The Los Angeles Lakers will be facing the 2016-17 NBA season with the goal of continuing their legacy in the post-Kobe Bryant era. Now that ‘The Mamba’ is gone, it is too early to speculate whether Jordan Clarkson or D’Angelo Russell will be the next face of the franchise.
The Lakers started the preseason with an improbable victory against the Sacramento Kings. Their first win sets a good start for their young players and for new head coach Luke Walton. In their game against the Kings, it was very noticeable that Walton did not use Jordan Clarkson as their starting shooting guard.
Luke Walton decided to pair D’Angelo Russell with Lou Williams as their starting guard against the Kings. In the first half, the Lakers were struggling against the DeMarcus-Cousins-led Sacramento Kings. However, when coach Dave Joerger decided to rest his starters, the Lakers gained the momentum with their second unit led by Tarik Black and Jordan Clarkson.
According to Mark Medina of Daily News, Luke Walton did not divulge whether Jordan Clarkson will be permanently come off the bench. However, he said that he wanted the Filipino-American guard to be more aggressive on defense.
“I don’t see anything differently, honestly,” Walton said. “Jordan’s still going to play a lot of minutes. He’s been one of our best defensive players all camps. I’m going to continue to challenge him to take that on. Whether he’s playing with D’Angelo and the starters or playing with the second unit, we want him being aggressive. We want him hounding the ball. We want him getting out and running the lanes.”
The 2016-17 NBA season will be showing who will deserve to become the next face of the Los Angeles Lakers in the succeeding years. Is it D’Angelo Russell or Jordan Clarkson?
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