Could Erick Dampier Replace Theo Ratliff?

After the recent injury to reserve center Theo Ratliff the Lakers have found themselves unusually thin in the front-court. While the team anxiously awaits the return of Andrew Bynum they will need some help in the post. While rookie Derrick Caracter may be ahead of his developmental schedule, he certainly isn’t ready to handle the amount of minutes the Lakers are looking to fill right now.

One of the names being tossed around is Erick Dampier, the 35 year old journeyman center who was linked to the Miami Heat earlier this year. While Dampier is certainly no replacement for Bynum, he could do the job and fill the minutes void left by the injury to Ratliff. Whether the Lakers make a serious attempt at bringing him in or not is yet to be seen.

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