Tuesday , Dec , 08 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Doctors Discover Chris Kaman’s Vitamin D Deficiency

Kaman missed practice Nov. 12, but it wasn’t until two weeks ago during a doctor’s visit when he discovered why he felt listless: doctors diagnosed he was deficient in Vitamin D, which increases the flow of calcium into the bloodstream and helps prevent bones from becoming brittle.

Kaman played all 20 games and will suit up tonight when the Clippers (9-11) play host to the Orlando Magic (16-4), but he is not sure when he will be able to match that early-season stride.

"I wasn’t as active," said Kaman, who still leads the Clippers in scoring at 18.9 points per game. "I was tired and the fourth quarter came and I didn’t have the energy."

Since then, Kaman has invested in alternative energy sources.

He drinks Vitamin D milk and has been prescribed antibiotics, including herbal supplements.

To fix his abnormal sleeping patterns, Kaman takes melatonin supplements at night.