Derrick Caracter could make the team

He has been impressive! He could be a force off the bench.

ESPN: Derrick Caracter is used to being the biggest and baddest person in the room for quite some time.

Ever since he was a 6-8 eighth grader, when he was proclaimed a basketball prodigy by The Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.) — a regular “Boy Wonder,” the headline read — Caracter approached life like it owed something to him. Like his behemoth size was a guarantee he would achieve even bigger things.

That all changed in the last couple years of his 22-year-old life. His fast track came to a screeching halt at age 19 when, after two tumultuous years at Louisville with Rick Pitino, he left school as an overweight disappointment.

He fled the spotlight in Louisville that the Big East provided for the relative anonymity of Conference USA at the University of Texas El Paso, lucky that any program would take a chance on him after so thoroughly soiling his reputation that came from being ranked the No. 1 prospect in his high school class.

“It was pretty much starting all over from scratch and going out there like I was in seventh grade again,” Caracter said at the Lakers practice facility last month, specifically pointing to a time before he was bestowed with the fame that made him a household name in basketball circles for nearly the last half of his life.

His transfer to UTEP came at a time when his first name Derrick was being replaced by “Has No” or “Lacks” by critics, and his last name Caracter was being followed by an additional surname of “Issues.

“I know there was a lot of character issues people were concerned with, as far as off the court, but I’m going to show them that’s not a problem,” said Caracter, uttering the homonym that’s caused him so much grief.

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  • Jay Mc Cain

    Whut about Ebanks????

    • jaydubb415

      ”I Feel you derrick has took virtually all ebanks shine”but you know that might serve 2 motivate him the same way derrick got motivated(not saying ebanks wan’t motivated b4)i’m just glad 2 see we probably have 2 good draft picks for the future n now.We just don’t want 2 keep grabbing free-agents or trades that could break a team ”not LA ”but you know what i’m saying .

  • 242LakerFan

    Yeah, what does Ebanks think of Caracter’s transformation and his chances of making the team?

  • http://57.amklac laffs atu

    university of texas el paso?another G.E.D on the team ,great?

    • 242LakerFan

      ***Laughing hysterically***
      Happy now?
      Cretin.

    • ICE CREAM MAN

      I’d rather have a stupid guy that can play and is athletic then a very smart basketball i.q. guy that sucks (Luke). That’s why they have the geek club, chess club and crap like that. It’s for smart “athletes”.

      • atomicpunk

        Who was the greatest “dumbest” player of all time? In your opinion lol

        • Str8 Ballin

          Kwame Brown

        • 242LakerFan

          If you’ve never heard of him, look up a guy called Marvin Barnes.

        • jaydubb415

          Who’s the dumbest ”white player”in the NBA or is this just a ”black player”thing ?

      • jaydubb415

        I second that + that was kind of a ”dirty ass remark ”although were laker fans n hollywood sits in the front row,lets don’t come off like are shit don’t stink kobe didn’t go 2 college are you going 2 say hes a G.E.D kid ,no so save that bullshit your talking 4 boston or miami we support are players no matter how we get them as long as their producing .

        • L.Alaker_show

          i agree u couldn have said it any better

    • cjm

      that’s going to hurt the team, on the written part of the finals.

      • 242LakerFan

        LMAO!!!

    • 6’9

      how about this if you wanna throw subliminal racist shots at basketball player dont watch go watch alaskan basketball no blk players up there!YOU fuckin coward and if you really want beef how about you come to LA so what you wanna do?

    • http://twitter.com/matt_barnes22 KM

      I knew his suppressed racist ({neo-liberal}) Bostoninan-preppy homer attitude would come out of his subconscious sometime. Those people always had a deep rooted hatred for most creeds… I knew something was wrong when the only blacks in the Gah-den were the players, players’ families, and color commentators.

  • rondo

    GED has no color even though some fools make it black insult. (laffs atu)

  • Arod2121

    Sign him he’s been looking great and plus you some1 from our Forwards/center always gets hurt”bynum”and just have ebanks in the D- league.for a while and call him up when he’s ready.

    • cjm

      we don’t have a d-league team

      • 242LakerFan

        Not this year, but they’ll be back this year. Meanwhile, the Lakers and Clippers are sharing affiliation with the Bakersfield Jam.

        • 242LakerFan

          *Back next year*

  • Get It 2together!

    It looks like Devin Ebanks will develop a little longer than Derrick Character. But who knows, he might shine in training camp or not. He has some upside. I see Trevor Ariza like progress lol. Even with the re-vamp squad this coming year, the rookies will have time to get their game right.

    • INGRAM

      Derrick Character will be a special player, if he keeps the chip on his shoulder and keeps a positive attitude… I would love to see Fish take him under his wing… Fish is the ultimate character guy…Derrick has all the tools to be a beast on the blocks both defensively and offensively…mark my word!!!

  • http://57.amklac laffs atu

    maybe fish can teach him how to let the young guys blow past him for easy lay-ups………..nice.

    • 242LakerFan

      ***Laughing hysterically***
      Happy now?
      Imbecile.

    • 6’9

      go home you fuckin racist i know what you meant by that GED comment let’s see how bad you are in real life you fucking bitch if you hate blk players DONT WATCH BASKETBALL!

      How about you just go to hell!

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    • daboss1848

      isn’t it “lakers suck”?

      • 24allup inya

        “Lakers Sucks” no doubt, u r a retard!

        • http://twitter.com/matt_barnes22 KM

          Boston-appropriate grammar.

    • 242LakerFan

      FEAR L.A.!!!!!!!!!!!!!FEAR L.A.!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      FEAR L.A.!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  • nick

    Whats this could make the team? He will make the team and so will Devin!