In standard Einsteinian physics, time moves in one direction. Most of us have become fairly comfortable with this concept. For instance, we know that the next Clippers game is scheduled for Wednesday, which is two days in what is commonly referred to as the future. With the passage of time, as two days elapse, we should expect to see the Clippers play the Hawks.
The basic formula is fairly straightforward. If we have an estimate of the time remaining until a future event, and time has elapsed since that estimate, we can subtract the elapsed time from the original estimate to arrive at a new estimate.
rTR = oTR - ET
- rTR = Revised Time Remaining
- oTR = Original Time Remaining and
- ET = Elapsed Time.
However, in the case of Chris Kaman and his injured foot, an entirely different and intriguing pattern is emerging. As he rests his foot, the time remaining until his foot will be healed continues to increase rather than decreasing as one would expect given the presumed nature of the spacetime continuum. In fact, a distinct pattern has emerged that makes scientists believe this could in fact be evidence of a long sought space time anomaly, and not just a series of mis-diagnoses or medical set backs. In short, the pattern is too precise to simply be a series of random mistakes.
Each time a new estimate of the time remaining until his foot is healed is provided, it is exactly the same as the total time elapsed since the original event (in this case, since he was first injured). In other words, instead of:
rTR = oTR - ET
In the case of Kaman's foot the pattern that has emerged is
rTR = ET
without regard for the original time remaining. His revised time remaining to be able to play is always exactly equal to the elapsed time since the injury. Fascinating.
This has the net effect of making time appear to run backwards in the case of Kaman's foot: with each passing day, he gets further away from his time based destination rather than closer to it. However, researchers caution that it's more complex than that. Time is not running backwards per se - rather the passage of time is simply displaying a heretofore unknown behavior as regards Chris Kaman's foot. It is not yet known whether other portions of Kaman's anatomy exhibit the same phenomenon.
The data in this case are undeniable:
- After Kaman first sustained the injury, he skipped a shootaround and was deemed a game-time decision for the Clippers meeting with the Nuggets on November 26. He played in the game. In other words, no time missed, and he did not miss the next game.
- Prior to the next game, he was listed as questionable and still considered a game time decision. However, something happened at that point to interrupt the pattern of no time missed and set in place the new phenomenon. He sat out the final three quarters of the Nuggets game, and set the anomaly into motion.
- On November 30, after he missed his first full game against the Heat, it was reported that he would be out 'one to two weeks'. In the same story it was also revealed that he had actually sustained the injury on Nov. 19 against the Thunder, 11 days prior to the report in question. 11 days... one to two weeks.... Coincidence? Perhaps.
- Days later, on December 2, the estimate was revised to 'two weeks'. So the estimate of 'one to two weeks' had been increased to 'two weeks' rather than decreased as one would have expected with the passage of time.
- On December 13, his estimated return was set for 'around Christmas' - something of a shock to Clipper fans. Since he'd already missed the two weeks of the last available estimate, he should have been taking the court. As it happens, November 29 (his first game missed) until December 13 is 15 days. The Clippers first scheduled game after Christmas was December 28 - 15 days into the future. Eerie.
- January 11th, it was reported that based on a meeting with a foot specialist he would be out 'through all star break'. The meeting with the foot specialist probably occurred on January 8th. The Clippers first game after the All Star Break is February 17th. November 29th to January 8th is 40 days. January 8th to February 17th is 40 days. rTR = ET. The data do not lie.
At this rate, it's abundantly clear that the Clippers will announce during the All Star Break that Kaman is out for the season, as he will have been out for over 11 weeks, and there will be fewer than 9 weeks left in the season at that point. It remains to be seen if this particular anomaly has the ability to span NBA seasons - if so, Kaman will never play basketball again.
There are several theories as to what may be causing this spacetime anomaly.
One theory centers on the widespread use of DVRs in watching sports. Sports fans now have the ability to bend the space time continuum - to delay the beginning of NBA games to suit their schedules, to travel forward through time to miss boring free throws and time outs - it is possible that Kaman's foot is just an early manifestation of previously unforeseen problems stemming from this fraying of the fabric of spacetime. Call it the TiVo Syndrome.
Or it could be something related to Kaman himself. As one scientist put it in attempting to explain the anomaly: "He's a pretty strange dude."
Finally, there's the "Riff Raff theory" espoused by Dr. Frank N. Furter. It holds that Kaman is in fact a time-traveling butler from the planet Transylvania.
The visual evidence supporting his (her?) theory is strong indeed.
Let's do the Time Warp again!