Originally posted on BlackSportsOnline  |  Last updated 10/9/13
  Somehow Chris Kaman being associated with such a bizarre story as this, isn’t all that surprising. According to this odd story courtesy of Sports Illustrated via Dave McMenamin of ESPN, Los Angeles Lakers big men Kaman and Robert Sacre along with strength and conditioning coach  Tim DiFrancesco, have decided to purchase an entire cow in an effort to beef up (pun intended). This isn’t like Billy Crystal’s pet cow Norman in “City Slickers.” The three of them are going in together on a full cow’s worth of beef after it’s been to the butcher, or approximately 400 pounds of cuts of meat for their freezers.  DiFrancesco, who has picked up the nickname “Grass-Fed Tim” around the team because of his belief in the health benefits of eating grass-fed beef, came up with the idea after connecting with a farm that raises grass-fed cows down in San Diego. Kaman is getting half, 200 pounds, while Sacre and DiFrancesco are getting a quarter, 100 pounds, each. It was originally supposed to be a four-way split, but longtime Lakers trainer Gary Vitti backed out. “Gary Vitti ran out of freezer space, so I think he’s out,” Kaman said. “So, I got to pick up the slack. I’m happy to, though.” Freezer space was an issue for Sacre, too, so he did something about it. “I had to go to a Best Buy to go buy me a 15 cubic foot freezer,” said Sacre, who estimated that the freezer and the beef will end up costing him about $1,300 combined. “It’s, uh, it’s intense.” Kaman and Sacre have every intention of devouring every part of their purchase too, even the parts you wouldn’t think were edible. Sacre and Kaman don’t want to lose any of the parts the cow has to offer. See, there’s a difference when you buy the whole cow versus just buying hundreds of pounds of steak. Sacre is looking forward to the cow tongue. Kaman wants some of the skeleton. “I’m going to get a bunch of the bones, too, and boil them down and make some beef stock,” Kaman said. “It’s good for your joints and ligaments and tendons.” I like that Sacre is making big purchases when he isn’t even guaranteed a roster spot.
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