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ZagNative
12-24-2016, 04:10 PM
From the Japan Times (http://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2016/12/22/basketball/b-league/former-laker-sacre-set-join-sunrockers/#.WF8bcFy50dY):

Former Laker Sacre set to join Sunrockers
by Kaz Nagatsuka

Staff Writer

Ex-Los Angeles Lakers center Robert Sacre will join the B. League’s Sunrockers Shibuya, a basketball insider told The Japan Times.

According to the source, the 27-year-old big man is scheduled to arrive in Japan in early January. The annual single-elimination All-Japan Championship is being played at that time, so he is expected to begin playing with his new team after the tournament ends on Jan. 9.

The Sunrockers will resume their B. League regular season on Jan. 18 against the Kawasaki Brave Thunders in Yokosuka.

Sacre, a 213-cm player, was taken in the second round of the 2012 NBA Draft by the Lakers. He played in 189 games (35 starts), averaging 4.2 points and 3.1 rebounds, in four seasons for the Western Conference club.

Sunrockers head coach BT Toews said earlier this month that the team, which is in third place in the Central Division with a 12-13 record through Sunday’s contests, was going to make a roster change to improve its offense. Shibuya currently ranks 11th in the 18-team first division with 73.8 points per game.

Sacre, who has dual citizenship (United States and Canada), is a Gonzaga University product and his father, Greg LaFleur, was an NFL tight end for the St. Louis Cardinals and Indianapolis Colts.

basketballzag
12-27-2016, 05:33 PM
Another managerial misstep by the Pelicans.

bartruff1
12-27-2016, 06:55 PM
This looks like a match made in heaven....They will just love Rob and he will have a ball....it is a beautiful country especially the coast and the forests and the many islands...there are nearly 7,000 islands and about 400 are occupied...

Zagceo
12-27-2016, 09:09 PM
Beautiful country with issues

Link (http://www.newsweek.com/why-does-no-one-care-japanese-are-openly-racist-364129)

willandi
12-28-2016, 06:41 AM
This looks like a match made in heaven....They will just love Rob and he will have a ball....it is a beautiful country especially the coast and the forests and the many islands...there are nearly 7,000 islands and about 400 are occupied...

Still occupied? Sorry...showing my age!

hondo
12-28-2016, 08:11 AM
So Rob will team up with Ira Brown.

Mojo13
12-28-2016, 09:11 AM
Another managerial misstep by the Pelicans.

Really? Please explain why you say that?
What about Rob screams NBA talent? Especially in an NBA quickly moving away from his type of player. He is slow, not very athletic and well below his NBA peers on both offence and defense. The Pelican's already have a two much better (but still bad) old style centers in Asik and Anjinca but choose start Terrance Jones at the 4/5 with Davis.

Rob was Mr. Irrelevant - picked last overall, and was very lucky to have his years in the NBA. He landed on the right team, at the right time with an awful Lakers team, dominated by an aging a-hole star and just needed happy-go-lucky guys that could co-exist with Kobe. It seems clear he was on the Lakers more for his personality, character and acceptance of his practice player/ end of bench role. Most guys at his skill level never last that many years in the NBA. The majority of 2nd round picks never play in the NBA.

The guy is from my home town, played for my favorite college team, plays for my national team (I really like him) but I can at least be realistic of him as player. He is an old school center not well fit for the NBA (or FIBA ball) and just isn't close to elite. Think about how bad the Canadian national team would be compared to an average NBA team. Rob would be about the 6th center in terms of depth for the Canadian national team in my mind.

Cheers to Rob for the years he had in the NBA and now to Japan to continue to be paid handsomely playing basketball.

Zagdawg
01-03-2017, 06:09 PM
http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/jan/03/ex-zag-robert-sacre-continuing-pro-career-in-japan/

ZagNative
01-13-2017, 03:31 AM
Feature in the Japan Times about Rob joining the Sunrockers. (http://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2017/01/12/basketball/b-league/former-laker-sacre-ready-begin-journey-japan/#.WHjHCVy50dZ)

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/sp-kaz-a-20170113-870x575.jpg

sittingon50
01-13-2017, 11:29 AM
That smile will make him a fan favorite.

Ezag
01-22-2017, 01:19 PM
I wonder what the pay is in the Japanese pro leagues

ZagNative
01-22-2017, 05:40 PM
Looks like Rob had a nice debut with the Sunrockers, per the Japan Times (http://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2017/01/18/basketball/b-league/brave-thunders-edge-sunrockers-spoil-sacres-debut/#.WIVphly50dY):
Brave Thunders edge Sunrockers to spoil Sacre’s debut
by Ed Odeven

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The title-chasing Kawasaki Brave Thunders kept poised and made pivotal plays when they needed to in a Kanto showdown with the Sunrockers Shibuya on Wednesday night.

The Brave Thunders finished on top, winning 69-66 and denying former Los Angeles Lakers center Robert Sacre a winning debut with the Sunrockers.

Nick Fazekas paced Kawasaki (26-4) with 23 points and added 10 boards in the teams’ first contest since Sunday’s B. League All-Star Game.

Yuma Fujii added 16 points, including three 3-pointers, for the Brave Thunders in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture.

Sacre had 25 points on 9-for-24 shooting. He grabbed 16 rebounds, dished out four assists and swatted three shots in 31-plus minutes. Soichiro Fujitaka scored 11 points for Shibuya (14-14).

Box Score from Asia Basket (http://www.eurobasket.com/boxScores/Japan/2017/0118_1703_2919.asp) (Don't know what's up with Ira Brown's quiet game ...

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kitzbuel
01-22-2017, 07:16 PM
He played against former teammate Ryan Spangler.

Mojo13
01-30-2017, 12:27 PM
In his first 5 games for the Sun Rockers, Rob is putting up 19 pts and 8 rbds a game, but on 38% FG shooting.
That is pretty darn awful for a 7ft, ex-NBA center considering the competition.

It's reminiscent of a few stints I have seen him with the Canadian national team where all of a sudden he thinks he can jack up 18 foot jumpers at will. Stick to your game Rob...

OZZY
02-06-2017, 08:51 PM
In his first 5 games for the Sun Rockers, Rob is putting up 19 pts and 8 rbds a game, but on 38% FG shooting.
That is pretty darn awful for a 7ft, ex-NBA center considering the competition.

It's reminiscent of a few stints I have seen him with the Canadian national team where all of a sudden he thinks he can jack up 18 foot jumpers at will. Stick to your game Rob...

You have to remember MOJO he was 100% from the 3 with the Zags 1/1 :)

willandi
02-07-2017, 06:06 AM
In his first 5 games for the Sun Rockers, Rob is putting up 19 pts and 8 rbds a game, but on 38% FG shooting.
That is pretty darn awful for a 7ft, ex-NBA center considering the competition.

It's reminiscent of a few stints I have seen him with the Canadian national team where all of a sudden he thinks he can jack up 18 foot jumpers at will. Stick to your game Rob...

The Lakers encouraged him in shooting that mid range jumper. Much like the stolen team encourages Sabonis to shoot the three.

Lewey
02-20-2017, 11:19 AM
Article about problems with Lakers management, including the assertion that keeping Rob on the team was a big management mistake. Not very flattering.



If Jim Buss' faith in the skilled Bynum is one thing, his fixation on Robert Sacre, another of his hand-picked players, is something else entirely.

Around the NBA, the Lakers' commitment to Sacre, who stayed with the team four full seasons (2012-16), became a running joke. Internally, Sacre's presence on the Lakers roster and the team's payroll created an obstacle to several minor moves that could've paid off big for the team.


http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2693926-magic-johnson-will-have-a-damning-case-against-jim-buss-and-mitch-kupchak

Mojo13
02-22-2017, 09:28 AM
Article about problems with Lakers management, including the assertion that keeping Rob on the team was a big management mistake. Not very flattering.





http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2693926-magic-johnson-will-have-a-damning-case-against-jim-buss-and-mitch-kupchak


Ya - but just be aware Kevin Ding, the writer, is basically head of propaganda for Jeannie Buss. He has written multiple hatchet jobs on Jim Buss and Mitch over the years with inside gossip that obviously came from Jeannie. They are in full PR mode to defend what they did to Mitch and Jim yesterday. This may be true about Sacre, but my bet is he is just collateral damage in Jeannie's PR war with Jim. Rob is gone, may as well dump all over him and use him as an example of Jim's "incompetence". You won't see Ding writing about how the end of career two year max deal Jeannie gave to a decrepit Kobe essentially set the Lakers back 3-4 years (but as Jeannie said, it is the Laker's Way to take care of Kobe.
Kevin Ding is rumored to be the next head of PR for the Lakers after Jeannie took out John Black yesterday as well as he was a "Mitch/Jim guy".

ZagNative
04-15-2017, 11:45 AM
From Asia Basket (http://www.asia-basket.com/Japan/news/486729/Best-players-of-Japanese-B-League-round-53):

Canadian Robert Sacre (213-C-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Hitachi SR and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 53.
The 27-year old center had a double-double of 28 points and ten rebounds, while his team edged out Yokohama BC (#5, 15-36) 69-66. Hitachi SR maintains the 3rd position in their group in Japanese B League. Hitachi SR is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 26-25 record. Sacre just recently signed at Hitachi SR, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Gonzaga University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Sacre is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 9.0rpg).

Mojo13
04-18-2017, 08:32 AM
And he got his FG% up to ~42% across 25 games.

Mojo13
08-29-2017, 08:12 AM
Sacre re-upped in the Japan league with the Sunrockers for the 17/18 season.
All reports are that he loves it there and the Japanese fans love him....no surprise. Endorsement deals, commercials etc....

sittingon50
08-29-2017, 10:01 AM
Good for Rob.

Thanks MoJo.

OZZY
11-12-2017, 02:37 PM
Big Rob has had a pretty decent start to 2017/2018 with Hitachi.

He is in the top 10 in scoring, 13 games into the season.

The next two games he will up against a familiar foe in fellow British Columbian, Hokkaido's Marc Trasolini (X Santa Clara).

http://basketball.asia-basket.com/team/Japan/Hitachi-SunRockers-Tokyo-Shibuya/2919


It's Trasolini's first year in B League after stints in the Italian and French top leagues, he is also in the top ten of the top Japanese league in scoring and steals.

BTW, Gonzaga Alumni, Ira Brown who plays for Ryukyu is also playing well and in the top 10 for steals and blocks.

Mojo13
11-13-2017, 11:20 AM
Big Rob has had a pretty decent start to 2017/2018 with Hitachi.

He is in the top 10 in scoring, 13 games into the season.

The next two games he will up against a familiar foe in fellow British Columbian, Hokkaido's Marc Trasolini (X Santa Clara).

http://basketball.asia-basket.com/team/Japan/Hitachi-SunRockers-Tokyo-Shibuya/2919


It's Trasolini's first year in B League after stints in the Italian and French top leagues, he is also in the top ten of the top Japanese league in scoring and steals.

BTW, Gonzaga Alumni, Ira Brown who plays for Ryukyu is also playing well and in the top 10 for steals and blocks.



I want to love Rob's game, but he is a 7ft ex-NBA center who doesn't shoot threes with a FG% in the mid 40s. In Japan no less. He relies too much on mid-range 2s which he isn't great at. Trasolini as a comparison (same league) is shooting in the mid 60s FG% and can hit threes as well. Rob's a great guy, but nowadays if I had to make the choice I probably pick Trasolini over Sacre for any Canadian senior men's team appearance.

Skimhvn
11-27-2017, 02:45 PM
https://twitter.com/yokomiyaji/status/935045907615117312

Japanese basketball writer says that Sacre's 6years son is starting to speak Japanese and the son talked with Rui in Japanese naturally in the park in Spokane.