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Devin Ebanks to remain sidelined at least for another three weeks; Derrick Caracter jokes he's ducking out of rookie duties

March 29, 2011 |  2:27 pm

At least Devin Ebanks is maintaining his sense of humor.

It's hard to notice because of his standing with the team (rookie forward) and personality (even-keeled and stoic, at least to the media). But those wondering how he's handling the news that he'll be sidelined at least another three weeks because of a stress fracture in his left tibia should be comforted that he remained in high spirits during Tuesday's practice. Because the MRI he had on Monday revealed his leg has not healed enough for him to play, Ebanks will be confined for the rest of the regular season to shooting drills, weightlifting and passing to other teammates during their shooting drills. Even if the quote below suggests otherwise, Ebanks is keeping a positive attitude.

"It's definitely stressful, especially being in practice and wanting to be out there with your teammates," said Ebanks, who has played a limited role, appearing in 20 games and averaging 3.1 points and 1.4 rebounds in 5.9 minutes per contest. "Even when you're sitting on the sideline with the team, you don't really feel a part of it."

Don't think Ebanks is being too emotional. He was still in a good-enough mood to take digs at fellow rookie Derrick Caracter. Caracter joked that Ebanks has been ducking out of the rookie duties, such as picking up towels and water bottles and carrying luggage. That prompted Ebanks to draw a picture showing  Caracter carrying oranges, which Ebanks says Caracter eats by the bushel on the bench. Those looking for a masterpiece will be disappointed, however. I recall drawing something like this in kindergarten.

-- Mark Medina

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