As if the
They weren't real thrilled about it.
Lakers General Manager
Price was ejected after making contact with
"We feel that the contact came from an attempt to block the shot and that there was no intent to hit Austin Rivers in the head, and therefore we are disappointed in the league's decision," Kupchak said in a statement Friday.
The Lakers weren't the only ones with raised eyebrows.
"I didn't like seeing my son go down, but it's part of the game," he said Thursday. "In this day, it's a flagrant 2, but that old move where you try to swipe and hit the head happened a lot when we played…. It wasn't a dirty play. It just happened."
The Lakers are short-handed in the backcourt because
The Lakers hold high hopes for Clarkson, the 46th pick in the draft last June, but his playing time has dwindled since the first two games.
He didn't get off the bench earlier this week against Charlotte, the Lakers' only victory, and played under six minutes in four other games.
"I'm not seeing much time, but I know it's a process," Clarkson said. "It's hard watching, and of course I want to be on the floor, but I know it's my first year. I have to learn a lot. When I get the opportunity to come on the court, I want to affect the game in a good way."
Saturday is an important day for Ellington and Price, at least financially, when their contracts became partially guaranteed.
Price will now make at least $329,202 this season, and Ellington is up to at least $315,646.
Both players signed contracts before training camp without full guarantees but have become rotation players.