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    Lakers GM banking on a Jordan Clarkson-D'Angelo Russell backcourt in post-Kobe era

    Jul 25, 2015

    LOS Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak is already letting people take a peek at the future of the proud franchise.

    If everything goes well, Kupchak disclosed about the team’s plan to keep the young backcourt tandem of Fil-Am Jordan Clarkson and rookie D’Angelo Russell together for the next decade or so.

    The team is obviously preparing for the impending retirement of resident superstar Kobe Bryant, and the longtime Lakers executive deemed it fit to invest in the two upcoming guards expected to take the mantle of leadership from the ‘Black Mamba.’

    “Our vision would be for both of those players to play in the backcourt for the next 10-12 years,” Kupchak said about Clarkson and Russell during a guest appearance on Sirius XM NBA Radio.

    Concerns were raised though about the ability of the two to carry LA following the team’s disappointing performance in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

    The Lakers limped home with a 1-4 record behind a backcourt tended by Clarkson and Russell. Among the team’s loss include one against the Dallas Mavericks, who featured another Fil-Am in Bobby Ray Parks.    

    Russell was selected No. 2 overall by the Lakers in the last NBA Draft, while Clarkson, a second round pick of the team last year, was an All-Rookie first team member last season.  

    The Lakers have another promising player suiting up for the coming season in Julius Randle, chosen No. 7 by the team in the 2014 Draft, but was unfortunate to miss the entire season after suffering an injury in LA’s opening game against the Houston Rockets.

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    The Kentucky Wildcats stalwart underwent successful surgery and is expected to see action for the Lakers this year.

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