first_imgLATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games 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 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 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 STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“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. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plantcenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ “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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bolt wants to go out ‘unbeatable’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Gameslast_img read more