Prospects respect the way Lakers’ Clarkson, Nance, Zubac carved out roles as non-lottery picks – Orange County Register

EL SEGUNDO – For brief moments between scrimmages, shooting sessions and sprints, NBA draft prospects could look around the gym and see some of the symbols and faces that defined the Lakers’ history.

Championship banners and retired jerseys hang on the walls of the practice facility. Magic Johnson watched each workout as the Lakers’ new president of basketball operations, casting an inspiring presence as one of the franchise’s most accomplished players. And though Luke Walton monitored the workouts as the Lakers’ head coach, he also provided a reminder of the team’s more recent NBA championship success (2009, 2010).

Off to the side, Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson, forward Larry Nance Jr. and center Ivica Zubac often watched the sessions before completing their own offseason routines. None of those players represent the franchise’s glorious past, but they represent something more practical. They are proof of what is attainable for the…

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