When the Lakers lost Dwight Howard to free agency they went out and picked up a new big man, Chris Kaman. Hobbled by nagging injuries the past couple seasons, Kaman is a one-time all star, and still serviceable big man.
During a Q&A with ESPNLosAngeles.com, the new Lakers center spoke about going up against Kobe Bryant often while he was with the Clippers, and admits that he "always hated" Bryant when he had to play against him. He adds that he "hates" going against all the great super-competitive players in the league, but respects them.
Obviously you were in the same city as Kobe for a long time, but seeing him up close, being a teammate, how would you describe that experience so far?
I always hated him. When you play against a guy like him, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, you don’t like them because they’re so competitive. I respect that, but I don’t like playing against them. But when you’re on their team, it’s a whole different story. You love the people. They’re good guys.
Kobe, he’s just been working hard trying to get himself ready. He comes to practice and he works his butt off. I respect that as well. I’m excited for him to play. I’m hoping sooner than later.