The Emancipation of Earl Clark


In what has been a tumultuous season to say the least, the Lakers just couldn’t catch a break.

So many injuries plagued the team. Just when the Lakers were attempting to roll they lost Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard for a nice stretch. Many people expected the Lakers frontcourt to be nonexistent.

Just when it looked like all was lost, on January 19, 2013 in a game against the Spurs, a 6’10 guy who was only 24 years of age named Earl Clark had arrived.

The Lakers may have lost that game, but Earl Clark stole the show. Clark out up a season high 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting and grabbed 13 rebounds in less than 30 minutes.

So many Laker fans had not known whom Earl Clark was or where he came from, but were glad he was there. With averages of 8.2 points per game and 6 rebounds per game, Clark eventually got the nod to be the starting PF for the Lakers due to his phenomenal effort.

Many people though this was the beginning of “Clarksanity” as this surprise came out of nowhere. After all, this was a kid who had career averages of 4 points per game and 2.8 rebounds per game and was considered a “throw in” on the Dwight Howard trade.

As a free agent at the end of this year Clark is expected to have many suitors after his vast improvement this season, but has said that he wants to don the purple and gold next season:

“This is my first team that gave me an opportunity. I love the guys here. The organization and the style of play fits me. I really want to stay here.”

This is music to the ears of the Lakers front office due to the Lakers having a need for youth and athleticism on their roster.

The Lakers may have lost a lot, but they found Earl Clark. Let “Clarksanity” begin.

Written by Courtney Yates

Courtney Yates is an avid Lakers fan. He's a father of one and a U.S. soldier.