Lakers’ rookie Jordan Clarkson learning on the fly

first_imgPrice’s parents visited Los Angeles planning to watch the Lakers’ game against San Antonio on Friday at Staples Center. But with Price sitting out, those plans soon changed.“We watched the game on the couch together,” said Price, whose parents still attended the Lakers’ game on Sunday against Golden State.Price was ejected in the Lakers’ loss last week in New Orleans after hitting Austin Rivers in the head, causing him to crash to the floor. But replays showed that Price attempted to stop the ball.“My intentions were not to hit Austin Rivers in the head,” Price said. “I tried to make a play.”That explains why Price plans to appeal the suspension.“Maybe the consequences won’t be as bad as far as money stuff,” said Price, who will make at least $329,202 on a partially guaranteed contract this season. Price will make $1.3 million this season if he stays on the Lakers’ roster by January. Honoring the pastThe Lakers held a halftime ceremony for Hall of Fame forward Elgin Baylor, who turned 80 on Sunday. Fans in attendance were given a No. 22 Baylor jersey, which represents one of nine Lakers players to have their number retired in the Staples Center rafters. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “He’s going to be a pretty damn good basketball player,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said of Clarkson, whom the Lakers selected 46th overall in this year’s draft out of the University of Missouri. Scott likes Clarkson’s aggressiveness, called him a “gym rat” and “workaholic” and envisions him excelling both as a shooting and point guard. But Scott wants Clarkson to attack the basket and organize the offense consistently. “Right now he’s either feast or famine,” Scott said. “He’s either trying to get all the way to the basket and take wild shots because bigs are there or it’s a three point attempt.”Paying the PriceHis one-game suspension for committing a flagrant foul 2 didn’t just hurt Price’s pocket book. It disrupted his family’s plans. center_img It seems as if not a second passes by where Kobe Bryant is not providing feedback to rookie guard Jordan Clarkson. “I couldn’t even repeat everything he says,” Clarkson said before noticing a reporter’s tape recorder. “I wish I had one of those tape recorders some days. I’ll keep it in my pocket when he talks to me. He’s so useful.”Clarkson will have to handle that information overload somehow. He has an elevated reserve role in the Lakers’ backcourt due to various circumstances. Steve Nash will stay sidelined for the 2014-15 season because of recurring back issues. Ronnie Price served a one-game suspension last week for picking up a flagrant foul 2 The Lakers granted reserve guard Wayne Ellington an indefinite leave of absence after his father was shot and killed last week in Philadelphia. Clarkson entered Sunday’s game against Golden State at Staples Center averaging 3.7 points in 9.9 minutes. But he posted eight points in the past two games. Clarkson also scored 28 points on Saturday with the D-Fenders, the Lakers’ Development League affiliate. last_img

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