A Photo Essay of the Many Dances and Faces of Robert Sacre
In case you've been left out of the loop at some point in the past few weeks, Los Angeles Lakers center and 15th man Robert Sacre has become an Internet sensation and officially eclipsed the rest of the league in sideline antics.
He might very well be the happiest player in the NBA, just stoked to be involved and sitting courtside along with Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard. The dude is nothing if not loving every minute that he's in the NBA.
Sacre, the rookie big man out of Gonzaga, is quickly becoming the one of the most entertaining guys on the sidelines of any game, making Lakers games that much more entertaining.
With Los Angeles' run-and-gun style of play becoming rapidly more effective, that just means we're going to have plenty of more chances to see Sacre doing his thing on the sidelines, and that's only good news.
Sacre was introduced to us all during the preseason when the Lakers faced off against the Los Angeles Clippers about 47 times. It was the first chance we got to see his aggressive rebounding technique and the strained face to go along with it.
He had a reserved start to the season, and like most rookies, it took him a few weeks to really get into the flow of the league. Then the finger guns broke out.
The game against the Spurs was not only close, but exciting enough to keep Sacre's guns out of their holsters. As far as breakout games go, this was probably the most important of the season for any rookie.
This is the beautiful moment that was Sacre's presentation to the world. It was his equivalent of a triple-double at Madison Square Garden.
It took about a dozen replays, but I've finally figured this one out. Sacre rarely keeps his warm-ups buttoned all the way up, so when he gets down and crouches, he essentially looks like he's a cyborg: half-man, half-robot and half-crab.
Next time I go out to a bar this is going to be my go-to move. Unbuttoned warm-ups, a deep crouch, half finger guns and half karate chops, and slight movement backward so you look like young Forrest Gump dancing.
Here's our second case of Sacre-itis for the season. It came just after Metta World Peace's touchdown pass to Pau Gasol at the end of the first quarter against the Rockets.
Sacre's most recent stellar finger-gun firing came in that same game against the Rockets. Not only is he getting extremely aggressive with the gunfire, it looks like the Lakers have started to dictate one guy as a Sacre-wrangler on the bench. In this case it was Pau.
As far as big-man bench celebrations go, Sacre is leading the league, completely dominating Ronny Turiaf.
There's not a three-pointer he doesn't jump out of his seat for or a dunk he doesn't break out the finger-guns for. On top of that, he's usually the most enthusiastic person in Staples Center on any given night.
You're a blessing Robert Sacre, keep the finger guns blasting.
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