It was a big man, as expected, but the newly signed center was
Actually, it was his wife who made him cut the shaggy mess around his chin and neck.
"Yeah, who wants to see me coming in here looking like a caveman?" Kaman asked rhetorically.
Kaman, 31, will evoke laughs from reporters and fans next season after signing a one-year, $3.2-million deal to join the Lakers. But can the former Clipper still play?
He was decent two years ago for New Orleans, averaging 13.1 points and 7.7 rebounds, but fell statistically last season with Dallas, averaging 10.5 points and 5.6 rebounds.
Kaman battled injuries, including a 10-game absence because of a concussion, and came off the
He made his only All-Star team in 2010, averaging 18.5 points and 9.3 rebounds that season for the Clippers, and hopes to climb back to that statistical altitude.
"I feel confident that I can be at that level," Kaman said. "Whether I'm an All-Star or not, I can't say."
After spending so many years in the same city as
"You always hear a lot about how hard he works," Kaman said. "Watching
Kaman represents the Lakers' entire "mini" mid-level exception, their lone free-agent signing impact after Howard bolted for Houston.
"We think he's going to fit in," Kupchak said. "We're very pleased to have him."
The Lakers are expected to sign rookie second-round pick
The Lakers are "90% certain" they will add
Rambis was an assistant coach with the Lakers from 2005-09 before becoming the head coach of the
Interestingly enough, the Lakers also considered hiring
Walton's contract expired last month after he averaged 3.4 points in 50 games for Cleveland last season.