Earl Clark Discussion: Cavs sign Clark 2 yrs 9 mil (p. 54)

Re: Earl Clark Discussion: "they call me Easy"

Postby dwighthowardsdad on Sat Feb 09, 2013 10:24 am

Another solid game. He had 12 points in that third quarter. 17&10 on 50% shooting for the game. He's earning his money playing the way he is right now. He's given us such a big spark. He's been relatively consistent on this road-trip. He's had two sub-par games against Phoenix and Boston; coincidentally, those are the two games we lost.
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Re: Earl Clark Discussion: "they call me Easy"

Postby dwighthowardsdad on Sat Feb 09, 2013 10:54 am

"I think on all of Mike's teams, guys emerge as 3-point shooters that were never considered 3-point shooters before."

Lakers guard Steve Nash, speaking to ESPN.com back in November and responding to the many naysayers around the league suggesting that L.A. simply didn't have the shooters needed to provide the necessary spacing to run Mike D'Antoni's offense.

Fast-forwarding nearly three months later ...

Nash got it half right.

You really can't refer to Earl Clark as a 3-point bomber when he's attempting only one trey per game on average, but Clark has unquestionably emerged in a big way -- as Nash predicted someone would -- to rank as one of the few success stories in Lakerland this season.

How big? Clark logged all of 36 minutes in November and December before, as Nash was turning 39 this week, becoming an indispensable member of D'Antoni's frontcourt rotation.

Yet what makes Clark so unique, in comparison to others who've previously risen to prominence in D'Antoni's world, is that he doesn't sustain himself with the 3-ball like Steve Novak or even defensive ace Raja Bell did. And he certainly doesn't play with the ball in his hands a la Raymond Felton or Jeremy Lin.

Clark indeed has an underrated and multifaceted offensive game, with echoes of vintage Lamar Odom versatility and trusty range when needed, that enables him to slot in next to Dwight Howard more comfortably than Pau Gasol does. But it's as much Clark's length, athleticism and willingness to play D and scrap on the boards that has allowed him to rise to prominence without warning.

Clark, in short, is keeping the game simple and playing to his strengths. And he's making nearly half of the 3s he does take because he doesn't go hunting for them, wisely choosing to let them fly only when his feet are set.

It's an approach that makes Clark, in his fourth season, one very rare source of feel-good for a team that has been churning out seemingly endless amounts of Shaq-and-Kobe-level drama, going all the way back to that 0-8 record in the exhibition season. Surely you heard how TNT's Charles Barkley downgraded the Lakers' chances of rallying into a playoff spot from zero percent to "negative 17" percent in the wake of Gasol's foot injury and looming six-to-eight week absence as a result.

If Chuck is right, no one will be blaming Clark. After coming over with Howard from Orlando for the purposes of satisfying the salary-cap math in the four-team Dwight blockbuster last August, Clark averaged only 5.7 points and 5.0 rebounds in his first 19 appearances in the Lakers' lineup. In the Lakers' recent 6-1 surge before Thursday night's splat in Boston, by contrast, Clark averaged 12.4 points and 8.9 rebounds, ringing up four double-doubles.


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Re: Earl Clark Discussion: "they call me Easy"

Postby therealdeal on Sat Feb 09, 2013 11:51 am

Clark, in short, is keeping the game simple and playing to his strengths. And he's making nearly half of the 3s he does take because he doesn't go hunting for them, wisely choosing to let them fly only when his feet are set.


This is what I've been saying about him for a while now. He does a great job of just doing those things that are within reason as a player. He's the perfect complementary piece. Much like Ariza was before him, Clark is just filling in the spaces for this team.
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Re: Earl Clark Discussion: "they call me Easy"

Postby dwighthowardsdad on Sat Feb 09, 2013 12:07 pm

Looking at J. Hill's contract & the way it was structured, IF Earl can continue to play this way, I can see the Lakers offering a 2-year 8 million dollar deal with the second year being a Team Option.
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Re: Earl Clark Discussion: "they call me Easy"

Postby therealdeal on Sat Feb 09, 2013 12:12 pm

dwighthowardsdad wrote:Looking at J. Hill's contract & the way it was structured, IF Earl can continue to play this way, I can see the Lakers offering a 2-year 8 million dollar deal with the second year being a Team Option.

If he keeps playing the way he's been playing, he's actually worth more than that; something close to MLE. Guys who are defensive stoppers in 3 different positions and can basically average a double-double are pretty damn rare.

I need way more of what he's doing so far though. He's got to finish the season this way. And no matter what he's got to come back on a 2 year deal. Or AT WORST a 3 year deal with a Team Option on the 3rd one.
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Re: Earl Clark Discussion: "they call me Easy"

Postby dwighthowardsdad on Sat Feb 09, 2013 12:15 pm

therealdeal wrote:
dwighthowardsdad wrote:Looking at J. Hill's contract & the way it was structured, IF Earl can continue to play this way, I can see the Lakers offering a 2-year 8 million dollar deal with the second year being a Team Option.

If he keeps playing the way he's been playing, he's actually worth more than that; something close to MLE. Guys who are defensive stoppers in 3 different positions and can basically average a double-double are pretty damn rare.

I need way more of what he's doing so far though. He's got to finish the season this way. And no matter what he's got to come back on a 2 year deal. Or AT WORST a 3 year deal with a Team Option on the 3rd one.


You're right. I just can't see the Lakers investing more then 4 million dollars. Who knows, though? You just might have too if he continues to play like this for the rest of the season & especially if he helps them make it to the PO's.
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Re: Earl Clark Discussion: "they call me Easy"

Postby therealdeal on Sat Feb 09, 2013 12:19 pm

Well remember there's almost no chance they keep BOTH Gasol and Howard. If Howard walks, I see them letting that happen so that they shed salary. If Howard re-signs, I see them trading Pau pretty much immediately.

Then you re-sign Clark as your starting PF so having a starting PF for 5 million dollars isn't a stretch.
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Re: Earl Clark Discussion: "they call me Easy"

Postby dwighthowardsdad on Sat Feb 09, 2013 12:30 pm

^You're right. Actually, I think even with all the drama, Dwight's resigning. I believe Pau will be moved which will shed a little over 19 million dollars. If you can sign him for 3 years 15-million with a Third Year as a Team Option, that would be okay. You would have Howard, Hill, and Clark all under 30 for the next 4-5 years, possibly.
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Re: Earl Clark Discussion: "they call me Easy"

Postby FabFourLakers on Sat Feb 09, 2013 12:32 pm

I could see the Lakers trading Pau to a team with cap space that ended up striking out in free agency....a team like the Rockets...and the Lakers take a 19M trade exception back for Pau, or they take a few players off the Rockets for him...i think for sure Pau is gone though if Dwight re-signs....the Lakers will keep Clark and Dwight.
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Re: Earl Clark Discussion: "they call me Easy"

Postby dj vitus on Sun Feb 10, 2013 4:28 pm

Someone upload a video of Earl Clark's REJECTION on LeBron in the 4th quarter. :jam2:
"Why are they blocking out all the good stuff? They let Sarah Jessica Parker's face on TV and she looks like a foot!!"
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Re: Earl Clark Discussion: "they call me Easy"

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Re: Earl Clark Discussion: "they call me Easy"

Postby wcsoldier81 on Sun Feb 10, 2013 4:39 pm

Of course like Hill on KD last season ... no replay
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Re: Earl Clark Discussion: "they call me Easy"

Postby dwighthowardsdad on Sun Feb 10, 2013 4:42 pm

He got rejected a couple of times, shot an air-ball, and had a couple of shots that were too quick for my taste. Overall, he was solid, though...
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Re: Earl Clark Discussion: "they call me Easy"

Postby dj vitus on Sun Feb 10, 2013 4:43 pm

CaCHooKa Man wrote:

Wooooooooooooo! :jam2:
"Why are they blocking out all the good stuff? They let Sarah Jessica Parker's face on TV and she looks like a foot!!"
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Re: Earl Clark Discussion: "they call me Easy"

Postby Weezy on Sun Feb 10, 2013 4:43 pm

Well, at least Earl keeps plugging along, can't blame him too much for the rebounds, he's playing a ton of minutes and he's not a center.
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Re: Earl Clark Discussion: "they call me Easy"

Postby Ariza3 on Sun Feb 10, 2013 4:44 pm

played well. shot with confidence. play okay d on lebron which is really all you can ask of him. i think he was smart towards to end to give lebron a cushion and make him shoot jumpers unlike what metta did so that was good. 17 shots though.....
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Re: Earl Clark Discussion: "they call me Easy"

Postby escobar8 on Sun Feb 10, 2013 4:48 pm

another solid game...yea i said solid...couse i am amazed by this kid...this kind of games are becoming normal for him...its like i expect every game 15p and 10reb...
he got rejected by birdman...but his block on lebron was highlight...
only good thing if we miss play offs that we will probably have to pay less to resign him...his stocks are rising fast...
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Re: Earl Clark Discussion: "they call me Easy"

Postby Finwë on Sun Feb 10, 2013 5:13 pm

Another good game
"The first time I ever saw my uniform hanging in the locker I put it on right away, and it just felt like I was putting on golden armour. From that day forward, I just called it 'the golden armour', it just felt like there was something mystical and magical about it" - Kobe Bryant.
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Re: Earl Clark Discussion: "they call me Easy"

Postby dwighthowardsdad on Sun Feb 10, 2013 6:18 pm

Mike Bresnahan ‏@Mike_Bresnahan
Earl Clark is gonna make some free-agent $$$$ this summer.
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Re: Earl Clark Discussion: "they call me Easy"

Postby JGC on Sun Feb 10, 2013 6:19 pm

Love this kid. He's gonna get paid and I hope it's by us too.
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Re: Earl Clark Discussion: "they call me Easy"

Postby Ariza3 on Sun Feb 10, 2013 6:37 pm

he'll stay with us. first team to give him a real chance. he wont forget that bc he doesnt against teams that didnt. him next to dwight with nash is solid too.
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Re: Earl Clark Discussion: "they call me Easy"

Postby lakersin4 on Sun Feb 10, 2013 9:39 pm

With Clark, Hill, Howard.. We're set for the future with bigs.

Another good game today.. His defense on Lebron was great to see, & he stepped up & hit some big shots. Loved it when he stopped Dwight from getting on Nash for not passing to him. He's such a huge part of this turnaround we're trying to make.
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Re: Earl Clark Discussion: "they call me Easy"

Postby Lakerjones on Sun Feb 10, 2013 9:42 pm

Earl's the man. Love this guy.
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Re: Earl Clark Discussion: "they call me Easy"

Postby wcsoldier81 on Mon Feb 11, 2013 7:24 am

Use the amnesty on Ron to give Clark a better contract if needed
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Re: Earl Clark Discussion: "they call me Easy"

Postby therealdeal on Mon Feb 11, 2013 9:56 am

wcsoldier81 wrote:Use the amnesty on Ron to give Clark a better contract if needed

Ron will be an expiring next season just like Pau. No need to amnesty anybody.
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