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How Chris Kaman got Player Exclusive "Air Sasqhatuces" from Nike in 2012

Making the All-Star Game triggered a clause in Kaman's Nike deal
New Orleans Hornets center Chris Kaman

Chris Kaman

NBA media days are always full of hopeful and bold predictions about the upcoming season. There are also always great chances for some hilarious and even unexpected things to happen. Who could forget J.R. Smith posing as Bob Ross or “fun guy” Kawhi when he was introduced as a new member of the Toronto Raptors?

Fashion week for sneakerheads

It is well known that most NBA players are hardcore sneakerheads, and many of them use this opportunity to put on some exclusive and unique kicks they might not wear during actual games. At this year’s Charlotte Hornets media day, Mason Plumlee did something along these lines and pulled up with a pair of sneakers that left many fans wondering what they really were.

It was the Air Sasquatch – a PE (player exclusive) version of the Nike Max Hyperdunk from 2012 made for Chris Kaman. Luckily, sneaker expert Nick DePaula was quick to let everyone know what the full story was.

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Visionary work

“The Caveman” played in the league from 2003 to 2016 with career averages of 11.2 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. His best years came while playing for the Los Angeles Clippers and it that was during that time that he became an All-Star due to his near double-double season averages.

Whether it was “Air Sasquatch” or his agent who had the vision of including the PE clause in the Nike contract, this paints a perfect picture of Chris' confidence and comedic brilliance -- for a while, Kaman also had equally entertaining Twitter and YouTube accounts but they sadly succumbed to inactivity. 

Kaman also played at the national team level. As a man tied to numerous interesting facts this one is also from that category – he did not play for Team USA, but instead for Germany. The fact that he did not speak German must have caused a ton of laughs, but he jumped on that opportunity since his great-grandparents were German.

Dirk Nowitzki at one point became Kaman’s dual teammate -- both for Germany and the Dallas Mavericks -- and provided great insight into what Chris was like.

“In one respect, Kaman already has laid claim to the same role Tyson Chandler had during the championship season of 2010-11. In his year as the Mavericks’ center, Chandler became the glue in the locker room, holding teammates accountable for everything that happened on the court. Kaman is different, but he also enjoys laughing with his teammates, like Chandler did. And, he arrives to the Mavericks with a history of being injury-prone, just like Chandler. But his skills are obvious. So is his ability to keep a team loose," Nowitzki said.

It is rather obvious that Kaman knew what his ceiling in the league was, but he definitely made the most out of it while also having a lot of fun along the way. Looking back on it, he had one of the most unique basketball runs in recent history, and "Air Sasquatches" only add to the legend of The Caveman.

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