Archive for the 'Robert Sacre' Category

Robert Sacre: 2014 Exit Interview

IMG_0563Second-year center Robert Sacre appeared in 65 games (13 starts) towards averages of 5.4 points and 3.9 rebounds on 47.7 percent field goals in 16.8 minutes.

- On what he learned most from this season:
“That I belong. Sometimes it’s tough for coaches to deal with players that don’t know where they fit in this league. I feel like I fit in this system.”

- On where he sees his game improving:
“I see myself being a really good player, offensively and defensively. I need to improve on some stuff and I need to be realistic, but I feel like I can get there.” Sacre noted that his increased playing time this year helped with his development.

- On playing with Steve Nash:
“Steve has been a great influence on me from the fact we came from the same area. If he can’t play due to his body, he’ll be around and you can take whatever is in his mind and use it towards your game. I’m definitely going to be picking his brain.”

- On what he saw from the guys throughout the season:
“We had to deal with a lot of adversity. It showed a lot of character on the team. People stuck with it and bought into the system even though it wasn’t the season we wanted. It showed a lot of character how guys toughed it out.”

Sacre’s Defensive Impact

San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles LakersTrailing 22-13 at the 5:18 mark of the first quarter, coach Mike D’Antoni inserted Robert Sacre, Xavier Henry and Kent Bazemore into the game.

That trio single-handedly sparked a Lakers rally and cut what was once an 11-point deficit to just a single point by halftime. In 11 first-half minutes, the Sacre-Henry-Bazemore group finished as a plus-11 and combined for 29 points (19 from Henry), 13 rebounds, six assists and three steals.

“Sacre is a big energy guy, always someone you can rely on to give you confidence to help you out and just being a good teammate,” Nick Young said. “To see him out there and all the hard work he put in – getting shots (up) and film after practice – you love to see a guy like that blossom.”

Come the fourth quarter, D’Antoni played Henry and Bazemore the entire 12 minutes, while Sacre was paired with Pau Gasol down the stretch. In 26 minutes off the bench, the big man from Gonzaga grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds, while anchoring the Lakers defense down low.

“He definitely came in and changed the complexion right off the bat,” D’Antoni said. “That’s what we kind of look at, not individual stats. On a bad team, somebody has to score 20 points, so who cares? But he came in, changed the complexion, picked up our defense, energy and talking and did a lot of good things.”

In the second quarter, the Spurs were limited to 35.7 percent field goals and 23 points, after 35 points and a 58.3 percent mark in the opening frame. Much of that was attributed to Sacre’s presence defensively. Even alongside Gasol, D’Antoni liked that pairing up front enough to where the coaching staff will look to use that combo more down the stretch of the season.

“We saw it in practice the other day,” D’Antoni said. “Robert has improved enough to where we can still score with those two bigs on the floor and our defense does pick up. It’s something we’ll try going forward with.”

#Bazemoring to a Victory

While a member of the Golden State Warriors, Kent Bazemore became known for his work on the bench just as much as his work on the floor. The young guard’s enthusiasm even spawned a phenomenon that became known as #Bazemoring.

In his short time with the Lakers, Bazemore has seen almost as much playing time as he did during his entire rookie season in Oakland, starting four games and averaging 33 minutes, but he’s still found time to make an impact on the sideline as well.

In the above Vine, you can see some of the best #Bazemoring from last night as the Lakers used record setting three-point shooting game to charge back from a big third-quarter deficit. We also got our first taste of Bazemore teaming up with the team’s cheerleading stalwart, Robert Sacre.

The two superpowers of excitement collided on a Ken Griffey Jr-esque homerun scene, but it was more a “game recognize game” situation. When shown the video in the post-game locker room Bazemore wasn’t even aware of Sacre’s presence.

“He’s an elite celebrator, I’m an elite celebrator, that’s just what happens,” said Bazemore.

With chemistry like that, this is just the start.

Robert Sacre and Nick Young Havin’ Fun

We’ve heard numerous times from the players and the coaching staff how this year’s 2013-14 Lakers squad is a good group of guys.

After the Lakers 88-85 win at Charlotte,’s Mike Trudell was conducting interviews in the locker room and witnessed some lively postgame banter between Robert Sacre and Nick Young.

Sacre called Young “the Screech of the league.” Young poked fun at Sacre’s hair, or lack thereof. Sacre fired back, of course. Just some teammates havin’ some good ol’ fun.

NBA’s Screech