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Lakers Introduce Guard Jordan Clarkson: Talks Kobe, Philippines (Q&A)

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The Los Angeles Lakers officially introduced Jordan Clarkson on Monday as the newest member of the Lakers family. The Lakers acquired the former Mizzou and Tulsa guard via the Washington Wizards for cash considerations on draft night.

The 46th pick in the 2014 NBA draft said he was surprised to go in the second round, considering himself one of the best, if not the best point guard in the draft. Check out our transcription of Clarkson’s introduction as a Laker. For our exclusive interview with Clarkson, scroll below.

On the NBA draft being over/falling to the second round and winding up in Los Angeles:

“It’s just a relaxing feeling. I’m going to work hard. I got a a chip on my shoulder from the draft and stuff. I’m just going to come in here and work. I feel like I was one of the better point guards in the draft, maybe the best. Falling out of the first round and being selected in the second round. The number really doesn’t matter where you get drafted, it’s about the fit, so that’s where I get my chip from though.”

On making the teams that passed on him in the draft pay:

“Yes sir. I’m just going to come in here work hard and try to be the best player that I can be. It’s just fuel to my fire. It’s just going to help me continue to grind.”

On wearing the purple and gold:

“It’s a blessing being a part of one of the most established franchises in the league if not the most. It’s a blessing. I couldn’t tell you how I’m feeling right now. It’s just exciting though.

On being a Filipino-American in the NBA:

“It’s a great feeling, I’ve got the country behind me. It feels great. That’s also driving me too, just being one of the first. I’m just trying to make a mark here and find a significant role.”

On being a point guard/combo guard:

“I’m a point guard, but I can also play the two because of my size and my ability to score. I’m very versatile on the floor.”

On whether or not the Lakers coaching vacancy is an issue:

“No, sir. They are going to handle the situation. All you can is control what’s on the court.”

On what he’s heard about Kobe Bryant:

“That’s pretty exciting. I heard a lot about Kobe and how he is but he’s a winner. Being able to watch him and learn from him will be a great opportunity. I just heard he’s really intense. But he’s a winner. He’s proven that. So you just gotta follow in his footsteps.”

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VIDEO: One-On-One Interview With Jordan Clarkson

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  • cyborgspider

    Good luck and congrats, Jordan, hope you make a big impact on this team.

  • globe_smart_sun

    Goodluck Jordan Clarkson :)

  • GOD Chri$$$

    Both randle and clarksons seem to have motivation to be great in the nba and win on the highest level. Lakers absolutely nailed this draft. and now i’m just waiting for melo’s decision…

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  • flip

    Happy for this guy. Hope he makes an impact.

  • VillainKing

    Jordan Clarkson and Deandre Kane please make some noise for the Lakers!!!!

    • A Fan

      lol let’s not get too ahead of ourselves. Haven’t even seen what Deandre Kane can do at a professional level yet

      • VillainKing

        That is why I’m saying that give him a chance he is better than Marshall and I’m sure he will be a member of the L.A. Lakers roster this coming season..LOL!!

        • A Fan

          Watching his highlights and judging by his age, I do think he can make the roster. But a full-time starter on a team with championship aspirations? LOL let’s not get too ahead of ourselves here

          • VillainKing

            He can make in the Lakers roster..and he will replace Marshall..I saw the difference of there skill and Kane is greater player than Marshall..Kane will make his revenge!!!

          • A Fan

            So? I wasn’t comparing Marshall and Kane, I’m just saying Kane as a full-time starter on a championship team on his FIRST year is a bit of a stretch. You’d have to think looking for a starter to pair with Kobe in the backcourt would be one of FO’s main priorities once Melo makes his decision.

          • VillainKing

            Kane can be a starter for the Lakers a back court of Kobe Bryant and Deandre Kane will be nice!!
            PG: Deandre Kane
            SG: Kobe Bryant
            SF: Carmelo Anthony
            PF: Julius Randle
            C : Pau Gasol

          • A Fan

            Nope, still not convinced. A backup duo of Kane and Clarkson sounds even better

          • A Fan

            and much more realistic

          • VillainKing

            also it can be more realistic!!

          • A Fan

            Nope

          • VillainKing

            YES..

          • A Fan

            Nope

          • VillainKing

            YES

          • A Fan

            Nope.

          • VillainKing

            YEs

          • A Fan

            No

          • VillainKing

            yEs

          • A Fan

            no

          • VillainKing

            yes

          • A Fan

            nope

          • VillainKing

            yEs

          • A Fan

            nope.

          • VillainKing

            yes again

          • A Fan

            no.

          • VillainKing

            yes

          • A Fan

            No.

          • VillainKing

            yeS…

          • A Fan

            Kendall Marshall’s much better

          • VillainKing

            Kane is better!!

          • A Fan

            Kane’s no starter. Give him a year or two first

          • VillainKing

            Kane can be a starter and Marshall is fuck up..

          • A Fan

            Marshall is not good enough to be a starter and Kane is also not good enough to be a starter. If you don’t want LA to win the 2015 title then ok, either Marshall or Kane can be our full time starter

          • VillainKing

            Kane can be productive in playing as a starter on L.A. Lakers he is also a great defender that is the Lakers need especially at PG position!!

          • A Fan

            Unproven, still a rookie. I’d rather have him start out as a main backup at best

          • VillainKing

            Don’t worry just give him enough minutes and he will prove it..

          • A Fan

            …..prove that he is a capable main backup PG in his rookie year? See, I’m glad you finally understand what I’m talking about!

          • VillainKing

            He will prove that he is an starting PG in the NBA..

          • A Fan

            After spending his rookie year adjusting to the pace of the NBA while spending time as a backup PG and then possibly sharing backup duties with Jordan Clarkson in leading the team’s bench mob both in the season and in the playoffs? Good, good. I’m glad you finally agree with me

          • VillainKing

            NO, when the season start he will be our starting PG..

          • A Fan

            …..in the start of the 2015-2016 NBA season. Well, that’s still a bit of a stretch but I like your optimism. Hopefully he does turn out to be a really good backup in his rookie season.

          • VillainKing

            no again he will start at 2014-2015 NBA season as the Lakers starting PG..heheheh

          • A Fan

            maybe, though I don’t know if LA’s actually gonna sign Isaiah Thomas or Steve Blake, or sign Stephenson and have Kobe run the point on offense while Lance is the guy shutting down opposing PG’s on defense. Kane and Clarkson have a potential to be a solid backup duo at the PG spot though, I’d like that

          • VillainKing

            YEah I like the Backcourt duo of Kobe Bryant and Deandre Kane as the starters for the :Lakers.heheheh

          • A Fan

            yeah, Kane and Clarkson as our backup PG duo while Nash mentors them would definitely be good. Now that I think about it, if Melo doesn’t choose LA I like the idea of a Kobe-Stephenson starting backcourt. Or maybe LA can go with Isaiah Thomas, that’d be good too.

          • VillainKing

            Yeah Kane is a very great starter in 2014-2015 NBA season for the Lakers.heheh

          • A Fan

            Wait, you went back to your delusional statement earlier? Oh well, we’ll just have to wait and see if Kane can indeed become a solid backup PG. For now, all I care about with the Lakers is whether or not Melo chooses LA.

          • VillainKing

            OK your the one delusional here..Kane will be the starting PG for the Lakers..

          • A Fan

            in the 2016 season? ohhh, lol. for a second I thought you were being delusional again. ok, let’s just wait and see if he can indeed be good enough to be a starter in the 2015-2016 season. ehh, what gives, guess we can also just wait and see if that delusional comment you made before you agreed with me can also come true, would be a major steal I guess. Still a longshot though, but I like your optimism

          • VillainKing

            2014-2015 NBA season he will be starter of the Lakers..thank you that you understand me now.

          • A Fan

            oh damn, I really do love your optimism. It’s a longshot, but it’ll also be good if we land Lance Stephenson AFTER signing Carmelo Anthony. Kobe-Stephenson-Melo-Randle-Pau? Instant contender right there!

          • VillainKing

            Yeah Deandre Kane is a very great starting PG Kobe, Kane Melo, Pau And Randle..Instant contender right here..hehehhehe

          • A Fan

            for the 2016 season? ehh, I dunno, maybe, but we gotta see how Kane performs in the 2015 season first

          • VillainKing

            2015 season he is the Lakers starting PG and also in 2016 season..

          • A Fan

            No, Lance Stephenson’s not a PG, he’s a SG. Kobe would be the starting PG if LA signs Lance

          • VillainKing

            hahahahaah..yeah that was nice Kobe the starting SG and Kane as the starting PG.. I agree of you..

          • A Fan

            You agree with me with Lance and Kobe? haha nice, if only that pairing were possible. But really, what kind of fucked up idiot would predict that an unproven PG like Kane would be starting for a team gunning for the title? Unless of course that delusinal idiot doesn’t think LA would be the 2015 champs then I can understand giving the reins to an unproven PG in his rookie season

          • VillainKing

            You too agree on me that Kane and Kobe will be the starting backcourt of the Lakers..thank you..What kind of fucked up bitch idiot person predicting that Kane cannot play as a starting PG of course he can do that..FUCK THAT IDIOT!!!!heheheeh

          • A Fan

            ikr? Fuck that idiot, it’s like he doesn’t want LA to win the championship. What is he thinking, giving the starting job to an unproven undrafted rookie when there are easily better options out there in free agency and it’s obvious Kane would thrive more as a backup in his rookie season while learning from Nash!

          • VillainKing

            Yeah Fuck the idiot he is just underestimating Kane I know he will be one of the important piece for the Lakers championship..Kane is a very starting PG for the Lakers..I’m going to kill that IDIOT!!

          • A Fan

            Kill that idiot? Now let’s not go down that road. But really man, what an idiot that person is. I mean, I know Kane can develop into a good player but a starter in his rookie season for a team with championship aspirations? HELL NO, THAT MOTHERFUCKER’S DELUSIONAL! In the first place, LA will most likely look for a starting PG in FA once Melo makes his decision! That idiot’s gotta realize that Kane would most likely start out as a backup PG! Maybe he can develop into a starter, kinda like Goran Dragic. But in his rookie season, his best case scenario is definitely a backup!

          • VillainKing

            YEAH THAT MOTHER FUCKER DELUSIONAL BITCH I don’t know his name but I’m sure he is “A Fan or A Bitch”..EVERY ROOKIE CAN BE A STARTER AS LONG AS THEY HAVE THE TALENT AND I SEE IT ON DEANDRE KANE..

          • A Fan

            IKR? I dunno what is it about what is it about that motherfucker. I mean, that IdiotKing sure is FUCKIN’ DELUSIONAL who looks at talent through rose-tinted glasses!!

            I mean, I watched some of Kane’s highlights from his best games and the way I see it, he does have talent to be a good role player and with a bit more transitioning and adjustments, probably has a chance to be a starter someday, BUT NOT IN HIS ROOKIE SEASON!! Maybe on a bottom-feeder or a mediocre team, BUT ON A TEAM WITH CHAMPIONSHIP ASPIRATIONS?? HELL NO!! He’d probably get like 15-20 MPG but a motherfucking FULL-TIME STARTER?? THAT MOTHERFUCKER’S DELUSIONAL!!

          • VillainKing

            That idiot Fan is fucking DELUSIONAL..He is saying that Kane cannot play as a starter..Kane had all the talents and physical tools..his age and body is already NBA ready..THAT FUCKING FAN I’M GOING TO KILL HIM FOR SURE!!!

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            No Kendall Marshall Is A Much Petter Passer&Decision Maker. Kane Is Quicker, Attacks The Rim, Better Shooter, More Athletic, Older/Mature, Better Defense,& A Leader

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          • VillainKing

            Hey reply faster your so slow..heheheh

          • VillainKing

            YES, It can be happen..Kane playing as the starting PG for the L.A. Lakers..

          • vdogg

            yes!

    • Bruce

      Kane will make the team in my opinion, he’s pretty solid, and Clarkson is a nice pick up for the Lakers as well, I like them both. But putting Kane in as a starter might be a bit of a stretch, I rather have Isaiah Thomas coming in to be our starting PG, Kane can come off the bench as a spark plug. Clarkson can come in off the bench as the backup 2 or 3 because he is a combo guard. Nash and Marshall I’m sorry they gotta go.

      • VillainKing

        I respect your opinion buddy!!

        • Bruce

          lol thanks!!

          • VillainKing

            HEHEHEHEH!!

  • Kb

    PLEASE MENTOR KANE AND CLARKSON MR. STEVE NASH! One of the best pg to play ball

  • LakerPnut

    You’re oh so fine Ms. Winters!
    Go Lakers!

  • kiko

    LA Lakers Should make choose next hire head coach Bob Mcadoo and jeff van gundy or george karl and mike woodson and mark jackson next new head coach LA Lakers right now

  • Kontrabida ™

    After 3 years, he will be the No. 1 pick in the PBA draft. mark my word.

    • Sm00ve

      damn ,, you also here kontrabida,
      yahoo philippines then here
      your invading also this site?
      kontrabida for the win!

  • Pinoy Lakers fan

    Good luck jordan, i’m not sure how the pinoys will take your answer about Floyd M, you could have just say, M.Ali and L.James….

  • Barocca

    This guy will be a future MVP
    In the PBA!

  • Ronald Pitpitunge

    Goodluck Jordan Clarkson…. Want to see Lakers in Playoffs this 2014-2015… New Blood rise and show the Lakers spirit… Kobe get back and show the Black Mamba moves… :D

  • TNT-#3

    Grats Bro! Philippines will Support u

  • CORKY CARROLL

    I am glad we have a couple of rookie PG’s that show the promise to make an impact. I just wish Melo would do something one way or the other so we can get on with building this years team.

  • HellaPinoy

    Floyd Mayweather? Seriously? You’re half-filipino man, good luck though, I hope you flourish with the Lakers

  • You Idiots

    Villainking, and A Fan….STFU…both of you. Villainking, fcuk you, a fan, fcuk you. And fcuk Clarkson, and fcuk Kane. Both suck just like both of you. and fcuk nash too….and fcuk marshall.

    • VillainKing

      Fuck you too for You Idiots…FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FOR YOU IDIOTS!!!!

      • rob_mr.24

        First of jordan clackson is no half filipino HellaPinoy …. smdh jordan go shine hes been putting in work from the time he was a kid…. history him and andre roberson led there high school to a championship. … on top of that he a nice guard on offense and defense and on Saturday you will see how go stand out in the nba summer league my lakers did good… now we must wait and see what melo go do…lets go lakers

        • VillainKing

          I know Kane and Clarkson will shine in this coming summer league!!

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