Clarkson took over the starting duties at point guard on Jan. 23 against the
"I'm getting into my pull-up [jumper], being able to work off screens, finding guys," said Clarkson about his recent performance, giving partial credit to one of his teammates. "It makes it a lot easier having [
"He's out there talking to me throughout the whole time," Clarkson continued.
Boozer was initially the Lakers' starter at power forward to open the season but was moved to the bench for a stretch while Coach
The veteran Boozer was moved back onto the first team before the Lakers' win Sunday over the
Clarkson has gotten a lot of support from the more experienced players on the team as he tries to find his way as a first-year player.
"Carlos Boozer, guys like Rob [Sacre],
It takes a moment for Young's advice to hit home.
"Nick is one of those guys who throws some off-the-wall stuff, that you've got to think about for a minute, 'Oh, alright, I understand what you're talking about now,' " Clarkson said, laughing.
The rookie also credits Scott for the opportunity to play big minutes and make decisions as the team's point guard.
"My first start, back against San Antonio, I think the first 10 or 11 plays, he's like, 'It's on you,' " Clarkson said. "It's kind of one of those things, where you're thrown in the fire, but it's a good learning experience for me.
"It's a good feeling."