Chris Kaman
Number: 35
Born: Apr 28, 1982
Height: 7-0
Weight: 265
College: Central Michigan
Years Pro: 9

Q: What is on your mind right now?
A: Killing Lesley Berry for talking me into doing this interview.

Q: Where did you grow up?
A: Wyoming, Michigan. Well, Grand Rapids, Michigan until my parents got a little bit more money and we could afford to move to Wyoming.

Q: Where is your main residence?
A: I don't actually have one right now. I had one in California, but I am no longer living or playing there so I sold it. And I don't have a house back home at the moment either.

Q: What is your biggest hobby off the basketball court?
A: Hunting. Yes, hunting. Hunting whatever comes in front of me.

Q: If you were a contestant on American Idol, what song would you sing?
A: Good question. I don't know. Let's come back to it.

Q: What kind of car do you drive?
A: I drive a truck right now. I am waiting for my new Audi to come in from Germany. The truck is a Ford F350.

Q: What was your first car?
A: 1980 Trans Am.

Q: What is in your glove compartment right now?
A: My dog's rubber ball.

Q: Who would you say is your best NBA player friend?
A: Dirk.

Q: Who is the most famous person we could call from your address book in your smart phone right now?
A: Dirk.

Q: What type of phone do you have?
A: iPhone.

Q: What way do you communicate the most - e-mail, text, or phone call?
A: Text, all day long.

Q: Who do you communicate with the most?
A: Besides my wife, my dad. But I actually have to call him because he doesn't like to text.

Q: Are you married and how long?
A: I have been married for 2 ½ years to my beautiful wife, Emilie.

Q: Do you have any kids?
A: No kids yet. We are working on it. But as they say, "lots of practice!" going on!

Q: What is the best advice you have ever gotten in the real world?
A: Save your money, and learn how to say no.

Q: What is the best advice that any NBA player has ever given you?
A: I don't really take much advice from NBA players.

Q: Did you have a big man mentor when you came into the NBA?
A: After I was drafted and before my rookie season I started off with Will Perdue. He was great. At the Clippers it was Kim Hughes. He worked with me the entire time. I still talk to him and he comes and helps me during the summers.

Q: Do you watch much TV? What are your favorite shows?
A: I don't really watch TV. I have a few shows that I watch but I use iTunes and watch on my iPad. My favorite show is "Breaking Bad".

Q: Have you ever been mistaken for another basketball player?
A: No, it would be tough to mistake me for anyone else.

Q: What is the largest amount of money that you have ever loaned someone, and did they pay you back?
A: Well, when I first started I had not learned how to say no, so I loaned someone money and they have yet to pay me back. The most I loaned and they actually paid me back was $50k. The guy that didn't pay me back was $275,000. I am still waiting and light him up all the time. I have my financial guy hit him up every other day too.

Q: When did you find out that you might be playing for the Dallas Mavericks this season and how did it come about?
A: Well, I met with the Indiana Pacers and it went well. Then once they matched Roy Hibbert's contract they didn't need me. The Mavericks were my next available choice and I felt comfortable with my options in Dallas, so I went with it.

Q: You played on the German National team with Dirk Nowitzki. Are you happy to be playing with Dirk again?
A: I really like it. I have played with him before and I have a good relationship with him. I think we will make a pretty good combo. We played together twice on the German National Team. I played with him in the 2008 Olympics, and I played with him last year in the European Championships.

Q: How is it that you were eligible to play for the German National Team?
A: My dog is German.

Q: Favorite athlete to watch in a sport other than basketball?
A: I loved watching Brett Favre when he played.

Q: Did you play any other sports growing up?
A: I played baseball starting out but it faded into soccer. I played soccer for 11 years.

Q: Were you a tall kid from the start, or did you have a late growth spurt?
A: I was always in the 95 percentile from the start. I mean, I was 10 pounds 14 ounces when I was born, so I was always the big kid. I learned how to deal with it early on.

Q: When was the first time that you dunked a basketball in a game?
A: It was a two-hand dunk. I was rolling to the basket and they got me the ball. I just jumped and I ended up being higher than the rim. I was like, "Oh crap, I can dunk this one!" So I ended up dunking it.

Q: When did you realize that you were a great jump shooter?
A: Well I still don't think I am, but it was about four years ago that I started making a bunch of shots and was consistent with it. The reason I tell myself that I am not a great shooter I guess is so that I keep working at it. But when I made the NBA All-Star Team three years ago I felt like I was getting better and have just tried to keep it going from there. There is a downside to it though. I mean, the more outside shooting you do, the less you want to post up. Posting up and putting people in the basket was my forte. I made it tough for people to guard me. Last year I made a point to get back to it, so it's a fine line.

Q: Did coaches try to keep you from outside shooting when you were growing up?
A: Well, when I was young it was like, "Why would you shoot jump shots when you are that tall?" But in the NBA it is a different game. Everyone is tall. Tall guys can shoot. Tall guys can score at the basket. Size, height, and weight don't matter. If you can score... you can score.

Q: When did you realize that you might be good enough to play in the NBA?
A: My sophomore year in college. We played the University of Michigan and I had 30 points, 21 rebounds, and five blocks. Everyone was talking about it at that time. I didn't think anything about it and really didn't focus on it, but the next year I got drafted so that was obviously a point when you realize it.

Q: You have spent nearly ten years in the NBA...have you enjoyed the ride so far?
A: Well, this is my tenth year. I mean, there has been some off-and-on with some injuries, but it has gone by so quick. I feel like it has just started. It has definitely been a good time, but I wish I would have won more. I guess you can't guarantee that, so here I am.

Q: If you are in the deep woods of Alaska and are faced with taking out a big grizzly, how do you prefer to do it?
A: Well, that depends. What is the situation? Is he coming after me? If he is coming after me I will use whatever I can to stop him. I would bite his face off if I had to. But if I have a choice, then I am going to use my bow and arrow. I would also have my pistol on my side in case I don't get a good shot with my bow. I am trying to hunt everything with a bow first and a gun second.

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