Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “It’s a little different now,” he said of being out and about. “A lot of people, I guess they know who I am now. Going to eat by yourself is a little different.”Young likely doneForward Nick Young has missed the past 20 games with a fractured knee cap. Scott said he had no update on Young, but he did suggest it’s doubtful Young will play again this season.“My feeling really is that with seven games left, he probably won’t play the rest of the season,” Scott said. “The last report that I did get on him, which was when we were on the road, he wasn’t really making much progress.“So being out as long as he’s been out with seven games to go, I don’t really see how he could probably play. He’d have to get back in game condition and things like that, so I don’t think there is a chance that he is going to play in the next week or so.”That said, Scott said Young needs to improve for next season. He pulled no punches in that regard.“His priorities have to be a little different,” Scott said. “I consider Nick either a home run or a strikeout-type guy on the offensive end. Just like I told him, he has to elevate his game. He has to grow as a basketball player if he wants to continue to play in this league for a long time. He has to get better moving without the ball, being able to defend people a little bit better and be a better off-the-ball defender as well.“There are areas in his game that he has to improve. And if he doesn’t, there’s no telling what we’re going to do this year in the free-agent market. But if we get the guys we want, then he’s got a challenge next year on his hands as far as being in that rotation and playing consistent minutes.”Scouting the ClippersScott gave Clippers point guard Chris Paul a rave review when asked about Sunday’s matchup.“Chris Paul is probably the best leader in this league and he’s probably the most competitive guy I’ve ever been around,” said Scott, who coached Paul at New Orleans. “He’s going to bring an attitude.”The Clippers are 50-26, the Lakers 20-55. There isn’t much not to like about Lakers rookie guard Jordan Clarkson.After Friday’s 107-77 loss to Portland, during which Clarkson scored a game-high 27 points on 12-of-20 shooting with seven assists and five rebounds, coach Byron Scott told reporters that Clarkson will definitely be with the team next season as the Lakers hold an option on him for 2015-16 for a mere $845,059.Scott also said he didn’t know for certain Clarkson would be at the point, depending on what happens in the draft and possible acquisitions, and that he wanted to get some other pieces around Clarkson.“I mean, it’s definitely good to hear that,” Clarkson said Saturday at practice in preparation for the team’s game Sunday night at 6:30 against the Clippers. “I’ve gotta continue to work, continue to progress.” How’s this for progress? Clarkson, who has now started 32 games, averages 11.2 points on the season. But he has averaged 20.6 points, 6.6 assists and 6.0 rebounds the past five games. He averaged 15.8 points, 5.2 assists and 4.8 rebounds in 16 games in March.Here’s where it gets good. In spite of that success and his coach’s comments, Clarkson is taking nothing for granted.“I’ll play for my spot on the team next year,” he said.Fast-rising adorationUpon being asked, Clarkson humbly acknowledged that his popularity is growing in Los Angeles.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa has repaid $1,900 to the Office of Tax and Revenue after a newspaper questioned her about a tax break she had been claiming on her condo in Washington for years.The Des Moines Register, which brought the issue to Ernst’s attention, reports that she wrote a check to the agency’s Washington, D.C. office last week.A spokesman for the first-term Republican says the homestead tax credit claim was made in error and immediately returned when it was brought to the senator’s attention.The credit only applies to a homeowner’s primary residence, and Washington’s homestead tax application instructions specify that Congressional members are generally ineligible.Public records show Ernst had claimed the exemption in Washington and Iowa since 2016.It’s unclear if Ernst will face any penalty for the claim.