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Nash: Clarkson’s Personality, Work Ethic Brings Success

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(Steve) Nash, who spent quite a bit of time with (Los Angeles Lakers Jordan) Clarkson, raved about the 23-year-old’s work ethic and personality in an interview with LakersNation.com at the Harold & Carole Pump Foundation gala.

“I think he’s very humble and hard working, but he has confidence. He has that security in himself to say, ‘Okay, I don’t know everything, I’m going to learn where I can, and try to get better and use every tool.’ He has a lot of wisdom for a young player.”

Nash attributes Clarkson’s success to his “work ethic and personality” and only expects it to grow.

Source: Serena Winters of Lakers Nation

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Sources: Michael Beasley, Nets ‘moving toward’ Deal

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Michael Beasley is moving toward a deal with the Brooklyn Nets, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.

Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

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Sources: Jamal Crawford, Nets Agree to Deal

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Jamal Crawford has agreed to a deal with the Brooklyn Nets, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.

Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

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Sources: Victor Oladipo to Opt Out of NBA Restart

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Indiana Pacers star Victor Oladipo has decided to sit out the resumed 2019-20 NBA season, telling The Athletic on Friday he can’t get his mind “to being fully comfortable” in playing.

“I really want to play, and as a competitor and teammate this is tearing me apart,” Oladipo said. “I feel like I’m at a great place in my rehab and getting closer and closer to 100 percent. With all the variables, from how I have to build my 5-on-5 workload back up, to the increased risk of a soft tissue injury which could delay my rehab, and the unknown exact set up of the bubble, I just can’t get my mind to being fully comfortable in playing. I have to be smart and this decision hasn’t been easy, but I truly believe continuing on the course I’m on and getting fully healthy for the 2020-21 season is the right decision for me.”

Oladipo has one year left on his four-year, $84 million deal with the Pacers. Sources said Oladipo plans to travel with the team to Orlando despite his decision to opt out of playing, and that he will continue his rehab, support his teammates and join them inside the bubble environment.

Source: Shams Charania of The Athletic

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