Clippers’ Newest Addition Goes Undercover At Smart & Final

Sam Dekker undercover

Sam Dekker of the L.A. Clippers, undercover at Smart & Final.

On Sept. 20, Sam Dekker, the newest member of the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers, surprised shoppers and store associates by posing as an “undercover bagger” at the Smart & Final Extra! store in downtown Los Angeles.

Dekker’s in-store appearance was organized to celebrate the new partnership between the Clippers and Smart & Final, which is the official grocery store of the Clippers for the 2017-18 NBA season.

Dekker, the 6’7” power forward who formerly played for the Houston Rockets, disguised himself as a Smart & Final store associate, participated in an official “new employee orientation” and bagged groceries, playfully dunking groceries into bags, helping shoppers to their cars and assisting his new teammates with various in-store duties.

Hidden cameras were placed around the store to capture the interactions of Dekker and unsuspecting shoppers and Smart & Final associates.

Dekker was in the store, at 845 S. Figueroa Street in Los Angeles, from 12-3 p.m. on Wednesday.

Commerce-based Smart & Final Stores serves household, nonprofit and business customers. As of June 18, 2017, the company operated 313 grocery and foodservice stores under the Smart & Final, Smart & Final Extra! and Cash & Carry Smart Foodservice banners in California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Nevada, Idaho and Utah, with an additional 15 stores in northwestern Mexico operated through a joint venture.

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