Last season, rookie Robert Sacre was thrust into the lineup for the Los Angeles Lakers as the result of multiple injuries in the frontcourt. Heading into the 2013-14 NBA season, Sacre might get called upon once again by the Lakers coaching staff. Sacre said the following during Lakers media day on Sept. 28 about how he’s improved over the offseason:
"I've really focused on getting better all-around and just being a dynamic basketball player."
With Dwight Howard signing with the Houston Rockets over the summer, Sacre has an opportunity to earn a considerable boost in minutes from head coach Mike D’Antoni. Although still raw and rough around the edges, Sacre did show improvement last season and may earn some minutes in the rotation at center this season.
Despite the opportunity Sacre will have this season, there will still be a battle for minutes in the frontcourt. The Lakers went out and signed veteran center/forward Chris Kaman to help soften the blow of losing Dwight. Kaman may turn out to be D’Antoni’s first option off the bench at center if not made the starter at power forward.
Jordan Hill will also be a player looking to get some extended time on the floor. Hill went down last season with a hip injury that required surgery and will be looking to make an impact this year to prove his worth.
Along with Hill and Kaman, the Lakers have also brought in a veteran center in the form of Dan Gadzuric. Although not the player he once was with UCLA or the Milwaukee Bucks, Gadzuric will be playing for a roster spot in potentially his last opportunity in the NBA to do so.
Needless to say, Sacre will have his work cut out for him and will need to turn some heads this season in order to earn more minutes on this team.
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