Kawhi Leonard says he is ready to go after quadriceps injury

first_imgSharing a podium with Raptors president Masai Ujiri, who pulled the trigger on the trade that included acquiring forward Danny Green and losing DeMar DeRozan, Leonard addressed the biggest question about him: His health.“Right now I’m feeling great, ready to play basketball.” Leonard said. “Throughout the summer I worked on my body. Took it step-by-step, just getting fully healthy, getting ready to make this extra step this season.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe usually reserved Leonard also attempted to offer the crowded a room a little insight about himself.“I’m a fun guy,” Leonard said. “Obviously, I love the game of basketball. I mean, there’s just more questions you have to ask in order for me to tell you about myself. I just can’t give you the whole spiel. I don’t even know where you’re sitting.” Even after he located the reporters, Leonard was characteristically brief but managed to make his feelings clear, starting with his reaction to the July 18 trade that ended a sometimes fractious seven-year relationship with the Spurs and sent him to Toronto.“Excited,” Leonard said. “I’m coming to a great city that loves basketball, a great organization and I’m happy Danny was coming with me as well.”A free agent next summer, Leonard said he arrived in Toronto “with an open mind,” but wasn’t ready to talk about what that means long-term.“My focus is on this year, this group that we have, and us striving to get to a championship,” he said. “We all want to win, and if you’re looking into the future, you’re going to trip over the present.”To land Leonard, Toronto gave up DeRozan, a team icon and four-time All-Star. San Antonio also got center Jakob Poeltl and a 2019 protected first-round draft pick.ADVERTISEMENT Toronto Raptors NBA basketball team player Kawhi Leonard is photographed during media day in Toronto, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO  — Kawhi Leonard spoke publicly in his first appearance as a Toronto Raptor and said he is physically ready to play.Leonard joined the Raptors in a summertime blockbuster trade with the San Antonio Spurs. How long he stays in Toronto is unclear but the former NBA Finals MVP and two-time defensive player of the year who was limited to nine games last season because of a right quadriceps injury insists he is ready to go as the team gets ready for training camp in Vancouver, British Columbia.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Familiar issues, but no panic for Patriots after 1-2 start Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crowncenter_img View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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The rookie head coach said Leonard’s diverse skill set will help bolster a “versatile” Raptors roster.“He can guard smalls and bigs and he can score in and out,” Nurse said. “That’s really cool.”The architect of the offensive overhaul that saw Toronto dramatically increase its 3-point shooting last season, Nurse suggested there may be more to come this season thanks to the addition of Leonard and Green.“We could,” Nurse said. “On paper, our team has gotten better from behind the line. We’ll see how that all plays out.”One player who might take more 3-pointers is holdover point guard and four-time All-Star Kyle Lowry, DeRozan’s close friend. Lowry, who had also not spoken publicly since the trade, disputed the notion he was miffed at Ujiri’s move.“I’m here to do my job,” Lowry said. “One thing about me is I’ve always been prepared to come in, work, and try to win a championship. My mindset never changes: Come to work for the Toronto Raptors, try to win a gold ball.”With Leonard along for the ride this season, that goal might be within reach for the Raptors.“It’s going to be fun, man,” Lowry said. “An opportunity like this, you’ve got to take advantage of it.” Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlelast_img read more

Enerplex to celebrate official opening

first_imgThe Enerplex will be having its grand opening next Wednesday, complete with a statue unveiling and a ribbon cutting ceremony.The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will also include the local band ‘Folky Strum Strum’ playing in the lobby, Janet Prestley, director of legislative and administrative services, told Issues and Answers, Wednesday.- Advertisement -Prestley says there will also be a procession of minor hockey athletes, carrying signs about what sport means to them, onto the ice surface.The City has also announced that it will unveil the organization that has received the naming right for the complex.Residents will also be able to see a video outlining the entire construction of the Enerplex, along with various speeches by various dignitaries.The event will culminate with a fireworks display taking place at the Toboggan Hill.Advertisementlast_img read more

Rosses CDP announce upcoming courses

first_imgAre you unemployed, aged 16-25 and don’t know how to move forward, this is the course for you – Exploring Options Level 2. This course is designed to support adults to find their starting point in Adult Education and Employment. If you are interested, please contact us on 0749561686. This course is free of charge.The following classes will commence in the Rosses CDP shortly –Decoupage – Date to be confirmedTin Whistle Classes for Children (7-8) and Adults (8-9) will commence on Monday 12th September. Cost: €20Art Classes will commence on Wednesday 14th September at 8 p.m. Cost: €40Quilting – Date to be confirmedFlower Arranging – Date to be confirmedConversational Irish Classes – Loughanure – Every Monday night commencing in September.Each course will run for a duration of 6 weeks. Fee must be paid on bookingUpcycling Workshop – Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: €60 to be paid before 7th September.Contact us on 074 9561686 / 0879615775 Befriending Service: Rosses CDP run a befriending service for people over 60 who live alone. We have trained volunteers who visit for a chat and a cuppa for one hour a week. Contact us if you would like a visit or know of someone who would benefit from this service. For more information contact the Rosses CDP Chapel Rd Dungloe for more information Tel 074 95 61686 or mobile 087 9615775.Fibromyalgia Support Group: A meeting will be held to discuss the setting up of a support group for people suffering from Fibromyalgia. This Wednesday 7th September at 7pm in the Rosses CDP Building Chapel Rd Dungloe. Miffy Hoad will be facilitating this session. All welcomeRosses CDP : Do you want to be involved In your community? If yes why not join our team of volunteers at Siopa Pobal na Rossan. Give four hours a week Gain retail experience. Gives you an opportunity to interact with the community., Proceeds from shop go back to the community . If you would like to join us call at the Rosses CDP offices 10am to 4pm or phone 074 95 61686 or mobile 087 9615775Rosses CDP announce upcoming courses was last modified: September 5th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:cdpcoursesNotesrosseslast_img read more