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Clippers' Kaman becomes German citizen for Olympics

July 3, 2008 | 10:05 am

Chris Kaman The Associated Press reports today that the Clippers' Chris Kaman has received German citizenship and will team up with Dirk Nowitzki for Germany at an Olympic qualifying tournament later this month.

The 7-foot Kaman, whose great-grandparents were German, averaged 15.7 points and 12.7 rebounds last season with the Clippers.

The German team, which has not qualified for the Olympics since the 1992 Barcelona Games, will head to Athens for the July 14-20 qualifying event.

“We’ll be stronger under the baskets with Chris,” Nowitzki told AP.

-- Debbie Goffa

Photo: Chris Kaman blocks a shot by the New York Knicks' Eddy Curry last fall.

Credit: Alex Gallardo / Los Angeles Times