Chris Kaman wasn’t exactly enjoying an All-Star year for the Dallas Mavericks, and the team wasn’t playing exceptionally well when he went down with a concussion on Jan. 29. Still, the team would like its center back on the court as they make a desperate bid for the playoffs (or, at least, a .500 record and trip to the old-timey barber). Happily for those who worry about such things, though, the team and the NBA are going out of their way to make sure Kaman is fully healthy and ready to play after suffering a friggin’ brain injury.
Kaman, an athlete that wants to compete, is slowly coming around to this recognition. To the idea that his team (which could deal him in a week or decline to re-sign him in July) is thinking of his long term interests in spite of the short term gains they would receive by having the talented 7-footer play. Though Kaman has passed the NBA’s tests to return to action, according to Tim McMahon of ESPN Dallas, his honesty about recurring headaches and the Mavs’ coaching staff’s transparency are keeping him off the practice court.