Jordan Clarkson didn’t join practice on Saturday due to a shoulder injury. Rather, he stood with a smiling face observing it. Clarkson appeared confident for a speedy recovery and making it into the Lakers’ starting line-up in season opener. And so is the Lakers’ camp.
“We were scared to death after the game about him even missing the opener,” said Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott about the moment Clarkson left court with a right shoulder injury during a Lakers’ preseason game.
While asked on whether he will be able to play Los Angeles’ season opener at Staple Center against Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday, the Filipino-American was confident.
“I think so,” Clarkson said.
The Lakers’ earlier planned to treat him conservatively, as per the team’s trainer Gary Vitti‘s suggestion.
“Gary told me today he wanted to see where he was and if he can shoot the ball,” Scott said. “My first thought is, ‘He’s not doing anything today.’ But Gary said, ‘No I think he’s fine. Let him out there and see what he can do. That’s what we did.”
Clarkson also revealed that he had two strained muscles in his shoulder, but the level of pain he sustained on Thursday has dropped considerably on Saturday.
“I feel like that will be gone Monday or Tuesday as long as I keep getting treatment and keep working,” Clarkson said. “I’ll be all right.”