GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Chris Kaman will join a special club this year: He’s being inducted into the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame.
Kaman played basketball for Tri-Unity Christian High School, then Central Michigan University. He was drafted to the NBA in 2003 and spent 13 years there.
“I think I was just blessed,” Kaman said. “I always dreamed of it … I did not know I was any good at basketball until my third year of college when we played Michigan at Michigan and we beat them. I had a really good game and everybody was talking about it. I wouldn’t have thought I could go to the NBA.”
He said it never occurred to him who the scouts who started showing up at games were there to watch.
“My teammates were like, ‘They’re coming to watch you, you idiot,'” he said. “Then I started to click and put things together.”
==Above, Kaman speaks with 24 Hour News 8 about his time in the NBA and about the league today.==
The induction ceremony has been scheduled for Sept. 25 at Van Andel Arena.
Other members of the 2018 class include Ottawa Hills High School graduate and former NFL linebacker David Harris, longtime Grand Rapids Community College basketball coach Gene Paxton and former Michigan State University women’s golf coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll.
The 2018 Warren Reynolds Lifetime Achievement Award will go to Jim Haskins, the longtime commissioner of the O-K Conference. Football officials Carl Paganelli Sr., Carl Pagenelli Jr., Perry Paganelli and Dino Paganelli are being named the Outstanding Team Honorees.
Tickets for the induction ceremony will cost $25. Purchasing information will be released soon.