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Lakers recall Robert Sacre from D-League

The popular rookie from Gonzaga will soon be returning to the sidelines at Staples Center.

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

The Los Angeles Lakers have recalled rookie Robert Sacre from the Los Angeles D-Fenders, according to the team's official Twitter feed.

Sacre was the Lakers' only pick in the 2012 NBA draft and went No. 60 overall. He is known for his demonstrative behavior on the sidelines while cheering his teammates on, and has quickly become a local fan favorite at Staples Center.

The 7'0 center out of Gonzaga played only sparingly before being assigned to the D-Fenders in November, making just eight appearances for a total of 19 minutes. He was a staple in the starting lineup during the preseason as Dwight Howard recovered from a back injury. When Howard returned, Sacre struggled to find minutes in a crowded frontcourt that included Lakers big men Jordan Hill, Pau Gasol, Howard and Antawn Jamison.

The move comes in the wake of the news that point guard Steve Blake will be out a minimum of six to eight weeks following a scheduled surgery to repair a torn abdominal muscle. Steve Nash remains out indefinitely as he nurses a fractured leg.