Los Angeles Lakers centre sustains injury in the most unusual of circumstances.
Chris Kaman has been inflicted with perhaps an early front-runner for most bizarre injury of the NBA season after hurting his finger while touring the Great Wall of China.
The news Lakers centre suffered the injury when one of his fingers was squashed while he was sledding down a slippery concrete track after trekking along the wall for two hours Sunday with Lakers teammates and staffers.
His sled, essentially a wheeled cart with a brake, was rammed from behind by teammate Shawne Williams. Kaman instinctively put out his hand as he saw Williams careening toward him
“I didn’t hit the brake the whole time. Guys on the edge were yelling ‘Slow down’ and I just kept going,” Kaman said. “All of a sudden I catch up to this guy close to the bottom, so now I have to brake. Shawne Williams comes behind me without hitting his brake at all and just smashed right into me.”
“My hand smashed right between the two sleds. I didn’t feel the end of my finger for, like, an hour,” Kaman said, extending a bandaged, swollen middle finger. “It’s starting to throb a little right now.”
With Kobe Bryant still recovering from surgery and Steve Nash and Paul Gasol being nursed through the pre-season, another injury is the last thing coach Mike D’Antoni and the Lakers need.