Devin Ebanks, Derrick Caracter could spend time in Development League

Devin Ebanks was on the inactive list again, so it was time to talk about the next step for the rookie.

A stop in the Development League might be in store for Ebanks or fellow rookie Derrick Caracter, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said Sunday.

Jackson said the team would do whatever was necessary to get them “reliable experience and playing time.”

“We’re going to move them around a lot,” he said.

Players may be sent down to the Development League up to three times a season, though it won’t be as easy for the Lakers as in the past. The Los Angeles D-Fenders played their home games at Staples Center, but they are taking a one-year hiatus, so the Lakers are using the Bakersfield Jam as their Development League affiliate.


Jackson said the Lakers wouldn’t make a move with either rookie until Andrew Bynum returned sometime around Thanksgiving.

Ebanks is averaging 2.7 points in 8.7 minutes a game. Caracter is averaging 2.7 points and 6.7 minutes. Both players were taken in the second round of the amateur draft last June.

They’ll take it

Despite all the advanced scouting methods in the NBA these days, there’s some intel that just can’t be beat — information from a player about his former team.

Before the Lakers took on the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday, their coaches consulted with reserve guard Steve Blake, who signed with the team last July after spending most of the previous three seasons with Portland.

“That’s definitely something that we solicit from ballplayers that have been on other teams — is there something specific that we need to mention or is there something that you want to add?” Jackson said. “Some players have nothing to add and Steve did. He’s obviously a guy that’s a little bit of a gym rat and has an idea about it.”

Blake laughed when asked by reporters how to stop perennial All-Star Brandon Roy.

“Even if you know his moves,” Blake said, “you’ve still got to stop him.”

Something seemed to work Sunday.

Roy had only eight points on one-for-six shooting in the Lakers’ 121-96 victory.

Never too early

The All-Star game will be held at Staples Center in February, and an NBA game-management team came to survey the facility last week.

Jackson hates coaching in the All-Star game, but he won’t have a choice if the Lakers have the best record in the Western Conference by a set date in early February.

“I asked my coaching staff if they were [willing] and they said they all wanted to participate in it,” Jackson said, pausing for effect. “I said, ‘Well, good luck, guys.’ ”

Jackson didn’t have to coach the West All-Stars last season because of a rule that doesn’t allow coaches to appear in the game for the same team in consecutive years. The Lakers had the best record at last year’s All-Star break, but the coaching staff from Denver got the nod because the Nuggets had the West’s second-best record at the time.

Jackson was fine with the extra rest. He’s definitely not a fan of the game and the events surrounding it.

“Your weekend’s shot,” he said. “It’s a mess.”