The words will ring pleasant once Earl Clark runs onto the court.

When the Lakers (22-26) play the Brooklyn Nets (28-19) tonight at Barclays Center, starting lineup introductions will mark the beginning of an eventful evening for Clark's parents, Brenda and Larry.

It will mark the first time the New Jersey natives will see their son play as an NBA starter.

"We're excited to hear his name," Brenda Clark said. "We know how much work he put into getting that moment."

Did he ever.

Within one season, Clark transformed how the Lakers perceived him. They initially considered him just a throw-in involving the trade that brought them Dwight Howard from the Orlando Magic. Clark has started the past 12 games over four-time All-Star Pau Gasol as part of Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni's preference for a smaller and quicker lineup.

Clark, who makes $1.2million this season, could field a more lucrative offer once he becomes a free agent this offseason, although he prefers staying here.

He's the Lakers' feel-good story, what D'Antoni said has given the team a "good jolt" in an otherwise dreary season. It's already earned him nicknames such as "Eazy" and "Clark Knight." The Lakers have played the song, "Duke of Earl" during his starting lineup introductions at Staples Center.

This one will be different, though.