Less attitude, more Caracter

Lakers draft pick Derrick Caracter has slimmed down and has a shot at making the team

Updated: July 24, 2010, 4:30 PM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

Derrick Caracter is used to being the biggest and baddest person in the room for quite some time.

Ever since he was a 6-8 eighth grader, when he was proclaimed a basketball prodigy by The Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.) -- a regular "Boy Wonder," the headline read -- Caracter approached life like it owed something to him. Like his behemoth size was a guarantee he would achieve even bigger things.

That all changed in the last couple years of his 22-year-old life. His fast track came ...

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