Jordan Clarkson's sudden insertion in the Los Angeles Lakers starting lineup has been a mostly-successful experience as the rookie second-round pick finds his way, and he might pick things up even quicker once they get back to the grind. Steve Nash plans on working with Clarkson during the All-Star break, reports Bill Oram of the OC Register.
Byron Scott has made open calls for Nash to be around the team, even if he can't contribute on the court. While Jeremy Lin and Ronnie Price shared minutes at point, it seemed like a fruitless effort. It makes sense to connect Nash and Clarkson now that the team is giving him an opportunity to develop. There's no reason to expect miracles, but it doesn't hurt to have one of the greatest point guards to ever do it on Clarkson's side.
Clarkson opened up about his plans during the break, which includes a trip home to San Antonio and an early return to Los Angeles to work with Nash, reports Oram:
"That's why I'm going to come back a little early," Clarkson said, "is to get some work in with Steve"
What will they tackle?
"We'll probably watch some film and then go from there," Clarkson said.
That's a bit of good news. Clarkson's shown signs of potential -- as we've covered a few times here -- and could definitely use any bit of guidance and insight he can gain. Now that the two actually HAVE game film to dissect, that's something to learn from.
Clarkson has averaged 13 points, 3.8 assists and 1.4 steals per game through nine starts. Considering Clarkson's development is one of the last remaining upsides to the season, it's an interesting proposal at the very least.