You were drafted by the Clippers in 2003 as the sixth overall pick and spent eight seasons with them before being traded to the Hornets. Did you think at some point you were going to play your entire career with the Clippers?
Chris Kaman: I had some thoughts about that, yeah. But last year when they hired Vinny (Del Negro) as coach, they started to change the team in a different direction. They started to go uptempo and wanted to run more and push the pace. They wanted real athletic guys and that’s not really my style for the most part. But when they had the opportunity to trade for Chris Paul, it was a great opportunity for them. So they thought the trade would work best for them. That was the decision they made. I don’t think they handled it in the most professional way, but it was definitely a good deal for them.
What was your immediate reaction when you heard about the trade?
CK: I was shocked. I didn’t know if it was real or not. I called my agent and he didn’t answer and then Al-Farouq (Aminu) called his agent and he told us it was done. My agent called me an hour later and we talked about it and there really wasn’t much you could do about it. I was moving to New Orleans. I didn’t mind; it wasn’t a big deal, but it was definitely shocking.
In light of how well the Clippers are doing now, in your heart of hearts do you wish you were still playing for them?
CK: You know what? Yes and no. I’m in a new city and with a new team and I’m happy. I got to keep being professional and do my job the best I can here until someone says otherwise. But it’s still a little frustrating. I put my heart into the team in L.A. I definitely cared about being there. I enjoyed my time there. The people who worked in the organization, besides a few people who I won’t name, are really great people. It is what it is. It’s a business. I’m where I’m at for a reason. I feel like God has a plan for my life and I’m here for a reason.
The Clippers have been the laughingstock of the NBA. Do you think that’s changing, that there’s a different culture within the organization now?
CK: We always tried to change the culture when I was there, but the way it had been set up for all those years wasn’t set up for success. It was set up for failure, in my opinion. For the most part, from an organizational standpoint, they definitely tried and tried to get guys. But it seemed like we could never find the right guys to come together and have the right chemistry. We never could get the chemistry we wanted. And that starts upstairs.
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I wonder who he talking about, as far as upper management?
I'll welcome kaman back to L.A. for the right price.