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Lakers’ Derrick Caracter tears meniscus in left knee

Dec 14, 2011, 11:52 AM EDT

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The Lakers are already a little thin along the front line after sending out Lamar Odom — although getting Josh McRoberts was a nice pickup — and this is not going to help matters.

Second year player Derrick Caracter has torn the meniscus on his left knee and is set to undergo surgery on Wednesday according to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times (and other reports out of Lakers camp). There is no timetable for his recovery yet, but don’t expect to see him until after the All-Star break at best.

The Lakers were looking to add front line help this season to keep the minutes down for Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum, and Caracter was going to get a chance to prove he could contribute. But with this injury and the Odom trade, they remain thin up front. And without much cap space to go get more talent.

We all keep waiting for the other shoe to drop with a big Lakers move. But while we wait it should be pointed out that while L.A.’s starting five is still very impressive their second unit is Steve Blake, Jason Kapono, Josh McRoberts, Matt Barnes (or Gerald Green) and Theo Ratliff. With the condensed schedule this season depth will matter more than ever and the Lakers don’t really have it.

  1. therealhtj - Dec 14, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    Looks like the legue’ll get it’s wish. Lakers out of contention and hoarding their $150mil annual TV deal. Tough to get any revenue sharing out of the Lakers when they don’t go into the Luxury tax. Hell without the Lakers expected overspending, the rest of the league’s owners are gonna have to dig deeper into their pockets and cough up that 10% escrow money too. Congrats Dan Gilbert! Hope you got what you wished for.

  2. jackntorres - Dec 14, 2011 at 2:27 PM

    You think the Lakers don’t have depth?

    You should check out the Hornets.

    Caracter is just one less young player to send to us too.

    FREE CHRIS PAUL!!!

    therealhtj you’re right I hope the Lakers stay under the tax, and Paul and Howard still get traded.

    The owners need to understand when you get back an extra 300 BBBBBBillion over 10 years there will be status quo with the freedom of stars to move. Elite talent is the one bargaining chip players have.

  3. cosanostra71 - Dec 14, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    wasn’t that impressed by Caracter last year. We need to upgrade the frontcourt depth regardless of his injury.

  4. passerby23 - Dec 14, 2011 at 8:27 PM

    Lakers are in a lot of trouble. They were beginning to look like an old team already and now lose more depth. Where is the scoring going to come from on that second unit?? That means the starters will be forced to play more minutes. With the condensed schedule, there are going to be some tired legs. I predict a major slip for the Lakers – maybe a 5th or 6th seed and bounced in the first round. Then, the whole team is blown up minus Kobe.

  5. wfon1 - Dec 14, 2011 at 8:41 PM

    When Andrew Bynum get injured again against Memphis this year, we will really be F****ed.

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