Jordan Clarkson, right, of the Lakers guards Tony Parker of the Spurs on Friday in San Antonio/Photo by Associated Press
Jordan Clarkson got his first start Friday here in his rookie season with the Lakers. The point guard scored 11 points on 5 of 9 shooting with three rebounds, four assists and just one turnover in 29 minutes of the Lakers’ 99-85 loss at San Antonio.
The one turnover surprised coach Byron Scott.
“I didn’t see that coming,” Scott said. “When I threw him in there I said, ‘Man, I’m kind of throwing him in the fire, but let’s find out what he can do.’ And again, going against the Spurs and going against an All-Star in Tony Parker for your first start; being at home, I think that helped him as well, being able to play in front of his family and friends. But the first thing I told him was, ‘Enjoy the game, but have the poise … and slow down.’ And he did all those things.”
Clarkson played his high-school ball at Wagner High in San Antonio.