Best of the NBA’s West: LeBron’s Lakers, Kawhi’s Clippers … and what about Steph’s Warriors?

first_imgThe NBA’s Western Conference contains an otherworldly concoction of star players, fundamentally-sound teams sprinkled with a crop of potential generational talents.How the teams match up and how high the individual players ascend will be must-watch TV.With so many legit contenders, ranking teams individually seems futile. So instead we offer up a handy dandy Western Conference tier system:Elite teams, potential injury woeLos Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers ‘What’s in the brief, Willie Cauley-Stein?’ New Warrior out to prove he’s all business Why the Warriors want to keep Damion Lee beyond this season Kerr promises Smailagic ‘will 100%’ leave Santa Cruz for Warriors this year Warriors resemble team of old, Kevon Looney isn’t ready, and other thoughts from loss to Trail Blazers Steph Curry attends Kanye West’s Sunday Service As we’ve witnessed through LA Groundhog Day, this might not be a great year for the continued rekindling of a Bay/LA rivalry.The Clippers, just last year a playoff darling after barely getting in, are favored to claim the Larry O’ Brien Trophy in 2020. FiveThirtyEight.com projects the Clippers to go 52-30 with a 90 percent chance of making the playoffs, a 24 percent chance of making the Finals with a 16 percent chance of winning it all.Kawhi Leonard and Paul George — two of the best players in the game — join an already strong playoff team that features Lou Williams, Montrezl Harrell and Patrick Beverly.The Swipe ➡️ The Slam@patbev21 ➡️ @MONSTATREZZ pic.twitter.com/TtgPPYkyJS— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) October 13, 2019 But health is already a major question.George had surgeries on both of his shoulders and is projected to miss at least the first 10 games of the season. Fear of re-aggravating a quadriceps injury incurred during his final year with the Spurs could put Leonard into frequent load management zone for the second year in a row.Related Articles The Clippers at least have the right kind of depth behind the two new, big-name hires to keep this team well within the hunt throughout a treacherous regular season.Depth behind its stars differentiates the Clippers from its arena-mate Lakers. The Warriors got to know LA’s killer LeBron James/Anthony Davis pick n’ roll all too well in the three preseason matchups they partook in.The Lakers are slightly lacking in impactful perimeter players, but that shouldn’t be too much of an issue if James and Davis stay healthy. That tandem can put away games in three quarters, which might be key.Keep your eye on Draymond Green here. Draymond claps his hands in frustration even before AD passes the ball to McGee. The play is over then. Without help defense, AD is scoring. With the help, Bradley and McGee are both wide open. The LeBron-Davis pick-and-roll will be lethal. pic.twitter.com/gJZ5vmILfT— Kevin O’Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) October 17, 2019If the injury bug bites the stars, the Lakers could be in a bit of trouble. FiveThirthyEight.com projects the Lakers to win 47 games with a 7 percent chance of making the finals and 4 percent chance of winning it all.Complete teams light on star powerDenver Nuggets, Utah JazzThe Jazz and Nuggets might be under-the-radar picks for deep playoff runs. Both are complete teams.Utah’s dynamic Donovan Mitchell may find it easier to fulfill his potential next to newly acquired veteran Mike Conley. Along with Bojan Bogdanovic, Rudy Gobert’s elite rim protection and Joe Ingles, the Jazz could be a low-key powerhouse. ESPN’s Zach Lowe projects the Jazz to be legitimate title contenders.But, without the proven difference-maker, can it all add up to a deep playoff run? The Jazz are projected to win 51 games with a 5 percent chance of making the Finals, 3 percent chance of winning it.The Nuggets may be more equipped for a Finals run. Nikola Jokic is a throwback type of star that pioneers an offense trend pre-Warriors revolution. and Jamal Murray is one step closer to being the type of difference-maker Denver will need against the big boys.FiveThirtyEight.com projects the Nuggets to win 53 games, one more than the Clippers, with a 9 percent chance of making the Finals and 6 percent chance of winning it all. Lowe is predicting the Nuggets earn the No 1 seed.Can these upstarts get their games to a Finals-worthy level?Much to like, but noticeable gapsHouston Rockets, Golden State Warriors, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio SpursThe Rockets are projected to be a regular-season force. The team possesses an analytical edge — in other words, the most prolific scorer in the game, James Harden.Add Russell Westbrook’s uncanny athleticism and this team could be scary; FiveThirthyEight.com has them with the No. 1 overall seed, winning 57 games with a 36 percent chance of making the finals and 26 percent chance of winning it all. Lowe puts them among the top title contenders, saying that swapping Westbrook for Chris Paul makes them essentially the same type of team as their 2018-19 playoff-caliber one.Can the Rockets’ system translate into the playoffs this year? Can Harden’s slow pace match up well with Westbrook’s zip in transition?The Warriors are in strange territory, retooling suddenly after a dynastic run. Not two seasons ago, Golden State was fielding perhaps the greatest team of all time — that 2017 team was straight-up unstoppable.It’ll be hard to move on from that high, but here we are. Luckily, key elements are still present. Steph Curry is the most impactful player in the NBA. Draymond Green can still be the most impactful defender and playmaker, too.D’Angelo Russell is proving to be a strong ball-handler, good passer and nifty scorer — he can take loads of pressure off Curry. His strengths depend on dribble-heavy possessions, so it’ll be interesting to see how he functions within the Warriors’ quick, off-ball offense.rang3⃣ pic.twitter.com/dFeGZE2vw5— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) October 17, 2019But the Warriors lack depth beyond their star power. With Klay Thompson out until at least the All-Star break with a torn ACL, this gap runs deep. We have yet to see how the team works together with a full arsenal of legitimate centers, too.Despite the depleted firepower, the Warriors could still use the Steph factor and a winning culture to their advantage while waiting to see if a healthy Thompson returns in the nick of time. But many experts like Lowe aren’t sold: He believes it’s a pick-em whether the Warriors or Spurs miss the playoffs. “Multiple team executives have told me these Warriors are one of the most volatile teams they can recall. They could miss the playoffs or win the championship.”FiveThirtyEight.com is a bit more optimistic and has them winning 48 games with an 11 percent chance of making the Finals, a 7 percent chance of winning it all.The Spurs remain the league’s cultural bellwether. A Hall of Fame coach, strong player development and steadfast dedication to the merits of a good ol’ mid-range shot. They have DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge along with young talents like Dejounte Murray and Derrick White that could keep them relevant and give the heavyweights a challenge.Dejounte Murray clamps James Harden and then blows past him on the next play 🔥 pic.twitter.com/b3TNnGxOhR— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) October 17, 2019But is culture enough without major star power? Can they keep up without shooting the 3 as much?FiveThirtyEight.com has the Spurs winning 37 games.Like the three teams above, the Blazers have a strong culture led by Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum — a backcourt that can potentially lead the Blazers back to the playoffs with a new cast in Kent Bazemore, Rodney Hood and Hassan Whiteside adding length beside them.But will lack of defense — especially on the perimeter — catch up to them again?FiveThirtyEight.com has the Blazers winning 41 games, which wasn’t enough a year ago (the Clippers totaled 42 wins as the 10th seed).Young talents on the rise Sacramento Kings, Dallas Mavericks, New Orleans PelicansAll three teams have young players worth watching. And put any of these teams in the East and they’re all firmly in the playoff mix.But they’re in the West, so they’re just trying to figure out how to develop their future stars and build a winning culture.Zion Williamson 🔥26 PTS (9-12 FG, 1-1 3PT)Over the last 2 games: 55 PTS in 50 MINS21-25 FG (84%) pic.twitter.com/4lFiVUWviB— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) October 12, 2019De’Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield, Marvin Bagley III, Bogdan Bogdanovic and Harry Giles make the Kings a fun group to watch.Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis make the Mavs entertaining.The Zion Williamson and Lonzo Ball tandem should be must-watch television if Williamson can stay healthy (he sat out the Pelicans’ last preseason game with an injured knee).The rebuilders, retoolersMemphis Grizzlies, Oklahoma City Thunder, Phoenix Suns, Minnesota Timberwolves.You’ll watch these teams for the sneaky potential that lurks. The Grizzlies have spry and swift Ja Morant, their second overall pick in 2019’s NBA draft.Ja Morant getting fancy with the handles 😮 pic.twitter.com/kYKHl14mtW— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 15, 2019Suns guard Devin Booker still remains an elite shooter in a ‘meh’ organization.And the Thunder’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander — acquired in the Clippers’ trade to the Thunder for George — is a young talent to watch.The Timberwolves have arguably the most talented big in the NBA in Karl-Anthony Towns.last_img read more

Busy day in SA for US First lady

first_img21 June 2011It’s going to be a busy week for US First Lady Michelle Obama, who is on her first official visit to South Africa.Obama, who landed at Waterkloof Air Force Base in Pretoria on Monday night, started her day on Tuesday by visiting President Jacob Zuma’s second wife, Nompumelelo Ntuli Zuma, at the President’s official residence in Pretoria.She then proceeded to Johannesburg, where she visited to the Nelson Mandela Foundation. There she toured the Nobel Peace laureate’s archives with Mandela’s wife, former Mozambican first lady Graca Machel.It was unclear whether the first lady would meet the 92-year-old icon, who is in frail health and has been under home medical care since he was hospitalised with a respiratory infection in January.Later in the afternoon Obama, who is travelling with her daughters Malia and Sasha and her mother Marian, was due to make a stop at the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, which chronicles the history of the fight against white minority rule.Obama has a packed schedule that includes a trip to the memorial for Hector Pieterson in Soweto on Wednesday.She will also give a keynote address at a conference of the Young African Women Leaders Forum, a two-day meeting of 75 women aged 16 to 30 who are playing leadership roles across the continent.She will then jet off to Cape Town on Thursday, where she will meet with Nobel Peace laureate Desmond Tutu before leaving for Botswana on Saturday.The White House says the First Lady’s visit will advance her husband’s foreign policy goals.The trip is a continuation of Michelle Obama’s work in engaging young people, especially girls and young women, at home and abroad.“This visit to two critical countries will underscore that the United States has an important stake in the success of Africa’s many nations and underscore the historic connections between the American people and those who live on the African continent,” the US embassy in South Africa said in a statement last week.“South Africa is a vital global partner for the United States, as political leader and economic engine on the continent, and a historic example of democratic transition in Africa and around the world.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

E.A.R.T.H. Workshop teaching teachers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Seneca Conservation District is happy to partner with Crawford and Marion Soil and Water Conservation District’s to host the 19th annual E.A.R.T.H. Workshop at New Riegel School on June 23 and 24. Any teacher, formal or informal, preschool to high school grade level, from anywhere in Ohio is welcome to attend.Featuring sessions, field trips, resources and classroom ready activities, our workshop’s theme will be the traditional fable of The Town Mouse and The Country Mouse. The conflicts, choices and conservation efforts of town and country people are nothing new and the speakers will give attending teachers plenty of background, lessons and alternative applications for helping students explore, understand and ultimately decide which mouse they relate to best. As students learn the Ohio’s Next Generation Science Standards, we also strive to equip them with real world applications and life skills that will make them responsible and respectable adult conservationists — much like the two mice in the fable.The workshop is divided into two days. Country Mouse Day — Tuesday, June 23 — will offer sessions from the Ohio Corn Marketing Association, Crawford SWCD, Geological Society of America, and Kelly Schott. Field Trips will explore new ethanol and energy curriculum and area farms (with an underground twist) to learn and understand soil health with farmers and geology tour guides. During Town Mouse Day — Wednesday, June 24 — session speakers will cover scientific inquiry with a live animal session from the Toledo Zoo,  the Sandusky River Valley Beekeeper’s Association,  a STEM session with Bob Horton and the Toledo water crisis from Harmful Algal Bloom. Field trips will take you to the town of Tiffin to visit the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center or the town of Fostoria to visit downtown to learn about the trains, museums & how to photograph it all.Complete session and field trip descriptions are available at www.conservesenecacounty.com. Registration brochure and form are also available there or by calling the office at (419)447-7073. Early bird registration is only $55, if received by May 29. Payment must be in the form of check or purchase order and should accompany the registration form in the mail. Registrations will be accepted until June 12, at the regular rate of $65 per person. Light breakfast, snacks and lunch, as well as field trip transportation, materials and T-shirt are included in the registration cost.Graduate credit is available through Ashland University for an additional $200, to be collected at the workshop. Additional questions and workshop inquiries can be sent to bdiesch@conservesenecacounty.com.last_img read more

800 resume yatra day after Chamoli landslip

first_imgOf the around 2,000 pilgrims on the Char Dham yatra in Uttarakhand, who were stranded after a landslip in Chamoli district, 800 have resumed their onward journey and work is on to clear the debris, officials said on Saturday.The Rishikesh-Badrinath National Highway was closed near Vishnuprayag, one of the five important points of the Alaknanda river, between Joshimath and the hill shrine of Badrinath.Huge boulders had rolled down the Hathi Pahar mountain on Friday afternoon, blocking the highway.CM’s directiveChief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has directed the Secretary of the Disaster Management Department, Amit Negi, to monitor the situation.‘Arrangements in place’“There were no unfortunate incidents, 1,800 tourists were affected and arrangements were made for them. The Border Roads Organisation and other authorities are working on clearing the debris and the route will be opened today; all the suitable arrangements are in place,” Mr. Rawat tweeted.He said, “Information of landslides was shared with various towns along the route.”Chamoli District Magistrate Ashish Joshi dismissed reports that around 15,000 people were stranded. “Only 2,000 people have been affected,” he said.last_img read more

WATCH: Kobe Bryant recites retirement poem with composer John Williams

first_imgLATEST STORIES View comments His short but sweet recital was met with a standing ovation from the pleased audience.Meanwhile, the 39-year-old Bryant expressed his delight upon performing and sharing the stage with one of music’s most recognizable names.“Never thought I’d be on stage w/ the great JOHN WILLIAMS @HollywoodBowl to perform the #DearBasketball animated short. Thank u LA #mindblown,” he wrote. Never thought I’d be on stage w/ the great JOHN WILLIAMS @HollywoodBowl to perform the #DearBasketball animated short. Thank u LA #mindblown pic.twitter.com/NryTKovJuU— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) September 2, 2017ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters MOST READ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Aside from being one of the most spectacular basketball players to ever lace up a pair of sneakers, Kobe Bryant is a man of many talents.ADVERTISEMENT Since his retirement from the game last year, fans have learned more about his many hidden passions aside from putting the ball in a hoop—including his gift for poetry.The Los Angeles Lakers legend recited his ”Dear Basketball” poem, alongside legendary conductor John Williams and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl over the weekend.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe one-time league MVP penned the heartfelt piece on The Player’s Tribune in 2015-2016 season, to announce that he’ll be walking away from the sport.Bryant’s emotional words echoed throughout the packed hall, as an animated short of his storied career played on a big screen overlooking the stage. Lyceum stays unbeaten, cruises to 10th straight win Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Williams, meanwhile, is responsible for a slew of the most popular music in cinema history, including music for classics like “Jaws”, “Jurassic Park,” “E.T. the Extra-Terrestial” and the iconic “Imperial March” from the “Star Wars” franchise. /raRELATED STORY:Nike responds to Kobe Bryant’s letter to game of basketball Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

Minister Hanna Urges Children to Report Abuse and Neglect

first_img Contact:         Huntley Medley (Advisor/Consultant) Email:              huntleymedley@gmail.com Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna is encouraging children to report cases of abuse and neglect, reminding that neglect is also classified as a form of child abuse. “If you have a parent or guardian who is neglecting you, they can be reported because at this stage of your life, your physical and emotional well-being is important and the only way you are going to feel good about yourself is if you get care, reassurance, motivation, love,” the youth Minister told scores of students from schools in Kingston and St. Andrew on Friday, (November 2). The occasion was a youth forum held at the St. Andrew Parish Church Hall in Kingston as part of Youth Month activities and was organised by the National Child Month Committee. The Minister also encouraged the youth to speak up on the matter of sexual abuse, reminding them that no one has the right to touch them inappropriately. “You have a responsibility to yourself to report such acts where they happen. You are to respect yourselves and report it if anybody does anything to you that you find harmful whether emotionally, sexually or physically,” she said. Ms. Hanna also encouraged the children not to participate in underage sexual activities, informing that “by law and good moral values persons under the age of 16 are not allowed to have sex”. She said that even where young persons are older than 16 nobody – man or woman, has the right to force themselves on them inappropriately. Minister Hanna told the youth that sex can and should wait until they are physically, mentally, socially and financially ready, encouraging them to remain focused on their education and on their dreams and aspirations. Persons may report incidences of abuse to the Office of the Children’s Registry, an agency of the Ministry of Youth and Culture by calling the toll free number 1-888-PROTECT (1-888-776-8328) or by calling 908-2132/ 822-7031(LIME) or 878-2882 (Digicel) between the hours 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. Reports can also be made by visiting the offices of the Children’s Registry at 12 Carlton Crescent, Kingston 10 or by faxing the report to 908-0246 or emailing at reports@ocr.gov.jm Under the Child Care and Protection Act (2004), it is an offence to fail to report known or suspected situations of child abuse to the Children’s Registry. The penalty for such an offence is imprisonment for up to six months, a fine of $500,000, or both. While addressing the youth forum, which provided an avenue for children to voice their views on issues that affect them, Minister Hanna reminded the youth to become active members of their communities as volunteers. “You are never too young to do community work, and you are never too young to work on behalf of other young people,” she noted. The forum was held under theme: ‘Jamaica 50: Let’s Celebrate Our Children,’ and included presentations from students of Wolmer’s Girls and Penwood High Schools on the topic: ‘Care and Protection for our Children during the Past 50 years’, while students of St. George’s College and Ardenne High School spoke on the topic, ‘Recognition and Celebration of the Achievements of Our Children during the Past 50 Years’. The forum was also attended by chairperson of the Child Month Committee, Dr. Pauline Mullings; Committee Patron, Douglas Orane; and Principal of Wolmer’s Girls School, Colleen Montague.last_img read more