DALLAS -- Chris Kaman knows why Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been opening his wallet in recent years and signing some high-priced free agents.
"While I was there my first few four to six years, he was tight with everything,'' Kaman said Tuesday. "He didn’t want to spend the money.
"I think as he’s getting older he’s realizing, 'Hey, I don’t know how much time I have left. Whatever it is, I’m older. You can’t win in the grave.' ''
Kaman, who played for the Clippers from 2003-'10, now is the starting center for the Dallas Mavericks. He said since Sterling, 79, has lossen the purse strings, the Clippers have become relevant in the NBA.
"I think (Sterling is) like, close to 80 years old, and I think that he's seeing like, 'Hey, I'm getting older, "I'm not getting any younger, I want to try to win,' so he's putting that money out, '' Kaman said. "He built that practice facility, he's giving guys more leeway on the road trips, he's spending more money on the facilities.
"I think he's saying, 'Hey, I've got to spend some money, I want to try and get a winning franchise going.' And that's what he's done.''
Kaman and the Mavs will play Sterling's Clippers at 9:30 Wednesday night in Los Angeles.
-- Dwain Price
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