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Mystery man (cont'd)

Posted: Wednesday March 1, 2006 11:49AM; Updated: Wednesday March 1, 2006 4:15PM
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"I probably finish 70 percent of the time with my left hand," he says. "Lately I've been using my right a little bit more, to throw people off a bit. For me, it's easier to shoot with my left hand. If I have opportunities with my right hand, I'll take them, but if I don't need to, why would I?"

One wants to respond, "Well, maybe because you're right-handed," but this would be to ignore the precepts of Kaman Logic, which is often, shall we say, creative.

Much has been made of his appearance -- with the beard and stringy blonde hair that he hasn't cut in two years he looks like the lost Allman brother -- but Kaman would be an interesting dude even if he sported the Fred Hoiberg politician's helmet cut. For example, he has a unique method of managing his finances. "I don't have a checkbook because I spend all my money if I have it," he explains. "I have a $2,000 limit on my bankcard, and I don't even have a credit card. I'm just not a good guy with money. I can't control myself." This apparently stems from his rookie year, when he reportedly blew through his first $50,000 in a week and a half, giving it away to friends and family (the Long Beach Press Telegram had a good story on this).

When it is mentioned that he exhibits impressive self-awareness, he shrugs.

"I'm not a complete idiot. I know that I get out of control sometimes, but I'm smart enough to know that when I need to stop, I need to stop, and the only way for me to do that is to not have something."

Then there are his interactions with fans, some of whom dress up and call themselves Kamaniacs. He's been proposed to (more than once), asked for his jersey (while still wearing it) and, on occasion, asked for a lock of his hair.

"I have no problem with it," he says. "If I was a fan and wanted something, I would hope that someone would be polite enough to say OK, or politely say no. Sometimes players are kind of jerks about stuff and I want to make sure that I'm never like that. These are the fans that enjoy watching the game and watching you play and you want to keep the fans, you don't want to lose them."

That said, Kaman notes that he has yet to actually give up a piece of his hair or his jersey. "I'm not going to take my shirt off and just give it to them." And why not? "These jerseys are like $300 a piece!" he says. "That would get expensive."

And how does he know that -- has he paid for one? "No, I suppose I haven't," he says. "But that's what I'm assuming."

Told that Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas gives away his jersey after every home game, Kaman looks surprised. "For real?" he says. "Wow, I didn't know that. That's cool." Then he nods, lost in thought, pondering -- well, who knows what he's pondering. Perhaps he's considering doffing his jersey at a future Clipper game (get ready, ladies). Perhaps he's sizing up his interviewer for a flip-flop smackdown (he'd have a distinct reach advantage). Or perhaps he's thinking about an embargo on all right-handed shots. Who knows.

He's sort of like the Clippers as a whole right now: pleasantly unpredictable.


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