Jordan Clarkson may have won the NBA Sixth Man of the Year and helped the Utah Jazz reach the playoffs for the fifth straight year last season, but that does not mean everyone in the state knows him.
Clarkson found himself in an awkward situation as he got stopped for a man-on-the-street interview about the Jazz by a Salt Lake City reporter who failed to recognize him.
KUTV reporter Hayley Crombleholme innocently asked Clarkson whether he watched Jazz games.
Completely deadpan, Clarkson answered, “Yeah, a lot.”
Still unaware who she was talking to, Crombleholme requested Clarkson to spell his name, which the Filipino-American guard granted.
It was already too late when Crombleholme realized that it was a player from the Jazz who she interviewed.
“Welp, pretty sure @rlikness and I just interviewed @JordanClarksons off the street without realizing it was Jordan Clarkson,” Crombleholme wrote on Twitter with a face palm emoji.
Still, Clarkson took the interview in jest as he and teammate Joe Ingles had a good laugh about it.
“Just happy I spelled my name right,” Clarkson wrote on Twitter with a rolling on the floor laughing emoji.
Going into his third year with the Jazz, Clarkson averaged 18.4 points, 4 rebounds, and 2.5 assists last season en route to being named the Sixth Man of the Year – the first player from the franchise to win the award.
Clarkson then helped the Jazz make it past the first round of the playoffs for the first time in three seasons before they fell to the Los Angeles Clippers in the Western Conference semifinals. – Rappler.com