the NBA’s Global Games schedule, with two preseason games on tap against the Golden State Warriors.

Part of the excursion involves the team taking in some of the sights, although Chris Kaman seemed to get a little too aggressive with one of the attractions, and wound up with a minor injury.

From Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times:
One of his fingers was squashed while he was sledding down a slippery concrete track after trekking along the wall for two hours Sunday with Lakers teammates and staffers.

“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.”
“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.”
A season ago, the Lakers were decimated by injuries to all of their important players — Kobe BryantSteve Nash, Pau Gasol, Jordan Hill, and Steve Blake all missed significant time.

Thankfully, this one isn’t too serious, and Kaman said he’d play in the team’s exhibition on Tuesday.

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