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Jordan Clarkson’s Motivation To Succeed? Girls!
Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson is having a great start to the season. He’s averaging 15.5 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game, while shooting an impressive 51.2% from the field.
Unfortunately for him, it is likely that he won’t be on the Lakers’ roster next season. The Lakers are trying to clear cap space in order to prepare for a big summer, to possibly sign star players (Paul George, LeBron James).
But these rumors are motivation for Clarkson, who also wants to be successful because of the girls. He told Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times:
“To me it’s motivation,” Clarkson said of the trade rumors. “It’s a business, you’re either going to be here or you ain’t. Wherever I am I want to be productive.”
Clarkson was asked if there is someone for whom he wants to succeed.
“I mean my pops, my family, that’s always No. 1,” Clarkson said. “But second probably the girls and stuff. Females. Know what I mean? I love women.”
He chuckled mischievously as he added: “They don’t like you when you’re down.”
While I believe that this indeed is his motivation, I doubt that the ‘girls’ would make a difference between a player on a successful team, or a player on an unsuccessful team. Just like earlier this year, when the Lakers were on the bottom of the league’s rankings, but Clarkson was filmed picking up 3 women outside a bar nontheless. Back then, he turned to the cameraman saying:
“I’m a player baby, I’m a player.”