HoopsHype Robert Sacre rumors

March 7, 2013 Updates

The Los Angeles Lakers have assigned Darius Morris and Robert Sacre to the Los Angeles D-Fenders, the Lakers’ NBA Development League affiliate. Morris (6-4, 190, Michigan) has played in 42 games this season for Los Angeles, averaging 4.4 points, 1.7 assists and 1.2 rebounds. On Dec. 16, he tallied 15 points on 5-for-8 shooting from the field in a 111-98 win over the 76ers. He appeared in one game on assignment last season for the D-Fenders and scored 21 points in a 99-98 win over the Dakota Wizards. RealGM

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December 7, 2012 Updates

It's been a bizarre season for the Los Angeles Lakers, with coaching changes and a seemingly never-ending array of injuries causing a rocky start for the team. With that said, it almost came as no surprise in this anything-would-be-believable season that Lakers point guard Chris Duhon and backup big man Robert Sacre aren't just teammates; they're related. "His momma and my dad are second cousins," Sacre said before the Lakers played the New Orleans Hornets earlier this week. ESPN.com

November 28, 2012 Updates
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The Lakers have had a long history of great big men…celebrators. From Mark Madsen to Ronny Turiaf, the purple and gold always seem to have a big guy on their bench that knows how cheer on his mates. This year’s team has rookie big man Robert Sacre filling this role and he’s awesome at it. The former Gonzaga Bulldog (like Turiaf) has all sorts of moves — my personal favorite is that crab-hand kung fu chop — to show his support of a Laker big play. NBCSports.com

November 19, 2012 Updates
November 10, 2012 Updates

Guard Jodie Meeks may benefit with the coaching change given he had fallen out of Brown's rotation. "I had no idea so, just like everybody else," said Meeks. "We respected him and played hard for him." Rookie center Robert Sacre addressed expectations that surround the team. "We are the Lakers," said Sacre. "We have that across our chest. We are supposed to have 'Ws', and that's it." Los Angeles Times

October 30, 2012 Updates

MT: How did you come to the decision to keep 15 players on the roster, at least for now? Kupchak: In conjunction with our coach (Mike Brown) and (Executive VP of Player Personnel) Jim Buss, we hashed it out. There is a strategic approach to what you do involving (positions and salary), and amongst the three of us this is where we ended up. I wouldn't think Robert Sacre (being on the roster) is a surprise to anybody; he certainly showed that he deserved an extended look. On the other hand, he's gotten more of an opportunity than anyone else because of the injury to Dwight (Howard), and if you talked to some guys that have been here, they'd say they wish they'd had that opportunity. With that said, they've been here almost 28 days, and we feel like we know them pretty good. We're not always right, and we had to make decisions, and by and large the decisions have to be done at the end of camp. NBA.com

October 29, 2012 Updates

Keith Kreiter: Congrats to client, Robert Sacre for sticking with the Lakers-- Rob came up big throughout the pre-season-- earning a spot is well deserved Twitter @Edge_Sports

The Lakers have unofficially decided to go with 15 players to start the season. Teams are required by the league to submit their opening-night rosters on Monday. If non-guaranteed players Darius Johnson-Odom and Robert Sacre weren't going to make the team, they would have been cut before Sunday to allow for the 48-hour waiver period. Coach Mike Brown indicated after practice that he doesn't expect the team to drop any additional players before the start of the season. "I don't think so right now. I'll wait and see what management says and ownership," said Brown. "Right now this is where we stand. For how long? I don't know." Johnson-Odom and Sacre can be released at any point, until their deal becomes guaranteed in January (or sooner if specifically stipulated in their contracts). Los Angeles Times

Both Goudelock and Douglas-Roberts have since been waived; Johnson-Odom remains. "He's got a long way to go. He's a good guy, works hard, athletic, explosive," said Brown. "He's strong. He's got some intangibles." Don't expect Johnson-Odom to see the court much as a rookie. "He's a young guy that doesn't quite have a feel for the NBA game," said Brown. "It'd be some time before he's ready." Time is about all Johnson-Odom can ask for. "Coach Mike talked to me after practice today and said 'Just keep working.' There's not going to be a lot of reps for me in the beginning but I've just got to keep working," said Johnson-Odom. "I've just got to wait my turn. It's just not my time right now and hopefully I'll get that chance." Los Angeles Times

October 25, 2012 Updates

The Lakers have 13 guaranteed contracts already taking up spots on their roster. A team can carry a maximum of 15 players in the NBA, but sources indicate L.A. will probably stick with 14 and leave a roster spot open to save money on their already exorbitant salary sum, and to give them flexibility later in case they want to pick up an established veteran available on the market to give the bench some punch. Sacre already has outlasted four training camp invitees. Chris Douglas-Roberts, Greg Somogyi, Reeves Nelson and Ronnie Aguilar came and went as Sacre continues to live in a hotel close to the Lakers' facility in El Segundo, Calif., not knowing when he wakes up if it will be his last chance to walk to practice or if his NBA dream will continue. "He was a great guy," Sacre said about Somogyi, using the past tense to describe the 7-foot-3 center he banged up against all summer at voluntary workouts. "It's tough to see those guys leave, but that's the nature of the business." ESPN.com

October 24, 2012 Updates

Mike Brown: "He (Sacre) got a good one in practice the other day. But, you know what? He got hit and he just kept playing. He just kept playing. He didn’t say a single word, then it started gushing with blood. He went and saw the trainer and they plugged his nose and they sutured his nose and he went back out there and kept playing the rest of practice. He didn’t miss a beat. And you know, you want to earn respect as a big, tough, strong guy – especially with this team or in this league – and that’s how you do it. Sulia

October 23, 2012 Updates

The Lakers are leaning toward keeping 14 players on their roster, one below the NBA maximum, meaning Robert Sacre might be the only one to stay among three players with nonguaranteed contracts. Sacre, the last player taken in the June draft, has averaged 5.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 24 minutes in preseason with the Lakers. Andrew Goudelock and Darius Johnson-Odom haven't received much playing time in exhibition play and are longshots to make the roster. Chris Douglas-Roberts and Greg Somogyi were cut Monday. Los Angeles Times

I'm leaning more and more that it's Robert Sacre who makes the Lakers and that's it. I can't see Andrew Goudelock making it given Coach Brown is trying to develop him as a point guard - when the team already has FOUR point guards in Nash/Blake/Duhon/Morris. Darius Johnson-Odom is a nice prospect athletically but a 6'2" shooting guard can be a difficult fit when the team already has Kobe/Meeks/Ebanks at the position. Considering tax, I could see Lakers go with just 14. Sulia

Douglas-Roberts, a third-year player, played in four preseason games and averaged 4.0 points and 0.8 rebounds in 8.3 minutes. “(Douglas-Roberts) played well,” Coach Mike Brown said. “Obviously he didn’t play well enough to really stand out and earn that spot, but all four of the guys that we released … they made our camp competitive. They brought something to the table. That’s what you hope for from guys that you’re bringing to camp, that they can at least make it competitive.” Orange County Register

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