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January 6, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Robert Sacre scored 22 points on Saturday night for the D-Fenders, playing in his first game since the Lakers reassigned him to the D-League. Despite the strong game from the rookie center, the D-Fenders dropped their third-straight (104-92), losing to the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Sacre hit on 10 of 17 from the field and collected five rebounds. Fellow Laker Darius Johnson-Odom had 15 points, four rebounds and five assists. This was Sacre's fourth game of the year for the D-Fenders, averaging 11.3 points and 8.5 rebounds a night.
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March 30, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Chris Kaman found time to joke about his best game with the Lakers. The rest of the season, excruciating at worst and challenging at best, melted behind him. He had 28 points, 17 rebounds and six assists in an easy 115-99 victory Sunday over the Phoenix Suns. "I actually thought I had 30 because my career high was 29 a bunch of times. That last play, Jodie [ Meeks ] was open so I threw it to him," Kaman said. Had he shot it down low on that late fourth-quarter play, it probably would have gone in. Kaman didn't mind on a night he made 13 of 19 shots.
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November 28, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers have assigned rookie center Robert Sacre to the D-Fenders. Sacre hasn't gotten much of an opportunity to play for the Lakers during the regular season, sitting behind Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol and Jordan Hill in the rotation. The 7-foot Gonzaga Bulldog was taken with the 60th pick in the 2012 NBA draft. After a busy preseason, starting while Howard was out recovering from back surgery, Sacre has made just eight appearances this year for a total of 19 minutes. He'll join Darius Johnson-Odom with the Lakers' D-League affiliate.
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March 29, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
He's often the forgotten one in the Lakers' mash-up of who's coming-who's going after this season. It's easy to understand why Robert Sacre is overlooked even though he's one of only four Lakers under contract after June - three if you toss out Nick Young , who is expected to decline a player option for $1.2 million. In the race to analyze/criticize the $23.5 million coming to Kobe Bryant next season and the $9.7 million due to Steve Nash , Sacre's $915,243 just doesn't measure up. But he'll be here unless he's traded.
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January 7, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers have waived rookie guard Darius Johnson-Odom. Johnson-Odom played in just four games for the Lakers this season but has spent most of his time with the team's D-League affiliate where he's the D-Fenders' leading scorer at 20.6 points per game. Monday is the final day for teams to cut players on non-guaranteed contracts; otherwise contracts lock in for the remainder of the season. That's good news for fellow rookie Robert Sacre is that his contract will now be guaranteed for the year.  With Dwight Howard (torn labrum)
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October 12, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan
Maybe Robert Sacre isn't so irrelevant after all. The rookie center out of Gonzaga might make the Lakers' roster after showing some muscle and ability in the exhibition season. Sacre was the 60th and last player taken in the NBA draft in June, a position known in the much longer NFL draft as "Mr. Irrelevant. " If Sacre is still on the roster for the Oct. 30 season opener against Dallas, it's not a sure thing he'll be on it the rest of the season. He has a non-guaranteed contract that pays him $474,000 and becomes guaranteed the rest of the season only if he is on the roster in early January.
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June 29, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Each time NBA Commissioner David Stern and his deputy, Adam Silver, ticked off the latest draft selection, it became more likely Gonzaga center Robert Sacre wouldn't reach the professional ranks. After finishing second in school history with 186 blocked shots, Sacre figured a team would draft him sometime in the second round, possibly even late in the first. But Sacre waited and waited until the Lakers selected him with the last pick (60th overall). Instead of bemoaning his fallen draft stock, Sacre simply thought "best for last" before waxing nostalgic about the Lakers' storied history.
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October 8, 2012 | By Mark Medina
It appears the circumstances surrounding Robert Sacre's first career start in the Lakers' preseason opener   had little to do with his skill set. The Lakers already penciled out Dwight Howard as he rehabs from back surgery. Lakers Coach Mike Brown wanted Pau Gasol to stay mostly at power forward and keep the the bench rotation intact. When it came to deciding between Sacre, the Lakers' second-round draft pick, or 7-foot-3 rookie Greg Somogyi, Brown said he may consider just flipping a coin.
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July 10, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
Robert Sacre was delighted. It had nothing to do with signing a one-year contract with the Lakers. "Is that a Canucks hat?" he said half-amazed to a reporter wearing one Wednesday. Sacre, a native of Canada, is willing to talk about hockey or really anything else as one of the few always-ebullient players on last season's downtrodden Lakers team. He's happy to be back with the Lakers for about $1 million. "I feel situated here, I feel comfortable here and I enjoy it," Sacre said Wednesday.
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March 26, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
MILWAUKEE - It's been a common theme this season, all those Lakers in the last year of their contracts. It can lead to friction - Pau Gasol poked at the selfishness of some teammates after a loss last month in Memphis - and can obviously lead to frayed play. But Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni has a different view. He hopes everybody is incentivized to play the final 12 games with a purpose, even if it's primarily financial. "They're auditioning for 29 general managers.
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March 21, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Washington Wizards 117 - Lakers 107 (end of regulation) The Lakers' race to the bottom continued on Friday night, in a 117-107 loss to the Washington Wizards at Staples Center -- but team fought until the end, almost literally. With just over two minutes left in the fourth, Nick Young and Drew Gooden got into a scuffle after battling for a rebound. Gooden was called for a flagrant 2 and ejected. Young was given a technical, after pushing Gooden, in what appeared to be the face.
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March 19, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers gave the San Antonio Spurs a challenge on Wednesday night at Staples Center, fading in the fourth quarter as the best team in the Western Conference took out one of the worst, 123-109. Spurs point guard Tony Parker scored 25 points on 11-of-16 shooting while forward  Kawhi Leonard chipped in with a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds, as did Tim Duncan, who had 12 points, 16 rebounds and six assists. The Lakers kept close with a 19-point effort in the first half from forward Xavier Henry, who finished with 24.  Pau Gasolalso  scored 24, to go along with 10 rebounds and six assists.
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March 17, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
For the Lakers in Week 20, what happened off the court was far more interesting than the road losses against the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs. It wasn't surprising that the team fell to the top teams in the NBA on successive nights.  The Thunder beat the Lakers 131-102 and the Spurs had an easy night with a 119-85 victory. On Wednesday, the team announced that Kobe Bryant will be out for the rest of the season . Bryant had said he was frustrated by the slow progress of his knee injury, which has kept him out of action since mid-December.
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March 16, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
It was one of the Lakers' few sunshine moments this season, a historically bizarre victory in Cleveland when backup center Robert Sacre was allowed to keep playing despite picking up a sixth foul. The serenity, though, was short-lived. As Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni walked to the team bus in the underbelly of Quicken Loans Arena, he was heckled by fans cordoned behind a rope. "Where's Phil Jackson?" one of them yelled in a surprisingly loud outburst. "Your team is awful!"
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March 15, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers were the first NBA team to be eliminated from postseason contention with their 119-85 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night. That loss coupled with the Phoenix Suns' 87-80 victory over the Boston Celtics was enough to officially and mathematically knock the Lakers out of the postseason -- not that they had any real chance of a playoff run. The elimination is nothing more than a formality. Even though the eighth-place Memphis Grizzlies lost on Friday, 99-86, to the Toronto Raptors, the Lakers can no longer catch Memphis (38-27)
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March 14, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
In early February, the Lakers ran out of players in an odd win at Cleveland over the Cavaliers, 119-108. On Thursday, Joe Borgia, the NBA's vice president of referee operations, gave his perspective (via NBA TV ) on the strange final minutes that saw Lakers center Robert Sacre finishing the game despite collecting his sixth personal foul. "We have to have five players on the court at all times," Borgia said. "If there are no available substitutes to come in the game, the player who fouls out has to remain in the game" The Lakers started the game short-handed, with Kobe Bryant, Jordan Hill, Pau Gasol and Jodie Meeks all out with injuries.  Nick Young bruised his knee during the game.
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March 11, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers are destined to have a high pick in June's NBA draft, but the franchise won't know where it is  picking until the draft lottery on May 20. One of the top prospects in the draft, Kansas center Joel Embiid, received some disappointing news on Monday. According to the Associated Press, Embiid has a stress fracture in his lower back, which will knock him out of the Big 12 tournament and could sideline him for the first week of the NCAA tournament. Assuming he suffers no setbacks, the Jayhawks may need to survive a couple of rounds without their starting center.
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