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Old 07-30-2013, 04:09 AM   #304
Xiao Yao You
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Default Re: The sure to be epic 2013 Jazz off-season!

Clark most likely will be the Jazz’s fifth guard, backing up shooting guards Alec Burks and Brandon Rush, as well as point guards Trey Burke and John Lucas III.

Really? Lucas should be at the end of the bench. This guy probably makes the most sense next to Burks and Hayward until Burke hopefully gets up to speed anyway.

Clark, a combo guard, was named the MVP of the NBA Summer League Championship Game, in which he drained seven 3-pointers and scored 33 points to lead Golden State.

He also played for Miami at the Orlando Pro Summer League, where he scored at least 15 points in all five games.

In Vegas, Clark was the unexpected star of a Warriors entry that included Golden State rotation players Draymond Green and Kent Bazemore.

"It was their team in summer league," Clark said. "They were the captains. They kind of took control of the game, and I told them whenever they needed me I’d be ready.

"Those guys, to their credit, when they were closed in on when they dished the ball out to me, I was ready."

At Belmont, Clark led the Bruins to three NCAA Tournaments in four years, including a second-round loss to Arizona at EnergySolutions Arena in March.

Clark arrived in Salt Lake City on Sunday and met with coach Tyrone Corbin for dinner at a downtown steakhouse. Clark said Corbin told him he wanted the new guard to feel able to come in and "freestyle," to operate within the flow of the game and not be constricted by the offense.

"We got to an understanding," Clark said, "found out a little about each other. He really helped me with that transition. We talked about earlier just free my mind, ready to work. There’s a lot of opportunity here for me."

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Interesting about the freestylin'. This really ain't Jerry's Jazz anymore is it!
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