Jordan Clarkson makes return to LA with forgettable performance
ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 12, 2018 01:18 PM
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Former Los Angeles Lakers Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. made their first return to their former home court, the Staples Center, although their new team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the three-time Eastern Conference champions, lost against one of the lower-tiered teams in the West.
Both Clarkson and Nance were shipped to the Cavaliers in a massive trade deadline swap, which saw Cleveland give away former Celtics star Isaiah Thomas to the Purple and Gold.
The 46th pick of the 2014 NBA draft however did not make the most of the familiar rims and cavernous stadium, as he only finished the game with four points on 1-of-8 shooting, a far cry from his hot 21-point performance against the Lakers' co-tenants, the Clippers.
Despite the loss and a terrible performance, Clarkson has been enjoying his opportunity in playing alongside LeBron James, one of the rare times a player has been able to play alongside Kobe Bryant and James, two of the best NBA players of all time.
"It’s been awesome. He creates shots for us, he gets us going, [he's an] unselfish superstar. it’s definitely been cool."
"I’ve played with LeBron and Kobe and not many people in the league can say that. That’s something I wanna be able to hold on to," Clarkson said in the post-game interview.
.@JordanClarksons addresses media after his Cavs lose to his former Lakers team 127-114. Not the best stat line for the Fil-Am guard. 16 minutes of action 4pts on 1-8 shooting. 4 assists, 2 TO #NBAsaABSCBN #NBAsabaDOS 🇵🇭🏀 pic.twitter.com/cw3yG8qSrM— Steve Angeles (@StevieAngeles) March 12, 2018
Although his first game against the Lakers was sub-par, Clarkson will have to wait next season if we wants to showcase more of his repertoire at the Staples Center since Eastern Conference teams only visit Western Conference arenas once a season.
With a report from Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN News.