Suns' Clark learning on the job

Paul Coro

During his 4-for-16 shooting Saturday night, Suns rookie forward Earl Clark heard from coach Alvin Gentry about how careless he was getting – with his wardrobe.Gentry reminded Clark his untucked jersey would be a $5,000 league fine. Other than that, Clark’s other misses were just part of letting the rookie grow.

"He didn’t get mad about the way I played," Clark said.

Clark mostly stayed on the perimeter, making 3 of 12 shots there with a mid-range airball and a miss on a 3-pointer to tie in the final seconds, when the end of the Suns bench closed against Golden State regulars in a 104-101 loss at Indian Wells Tennis Garden. He scored on a drive but had two others blocked.

Heading into Monday’s game at Oklahoma City, the upside is that Clark remains aggressive in taking shots after concerns that he might be passive.

"He’s a confident guy," Gentry said. "He’ll get better at those. He’ll feel more comfortable."

Clark’s immediate value is defense, where his versatility helps with center Robin Lopez out. Clark can be asked to guard center Andris Biedrins or swingman Corey Maggette.

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