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Mavericks' Chris Kaman on league-mandated concussion test: 'It's the stupidest test ever'

Mavericks center Chris Kaman must pass a concussion test to start playing again. (Fernando Medina/National Basketball) Mavericks center Chris Kaman must pass a concussion test to start playing again. (Fernando Medina/National Basketball)

Dallas Mavericks center Chris Kaman had plenty of things to say about the NBA's mandate that players that are concussed must pass a series of tests in order to be cleared to play.

Kaman hit his head on the floor during a practice on Jan. 28. Since then his playing time has been cut significantly, playing a total of 22 minutes in the Mavericks past two games.

Kaman, who is averaging 12.6 points and 6.2 rebounds a game this season, says he will do the test to get back on the floor.

"I got to take it tomorrow," Kaman said to ESPN.com. "It's the stupidest test ever. For so many years in the NBA, they never had to do that stuff, and now they come up with all that concussion protocol crap. It's not cool, but it is cool, I guess. It keeps people safe. I just try to do the right things and wait until I can pass the test."
The NBA put in the protocol for concussion test in December 2011, citing player safety. Any player diagnosed with a concussion will have to complete a series of steps to confirm that he is healthy enough to play.

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