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Lakers Draft Jordan Clarkson, His First Media Interview (VIDEO)

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The Los Angeles Lakers welcomed Jordan Clarkson to the LA media via phone conference late Thursday night, after acquiring his draft rights from the Washington Wizards. Selected 46th overall in the 2014 NBA Draft, Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak described him as a “ball-handling” guard, whom they thought could be taken in the mid to late first round (for more on what Kupchak had to say, check out our video above).

Clarkson didn’t say he grew up as a fan of any NBA team in particular, but admitted he’s always looked up to Kobe Bryant. When asked what came to mind when he thought of the Lakers, he said “winning championships, and great players.” Clarkson does expect to participate in this year’s NBA Summer League. When asked about his strengths, he touted his defense, scoring ability, and versatility. His 6’8 wingspan is definitely a plus on the defensive end. Check out Clarkson’s first phone conference as a Laker with the media below.

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VIDEO: Jordan Clarkson’s First Interview With The LA Media

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  • cj

    god shes stupid. they bought the pick with out of pocket cash this has nothing to do with cap space. smh

    • Jim213

      No need to insult LN’s own reporter female at that smh.

    • LakersHeatBeef

      Serena is a very sweet kind girl and a huge Lakers fan.#Respect Female:-)

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Mike Bresnahan ‏@Mike_Bresnahan

    Lakers ended up spending $1.8 million to buy that second-round pick from Washington (46th overall), taking Missouri PG Jordan Clarkson.

    • Jim213

      Very unpolished pick who will need time to grow and develop his fundamentals more IMO. Will possibly be utilized down the road (asset) but for his size he has an advantage while being able to take it inside. However, hopefully one or two undrafted players will be considered which doesn’t apply to the 2 and 3 positions.

      • LakersHeatBeef

        MCW 2. with better quicker first step and better shooter.Stud player.

        • Jim213

          In no way dissing the newbie but observed some scouting reports and vids on him recently. The thing for me is that his fundamentals still require work but for $1.8 mil they better may it work lol.

          • LakersHeatBeef

            Oh i understand that.Well he is top 15 talent for this draft IMO.Also he was projected to be a first round pick by many mock drafts and it just so happened he slipped in to the second round and when that happened Mitch and Jim were going crazy frantically trying to buy into the second round with cash money and bang they got Jordan Clarkson at last.Look for a Goran Dragic type of steal for a second round pick right here with Jordan Clarkson.

        • LAstory

          The main knock against Clarkson is his shooting…. check out the video scouting report on him.

      • LakersHeatBeef

        Just to be clear MCW already proved what he can do and it netted him ROY good for him.I think Jordan Clarkson is very underrated.

        • Jim213

          I’m no scout but hopefully I’m wrong as we’ll get to see him in action in 2 wks.

          • LakersHeatBeef

            Yes it will be a blessing to watch him wear the Purple And Gold as i was always a fan of his but he got overlooked and overshadowed by the likes of Marcus Smart,Shabazz Napier.

            Honestly this dude is a big point guard just like MCW and at the very least he is another guy that will be a starting Lakers Point Guard much like Derek Fisher and Ron Harper were.

            He is already better than any Point Guard on the current Lakers roster sorry to Steve Nash he is just old and injured along with being in severe decline after a HOF career.

          • Jim213

            Agree, Nash’s deal set the brand back. Likely no picks next season but it’s awkward to see him play soccer an running around Brazil given his aches this past season which limited him close to 15 games.

    • Zimmeredge

      Idk about this one. You Know that i was a fan of russ Smith and he went right after clarkson was pick. I guess clarkson’s versatility made the difference.
      That’s now a question about who are we going to bring back next season. We had Nash, farmar and Marshall. With clarkson supposedly good on d. Itvs hard to pick someone.

      • LakersHeatBeef

        David Aldridge thinks Steve Nash will be waived stretched out or he just won’t be on the Lakers one way or another,we shall see.

        Jordan Clarkson is a better pro style Point Guard than Russ Smith and what i mean by that is his game is better suited for the pros than the NCAA.Comparison is Jordan Clarkson to MCW they are both better suited for the wide open NBA game than the NCAA both big Point Guards that are very athletic and rangy.Russ Smith is a good college player in the Peyton Siva mold when they get to the NBA it’s no longer the same as college.Russ Smith is a fast player.

        I pick the Pro Style player everytime in the NBA.Yes Jordan Clarkson will be a NBA Starter.We can all watch him play during the Summer League.Yes his defense is good but always can improve and get better and more tenacious on defense he has tenacity and confidence he is very competitive.

        • Zimmeredge

          Vegas summer league?
          Let’s wait and see How it pans out. After all, all the second rounders are not on guaranteed contracts.
          Have you watched mitch’s post draft press conference?

      • FGC_HOPE

        But that’s the thing, though. The scouting report that I trust says he’s not so good on the ball. Mizzou plays zone D and that can cover up some of his weaknesses. Having size and speed on defense (OKC) is not the same a playing good, hard D (CHI). I think that this young man is a lot more of the OKC variety. I’ll take that over nothing at all, but there is a big difference between the two.

  • Kobe Will Get 6

    Is there anyway we can move Nash’s contract or buy him out?

    • LakersHeatBeef

      Yes stretch provision pay him $9.7 million over 3 years and it gives us 6.7 million dollars in cap space this year and then the next 2 years we still pay Nash $3 million per but then it’s over in 2 years no more payments to Nash.

      • Kobe Will Get 6

        I know about the stretch provision, but I’m not sure if I’m for the idea. I would like to find a way for Nash to be off the books during the off season, but I know it would be tough, since we don’t have any assets.

  • Florida Gators Nation

    I love Jordan Clarkson excellent choice.The Lakers must get Patric Young on the Summer League team and invite him to training camp he went undrafted and he is a great low post defender and rebounder a great backup role player in the NBA.

  • Florida Gators Nation

    Patric Young was the heart and soul of the Gators team and he is a tough guy that won’t backdown from anyone ever no matter what.Could be another Ben Wallace.

  • FGC_HOPE

    We really needed Marcus Smart. :( Got screwed over by Boston and this gentleman seemed to be the back-up plan. I think the thing to do would have been to go after Shabazz Napier or maybe even Elfrid Payton. But Randle was a better pick-up than either, so Yeah. I dunno, man… We just REALLY need a PG, and going so high in the draft I thought that is what we’d try to accomplish. Man, F’ing Boston! :/

  • http://www.niknokseyer.com/ Niknok Seyer

    Good steal / pick by the Lakers. :)

  • David

    Obviously for 1.8 million for a second round pick they believe he has a chance to not only make the roster spot but has a chance to become a starter, he will have to beat out Jordan Farmar who I believe will be resigned.

  • jake

    Serena I love ur voice

  • ANTHONYinCALI

    damn i woulda been so weak if mitch responded to that question with “straight cash homie”

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