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The Daily Sports Herald:
What has been reported for several days is now official, as the Los Angeles Lakers have signed free agent center Chris Kaman, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak.
Terms of the agreement were not released, but multiple media reports indicate the contract to be for one year at the NBA's "mini" mid-level exception of roughly $3 million.
“We’re pleased to be able to add a big man of Chris’ caliber to the roster for the upcoming season,” said Kupchak. “He’s a versatile center who defends well, goes hard to the glass and can score both in the paint and from mid-range while also being a high character guy and solid locker room presence.”
The deal has three benefits for the Lakers in that it (1) provides a decent replacement for departed Dwight Howard; (2) comes at a cheap price; and (3) lasts for only one season, therefore allowing the team plenty of cap room for next year's free agent sweepstakes.
Make no mistake, Kaman is an overall infer...
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As you might figure, the Houston Rockets are doing their best to market new star center Dwight Howard and it appears that one of the routes they are using is the billboard one. Check out the below image courtesy of Reddit user EchoesOfADistantDay which shows a billboard depicting Howard opening a suit jacket similar to Superman: Clearly, the Rockets think they have found their Clark Kent by day.
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Reports indicate that Dwight Howard expressed concern about Kobe Bryant's future with the Lakers, apparently even suggesting the team use its amnesty provision.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) -- The Los Angeles Lakers signed free agent center Chris Kaman on Friday after Dwight Howard's departure for Houston.
Kaman averaged 10.5 points and 5.6 rebounds while starting 52 of 66 games for Dallas last season. He averaged a career-low 20.7 minutes.
His deal with the Lakers is reportedly for one year at 3.2 million.
It will be Kaman's second...
One of my favorite WWE wrestlers of all-time has to be Stone Cold Steve Austin and earlier today, Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix got the chance ask what athlete he’d like to deliver his signature finishing move, “The Stunner”.
The athlete that Stone Cold picked…Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard:
Stone Cold Steve Austin just told me the athlete he would most like to...
Dwight Howard really didn’t want to play with Kobe Bryant. According to a report, Howard was willing to stay with the Los Angeles Lakers if they were willing to give him a quick timetable on Kobe leaving. Bryant can become a free agent at the end of the 2013-2014 season. From Marc Stein at ESPN: Sources told ESPN.com that Howard and his representatives — in a handful of meetings...
Jeremiah Short, Feature Writer-original linkThe drama that was “Dwightmare” came to a climactic end after Dwight Howard agreed to a four year, $88 million dollar contract with the Houston Rockets. Leaving the 16-time world champion LA Lakers with an uncertain future.The deal puts Howard in a perfect situation. He gets to work with Kevin McHale and Hakeem Olajuwon year round....
Dwight Howard was worried about the timetable of the Los Angeles Lakers to move on from the Kobe Bryant era if he re-signed with the team, according to sources.
Howard and his representatives told the Lakers that he would have a difficult time re-signing if Bryant remained beyond the final season of his contract in 13-14.
Bryant said publicly shortly before the Lakers' meeting...
There have already been a number of theories floated around about why Dwight Howard chose not to re-sign with the Los Angeles Lakers, but this is one of the most interesting. We have heard that Howard felt Mike D’Antoni did not give him enough of a voice within the locker room, but did the power [...]
The Denver Nuggets bolstered their frontcourt Thursday by signing free agent forward J.J. Hickson to a three-year deal.
The 24-year-old bruiser is coming off his best season last year in Portland when he averaged 12.7 points and a career-high 10.4 rebounds. He joined Dwight Howard as the only players to average 12 points, 10 boards and shoot at least 55 percent from the field.
The Rockets presented this clip of past Houston big men during Dwight Howard’s introductory press conference. Moses Malone, Ralph Sampson, Elvin Hayes, Hakeem Olajuwon and Yao Ming. You’ve got some big shoes to fill, Dwight.
I will never ever be ashamed to say that I love the Los Angeles Lakers.I've proclaimed my love through the championships, the trades, the coaching malfunctions, and the superstar experiments, and I've celebrated the ups and downs alongside the rest of Lakersnation with pride.I showed Laker pride despite that fact that my fellow Laker brethren shamefully rioted and destroyed...
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I think Chipper Jones is a wee bit upset with umpire Angel Hernandez; Jones tweeted Friday night, “I will not watch a game, any game, officiated by Angel Hernandez! His incompetence amazes me and I'm tired of MLB doing squat about it!” I’ve watched games umpired by Hernandez too and I think Chipper has a legitimate gripe.