The day he announced Devin Ebanks as his starting small forward, Lakers Coach Mike Brown issued this warning.
"If he messes up," Brown said, "I'll pull him so quick that he won't play."
Brown surely backed up the tough talk. Two months after Ebanks started the first four games, the Lakers sent him down to their Development League, the D-Fenders. Brown spouted the cliches after Thursday's practice about the need for Ebanks to sharpen his post presence, outside shooting and defense. But as far as what that means for Ebanks' future playing time with the Lakers?
It's very likely anything Ebanks shows in his D-League stint will translate much at all with the purple and gold.
"The guys in front of him have to be playing really bad and we have to be playing really bad as a team in order for him to get an opportunity," Brown said regarding Ebanks, who has averaged just 2.7 points through 15 games for the Lakers.. "And he's got to keep bringing it every day."