Ex-NBA player performs in Big Rapids
BIG RAPIDS — Chris Kaman drew plenty of eyes from spectators at the Big Rapids Gus Macker on Saturday when the Grand Rapids native and former NBA standout brought his team to downtown Big Rapids.
Kaman, 36, born in Grand Rapids, is an American-German former professional basketball player. Kaman stands 7 feet tall and weighs 265 pounds. He was selected sixth overall in the first round of the 2003 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Clippers, after a college basketball career at Central Michigan University.
His last pro season was 2015-16 with the Portland Trail Blazers.
Kaman brought some friends of his to Big Rapids for a team. They lost their first game.
He had good reasons for wanting to play the first ever Big Rapids Gus Macker 3-on-3 basketball tournament.
“I just like to play basketball,” Kaman said. “I’ve been playing Macker for a long time. I retired a few years ago and want to enjoy my life and have fun. I live in Greenville so it’s about an hour drive.”
He said he enjoys Mackers but smiled when he said he wanted to see it stop drizzling on Saturday.
Kaman reflected on the uniqueness of Gus Mackers.
“It’s playing in the street and it’s always been fun to me,” he said. “I’m not trying to get hurt.”
Kaman obviously is taking interest in the current NBA playoffs.
“The Warriors and Rockets have a tough matchup there,” he said. “We’ll see. We’ll see if LeBron can dig his team out of a hole.”
Kaman calls himself an entrepreneur. And even though he was at the Big Rapids Macker, he’s not playing too much basketball.
“I have two kids and my wife is pregnant,” he said. “I keep pretty busy.”