Lakers applying for hardship exceptions in hopes to add another player

Byron Scott looks at the action on the floor in the first half. The Los Angeles Lakers played the New Orleans Pelicans in a regular season NBA game at Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. April 1, 2015. (Photos by John McCoy / Los Angeles Daily News)

Byron Scott looks at the action on the floor in the first half. The Los Angeles Lakers played the New Orleans Pelicans in a regular season NBA game at Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. April 1, 2015. (Photos by John McCoy / Los Angeles Daily News)

There marks one thing that has become more repetitive for the Lakers besides the persistent losing and their players making too many trips to the trainer’s room.

The Lakers have also become accustomed to applying to the NBA grant them a hardship exception, something the team hopes to seek approval for amid prolonged injuries in hopes to add another player to its roster. The rule would allow the Lakers to add a 16th person to their roster because they have four players out with extended injuries. Kobe Bryant (right shoulder), Julius Randle (right leg) and Ronnie Price (right elbow) remain out for the season, while Nick Young has missed the past month because of a fractured left knee.

Assuming the NBA approves the measure, the Lakers appear likely to add a player either through free agency or from the Development League to a 10-day contract. That move could take on added urgency considering Lakers guard Wayne Ellington had an MRI Thursday morning on his sprained right shoulder.

“We got three guards, that’s enough,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said half jokingly. “Mitch [Kupchak] and I are going to talk today about some things but we’ll see where it goes.”
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Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson believes he belongs on NBA All-Rookie team

Lakers#6 Jordan Clarkson drives past Pelicans#42 Alexis Ajinca and Pelicans#30 Norris Cole for a bucket in the first half. The Los Angeles Lakers played the New Orleans Pelicans in a regular season NBA game at Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. April 1, 2015. (Photos by John McCoy / Los Angeles Daily News)

Lakers#6 Jordan Clarkson drives past Pelicans#42 Alexis Ajinca and Pelicans#30 Norris Cole for a bucket in the first half. The Los Angeles Lakers played the New Orleans Pelicans in a regular season NBA game at Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. April 1, 2015. (Photos by John McCoy / Los Angeles Daily News)

He almost wrote history, Jordan Clarkson nearly becoming the first Lakers rookie to collect a triple double since Magic Johnson did nearly 35 years ago.

Kobe Bryant informed Clarkson that he fell short, his 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting, 10 assists, seven rebounds and one turnover serving as the main bright spot in the Lakers’ 113-92 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday at Staples Center. Clarkson downplayed the importance of it, maintaining that “I want to win.”

But later on in a quiet moment, the Lakers’ rookie guard acknowledged he has set his eyes on something else. After averaging 15 points on 45.9 percent shooting, 4.2 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 2.1 turnovers through the past 31 starts, Clarkson believes he deserves a spot on the NBA’s All-Rookie team.

“Hopefully. That would be cool,” Clarkson said. “It is what it is. If I don’t make it, it’s all good. But it’s going to add another chip.”
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Lakers’ Wayne Ellington suffers mild sprain in right shoulder

Lakers Wayne Ellington scores two points during second half action at Staples Center Sunday, January 3, 2015.  Lakers defeated the Indiana Pacers 88-87.  ( Photo by David Crane/Los Angeles Daily News ) "

Lakers Wayne Ellington scores two points during second half action at Staples Center Sunday, January 3, 2015. Lakers defeated the Indiana Pacers 88-87. ( Photo by David Crane/Los Angeles Daily News ) “

The only thing that seems inevitable during this bizarre Lakers’ 2014-15 season.

The losses will mount, a 113-92 defeat to the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday at Staples Center dropping the Lakers’ record to 20-54. That marks one loss away from tying last season’s win total, which set the Lakers’ worst record in L.A. franchise history. More injuries will pile up. Lakers guard Wayne Ellington suffered a mild sprain in his right shoulder after colliding who he believed to be New Orlean’s Toney Douglas just before the game ended.

“It’s a little scary when you get hit there,” Ellington said as he sat by his locker nursing an ice bag over his right shoulder. “It’s very painful.”

The Lakers will evaluate Ellington during Thursday’s practice, an injury that could sideline him for Friday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center. Ellington, who posted 11 points on 4-of-10 shooting in 28 minutes off the bench, only missed six other games this season that had nothing to do with injuries. The Lakers granted him a leave of absence after his father was murdered in his hometown of Philadelphia on Nov. 9, 2014.

“They said it’s going to get worse before it gets better,” said Ellington who has averaged 10 points on a 41.2 percent clip this season. “But I’ll be all right.”


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Lakers’ Jeremy Lin to play Wednesday vs. New Orleans

"Lakers host their annual Media Day in El Segundo, CA. Monday September 29, 2014.  (Thomas R. Cordova-Daily Breeze/Press-Telegram)"

“Lakers host their annual Media Day in El Segundo, CA. Monday September 29, 2014. (Thomas R. Cordova-Daily Breeze/Press-Telegram)”

After missing the past two games because of a worsening upper respiratory infection, Jeremy Lin is expected to play when the Lakers (20-53) host the New Orleans Pelicans (39-34) on Wednesday at Staples Center.

“I asked him this morning how he felt and he said he felt great,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said after morning shootaround at the Lakers’ practice facility in El Segundo.

Lin will start at shooting guard while Jordan Clarkson mans the point guard position along with Wesley Johnson, Ryan Kelly and Tarik Black.

Some other recent absences aren’t as clear.

Scott said Lakers forward Carlos Boozer practiced on Wednesday after missing the past five games as a mix of rest and a upper respiratory infection. Lakers forward Ed Davis has missed the past two games in favor of Jordan Hill, who had also rested in the previous three games.

“I haven’t made up my mind yet,” Scott said. “Actually, I don’t want [New Orleans] to know.”

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Lakers sign Jabari Brown to multi-year contract

The Lakers signed Jabari Brown to a multi-year deal while formally waiving Steve Nash, who officially retired last week after missing the entire 2014-15 season because of a chronic back issues. Brown will stay with the Lakers for the rest of the 2014-15 season and have a non-guaranteed deal for next year. Lakers coach Byron Scott also suggested Brown will play on the Lakers’ summer-league team in July.

Brown concluded his second 10-day contract, coinciding with a career-high 22 points on 7-of-10 shooting in 33 minutes in the Lakers’ 113-111 overtime win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday at Wells Fargo Center.

Brown averaged 11 points on 46.6 percent shooting in 27.33 minutes through six games during his second 10-day contract. In his first 10-day contract, Brown averaged seven points on 57.9 percent shooting in 20 minutes per night through four games.

“He looked more comfortable and confident every game,” Scott said. “I’m very happy for Jabari because he’s put the work in and the things we talked about last year during training camp when we sent him down, he took those to heart and worked on him and did himself proud.”

Brown went undrafted out of the University of Missouri where he teamed with Lakers rookie guard Jordan Clarkson. Brown landed on the Lakers’ training camp roster, but he posted only a combined five points, two rebounds and an assist in 22 minutes through four exhibition games. Brown then posted a league-leading 24.4 points per game with the Lakers’ Development League affiliate, the D-Fenders.

Before Brown signed with the Lakers on a 10-day deal, Scott wanted to see him show with more aggressiveness. Brown provided that and some. Scott raved about Brown’s ability to create his own shot, assume ball-handling duties and defensive effort.

“He surpassed a lot of the things I thought he couldn’t do,” Scott said. “I put him in situations to see if he could and he’s able to do them. I’m very happy for him because obviously he’s put a lot of work into his game.”

That also coincided with Lakers forward Nick Young staying sidelined for the past month because of a fractured left knee. But Scott stressed it is too early to know if the Lakers will shut him down even with only nine games remaining.

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Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson named after Michael Jordan

Los Angeles Lakersí Jordan Clarkson, center, shoots between Minnesota Timberwolvesí Gorgui Dieng, left, and Chase Budinger during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in Minneapolis. Clarkson led the Lakers with 20 points in their 101-99 overtime win. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Los Angeles Lakersí Jordan Clarkson, center, shoots between Minnesota Timberwolvesí Gorgui Dieng, left, and Chase Budinger during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in Minneapolis. Clarkson led the Lakers with 20 points in their 101-99 overtime win. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

The backwards Nike hat with the Michael Jordan logo sat firmly on Jordan Clarkson’s head during a recent interview, a symbol that meant something more than just a fashion choice.

Michael Jordan also represented the person whom Lakers rookie guard Jordan Clarkson was named after in a unique way. Clarkson’s father, Mike, named his son Jordan so that their first names together would spell out the former Chicago Bulls star.

“I liked how hard Michael Jordan played and determined he was,” said Mike Clarkson in an interview with Los Angeles News Group for a story detailing his relationship with his son and his recent scare of cancer in the last year. “I thought I’d name him Jordan. I didn’t want anyone taking offense to him being named naming him Michael Jordan. But I thought maybe it will come out to be something.”
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Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson secured team’s last two wins with key shots

The Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson, who scored a game-high 26 points, goes up for a shot. matt slocum – the associated press

The Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson, who scored a game-high 26 points, goes up for a shot. matt slocum – the associated press

PHILADELPHIA — The tension hung in the air in each moment.

The difference between a rare Lakers win and another forgettable loss partly hinged on what Jordan Clarkson would do next. But the Lakers’ 22-year-old rookie maintained a stoic expression as he went through those motions.

Clarkson swiftly cut backdoor to feed a nifty pass from Wayne Ellington for an open layup, a shot that secured the Lakers’ 113-111 overtime victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday at Wells Fargo Center. Only minutes earlier, Clarkson calmly sank two free throws that ultimately forced the game into extra regulation.

It marked yet another moment of growth for Clarkson, his 26 points on 9-of-15 shooting and 11 assists in a career-high 43 minutes giving Lakers coach Byron Scott another reason why he believes the franchise has found a key player to accelerate its rebuilding.

“He’s not scared of the moment,” Scott said. “He’s not afraid to fail. He’s not afraid to be the goat or the hero. You have to like that.”

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Lakers’ Nick Young to have left knee reevaluated approximately in another week

Nick Young of the Los Angeles Lakers smiles while chatting with youngsters during the Nick Young Youth Summer Basketball Camp at Sierra Canyon High School in Chatsworth, CA July 18, 2014.(Andy Holzman/Los Angeles Daily News)"

Nick Young of the Los Angeles Lakers smiles while chatting with youngsters during the Nick Young Youth Summer Basketball Camp at Sierra Canyon High School in Chatsworth, CA July 18, 2014.(Andy Holzman/Los Angeles Daily News)”

NEW YORK – The storylines following Nick Young once involved his entertaining quotes, his inaccurate shooting and his occasional clashes with coach Byron Scott.

But in the past month, it has become reduced to non-injury updates. The Lakers said on Sunday that the condition surrounding his fractured left knee has not changed, sidelining him for approximately another week until the team evaluates him again. Young has missed the past 18 games, and appears in jeopardy in not playing any of the team’s 10 remaining contests.

The latest timetable sidelines Young for games this week in Philadelphia (Monday), against New Orleans (Wednesday) and Portland (Friday). Lakers coach Byron Scott has also estimated it would take Young at least a week to catch up on lost conditioning.

Young has averaged 13.4 points on a career-low 36.6 percent shooting after signing with the Lakers last summer to a four-year deal worth $21.5 million.

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Lakers’ Jeremy Lin out against Brooklyn with upper respiratory infection

Los Angeles Laker Jeremy Lin,17, drives for a basket during the fourth quarter agains the Celtics. (Photo by Stephen Carr/Daily Breeze)

Los Angeles Laker Jeremy Lin,17, drives for a basket during the fourth quarter agains the Celtics. (Photo by Stephen Carr/Daily Breeze)

BROOKLYN — Lakers guard Jeremy Lin will sit out of today’s game against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclasy Center because of an upper respiratory infection that has worsened in recent days.

Lin went through all of Saturday’s practice and maintained he could play despite looking visibly distraught. Lin’s voice also sounded soft. Yet, Lin has averaged 21.5 points and 5.5 assists in the past four games since nursing the illness. Lakers guard Wayne Ellington will start in Lin’s place, while starting point guard Jordan Clarkson and backup guard Jabari Brown will see more playing time. As for Lin, Scott believes he will recover in time to play on Monday in Philadelphia.

“I thought he played well despite going through the illness he went through,” Scott said of Lin. “He was able to fight through it and put up some pretty good numbers on the offensive end. He did some good things for us on the defensive end. Even with those last couple of games dealing with it, I thought he was pretty effective.”

Scott also plans to play Jordan Hill for the first time in three games over Ed Davis. Scott will still sit Carlos Boozer for rest purposes and to rest recover from an upper respiratory infection.

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Lakers’ Byron Scott believes rebuilding can turn as quickly as his time with Nets

"Los Angeles Lakers Head Coach Byron Scott studies the action in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Karen Pulfer Focht)"

“Los Angeles Lakers Head Coach Byron Scott studies the action in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Karen Pulfer Focht)”

NEW YORK — His first season here coaching the former New Jersey Nets just ended nearly 14 years ago, a 26-56 record prompting Byron Scott to make one understandable conclusion.

“We needed to make a bunch of changes,” Scott said. “We need to get some guys in here to play the type of style that I wanted to play and that were dedicated to winning.”

It did not take long for Scott to receive his wish. The Nets traded star guard Stephon Marbury to the Phoenix Suns for another star guard Jason Kidd in the 2001 offseason, a deal that excited Scott so much that he recalled joking to former president Rod Thorn that he would drive to Phoenix just to pick Kidd up.

Scott recently characterized his relationship with Kidd as “cordial” and described his reputation with an expletive amid his suspicion that he influenced Scott’s firing during the 2003-04 season. But Kidd’s presence, coupled with Kenyon Martin, Kerry Kittles and three first-round draft picks accelerated the Nets’ rebuilding process. They went from 26-56 in the season 2000-01 to a 52-30 record the following year. The Nets also made two consecutive NBA Finals appearances.

The Lakers (19-52) enter Sunday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets (31-40) at Barclays Center only three losses away from tying last year’s worst record in L.A. franchise history.

And yet….

“The turnaround can be just as quickly here as it was in New Jersey,” Scott said. “But obviously you have to hit a home run in the free agent market and with your draft pick. We have the capability of doing that.”
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