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In their 119-108 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday, the Los Angeles Lakers were forced into a situation where they were reduced to only five eligible players, and one of them fouled out.

This triggered a rule in which the player, Robert Sacre, picked up his sixth foul, but was allowed to remain on the floor-- otherwise, it would have been four-on-five. The Lakers were assessed a technical foul, and would have been assessed further technicals for each additional foul that Sacre (or any player with six fouls) would have racked up, but no one reached seven fouls.

The whole mess happened because the Lakers (who have a 14-man roster) have six players out injured, reducing them to the minimum complement of eight. Nick Young was injured in the second quarter and did not return; Chris Kaman fouled out; Jordan Farmar was injured, and then Sacre committed his sixth foul.

I guess the Lakers are just lucky that no one else got injured. Poor guys are getting hurt worse than the Kansas City Chiefs in the playoffs right now. (Though I suppose in that situation, the referees would simply have allowed Kaman back onto the floor).

I say "FINALLY!", because I've been waiting 18 years for this to happen, ever since this was a trivia question in NBA Live '96. The article didn't say, but to the best of my knowledge, this is the first time this rule has ever taken effect.

(edited by ekedolphin on 6.2.14 1715)


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Is this the absolute low point for the Lakers as a franchise? People used to wear Laker colors with pride, but now they can barely get an entire team of five guys to take the court.

This is what the Lakers are reduced to. Thanks a lot, David Stern.




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To be fair, this isn't happening on Stern's watch but how exactly is this the Commish's fault?



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    Originally posted by It's False
    Is this the absolute low point for the Lakers as a franchise?


If THIS is the "absolute low point" for the Lakers, it's worth noting that they WON THE GAME.

(Poor, poor Cleveland.)



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Read it and weep, fella


    Originally posted by CRZ
    but how exactly is this the Commish's fault?
Oh you know, the whole screwing-us-out-of-Chris-Paul thing. No big whoop.

    Originally posted by JJD
    If THIS is the "absolute low point" for the Lakers, it's worth noting that they WON THE GAME.
It did get homeboy fired though: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/sources--cavaliers-general-manager-fired-174615688.html




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    Originally posted by DJ FrostyFreeze
      Originally posted by CRZ
      but how exactly is this the Commish's fault?
    Oh you know, the whole screwing-us-out-of-Chris-Paul thing. No big whoop.
Chris Paul is ALSO injured!



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I don't follow the NBA much (something about the Sonics going away). Anyways, I didn't have any idea that they were that bad this season. Sorry if I sound stupid but isn't there some type of reserve roster?



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The NBA does have a reverse roster, but it's a max of 2 people and most teams just keep 1. The Lakers had a lot of injuries coming in and picked up a couple more during the game. The Lakers probably should've grabbed someone on a 10 day contract just to have an extra body in case and did so today.

Unlike baseball or football, there's no long term DL spot, so you're just out a roster spot if someone, say, spends most of two years out hurt. There are apparently hardship rules to allow teams more roster spots, but I can't recall them ever being used. That's some history Lakers might yet make for all their fans.



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    Originally posted by JayJayDean
      Originally posted by It's False
      Is this the absolute low point for the Lakers as a franchise?


    If THIS is the "absolute low point" for the Lakers, it's worth noting that they WON THE GAME.

    (Poor, poor Cleveland.)


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Dan Gilbert seems to agree with you in that was more of an embarrassing loss for the Cavs. This was probably the straw that broke the camel's back for a team full of 1st rounders that is really under performing in a bad conference.

(edited by supersalvadoran on 7.2.14 0609)

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    Originally posted by ekedolphin

    I say "FINALLY!", because I've been waiting 18 years for this to happen, ever since this was a trivia question in NBA Live '96. The article didn't say, but to the best of my knowledge, this is the first time this rule has ever taken effect.

    (edited by ekedolphin on 6.2.14 1715)


    Originally posted by http://espn.go.com/blog/los-angeles/lakers/post/_/id/38792/bizarre-ending-typifies-lakers-bizarre-season

    It hadn't happened in nearly four full years, when Devean George, who was playing in what ended up being the last game of his NBA career, fouled out in the Golden State Warriors' 122-116 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on April 14, 2010, but was able to stay in the game as one of just five healthy bodies the Warriors had at that point. Just like the Lakers on Wednesday, Golden State started that game with only eight eligible players.





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I watched this Youtube package of the Devean George game the night of the Lakers/Cavs, and it was strangely riveting:





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    Originally posted by thecubsfan
    There are apparently hardship rules to allow teams more roster spots, but I can't recall them ever being used.
The Timberwolves used it last year (was it last year? One of the last two years) and I believe one team considered using it this season but then didn't (I want to say Nets or Knicks? Ah, yes, the Nets got one for Brook Lopez.)



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    Originally posted by CRZ
      Originally posted by thecubsfan
      There are apparently hardship rules to allow teams more roster spots, but I can't recall them ever being used.
    The Timberwolves used it last year (was it last year? One of the last two years) and I believe one team considered using it this season but then didn't (I want to say Nets or Knicks? Ah, yes, the Nets got one for Brook Lopez.)


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