Maybe Robert Sacre isn’t so irrelevant after all.
The rookie center out of Gonzaga might make the Lakers’ roster after showing some muscle and ability in the exhibition season.
Sacre was the 60th and last player taken in the NBA draft in June, a position known in the much longer NFL draft as “Mr. Irrelevant.”
If Sacre is still on the roster for the Oct. 30 season opener against Dallas, it’s not a sure thing he’ll be on it the rest of the season. He has a non-guaranteed contract that pays him $474,000 and becomes guaranteed the rest of the season only if he is on the roster in early January.
“I’m very impressed,” Kobe Bryant said Friday of Sacre. “I really didn’t know too much about him coming out of Gonzaga. I know Gonzaga puts out some solid big men but I really didn’t know too much about him.”
Will the 7-footer make the Lakers?
“Oh yeah, I think so. Absolutely,” Bryant said.
Sacre is averaging seven points and 2.5 rebounds in two exhibition games. He started both in place of injured Dwight Howard. The Lakers are short on depth in the frontcourt because reserve big man Jordan Hill sustained a herniated disk in his back. He will be re-evaluated next week.