Lakers' Clarkson, Kuzma eye final push to represent Los Angeles in All-Star Game
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 12, 2018 12:03 PM
FILE - Los Angeles Lakers' Kyle Kuzma, center, high-fives Larry Nance Jr., left, and Jordan Clarkson. Both Kuzma and Clarkson hope to get a chance to represent the host city in the annual All-Star festivities. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Los Angeles Lakers' young standouts Jordan Clarkson and Kyle Kuzma are both hoping to key in one final push to represent the host city when the NBA All-Star weekend tips off in February.
While the early results have the usual suspects from the Golden State Warriors to LeBron James in the lead, Clarkson, the lone Filipino-American in the league, aims to better his sixth-place finish in fan-votes from last season, in order to earn his first selection.
Despite Clarkson's name popping up in trade rumors, the push continues for the Lakers sixth man to be included in the annual showcase of the game's best.
"Double up. Your votes will help send me to the 2018 NBA all star game in LA," Clarkson said in an interview with Steve Angeles of ABS-CBN News North America.
The rookie sensation Kuzma, meanwhile, has broken into the top 10 in fan votes, and is also aiming for a spot in the Three-Point Shootout.
His former University of Utah teammate, the Fil-Am Sedrick Barefield is backing up Kuzma as well in both the Shootout, and in the All-Star Game.
"I think he should [join]. He’s proven he’s a knock-down shooter, you know. I think that’ll be a good idea. He should be an all star in my eyes," Barefield said.