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Black said he would love to play power forward in this league. Says he's undersized as far as height for C, but has tools to play 5.
When talking about comparisons, Tarik Black said Lakers invoked Charles Barkley, Dennis Rodman, Ben Wallace.
Tarik Black said Mitch Kupchak and Byron Scott told him he has a bright future, and a lot of potential to grow.
Tarik Black: "...instilled a lot of confidence and encouragement in saying that I have a bright future."
Tarik Black on his meeting w/ Scott & Kupchak (1/2): "They definitely praised me for the potential that I have and…"
Tarik Black: "I feel like I found a home here." Said it was tough being waived by Houston, but was excited about how things worked out.
Jordan Clarkson looking back, says if it wasn’t for Nash getting hurt & Scott giving him the opportunity, he wouldn't be in this position
Jordan Clarkson will make a trip to his mothers native Philippines in May.
Jordan Clarkson on Byron Scott: "I feel like he's been a big part of my process growing as a player and a person. I just want to thank him."
Attention Philippines fans! Jordan Clarkson is planning to make a trip out there this summer.
Clarkson on Julius Randle: "He's a beast. I haven't seen nobody 6-8, 6-9 that can handle the ball like that … (and) he's hungry."
Clarkson will always think about the Draft: "I'm always going to have that edge. 46th pick, right? It's always going to be in my mind."
Jordan Clarkson, taken 46th overall last year, watched the NBA draft 8 to 10 times this season: "It's just a motivating thing for me."
Really interesting - Jordan Clarkson said he re-watched the 2014 NBA Draft 8-10 times this past year, used it as motivation.
Clarkson said he's watched the entire NBA Draft 8 to 10 times. He likes to do it as motivation. Waiting until he gets called at 46.
Second rounder Jordan Clarkson said he watched the draft 10 times over the course of the season. When he needed motivation, he watched it.
Rookie splits (WB younger, obvi) Clarkson: 16.7P, 5.4A, 4.7R, 1.0S, 2.4 T.O.’s, 47.9% FG’s; Westbrook: 15.3P, 5.3A, 4.9R, 1.3S, 39.8% FG's.
When Kobe would tell Clarkson to look out for certain things & they'd happen, JC said he was thinking to himself, 'How did you know that?!
Nick Young told reporters they could find him in Maui if they needed him. Not Jordan Clarkson: "I'll be here all summer. It's home for me."
Jordan Clarkson described how Kobe Bryant watches the game as almost like a "math problem."
HGH testing coming to the NBA in 2015-16. All players will have three random tests each year.
Boozer mentioned the Westbrook comp. as a rookie. Clarkson said he appreciated the complimented but wants to grow into his own player.
Jordan Clarkson on Carlos Boozer calling him a baby Westbrook: “Great compliment but I kind of want to be my own player.”
Jordan Clarkson says plans for this offseason include Summer League & working out with Steve Nash.
Jordan Clarkson: "I’m not satisfied with what I did this year, I’m just trying to come back and be better."
Does Clarkson think he showed enough to be a starting PG? "I'm not sure. I think I had a good year but I have a lot of areas to improve."
As per working on leadership, Clarkson has been told to observe someone from the Clippers (gasp!): Chris Paul.
Clarkson said Kupchak + Scott want him to work on his leadership skills, and to add more muscle. Both were quite pleased w/his development.
Jordan Clarkson's goals for the summer: Building leadership and building muscle.
Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak and Coach Byron Scott want Jordan Clarkson to work on two things: Leadership and adding more muscle.
Jordan Clarkson says the one person he's going to watch a lot of is Chris Paul, specifically pertaining to leadership.
Why did Clarkson have success? "For me it's my aggressive nature. Just competing. I was (always) in the gym working out, going hard."
Did Clarkson think things would go this well for him individually? "Not at all. I want to thank coach for giving me an opportunity to play."
Hill on Young: "Nick's a good guy, a fun guy, and a lot of times I (could) feel that (he was) down." Thinks Nick will bounce back next year.
Hill, who's close w/Nick Young, said it was a "hard pill to swallow" for Young taking criticism from Byron Scott, whom he respects so much.
Jordan Hill: "It’s going to be a big offseason for the Lakers, don’t know what’s going to happen."
Jordan Hill when asked about whether he thinks Lakers will pick up the team option (9 mil) on his contract: "up in the air."
Hill said he "paced himself a little more" when he started feeling fatigue. Hopes to improve upon that for next season.
Doc Rivers guided the Clippers to the league’s only undefeated record in April at 7-0.
Hill: "The first month I was showing energy, but the first time having all these minutes, I started feeling myself getting fatigued."
Jordan Hill said Byron Scott "Wanted to see more energy out of me this season that I didn't show." Hill agreed with the critique.
Brad Stevens and Doc Rivers were named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month, respectively, for games played in April.
Jordan Hill said Byron Scott told him he didn't play with enough energy after the first month of the season.
Jordan Hill said Byron Scott told him that he was "disappointed" that he didn't show more energy this season. Hill said he agrees.
Charles Barkley on Blake Griffin's needed approach: "You get to the basket, you get layups, dunks, you get the other team in foul trouble."
Charles Barkley on Blake Griffin: "If he keeps saying he wants to round his game, screw that, man."
Charles Barkley on Blake Griffin: "Every time he shoots a jump shot, the defender is saying, ‘Thank God, he shot a jumper.' "
Charles Barkley [cont.]: " ... I’m going to have to get in foul trouble."
Charles Barkley: "If I’m guarding Blake, I want him to shoot jumpers, b/c if he comes toward me full speed or posts me up ... " [cont.]
Charles Barkley: "I like Blake a lot as a player but he has not become better in the halfcourt. He’s become a jump shooter."
Ryan Kelly thought he might have overworked himself leading up into training camp last year. It was first offseason, training 3x a day.
Ryan Kelly had a big year off the court: he got married, and he and his wife are expecting their first baby in less than a month.
Ryan Kelly got married last year, has a baby boy coming in three weeks. "Pretty excited for many reasons" this summer.
Ryan Kelly says he's the type of guy to write all of his goals down on a piece of paper, tape 'em to his mirror & look at them everyday.
Kelly said that being a more consistent shooter from 3 is his top priority this offseason as a stretch four. Wants a bit more arc on it.
Ryan Kelly: "Everybody in the room knew I was sacrificing a little bit to play out of position...but it was worth it to be able to play."
Charles Barkley blamed Clippers' lack of playoff success on DeAndre Jordan's limited offense and Blake Griffin's reliance on jumpers.
Ryan Kelly says he'll be ready to play wherever a team needs him but "I’m going to train to be a stretch 4."
Kelly thought he was able to show more of what he can do when he did get minutes at the PF spot. "I did some pretty good things I think."
Kelly knows he isn't a starting 3 in the NBA, but was glad to get minutes and improve in some ways while the team got others playing time.
Ryan Kelly said Kupchak/Scott understood that he "was sacrificing a little bit to be playing out of position" at SF instead of natural PF.
Davis will head home to Virginia this offseason to take some time for his body before resuming his training.
Ed Davis: "The one thing I can say, B. Scott, he was always the same, everyday. Kept players level-headed & sane."
One more call for Q's for Vander Blue at today's exit interview! You might hear yours on (web based) TV! BK
Ed Davis says he wants to become a mid-70s free throw shooter. Career 56.6 and was 48.7 with Lakers.
Davis: "I still have a lot to prove. I want to improve my FT shooting and my shot ... I'm going to put in a lot of work this summer."
Ed Davis says most important factor for him in FA is feeling comfortable & feeling like the coaching staff trusts him. Feels that here
Davis would like to be back in L.A., but thinks the Lakers will see what happens in the Draft and in free agency, as with every situation.
Ed Davis wants to be a Laker next year: "I hope so. This is where you want to be.”
Ed Davis on his season: "My thing was I tried to do whatever coach needed me to do. I wanted to be the most active guy on the floor."
Charles Barkley: "If you like me, you like me, if you don't turn off your TV.'
Charles Barkley just said three times his critics could do something to themselves that rhymes with duck.
For whatever it was worth, LAL had a harmonious locker room this season: "I haven't been with a better group of guys," said Sacre.
Asked about all the running, Sacre said, "I feel like Usain Bolt around here."
Before hunting Sandsquatches, Sacre says, you must know "how to skin a beaver," make maple syrup, brew own beer. I have never been happier
Did Sacre, by chance, mean Sasquatch? "It’s a Canadian Sasquatch."
Sacre's summer plans: "I’m not going to shave my head or my beard and go into the woods and find me a Sandsquatch.
Rob Sacre: "Byron really focused on being in shape. I’ve never been in better shape in my life."
Sacre said that the Canadian term for Sasquatch is "Sansquatch." I have not fact checked this.
Rob Sacre said despite the season: "It was really fun to play. Fun for the fact that the guys competed, that they played hard."