He came in thinking he would be paired up with Pau Gasol in the starting lineup to make up an intriguing duo of seven footers in a wide-open Mike D’Antoni offense. Instead, he has been stuck in the doghouse for much of the season, often having to wonder if he made the right decision by signing with the team.
On Sunday, though, Kaman was given more of a chance to play with Gasol out of the lineup due to an injury against the Chicago Bulls. Predictably, the Bulls had their way against the depleted Lakers for much of the game, but Kaman single-handedly kept his team in it by playing like a monster on both ends of the floor with a season-high of 27 points on 13-of-23 shooting to go with 10 rebounds, three assists and two blocks in just 27 minutes of play. He was the one player that the Bulls bigs had no answer for in the post and nearly became a hero until a costly turnover in the final seconds by Steve Blake effectively ended an improbable comeback attempt.