A reporter from Salt Lake City asking people on the streets if they were excited about the next season of Utah Jazz unwittingly ran into Jordan Clarkson, who she asked if she could interview the home team. Clarkson, who became the first Jazz player to win the sixth NBA Man of the Year title in May, was in the game.
KUTV reporter Hayley Crombleholme first asked Clarkson to spell her name for the recording. He did so politely and it didn’t ring a bell for Crombleholme. Microphone in hand, she chatted with the 6-foot-4 point guard as if he was the average passer-by.
“Did you go to jazz games?” Crombleholme asked.
The Jazz had a strong season, going 52-0 en route to the NBA Western Conference semifinals, where they were beaten by the Los Angeles Clippers. Clarkson averaged over 18 points per game.
“Yeah, a lot,” he replied coldly.
Fans subsequently teased Clarkson and Crombleholme on social media. The sporting attitude of the 29-year-old shone again.
“Just glad I spelled my name correctly,” he said. tweeted to a commentator.
To his credit, Crombleholme had his faux pas.
“He made her spell her name and everything,” she tweeted. “I’m only slightly (agree very) embarrassed.”
In 2015, Clarkson was part of the NBA All-Rookie Team. The outgoing Jazz star launched a clothing line in February called Good Vibe Tribe. It includes tie-dye shirts and hats with pastel colors and peace symbols.
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