D’Angelo Russell On Relationship With Jordan Clarkson: ‘Thing One’ And ‘Thing Two’

Between second-year guard Jordan Clarkson and rookie D’Angelo Russell, the Los Angeles Lakers could potentially have one of the more exciting backcourts to watch develop over the next few years.

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The two guards appeared to develop a near-immediate chemistry during their time in the Las Vegas Summer League, and that bond has reportedly grown even stronger over the months that have followed according to LakersNation.com reporter, Serena Winters:

The Russell and Clarkson duo has received quite a bit of attention as of late, even Russell jokingly described their relationship as “Thing One” and “Thing Two,” a reference to Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat.

Although the reference to those characters may have been of a playful nature, there’s actually a lot of truth to the analogy. While there are several distinct differences between their skill sets, part of the appeal of pairing the two young guards is specifically due to their interchangeability and the flexibility it provides for the coaching staff. Russell may be the more natural playmaker, but Clarkson certainly appears to be the more explosive between the two.

Perhaps the most impressive characteristic shared by the duo is the fact that Clarkson and Russell, just 23 and 19 (respectively) don’t appear fazed or overwhelmed by the challenges ahead. Patience will be important as the two will almost undoubtedly have up-and-down nights in the early going. That said, there should be plenty to be encouraged by even in the event of a difficult matchup.

Over the course of about nine months, the Lakers essentially went from depending upon Kobe Bryant to be the driving force behind a majority of the offense to suddenly having multiple playmaking and scoring threats in the backcourt that are just touching the tip of the proverbial iceberg in terms of their potential.

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  • I know many want R. Kelly gone, but he’s looking good out there knocking down threes.

  • I know many want R. Kelly gone, but he’s looking good out there knocking down threes.

  • He’s stoke looks improved, very fluid. I am also noticing that he’s rotations on def and off look good and he really seems to understand how to move out there.

  • He’s stoke looks improved, very fluid. I am also noticing that he’s rotations on def and off look good and he really seems to understand how to move out there.

  • Yes, but he’s a big that doesn’t get a lot of rebounds. He’s a less than average defender as well. We have some SF players that can make threes as well as SGs this year, basically making Kelly talent for shooting expendable. I’d rather give his spot to a youngster.

  • Yes, but he’s a big that doesn’t get a lot of rebounds. He’s a less than average defender as well. We have some SF players that can make threes as well as SGs this year, basically making Kelly talent for shooting expendable. I’d rather give his spot to a youngster.

  • I think he, like Sacre, is one of those training all-stars who turn into different players once the game starts. They are after all, playing against the Lakers in training.

  • I think he, like Sacre, is one of those training all-stars who turn into different players once the game starts. They are after all, playing against the Lakers in training.

  • Ryan Kelly can ball no doubt, and probably one of the top, talent wise, from 2013 draft. But when it comes to the long haul and pressure of the NBA, he seem to not apply all those talent and also injury is a big red mark on him.

  • Ryan Kelly can ball no doubt, and probably one of the top, talent wise, from 2013 draft. But when it comes to the long haul and pressure of the NBA, he seem to not apply all those talent and also injury is a big red mark on him.

  • I think kelly will still be on the team but he will be stuck on the bench with nance Jr. most of the time

  • I think kelly will still be on the team but he will be stuck on the bench with nance Jr. most of the time

  • No matter what Kelly’s deficiencies are – when as a team youre 8th in the NBA in shooting corner 3’s and the coach doesn’t keep calling for corner 3’s there’s a bigger problem.

  • No matter what Kelly’s deficiencies are – when as a team youre 8th in the NBA in shooting corner 3’s and the coach doesn’t keep calling for corner 3’s there’s a bigger problem.

  • Well for the last two years we did not have this good of a team and working out with more coaches does have the effect of coming together and understanding what they are doing there, all of this will make all the players look and be better.

  • Well for the last two years we did not have this good of a team and working out with more coaches does have the effect of coming together and understanding what they are doing there, all of this will make all the players look and be better.

  • jc & dr..good chemistry…just develop nance, holmes and black to power forward…just incase…

  • jc & dr..good chemistry…just develop nance, holmes and black to power forward…just incase…

  • Hey blockhead, who would you cut and keep for the last 3 spots then? One thing’s the off season and another is making them count when they matter = the regular season.

  • Hey blockhead, who would you cut and keep for the last 3 spots then? One thing’s the off season and another is making them count when they matter = the regular season.

  • nance and holmes need to develop as 3’s not 4’s since thats the thinest position the lakers have for the future.

  • nance and holmes need to develop as 3’s not 4’s since thats the thinest position the lakers have for the future.

  • who gives a shit :D!!. its shows ur a fan of the game. if ur picking players based off if there making there shots or not than u really need to come to grasp with reality.

  • who gives a shit :D!!. its shows ur a fan of the game. if ur picking players based off if there making there shots or not than u really need to come to grasp with reality.

  • Russell/Huertas
    Carkson/Williams/JBrown
    Kobe/Young/ABrown
    Randle/Bass/Kelly/Nance
    Hibbert/Black/Sacre.

    Book it!

  • Russell/Huertas
    Carkson/Williams/JBrown
    Kobe/Young/ABrown
    Randle/Bass/Kelly/Nance
    Hibbert/Black/Sacre.

    Book it!

  • Yup this is the roster right here.
    Upshaw, Frazier, and Holmes will be playing on the dfenders most likely. Perhaps Upshaw could make it over black and MWP over Jabari brown but that’s a maybe

  • Yup this is the roster right here.
    Upshaw, Frazier, and Holmes will be playing on the dfenders most likely. Perhaps Upshaw could make it over black and MWP over Jabari brown but that’s a maybe

  • Why are y’all talkin’ bout Kelly? You’re missin’ out on our GOAT(cheerleader) Sacre!

  • Why are y’all talkin’ bout Kelly? You’re missin’ out on our GOAT(cheerleader) Sacre!

  • Ryan Kelly always looks decent when it matters least. He’ll stink it up during the regular season as usual. He needs to be traded but they’ll keep him and Sacre around.

  • Ryan Kelly always looks decent when it matters least. He’ll stink it up during the regular season as usual. He needs to be traded but they’ll keep him and Sacre around.

  • Who’d you keep on the roster? Look at the vids, Kelly has problems keeping up with the pace of the game at times. Don’t see them making the playoffs if they end up starting Russ, JC6 and Randle as you’d prefer. It’s literally men amongst inexperienced youth THO Clarkson will hold his own given his experience.

  • Who’d you keep on the roster? Look at the vids, Kelly has problems keeping up with the pace of the game at times. Don’t see them making the playoffs if they end up starting Russ, JC6 and Randle as you’d prefer. It’s literally men amongst inexperienced youth THO Clarkson will hold his own given his experience.

  • No predictions from me. I do wanna see the youth movement in full affect. It’s long overdue.

  • No predictions from me. I do wanna see the youth movement in full affect. It’s long overdue.

  • How are you still posting gifs? It won’t let me do it. I knew you were into witchcraft you blockhead.

  • How are you still posting gifs? It won’t let me do it. I knew you were into witchcraft you blockhead.

  • Smh, nothing to predict really. It’s obvious that you’d include Randle too given he was a high draft pick last year (starting rotation). Looking forward to seeing Trey Lyles go heads up against Randle. Like Lyle’s, he can stretch the floor (3’s), take long 2’s and take it inside aside of taking contact when shooting the ball for the foul.

    Still stand behind my belief in Randle not finishing his career as a Laker. Games changed, his power game is good but there’s bigger/stronger 4’s out-there. He’s a newbie tho but just don’t see his style of play helping the franchise’s long-term objective. Hopefully a trade happens with all the youthful assets to help improve the 3, 4 or 5 for the long haul. Thus, helping to possibly lure top tier talent in 2016’s FA.

  • Smh, nothing to predict really. It’s obvious that you’d include Randle too given he was a high draft pick last year (starting rotation). Looking forward to seeing Trey Lyles go heads up against Randle. Like Lyle’s, he can stretch the floor (3’s), take long 2’s and take it inside aside of taking contact when shooting the ball for the extra point.

    Still stand behind my view in Randle not finishing his career as a Laker. Game’s changed, his power game is good but there’s bigger/stronger 4’s out-there. He’s a newbie tho but just don’t see his style of play helping the franchise’s long-term objective. Hopefully a trade happens with all the youthful assets to help improve the 3, 4 or 5 for the long haul. Thus, helping to possibly lure top tier talent in 2016’s FA. No matter what tho just another yr or 2 left for the inept.

  • Just the fact that you’re having issues posting a GIF shows you lack common sense (Ha!). There’s a file size limit aside of needing to post the GIF thru the site itself as opposed to posting it thru the notifications pop-up.

    That tans doing wonders for you by the way LOL.

  • Just the fact that you’re having issues posting a GIF shows you lack common sense (Ha!). There’s a file size limit aside of needing to post the GIF thru the site itself as opposed to posting it thru the notifications pop-up.

    That tans doing wonders for you by the way LOL.

  • Can we see what Randle can do before you predetermine his fate? Smh

    For all we know he may be what most said he was in 2014, the most NBA ready player of that highly touted draft class.

  • Can we see what Randle can do before you predetermine his fate? Smh

    For all we know he may be what most said he was in 2014, the most NBA ready player of that highly touted draft class.

  • Like Sasha Vujachek. He’s another one who many say lights it up in training camp/practice but in game just goes cold.

  • Like Sasha Vujachek. He’s another one who many say lights it up in training camp/practice but in game just goes cold.

  • Lmao thanks blockhead. Stop embarrassing your mother like that. We don’t want to see that cow.

  • Lmao thanks blockhead. Stop embarrassing your mother like that. We don’t want to see that cow.

  • I don’t know if people want him gone so much as they want room for the young guys. At least that’s how I feel. If there was a way to guarantee some of these youngins from getting snatched from another team then I would say develop the young guys and play kelly till we know what he is for sho. Liked what I saw from kelly in that game. I wonder if we will get to see a little deeper down the bench in some latter games. Curious what these undrafted guys have to offer.

  • I don’t know if people want him gone so much as they want room for the young guys. At least that’s how I feel. If there was a way to guarantee some of these youngins from getting snatched from another team then I would say develop the young guys in d league and play kelly till we know what he is for sho. Liked what I saw from kelly in that game. I wonder if we will get to see a little deeper down the bench in some latter games. Curious what these undrafted guys have to offer.

  • Randle may not be the player you invsion this team needing right now but a lot of people said that about westbrook when he came in to the league. Luckily basketball is a sport you can always improve in and if there is one thing I see in common between those two players that I mentioned it is their desire to get better. Personally I think randle will work himself into the player the lakers need.

  • Randle may not be the player you invsion this team needing right now but a lot of people said that about westbrook when he came in to the league. Luckily basketball is a sport you can always improve in and if there is one thing I see in common between those two players that I mentioned it is their desire to get better. Personally I think randle will work himself into the player the lakers need.

  • Would be a shocker if anyone of the, undrafted outside of Upshaw makes the 15 man cut.

  • Would be a shocker if anyone of the, undrafted outside of Upshaw makes the 15 man cut.

  • I totally agree, too many other people who we either drafted and therefore are invested in or are more deserving in scott’s eyes. I think they will roll the dice and put holmes and frazier in the d league and hope another team doesn’t pick em up. Also they are pretty redundant on this roster. Would be great fits if jabari stinks it up and when artest retires. Hopefully we manage to keep at least holmes though since he could probably end up playing a decent 3/4 position as a role player.

  • I totally agree, too many other people who we either drafted and therefore are invested in or are more deserving in scott’s eyes. I think they will roll the dice and put holmes and frazier in the d league and hope another team doesn’t pick em up. Also they are pretty redundant on this roster. Would be great fits if jabari stinks it up and when artest retires. Hopefully we manage to keep at least holmes though since he could probably end up playing a decent 3/4 position as a role player.

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