Even though NBA League Pass is readily available these days, it seems that not all the players around the Association choose to use it.
Either that or they’re avoiding the Los Angeles Lakers this season, which would be understandable.
On Friday night, Lakers rookie Jordan Clarkson put on a show against the Memphis Grizzlies as he scored a career-high 25 points on 12-for-18 shooting. He also dished out 6 assists and grabbed 4 rebounds.
However, at the start of the game, one of the Grizzlies’ best players didn’t know who Clarkson was.
During the first quarter, Zach Randolph was so impressed by one of Clarkson’s moves that he had to ask one of his former teammates who he was.
Here’s what happened, according to Lakers sideline reporter Mike Trudell:
Randolph: “Ed, who’s that?”
Davis: “He nice, right?”
*The Lakers’ bench laughs*
And here’s video of Trudell relaying the exchange to the Lakers’ television announcers, Bill MacDonald and Stu Lantz:
Of course, we don’t know if Randolph was joking about not knowing who Clarkson is, though there’s a chance he really had no clue about the Lakers’ up-and-coming rook.
The Lakers haven’t really been on national television much this year, and even when they have been, it doesn’t mean Z-Bo was watching.
Also, Clarkson was the 46th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft and came out of Missouri. While big college basketball fans might have known who he was, people who just watch the NCAA Final Four might not necessarily have seen one of his games.
However, with Clarkson outplaying the majority of the guys taken ahead of him in the draft, it’s pretty safe to say that players and fans alike won’t be asking “who’s that?” for much longer.