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Chris Kaman's Top 5 Games with the New Orleans Hornets: Fan's Opinion

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Words cannot express how much respect I have for Chris Kaman after just one season with the New Orleans Hornets. I'm sure Kaman was just as unhappy to leave Los Angeles as Lamar Odom and Eric Gordon were. But Chris Kaman always played his heart out for New Orleans and never disparaged the Hornets publicly.

The pivotal moment in Chris Kaman's tenure with the Hornets came when he returned after New Orleans unsuccessfully tried to trade him. Kaman didn't sulk and he played even better for the Hornets. I'll never forget the Chewbacca audio in the New Orleans Arena and I certainly wish Chris Kaman the best with the Dallas Mavericks.

Take a look back at Chris Kaman's top five games with the New Orleans Hornets.

5. 1/9/2012: Hornets defeat Denver Nuggets 94-81

Here's a piece of trivia that most fans may not know. In 2011-12, New Orleans was 8-2 when Chris Kaman scored at least 20 points. The first such game was against the Nuggets early in the season. Besides scoring 20 points, he also added seven rebounds.

4. 2/22/2012: Hornets defeat Cleveland Cavaliers 89-84

Against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Chris Kaman basically did it all. He matched his season-high with six offensive rebounds, pulling down 13 total boards. His 21 points were his second highest scoring total of the year. Kaman also had three assists, two blocks and one steal for New Orleans.

3. 4/7/2012: Hornets defeat Minnesota Timberwolves 99-90

The Timberwolves were a shell of their former selves after the Ricky Rubio injury. In fact, losses like the one they endured on April 7th helped New Orleans get another top 10 draft pick. Besides posting his 15th double-double of the season, Chris Kaman scored 21 points on 9-10 shooting.

2. 3/22/2012: Hornets defeat Los Angeles Clippers 97-90

I'm sure Chris Kaman was motivated when he faced his former team, the Los Angeles Clippers. This was a highly charged game as Chris Paul and Al-Farouq Aminu also faced their former teams. New Orleans won as Kaman scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

1. 2/13/2012: Hornets defeat Utah Jazz 86-80

As I alluded to earlier, my respect for Chris Kaman grew exponentially when he returned to the Hornets after New Orleans failed to trade him. In just his third game back, Kaman had his best game of the season. He scored a season-high 27 points in the win over the Utah Jazz.

Patrick Michael was born in New Orleans and currently resides in the Big Easy. A loyal New Orleans NBA fan, Patrick was a diehard New Orleans Jazz fan and now cheers for the Hornets. Patrick was in attendance the night the Hornets were one win away from the Western Conference Finals. Follow Patrick Michael on Twitter at patmichael84.

Source

"Chris Kaman 2011-12 Game Log," basketball-reference.com

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