Clarkson in high spirits ahead of 2nd year with Lakers

LOS ANGELES – A year ago, Jordan Clarkson was a shy rookie, but this year, he drew a lot of attention when he hit the court for the Los Angeles Lakers’ media day ahead of the 2015-2016 NBA season.

It has been a busy summer for Clarkson after he was named a part of the NBA All-Rookie team, becoming one of Los Angeles’ newest sports stars, dominating the NBA Summer League, and even dating a super model.

“I love my life,” Clarkson said. “That’s all I can say. It’s great.”

Nothing was more fulfilling for the 24-year-old Clarkson than a pair of trips to the Philippines, including training with the Philippine national basketball team whom he hopes to join in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

“It was good. I had a fun time over there. I got to see my culture, and where my mom was from, and definitely it was a good thing to see,” said Clarkson.

Clarkson was unable to join Gilas Pilipinas for the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship, but he is keeping a close watch on his teammates and offered a few words of support ahead of their game against India on Tuesday afternoon.

“Just continue to put it all on the line,” he said. “Continue to play, and good things are going to happen and continue to win.”

“That’s all anybody asks for, but most importantly, keep representing the flag,” he stressed.

One reason Clarkson was unable to join Gilas in the FIBA Asia Championship was because it coincides with the Lakers’ training camp, which begins on Tuesday in Hawaii.

With the addition of second overall pick D’Angelo Russell and the return of Kobe Bryant, Clarkson is excited to help bring the Lakers back to contention.

“It’s definitely a versatile backcourt,” he said. “We could throw a lot of looks at people. It’s definitely going to be exciting to see. We can get up and down, and it’s going to be fun to watch.”

The Lakers begin their preseason next week with a pair of exhibition games against the Utah Jazz in Hawaii.

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