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Chris Kaman's most distinctive China memory? Dirk Nowitzki being mobbed ...
Kaman played on the German national team at the 2008 Olympics and recalled a time where a pack of about 1,000 volunteers surrounded his then teammate, Dirk Nowitzki.
“'Photo! Photo! Photo! Photo!' They don’t speak good English, but they know they want a picture," Kaman recalled. "It’s crazy. They’re all like little puppy dogs putting a picture out for an autograph."
Kaman had other thoughts on the world's most populated country and its 1.3 billion inhabitants:
- "There’s so many people. They had to switch days that the cars could drives on the roads. Anybody with a license plate that finished in an odd number couldn’t drive on Tuesdays and Thursdays and every other Saturday and all the even numbers couldn’t drive Monday, Wednesday and Friday. It was crazy."
- "Everybody has bikes, too. There’s so many freaking bikes it’s unbelievable."
And finally, Kaman's guide to get himself through the next nine days:
- "Don’t eat things from street vendors. There’s like little rules. And basically, obviously everybody knows it’s a communist country. Their laws are different from ours. The police can detain you for reason if they want because it’s communism. They decide to make the rules. So, you just got to be careful in knowing where you’re going, what you’re doing and trying to have someone with you who knows what they’re talking about.
"It’s not a free country. You just got to remember that."
Read more about the Lakers trip to China here: http://espn.go.com/blog/los-angeles/lakers/post/_/id/37424/mixed-emotions-for-the-lakers-on-their-trip-to-china