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Lakers Notes: Clarkson, Hill, Melo, Bryant

The Lakers believe they have a contributor in rookie Jordan Clarkson, writes Jovan Buha of“I think we have a pretty good basketball player in this young kid,” coach Byron Scott said. “When he falls on his face, he gets right back up. He wants to get better; he works his butt off every single day. If you look at his first game [starting] against San Antonio, and his last game last night, he’s shown improvement.” Clarkson is averaging 13.8 points per game while shooting 40.4% from the field during his four games as the team’s starting point guard.

Here’s more from Los Angeles:

  • Jordan Hill and Jeremy Lin are among the players whom Jabari Davis of Basketball Insiders believes could be dealt before the trade deadline. Hill would probably garner the most in a trade but the center has a de-facto no trade clause in his contract, which might make a deal difficult. Kennedy lists the Clippers and the Blazers as potential destinations for Hill based on their need for frontcourt depth.
  • Carmelo Anthony and Kobe Bryant decided they wouldn’t work as teammates last summer when Anthony was a free agent, writes Marc Berman of the New York Post. “It was a great visit. The conversations I had with Kobe was just man to man. We both had to come to reality and say, ‘Is this what we really want?’ And it didn’t happen,” Anthony said. The forward also added that he believes Bryant will not retire at the end of the season. “I know him, and this is not the way he wants to go out,’’ Anthony said. “I’m pretty sure he’ll do whatever he has to do to get back on the court one more time before he hangs them shoes up.’’
  • Some people doubt that Kobe Bryant will be able return to the NBA from his latest injury, but Fran Blinebury of is optimistic that the 36-year-old will silence his doubters. Blinebury compares Bryant to other former stars, such as Charles Barkley and Hakeem Olajuwon, who were injured late in their careers yet continued to play, just not at the level than people were used to seeing.
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5 thoughts on “Lakers Notes: Clarkson, Hill, Melo, Bryant

  1. guccci7383

    i’d actually like the lakers to keep hill.. depending on what we do with our cap sapce i’d bring him back with his option 4 next yr

    • I think lakers should bring him back if they think he the best option. But if they get a top 5 pick they should pick a center

      • guccci7383

        who’s the guy u want in the draft..
        i want the pg of the future mudiay.. nba is a pg league now

        • Well depends where we pick if lakers are in the top five. If they are out of the top 3 I’ll go with the best center. I can see him go top 3 or 4 so we might not get a chance to draft him. If the lakers get number one we have to get the best big in the darft. ever since pau left a big man our biggest need. I have high hopes for clarkson

          • guccci7383

            yeah with the #1 pick its 100% gonna be okafor. after that im ok with any of the following 4
            mudiay,towns,stanley johnson,, russell

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