Earl Clark started 36 games and appeared in 59 towards averages of 7.3 points and 5.5 rebounds on 44.0 percent field goals. He played sparingly during the first two months of the year, but found a spot in coach Mike D’Antoni’s rotation after a 22-point, 13-rebound performance at San Antonio in early January.
Clark averaged 3.5 points and 4.0 rebounds in 20 minutes per game in the playoffs.
Below is a summary of his exit interview:
- Clark, a free agent this summer, was appreciative of the opportunity the Lakers gave him and repeatedly stated he wants to remain with the team. “I want to be a Laker. Had an opportunity to show what I can do. If we have a training camp, we can show what we can do. Hope everything works out.”
- Clark said GM Mitch Kupchak was proud of him for constantly working hard – early in the morning and late in the evening – even before he became part of the regular rotation. His expanded role when guys were out was difficult, mainly adjusting to playing nearly 30 minutes per contest. But when Pau Gasol returned, it was hard for coach Mike D’Antoni to manage minutes.
- Clark, a teammate of Dwight Howard in Orlando, believes staying in L.A. will be “great for his career.” Early on, Clark felt Howard felt the pressure of losing and playing for an organization not accustomed to it. “This summer, he’ll work on his game and continue to get better. He’ll answer the challenge.”
- His goal for the offseason is to get stronger, so he can guard bigger post players like Zach Randolph and Tim Duncan. He admitted he’s more comfortable playing on the perimeter, but wants to expand his game.