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Derrick Caracter sent by Lakers to D-League team in Bakersfield

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In an effort to get their rookie power forward some playing time, the Lakers assigned Derrick Caracter to the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League on Tuesday.

Caracter, a second-round pick (58th overall) out of the University of Texas El Paso, played in just 40 games this season for the Lakers.

He averaged just 5.3 minutes, two points and 1.1 rebounds.

Caracter will join the Jam in time to play in a game Wednesday night in Utah against the Utah Flash.

-- Broderick Turner

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Photo: Lakers forward Derrick Caracter dunks the ball against the Nuggets during a pre-season game Oct. 20, 2010 at the Staples Center. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

 
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Why is Character being sent to the D League, while Luke Walton is still in the NBA? Makes absolutely no sense. Luke would get dominated in the D League, and has no business getting minutes with this team.

It's kinda funny to argue the GOAT. MJ was MJ, great. Magic and Bird brought the NBA back! Kobe is great. Bill Russell with 11 Rings, wow! Kareem, mostly unstoppable. Seems to me like a top five or so and flip the coin.

Off topic but I'm confident Chicago is a welcome opponent in the finals because they lack the size to beat us. Boston has three proven stars so they'll be tough but we have a better bench than last year and a healthier Bynum whereas they're minus Perkins so even with a declining Kobe we'll beat them homecourt or not. The team that worries me the most is the Heat who will AT MOST lose one more game before the playoffs (super easy remaining schedule) meaning we can only lose one more game to secure home court against them in the finals which is a tall order considering we have 3 more back to backs along w/ games against Dallas San Antonio Oklahoma Denver and Portland in Portland.

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Here's hoping Derrick gets some good pt and meaningful experience; in fact, I hope we dominate so much in the playoffs that he picks up plenty of 4th quarter garbage time, stomping over the remains of our helpless, swept playoff-victim-cadavers. Waaa haaa haaa haaa haaaaa!!!

...sorry, don't know what came over me.

DEbanks has a bright future...patience is a virtue.

@mclyne – I agree Kobe’s legend will grow with many, but he’s so divisive that many will still short change him.


@63 Footer – nice grey 4peat…ha…got me feeling older by the seconds. I never listened to all the lyrics on that LCD before. Hilarious.

Posted by: hobbitmage | March 29, 2011 at 03:35 PM


Hobbit:

If an open player shoots and misses then I see no problem because it was in the context of team offense, I hope. Sure Ron has taken shots but was immediately asked not to by Phil and no problems thereafter. In contrast to a player that continues to take very difficult shot with one on five moves, over and over again, to the detriment of the outcome then I view it as a misguided effort or as Phil stated " ball domination". And we all know how much of a showman, a HAM Kobe is, and he has put on a performance to the tune of 80, 60 points resulting in another regular season W. You conveniently resorted to stats for Dfish and Ron but were those shots and misses out of the team context, where both of these players held on to the ball, dribbled and took on the rest of the team and misssed? It has to do more with the flow of the game as BB is a game of rhythm, and ball domination and BB rhythm are like oil and vinegar.

Poor ebanks and caracter.. Playin in the ncaa tourney sure beats playin in the D-league.. In hindsight had they known phillip would be their coach I'm sure they stay in school another year. Life can be a tough sometimes.

G MPG FG% FT% RPG APG SPG TO PPG
10-11 73 33.9 0.454 0.832 5.2 4.8 1.2 2.9 25.2
Career 36.4 0.455 0.838 5.3 4.7 1.5 2.9 25.3

Trying to figure where Kobe is slowing down? This season's stats mirror his career averages.

Jon K,

Thanks for the update on justanothermambafan... It concerns me, too. Before I met my wife, she had to deal with a stalker and it is scary as hell. It's chilling to think of so many mentally-people out there who cannot respect other people's freedom.

Does this mean Ratliff is on the roster now??? Besides Caracter and Ebanks, there are only 11 healthy players on the Lakers' current roster....

Posted by: D(erek)J(eter) | March 29, 2011 at 04:21 PM

Does being the greatest matter? Unless it can solve the world problems :). Greatest of civilization have come and gone and this one shall too. So called the "greatest" shall one day be 6 feet under the ground taking their "est" with them, dust to dust!!

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I think you should cheat, and send email to MM. :)

Posted by: hobbitmage | March 29, 2011 at 03:55 PM

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CHEAT? Naw...you mean like LeBrick and the Cavs trading Big Z, knowing they will resign him due to a loophole...

Cheaters never prosper...and Karma will come back to haunt you...What happened to LeBrick and the Cavs again...hehehe...Besides, this has really peaked my curiosity...Well I know one thing...I wasn't the RSP...lmao...

island priest - please let it go...you are fighting a no win situation...and your timing is weak...Please don't try to convince us of Kobe deficiencies when he just won WC Player of the week, and he has his team primed and positioned to win #17...

LRob - I found a great song for Pau...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5CUHHGlQg0
Good luck in the FBB Finals...I know Pau will be huge for you...

63 Footer - great to see you...nice group of selections...The music knowledge of you, LRob, mclyne, GDub, ms, and the rest, is a great part of this blog...

Even I was also guilty of it...no reason to discuss MJ...not while we are in the thick of our next bling...

Once again...let's not take Denver for granted...Go Lakers!!!

Really, no. Just fun for current conversation and discussion. Seems like the GOAT in a sport is just that and that only and obviously how people view it. You know, like was Babe the best baseball had (has) to offer? Or was it Hank or Ted or Lou? Could be Arod or Albert?

Posted by: Laker Kev | March 29, 2011 at 04:41 PM

I suspect someone from this blog, is it in the realm of possibilities? Let me put on my Dr, Watson hat on and think back on some of the interactions between offended and the one on offense.

I suggest we nominate Hobbit to do the research and go back into the archives to draw some patterns!!

@Lakerpeace,

yeah, i been wondering what's up with Ratliff. He still can play interior D well enough against the opposing bench Center/PF.

I think Phil is just saving that guy's legs for the playoffs...

He would have been useful in garbage time, but the bench couldn't quite figure out how to keep leads in most games.

I think Kobe is plenty popular enough to get the award, he got it in 2008. I just can't see him taking a large enough role to get the numbers needed to get it when he's going up against people who have larger roles on their teams.

The regular season MVP only focuses on the regular season so anything that happens after that doesn't count toward the award. Sometimes I feel like that should be changed because the first few rounds of the playoffs are completely left out of all awards but it is what it is.

Posted by: Bay to LA | March 29, 2011 at 03:01 PM
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The sportswriters hate Kobe's guts. In 2006, when even Bill Simmons admits that Kobe should have won it going away, Kobe finished FOURTH in the voting. That's right, FOURTH! Kobe won in 2008 because he backed the sportswriters into a corner. The first half of the season it was LeBron or Kobe. The second half of the season it was CP3 or Kobe. But it was ALWAYS Kobe in the discussion and NEVER LeBron vs. CP3. Then he led his team to the #1 seeding in a conference loaded with 50 win teams. they had no choice. By your reasoning, and by Bill Simmons reasoning for 2008, CP3 should have won the MVP. Simmons went so far as to call it a "travesty."

I agree with you that the MVP should not be decided until after the playoffs so that a player's entire body of work can be evaluated for that season. Using the regular season alone makes it somewhat farcical.

As for Kobe not playing a "large enough role," who are you kidding? Never mind his 25-5-5, no player in the league impacts opposing teams' defenses quite like Kobe does. Even though did spend a great deal of the first half of the season playing free safety on defense, recently he has kicked it up a notch and he is still recognized by the vast majority of head coaches in the league as one of the very the best perimeter defenders. When Kobe Bryant is on the floor, his impact on the game is as great as ANY player in the game. Don't kid yourself; he's probably as deserving as any player, but he's not interested in it and won't get it. He's only interested in climbing the Bill Russell ladder.

And that's just fine with me.

As Laker Truth said, makes no sense why rookies, especially good future players like Caracter and Ebanks get squat from PJ while Luke Walton continues to play. Absolutely ridiculous! I hope the new coach realizes that the Lakers need young players to step up and play against NBA players, not D-Leaguers. It's not like veterans don't make mistakes in a game either!

"As for Kobe not playing a "large enough role," who are you kidding? Never mind his 25-5-5, no player in the league impacts opposing teams' defenses quite like Kobe does. Even though did spend a great deal of the first half of the season playing free safety on defense, recently he has kicked it up a notch and he is still recognized by the vast majority of head coaches in the league as one of the very the best perimeter defenders. When Kobe Bryant is on the floor, his impact on the game is as great as ANY player in the game. Don't kid yourself; he's probably as deserving as any player, but he's not interested in it and won't get it. He's only interested in climbing the Bill Russell ladder.

And that's just fine with me.

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | March 29, 2011 at 05:08 PM "

I think you're misinterpreting what I am saying when I am talking about roles. He was behind LeBron in every statistical category the last couple years and the Cavs had the better record as well. By playing within the team rather than functioning as a one man team like LeBron, there was no way for him to win.

My reasoning doesn't say Chris Paul should have been the MVP in 2008, I said in my last post that when Gasol arrived and they had the top record to go along with his numbers, the award was his. Chris Paul had a great year and he was in the conversation but Kobe won by a huge margin in the voting.

In contrast, your reasoning for Kobe in 2006 would say that LeBron should have been the MVP instead of Kobe in 2008. LeBron in 2008 is the prime example of why players on 40-something win teams are overlooked in MVP voting.

@LakerTruth & GG "As Laker Truth said, makes no sense why rookies, especially good future players like Caracter and Ebanks get squat from PJ while Luke Walton continues to play."

Well, Wrong. The "sense" is that Luke Walton is an experienced player who knows how the Triangle works. Yes, he is hampered by his original physical limitations and amplified even more by his injuries. That is why he doesn't play much anymore these days. But when you get down to where your 11th or 12th man is asked to play a few important minutes in a big-time game you really do want someone able to work within your offensive scheme and Luke can do that. Rookies? Not so much. Bottom line, you need someone in there who will not completely screw up your flow. Yes, Walton will make a bad play now and then, but he generally does not compound it on the following sequence. Besides, there is no way the Lakers would send Walton down to the D-League. I don't even think the player rules would ALLOW such a transfer for a multi-seasoned veteran. The reason for sending rookies to D-League is to GET THEM SOME PLAYING TIME so they can work on their game(s). They won't get it sitting on the bench and playing 2 or 3 minutes every once in a while, and the won't get it carrying Kobe or Pau's or Lamar's bags to the bus, either.

Yes, there is no doubt the Lakers would like to be getting more for their $$ from Walton, and judging from how often he's listed as "DNP - coach's decision" these days it's obvious PJ doesn't think he's in good enough playing shape to contribute much.

Laker Kev,

Agreed.

I miss justanothermambafan and her contribution to this blog. I'd like to reach out to her, but she's asked us not to. So I guess we need to respect her wishes.

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Yes, there is no doubt the Lakers would like to be getting more for their $$ from Walton, and judging from how often he's listed as "DNP - coach's decision" these days it's obvious PJ doesn't think he's in good enough playing shape to contribute much.

Posted by: Tax Analyst | March 29, 2011 at 05:50 PM

I don't like to bash any Laker, but I don't think Luke's health is the reason he's not called upon. He's just not that good of a player. I think that many on here, including myself, would have liked to have seen Ebanks get more of a chance. Luke's presence and contract essentially blocked that.

@bronxlakerfan "I don't like to bash any Laker, but I don't think Luke's health is the reason he's not called upon. He's just not that good of a player. I think that many on here, including myself, would have liked to have seen Ebanks get more of a chance. Luke's presence and contract essentially blocked that."

Well, that's some reasonable speculation, but as you mention in the last sentence there is a monetary/contractual consideration involved that just cannot be ignored. That said, in a situation calling for the 10th, 11th or 12th man to be on the court in a close play-off game I would still rather have Walton out there than a rookie. I guess I side with PJ on that - the play-offs are just not the right time for a mostly unplayed rookie to shuck his trainin wheels. If nothing else, Walton can usually make a decent inbounds pass or feed to an inside post from the top of the key. Again, you're looking for fundamentals in those situations, not athletic potential.

I guess I've just totally bought into PJ's style and methods, although I was originally more than a little skeptical. I've seen the results while he's been here, and more importantly, I've seen the results during his absence after the loss to the Pistons a few years back. What I have observed and absorbed is that Jackson probably has the best handle on the Big Picture of anyone who has ever coached in the NBA. In the 60's it was clearly Red Auerbach(and boy, it pains me to say that), but since then no coach has grabbed as many title rings as Mr. Jackson, and I guarantee that this has not been an accident.

DEbanks has a bright future...patience is a virtue.

Posted by: LRob | March 29, 2011 at 04:26 PM
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Oops, I thought headline said Ebanks was sent down. Anyway Caracter needs some minutes so its a good thing for him. Hmmm, maybe Theo is close to returning.

This definitely means Theo is at least on the verge of returning. We'll definitely get an update at tomorrow's practice. I also miss justanothermambafan's presence, but hopefully things die down so that she feels compelled to return

I honestly think Chicago would be a tougher draw for the Lakers than Boston at this point. Derrick Rose is absolutely ridiculous. Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah may not have an advantage over Pau and Andrew, but it'd still be competitive enough. It just seems like Boston is going to shrivel up with age. Trading away Perk was a terrible idea.

" Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah may not have an advantage over Pau and Andrew, but it'd still be competitive enough.

Posted by: Mark Medina | March 29, 2011 at 08:22 PM
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I can see Boozer and Noah BANG the boards and give our bigs problems because of their tenacity and strength/will, so I would say the Bulls are definitely a trap opponent. Pau would have to step up bigger than we have seen him as far as holding his ground and try to no get out-quicked by Noah and Boozer.

Nice Pic of Caracter!

Caracter was a force playing in the CUSA.

But like Laker Truth divulges, Luke Walton is missing something.... Send Walton to the Bakerfield Jam.

@Tax Analyst

I think you completely missed the point. First of all, PJ would never use a 10th, 11th, or 12th man in the playoffs, barring an injury to several players (heaven forbid!), so that's a moot point. Second, Walton still gets significant minutes when the second unit comes in (at least in several games I've seen). Those minutes would have better served Caracter and/or Ebanks. Finally, I don't care how fundamentally "sound" or even if he is a genius at the triangle, Walton does not do anything but turn the ball over or shoot an airball. That in no way contributes to the "flow" of the offense, and he surely does nothing to help the defense (something which Ebanks and Caracter CAN DO DECENT IN, even though they are rookies). So enough with siding with PJ and his "screw the rookies" attitude, these guys need decent minutes and will serve the Lakers well in the future with play time, not D-League time. And it doesn't have to be in the playoffs, but in regular season games at that...


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