Lakers News: D’Antoni Calls Sacre ‘Hardest Working Guy’ On The Team

Lakers News: D’Antoni Calls Sacre ‘Hardest Working Guy’ On The Team


After suffering the 45th loss of the season at the hands of the rival San Antonio Spurs, head coach Mike D’Antoni could only say more of the same in post-game interviews.

Despite battling through one of the most disappointing seasons in Lakers history, D’Antoni did has some positive comments for second-year center Robert Sacre. Apparently, D’Antoni has been impressed by Sacre’s work ethic according to Lakers Nation reporter Serena Winters:

As one of the few players under contract for next season, Sacre will have an opportunity to continue to improve over the course of the off-season. Many believe Sacre is still sorely lacking in his overall game, but he’s been praised for his defensive efforts and has received playing time over Chris Kaman and Jordan Hill as a result.

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Along with Sacre, Kobe Bryant, Kendall Marshall and Steve Nash are the only players with deals heading into the 2014-15 NBA season. A few other players on the roster might also stick around, but Sacre will likely still be on the roster next season.

As for Kaman, Hill and Pau Gasol, all three players will become unrestricted free agents and aren’t expected to return. Kobe believes there’s a good chance Gasol re-signs, but all indications appear to be pointing to his departure via free agency this summer.
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  • Sam Saab

    Its great that a player works very hard, but that doesnt mean you play that person over players that are better and have better skills just because he works hard at practice. at the end of the day you want to give minutes to players that give the team a better chance to win.

  • truth24

    Awww give him a cookie….. He sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Josh

    It definitely shows. He looked completely lost last year, like a guy who was the 60th pick in the draft and had no business ever actually wearing an NBA jersey, let alone playing in a game. I have been very impressed with his improvement this season, as he is looking more and more like he could be a solid backup center for years to come.

    • truth24

      Hahaha haha that was funny

      • Josh

        Funny? Have you watched him lately? As a rookie, he looked like he would struggle to make a D-League roster. Last night, he made a few nice hook shots, grabbed a bunch of rebounds. That is major improvement. I’m not saying he’s the next great Laker center. I’m saying he could be a solid backup. Over his last ten games, he is averaging (per 36 minutes) 12 points, 11 rebounds, 1.6 blocks.

        Comparing Hollinger stats from last season to so far this year:
        FG% is UP 9%
        Scoring (per 40 min) is UP 47%
        Rebounding (per 40 min) is UP 42%
        Assists (per 40 min) are UP 25%
        Turnover Ratio is DOWN 22%
        Usage Rate is UP 14%
        Rebound Rate is UP 36%
        PER is UP 235%.

        Looks like the numbers back up what my eyes have seen.

  • quickster007

    Look, at the Clippers Deandre Jordan, NY Knicks Tyson Chandler, both are not offensive players but they play defense. Robert Sacre can mold himself similar to the players above mentioned. The Lakers needs a true power forward like a Kevin Love or Anthony Davis to complement him. I think the Lakers should pursue either one. I’d say Anthony Davis his making 5 millions a season. The Lakers can pay him 8 or 9 millions a season. I also, think that the Lakers should not resign Pau, 19 millions , Nash 9 millions, Kobe 24 millions. That’s 52 millions of cap space. The Lakers have enough money to field a new starting five. Lakers needs to draft a point guard like Dante Exum.

    • truth24

      I see you what your saying but don’t expect winning anything for a long time. If your a real laker fan at least least with kobe around you still have that hope in winning more titles. All these new picks aren’t even in the league yet. How do you know they’re not going to be busts? And how many rings does kobe have again?????? Just say you want kobe to join the Knicks then i’ll agree with you.

      • Pope Chuck Paul

        trade the pick

  • Sylvia Ross

    If Pringles, said it WATCH OUT. He always has a reason and his favorites, not what’s best for the team.

  • C*HarrisTHEboss

    sacre is garbage – on X-box live he would be classified as a “try-hard”

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Robert Sacre is the equal of a practice squad player in the NFL.Just saying.

  • MichaelJ

    Hardest working maybe, but no skills, non-athletic, misses too many rebounds, can’t shoot worth a damned, misses many opportunities to block shots, slow to react, and usually out of position. He’s basically just a “bruiser” in there, it seems, to knock people around. He’s a waste of money. Keep Hill and Camen for backups. Let Sacre go. Why isn’t Camen playing anyway? Did he piss off D’Antoni?