Jordan Clarkson will have to shell out some money from his new contract. The NBA has fined the Los Angeles Lakers guard for his scuffle with Miami Heat star Goran Dragic last Friday. Clarkson was ejected after hitting Dragic with his forearm.
NBA fines Jordan Clarkson for forearm shot
According to ESPN, the NBA has fined Clarkson $15,000 for hitting Goran Dragic with his forearm. The Lakers and Heat guard bumped into each other a few times before all hell broke loose. The mini-confrontation was enough for both players to get ejected.
Clarkson and the Lakers got the last laugh as they blew the Heat 127-100 at the Staples Center. Nevertheless, the NBA has punished the 24-year-old guard for his role in the scuffle.
Clarkson thought his punishment could be worse
The Lakers guard was relieved that he will only be fined by the NBA. He told ESPN that he thought that his punishment would be worse. Clarkson could have been easily suspended by the league for one game for taking a shot at Dragic.
“I thought it was going to be worse, to be honest with you. But, you know, it is what it is now. So I’ve just got to move past it,” Clarkson said.
“In the heat of the game, stuff happens. It’s kind of one of those plays where I kind of reacted,” he added.
It’s the Mamba Mentality
Jordan Clarkson was lucky enough to have played with Kobe Bryant in his first two seasons in the NBA. He learned the Mamba Mentality from the Black Mamba himself. Clarkson told SLAM Online that Kobe told him to never have his hands down when a scuffle happens.
“It was one of those things where he was running at me. I didn’t know what he was going to do. So I put my hands up to defend myself. I went back to stuff Kobe told me about an incident he had. He said to never have your hands down in case something happens,” Clarkson said.
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The noted incident Kobe had was back in April 2000 when the Knicks visited the Lakers. Knicks guard Chris Childs got a couple shots to Kobe’s face during a fight which is one of the most infamous fights in NBA history.
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