It doesn’t look like much, when Chris Kaman and Timofey Mozgov collided in the third quarter of Tuesday’s preseason contest between the Nuggets and Blazers.
But it was enough to require stitches, and the injury occurred in a somewhat gruesome fashion.
While playing defense, Kaman backed into Mozgov in an effort to box him out as a Denver player attempted a shot from the perimeter. But as Kaman pushed Mozgov, the 7-foot-1 center toppled on Kaman’s back and chomped down on his head with his teeth.
“I went back pretty hard and I must’ve hit him in the chest,” Kaman said, retelling the story. “He kind of folded over and his teeth went down on my head.”
Kaman instantly cupped his head, felt a gash and blood. He was pulled from the game and taken to the locker room, where he was given three stitches. After the game, he was wearing a big bandage on his balding head, but said he felt “pretty good.”
“It happened so fast, I was like, ‘What the heck?” Kaman said. “I felt his teeth kind of crush me in and I was like, ‘Crap, I know I’m going to need some stitches.”
That’s obviously nowhere near as bad as an opponent’s teeth becoming lodged in your arm, but it had to have been fairly unpleasant nonetheless.