The last 28 regular-season games that rookie point guard
They want Clarkson to continue on his path of becoming a better player by having him play in the summer league.
He already has shown signs of improvement by averaging 13.3 points, 3.9 assists and 3.1 rebounds in the last 11 games he has started.
"I'm still real excited about Jordan Clarkson," Coach
"I'm excited with the way he's played so far. He's come a long way in a short period of time. Obviously, like we've talked about, the summer is going to be big for him to continue to develop."
Scott also said he's looking forward to seeing rookie
Scott said he expects Randle, who has been working out on a stationary bike, to be healthy enough to play on the Lakers' summer league team in Las Vegas in July along with Clarkson and Tariq Black.
Scott said he expects that threesome to be joined by the Lakers' draft picks. They could have up to four picks — a top-five selection, a mid-to-late-20s pick in the first round and two second-round picks.
"I think the young guys that we do have, I'm excited to see them continue to grow as basketball players and get better," Scott said. "I already told Julius and Jordan, you guys should dominate [in the summer league]."
Clearing the air
Scott simply wanted to try a different lineup and was not punishing Boozer for his act.
Boozer, who was fined an undisclosed amount for missing the first practice after the All-Star break, told Scott his private plane had "engine trouble" and that's why he wasn't able to get from Miami to Los Angeles in time.
"It's never personal with me," Scott said. "I don't play guys out of being, 'I'm mad,' or anything like that. Like I said before, I don't hold no grudges when it comes to that. If you can help me win games, I'll put you on the floor. I don't have to like you at all. But that's not the case with Carlos."
Lakers and lottery balls
Forget playoff pushes. No Lakers title parades this June. The real race is for a bottom-five draft pick that the Lakers don't have to give to the Philadelphia 76ers. The regular season ends April 15,
TEAM; W-L; PCT. ODDS
1. New York 10-44 25%
2. Minnesota 12-42 19.9%
2. Philadelphia 12-42 19.9%
4. Lakers 13-41 10.4%
5. Orlando 18-39 10.3%
LAKERS VS. BOSTON
When: 6:30 p.m. PST Sunday.
On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330.
Records: Lakers 13-41;
Record vs. Celtics: 0-1.