Photos: 12 things to know about L.A. Lakers', and North Vancouver's, Robert Sacre

 

 
 
 
 
Rumours abound that North Vancouver's Robert Sacre will start in Houston on Tuesday. Here are 12 things to know about the North Shore's favourite basketball star.
 
 

Rumours abound that North Vancouver's Robert Sacre will start in Houston on Tuesday. Here are 12 things to know about the North Shore's favourite basketball star.

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With the news that Dwight Howard, Jordan Hill and Pau Gasol are injured, North Vancouver’s Robert Sacre will at centre for the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday against the host Houston Rockets.

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(Source: Canadian Press, Wikipedia)

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Rumours abound that North Vancouver's Robert Sacre will start in Houston on Tuesday. Here are 12 things to know about the North Shore's favourite basketball star.
 

Rumours abound that North Vancouver's Robert Sacre will start in Houston on Tuesday. Here are 12 things to know about the North Shore's favourite basketball star.

Photograph by: Nick Laham, Getty Images

 
Rumours abound that North Vancouver's Robert Sacre will start in Houston on Tuesday. Here are 12 things to know about the North Shore's favourite basketball star.
Robert Sacre, a 23-year-old seven-footer from North Vancouver, was not selected in the first round last June. In fact, he was the last pick (60th overall) in the two-round NBA draft in 2012. The Lakers chose Sacre with a second-round pick they had acquired in a trade with the New Jersey Nets in 2010. (In this file photo: Robert Sacre insisted on taking his teammates up for an MVP award given to him at BRIT, January 7, 2006.)
Sacre currently plays for the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA D-League.
Sacre was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to former NFL player Greg LaFleur and former LSU Lady Tigers college basketball player Leslie Sacre. (In this file photo: Robert Sacre #00 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs handles the ball against Dele Coker #15 of the St. John's Red Storm during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Pepsi Centre on March 17 in Denver, Colorado.)
Sacre’s mother, a Canadian, decided to move back to North Vancouver when Sacre was seven, and raised her son as a single mother. Leslie only insisted that he learn to swim, and she did not push him to play basketball although he was six-foot-eight by the eighth grade. (In this file photo: #00 Robert Sacre of the Gonzaga Bulldogs celebrates late in the team's 75-63 victory over the Saint Mary's Gaels in the championship game of the Zappos.com West Coast Conference basketball tournament at the Orleans Arena, March 7 in Las Vegas, Nevada.)
As a youngster, Sacre dreamed of playing for the Vancouver Grizzlies, who have since moved to Memphis. He expects to play primarily a defensive role during his rookie season, hoping to avoid mistakes as he spells off Howard. (In this file photo: Justin Burrell #24 and Paris Horne #23 of the St. John's Red Storm fight for position against Robert Sacre #00 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Pepsi Center on March 17, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.)
Sacre was one of the top high school players in Canada. In his junior year, he led Handsworth Secondary School to the British Columbia Provincial Championship; he was named MVP of the title game after scoring 17 points, grabbing 12 rebounds, and blocking four shots. (In this file photo: North Vancouver's Robert Sacre (centre) grabs a rebound over Justin Burrell #24 of the St. John's Red Storm during the Gonzaga Bulldogs win over the Storm during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Pepsi Center on March 17, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Kamloops' Kelly Olynyk, who also playes for Gonzaga, is at the bottom left of the photo.)
Sacre won a B.C. title with the Handsworth Royals in 2006. (In this file photo: North Vancouver's Robert Sacre gets eye-to-eye with the rim during a 73-54 win for his Gonzaga Bulldogs against Hawaii Saturday at Rogers Arena.)
Sacre committed to NCAA Division I squad Gonzaga University prior to the 2007-08 season. He averaged nine minutes of action per game in 2007-08. (In this file photo: #32 Mickey McConnell of the Saint Mary's Gaels is fouled by #00 Robert Sacre of the Gonzaga Bulldogs during the championship game of the Zappos.com West Coast Conference Basketball tournament at the Orleans Arena, March 7 in Las Vegas, Nevada.)
Now, Sacre is backing up superstar Dwight Howard on a star-laden franchise that’s seeking its 17th NBA title. Sacre played his first game on October 31, 2012, against the Portland Trail Blazers, playing 49 seconds in a 116-106 loss. (In this file photo: #35 Sam Dower and #00 Robert Sacre of the Gonzaga Bulldogs celebrate late in the team's 75-63 victory over the Saint Mary's Gaels in the championship game of the Zappos.com West Coast Conference basketball tournament at the Orleans Arena, March 7 in Las Vegas, Nevada.)
"It's a great honour," Sacre said of playing for the Lakers. "Not a lot of people saw this coming. I'm fortunate enough that it did come true, and I'm just living the dream." (In this file photo: Handsworth grad Robert Sacre fires up a shot for the Los Angeles Lakers in a preseason game against the Golden State Warriors. The rookie started at centre in his first NBA contest.)
With Dwight Howard recovering from a back injury, Sacre started eight games in the pre-season. He averaged 6.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game while converting 51.4 per cent of his shots from the floor. "He's tough, he's not afraid, he knows his role and he's a good centre, and he will be a good centre," said Lakers coach Mike Brown. "I enjoy having him around." (In this file photo: Portland Trail Blazers forward J.J. Hickson, right, goes flying after colliding with Los Angeles Lakers center Robert Sacre in an NBA basketball preseason game in Ontario, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012.)
Sacre plans to mark the beginning of his pro career by getting another tattoo. He has dismissed the idea of getting a Lakers logo, at least until he has logged a fair amount of time with the team. (In this file photo: Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter (0), of Turkey, battles Los Angeles Lakers Canadian center Robert Sacre, right in the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, in Los Angeles.)
 
 
 
 
 
 
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