Players whose future seems uncertain spend that off-season seriously working on their game and then letting the general public know about it.
Lakers backup center Derrick Caracter fits that profile. His future with the Lakers hinges on whether the team will exercise its $788,872 option in retaining him. There's plenty of reasons to think there's a good chance he might not come back, what with his raw and inconsistent play and getting arrested at a local IHop in New Orleans during the playoffs. But nothing is set in stone until the NBA reaches a new collective bargaining agreement. So with that, Caracter, based on his various tweets, has kept himself active by working out with IMG for a second consecutive summer.
But Caracter clearly has plenty of work to do. In the video above, Caracter gets absolutely posterized by Rockets forward Terrence Williams in a charity game in Louisville this past weekend. To rub salt in the wound, Williams pumps up the already electrified crowd by taking off his jersey and throwing it to the ground. Should Caracter have felt embarrassed, well he deserved it. He responded on his defensive rotation about two seconds too late and didn't use his size one bit to intimidate Williams from driving into the lane.
That's hardly the lasting impression Caracter wants to give the Lakers and the general public, an image that's probably incomplete. But that's why players with shaky futures position themselves so they don't end up going viral for all the wrong reasons.
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