The mastermind behind Ryan Kelly & Robert Sacre.
Read the Kevin Ding article around the time of Jim Buss's firing. It discusses how Jim Buss's Bynum-like fascination with Sacre was what lead us to keeping him for so long, and missing out on other key players.
If Jim Buss' faith in the skilled Bynum is one thing, his fixation on Robert Sacre, another of his hand-picked players, is something else entirely.Around the NBA, the Lakers' commitment to Sacre, who stayed with the team four full seasons (2012-16), became a running joke. Internally, Sacre's presence on the Lakers roster and the team's payroll created an obstacle to several minor moves that could've paid off big for the team.The most glaring one: passing on Hassan Whiteside.As the Lakers were filling out a training-camp roster in September 2014 after their latest free-agency failures, Whiteside took part in a group workout in front of management and new coach Byron Scott. Whiteside did very well, according to league sources.However, Buss' beloved Sacre making the team and filling a reserve center slot was, same as every other year, even more certain than the earth being round. Therefore, there was little reason to even invite Whiteside to camp.acre's salary had already been an impediment that offseason to the Lakers retaining Kent Bazemore, as the club needed to preserve every dollar for its failed dream of signing both LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony for less than max money.The burden of Sacre had even carried over to the Lakers' summer-league team the year before, with Dan D'Antoni remarking at one point while coaching that team: "Gotta play Sacre! I don't want to get fired."Whiteside wound up with Pat Riley's Miami Heat that season and averaged 11.8 points, 10 rebounds and 2.6 blocks in just 23.8 minutes per game. He became the league's leading shot-blocker the next season at 3.7. He re-signed with Miami before this season on a max contract for four years, $98 million.Sacre's Lakers contract having expired, he got a training-camp invite from his hometown New Orleans Pelicans this season and was cut after one preseason game. He joined a team in Japan last month.