Everything's big in Texas, but it's bigger in Hollywood when it comes to the Los Angeles Lakers. The team showcased the good, the bad and the ugly on national TV on Wednesday night.
It was also an opportunity for reserve big man Earl Clark to show his talents for the first time, well, ever, with an impressive line of 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting and 13 rebounds. That includes a clutch three-pointer late in the fourth quarter that put the Lakers within three points, giving them a chance to tie the game.
NBA fans everywhere took notice, and he began trending on Twitter faster than the Lakers have been losing frontcourt players.
It'll be hard for Jamison to see the court if Earl Clark keeps it up. Earl: "Yeah, definitely, if I keep getting the opportunity to play."— KEVIN DING (@KevinDing) January 10, 2013
D’Antoni: "Earl Clark was phenomenal … he deserves (a shot to enter the rotation when other bigs return)."— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) January 10, 2013
The Lakers need a spark; anything that will help dig them out of the deep sub-.500 hole they find themselves in. As these tweets indicate, it may come at Antawn Jamison's expense, but at least it means a shakeup.
Here's what some fans thought:
Best thing about tonight's game: Earl Clark— Carlos Xávier (@CarlitosXavier7) January 10, 2013
Earl Clark. Trade pau. Clark has proven to be a big to play hard ball! Sorry @kobebryant but he's gotta go— Esdras Garcia (@EzGuitar91) January 10, 2013
LAKERS NEED TO PLAY EARL CLARK OVER EVERY OTHER BENCH PLAYER...PERIOD. Why give a man who can score 22 points and 13 rebounds no play? WACK— Nneka J. Howell(@authorladypoet) January 10, 2013
Fans in L.A. are kings and queens of hyperbole. This much is certain. But the fans have a point. Clark has earned more playing time.
If there's a major lineup change coming, it's a welcome one. If Clark can bring that kind of game and some much-needed youth and athleticism on the other end of the floor, he needs to be a regular reserve, not the last man on a bad bench.
There's plenty more where that came from.