Robert Sacre is expected to start for the Los Angeles Lakers following the news of the injuries to Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol and Jordan Hill.
Sacre who has become more known for his cheering deep down on the Lakers bench is expected to see his game time rocket.
The center has recently been sent to play for the D-Fenders in the D-League and in his first outing scored 22 points. In what has been a dramatic change of pace for the big man in the space of 72 hours Sacre is expected to go straight into the starting roster.
Things certainly can’t get any worse for the Lakers who are currently 15-18 this season and if Sacre shows the same amount of enthusiasm he does when he cheers on the team to what he can produce on the court, it may come as a surprise to teams up and down the league what he can achieve with increased playing minutes.
Mike D’Antoni was surprised as the rest of the world when he found out he would be without his three big men for the visit to the Houston Rockets and his hoping that his rookie can step up in a time of need.
“I’m guessing Sacre, if he can get in from the D-League real quick…It will be a great opportunity for him.”
Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard were both present at the teams training facility to watch Sacre in action and both sounded to have confidence in his abilities.
The inclusion of Sacre is not the only surprising change to the roster, Metta World Peace is expected to play in the post.
“Metta’s probably going to play some 3, some 4, some 5. He’s going to have to guard whoever’s in front of him,” said D’Antoni.
MWP has showed versatility during his time in LA, from Mike Brown to Mike D’Antoni, World Peace has seen minutes at the shooting guard, small forward, power forward, sixth man, and bench warmer. Listed at 6’7, 260 pounds Metta will now add center to his ever-morphing resume.