Lakers’ Byron Scott recalled when Chris Paul beat him in a pre-draft workout

first_imgThe biggest casualty happened in 2004, when Scott guarded Chris Paul in a two-on-two scrimmage.“He lit me up,” Scott said, laughing. “We kept it close, but we didn’t win. At the end, he had the ball and was too tough.”New Orleans then drafted Paul fourth overall, leading the current Clippers guard to apologize to his coach for embarrassing him. “I said, ‘You little (punk). That’s all right. You have to do my workouts now,’” Scott said, laughing. “At training camp, I got him back a little bit.”The 53-year-old Scott has since confined his involvement in pre-draft workouts to just shooting drills. Before Cleveland drafted Kyrie Irving first overall in 2010, Scott competed in spot shooting contests that he admitted Irving won two out of three times. Scott plans to participate in shooting drills against the prospects this summer, too. The rest of Scott’s influence in pre-draft workouts entailed evaluating prospects for the respective front offices. In two-on-two and three-on-three scrimmages, Scott limited the number of dribbles allowed to test the players’ skills in moving off-the-ball and setting screens.“I’ve seen a lot of guys in those workouts,” Scott said. “When we get to three on three, 90 percent of them we can tell if they will pan out to be pretty good.”Paul and Irving are the obvious choices. But Scott also mentioned Deron Williams (whom Utah selected third in 2005) and Klay Thompson (whom Golden State picked 11th in 2011) as other standout prospects. Scott declined to name the 10 percent of players whose promising pre-draft workouts did not translate into a prolific NBA career. “Those guys are the ones who are athletic and can shoot the ball, but he doesn’t think,” Scott said. “If you have to think about everything you do, that’s going to hurt you. If you can instinctively play and be able to move and counter situations, then you know you got a player.” He kept a close eye on the NCAA Tournament, Lakers coach Byron Scott watching a number of players who could accelerate the franchise’s rebuilding project. But Scott downplayed the significance on how those performances will affect which players the Lakers will target in the NBA Draft on June 26, presuming they keep their top-five protected pick. Scott will place higher importance on how those prospects fare in pre-draft workouts. “That is when I get a real good feel if they can play,” Scott said before the Lakers-Clippers game on Tuesday in a designated road contest at Staples Center. “You have a chance to really see if they know how to play basketball.”Scott sometimes experienced that the hard way when he coached the former New Jersey Nets (2000-2004), the former New Orleans Hornets (2004-09) and the Cleveland Cavaliers (2010-13). Scott, who played 11 of his 14 NBA seasons with the Lakers, still felt conditioned enough to participate in two-on-two and three-on-three pre-draft workout drills in New Jersey and New Orleans. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Sea Bright Voters To Consider Bond Referendum

first_imgThe total bonded amount to be repaid through taxes will be $4,275,000 according to the statement.Another explanatory draft statement was suggested by borough resident Marianne McKenzie which gave a fuller description of the new buildings that would be paid for by the bonds.At the July 26 meeting, Borough Administrator Joseph Verruni asked council members to submit their comments and suggestions for an explanatory statement by Thursday so one could be drawn up to be voted on at the Aug. 2 meeting.The referendum on the bond issues was required after a petition signed by 87 residents (of which 69 were qualified), was filed, according to Borough Clerk Christina Pfeiffer.She said the law states when a petition is signed by more than 15 percent of the voters in the last election in which members of the State Assembly are on the ballot, it qualifies. Pfeiffer said that number was 47.In a previous meeting, Councilman Brian Kelly said the bonds, after factoring in fees for a new metered parking system in the town and the stopping of rent payments for facilities that were paid to replace the lost buildings would raise taxpayer costs by around 2 cents per $100 of valuation.Borough official Frank Lawrence said Wednesday that the town now pays around $150,000 a year in rentals for facilities that replace the ones lost in Sandy.Lamnia, in speaking to the people who signed the referendum petition, found they were not against the replacement of the facilities but wanted them to be less costly than proposed. Lamnia said after the July 26 meeting “let the people speak.” He said he thought the added expenses in the plans for the new buildings were “not warranted.”Mayor Dina Long said after the meeting that there would be a public Town Hall presentation on the bonds at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Aug. 23, and a drop-in information session from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 27, at which time questions about the bonds can be answered by council members and members of the borough staff. Another drop-in session will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 7. Story and photo by Liz SheehanSEA BRIGHT – The plans drawn up after years of working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to finance the two buildings that will be replacements of the fire house, police headquarters and library, which were destroyed by Super Storm Sandy almost four years ago, and for the existing Borough Hall will be the subject of a referendum on Sept. 27.The Borough Council will consider at its Aug. 2 meeting what explanatory statement will appear on the ballot for the September bond referendum vote that will determine the fate of the three bond issues approved by the town to finance the construction of the two buildings.At its June 1 meeting, the council, in a 4-2 vote approved the bond issues, with councilmen Jack Keeler and John Lamia Jr., voting against them. Both said they were concerned with the costs and wanted less costly alternatives considered.According to a draft explanatory statement prepared by Borough Attorney Roger McLaughlin, distributed at a special meeting of the council on July 26, the total costs of the Municipal Center, which would contain municipal offices and the fire and police departments and First Aid offices, will be $7,851,721 with the Federal Emergency Management Agency funding $3,058,335 and insurance payments funding $1,032,742, with $3,942,500 to be bonded.The cost of the library and beach building is $4,875,248, the statement said, with FEMA providing $845,733 towards the library and $1,486,733 towards the beach portion of the building, and insurance payments and beach fees $813,609 to the beach section of the building and insurance payments $166,071 to the library section.The bonded amount for the library portion of the building will be $332,500 and for the beach portion, $1,486,750, with the beach amount having no effect on taxes as it will be paid by beach fees, the statement said.last_img read more

Fruitvale’s Ella Matteucci, Clarkson capture NCAA Women’s Hockey championship

first_imgEllla Matteucci has put Fruitvale on the NCAA women’s hockey map. The former Kootenay Wildcat rearguard helped Clarkson end Minnesota’s two-year run as NCAA women’s hockey champions as the Golden Knights posted the 5-4 upset in the final of the Frozen Four Sunday in Connecticut.Shannon MacAulay, from Mount Herbert, P.E.I., scored on a breakaway with 4:16 left in the third to help give Clarkson a surprise win.Clarkson (31-5-5) earned its first national title in any sport and became the first non-Western Collegiate Hockey Association team to win a women’s hockey national championship. Minnesota, Wisconsin and Minnesota Duluth combined to win the first 13 national titles.Minnesota (38-2-1) fell behind 3-1, rallied to tie the game at 3-3, but again fell behind by two goals at 5-3 late in the third period before narrowing the gap to one.The Golden Knights defeated Mercyhurst 5-1 in Friday’s semifinal game.Matteucci, the daughter of Melissa and Paul Matteucci of Fruitvale, completed her junior year with the Golden Knights working on a history degree.The 5’7″ rearguard is a versatile skater who has played forward and defence for the Golden Knights and has four assists in three seasons with Clarkson. Before landing a scholarship with Clarkson Matteucci, an outstanding baseball player, played for Notre Dame Hounds.last_img read more

How To Direct Like Steven Spielberg

first_imgPick up some directing tips from Hollywood legend Steven Spielberg, in these fascinating film commentaries.If you want to learn more about the craft of filmmaking and directing you can do little worse than to learn from the best. In a previous post I highlighted some excellent resources (like the video essay above) on director Steven Spielberg’s filmmaking style and instincts.Following up on that post, check out documentary (Filmumentary?) filmmaker and Spielberg super-fan, Jamie Benning, who has meticulously crafted these feature length fan-documentary-commentary-films for both Jaws and Raiders of The Lost Ark – two of Spielberg’s most popular and entertaining films. Watching these is both a lesson in how to craft a superior film commentary (if you ever get to record one yourself – take note!) but also a fantastic lesson in the directorial style and instincts of Spielberg himself.Filmmaking is team sport and it’s these kind of windows into the behind the scenes insights that reveal just how and when a director stamps his imprint on a film. Highly entertaining and informative viewing!Inside Jaws: A Filmuentary by Jamie BenningRaiding The Lost Ark: A Filmumentary by Jamie BenningIf you like Jamie’s work then you can check out the other filmumentary currently available – Star Wars Begins: The Complete Filmumentary on his site. If you really enjoy the films, consider donating to the charity Ambitious About Autism, to whom Jamie is generously giving any income to.last_img read more

Flat feet

first_imgDefinitionFlat feet (pes planus) refers to a change in foot shapein which the foot does not have a normal arch when standing.Alternative NamesPes planovalgus; Fallen arches; Pronation of feet; Pes planusCauses, incidence, and risk factorsFlat feet are a common condition. The condition is normal ininfants and toddlers.Flat feet occur because the tissues holding the joints in the foot together (called tendons) are loose.The tissues tighten and form an arch as children grow older. This will take placeby the time the child is 2 or 3 years old. Most people have normal arches by the time they are adults. However, the arch may never form in some people.Aging, injuries, or illness may harm the tendons and cause flat feet to develop in a person who has already formed arches. This type of flat foot may occur only on one side.Rarely, painful flat feet in children may be caused by a condition in which two or more of the bones in the foot grow or fuse together. This condition is called tarsal coalition.SymptomsMost flat feet do not cause pain or other problems.Children may havefoot pain, ankle pain, or lower leg pain. They should be evaluated by a health care provider if this occurs.Symptoms in adults may include tired or achy feet after long periods of standing or playing sports.Signs and testsIn people with flat feet, the instep of the foot comes in contact with the ground whenstanding.To diagnose the problem, the health care provider will ask you to stand on your toes. If an arch forms,the flat foot is called flexible. You will not need any more tests or treatment.advertisementIf the arch does not form with toe-standing (called rigid flat feet), or if there is pain, other tests may be needed, including:CT scan to look at the bones in the footMRI scan to look at the tendons in the footX-ray of the footTreatmentFlat feet in a child do not need treatment if they are not causing pain or walking problems.Your childs feet will grow and develop the same, whether special shoes, shoe inserts, heel cups, or wedges are used.Your child may walk barefoot, run or jump, or do any other activity without making the flat feet worse.In older children and adults, flexible flat feet that do not cause pain or walking problems do not need further treatment.If you have pain due to flexible flat feet, the following may help:An arch-support (orthotic) that you put in your shoe. You can buy this at the store or have it custom-made.Special shoesRigid or painful flat feet need to be checkedby a health care provider. The treatment depends on the cause of the flat feet.For tarsal coalition, treatment starts with rest and possibly a cast. Surgery may be needed if pain does not improve.In more severe cases, surgery may be needed to:Clean or repair the tendonFusejoints in the foot into a corrected positionFlat feet in older adults can be treated with pain relievers, orthotics, and sometimes surgery.Expectations (prognosis)Most cases of flat feet are painless and do not cause any problems. They will notneed treatment.Some causes of painful flat feet can be treated without surgery. If other treatments do not work,surgery may be needed to relieve painin some cases.Surgery oftenimproves pain and foot functionfor people who need it.ComplicationsPossible problems after surgery include:Failure of the fused bones to healFoot deformity that does not go awayInfectionLoss of ankle movementPain that does not go awayCalling your health care providerCall your health care provider if you experience persistent pain in your feet or your child complains of foot pain or lower leg pain.PreventionMost cases are not preventable.ReferencesHosalkar HS, Spiegel DA, Davidson RS. The foot and toes. In: Kliegman RM, Behrman RE, Jenson HB, Stanton BF, eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 19th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap. 666.Wexler D, Kile TZ, Grosser DM. Posterior tibial tendon dysfunction. In: Frontera WR, Silver JK, eds. Essentials of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2nd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2008:chap. 87.Review Date:1/17/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.last_img read more

Bright object may have fazed Bellshill in Irish Grand National, says Willie Mullins

first_imgA rueful Willie Mullins is working on a theory Bellshill was distracted by something bright in his line of vision when he made his mad leftwards plunge that threw the finish of Monday’s Irish Grand National into disarray.The consensus in the immediate aftermath was the horse’s wayward path was the result of fatigue but Mullins does not accept that explanation, having talked it over with Bellshill’s jockey, David Mullins. Share on Messenger Support The Guardian Read more Quick guide Horse racing tips for Wednesday 4 April Lingfield 1.40 Ertidaad 2.10 Mime Dance 2.45 Flavius Titus 3.15 Faay 3.45 Newstead Abbey 4.15 Sweet Symphony 4.45 Interlink (nb) 5.15 Night Story Southwell 1.50 Archie Stevens 2.25 Lord Oberon 2.55 Monks Stand 3.25 Monsieur Jimmy 3.55 Moltoir 4.25 Gleaming Sun 4.55 African Trader (nap) Kempton 5.45 Swift Fox 6.15 Vice Marshal 6.45 Mordin 7.15 Chess Move 7.45 Stosur 8.15 Exceeding Power 8.45 Wally’s Wisdom 9.15 Iley Boy Catterick abandoned  Hide Share on WhatsApp Thank you for your feedback. Was this helpful? Share on Pinterest Since you’re here… Reuse this content “No, he wasn’t emptying at all,” the trainer said. “David said he had plenty of running left in him. Whether something caught his eye or what, I don’t know.“I’ve got to have a look at the tapes but someone said there might have been a photographer’s coat or a hi-vis jacket might have taken his eye off the fence. David said there was plenty in the horse because he was brought to a standstill and then ran on again.”Bellshill moved like the best horse for most of the race and was trading online at odds of about 1-3 as he approached the final fence. However, instead of producing the straightforward leap that would have all but ensured victory, he slowed and hung to his left before clambering over, losing ground and momentum. He was beaten by only one length. … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you.center_img Horse racing Share via Email news Willie Mullins Share on LinkedIn General Principle gives Gordon Elliott his first Irish Grand National victory Grand National Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Mullins said he will not race Bellshill in the Grand National at Aintree a week on Saturday but will instead rely on Total Recall, Pleasant Company and Children’s List. He does not plan to run his other entrants, Rathvinden and Acapella Bourgeois.He will also bring his Arkle winner, Footpad, over for a novice chase at Aintree’s three-day meeting, while Yorkhill may be tried in the Aintree Hurdle. Mullins does not expect to run much at Aintree beyond those, having his eyes trained on targets closer to home. Pairofbrowneyes, an early faller in the Irish National, is expected to skip next week’s Topham Chase in favour of a race at Punchestown later in the month.Mullins is in great danger of losing the title of reigning champion trainer, since Gordon Elliott leads him by €500,000 with less than a month left in the season. “We’re up against it but still we keep going for the time being,” Mullins said. “There’s a lot of prize money to come, a big festival at Punchestown. Who knows what’ll happen.” Topics Horse racing tips Show last_img read more

10 months agoTottenham fullback Walker-Peters: I’ll be stronger for Barcelona performance

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham fullback Walker-Peters: I’ll be stronger for Barcelona performanceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham fullback Kyle Walker-Peters says he’ll be stronger for a tough Champions League draw at Barcelona.He was robbed of possession inside the opening 10 minutes by Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele, who raced clear and scored.He later picked up a booking and then was sacrificed in the second half as Spurs chased an equaliser that ultimately secured a last-16 tie against Borussia Dortmund.”I learnt a lot about myself,” Walker-Peters said. “Two seconds after making the mistake, I was thinking, ‘You know, make sure you don’t die on the pitch!'”But I think I went on to actually play quite well. I think I’ve got a good amount of mental toughness, to be able to do that. But again, it’s all a learning curve for me.”Especially coming in the Champions League, in a stadium like that against such a good team. To be able to look past that… also with the help of my team-mates straight away.”Danny Rose came straight over to me and said, “Keep going”. Harry Kane as well, he said a few things to me. As we went to take the kick-off he just said, ‘Keep going. There’s plenty of time’.”That gave me confidence and that’s why I went on to play quite well.”It’s always going to happen once in your career. Now it’s happened I feel like I know how to deal with it. If it ever happens again – touch wood it doesn’t – I’ll know how to respond.” last_img read more

17 days agoBig Sam: Man Utd could be RELEGATED

first_imgBig Sam: Man Utd could be RELEGATEDby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer England boss Sam Allardyce says Manchester United could be RELEGATED this season.The former Bolton, Newcastle and England manager cited United’s side in 1974 that, against all expectations, went down to the second tier. With Solskjaer overseeing the club’s worst start in 30 years, Allardyce has used the side from 45 years ago as a warning to the current crop that they are not too good to be relegated. He told talkSPORT: “It isn’t beyond the realms of possibility that they could catastrophically fall into more problems if confidence goes and injuries stay like they are.”Players tend not to get as fit as quick as they would do when things are going well, that’s an absolute fact. There’s the disturbance of [Paul] Pogba wanting away and who will pop up next saying, ‘I see this going the wrong way, I want to leave?'”Manchester United do not have enough goals and you can see it becoming a struggle. Hopefully it’s not a struggle down the bottom end, but they’re certainly heading that way.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Randy Jackson Attends Event At Bally Store To Support Delete Blood Cancer

first_imgSwiss luxury brand Bally continued its on-going partnership with charity Delete Blood Cancer DKMS, with an event to celebrate the brand’s recently opened Beverly Hills flagship store.Randy Jackson attends Bally eventThe exclusive evening was held at the Bally Flagship Store at Rodeo Drive on Tuesday 17th May 2016 from 6PM to 8:30pm. Hosted by Grammy-award winning record producer Randy Jackson, DKMS co-founder Katharina Harf and Bally Americas CEO Claudia Cividino, the exclusive cocktail evening featured a special performance from Grammy nominated recording artist Jazmine Sullivan.To mark this collaboration Bally designed a limited edition red leather envelope, in calf leather and water snake skin, priced at $350 and $850 respectively. The envelopes were available to purchase at the exclusive event, with all proceeds going to Delete Blood Cancer DKMS. 20% of all other sales from the evening were also donated to the cause.last_img read more

Kushners buying 4th New Jersey property in taxbreak zone

first_imgNEW YORK — Jared Kushner’s family company plans to buy another property in a New Jersey beach town where developers can get big tax breaks thanks to a new federal program pushed by Kushner and his wife, Ivanka Trump.Long Branch Business Administrator George Jackson says Kushner Cos. is negotiating to buy in the Lower Broadway section of Long Branch, New Jersey. The property is in one of thousands of Opportunity Zones that the federal government approved earlier this year offering tax breaks to entice investment in high poverty areas.It would be the fourth Kushner purchase in an Opportunity Zone in Long Branch since the program was included in last year’s tax overhaul law. Ethics expert say Kushner’s push for the program in Washington raises conflicts of interest issues.Bernard Condon, The Associated Presslast_img read more