Los Angeles • Rudy Gobert and Ian Clark took care of some rookie obligations after Friday night's loss to the Lakers by helping carry veterans' bags out of Staples Center.
The first-year Jazz players must now deal with another part of being a young player in search of NBA minutes: another D-League assignment.
Clark, the undrafted combo guard out of Belmont, and Gobert, a promising but raw young center, both stayed in L.A. as the rest of the team returned home to Utah. They are expected to be in uniform when the Bakersfield Jam takes on the L.A. D-Fenders tonight at 7:30 MT.
You can watch the game here: http://www.nba.com/dleague/games/20140104/BAKLAD/gameinfo.html
This is the second D-League stint for both Clark and Gobert. In three games with the team last month, all starts, Clark averaged 12.3 points, 3 rebounds and 4.3 assists. Gobert averaged 14 points, 13 rebounds and 4.3 blocks.
• In other D-League news, former Jazz forward Othyus Jeffers, who played for Utah for part of the 2010 season, earned NBA Development League Player of the Month honors for November and December. The 28-year-old averaged 24.2 points, 12.4 rebounds and 2.4 steals a game for the Iowa Energy.
Meanwhile, Minnesota rookie Shabazz Muhammad, whom the Jazz drafted and then packaged in a trade for Burke, was assigned to the D-League on Friday.
— Aaron Falk
|1.||Western lawmakers gather in Utah to talk federal land takeover|
|2.||Magnitude 3.2 earthquake jolts western Utah, USGS says|
|3.||Ex-NFL punter Chris Kluwe tells atheists to strive for empathy in Utah|
|4.||Washington Insight: The Sagebrush Rebellion lives on with Nevada dispute|
|5.||Why all the hate for Salt Lake City’s new federal courthouse?|
|6.||Salt Lake Comic Con FanX: In ‘cosplay,’ everybody can be anybody|
|7.||Hallelujah! Mormon Tabernacle Choir celebrates Easter with a powerful ‘Messiah’|
|8.||Utah same-sex marriage case could be thrown out on a technicality|
|9.||Utah Jazz sure of destination, unsure how they’ll get there|
|10.||Utah realtors give ‘murder homes’ another life|