With an injury list as long as the Clippers has become, it’s hard to know where to begin the latest round of updates.
Center Chris Kaman, who has been out since November 26 with a strained arch in his left foot, is as good a place as any.
Kaman was originally supposed to miss a couple of weeks to let the pain in his foot calm down. A quick check of the calendar shows that timetable has long since been tossed in the garbage can.
Sunday, Kaman said he was going to see a different foot specialist next week and would know more about his potential return date then, but couldn’t say when he’d be back.
“I don’t know what to tell you,” Kaman said. “Sometimes these things take longer than you expect. I thought it’d be something easy, but it’s been nothing but difficult the whole time.”
Kaman said he’d been on a cycle where he worked out on the court one day, did pool work the next, then took the third day off. That was going well until he suffered a little “flare up” this week.
“It sucks that I can’t play. I’ve sat out 16 or 17 games, I don’t know know what it’s up to now,” he said. “I’m tired of sitting out. I’m tired of seeing the team take these losses. We’re so short right now, anything I can do to help, I would, but right now, I can’t physically go out there.”
The news on injured power forward Zach Randolph (bruised knee) was slightly more encouraging, though it’s been determined that Randolph will not make the Clippers upcoming three-game road trip.
Randolph said he’s feeling better from the bruised knee he suffered in a controversial play involving Toronto’s Jake Voskuhl on December 22, but still needed to strengthen his knee before returning to the court.
His feelings regarding the controversial foul –for which Voskuhl received no additional punishment from the league — were still pretty raw.
“I don’t want to get nobody in trouble, but it was blatant you know,” Randolph said. “I was highly upset over it. He really took me out.”
The Clippers sent footage of the incident to the league office, but did not receive a response. Coincidentally, the NBA’s executive vice president for basketball operations, Stu Jackson, was in attendance for Sunday’s game.
When asked about the incident, Jackson said he “vaguely remembered” receiving footage of the play, but needed to review it again in order to accurately comment on it because it happened so long ago.
He said he would review the play under question later Sunday night back at his hotel room and comment after that.