Lakers News: Jordan Clarkson Jokes About Kobe Bryant’s Age

After a difficult five-game road trip, the Los Angeles Lakers returned home to Staples Center to host the Detroit Pistons. While the game was competitive throughout, the Lakers pulled away in the fourth quarter thanks to Kobe Bryant’s near triple-double performance.

Before his near triple-double performance, Kobe has struggled through the first 10 games of the season. After sitting out two games during the road trip to rest a sore back, Kobe is averaging 16.9 points, but on 34 percent shooting and 23 percent from beyond the arc.

With Kobe not expected to play in the second game of a back-to-back against the Phoenix Suns, Jordan Clarkson joked about his teammate’s age, via reporter Serena Winters:

At this stage of his career, Kobe will need to sit out games if he wants to give himself the best chance of remaining relatively healthy through a 82-game season. With Kobe playing a season-high 36 minutes last night against the Suns, it was a smart move for the five-time champion to rest on a back-to-back series.

While Kobe wants to win every game possible, he has come to the realization he can’t do it alone. As a result, he has mentioned numerous times about mentoring the young core of Russell, D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle. Although it will test his patience at times, the Lakers are trying to prepare for the post-Kobe era.

Kobe is 37 yrs old, and it is his 20th season.

  • I’m surprised how many people in the Lakers Nation poll (29%) still don’t think this is Kobe’s last season. The writing is on the wall, people.

  • too bad the NBA just started testing HGH this season. Only way for them crickety joints and muscles to beat old age.

  • Good to see the young guys bonding with the old man…..hopefully bringing about Team Chemistry…..Learn you man….Learn.

  • NBA could’ve done it a lot sooner but they wanted to give LeBron enough time to clean it all out of his system.

  • To JC need be consistent with those shots and grow more games.. Gotta learn lockdown defense. .especially against oponents best perimeter to prove that ur now ready be on d AllStar !!

    But not so sure w/ his talk here on kobe. Gotta pullaway from those sly joking remarks to legends. .it might backfire..

  • J.C. confidence is on 1k right now and it should be dude can ball his butt off and everyone know CLOSEDCASKET can be very critical of J.C. at times but its all because i watch him grow into the player he is now and i know how great he is. J.C. has Russell Westbrook skills but if he keeps working on his jumpshot he will be better than Westbrook, Its almost like he hears everything i say on this blog because he corrects everything i be saying he should work on, i think the only thing J.C. has to work on now is his marketing he needs a better promotion team, speak his mind sometimes study some of the Russell Westbrook interviews dont be like Westbrook but be more flashy and outspoken where Russ is like y’all ” n!gg@s is trippen and other things lash out sometimes be creative. Be more animated when he finish dunks, do more flashy dunks, its a lot of great basketball players but the quiet ones get overlooked end up in trade talks, draft other PG’s when your already a PG J.C. has the skills now he needs to put up big numbers and be an entertainer because other wise people will keep talking about bringing Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook in over these guys somebody has to prove they are the new face of the franchise and show who can run the team.

  • I like the idea of a promotion team. One way he can watch his interviews and how he markets his brand of balling. .becoming his own. I believe fans will like that.

  • 2nd year sure does bring alot of confidence but he’s definitely been ballin. His personality is slowly emerging.

  • Kinda thinkin JC is too unselfish. When his shot isn’t falling, he defers just a little too much..especially late in game.

    Other than that, I’d like to see him take a step back on defense and play the angles a little more. If they shoot over him, then so be it, but with his speed and length, he should be able to cut off most drives.

  • Father time is just a point of reference to the inevitable. Kobe’s situation is much more than just that. Kobe could exist as a shell of himself for another season or two after this. That would be a distraction to the development of the youth and a disservice to who Kobe is and has always been. Kobe is not built to be a long term mentor. Kobe’s lane has always be super solider who leads by example on the court.

    Even though nothing can diminish his all-time great legacy, I don’t want to see that Kobe for the sake of what use to be. I have my memories, old VCR, DVR and YouTube if I wantto reminisce. I have no problem with a farewell tour but I’ll always be more focused on the building of winning Lakers basketball.

  • Agreed. The end for Jabbar was painful as well. He started as a courtesy but really struggled to get up and down the court. And this was a guy who was in INCREDIBLE shape. I think that tarnished his legacy, in all honesty.

  • now Kobe will rememer how he jokes around ‘out brian shaw old knees when he was young

  • I don’t think it tarnished KAJ. Most old heads go out less than they were. Look at Paul P. KG, ETC…

    You either walk away in you prime like Jim Brown or Barry Sanders or you exist in a diminished state in holding on…

  • I think he’s aggressive perimeter def is what the coaching staff is asking him to do. He’s trying to force players to drive into Hibbert. Maybe with a few more games it will start working better.

  • Glad dt bs listens to my posts.. Him giving jc some crucial plays n d 4th will jst highten his killer instinct w/c he already hav. Believ me it will help this team win more this season..

  • JC is making a strong case why he could be the face of the Lakers after this season. He has the ability and the drive.

  • Yup he got d killer in him. But still needs to grow more games that he’l gonna learn along d way. Last game was kinda like bs recognition given d plays. .and those will js feed him further.. Also, his D shud improve.

  • Not worried about Clarkson…he’ll be just find and a Bright light for the Lakers….Russell on the other hand is Making some people worry….The word Bust is already floating around……Unlike Clarkson in his 1st yr….Russell hasn’t elicit any praises from players around the league like Clarkson did his Rookie year……Fans are getting skeptical about the pick.

  • you’re probably right, but it’s strange considering how much trouble they’ve been having with weak-side rotations.

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