|17 August 2011|
Chris Kaman is telling Germany's basketball fans not to worry if it takes a little while for him to find his rhythm and be a big contributor this summer at the EuroBasket.
The Los Angeles Clippers center and the country's basketball icon, NBA Finals MVP Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks, have just linked up with the national team and have only two weeks before the start of the Final Round in Lithuania.
"I haven't played basketball since April," Kaman said in an interview with DBB-TV.
"I've been just on my own, shooting, running and lifting weights - all that stuff."
Kaman isn't sure what he'll be able to do in this week's Bamberg Tournament when the Germans take on Greece, Turkey and China.
The friendly event starts on Friday.
"I assume that as long as I'm ready by the time the EuroBasket starts, that will be good," Kaman said.
Germany are coming off a very good weekend in Turkey where they clinched first place in the Sportoto World Cup after victories over Serbia and Turkey.
Kaman was in America at his parents' home while the games were being played and learned of the success in email correspondence from the German Basketball Federation.
The games will be much harder at the EuroBasket.
Serbia, France, Israel, Italy and Latvia are the teams Germany must face in Group B.
How will Germany fare at the 24-team EuroBasket?
"I think we have a good chance," Kaman said.
"We'll see how it goes. I definitely think myself and Dirk are going to need a little bit of time to get used to the feel of a lot of new guys who didn't play in 2008, some old guys as well.
"So I think it's going to take time for us to adjust to play.
"But ultimately, me and Dirk have been playing, Dirk especially five years more than me in the NBA, so he knows how to play the game, knows how to win.
"It's hard to say, it's a long way to go. I'm trying to be optimistic about it and play as well as we can."
Nowitzki's NBA title triumph put basketball in the limelight in Germany.
The Mavericks beat the Miami Heat, needing just six games.
"I'm happy for him, that he got an opportunity to play again in the Finals and glad that he won," Kaman said.
"It was a long road for him and I'm just happy for him. I was just sitting at home, working out so to see Dirk doing well was just an added bonus for me."