Tag:Derrick Caracter
Posted on: December 13, 2011 7:36 pm

Lakers Caracter tears meniscus in left knee

Posted by Royce Young

The Lakers were already thin inside, and they just got thinner. According to the team, power forward Derrick Caracter tore a meniscus in his left knee at practice on Monday.

Caracter is schedule to have surgery Wednesday morning. No timetable has been set yet.

The Lakers just traded Lamar Odom for nothing and while they signed Josh McRoberts on Tuesday, the front line is definitely thin for the Lakers. Caracter wasn't set to play a ton probably, but he provided much needed depth behind the oft-injured Andrew Bynum -- who is suspended for the first five games, mind you -- and Pau Gasol. McRoberts' signing comes at a pretty good time for the team.

The 2010 second round pick saw some early-season minutes in his rookie season while Andrew Bynum recovered from injury, averaging 5.2 minutes per game towards 2.0 points and 1.0 rebounds on the season.
Posted on: April 25, 2011 9:29 am
Edited on: April 25, 2011 4:37 pm

Laker rookie Derrick Caracter arrested

Posted by Royce Young 

Update 4:35 p.m.: The AP now reports that the waitress was not pregnant. Which makes this way better than it sounde... wait, no it doesn't, he still hit a freaking IHOP waitress. 

Original report: Laker rookie forward Derrick Caracter was arrested Sunday morning in New Orleans after an alleged altercation near the team's hotel, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The charge on Caracter was battery.

Caracter has been on the inactive list in every game of the Lakers' opening round series against the Hornets. He appeared in just 41 regular season games, mostly in mop-up duty. He also spent some time with the Lakers' D-League affiliate.

Caracter is from UTEP and came into the league with some potential character issues (no pun intended). He started his college career at Louisville but was suspended a couple of times by Rick Pitino and eventually dismissed from the team. He's an extremely talented forward, but sometimes just seems to get in his own way. If there's any more information about this situation, we'll be sure to update you.

UPDATE: Via the Times-Picayune, Caracter was arrested for, um, hitting a pregnant waitress at IHOP. According to the police report, Caracter was drunk and struck the waitress at about 1:18 a.m.
He "started grabbing and pulling" a pregnant waitress, prompting the manager to go outside and flag down a police officer, Harper said. The female officer tried to defuse the situation, Harper said, but Caracter remained obstinate. The officer arrested him.

He was handcuffed and taken to Orleans Parish jail and booked with one count of battery for hitting the waitress, as well as one count each of public intoxication and resisting arrest.

Posted on: November 8, 2010 2:19 pm

Lakers could be moving rookies to D-League

Posted by Royce Young

It's not easy to make an impact as a rookie with the Los Angeles Lakers. The team is stacked with a ton of veteran talent to start with, plus the Lakers are typically picking in the late first round anyway.

But rookies Derrick Caracter and Devin Ebanks have kind of found their way on to the floor and have added some value to the Lakers. However, that time may be short lived.

With Andrew Bynum returning in about three weeks, room in the rotation won't be there and both Caracter and Ebanks might find themselves inactive and sitting in suits on a nightly basis. So instead of just leaving them be, Phil Jackson told the O.C. Register that he'd like to see both sent down to the D-League to get some more experience.

Caracter has actually been playing a decent amount appearing six of the Lakers seven games, including a season-high 16 minutes in a blowout win over the Grizzlies last week. It's not a ton, but Caracter is getting 6.5 minutes a game and it's not just scrap minutes. He's been filling in at power forward in the meat of the game.

Ebanks has seen less time appearing in just three games. But he's shown flashes of talent and as a 6'9 swingman with handling abilities, he's someone worth being patient with.

But when Bynum returns, that playing time won't be there. So the Lakers are taking a wise step and instead of getting nothing out of the two young talents, they're going to try and develop them. That's not something you see a lot of from the Lakers who don't really focus a ton on internal development, but with an eye toward to the future, they're going to take some time with Ebanks and Caracter.
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