first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error This one will be different, though. “It’s going to be a good moment for (my parents) to watch me out there,” said Clark, who’s averaged 11.5 points on 48.9 percent shooting and 9.2 rebounds since moving into the rotation. “They know how hard I work. It feels good for them to see me start while they’re still living.” That moment may not have happened if not for injuries to Howard (shoulder), Gasol (concussion) and Jordan Hill (season-ending left hip injury). Clark’s season-high 20 minutes against Houston on Jan. 8 soon morphed into career-highs in points (22) and rebounds (13) the next day against San Antonio. Even when Gasol returned, D’Antoni granted Clark the starting spot after admiring his ability to defend all five positions, consistent energy and a surprisingly reliable jumper. “I didn’t know him,” D’Antoni said. “We had to go through the gantlet of guys and he was the last on the list.” Denver coach George Karl thought so little of Clark he chose him to take a pair of free throws last month after Gasol suffered a concussion from JaVale McGee’s inadvertent elbow. Clark made both shots. “I was kind of insulted,” Clark admitted. “But I’m glad I was ready and knocked them down. It’s like kicking his face.” Clark has plenty to keep him motivated. The Phoenix Suns drafted him 14th overall out of the University of Louisville in 2009 and believed he’d fulfill his current job description as an athletic and versatile stretch forward. But his rookie season entailed sitting in favor of a veteran-laden roster going to the Western Conference finals. Phoenix traded Clark the following year to Orlando. Lakers assistant coach Steve Clifford, who was then a Magic assistant, said former coach Stan Van Gundy viewed him as a defensive specialist. But Clark became buried in the depth chart behind Ryan Anderson and Glen Davis. “When we were in Orlando, the thing I always told him is continue to do what you do,” Howard said. “One day, you will get an opportunity to shine. Once you get that opportunity, you have to continue to do what you did to get there.” The waiting became tiresome. “It was real frustrating,” Clark said. “You have expectations with yourself and you have friends and family that call you that don’t know anything about basketball that bug you. Sometimes it gets to you.” That reached a tipping point during the NBA lockout in the 2011 offseason, when Clark signed a contract to play overseas with Zhejiang in China under former Lakers assistant coach Jim Cleamons. Clark lasted only five days over concerns surrounding how the food hurt his protein intake and his wife expecting a son back home. Clark and Cleamons then had a conversation spanning 90 minutes about his future. “My wish for him was to prioritize his life,” Cleamons said. “Then he could worry about basketball.” Clark has centered his life on both facets. He spends his free time hanging out with his 3-year-old daughter Ke’nya and 1-year-old son Nasir. Clark spends every other waking minute with a basketball in his hand. Coach and player accounts describe Clark as playing the most physical and energetic in scrimmages and the one most likely to attend the team practice facility late at night. “To his credit,” Kobe Bryant said, “he worked every single day and never got discouraged.” Clark then showed he was worthy of the promotion. He’s logged five double-doubles. Bryant passed to him for a layup on a key basket that secured a win last week against New Orleans. Bryant also set him up with an inbounds pass in the Lakers’ win Sunday over Detroit that resulted in a buzzer-beating lob before halftime. “When you have a great attitude and keep working, what’s afforded you opportunities, you not only have a chance to improve as a player but you’re ready when your number is called,” Lakers guard Steve Nash said. “If he didn’t have a great attitude, maybe he wouldn’t have played well when he got his chance and get buried.” Not everything has gone according to script. Clark told reporters three weeks ago he thought the Lakers’ next game was against Miami instead of Milwaukee. In one game, Clark sprinted to the entrance tunnel believing it was halftime when the first quarter just ended. In Clark’s buzzer-beating dunk against Detroit, Bryant repeatedly grimaced for one reason. “Earl forgot the play,” Bryant said. “He faked everybody out because he actually forgot what we were doing.” But as he’s emerged, Clark hasn’t forgotten what’s gotten him this far. With Louisville coach Rick Pitino telling him it’s a “dog-eat-dog world,” Clark has gone from licking scraps to chomping on steak. He hasn’t let go. “He’s working even harder now,” said Lakers assistant Darvin Ham, specifically on outside shooting and post moves. “He’s working twice as hard than before.” Once Clark goes through lineup introductions, he’ll know who to thank by eyeing them in the stands. “My mom always put strong faith in me to believe in God,” Clark said. “If you live another day, it’s an opportunity. When I wake up, I try to take it as a day to work and get better. Eventually, if it wasn’t here, on some other team I would get my shot.” “We’re excited to hear his name,” Brenda Clark said. “We know how much work he put into getting that moment.” Did he ever. Within one season, Clark transformed how the Lakers perceived him. They initially considered him just a throw-in involving the trade that brought them Dwight Howard from the Orlando Magic. Clark has started the past 12 games over four-time All-Star Pau Gasol as part of Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni’s preference for a smaller and quicker lineup. Clark, who makes $1.2million this season, could field a more lucrative offer once he becomes a free agent this offseason, although he prefers staying here. He’s the Lakers’ feel-good story, what D’Antoni said has given the team a “good jolt” in an otherwise dreary season. It’s already earned him nicknames such as “Eazy” and “Clark Knight.” The Lakers have played the song, “Duke of Earl” during his starting lineup introductions at Staples Center. center_img NEW YORK The words will ring pleasant once Earl Clark runs onto the court. When the Lakers (22-26) play the Brooklyn Nets (28-19) tonight at Barclays Center, starting lineup introductions will mark the beginning of an eventful evening for Clark’s parents, Brenda and Larry. It will mark the first time the New Jersey natives will see their son play as an NBA starter. last_img read more

first_imgWhen voting ends, the highest vote-getters in each division will be placed onto their division’s rosters for All-Star Weekend.Which players can fans vote for the final four spots at All-Star Weekend?Atlantic DivisionPlayerTeamPatrice BergeronBoston BruinsRasmus DahlinBuffalo SabresDylan LarkinDetroit Red WingsAleksander BarkovFlorida PanthersMax DomiMontreal CanadiensJean-Gabriel PageauOttawa SenatorsSteven StamkosTampa Bay LightningMitch MarnerToronto Maple LeafsMetropolitan DivisionPlayerTeamTeuvo TeravainenCarolina HurricanesNick FolignoColumbus Blue JacketsNico HischierNew Jersey DevilsBrock NelsonNew York IslandersMika ZibanejadNew York RangersClaude GirouxPhiladelphia FlyersKris LetangPittsburgh PenguinsT.J. OshieWashington CapitalsCentral DivisionPlayerTeamJonathan ToewsChicago BlackhawksCale MakarColorado AvalancheJamie BennDallas StarsRyan SuterMinnesota WildMatt DucheneNashville PredatorsDavid PerronSt. Louis BluesPatrik LaineWinnipeg JetsPacific DivisionPlayerTeamRyan GetzlafAnaheim DucksClayton KellerArizona CoyotesJohnny GaudreauCalgary FlamesRyan Nugent-HopkinsEdmonton OilersDrew DoughtyLos Angeles KingsTomas HertlSan Jose SharksQuinn HughesVancouver CanucksMax PaciorettyVegas Golden KnightsHow can fans vote for the Last Men in at NHL All-Star Weekend?The polls will open on the NHL’s website and mobile app. Fans can select as few as one player per ballot and as many as four players per ballot. Each fan may cast a maximum of 10 ballots in a 24-hour period between the time voting opens on New Year’s Day and when it closes on Jan. 10.The NHL’s annual All-Star weekend takes place from Jan. 24-25 at the St. Louis Blues’ Enterprise Center in St. Louis, Mo. The last spot in the Atlantic Division is up to you!Last Men In returns January 1. #NHLAllStar pic.twitter.com/EMYjcQkiiH— NHL (@NHL) December 30, 2019Dubbed ‘Last Men In,’ voting will open to the public on Jan. 1 at 12 p.m. ET via the NHL’s website and mobile app, and closes Jan. 10 at 11:59 p.m. ET.The 2010s: Crosby named NHL Athlete of the Decade | NHL All-Decade TeamWhat is the Last Men In vote?This is the second straight season in which the NHL has conducted its Last Men In vote — in which fans can select the final four players to participate in All-Star Weekend.Between Jan. 1 at 12 p.m. ET and Jan. 10 at 11:59 p.m. ET, fans can select as few as one player per ballot and as many as four players per ballot. Each fan may cast a maximum of 10 ballots in a 24-hour period between the time voting opens on New Year’s Day and when it closes on Jan. 10.How does the Last Men In vote work?The league’s hockey operations department selected 31 players — one from each team — who did not make the original All-Star rosters as candidates for the Last Men In vote. Fans will be able to vote for these players between Jan. 1 at 12 p.m. ET and Jan. 10 at 11:59 p.m. ET. On Monday, the NHL released the full All-Star rosters for each of its four divisions in anticipation of All-Star Weekend on Jan. 24-25, but one spot on each team remains vacant.For the second consecutive season, the league will allow fans to select those final four players from a list of 31 determined by the league’s hockey operations department. The highest voted players in each division (each NHL team will have one candidate) will be added to their respective team’s roster.last_img read more

first_imgInishowen Rugby Club are running training sessions for boys and girls from the ages of 6 to 12 years old on Friday evenings from 5pm-6.30pm at Carndonagh Community School.This new time replaces the existing Saturday morning sessions for the club’s mini rugby section.All interested players are very welcome. Just wear suitable clothing, a pair of football boots, runners, a bottle of water and a snack. There is a small charge of €2 per session to help cover costs. Please call Brian Harkin on 087 2921939 for more information.INISHOWEN RUGBY CLUB LAUNCH FRIDAY EVENING KIDS SESSIONS was last modified: March 28th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Inishowen rugby clubyouth traininglast_img read more