Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson hasn't taken a whole lot of time "off" during the team's long offseason. The third-year guard has been practicing in the Lakers' facility basically since the end of the regular season. The attempted improvement is all part of his plan to return to a more successful Lakers team next year, and the guard is willing to do whatever it takes to make that happen, even if it means coming off of the bench.
Clarkson hasn't spent the whole summer working out by himself, however. He has also involved himself in charity work when he isn't directly working on his game. Clarkson spent time playing basketball with kids during a recent trip to the Philippines, and now he is doing the same at an elementary school in Beijing, China on Children's Day, an activity the Lakers posted a video of on their official Twitter account on Tuesday morning:
Jordan Clarkson celebrated Children's Day playing basketball with kids from an elementary school in Beijing.https://t.co/dAOTz1Rbyf— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) May 31, 2016
He also used the opportunity to remind any three-foot tall guards not to come in the paint when he's patrolling the rim:
For any Los Angeles-based kids jealous of the Chinese and Filipino children Clarkson has spent time with so far this summer, there is an opportunity to join his basketball camp next week in Corona, California, where Clarkson promises to work personally with the campers.
Basketball is great, and obviously most people's primary concern when following the Lakers, but it's still cool to see one of their players so focused on using the sport to make a difference with kids.
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