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Should Chris Kaman get an invite to Dallas?



In particular, as a center. And really in particular, over Pau Gasol.

On the heels of the announcement for the All-Star starters, Chris Kaman, omitted from the ballot altogether in what ultimately proved a glaring mistake, was asked if he'd be upset if El Spaniard, currently fourth among Western Conference forwards, was named a reserve via the "slide over to center" treatment. As NBA Fanhouse's Chris Tomasson reports, nary a bush was beaten around with Kaman's response:
    "I don't think Gasol should be in it at all,'' Kaman said when asked if he would be disappointed if Gasol, who starts at power forward for the Lakers, is slid over to be the backup center when West coaches vote for All-Star reserves. "He's only played like 20 games (he played Thursday in his 25th out of 42 Lakers games) this year. I think there should be a number of games you should play. I think you should have to play like 80 percent of the games.

    "It shouldn't be 50 percent (of games a player has logged) over a guy who plays 90 percent and who has better numbers. Not just me. Zach Randolph, a power forward, he has better numbers (than Gasol). But he's not on the Lakers.''

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Kobe Bryant
PTS AST STL MIN
24.6 4.9 1.4 35.4
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Hill 8.3
AssistsK. Bryant 4.9
StealsK. Bryant 1.4
BlocksE. Davis 1.2