WATCH: Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson goes unrecognized by Salt Lake City reporter in TV interview about team
Jordan Clarkson has a combined 1.95 million followers on Instagram and Twitter, played with the Los Angeles Lakers for the seventh most valuable team in the sport and last year won the sixth man of the year with the best regular season team of the NBA in Utah Jazz. Still, the 29-year-old combo guard can go undetected in his hometown.
Hayley Crombleholme, a reporter for KUTV in Salt Lake City, wanted to interview people on the street about the upcoming season of jazz. Her subject: none other than Clarkson, who has spent the past two seasons running Utah’s second unit.
“So, did you go to any jazz games?” Crombleholme asked, to which Clarkson replied soberly and then replied, “Yes, a lot.”
Much of jazz’s success last season was a product of Clarkson’s microwave offensive. Clarkson achieved a career high of 18.4 points per game and combined career highs in rebounds with 4.0 and steals with 0.9. He also shot 34.7 percent from three-point range on a whopping 8.8 tries per game, the fifth highest rate in the NBA.
To make matters even more embarrassing for Crombleholme, she asked Clarkson to spell his first and last name before the interview, but still didn’t recognize him.
Clarkson – who also spent time with the Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers – gave Crombleholme his endorsement after the botched interview went viral, writing, “haha Lets GO JAZZ! I can’t wait to get started !!! ”in response to her first tweet.
Joe Ingles, Clarkson’s teammate, had a few laughs at Clarskon’s expense.
Despite jazz’s recent success in the regular season – five playoff appearances in a row with three trips to the semifinals of the Western Conference under coach Quin Snyder – the team has not reached the NBA finals since those led by John Stockton and Karl Malone Jazz lost to the Chicago Bulls in 1997-98.
If Clarkson can help bring Utah back to the finals and potentially bring the team their first NBA championship, the chances of him not getting recognized in Salt Lake City should drop significantly.