Athlete Testimonies:

Chris Kaman

On the night before the draft, while many other NBA hopefuls are attending pre-draft parties or taking in the sights of New York City, Chris Kaman is quite comfortable in his hotel room. There's nobody around to remind Kaman that tomorrow will be the biggest day of his life. Maybe that's why he looks so relaxed.

"I just trust God a lot," he says. "God knows what's gonna happen, I really don't. But there's a plan for everything, and I'll find out what it is."

It's draft night, and finally NBA commissioner David Stern approaches the podium. "With the sixth pick in the 2003 NBA Draft, the Los Angeles Clippers select Chris Kaman from Central Michigan University."

After the draft, Kaman and his friends and family celebrate at Gallagher's Steakhouse. The reality is starting to sink in.

"He's not a quitter," says his high school coach, Mark Keeler, the 1999 Michigan Class D (small school) Coach of the Year. "Never has been, never will be. If someone steps on him one night, he'll be working hard on improving his game the next day."

But Kaman hasn't even thought that far ahead: "Man, I'm playing in the NBA. That's crazy."


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