Chris Kaman, Born In Michigan, Granted German Citizenship Just In Time For Olympic Qualifying

Let's Just Take Into Account All Ancestors And Make Everyone Free Agents

7/4/08 in NBA   |   CriticalFanatic   |   respect


Being in Atlanta for the 1996 Olympics remains the most memorable sporting event I've attented... for now. At that time, I perceived the Olympics as being a very patriotic event. Country vs Country. Participants viewed this as the pinnacle of their athletic career.

The era may have been gone then, but it's safe to say that innocence is gone.

Many events have contributed to my declining interesting in the Olympic Games, but none more than countries handing out citizenship like door-to-door flyers. No sport abuses this quite like basketball.

Ben Gordon and Luol Deng will be competing for England, understandably, as Gordon was born in England and Deng lived their during his later childhood and teenage years.

Germany's recent citizenship acquisition is completely absurd.

Deutschland hasn't qualified for Olympic basketball competition since the Barcelona games of 1992. Solution to the dry spell? Look up NBA players whose grandparents, wait, no, GREAT grandparents were born in the country.

That's right, Chris Kaman has been granted German citizenship just in time for Olympic qualifying competition. The Los Angeles Clippers center was born just outside of Grand Rapids, Michigan, in a town I used to affectionately refer to as P-Dunk, MI. He's American. He's never lived in Europe, and is by no means any more German than you're a citizen of your ancestors decent.

This is absurd. Let's just open Olympic citizenship to ancestors and call everyone unrestricted free agents.

If we were to grant Kaman another land's citizenship, Mars would appear more likely.

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7/12/08   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

consulto wrote:
Terrible indeed. Reminds me of Hakeem Olajuwon playing in the 1996 Olympics. Not with Nigeria, but with the United States. Whaddaya know?

It reminds you of that? Right... because Chris Kaman was brought out of poverty in the thirld-world United States, and given a new life, a free education, and the opportunity to make millions in Germany, so he's playing for them out of gratitude for the amazing opportunities that Germany gave him to advance his life?

Right... Try again, champ. Kaman's just a selfish d-bag, who has no idea what the Olympics are all about.

7/12/08   |   snbslugger

consulto wrote:
Terrible indeed. Reminds me of Hakeem Olajuwon playing in the 1996 Olympics. Not with Nigeria, but with the United States. Whaddaya know?

Well, for one, I believe Hakeem was a naturalized American citizen (not the five minute Chris Kaman version) and I don't think Nigeria had a basketball team competing in the Games in 1996, did they?

7/12/08   |   consulto

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WOW. he is a humor guy,*edited*

Terrible indeed. Reminds me of Hakeem Olajuwon playing in the 1996 Olympics. Not with Nigeria, but with the United States. Whaddaya know?

7/6/08   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Scott Senay wrote:
Thank you Sen. McCarthy. 
We need to rid the NBA of this communist menace. 

What's the point of having the Olympics, where people are supposed to compete for their country, when we have guys like Chris Kaman, who are competing for... well, Chris Kaman? There's a reason he's not on the USA team... and that's because he's not an olympic caliber American athlete. Should all "snubbed" athletes just choose a different country? It's absolutely ridiculous, and is more of a threat to the tradition of the Olympics than any illegal drugs, newfangled swimsuit, or anything else anyone is complaining about nowadays.

7/5/08   |   Scott Senay

Pat wrote:
I think Chris should be black-balled from the NBA. If he wants to play for the German team, then he can go play in German pro leagues as well.

Thank you Sen. McCarthy. 
We need to rid the NBA of this communist menace. 

7/5/08   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

I think Chris should be black-balled from the NBA. If he wants to play for the German team, then he can go play in German pro leagues as well.

7/5/08   |   snbslugger

Ryan wrote:

I think we might need to give Kaman a break. 

 

I mean, the German women probably needed to make the team a little more feminine to end any whispering at the IOC, so it's obvious they added Kaman. 

 

I hope the German women do well.  Good luck Chris!!

Oh well done.  Well done. ::applause::

7/5/08   |   CalBoomer   |   43 respect

No worse than some Kenyan running for the USA. This is all about politics and entertainment. It has nothing to do with patriotism or sports purity.

7/5/08   |   Scott Senay

Oh Noez!  Chris Kaman is playing for Germany?  That makes them virtually impossible to beat!  Just hand them the title why don't you?

7/5/08   |   Ryan   |   153 respect

I think we might need to give Kaman a break. 

 

I mean, the German women probably needed to make the team a little more feminine to end any whispering at the IOC, so it's obvious they added Kaman. 

 

I hope the German women do well.  Good luck Chris!!