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Lakers sign Trey Johnson and recall Derrick Caracter from Bakersfield Jam

Lcw33lnc In a move to address their depleting roster, the Lakers signed Trey Johnson and recalled Derrick Caracter from the Bakersfield Jam and will be available to play in the team's season finale Wednesday against the Lakers.

These movies coincide with a number of absences that began plaguing the Lakers before their 102-93 victory Wednesday over the Spurs. The Lakers are without Lakers reserves Steve Blake (chicken pox) and Matt Barnes (sore right knee) for an undetermined amount of time, while center Andrew Bynum plans to have an MRI today after hyperextending his right knee.

Caracter has been sent down twice to Bakersfield, appearing in three regular season games, averaging 8.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 0.67 blocks in 19.7 minutes. In two playoff games with the Jam, he averaged 7.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 1.50 blocks in 21.5 minutes. He was sent down to two weeks as soon as Theo Ratliff was cleared to play following a five-month rehab. Caracter also returned last week as insurance policy because of uncertainty surrounding Pau Gasol's bone bruise in his right knee. Caracter, whom the Lakers acquired with the 58th pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, has appeared in 40 games for the Lakers this season, averaging 2.0 points and 1.1 rebounds in 5.3 minutes.

Meanwhile, Johnson has ranked second in the Development League in scoring this season (25.5 points per game) after the Lakers waived him on Oct. 21 after appearing in five preseason games, averaging 2.8 points, 1.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 8.8 minutes.

--Mark Medina

E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: Lakers reserve center Derrick Caracter steals the ball from Kings forward Demarcus Cousins in the fourth quarter Friday, Dec. 3, 2010, at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

 
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@JON K ... I do not disagree with you that political correctness does get carried away to extremes but to me calling somebody the “f” word is just as bad as calling them the “n” word. I not only find it offensive but also find people glossing over it to be callously insensitive. There is no excuse. Kobe’s comments were socially unacceptable and I lose respect for anybody who does not understand this. A sincere apology is in order and I am sure that Kobe will rightfully own up and make such as apology.
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TOM

MM

I thought MRI was scheduled for 11:00AM its now 12:06PST?? WTH? This wait is killing me! Tick tock tick tock...

yellofever - Hold on for a second. I just said that it was planned just because we don't know the results yet. Nothing has changed. When we know the results, we'll post the news


@NBA4EVER & ART... Thanks for your comments. For the record, I don’t think Kobe hates gay men. We all at some time or another have been guilty of saying terribly unacceptable and inappropriate comments. Kobe was distraught and said something that I believe he knows was not right or proper and that he did not really mean. I am sure he will sincerely apologize. He is better than that and I know at heart that most of the people on this blog are better than some of the comments I’m seeing. Let’s not let our love of the Lakers condone the use of hateful and divisive names for any minority group in our society. It only reflects badly on us as human beings and responsible adults.
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TOM

Has anyone seen Trey Johnson play?

I love his numbers.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

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S Perkins,

There's nothing politically correct about defending an individual.

The delusion of political correctness is that any generalization is evil--which is just plain stupid.

Generalizations, even emotionally charged positive or negative generalizations, have their place and beneficial functionality in discourse. They are just not intellectually valid to utilize in analysis of any given individual nor specific event.

No individual should be categorized by a generalization.

And an exception does not undo the validity of a generalization.

These rules apply to everyone equally independent of what generalization (religion, ethnic group, class, gender, sexual orientation, etc.) someone else might throw you into.

DEREK FISHER ROCKS!!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

Finally a new non-political post!

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Laker Tom,

Like I said, if he REALLY wanted to offend the ref, he should have called him "Justin Bieber." Not THAT is a real insult.

Words have power when we give them artificial power. Artificial power comes from making words (WORDS! Not actions! WORDS!!! It's crazy.) taboo.

Seriously, how insane is it to make a work or a dialog taboo?

What kind of crazy, dysfunctional, control freak makes that a priority?

Retarded.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

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Laker Tom,

Like I said, if he REALLY wanted to offend the ref, he should have called him "Justin Bieber." Not THAT is a real insult.

Words have power when we give them artificial power. Artificial power comes from making words (WORDS! Not actions! WORDS!!! It's crazy.) taboo.

Seriously, how insane is it to make a work or a dialog taboo?

What kind of crazy, dysfunctional, control freak makes that a priority?

Retarded.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

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Laker Tom,

I meant "NOW THAT is a real insult."

In fact, there is no greater insult within the breadth of human language and even potential human experience than calling someone Justin Bieber.

If words could kill, those two abhorrent words when linked together would eviscerate the soul of any human with a modicum of dignity.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

Are we gay lakertom? You seem upset?

>>>Has anyone seen Trey Johnson play?

Yep. He got a little bit of run in preseason games with the Lakers this season. He's okay. Nothing to write home about, but he didn't look lost on the court like Chinese Magic Johnson.

OTOH, he's been getting so many minutes with the Jam that he could come out on a hot streak, especially if opponents leave "the D-leaguer" open to double Kobe or Pau or Drew. That's how D-league success stories are made - player gets a bit of time in the bigs, player gets underestimated by opponents, player keeps his cool and makes the opponents pay.


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