He might have been confident about making it, but sources close to the Los Angeles Lakers camp reveal that Jordan Clarkson could miss the season opener on Wednesday.
Clarkson picked up an injury in his right shoulder during Lakers’ first preseason encounter against the Golden State Warriors. Though the magnetic resonance imaging revealed that the Lakers camp doesn’t need to worry about any serious injury.
The Filipino-American’s inclusion in the starting lineup of Lakers’ team against Minnesota Timberwolves is going to be a game-time decision. Headcoach Byron Scott is ready to wait on the issue before making a final call.
“It’s pretty frustrating because that kid has done so well for us in the preseason,” the Lakers’ coach said.
Clarkson was expected to feature for the Lakers as point-guard until their new pick D’Angelo Russell gets accustomed to NBA environment.
Russell might start as a point-guard if Jordan finally fails to make it at the Staples Center.
“It’s so early, but like I said, I need to mature very quickly,” said rookie Russell.
Earlier, Lakers’ management planned to treat Clarkson’s injury conservatively, considering his immense importance in the team. One needs to remember that Clarkson scored more than 20 points in the last 10 games for the Lakers. The promising youngster is becoming the face of the franchise.