Bolt wants to go out ‘unbeatable’ MOST READ View comments Despite potentially logging in fewer minutes next season, Lakers President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson believes Clarkson will continue to be a vital cog for the team.The player-turned-executive bared his lofty expectations for the 25-year-old former second-round pick and even issued a personal challenge.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“I have challenged him because I want him to be Sixth Man of the Year,” Johnson described Clarkson to Serena Winters of Lakers Nation.“I’ve challenged him to play like that, I think he has the potential, the talent, he’s worked hard this summer,” he said. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets With talks of winning the league’s most prestigious award for a substitute, Johnson couldn’t help but compare Clarkson to his former “Showtime” stablemate, Michael Cooper.“Like I want Jordan (Clarkson) to do, Michael Cooper won the Sixth Man Award a couple times, and he was All-Defense every single year, because the boy was a bad, bad basketball player, such an unbelievable player,” he said.“He was our sixth man, but you would believe he was our starter. And, he was on the court in the fourth quarter, sometimes it doesn’t matter if you start or not, it’s whether you’re in the game in the 4th quarter and guess who’s supposed to be in the game in the 4th quarter?” Magic added.During his first three seasons in the league, Clarkson put up solid numbers of 14.7 points, 2.6 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.1 steals.His flexibility to play both guard spots has been a ray of light for the California-based franchise, which Magic believes will translate even more in his incoming fourth year.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube LATEST STORIES “Now we’re excited about our season. He’s gonna play a major role in us being a better team this year,” Magic said of Clarkson.“We felt we put some weapons around him that would even make his game better.” Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:NBA: Magic Johnson has no regrets trading D’Angelo RussellSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award01:56Boris Johnson ‘humbled’ after majority win, says Parliament ‘must change’00:51Clarkson on being PH flag-bearer: One of the happiest moments in my career01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Los Angeles Lakers’ guard Jordan Clarkson APThe signing of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope last month was certainly a welcome addition to the Los Angeles Lakers’ upstart core.However, it could also be a signal for Filipino-American guard Jordan Clarkson to most likely come off the bench at the shooting guard position.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“It is such a dumb issue for somebody to be killed over.” At the curb where Gomez died, neighbors created an impromptu memorial, leaving flowers and a votive candle with the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe. Luz Flores, 20, holding a picture of Gomez and wearing the diamond engagement ring he had recently given her, talked about the life they had planned. They were going to move in together this weekend in preparation for the birth of their baby in the fall. She said he was saving money and sending money to his family back in Jalisco, Mexico. “He helped everyone whenever they needed him,” she said. “I just keep thinking they are playing, that he’s going to come back.” Some neighbors said they had long complained to police about Nevarez, claiming he’d vandalized or dumped manure on cars that parked in front of the two homes he owned in the 13400 block of Brownell Street. There was no way Gomez could know Nevarez’s reputation. Just 23, he’d recently moved to the U.S. from Mexico and was living with his aunt in Sylmar. A construction worker, he’d spent Tuesday installing tile in his cousin’s home, next door to Nevarez. About 8:50 p.m., he moved Nevarez’s trash cans so some of his friends could park their cars. Omar Luna, Gomez’s cousin, said Nevarez stormed out of his home, argued with Gomez and ultimately shot the younger man in the chest. But other witnesses told police that Gomez was drinking and had used a glass beer bottle to threaten Nevarez, who fired in self-defense. “There are always your family and neighborhood disputes, but it rarely comes to this,” LAPD Detective Frank Bishop said. Relatives also gathered Wednesday at the Nevarez residence, but they declined to talk, staying in seclusion as police went in and out of the house. Police searched for Nevarez, whose white Honda was found at a relative’s home in Panorama City. Police also were investigating whether he may have fled to Northern California or Mexico, where he also has family. firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3741160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PACOIMA – Juan Jorge Gomez, 23, was newly engaged, a hard-working immigrant starting a new life in America. Castulo Nevarez, 68, was a longtime resident of Pacoima who put trash cans on the street in front of his property and so jealously guarded those parking spaces that neighbors say he had bullied and abused them. The two clashed late Tuesday, their harsh words and insults culminating in violence, with Gomez dead of a gunshot wound and Nevarez on the run. “He was a grumpy old man but I never imagined something like this would happen,” said Margarita Velasquez, a 33-year-old housewife who has lived across the street from Nevarez for more than a decade.