BRISBANE Roar player Corey Brown may be handy with a football, but it turns out he’s also pretty handy with a hammer too.Brown, who wears number 5 for the club he has been with since 2001, and his brother Jackson have had an interest in property for a couple of years and are now on the look out for another property renovation project they can do together.Brown said a good friend of theirs Damien Cavallucci had really helped them out and taught them a lot about the market.The brothers own a unit in Teneriffe and have an investment property on the central coast of New South Wales.Corey Brown of the Roar is building his property portfolio. “Our interest in renovation came from my brother as he is a builder and the fact that I usually have a day or two off during the week as well as most afternoons so I can help out and be hands on.’’More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours agoAlthough the Roar’s heavy travel schedule lately has slowed that down a bit.Corey was with the team in Japan this week.Ben Smith of Place Estate Agents has been friends with Brown for about five years and is helping him in his search for a new project.He said ideally they were after something with further development potential.Mr Smith said the market was pretty hot at the moment, so they had to make sure they didn’t overpay.
Regardless, this all coincides with the NBA naming Clarkson the Western Conference player of the month, an honor that makes him the first Lakers player to be honored with the award since it was first presented in 1981-82. Not even Magic Johnson or James Worthy collected that award, though their NBA championships and Hall of Fame inductions made up for that.“It’s great,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “It shows the progress he has made and what hard work he’s put into it.”Granted, not everything was easy for Clarkson. He still had the unenviable task of defending Blazers guard Damian Lillard, who posted 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting. But Scott noted that Clarkson “looks forward to the challenge.”Clarkson’s play could not camouflage the Lakers’ other struggles.They went 31 of 82 from the field, including poor nights from Carlos Boozer (0-for-4 shooting) and Jeremey Lin (four points on a 1-of-9 clip). Portland also featured four other players in double figures, including CJ McCollum (27 points), Arron Afflalo (17 points), LaMarcus Aldridge (14 points) and Robin Lopez (10 points). A turning point in the Lakers’ history usually coincides with popped champagne bottles.The Lakers remain far away from that happening. But two distinctive and dueling narratives took place in the Lakers’ 107-77 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday at Staples Center that symbolizes their ugly present and a possibly hopeful future.The end result ensured the Lakers (20-55) tying last year’s loss total that marked the team’s worst record in L.A. franchise history. Assuming the Lakers do not go undefeated for their seven remaining games, they could also finish with a worse winning percentage than Minneapolis Lakers in 1957-58 (19-53) and 1959-60.Yet, the game also represented yet another moment of growth for Lakers rookie guard Jordan Clarkson, who had a team-leading 28 points on 12-of-20 shooting, seven rebounds and five assists. All of which represented how Scott’s quest to revamp the Lakers’ defense still remains a work in progress.“Defense is always a mind-set,” Scott said, “It helps if you have some physical talent and you’re athletic, quick and fast. But it’s still a mind-set.”As for Clarkson’s mind-set, Scott has liked several qualities. He raved about the 22-year-old’s confidence, including hitting a pull-up jumper just before the third quarter ended. Scott praised Clarkson for tempering his speed. Scott also complimented Clarkson’s work ethic, the 46th pick in last year’s draft still showing interest in developing his game despite a minimal role until Kobe Bryant’s season-ending right shoulder injury in late January.Through 15 games in March, Clarkson averaged a team-leading 15.8 points on 45.2 percent shooting, 5.2 assists and 4.8 rebounds. He secured wins last week in Minnesota (free throws) and Philadelphia (layup). Clarkson also notched a career-high 30 points last week against Oklahoma City.“If everybody is healthy, he probably doesn’t play as much,” Scott said of Clarkson. “But it’s a good thing for him he was prepared and ready. He showed he deserves to play, and has played extremely well.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error