So far, the Los Angeles Lakers have had to deal with injury issues over the last year to stars like Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, and Pau Gasol.
Well, this year’s injury bug has already started as newly-acquired center Chris Kaman injured his finger while tobogganing at Great Wall of China.
How did he injure himself you ask? Chris was tobogganing and got slammed into by teammate Shawne Williams. I’ll let Mike Bresnahan of the LA Times inform you of the rest:
His (Kaman’s) 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 and, well, ouch.
Visitors to the Mutianyu portion of the wall take a gondola or cable car to the top of a hill where the wall is located. They can return the same way or take the toboggan down.
“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.”
Kaman says he still believes that he will be able to play in the Tuesday exhibition game against the Golden State Warriors in Beijing.
Kaman image courtesy of Getty Images