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Despite Fil-Am Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson expressing interest in playing for the national team, head coach Tab Baldwin admitted Gilas Pilipinas is not likely to naturalize guards in the near future, stating that big men are still the priority. “The difficult thing for Jordan is traditionally the Philippines needs a big man in a naturalized role,” he said Sunday, March 22 following Talk ’N Text’s twice-to-beat clinching win over Alaska in the 2015 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. “If there ever came a time that we needed a guard, it’s great to know that Jordan is available. He’s easy to naturalize.” Rappler

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What Nash has accomplished is working recently with fast-improving Lakers rookie guard Jordan Clarkson. The film work, on-court tutelage and timely text messages have been priceless, Clarkson said. Nash also intends to link up with Julius Randle, now on the practice court after breaking his leg on opening night, to tutor the current cornerstone of the Lakers' rebuild also. Bleacher Report

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Jabari Brown, a 6’4” rookie out of Missouri and a teammate of Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson last season in college, averaged 19.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 2013-14 before declaring himself eligible for the 2014 NBA Draft. An Oakland, Calif. native, Brown later signed with the Lakers for NBA training camp in 2014. NBA.com

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Clarkson then soon returned to Los Angeles to resume his on-court training. That included working out for a few hours with veteran guard Steve Nash, who has recently taken on a mentorship role after staying away from the team amid a season-long back injury. “He’s a great and a future Hall of Famer,” Clarkson said. “Being able to pick his mind is just a blessing for me. I’m going to continue to learn and pick his brain every time I’m around him.” Los Angeles Daily News

After averaging 13.4 points on 39 percent shooting, 3.8 assists and 1.9 turnovers in 10 starts, Clarkson said he and Nash worked on various fundamental drills that forced him to keep his chest up to maintain his balance, help see the floor better and allow him to take more open pull-up jumpers. “A lot of teams are trying to take the drive away. We worked on staying lower, getting into my stuff quicker, being able to see the floor and making reads faster,” Clarkson said. “That can help me get my teammates involved and make the right passes.” Los Angeles Daily News

February 18, 2015 Updates

The Lakers are interested in acquiring Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic, who has recently made it clear he will not re-sign with the Phoenix Suns. Dragic also said in an interview with Los Angeles Newspaper Group last month that the Lakers are one of the teams he will consider after he opts out of his $7.9 million player option to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. But the prospect of making such a deal seems daunting for the Lakers. Under no circumstances, would the Lakers make that draft pick unprotected to land Dragic, let alone any star player. The Lakers are also reluctant to ship Lakers rookies Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle in any trade because of their potential. Los Angeles Daily News

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Since then, Nash has mostly stayed distant with the Lakers. But Scott still expressed optimism Nash will mentor the team’s guards, namely rookie Jordan Clarkson. “I still haven’t given up hope on that,” Scott said. “I would still like for him to come around. If for nothing else, to talk to Jordan Clarkson and help him and tutor him a little bit. But as we’ve been talking all season long, (Nash) has to feel OK about that.” Los Angeles Daily News

January 4, 2015 Updates

While his father began treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, Clarkson's game faded. He didn't score 28 points again and never approached the same 11-for-17 accuracy he showed that early February night. The drop-off was stunning, if not understandable. Before knowing of his father's disease, he averaged 18.9 points and shot 48%. From there, he dropped to 15.4 points and 39%. Los Angeles Times

He started to envision himself as the family provider, placing even more pressure on his basketball skills. He scored only seven points against Tennessee. Only 11 points against Florida as Missouri got eliminated in its conference tournament. And only 13 points in what became his final college game, a loss to Southern Mississippi in the National Invitation Tournament. He missed nine of 13 shots. "If anything ever happened, I had to take the lead in the family," he said. Los Angeles Times

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