REACTION: Lakers Waive Robert Upshaw, Michael Frazier II

The Los Angeles Lakers have made their first cut of the preseason, waiving undrafted rookies Michael Frazier II and Robert Upshaw. The team’s roster sat at 19 players heading into the preseason, and must be trimmed to at least 15 by October 26th.

The decision to waive Frazier wasn’t a huge surprise, as the young guard out of Florida had stiff competition for minutes behind D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Lou Williams, Kobe Bryant, and potentially Jabari Brown. Frazier was billed as a floor-spacer during the offseason, with the hope that he could bring defensive intensity and knock-down three point shooting to a team that was desperately in need of both.

Unfortunately, Frazier only shot 33 percent from downtown during preseason play, and was just so-so defensively. Ideally, he will find his way onto the Lakers D-league affiliate, the D-Fenders, where he can get more seasoning.

The decision to cut Robert Upshaw loose, on the other hand, is likely to produce quite a bit of frustration from the Lakers fan base. Upshaw was seen as a potential rim protector of the future, with his massive frame and long arms making him something of a shot blocking savant. It appeared that Los Angeles was a perfect fit for him, as he could be tutored by the similarly-skilled Roy Hibbert.

There is no question that Upshaw has the potential to become a very good basketball player, and his numbers in college are certainly eye-popping (4.5 blocks per game). However, his personal struggles are well-documented, including being released from two different college programs. Upshaw’s play in preaseason was also hit-and-miss, with flashes of brilliance being interspersed with clunky performances, including last night’s outing against Portland.

When all was said and done, Upshaw averaged just three rebounds and 0.8 blocks per game, which would be expected out of a stretch four like Ryan Kelly, but not a big man who is needed to anchor the defense.

Part of fans’ ire towards the decision to let Upshaw go will stem from the fact that he was perceived to be battling mediocre big man Robert Sacre for a roster spot, and most saw that as no true contest because Upshaw, although risky, has a much higher ceiling. Fans often don’t factor in chemistry, and from all accounts, Sacre is a tremendous teammate as well as a vocal defensive leader when he plays on the Lakers back line.

Sacre also has the advantage of having a guaranteed contract of nearly $1 million, which the team would have had to pay regardless of whether or not they waived him. Most teams don’t enjoy paying players to not play for them, although Sacre’s contract is a paltry sum to a franchise like the Lakers.

Still, the decision to cut a young player with Upshaw’s talent, raw as he may be, is surprising. The Lakers are in the midst of a rebuild and would appear to need all the up-and-coming young players that they can get. Sacre certainly has a case for the backup center slot as well, and by no means should he be dismissed, but watching Upshaw walk out the door has to be considered a disappointment. His potential seemingly outweighed what Sacre brings to the table, even if the big Canadian is currently the better player. Upshaw’s personal struggles were also somewhat endearing, allowing fans to connect with him on an emotional level. So many people have battled their own personal problems that Upshaw had an instant connection with thousands of fans, a report with those who could sympathize with his struggles.

From here, the hope has to be that Upshaw ends up on the D-Fenders, where he can play plenty of minutes and develop. It has to be noted that the Lakers are taking a definite risk by waiving Upshaw, even if he does end up a D-Fender, as D-League players are not under NBA contract and are therefore eligible to sign with any NBA club. It’s entirely possible that a team with an open roster spot snags Upshaw, hoping to develop him into a piece for their future.

All Lakers fans can do at this point is keep their fingers crossed and hope that doesn’t happen. If Upshaw can develop on the D-Fenders, he may very well find himself back in purple and gold someday.

Most importantly, let’s all hope that Upshaw is able to permanently defeat his demons and fulfill his potential, even if it doesn’t happen as a Laker.

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Eric Pincus claims some other red flags off the court popped up, though nothing major.

  • Eric Pincus claims some other red flags off the court popped up, though nothing major.

  • Him getting cut was on him. He would have made it over Sacre if it wasn’t for his arising character concerns. FO wanted to like him, but it wasn’t there.

  • Him getting cut was on him. He would have made it over Sacre if it wasn’t for his arising character concerns. FO wanted to like him, but it wasn’t there.

  • ….this is a season where development is much more important than keeping sacre. upshaw is cheap, younger and his ceiling and wingspan are much much higher than sacre’s. upshaw is a lottery talent and there is NO WAY he will go unsigned by another team :/ Literally the only thing sacre has over upshaw is his cheerleading.

    we just lost a great talent

  • ….this is a season where development is much more important than keeping sacre. upshaw is cheap, younger and his ceiling and wingspan are much much higher than sacre’s. upshaw is a lottery talent and there is NO WAY he will go unsigned by another team :/ Literally the only thing sacre has over upshaw is his cheerleading.

    we just lost a great talent

  • Wow…so they keep freakin Sacre!?!?! The FO and Scott must know what they are doing. WHATEVER! They should train and groom him. They Whiteside in their camp a couple of years ago and look what happen! They are THE dumbest focking FO and coach!

  • Wow…so they keep freakin Sacre!?!?! The FO and Scott must know what they are doing. WHATEVER! They should train and groom him. They Whiteside in their camp a couple of years ago and look what happen! They are THE dumbest focking FO and coach!

  • That’s exactly what I’ve said to other people. Sacre just won’t get any better than he already is.

  • That’s exactly what I’ve said to other people. Sacre just won’t get any better than he already is.

  • its only the first round of cuts 3 more have to go.. Upshaw can prove his worth in the d league

  • its only the first round of cuts 3 more have to go.. Upshaw can prove his worth in the d league

  • Upshaw would never develop into a Whiteside. He is very awkward with the way he plays the game. I dont like sacre either but he will not be used that much this season anyway.

  • Upshaw would never develop into a Whiteside. He is very awkward with the way he plays the game. I dont like sacre either but he will not be used that much this season anyway.

  • Upshaw could have been lottery pick and lots of upside but maybe his demons were way too much and they need to get rid of sacre he is useless on the court and Tarik Black I like lots better.
    Huertas is a great pickup and does remind me somewhat of Nash and great skills perfect for working w second team and swaggy and Lou and second team may be able to beat first team but all good in laker town as long as they don’t play sacre he is completely useless and plays very weak black fights and goes after it

  • Upshaw could have been lottery pick and lots of upside but maybe his demons were way too much and they need to get rid of sacre he is useless on the court and Tarik Black I like lots better.
    Huertas is a great pickup and does remind me somewhat of Nash and great skills perfect for working w second team and swaggy and Lou and second team may be able to beat first team but all good in laker town as long as they don’t play sacre he is completely useless and plays very weak black fights and goes after it

  • Upshaw has lots of potential but didn’t show it either in the summer league or in the pre-season. It looks like he needs at least a year or more of experience playing in the d-league. This news doesn’t necessarily mean Sacre makes the team.

  • Sacre will retire a laker with a 15+ Yr career ala Kobe
    Let’s just accept it folks
    Sacre is the center piece and future of this franchise

  • Upshaw has lots of potential but didn’t show it either in the summer league or in the pre-season. It looks like he needs at least a year or more of experience playing in the d-league. This news doesn’t necessarily mean Sacre makes the team.

  • Sacre will retire a laker with a 15+ Yr career ala Kobe
    Let’s just accept it folks
    Sacre is the center piece and future of this franchise

  • Sacre was the reason we lost against Utah, his ridiculous fouls cost us the game. He did the same thing last night against Portland, fouling at the 3, and they still want to keep this guy??!

  • Sacre was the reason we lost against Utah, his ridiculous fouls cost us the game. He did the same thing last night against Portland, fouling at the 3, and they still want to keep this guy??!

  • Seriously, Byron Scott just lost a good portion of the little support he had left. Sacre over Upshaw huh.. BS from BS.

  • Seriously, Byron Scott just lost a good portion of the little support he had left. Sacre over Upshaw huh.. BS from BS.

  • Many of us like Upshaw and his potential but he didn’t look ready at all. Wish the best for the kid.

  • Many of us like Upshaw and his potential but he didn’t look ready at all. Wish the best for the kid.

  • you’re crazy luke, Upshaw showed some shot blocking in the spl and his first game in pre season. they said he averaged .8 blocks per. thats 1 bock per game in how many mins? playing with which unit? he showed he had more than blocks. he showed he had offense (post move on the block, a jump hook, a mid range jumper. a turn around jumper, and a up fake and go to the rack. these are things lumbering bigs that are known for defense dont have coming into the nba. and sometimes never learn. he was looking like a bynum 2.0 without the knee issue. but he had supposed character issues. my thing is this, did he show any signs of that with the lakers? if not. gotta keep the guy over sacre. but people LIKE sacre. so i guess it is what it is. and the league is going for that fast pace game anyway. so in that regard upshaw isnt intriguing for the new style. since he’s not a super thin but hyper athletic shot blocker.

  • you’re crazy luke, Upshaw showed some shot blocking in the spl and his first game in pre season. they said he averaged .8 blocks per. thats 1 bock per game in how many mins? playing with which unit? he showed he had more than blocks. he showed he had offense (post move on the block, a jump hook, a mid range jumper. a turn around jumper, and a up fake and go to the rack. these are things lumbering bigs that are known for defense dont have coming into the nba. and sometimes never learn. he was looking like a bynum 2.0 without the knee issue. but he had supposed character issues. my thing is this, did he show any signs of that with the lakers? if not. gotta keep the guy over sacre. but people LIKE sacre. so i guess it is what it is. and the league is going for that fast pace game anyway. so in that regard upshaw isnt intriguing for the new style. since he’s not a super thin but hyper athletic shot blocker.

  • yes indeed. his towel waiving was 5 degrees off the correct angle. Something that Sacre would not make the mistake doing.

  • yes indeed. his towel waiving was 5 degrees off the correct angle. Something that Sacre would not make the mistake doing.

  • to add. Upshaw isn’t as intriguing in the new style but neither is Hibbert. Upshaw can easily be hibbert down the line.

  • to add. Upshaw isn’t as intriguing in the new style but neither is Hibbert. Upshaw can easily be hibbert down the line.

  • Think about it, how did he lost 20+pounds in a very short amount of time and yet he still looks slow and out of shape and lost when playing

  • Think about it, how did he lost 20+pounds in a very short amount of time and yet he still looks slow and out of shape and lost when playing

  • The team brass obviously found something out that got them scared off their pants regarding upshaw, doubt full they’ll release what it really is

  • mitch and jim’s jobs are also in jeopardy(under different circumstances of course)

  • The team brass obviously found something out that got them scared off their pants regarding upshaw, doubt full they’ll release what it really is

  • mitch and jim’s jobs are also in jeopardy(under different circumstances of course)

  • Lets cut a 21-year old who average 4.5 blocks in college with 7’6″ wingspan and 9’5″ standing reach for a 26-year old who at best average 2.0 blocks in college with only 7’1″ wingspan and 9’0″ standing reach.

    “Great” job!

  • Lets cut a 21-year old who average 4.5 blocks in college with 7’6″ wingspan and 9’5″ standing reach for a 26-year old who at best average 2.0 blocks in college with only 7’1″ wingspan and 9’0″ standing reach.

    Upshaw is barely getting the opportunity to play and show his ability whereas Sacre has been with the Lakers for how many years and still couldn’t start ahead of Tarik Black.

    I guess the FO prefer a joker at the bench instead of a potential starter. It’s like watching Hassan Whiteside over and over again.

    “Great” job!

  • Don’t be upset guys, Sacre had a block last night which was actuallly a foul-all arm no ball. He also makes a great cheerleader too. Upshaw is just young, 7 geet tall and a shot blocker. Who needs that? Certainly not us. Pssh whatever.

  • Don’t be upset guys, Sacre had a block last night which was actuallly a foul-all arm no ball. He also makes a great cheerleader too. Upshaw is just young, 7 geet tall and a shot blocker. Who needs that? Certainly not us. Pssh whatever.

  • I watched all of the Laker’s preseason and summer league games. In 14 mins per game, Upshaw averaged 2.5 points, 3 rebounds, and 2.5 personal fouls. If he played 36 mins per game that would work out to 6.4 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 6.5 fouls per game.

  • I watched all of the Laker’s preseason and summer league games. In 14 mins per game, Upshaw averaged 2.5 points, 3 rebounds, and 2.5 personal fouls. If he played 36 mins per game that would work out to 6.4 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 6.5 fouls per game.

  • I told you all before that the staff have a hard on for Sacre. Watch Backstage Lakers and see. I admit he seems like a decent guy and is a charmer but he has no value as a center for this team. I guess he is a safer choice than Upshaw who has been called erratic.

  • That’s pretty good numbers for a rookie. He will always get better. How long has Sacre been in the league?

  • I told you all before that the staff have a hard on for Sacre. Watch Backstage Lakers and see. I admit he seems like a decent guy and is a charmer but he has no value as a center for this team. I guess he is a safer choice than Upshaw who has been called erratic.

  • That’s pretty good numbers for a rookie. He will always get better. How long has Sacre been in the league?

  • I hope they are bad. I need Ben Simmons on this team to complete the rebuild. Maybe we could trade for his pick.

  • Lmao. Save the conspiracy theories. Men lose weight quick and its even easier for athletes.

  • I hope they are bad. I need Ben Simmons on this team to complete the rebuild. Maybe we could trade for his pick.

  • Lmao. Save the conspiracy theories. Men lose weight quick and its even easier for athletes.

  • We’re better off throwing Nance Jr. in there at backup Center than Sacre. Larry does a lot of little things to contribute and looks pretty confident in his shot already. He can get you the spectacular dunk or offensive rebounds as well. He’s already good enough to get a little playing time to me.

  • We’re better off throwing Nance Jr. in there at backup Center than Sacre. Larry does a lot of little things to contribute and looks pretty confident in his shot already. He can get you the spectacular dunk or offensive rebounds as well. He’s already good enough to get a little playing time to me.

  • OK, if you say. The only Laker players that had worse preseason stats than this were Frazier and Brown.

  • OK, if you say. The only Laker players that had worse preseason stats than this were Frazier and Brown.

  • More like reality, there’s a reason why he got kicked out on two college programs ,drug habits are hard to change especially when your young, why do u think he still looks out of shape despite loosing all those weight

  • More like reality, there’s a reason why he got kicked out on two college programs ,drug habits are hard to change especially when your young, why do u think he still looks out of shape despite loosing all those weight

  • Give the guy a break. He hasn’t play since January and out of shape. He looks much better compare to the Summer League. Too bad the Lakers have no patient to wait for him to develop and yet keeping Sacre and Kelly.

  • Give the guy a break. He hasn’t play since January and out of shape. He looks much better compare to the Summer League. Too bad the Lakers have no patient to wait for him to develop and yet keeping Sacre and Kelly.

  • Black and Bass will play backup center. And to be fair it worked quite well the past two pre-season games.

  • Black and Bass will play backup center. And to be fair it worked quite well the past two pre-season games.

  • The inside scoop: Byron heard the cheers of “M-V-P!” from the sarcastic fans when Sacre shot his foul shots and thought: “Hm, maybe they know something I don’t. I’d better cut Upshaw instead of this diamond in the rough!”

  • People keep reporting this but the only thing I found was that he smokes week which half the league does.

  • Your right. Nance, Black, Bass, and maybe even Kelly and Holmes. SF went small in the play-offs and it worked for them.

  • The inside scoop: Byron heard the cheers of “M-V-P!” from the sarcastic fans when Sacre shot his foul shots and thought: “Hm, maybe they know something I don’t. I’d better cut Upshaw instead of this diamond in the rough!”

  • People keep reporting this but the only thing I found was that he smokes week which half the league does.

  • Your right. Nance, Black, Bass, and maybe even Kelly and Holmes. SF went small in the play-offs and it worked for them.

  • Obviously there’s something more to it than weed otherwise they wouldn’t waive him right away, I doubt they’ll release the full info though

  • Obviously there’s something more to it than weed otherwise they wouldn’t waive him right away, I doubt they’ll release the full info though

  • No, for someone who hasn’t play since January and still trying to get back into shape, that’s pretty good number. What’s Sacre’s stats at 36 mins? Sacre is in his top shape compare to Upshaw.

  • No, for someone who hasn’t play since January and still trying to get back into shape, that’s pretty good number. What’s Sacre’s stats at 36 mins? Sacre is in his top shape compare to Upshaw.

  • We lost Ed Davis and now Upshaw while keeping injury-prone Kelly and useless Sacre. Great job!

  • In other news Scott said he’s been very impressed with Huertas “he’s the leader of that second unit snd has clearly earned himself a rotation spot. ”

    There you have it. Russell is clearly the starter, reading between the lines.

  • We lost Ed Davis and now Upshaw while keeping injury-prone Kelly and useless Sacre. I know we have a bad FO but I never thought they’re these dumb!

  • In other news Scott said he’s been very impressed with Huertas “he’s the leader of that second unit and has clearly earned himself a rotation spot. ”

    There you have it. Russell is clearly the starter, reading between the lines.

  • Shocked ! Disappointed ! Hope Upshaw sticks around and plays, improves with Defenders. Just struggling with Vision of Front Office, just to remain supportive of Front Office in what trying to do with Big Upshaw – WOW

  • Shocked ! Disappointed ! Hope Upshaw sticks around and plays, improves with Defenders. Just struggling with Vision of Front Office, just to remain supportive of Front Office in what trying to do with Big Upshaw – WOW

  • Many young players spent most of their time in the Laker’s training facility since August. If he really wanted a job he should have been there or at some other place, any place, getting in shape and working out. This is the same excuse he used for having a bad summer league. Hard work and concentration might have won him a job, excuses gets you nothing.

  • Many young players spent most of their time in the Laker’s training facility since August. If he really wanted a job he should have been there or at some other place, any place, getting in shape and working out. This is the same excuse he used for having a bad summer league. Hard work and concentration might have won him a job, excuses gets you nothing.

  • They’re play with a better flow on both ends with Kobe out, however, when Kobe is sharing the ball, they are much better with him.

  • If they made the decision based on Sacre’s ability to swing a towel over his head like some sort of tattooed cowboy. There are no words for that. If the final decision was made on last night’s game, where Sacre looked good going up against the Blazers second unit and some scrub point guard, where Sacre still managed to screw things up. Upshaw did not have a great game, but he was playing against the Blazers first unit, it wasn’t his fault that Lillard was blowing by Clarkson at a million miles an hour.

    This FO has made some seriously questionable decisions over the past 3-4 seasons, I feel this is one of them. Was it a financial decision? Was one million guaranteed too much to give up? Was it a ‘bad image look’ for the FO cutting the first(worst) piece of business they did in free agency? I have no doubt that had Upshaw been afforded the many many minutes that Sacre has been given over the past 3 seasons, this would not even have been a decision to make.

    Either way good luck to Upshaw, I’m sure if you keep your head down and work hard you will be an NBA player long after Sacre has washed out of this league.

  • They’re play with a better flow on both ends with Kobe out, however, when Kobe is sharing the ball, they are much better with him.

  • If they made the decision based on Sacre’s ability to swing a towel over his head like some sort of tattooed cowboy. There are no words for that. If the final decision was made on last night’s game, where Sacre looked good going up against the Blazers second unit and some scrub point guard, where Sacre still managed to screw things up. Upshaw did not have a great game, but he was playing against the Blazers first unit, it wasn’t his fault that Lillard was blowing by Clarkson at a million miles an hour.

    This FO has made some seriously questionable decisions over the past 3-4 seasons, I feel this is one of them. Was it a financial decision? Was one million guaranteed too much to give up? Was it a ‘bad image look’ for the FO cutting the first(worst) piece of business they did in free agency? I have no doubt that had Upshaw been afforded the many many minutes that Sacre has been given over the past 3 seasons, this would not even have been a decision to make.

    Either way good luck to Upshaw, I’m sure if you keep your head down and work hard you will be an NBA player long after Sacre has washed out of this league.

  • Not necessarily; Clarkson have been handling the majority of preseason and yesterday.

  • I also think having Huertas gave the team a big boost. It was also the only two games he played in.

  • Not necessarily; Clarkson have been handling the majority of preseason and yesterday.

  • I also think having Huertas gave the team a big boost. It was also the only two games he played in.

  • MAN, I really don’t want to see Sacre or Kelly on the team anymore. NOT sure I trust in Byron After this. Upshaw seem like a good risk. All is can say.. God Damnit..

  • Big Upshaw went undrafted. Lakers gave him a shot to make the roster. He didn’t show them he deserved a roster spot.

  • MAN, I really don’t want to see Sacre or Kelly on the team anymore. NOT sure I trust in Byron After this. Upshaw seem like a good risk. All is can say.. God Damnit..

  • Big Upshaw went undrafted. Lakers gave him a shot to make the roster. He didn’t show them he deserved a roster spot.

  • Why Kelly? He has been one of the best players on the entire team this pre-season. Dude is shooting 60% from the 3 point line.

  • Sacre, Kelly, Black are all Lakers have, backing up Hibbert?? WRONG, WRONG, WRONG. Front Office ? Who made that decision ? Lakes need to develop Upshaw

  • Why Kelly? He has been one of the best players on the entire team this pre-season. Dude is shooting 60% from the 3 point line.

  • Sacre, Kelly, Black are all Lakers have, backing up Hibbert?? WRONG, WRONG, WRONG. Front Office ? Who made that decision ? Lakes need to develop Upshaw

  • Or it could be because Russell is unable to get open for an inbounds pass or get by any defenders.

  • I’ve been yelling Russell is a pretty good SG player since even before the lottery; he is a good scorer and he is not ready to play the point.

  • Based purely on pre-season play. Nothing more. Would you keep Jabari Brown or Russell?

  • Or it could be because Russell is unable to get open for an inbounds pass or get by any defenders.

  • I’ve been yelling Russell is a pretty good SG player since even before the lottery; he is a good scorer and he is not ready to play the point.

  • Based purely on pre-season play. Nothing more. Would you keep Jabari Brown or Russell?

  • Uummm, NOT too sure Lakers, really did yet. Upshaw is 21 yo, what happen to Front Office vision ? Sacre, Kelly, Black ?? really ?

  • Uummm, NOT too sure Lakers, really did yet. Upshaw is 21 yo, what happen to Front Office vision ? Sacre, Kelly, Black ?? really ?

  • I wanted this kid to be a steal. The Lakers have him a opening and if he works hard will probably do it again. Buss and Mitch know more about this kid than probably anyone else in the league. I am one of the few that really think th his was the best move for now. And I love what Mitch and Jimmy have done this year already. They gave him a chance and have at least open more doors for the kid.

  • I wanted this kid to be a steal. The Lakers have him a opening and if he works hard will probably do it again. Buss and Mitch know more about this kid than probably anyone else in the league. I am one of the few that really think th his was the best move for now. And I love what Mitch and Jimmy have done this year already. They gave him a chance and have at least open more doors for the kid.

  • This convo is beginning to circulate . . . What can I think of Front Office, when Upshaw is making millions, trying to beat Lakers . . . I Pray, Big Upshaw hangs with Defenders, giving our Wise Front Office an Opportunity to see the Folly of FO ways . . . JEEZ

  • This convo is beginning to circulate . . . What can I think of Front Office, when Upshaw is making millions, trying to beat Lakers . . . I Pray, Big Upshaw hangs with Defenders, giving our Wise Front Office an Opportunity to see the Folly of FO ways . . . JEEZ

  • I agree they can’t give up this early on a #2 pick and I believe they’ll try to bring him along slowly until he is ready and so far he played a lot off ball in preseason is an indication.

    We’ll see what happens come 28th, tough decision.

  • I agree they can’t give up this early on a #2 pick and I believe they’ll try to bring him along slowly until he is ready and so far he played a lot off ball in preseason is an indication.

    We’ll see what happens come 28th, tough decision.

  • You honestly, believe that with a 21 yo, filled with Awesome potential, was Really worked with ? ? I really do HOPE, and Want Robert Upshaw to play with Defenders . . . I’m upset, Disappointed, frustrated that Lakers FO made a TERRIBLE MISTAKE !! Sacre, Kelly, Black ?? REALLY?? . . .

  • You honestly, believe that with a 21 yo, filled with Awesome potential, was Really worked with ? ? I really do HOPE, and Want Robert Upshaw to play with Defenders . . . I’m upset, Disappointed, frustrated that Lakers FO made a TERRIBLE MISTAKE !! Sacre, Kelly, Black ?? REALLY?? . . .

  • Pretty close. Especially considering Jabari is always a last option. But then again Jabari also isn’t 19.

  • Pretty close. Especially considering Jabari is always a last option. But then again Jabari also isn’t 19.

  • Do You honestly think Knicks would take Scare, Kelly or Black ??? Does Buss, and Front Office even like the Lakers ??? Sell the team, if don’t have Vision. Keep Upshaw, put in Defenders, and Pray / Hope that Millions don’t come knocking for Upshaw . . . I’m beyond Surprise of the STUPIDY of Decsion

  • I rather have Huertas as a starting PG. Russell still needs some time to adjust. We need to get as many wins as possible. No more tanking and certainly not giving the 76ers a lottery pick next year.

  • I don’t care who you are if you are writing for the Lakers you should be sounding off with us on this one. OMG WHY would we keep SACRE??!?! He’s our backup defensive anchor alright- Anchoring us to the bottom of the West. LOST us the game against the Jazz when he came in, and He literally almost cost us the game last night. I am so angry right now, because i thought for sure Sacre’s crappy play last night would finally get him cut, but i guess not. He get rewarded. I have been behind Byron Scott and the Front Office this whole time, but why Waive Upshaw?!?!? That is Straight up dumb. You could have signed him and D-leaged him… Holmes is injured…Waive him before Upshaw…. Why Why Why Why?!?!?!?!?!?! He couldn’t even make the Canadian National Team…Man this feels soo wrong, like letting Nash go and coach golden state instead of making sure he stayed here…WTF?!?!

  • Do You honestly think Knicks would take Scare, Kelly or Black ??? Does Buss, and Front Office even like the Lakers ??? Sell the team, if don’t have Vision. Keep Upshaw, put in Defenders, and Pray / Hope that Millions don’t come knocking for Upshaw . . . I’m beyond Surprised of the STUPIDY of Decsion

  • I rather have Huertas as a starting PG. Russell still needs some time to adjust. We need to get as many wins as possible. No more tanking and certainly not giving the 76ers a lottery pick next year.

  • I don’t care who you are if you are writing for the Lakers you should be sounding off with us on this one. OMG WHY would we keep SACRE??!?! He’s our backup defensive anchor alright- Anchoring us to the bottom of the West. LOST us the game against the Jazz when he came in, and He literally almost cost us the game last night. I am so angry right now, because i thought for sure Sacre’s crappy play last night would finally get him cut, but i guess not. He get rewarded. I have been behind Byron Scott and the Front Office this whole time, but why Waive Upshaw?!?!? That is Straight up dumb. You could have signed him and D-leaged him… Holmes is injured…Waive him before Upshaw…. Why Why Why Why?!?!?!?!?!?! He couldn’t even make the Canadian National Team…Man this feels soo wrong, like letting Nash go and coach golden state instead of making sure he stayed here…WTF?!?!

  • Me too. But as long as Huertas is closing games, they can start Russell for appearances sake.

  • Me too. But as long as Huertas is closing games, they can start Russell for appearances sake.

  • No Waive Upshaw !! INSTEAD WAIVE / FIRE “BUSS FAMILY” – FIRE “MITCH” – WAIVE “SCOTT” – IDIOTS ! IDIOTS !

  • No Waive Upshaw !! INSTEAD WAIVE / FIRE “BUSS FAMILY” – FIRE “MITCH” – WAIVE “SCOTT” – IDIOTS ! IDIOTS !

  • Right. Man this is Too dumb. I remember when it was the OTHER nba teams that made stupid moves like this.

  • Right. Man this is Too dumb. I remember when it was the OTHER nba teams that made stupid moves like this.

  • Lakers always say, “we are building for Future”. Upshaw is the Future – I’M so mad. I thought the decision of Upshaw has got to be DUMBEST thing FO has done. Work with the guy, put him in with Huertas / Kobe, NOT SCRUBS . . .

  • Lakers always say, “we are building for Future”. Upshaw is the Future – I’M so mad. I thought the decision of Upshaw has got to be DUMBEST thing FO has done. Work with the guy, put him in with Huertas / Kobe, NOT SCRUBS . . .

  • SMH
    Fingers crossed that he makes it through waivers and ends up on the Defenders.

  • He was undrafted and came to camp out of shape. Not exactly a confidence builder. We all wanted him to be a steal, but the reality is that he just wasn’t very good

  • SMH
    Fingers crossed that he makes it through waivers and ends up on the Defenders.

  • He was undrafted and came to camp out of shape. Not exactly a confidence builder. We all wanted him to be a steal, but the reality is that he just wasn’t very good

  • Waive or fire the team owners?lol u sound like someone who just got dump for another

  • iF Lakers don’t or haven’t already done a deal – Lakers are going to sit and watch some other NBA team take Upshaw, right from under us – and develop him. I don’t want to see that, do you??

  • Waive or fire the team owners?lol u sound like someone who just got dump for another

  • iF Lakers don’t or haven’t already done a deal – Lakers are going to sit and watch some other NBA team take Upshaw, right from under us – and develop him. I don’t want to see that, do you??

  • No, but it does seem bad that Huertas coming in got us a big lead but replacing him with Russell lost that big lead. Especially when Huertas was getting assists left and right and Russell had like 1 the entire game.

  • No, but it does seem bad that Huertas coming in got us a big lead but replacing him with Russell lost that big lead. Especially when Huertas was getting assists left and right and Russell had like 1 the entire game.

  • By sunset, Upshaw will have signed with another NBA team – for Millions, can I say the same for a Scare / Kelly / Black ?? Can you, sit and watch the Stupidity of our FO ???

  • By sunset, Upshaw will have signed with another NBA team – for Millions, can I say the same for a Scare / Kelly / Black ?? Can you, sit and watch the Stupidity of our FO ???

  • Good at what, and when?? Haven’t we seen enough of those two, prior Hibbert / Upshaw ???? Lakers need Upshaw, a TRUE Big

  • Good at what, and when?? Haven’t we seen enough of those two, prior Hibbert / Upshaw ???? Lakers need Upshaw, a TRUE Big

  • Kelly is shooting 60% from the 3 point line. Not sure what more you could ask of a stretch 4? As for Black did everything well last night.

  • Kelly is shooting 60% from the 3 point line. Not sure what more you could ask of a stretch 4? As for Black did everything well last night.

  • W T F ? ? Really ? Not sure LA Fans, can stomach another Scare / Kelly / Black season – I know my Court side seat, just got tougher, for Me to believe in FO – KEEP Upshaw

  • W T F ? ? Really ? Not sure LA Fans, can stomach another Scare / Kelly / Black season – I know my Court side seat, just got tougher, for Me to believe in FO – KEEP Upshaw

  • At the end of the day it’s done he’s been waived,they obviously found something out that they don’t like,so just move on no reason to cry over spilled weed, we’ll maybe Upshaw will lol

  • Any center in League, LAUGHS at FO choice of Scare / Kelly / Black as Our rim protector

  • At the end of the day it’s done he’s been waived,they obviously found something out that they don’t like,so just move on no reason to cry over spilled weed, we’ll maybe Upshaw will lol

  • Any center in League, LAUGHS at FO choice of Scare / Kelly / Black as Our rim protector

  • Hibbert is our rim protector. We will be run and gun with the second unit. We are very athletic. Upshaw wasn’t going to play regardless.

  • No use crying over spilled milk , it’s done !!! But 9’5 reach highest recorded in combine in 25 years ! projected 6.8 blocks in 35 minutes per game and only 20 !!!!!!!
    BS pushed it for the other dudes , he never openly praised Upshaw and after always bringing up mistakes he side complimented the kid , if you notice in the last game he played him in really short stints and never gave him a chance !!!!!!

  • Hibbert is our rim protector. We will be run and gun with the second unit. We are very athletic. Upshaw wasn’t going to play regardless.

  • No use crying over spilled milk , it’s done !!! But 9’5 reach highest recorded in combine in 25 years ! projected 6.8 blocks in 35 minutes per game and only 20 !!!!!!!
    BS pushed it for the other dudes , he never openly praised Upshaw and after always bringing up mistakes he side complimented the kid , if you notice in the last game he played him in really short stints and never gave him a chance !!!!!!

  • This imaginary version of Upshaw everyone is crying over seems like a megastar. Too bad he wasn’t trying out for the team.

  • Never understood why everyone on Lakersnation has been so “high” on Upshaw. He never played a full season of college, didn’t get drafted, played like crap in summer league and didn’t look good in preseason. Am I missing something??

  • Just more BS to make the FO not look bad . Upshaw was a model citizen and I know this from a source .

  • This imaginary version of Upshaw everyone is crying over seems like a megastar. Too bad he wasn’t trying out for the team.

  • Never understood why everyone on Lakersnation has been so “high” on Upshaw. He never played a full season of college, didn’t get drafted, played like crap in summer league and didn’t look good in preseason. Am I missing something??

  • Just more BS to make the FO not look bad . Upshaw was a model citizen and I know this from a source .

  • Hang on bro, then get ready to Praise the FO, for stupid decision for NOT Working Properly with Upshaw – smh

  • Shocked……maybe just didn’t have time to wait for Upshaw to get some sense for the game because most of the time he was lost on the court. We, Scott and am sure the FO about knew this.

  • Hang on bro, then get ready to Praise the FO, for stupid decision for NOT Working Properly with Upshaw – smh

  • Shocked……maybe just didn’t have time to wait for Upshaw to get some sense for the game because most of the time he looked lost on the court. We, Scott and am sure the FO about knew this.

  • I’m a Hibbert believer. 82 games is a long season, then playoffs . . . Hibbert chooses Upshaw and not Sacre / Kelly / Black, ask him, lol

  • I’m a Hibbert believer. 82 games is a long season, then playoffs . . . Hibbert chooses Upshaw and not Sacre / Kelly / Black, ask him, lol

  • Agreed. He played really well with Huertas. I think he fits that second unit really well. They will play so fast.

  • A Brown not only missed every defensive assignment last night but every shot he took , Bass played like crap the whole preseason and no way a center , so did MWP who has hit 1 out of 10 3’s in 7 games and shooting 28 % !!! Why are they nitpicking the only other shot blocker in our roster ? with 10 minutes per game and a bunch of DNP’s ?

  • Agreed. He played really well with Huertas. I think he fits that second unit really well. They will play so fast.

  • A Brown not only missed every defensive assignment last night but every shot he took , Bass played like crap the whole preseason and no way a center , so did MWP who has hit 1 out of 10 3’s in 7 games and shooting 28 % !!! Why are they nitpicking the only other shot blocker in our roster ? with 10 minutes per game and a bunch of DNP’s ?

  • Rather than being angry at this decision I’m just disappointed. I truly wanted this guy to get a chance to reach the potential some see in him, and doing this for us. It was a positioning battle as the third Big. Knowing this, my guess is that the FO valued the immediate upbringing of Sacre when Upshaw is a huge work to put up on several years, deconstructing and reconstructing his body and a big part of his game. Considering the full attention that needs to be given to Russell, Julius, Anthony, Jordan, Larry and Tarik who are all players that can somehow produce already in their own ways, well… Sacre is a safe and sound decision for the team stability this year with limited minutes to be distributed and a limited focus dispersal as well. He does nothing good but he does nothing bad, whereas Upshaw, well…

  • Yup plus we have Bass to play C against teams like the Suns and Warriors who try to go small ball alot

  • Rather than being angry at this decision I’m just disappointed. I truly wanted this guy to get a chance to reach the potential some see in him, and doing this for us. It was a positioning battle as the third Big. Knowing this, my guess is that the FO valued the immediate upbringing of Sacre when Upshaw is a huge work to put up on several years, deconstructing and reconstructing his body and a big part of his game. Considering the full attention that needs to be given to Russell, Julius, Anthony, Jordan, Larry and Tarik who are all players that can somehow produce already in their own ways, well… Sacre is a safe and sound decision for the team stability this year with limited minutes to be distributed and a limited focus dispersal as well. He does nothing good but he does nothing bad, whereas Upshaw, well…

  • Yup plus we have Bass to play C against teams like the Suns and Warriors who try to go small ball alot

  • Wow, Just wish the Best for Upshaw – Can’t say LA never had the Opportunity Bruh:)

  • Metta didn’t put up numbers but he really ramped up the energy of the entire team. Plus his value as a mentor to Randle cannot be undervalued since Randle is our future.

  • Wow, Just wish the Best for Upshaw – Can’t say LA never had the Opportunity Bruh:)

  • Metta didn’t put up numbers but he really ramped up the energy of the entire team. Plus his value as a mentor to Randle cannot be undervalued since Randle is our future.

  • I understand the MWP move and definitely Huertas but why Sacre ??? What has he done in this whole preseason to justify not being cut regardless of who else ?

  • I understand the MWP move and definitely Huertas but why Sacre ??? What has he done in this whole preseason to justify not being cut regardless of who else ?

  • Well can’t say Los Angeles didn’t have an Opportunity – May Upshaw develop, and make his Millions, defending against Scare / Kelly / Black. Much Love Big Up . . . “IF only” . . .

  • I thought they would cut Sacre, unless Upshaw had chemistry issues with the team. And according to reports that was the case. He isn’t worth the risk if he is going to bring the team down. Neither he or Sacre are good enough to get minutes.

  • Well can’t say Los Angeles didn’t have an Opportunity – May Upshaw develop, and make his Millions, defending against Scare / Kelly / Black. Much Love Big Up . . . “IF only” . . .

  • I thought they would cut Sacre, unless Upshaw had chemistry issues with the team. And according to reports that was the case. He isn’t worth the risk if he is going to bring the team down. Neither he or Sacre are good enough to get minutes.

  • I completely agree on this one. Sacre has made no progress whatsoever. His defense is poor, at best. His offense is very inconsistent. Sacre was the guy that needed to be cut, not Upshaw. Bad choice by the coaching staff and the front office.

  • Dont act like Black, Kelly and Nance can’t shot-block besides Upshaw. Black is our most athletic versatile big who can play C or PF at any time. You also have to count in BB IQ because most of the time during the preseason Upshaw looked like he didn’t know what he was doing on the court. He has to remember hes in the NBA where the next man is always ready to take your spot.

  • I completely agree on this one. Sacre has made no progress whatsoever. His defense is poor, at best. His offense is very inconsistent. Sacre was the guy that needed to be cut, not Upshaw. Bad choice by the coaching staff and the front office.

  • Dont act like Black, Kelly and Nance can’t shot-block besides Upshaw. Black is our most athletic versatile big who can play C or PF at any time. You also have to count in BB IQ because most of the time during the preseason Upshaw looked like he didn’t know what he was doing on the court. He has to remember hes in the NBA where the next man is always ready to take your spot.

  • I GOT much love for Our P&G – Wish Upshaw the Best, make those Millions Bro – Just can’t root for you when in your not in a P&G – Don’t let the lack of vision of our Great Organization hamper your Mad Skills, for a lot of us P&G kno ur potential

  • But even based on his play in preseason a projected 6 blocks per game based on 35 minutes of play ! 9’5 reach , 15 inch hands !!!!!!!!

  • So many salty fans in here over a kid who got kicked out of two college programs went undrafted and played sub par on sl and pre season games,there obviously a reason why he got waived though who knows what

  • This is saying Lakers may most likely re-sign Hibbert next offseason because I don’t see Lakers going after a Noah in Free Agency for a shot-blocker.

  • I GOT much love for Our P&G – Wish Upshaw the Best, make those Millions Bro – Just can’t root for you when in your not in a P&G – Don’t let the lack of vision of our Great Organization hamper your Mad Skills, for a lot of us P&G kno ur potential

  • But even based on his play in preseason a projected 6 blocks per game based on 35 minutes of play ! 9’5 reach , 15 inch hands !!!!!!!!

  • So many salty fans in here over a kid who got kicked out of two college programs went undrafted and played sub par on sl and pre season games,there obviously a reason why he got waived though who knows what

  • This is saying Lakers may most likely re-sign Hibbert next offseason because I don’t see Lakers going after a Noah in Free Agency for a shot-blocker.

  • Bynum wasn’t that impressive as a Rookie but he grew with the team with Kareem’s help….Upshaw has a nice stoke for a Center and can shoot FT’s…If another team picks him up and he develops into that upside…..the Lakers will be ridicule once again…

  • Kobe, and all the rest of Lakers Great Choose Upshaw – But thanks to FO, I bid farewell Big Upshaw.

  • a good towel waver though LMAOO. obvously he wont but ifyou need a real quick laugh watch him dancing or towel waving after a good play lol

  • Bynum wasn’t that impressive as a Rookie but he grew with the team with Kareem’s help….Upshaw has a nice stoke for a Center and can shoot FT’s…If another team picks him up and he develops into that upside…..the Lakers will be ridicule once again…

  • Kobe, and all the rest of Lakers Great Choose Upshaw – But thanks to FO, I bid farewell Big Upshaw – because I choose through all disappointment / shock / stupid decisions of LA Front Office, Our P&G baby. . . losing season or not, I bleed P&G Son

  • a good towel waver though LMAOO. obvously he wont but ifyou need a real quick laugh watch him dancing or towel waving after a good play lol

  • Personal relationships go a long way and I think this was the case here , Jeanie must have got emotional again !!!!!!!!

  • Personal relationships go a long way and I think this was the case here , Jeanie must have got emotional again !!!!!!!!

  • They will trade for Jahlil Okafor in one to two years.

    It’s the Plan.

    It has to be.

  • They will trade for Jahlil Okafor in one to two years.

    It’s the Plan.

    It has to be.

  • Last roster spot between Brown and MWP is 50-50 according to a source within the team

  • If we don’t somehow retain him with an under the table deal like Philly did last year with their FA D- leaguer , we will regret this move for years to come !

  • Last roster spot between Brown and MWP is 50-50 according to a source within the team

  • If we don’t somehow retain him with an under the table deal like Philly did last year with their FA D- leaguer , we will regret this move for years to come !

  • Stay Healthy Hibbert, long season Bruh, cuz who FO has decided to develop is Sacre / Kelly / Black, to give you rest

  • It would be just like Phil to pick up Upshaw and Rub it in Jim Buss face…..making a mockery of Jim Buss incompetence…..Stay Tuned.

  • Stay Healthy Hibbert, long season Bruh, cuz who FO has decided to develop is Sacre / Kelly / Black, to give you a break. Our Rim Protectors

  • It would be just like Phil to pick up Upshaw and Rub it in Jim Buss face…..making a mockery of Jim Buss incompetence…..Stay Tuned.

  • What makes u think phillie would even remotely consider that insane idea of yours

  • What makes u think phillie would even remotely consider that insane idea of yours

  • I am thinking that we keep Metta. I like Jabari but we just have too much redundancy in the role he would play. Plus I want Metta to mentor Randle.

  • I am thinking that we keep Metta. I like Jabari but we just have too much redundancy in the role he would play. Plus I want Metta to mentor Randle.

  • Upshaw is better than Sacre and is young…..He can develop him like Bynum….A plus for the Knicks…with porzingis who is more like a Dirk.

  • Upshaw is better than Sacre and is young…..He can develop him like Bynum….A plus for the Knicks…with porzingis who is more like a Dirk.

  • Ridiculous! !! You choose sacre because he can cheerlead? He’s the highest paid cheerleader of all tine. Byron messed this up as usual. Some smart FO will pick him up and he’s going to come back and bust out A$$ watch. Hibbert isn’t young sacre cannot be developed no one will pick up sacre but Upshaw will definitely get picked up. SMMFH!!! cut Byron beach a$$!!!!!!!

  • Ridiculous! !! You choose sacre because he can cheerlead? He’s the highest paid cheerleader of all tine. Byron messed this up as usual. Some smart FO will pick him up and he’s going to come back and bust out A$$ watch. Hibbert isn’t young sacre cannot be developed no one will pick up sacre but Upshaw will definitely get picked up. SMMFH!!! cut Byron beach a$$!!!!!!!

  • Bynum’s injuries were definitely an issue, but it was his character that ultimately forced him out of the league. Upshaw does seem to have that in common.

  • Bynum’s injuries were definitely an issue, but it was his character that ultimately forced him out of the league. Upshaw does seem to have that in common.

  • Everyone saying that Upshaw is better than Sacre are just butt hurt he is waived. Sacre has more experience and is way faster than Upshaw and is actually a chemistry booster rather than the opposite.

  • So was Draymond Green. But I don’t think they were too upset with that championship.

  • Black is 6’9 with a huge wingspan giving him a case to play C. He played a lot of C with the Rockets when Howard was injured.

  • Everyone saying that Upshaw is better than Sacre are just butt hurt he is waived. Sacre has more experience and is way faster than Upshaw and is actually a chemistry booster rather than the opposite.

  • So was Draymond Green. But I don’t think they were too upset with that championship.

  • Black is 6’9 with a huge wingspan giving him a case to play C. He played a lot of C with the Rockets when Howard was injured.

  • At least Sacre knows how to run a PnR with our playmaking guards unlike Upshaw

  • At least Sacre knows how to run a PnR with our playmaking guards unlike Upshaw

  • I thought the Lakers was putting young pieces together….Seems counter productive by letting Upshaw go….Keep that young core together like alot of theseteams.

  • I thought the Lakers was putting young pieces together….Seems counter productive by letting Upshaw go….Keep that young core together like alot of these teams.

  • Philly cant keep Embiid, Noel, & Okafor. I would love to have Noel. But im sure Embiid gets the boot because he dont like it there & not listening to their trainers.

  • Sometimes cutting bad chemistry is the most important part of building a lasting core.

  • Philly cant keep Embiid, Noel, & Okafor. I would love to have Noel. But im sure Embiid gets the boot because he dont like it there & not listening to their trainers.

  • Sometimes cutting bad chemistry is the most important part of building a lasting core.

  • He going to be with the Defenders if nobody picks him up in 24hours. Then he will be developing there until he is developed. Then we will never see Sacre again

  • He going to be with the Defenders if nobody picks him up in 24hours. Then he will be developing there until he is developed. Then we will never see Sacre again

  • Upshaw will be traded by end of day, Sacre on the other hand – even with your chemistry – will never be taken by another NBA team

  • Upshaw will be traded by end of day, Sacre on the other hand – even with your chemistry – will never be taken by another NBA team

  • You have the Laker girls if you need Cheerleading…..We have seen Sacre for 3yrs….He’s not going to get any better…If you’re settling for Sacre as an option…..Pretty much says where this team is heading.

  • You have the Laker girls if you need Cheerleading…..We have seen Sacre for 3yrs….He’s not going to get any better…If you’re settling for Sacre as an option…..Pretty much says where this team is heading.

  • Lakers can’t let go of Sacre because
    sacre = simple past and past participle of SACRED.

  • Can’t trade a player who’s been already waived, try to think dude ur acting too salty as if your upshaw

  • Lakers can’t let go of Sacre because
    sacre = simple past and past participle of SACRED.

  • Can’t trade a player who’s been already waived, try to think dude ur acting too salty as if your upshaw

  • Ran dy, my dead dog, my snotty nosed nephew, my DRUNKEN neighbor, my one-eyed gramma knows more then FO, at this pt in time – Just a dozzie to swallow, not sure I can Lord knows I’m trying

  • Ran dy, my dead dog, my snotty nosed nephew, my DRUNKEN neighbor, my one-eyed gramma knows more then FO, at this pt in time – Just a dozzie to swallow, not sure I can Lord knows I’m trying

  • Haven’t heard anybody complaining about Upshaw’s getting along with players

  • Haven’t heard anybody complaining about Upshaw’s getting along with players

  • Educate me . . . no one can take / make a ridiculous offer to lure a “waived” Laker?

  • Educate me . . . no one can take / make a ridiculous offer to lure a “waived” Laker?

  • Sorry about Upshaw, was pulling for him. But honestly he didn’t do much of anything other than look very slow and confused. I hope he lands with the Dfenders, that would be the best case senario. Sacre is not as bad as he is getting painted to be and for a 3rd string center he will be fine. Black will be back up ahead of him. Two more to go, very hard choices ahead.

  • HELP Me understand Current NBA Rules, PLEASE – So, while “waived”, does that mean, if Upshaw REALLY wants to be a Laker – all Upshaw has to do is hide in Defenders ? ? So unless, Upshaw wants to leave, Upshaw remains with Lakers, only as a Defender ? ?

  • Sorry about Upshaw, was pulling for him. But honestly he didn’t do much of anything other than look very slow and confused. I hope he lands with the Dfenders, that would be the best case senario. Sacre is not as bad as he is getting painted to be and for a 3rd string center he will be fine. Black will be back up ahead of him. Two more to go, very hard choices ahead.

  • HELP Me understand Current NBA Rules, PLEASE – So, while “waived”, does that mean, if Upshaw REALLY wants to be a Laker – all Upshaw has to do is hide in Defenders ? ? So unless, Upshaw wants to leave, Upshaw remains with Lakers, only as a Defender ? ?

  • Kid got waived , meaning he got released from his contract, he can sign to another team now IF the other 29 teams that passed on him during the draft take a second good hard look and decide to offer him a contract

  • Kid got waived , meaning he got released from his contract, he can sign to another team now IF the other 29 teams that passed on him during the draft take a second good hard look and decide to offer him a contract

  • What I saw was Upshaw’s timing was off, which means he needs to play more – with the D-Fenders – while Sacre holds down that position until and if Upshaw can improve to the point he can return to the Lakers. Sacre could then be traded or waived.

  • What I saw was Upshaw’s timing was off, which means he needs to play more – with the D-Fenders – while Sacre holds down that position until and if Upshaw can improve to the point he can return to the Lakers. Sacre could then be traded or waived.

  • Oh God. So, if Robert Upshaw wants to Really become a Laker, then Big Upshaw must just stay put, on waivers ?

  • Exactly, Thomas dude is too salty I think he’s really Upshaw in disguise

  • Oh God. So, if Robert Upshaw wants to Really become a Laker, then Big Upshaw must just stay put, on waivers ?

  • Exactly, Thomas dude is too salty I think he’s really Upshaw in disguise

  • Waived means he is placed on a waiver wire where teams can continue to pay his contract in a specific order based on record. Once all 29 teams pass on him, he becomes an unrestricted free agent to all nba teams.
    However, Lakers can chose to assign him to there d-league affiliate to avoid him entering the d-league draft

  • I’am lost for words to see so many Sacre supporters? its crazy.. What have that man showed us since being a Laker that makes you want to support his game? i dont get it .. is Upshaw way better then Sacre.. no way.. but hes young and can develop .. not to mention a true 7fter.. to me upshaw needs alot of developing but event with that said hes better then Sacre..

  • What makes u think they’ll offer him another contract when he just got waived, or if that’s not simple enough meaning he just got fired

  • Waived means he is placed on a waiver wire where teams can continue to pay his contract in a specific order based on record. Once all 29 teams pass on him, he becomes an unrestricted free agent to all nba teams.
    However, Lakers can chose to assign him to there d-league affiliate to avoid him entering the d-league draft

  • I’am lost for words to see so many Sacre supporters? its crazy.. What have that man showed us since being a Laker that makes you want to support his game? i dont get it .. is Upshaw way better then Sacre.. no way.. but hes young and can develop .. not to mention a true 7fter.. to me upshaw needs alot of developing but event with that said hes better then Sacre..

  • What makes u think they’ll offer him another contract when he just got waived, or if that’s not simple enough meaning he just got fired

  • Do anybody remember Bynum?…He was slow…He was a rookie process…He and Howard was considered the best 2 centers once upon a time….Upshaw is slow…a rookie process….Depends who picks him up.

  • Do anybody remember Bynum?…He was slow…He was a rookie process…He and Howard was considered the best 2 centers once upon a time….Upshaw is slow…a rookie process….Depends who picks him up.

  • His job isn’t on the line. Jim’s comments today made that clear, saying that “we’re a few years away”… If you ask me, that means the FO is willing to grow under Scott. Plus, there’s really no coaches out there to get. Also, Scott is known for blossoming the play of PGs like Kidd, CP3, Irving, Clarkson, next maybe Russell and Huertas. I don’t know if Scott’s the guy to take us over the hump, but I don’t think his job is on the line.

  • His job isn’t on the line. Jim’s comments today made that clear, saying that “we’re a few years away”… If you ask me, that means the FO is willing to grow under Scott. Plus, there’s really no coaches out there to get. Also, Scott is known for blossoming the play of PGs like Kidd, CP3, Irving, Clarkson, next maybe Russell and Huertas. I don’t know if Scott’s the guy to take us over the hump, but I don’t think his job is on the line.

  • So, in waiving Upshaw, Upshaw must decide to go to Defenders. I Love Hibbert’s size, but it is long season. Come on Big Upshaw choose to stay !! I’m begging here !! (all last season, I’m just not comfortable with the results of Sacre / Kelly / Black and their performance this year) Come on Big Upshaw, Choose Los Angeles Lakers Bruh

  • So, in waiving Upshaw, Upshaw must decide to go to Defenders. I Love Hibbert’s size, but it is long season. Come on Big Upshaw choose to stay !! I’m begging here !! (all last season, I’m just not comfortable with the results of Sacre / Kelly / Black and their performance this year) Come on Big Upshaw, Choose Los Angeles Lakers Bruh

  • I hope Upshaw chooses Lakers. I can just see Upshaw skill and Hibberts long 82 season of rim protecting

  • OK and green is undersized too that’s my point. You probably think the Lakers will win a ship this year too.

  • I hope Upshaw chooses Lakers. I can just see Upshaw skill and Hibberts long 82 season of rim protecting

  • OK and green is undersized too that’s my point. You probably think the Lakers will win a ship this year too.

  • I was talking about the process.not the money…Bynum wasn’t that impressive as a Rookie.

  • i think some one will pick up Upshaw and work with him.. just a matter of time and development..

  • I had a feeling this was gonna happen when BS said he wanted guys who knew where to be, and were good locker room guys. Difference is even if Sacre knows where to be it makes little difference that he’s there, he’s lame. Once Upshaw figures it out he’s gonna be a disruptive force. Short sighted move by BS, guess he doesn’t want to wait for a guy to develop and pay dividends for the coach who replaces him. But really, Sacre? LET’S RIOT!

  • I was talking about the process.not the money…Bynum wasn’t that impressive as a Rookie.

  • i think some one will pick up Upshaw and work with him.. just a matter of time and development..

  • I had a feeling this was gonna happen when BS said he wanted guys who knew where to be, and were good locker room guys. Difference is even if Sacre knows where to be it makes little difference that he’s there, he’s lame. Once Upshaw figures it out he’s gonna be a disruptive force. Short sighted move by BS, guess he doesn’t want to wait for a guy to develop and pay dividends for the coach who replaces him. But really, Sacre? LET’S RIOT!

  • OK I like black and bass but bottom line is they are both undersized at center. We’re Lakers not the Warriors small ball doesn’t work with everyone.

  • OK I like black and bass but bottom line is they are both undersized at center. We’re Lakers not the Warriors small ball doesn’t work with everyone.

  • But who would the Lakers give the job to? In my opinion, there’s really no available coach out there to get.

  • But who would the Lakers give the job to? In my opinion, there’s really no available coach out there to get.

  • If in a Dog-Fight, Hibbert tires – I would know Upshaw would do better then hold his own. Rather then more of last season’s Sacre / Kelly / Black (we lost all those dog fights lol)

  • A team who need a rim protector besides Hibbert released a raw rookie rim protector, there’s obviously a reason why they did though right now we can only speculate on what the reason is

  • Shoot FT’s??? Guess you never watched Husky games last year. And the main difference between Bynum and Upshaw, is that we drafted Bynum. And people love to bring up the “Whiteside” effect/result.. but here’s the kicker.

    Whiteside was not only passed on by is, but also other teams. He never showed us or anyone else anything substantial and was on the verge of being out of the league. But the Heat took a chance out of injury and he stuck. He’s the exception, not the rule.

  • If in a Dog-Fight, Hibbert tires – I would know Upshaw would do better then hold his own. Rather then more of last season’s Sacre / Kelly / Black (we lost all those dog fights lol)

  • A team who need a rim protector besides Hibbert released a raw rookie rim protector, there’s obviously a reason why they did though right now we can only speculate on what the reason is

  • Shoot FT’s??? Guess you never watched Husky games last year. And the main difference between Bynum and Upshaw, is that we drafted Bynum. And people love to bring up the “Whiteside” effect/result.. but here’s the kicker.

    Whiteside was not only passed on by is, but also other teams. He never showed us or anyone else anything substantial and was on the verge of being out of the league. But the Heat took a chance out of injury and he stuck. He’s the exception, not the rule.

  • Is Front-Office only doing this, to see who wants Upshaw? I know if they did this to Sacre / Black / Kelly, NO NBA team would even bite at our three Amigoes (combined lol)

  • Is Front-Office only doing this, to see who wants Upshaw? I know if they did this to Sacre / Black / Kelly, NO NBA team would even bite at our three Amigoes (combined lol)

  • Byron Scott has issues with guys with personality. ..swaggy. Upshaw may have had past off the court issues but sorry sacre has on the court issues.

  • Byron Scott has issues with guys with personality. ..swaggy. Upshaw may have had past off the court issues but sorry sacre has on the court issues.

  • Wow no offense but you continuous rumblings are kinda getting pathetic, kid already got waived get over it

  • Wow no offense but you continuous rumblings are kinda getting pathetic, kid already got waived get over it

  • Sacre and Holmes, I hope. We can play Bass as our 3rd center. Sacre is the least talented player on the roster and Holmes is hurt.

  • Sacre and Holmes, I hope. We can play Bass as our 3rd center. Sacre is the least talented player on the roster and Holmes is hurt.

  • Scott didn’t waive Upshaw that’s mitch job, they obviously found something out about him that they don’t like , enough to waive him

  • Scott didn’t waive Upshaw that’s mitch job, they obviously found something out about him that they don’t like , enough to waive him

  • The Lakers is going to have a problem trying to Play Small Ball…..Alot of team have tall athletic centers like Jordan,Davis etc who is going to be a problem for that small back up center position.

  • The Lakers is going to have a problem trying to Play Small Ball…..Alot of team have tall athletic centers like Jordan,Davis etc who is going to be a problem for that small back up center position.

  • u right.. fuc small ball.. but i wud play Black.. hes strong enough to handle it but fuc small ball

  • You can’t trust sacre to be on the court in preseason he tried to give the last game to the blazers. So how can you tryst him in the regular season. I pray black or Hibbert don’t get hurt this year.SACRE SUCKS!!!!! Hopefully b Scott is on that Jim buss 3 year turn around plan.

  • Hibbert 12 mins = 1 rebound, Upshaw 12 mins = 6 rebounds. Once Hibbert is down with injury, we are left with Black and Sacre. Good luck in protecting the rim.

    I thought our problem last season is no rim protector and now we keep Sacre and get rid of Upshaw.

  • u right.. fuc small ball.. but i wud play Black.. hes strong enough to handle it but fuc small ball

  • You can’t trust sacre to be on the court in preseason he tried to give the last game to the blazers. So how can you tryst him in the regular season. I pray black or Hibbert don’t get hurt this year.SACRE SUCKS!!!!! Hopefully b Scott is on that Jim buss 3 year turn around plan.

  • Hibbert 12 mins = 1 rebound, Upshaw 12 mins = 6 rebounds. Once Hibbert is down with injury, we are left with Black and Sacre. Good luck in protecting the rim.

    I thought our problem last season is no rim protector and now we keep Sacre and get rid of Upshaw.

  • How many Draymond Green out there? He is one of a kind and the Warriors system suit him well.

  • and thats my point.. its not like im a big upshaw fan, but you have Hibb, Black, Sacre and Upshaw.. one must goo. u pick Upshaw thats whats puzzling..

  • How many Draymond Green out there? He is one of a kind and the Warriors system suit him well.

  • and thats my point.. its not like im a big upshaw fan, but you have Hibb, Black, Sacre and Upshaw.. one must goo. u pick Upshaw thats whats puzzling..

  • Sounds like Scott had some input in that decision the way he was speaking about it.

  • It won’t take long before someone offer Upshaw a contract. The same can’t be said about Sacre. It’s sad we failed to recognize talent once more just like we did with Whiteside.

  • Sounds like Scott had some input in that decision the way he was speaking about it.

  • It won’t take long before someone offer Upshaw a contract. The same can’t be said about Sacre. It’s sad we failed to recognize talent once more just like we did with Whiteside.

  • Whatever the real reason is it must be bad enough to be the first one waived

  • Whatever the real reason is it must be bad enough to be the first one waived

  • We are so lucky that we can afford to waive two great prospects, but we are putting together a great team, and already have so many names to pick from!!! WILL MISS UPSHAW AND FRAZIER !!!! lucky the teams that get them !!!

  • to me, its seeing if he can.. if they were picking one to leave.. i can’t see how they didnt choose Sacre.. im not saying Upshaw will be Whiteside in years to come.. time will tell but i am saying he contributes better then Sacre but yet u still choose Sacre over him ..

  • Unfortunately they love Byron so much, they might give him 10 years contract extension. Same goes with Sacre.

  • We are so lucky that we can afford to waive two great prospects, but we are putting together a great team, and already have so many names to pick from!!! WILL MISS UPSHAW AND FRAZIER !!!! lucky the teams that get them !!!

  • to me, its seeing if he can.. if they were picking one to leave.. i can’t see how they didnt choose Sacre.. im not saying Upshaw will be Whiteside in years to come.. time will tell but i am saying he contributes better then Sacre but yet u still choose Sacre over him ..

  • Unfortunately they love Byron so much, they might give him 10 years contract extension. Same goes with Sacre.

  • That’s the difference between finding a Rock and Throwing a Rock….The heat found a Rock.

  • That’s the difference between finding a Rock and Throwing a Rock….The heat found a Rock.

  • “he tried to give the last game to the blazers” You are letting your bias get in the way of logic. Why would anyone try to make their team lose? It was just a mistake, it happens to everyone. So go crawl into a hole somewhere.

  • Fraizer didnt stand a chance.. to many guards ahead of him, plus he really didnt show anything special.. Upshaw out played Sacre .. the proof was those games.. but yet hes getting cut…they must have a plan ..time will tell

  • I guess they preferred an idiot cheering at the bench over someone who could potentially be a starter one day.

    I was hoping we could get 40 wins this season but I guess 76ers will get our lottery pick after all.

  • “he tried to give the last game to the blazers” You are letting your bias get in the way of logic. Why would anyone try to make their team lose? It was just a mistake, it happens to everyone. So go crawl into a hole somewhere.

  • Fraizer didnt stand a chance.. to many guards ahead of him, plus he really didnt show anything special.. Upshaw out played Sacre .. the proof was those games.. but yet hes getting cut…they must have a plan ..time will tell

  • I guess they preferred an idiot cheering at the bench over someone who could potentially be a starter one day.

    I was hoping we could get 40 wins this season but I guess 76ers will get our lottery pick after all.

  • They’ll be in the d-league with the defenders and Upshaw needs time to develop on and off court…you can’t cut Sacre because he’s good in the locker room and a solid back-up

  • They’ll be in the d-league with the defenders and Upshaw needs time to develop on and off court…you can’t cut Sacre because he’s good in the locker room and a solid back-up

  • The Lakers would be lucky if Upshaw end up in D-League with D-Fenders. I just don’t see it. Someone will pick him up.

  • You acting like Upshaw was actually efficient at protecting the rim. Please stop overrating him.

  • The Lakers would be lucky if Upshaw end up in D-League with D-Fenders. I just don’t see it. Someone will pick him up.

  • You acting like Upshaw was actually efficient at protecting the rim. Please stop overrating him.

  • There are Hit and Misses in Life….but the Lakers are in no position to be Missing….

  • There are Hit and Misses in Life….but the Lakers are in no position to be Missing….

  • Sacre has experience, big time experience in dropping the ball, giving up rebounds and cheerleading. Guess Sacre’s cheerleading ways is now paying off, camaraderie stuff. Can’t believe they went for a player who hasn’t improved since he was a rookie rather than someone that can be developed alongside Randle, Clarkson & Russell. Some decision makers in the FO are really making the fan base scratch their heads big time. FO seems lost which direction they want to go.

  • compare to Sacre? have you seen the games.. He defended the rim way better then SAcre.. Wayyy better

  • To all the people who gave me grief: the Lakers agreed with me, so I did not deserve the name-calling and insults you heaped on me. As much as my heart goes out to Upshaw, he just isn’t ready. Watching him play up close and personal (I was maybe 6-10 feet away from him) brought that home in spades. Too bad, because I really wanted him to be ready.

    But he’s not.

    Plus, except for the final minute of the game, last night Sacre played like a man who wanted to make the team, while Upshaw did not. (He stunk up the joint in that last minute, though.) And the Lakers are also focusing on “character” as they describe it, so maybe questions about Upshaw’s off-court problems played a factor in their decision, too.

    In any case, I predicted this would be the Lakers’ decision, and I took a lot of grief from fans about it. In the end, I happened to be right this time. I hope Upshaw plays for the Dfenders, and is eventually brought up to play in the Show when he’s ready.

  • Sacre has experience, big time experience in dropping the ball, giving up rebounds and cheerleading. Guess Sacre’s cheerleading ways is now paying off, camaraderie stuff. Can’t believe they went for a player who hasn’t improved since he was a rookie rather than someone that can be developed alongside Randle, Clarkson & Russell. Some decision makers in the FO are really making the fan base scratch their heads big time. FO seems lost which direction they want to go.

  • compare to Sacre? have you seen the games.. He defended the rim way better then SAcre.. Wayyy better

  • To all the people who gave me grief: the Lakers agreed with me, so I did not deserve the name-calling and insults you heaped on me. As much as my heart goes out to Upshaw, he just isn’t ready. Watching him play up close and personal (I was maybe 6-10 feet away from him) brought that home in spades. Too bad, because I really wanted him to be ready.

    But he’s not.

    Plus, except for the final minute of the game, last night Sacre played like a man who wanted to make the team, while Upshaw did not. (Sacre stunk up the joint in that last minute, though.) And the Lakers are also focusing on “character” as they describe it, so maybe questions about Upshaw’s off-court problems played a factor in their decision, too.

    In any case, I predicted this would be the Lakers’ decision, and I took a lot of grief from fans about it. In the end, I happened to be right this time. I hope Upshaw plays for the Dfenders, and is eventually brought up to play in the Show when he’s ready.

  • Sacre may not be a great player, but he has a very defined set of skills that he does pretty well. You’re selling him short. He doesn’t have the potential that Upshaw does, but he is far more refined and developed. Aside from the last 60 seconds last night, he looked really good.

  • Sacre may not be a great player, but he has a very defined set of skills that he does pretty well. You’re selling him short. He doesn’t have the potential that Upshaw does, but he is far more refined and developed. Aside from the last 60 seconds last night, he looked really good.

  • So in only a few games he is good at blocking. Compared to Sacre’s career? Realy? That’s just plain bias. You guys really need to stop overrating the kid. That can prove to be damaging to him.

  • One of their assistant coaches is a HOF towel waiver. I think Madsen saw the potential in Sacre and gave Byron the recommndation to keep good guy Rob.

  • Upshaw hasn’t even play in the NBA and yet he is almost as good as Sacre if not better. What does that tell you about Sacre? A 26 year old with shorter wingspan and standing reach. Upshaw will only get better. The same can’t be said about Sacre.

  • So in only a few games he is good at blocking. Compared to Sacre’s career? Realy? That’s just plain bias. You guys really need to stop overrating the kid. That can prove to be damaging to him.

  • One of their assistant coaches is a HOF towel waiver. I think Madsen saw the potential in Sacre and gave Byron the recommndation to keep good guy Rob.

  • Upshaw hasn’t even play in the NBA and yet he is almost as good as Sacre if not better. What does that tell you about Sacre? A 26 year old with shorter wingspan and standing reach. Upshaw will only get better. The same can’t be said about Sacre.

  • Can you tell me what are those skills? Coz ive been watching him and he hasn’t shown me anything different since he was a rookie.

  • well i didnt give you no headache.. i agree with u .. he needs major development.. but has he contribute better then SAcre.. yes proof is in the pre season games.. and you can’t judge one game Sacre had an ok game compare to years he been here with us ..cmon now..Lakers didnt want Upshaw i understand but y is Sacre still here.. i understand we need a back up center but he aint it ..sorry

  • Can you tell me what are those skills? Coz ive been watching him and he hasn’t shown me anything different since he was a rookie.

  • well i didnt give you no headache.. i agree with u .. he needs major development.. but has he contribute better then SAcre.. yes proof is in the pre season games.. and you can’t judge one game Sacre had an ok game compare to years he been here with us ..cmon now..Lakers didnt want Upshaw i understand but y is Sacre still here.. i understand we need a back up center but he aint it ..sorry

  • Good team defender. Can hit a mid range jumper, great locker room guy. Works hard

  • so does upshaw. His set of skills when developed would be in far greater demand because of the lack of perimeter defense this team has. Byron is selling upshaw short.

  • Well, right now Upshaw is not better. The guy acts like he doesn’t know what to do. He is also to slow to compete with the quick and fast teams of today. That’s really low to talk down someone about their wingspan. But you are right that Upshaw will get better… in the D-league seeing as Sacre is more experienced.

  • Good team defender. Can hit a mid range jumper, great locker room guy. Works hard

  • so does upshaw. His set of skills when developed would be in far greater demand because of the lack of perimeter defense this team has. Byron is selling upshaw short.

  • Well, right now Upshaw is not better. The guy acts like he doesn’t know what to do. He is also to slow to compete with the quick and fast teams of today. That’s really low to talk down someone about their wingspan. But you are right that Upshaw will get better… in the D-league seeing as Sacre is more experienced.

  • Randy when have you ever seen him hit a mid range shot on a consistent basis? we have enough Locker Love, we need contribution.. every one is working hard

  • Randy when have you ever seen him hit a mid range shot on a consistent basis? we have enough Locker Love, we need contribution.. every one is working hard

  • Same stuff Upshaw did, but wait he is a rookie. And Sacre has been in the league what 3 years now.

  • i will agree with you with that.. he do move his feet well. but he can’t defend, nor have post moves to utilize his great footwork..

  • Same stuff Upshaw did, but wait he is a rookie. And Sacre has been in the league what 3 years now.

  • i will agree with you with that.. he do move his feet well. but he can’t defend, nor have post moves to utilize his great footwork..

  • you’re blind if you haven’t seen Sacre hit jumpers. And he has improved since he was a rookie each year since

  • he can sometime hit that shot. Good locker room and hardworking no doubt. Good team defender is subjective. His defense means fouling – and giving teams free throws.

  • you’re blind if you haven’t seen Sacre hit jumpers. And he has improved since he was a rookie each year since

  • he can sometime hit that shot. Good locker room and hardworking no doubt. Good team defender is subjective. His defense means fouling – and giving teams free throws.

  • But Upshaw has issues and Sacre doesn’t. And the team is focused on creating a good atmosphere

  • Let’s all hope no team picks up Upshaw and he plays well against the Lakers and turns out to be another Whiteside. And to all the Sacre lovers out here, don’t go complaining here when Sacre gets dominated by the opponents all year round.

  • But Upshaw has issues and Sacre doesn’t. And the team is focused on creating a good atmosphere

  • Let’s all hope no team picks up Upshaw and he plays well against the Lakers and turns out to be another Whiteside. And to all the Sacre lovers out here, don’t go complaining here when Sacre gets dominated by the opponents all year round.

  • BIGGEST MISTAKE OF THE YEAR LETTING UPSHAW GO!

    I SWEAR SACRE BETTER NOT FFFF UP OUR TEAM!

  • Are you guys Lakers fans or Upshaw fans? Because if you’re Lakers fans you trust that the coaching staff and Mitch know more than you do about which player is a better fit for the team. So quit your whining about Upshaw, and start getting excited about the upcoming season!

  • BIGGEST MISTAKE OF THE YEAR LETTING UPSHAW GO!

    I SWEAR SACRE BETTER NOT FFFF UP OUR TEAM!

  • Are you guys Lakers fans or Upshaw fans? Because if you’re Lakers fans you trust that the coaching staff and Mitch know more than you do about which player is a better fit for the team. So quit your whining about Upshaw, and start getting excited about the upcoming season!

  • How about the FO give a good reason why they released Upshaw. Then maybe we wouldnt feel upset Dana.

    If there is a good reason lets hear it.

  • How about the FO give a good reason why they released Upshaw. Then maybe we wouldnt feel upset Dana.

    If there is a good reason lets hear it.

    The only reason I could think of that warranted this is that maybe Upshaw failed health screenings or something along that line.

  • I see why people get on you telling grown people to stop whinning.. were Lakers fans that wants the best for the Lakers.. every one is entitled to their opinion .. thats why they made this website.. duhh wtf

  • I see why people get on you telling grown people to stop whinning.. were Lakers fans that wants the best for the Lakers.. every one is entitled to their opinion .. thats why they made this website.. duhh wtf

  • if im considered a Upshaw stan, then you are def a Sacre stan.. im about who i feel would be a center to contribut to the team, Sacre not but he got you ..

  • if im considered a Upshaw stan, then you are def a Sacre stan.. im about who i feel would be a center to contribut to the team, Sacre not but he got you ..

  • I hear some say the Lakers want a Good Atmosphere…….I think it’s Time for A Winning Atmosphere……It’s like feeling good about being Broke…..RIP Dr Buss.

  • I hear some say the Lakers want a Good Atmosphere…….I think it’s Time for A Winning Atmosphere……It’s like feeling good about being Broke…..RIP Dr Buss.

  • You can be very annoying, trying to go against the grain just to get attention.

    BTW thats the definition of a troll.

  • You can be very annoying, trying to go against the grain just to get attention.

    BTW thats the definition of a troll.

  • There’s quite a difference between Lin Fans and Upshaw observers…..Lin fell off the map after getting paid….Upshaw is a Rookie coming into the league…Observers are looking at the upside posibilities…..Lin has maxed out.

  • There’s quite a difference between Lin Fans and Upshaw observers…..Lin fell off the map after getting paid….Upshaw is a Rookie coming into the league…Observers are looking at the upside posibilities…..Lin has maxed out.

  • You know your team is awful when you DON’T cut Sacre. He is worthless in the NBA.

  • You know your team is awful when you DON’T cut Sacre. He is worthless in the NBA.

  • Should we have trusted the FO compiling last year’s roster and pronouncing it competitive. Everyone knew all that roster could do is tank. Also, should I trust a FO office that chose Sacre of Whiteside? All indications show this is a repeat. We need rim protectors, Byron have said that was a need yet he chose Sacre who is not by any means a rim protector.

  • Should we have trusted the FO compiling last year’s roster and pronouncing it competitive. Everyone knew all that roster could do is tank. Also, should I trust a FO office that chose Sacre of Whiteside? All indications show this is a repeat. We need rim protectors, Byron have said that was a need yet he chose Sacre who is not by any means a rim protector.

  • I know it ws a mistake duh only you would take that comment literally . Like in any profession you want assets and people who produce. Regarding basketball sacre has done nothing im sure your bias is keep sacre he’s cute lol. That dosent win games .

  • I’d just rather see people being positive and looking forward than looking backwards and whining about Upshaw — a guy 29 other teams passed on and Lakers fans are all butt-hurt that he was cut because he wasn’t ready? I dunno, that seems the wrong focus ,to me.

  • I know it ws a mistake duh only you would take that comment literally . Like in any profession you want assets and people who produce. Regarding basketball sacre has done nothing im sure your bias is keep sacre he’s cute lol. That dosent win games .

  • I’d just rather see people being positive and looking forward than looking backwards and whining about Upshaw — a guy 29 other teams passed on and Lakers fans are all butt-hurt that he was cut because he wasn’t ready? I dunno, that seems the wrong focus ,to me.

  • hmm. The Mike Scioscia effect. Do it mitch. extend for Byron, Sacre can stink like Pujols dirty socks for another 10 years.

  • hmm. The Mike Scioscia effect. Do it mitch. extend for Byron, Sacre can stink like Pujols dirty socks for another 10 years.

  • I think they were concerned about his issues. But truly, the guy isn’t ready. He’s just not. Scott said it right when he said Upshaw has too big a learning curve. He needs time to develop, and the Lakers are looking for people who are ready now (they are already developing several other rookies) and are a good locker room presence. Sacre does some things pretty well. He’s much more refined than Upshaw is now. I sat 6-10 feet from Upshaw and watched him play, and the guy just didn’t belong on the floor. As Scott said, he showed flashes, but not enough to be someone the Lakers can put in the game right now. I think that’s legit.

  • I think they were concerned about his issues. But truly, the guy isn’t ready. He’s just not. Scott said it right when he said Upshaw has too big a learning curve. He needs time to develop, and the Lakers are looking for people who are ready now (they are already developing several other rookies) and are a good locker room presence. Sacre does some things pretty well. He’s much more refined than Upshaw is now. I sat 6-10 feet from Upshaw and watched him play, and the guy just didn’t belong on the floor. As Scott said, he showed flashes, but not enough to be someone the Lakers can put in the game right now. I think that’s legit.

  • Yeah sure. They just said he got his act together and was on the right track and now suddenly he is back to his old ways? As if this FO is known for making smart decisions lately.

  • Yeah sure. They just said he got his act together and was on the right track and now suddenly he is back to his old ways? As if this FO is known for making smart decisions lately.

  • if upshaw had issues neither Byron nor the lakers would care if he clears waivers or not. They want him to clear waiver and assign him to the Defenders. I can totally see some team grabbing him off waiver cuz his contract is nill. Al it costs is a roster spot .

  • if upshaw had issues neither Byron nor the lakers would care if he clears waivers or not. They want him to clear waiver and assign him to the Defenders. I can totally see some team grabbing him off waiver cuz his contract is nill. Al it costs is a roster spot .

  • Sacre is NOT a good defensive player by any stretch of the imagination. LOL

  • Sacre is NOT a good defensive player by any stretch of the imagination. LOL

  • I know.

    The only thing I can think of is Upshaw failed a health screening, because this does NOT make sense.

  • I know.

    The only thing I can think of is Upshaw failed a health screening, because this does NOT make sense.

  • it’s not an overate to say Upshaw is a better shot blocker/rim protector than Sacre. 3 years of watching Sacre not defend the rim is proof enough. Shot blocking is skillset that all evaluators can easily see if a player has from day 1.

  • it’s not an overate to say Upshaw is a better shot blocker/rim protector than Sacre. 3 years of watching Sacre not defend the rim is proof enough. Shot blocking is skillset that all evaluators can easily see if a player has from day 1.

  • No were fans of winning and sacre does nothing to help the team win . The lakers already have cheerleaders why is sacre getting a mill to cheerlead.

  • Big Upshaw now must turn down – CAVS; Clippers; Suns, jeez . . the list keeps growing! Choose Lakers, Choose Lakers . . .

  • No were fans of winning and sacre does nothing to help the team win . The lakers already have cheerleaders why is sacre getting a mill to cheerlead.

  • Big Upshaw now must turn down – CAVS; Clippers; Suns, jeez . . the list keeps growing! Choose Lakers, Choose Lakers . . .

  • were not a competitive team without adequate back up !! Tried all Sacre / Kelly / Black last year to NO SUCCESS

  • were not a competitive team without adequate back up !! Tried all Sacre / Kelly / Black last year to NO SUCCESS

  • Is Russell ready?
    Is A Brown ready?
    Is Randle fully ready?
    Is Nance Jr ready?

    Who is ready in their rookie year? I dont know Dana, this doesnt make sense.

    Sacre must be the nicest guy in the world because skills wise he’s a bigtime liability for this team. Theres got to be a good explanation.

    As a third string player I’ll take a healthy Upshaw over a clumsy Sacre any day.

  • Who is ready in their rookie year? I dont know Dana, this doesnt make sense.

    Is Russell ready?
    Is A Brown ready?
    Is Randle fully ready?
    Is Nance Jr ready?

    Sacre must be the nicest guy in the world because skills wise he’s a bigtime liability for this team. Theres got to be a good explanation.

    As a third string player I’ll take a healthy Upshaw over a clumsy Sacre any day.

  • Lmao what do you see when you were 6-10 feet away from sacre? Give upshaw 1 year and he’be better than sacre. You are a very poor judge of basketball talent.

  • Lmao what do you see when you were 6-10 feet away from sacre? Give upshaw 1 year and he’be better than sacre. You are a very poor judge of basketball talent.

  • Perhaps, but Mitch, Byron and the entire coaching staff agree with me and disagree with you!

  • Perhaps, but Mitch, Byron and the entire coaching staff agree with me and disagree with you!

  • You already answered your own question.

    Put Huertas an Kobe together and watch what we can do!

    GO KOBE, GO LAKERS!

  • You already answered your own question.

    Put Huertas an Kobe together and watch what we can do!

    GO KOBE, GO LAKERS!

  • Because as much as we want to believe in Kelly, he has left a terrible impression on this team since he started playing.

    I know people are going to argue that Kelly was playing out of position before but what excuse do they have for the lack of coordination.

    The pluses are his new body is 1000% better than last year and the year before and his drive is much improved. Maybe thats the key to his new found success.

    THE KEY FOR HIM WILL BE CONSISTENCY AND HEALTH.

  • Because as much as we want to believe in Kelly, he has left a terrible impression on this team since he started playing.

    I know people are going to argue that Kelly was playing out of position before but what excuse do they have for the lack of coordination.

    The pluses are his new body is 1000% better than last year and the year before and his drive is much improved. Maybe thats the key to his new found success.

    THE KEY FOR HIM WILL BE CONSISTENCY AND HEALTH.

  • promise right now Upshaw vs Sacre upshaw would win in blocks and rebounds and it sucks because he lacks skills still

  • promise right now Upshaw vs Sacre upshaw would win in blocks and rebounds and it sucks because he lacks skills still

  • Lol they bring up his troubled past why fans connected with him!!! Nah that’s not the reason. The reason is simply he’s better than Sacre. All offseason summer and preaseaon he barely got time to produce he got no get me action. Summerleague Madsen over played Black an undersized C just a hussle guy. Preseason Upshaw barley played at all. Scare does nothing well his opportunity was last year to show something and he failed so now he gets a 4th year to be a big body on the court and 7 ft cheerleader instead of the coaching staff actually doing some coaching and developing talent.

  • Lol they bring up his troubled past why fans connected with him!!! Nah that’s not the reason. The reason is simply he’s better than Sacre. All offseason summer and preaseaon he barely got time to produce he got no get me action. Summerleague Madsen over played Black an undersized C just a hussle guy. Preseason Upshaw barley played at all. Scare does nothing well his opportunity was last year to show something and he failed so now he gets a 4th year to be a big body on the court and 7 ft cheerleader instead of the coaching staff actually doing some coaching and developing talent.

  • So disappointed I just knew sacre was going to be waived. BIG DISAPPOINTMENT. I can’t believe Byron did this!

  • So disappointed I just knew sacre was going to be waived. BIG DISAPPOINTMENT. I can’t believe Byron did this!

  • agree. upshaw does feel very awkward when he’s playing… but he did have flashes. don’t understand all the hate for sacre though. he’s a hard worker, good locker room guy, and a pretty decent backup. and can i just say… we’re talking about a guy who’s playing like 5 minutes a game if that. have you seen our front line?

  • agree. upshaw does feel very awkward when he’s playing… but he did have flashes. don’t understand all the hate for sacre though. he’s a hard worker, good locker room guy, and a pretty decent backup. and can i just say… we’re talking about a guy who’s playing like 5 minutes a game if that. have you seen our front line?

  • letting talent walk out the door….since when did the Lakers become the old school clippers? And if i’m the clips- i nab him immediately as a backup center

  • letting talent walk out the door….since when did the Lakers become the old school clippers? And if i’m the clips- i nab him immediately as a backup center

  • Yes, yes, yes, yes!!! Let’s just Hibbert goes down with an injury. You really think Upshaw can fill backup center duties for an entire season? No way, he did not pass the eye test at all. Defense was bad, however, his shot blocking ability was ok. Offense, to raw and underdeveloped. His movement off the ball was too awkward as well. Good choice Mitch.

  • Yes, yes, yes, yes!!! Let’s just Hibbert goes down with an injury. You really think Upshaw can fill backup center duties for an entire season? No way, he did not pass the eye test at all. Defense was bad, however, his shot blocking ability was ok. Offense, to raw and underdeveloped. His movement off the ball was too awkward as well. Good choice Mitch.

  • The Lakers are hoping to send him to the d league. That’s something…although I’m irritated because I feel Upshaw has a high ceiling.

  • The Lakers are hoping to send him to the d league. That’s something…although I’m irritated because I feel Upshaw has a high ceiling.

  • Sacre is a better cheerleader! That is very important to Jimmy Buss as laker fans are becoming less and less vocal. Another year below .500 for fans to endure along with the second highest average ticket prices in the league!

  • Sacre is a better cheerleader! That is very important to Jimmy Buss as laker fans are becoming less and less vocal. Another year below .500 for fans to endure along with the second highest average ticket prices in the league!

  • Upshaw will be snapped up by another NBA team before the D League season is 1/3 over!

  • Upshaw will be snapped up by another NBA team before the D League season is 1/3 over!

  • Huertas passes to Kobe its up its IN !!! What a dream! Now, how about some reality?

  • Huertas passes to Kobe its up its IN !!! What a dream! Now, how about some reality?

  • I know that but doesn’t mean he can’t be a back-up C. We have Hibbert starting who is 7’2. Never said we should be like the Warriors so et my case yo.

  • I know that but doesn’t mean he can’t be a back-up C. We have Hibbert starting who is 7’2. Never said we should be like the Warriors so et my case yo.

  • Wow!!! I wonder who made the final decision, Kupchak or Buss. Whoever did will likely end up with egg on his face, as it is ridiculous to expect him to clear waivers. Some team will pick him up, and if it is the Spurs, Pop will turn him into an excellent player. I’ve long been a supporter of Kupchak, but unless there is a lot more to this story (or Sacre has some really compromising photos of Jim Buss) this move makes absolutely no sense.

  • Wow!!! I wonder who made the final decision, Kupchak or Buss. Whoever did will likely end up with egg on his face, as it is ridiculous to expect him to clear waivers. Some team will pick him up, and if it is the Spurs, Pop will turn him into an excellent player. I’ve long been a supporter of Kupchak, but unless there is a lot more to this story (or Sacre has some really compromising photos of Jim Buss) this move makes absolutely no sense.

  • There were no reports of him showing late to practice. Who is your source? Or are you playing spin doctor again?

  • There were no reports of him showing late to practice. Who is your source? Or are you playing spin doctor again?

  • people went to this junk/antigue shop all the time. They go thru the old photos, you know the ones that cost 2 bucks. So many people over the years overlooking, then one day some dude buys one of the photos. Now he’s 5 mil richer. Turns out Billy the kid was in the photo. All Those people who passed over the photo can now say, “No way, 5 mil? I looked at that, too” Just like the Lakers.

  • people went to this junk/antigue shop all the time. They go thru the old photos, you know the ones that cost 2 bucks. So many people over the years overlooking, then one day some dude buys one of the photos. Now he’s 5 mil richer. Turns out Billy the kid was in the photo. All Those people who passed over the photo can now say, “No way, 5 mil? I looked at that, too” Just like the Lakers.

  • He was leaving immediately after practice and not putting in any extra work…or so i read

  • He was leaving immediately after practice and not putting in any extra work…or so i read

  • He looks awkward because he doesn’t fully understand where he’s suppose to be on a screen. Come out, stay back? But he’s not an uncoordinated person. That up fake and dunk should tell you he has agility. Sacre can never do that. Hibbert even said Upshaw is more athletic than him.

  • He looks awkward because he doesn’t fully understand where he’s suppose to be on a screen. Come out, stay back? But he’s not an uncoordinated person. That up fake and dunk should tell you he has agility. Sacre can never do that. Hibbert even said Upshaw is more athletic than him.

  • But that’s not showing late for practices. Maybe he has other duties like a support group for his issues, we don’t know. He’d be kicked off the team way before the preseason games had he showed up for multiple practices.

  • But that’s not showing late for practices. Maybe he has other duties like a support group for his issues, we don’t know. He’d be kicked off the team way before the preseason games had he showed up for multiple practices.

  • Mutumbo was also awkward but look how he turned out and are you saying that Sacre is a gazel out on the court, did you see that fake jump shot and drive to the basket and dunk by Upshaw, when was the last time you saw Sacre doing that ?????

  • Mutumbo was also awkward but look how he turned out and are you saying that Sacre is a gazel out on the court, did you see that fake jump shot and drive to the basket and dunk by Upshaw, when was the last time you saw Sacre doing that ?????

  • they could have brought Upshaw along the same way they brought Sacre along, Sacre played very litttle his first season, I’m sure Upshaw would of been more useful his first season, hopefully another team picks up Upshaw and he has a chance to grow and learn and the Lakers will once again say we should have kept him.

  • they could have brought Upshaw along the same way they brought Sacre along, Sacre played very litttle his first season, I’m sure Upshaw would of been more useful his first season, hopefully another team picks up Upshaw and he has a chance to grow and learn and the Lakers will once again say we should have kept him.

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  • Perfect reason to keep a defensive (and offensive) liability rather than a young potential stopper…

  • Perfect reason to keep a defensive (and offensive) liability rather than a young potential stopper…

  • I don’t understand the FO hate for this move. I thought Upshaw looked completely lost on rotations and for every good defensive play he had he let three layups at the rim because he couldn’t move his feet. He also was getting out rebounded by guards. If your a legit 7′ with 7′-5″ wingspan and your not good at rebounding then what is the purpose of wasting the roster spot. Yes he got limited time to play for us to watch but he had the same amount of time in training camp as everybody else and we have too many people than we can develop at one time. Also why piss away the million dollars owed to sacre for a guy who is not going to get minutes anyways. Bass and Black both can fill in minutes for second string center especially if they are on the court at the same time because they can both switch on rotations.

  • I don’t understand the FO hate for this move. I thought Upshaw looked completely lost on rotations and for every good defensive play he had he let three layups at the rim because he couldn’t move his feet. He also was getting out rebounded by guards. If your a legit 7′ with 7′-5″ wingspan and your not good at rebounding then what is the purpose of wasting the roster spot. Yes he got limited time to play for us to watch but he had the same amount of time in training camp as everybody else and we have too many people than we can develop at one time. Also why piss away the million dollars owed to sacre for a guy who is not going to get minutes anyways. Bass and Black both can fill in minutes for second string center especially if they are on the court at the same time because they can both switch on rotations.

  • Agreed. I think Upshaw is worth the investment but he’s a year away from being a third stringer and may never be anything more than a quality role player.

  • Agreed. I think Upshaw is worth the investment but he’s a year away from being a third stringer and may never be anything more than a quality role player.

  • Dude….FO was straight up lying. They were tanking for the last two years.

    The fact that they could find quality reserves this year proves as much.

  • Dude….FO was straight up lying. They were tanking for the last two years.

    The fact that they could find quality reserves this year proves as much.

  • I think most people are upset because we’ve seen Sacre for yrs now. He has no business being on a NBA roster. We all know that. So why not give a chance for a guy who’s younger to see if he has a reason to be on a NBA roster. Personally I would cut both Sacre and Upshaw and keep searching. But there is NOTHING positive to keep Sacre. We don’t know if keeping Upshaw is positive. But most fans including myself would keep Upshaw if we had to choose between the 2 due to the fact that we’ve already seen Sacre has no value to any NBA roster.

  • I think most people are upset because we’ve seen Sacre for yrs now. He has no business being on a NBA roster. We all know that. So why not give a chance for a guy who’s younger to see if he has a reason to be on a NBA roster. Personally I would cut both Sacre and Upshaw and keep searching. But there is NOTHING positive to keep Sacre. We don’t know if keeping Upshaw is positive. But most fans including myself would keep Upshaw if we had to choose between the 2 due to the fact that we’ve already seen Sacre has no value to any NBA roster.

  • From LA Times:

    “It was viewed by some as a mild surprise when the Lakers waived
    Robert Upshaw instead of Robert Sacre on Tuesday, but people within the
    organization were unanimous in the decision.

    Upshaw, despite his enticing shot-blocking skills, had trouble picking up the offense, often left the training facility after practice without putting in extra work, and was guaranteed $35,000.”
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    Guys on the bubble need to stay late not leave early

  • From LA Times:

    “It was viewed by some as a mild surprise when the Lakers waived
    Robert Upshaw instead of Robert Sacre on Tuesday, but people within the
    organization were unanimous in the decision.

    Upshaw, despite his enticing shot-blocking skills, had trouble picking up the offense, often left the training facility after practice without putting in extra work, and was guaranteed $35,000.”
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    Guys on the bubble need to stay late not leave early

  • The fact of the matter is that Upshaw was given plenty of opportunities by the Lakers. Have we forgotten that they brought him in when no one else would? They gave him a chance to prove himself and he simply didn’t. Everyone’s screaming about lost potential but only the Lakers themselves know the whole story.

  • The fact of the matter is that Upshaw was given plenty of opportunities by the Lakers. Have we forgotten that they brought him in when no one else would? They gave him a chance to prove himself and he simply didn’t. Everyone’s screaming about lost potential but only the Lakers themselves know the whole story.

  • Wouldn’t be the first time a sports franchise blatantly lied to their fan base.

  • Wouldn’t be the first time a sports franchise blatantly lied to their fan base.

  • I agree with you LA Knight. He does have much potential but way too raw. I wasn’t impressed with his movement out there and he got beat quite a few times at the rim from small guard players. Not something you expect from an “elite” blocker like he is supposed to be. Sacre might not be the best on court guy but he is second to none in the locker room. Chemistry is a huge part of a team coming together and that is what the Lakers need right now.