Clark­son gets back on track

Los Angeles Times - - NBA - By Brod­er­ick Turner brod­er­ick.turner@la­times.com Twit­ter:@BA_Turner

Jor­dan Clark­son of the Lak­ers was look­ing for re­demp­tion Tues­day night.

Not just be­cause he played poorly against Chris Paul and the Clip­pers on Sun­day night.

For Clark­son, it was just about im­prov­ing some more dur­ing his rookie sea­son.

“I’m go­ing to put the time in,” Clark­son said. “I’m go­ing to con­tinue to try to get bet­ter.”

Clark­son missed five of six shots, in­clud­ing his three three-point­ers, and had only two points and three as­sists Sun­day.

So Clark­son pre­pared for Tues­day’s game by watch­ing tape of that per­for­mance.

He was bet­ter, too, pro­duc­ing 20 points, six as­sists and four re­bounds dur­ing the Lak­ers’ 105-100 loss to the Clip­pers.

“I watch a lot of my­self, just to cri­tique my­self,” Clark­son said. “I think I’m my hard­est critic. Some­times it’s kind of bad be­cause I’m so hard on my­self and some­times I get down.” Scott out­lines goals for Young

Lak­ers Coach By­ron Scott had more words di­rected at Nick Young , say­ing he sim­ply wants to coach the small for­ward.

Scott was stern in his com­ments about what Young has to im­prove upon over the sum­mer if he wants qual­ity play­ing time next sea­son.

Scott said Young must be bet­ter on de­fense, learn to move bet­ter with­out the bas­ket­ball and not worry about shoot­ing be­ing his only weapon.

“It’s called coach­ing,” Scott said. “Sim­ple as that. This is what you’ve got to do to get bet­ter as a bas­ket­ball player. If you don’t do those things, it’s go­ing to be hard for you to get off the bench.”

Does Scott think Young, who has three sea­sons and $16.2 mil­lion left on his deal, is coach­able?

“We’ll find out,” Scott said.

Young has played in only 42 games this sea­son be­cause of in­juries, the lat­est a frac­tured left kneecap that has him out for the rest of the sea­son.

“I think he’s tried to do some of the things we’ve asked him to do,” Scott said. “But again, like I’ve said, this sum­mer is go­ing to be big for him, as far as work­ing on those things and a lot of those things doesn’t con­cern hav­ing the ball in your hands. Like I said, it’s called coach­ing, try­ing to tell you want you need to do to get bet­ter as a player.”

While stand­ing in the hall­way of the Lak­ers’ locker room be­fore the game, Scott crossed his arms and shook his head when Young walked in late at 6:45 p.m.

“Why are you late?” Scott said to Young.

“Man, I was talk­ing to peo­ple out­side,” Young said.

“That’s a fine,” Scott told Young, who has been fined mul­ti­ple times this sea­son for be­ing late to games.

The fine will be be­tween $100 and $250.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.