Earl Clark Returns to Lakers’ Bench
Few Lakers fans knew Earl Clark’s name at the start of the season. When injuries hit the team’s big men, Clark found himself in the starting lineup.
Now Pau Gasol’s return from a 20-game absence means a return to the bench for Clark, who has averaged 9.5 points and 7.3 rebounds as a starter.
“I’m going to be fine, man,” the easy-going Clark said Friday. “I think I did my job well. Pau, he’s a Hall of Famer. He makes a lot of money. The guy’s a two-time champion and I don’t know how many All-Star games [four]. I’ve got a lot of work to do. I think it’s just right for him to start.”
“I’m going to continue to give energy,” he said. “I’m just honored that Coach has given me a role on the team. I went from not playing to starting. That’s all I can ask for.”