JORDAN Clarkson isn't taking his unique vantage point for granted, enjoying every moment as his superstar teammate Kobe Bryant plays the last remaining games of his legendary career.
In an interview with Lakers.com after a 91-81 loss to the Clippers, Clarkson described the roller-coaster ride of witnessing the season-long farewell tour for the Lakers great first hand, starting out with plenty of excitement but has since turned a bit solemn.
"The energy is crazy every time we step in the Staples Center, it's been like that all year," Clarkson said. "But you can really feel it now, in terms of the fans."
"The environment is changing, so you know it's going to be crazy when it's over," he added. "It's cool. It's a cool experience to be part of (something) which is honoring his greatness."
The Lakers go out on a final three-game road trip before heading back to Staples where Bryant ends his NBA career against the Utah Jazz. Clarkson vowed to bring out his best in helping give the Lakers legend a fitting finale.
"Just trying to finish the year strong, and at the same time let Kobe finish out strong and really give people a performance," said the sophomore guard.
"You know it's [Kobe's] last time playing in these arenas so it's gonna be a good thing," he added.