Pacquiao camp devises KO plans

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Women achievers earn PSA’s Athlete of the Year award View comments LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil The website said the 29-year-old Broner, preparing for the biggest fight of his career where he will reportedly get paid $10 million, may choose to send a lawyer in Ohio where he is accused of forcing a woman to kiss him in a nightclub.In Atlanta, he was charged with assaulting a woman in a shopping mall. In both cases, he was reportedly facing a total of five charges that carry the penalty of imprisonment.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 ChrissThose are aside from traffic violations he incurred in Florida where he got arrested last month for not attending court hearings.In Hollywood, Pacquiao’s chief trainer, Buboy Fernandez, told they were already in the late phase of their preparations for the senator’s Las Vegas comeback. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? As Adrien Broner’s troubled past continued to haunt him, Manny Pacquiao has reached optimum shape and is taking a hands-on approach on flight plan specifics, two weeks away from their WBA welterweight championship fight.Broner, aptly nicknamed “The Problem,” has been reportedly summoned to appear in courts in Atlanta and Ohio for sexual assault charges. Both were scheduled for Monday, according to TMZ Sports.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ But Broner has not been knocked out before and was only down on the floor twice in his career, both at the hands of heavy-hitter Marcos Maidana in 2013, eventually losing by unanimous decision.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Pacquiao has started tapering off his sparring and is personally devising a plan against Broner, a former world champ who has lost his last two fights.“Even he (Pacquiao) gives his input, with things we need to add on and things we need to cut,” Fernandez was quoted as saying.Team Pacquiao is expected on Saturday to ride into Sin City where he last fought more than two years ago.He scored a unanimous decision win in November 2016 over Jessie Vargas, whom Broner fought to a draw following a loss to Mikey Garcia.Freddie Roach, Pacquiao’s come-backing tactician, had earlier hinted at breaking down the American’s body and taking advantage of Broner’s penchant for throwing few punches.Pacquiao said he would look for a knockout win, the better to follow up his sensational triumph over Lucas Matthysse last July in Kuala Lumpur.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historylast_img read more

Libya beat Zanzibar, Kenya needs a point off Tanzania

first_img0Shares0000Libya’s Eltribi Ahmed clears the ball under pressure from Zanzibar’s Khamis Musa Makame. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMACHAKOS, Kenya, Dec 11- Kenya needs just a draw of any kind in their late kick off against Tanzania to book a slot in the semi-finals of the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup after Libya beat Zanzibar 1-0 in the early kick off at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.Libya’s win takes them to six points and should Kenya draw with Tanzania, they will also be on six points, but will have an edge by virtue of having scored two goals against Libya’s one. However, Kenya will need to get maximum points to finish with eight and top the group to meet the second placed team from Group B in the semis.Alharaish Zachariah’s 24th minute thunderbolt handed Libya their only win of the tournament having drawn 0-0 in all their previous three matches.Zachariah planted a thunderbolt into the top left corner of the Zanzibari goal after winning back possession at the edge of the box.Before the goal, the North Africans had two chances Almaryami Khalid’s diving header inside the box being saved by the keeper while Aleyat Mohammed’s shot from distance went wide.Zanzibar’s closest chance was in the 12th minute when Adeyum Ahmed’s curling left footed freekick deflected against the wall and was pushed to the crossbar by the Libyan keeper.Immediately on the turn Libya launched an assault upfront and they were almost two up when Shafshuf Suhib headed just over at the back post after the Zanzibar keeper tipped a cross from Aleyat into his path.Libya’s Elbarasi Taher makes a clearance under pressure from Zanzibar’s Abdul Aziz Makame. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluIn the second half, Libya continued to press to get a healthy winner.Zanzibar were almost punished for sloppiness at the back when Abdul Aziz Makame, unlike of him, lost the ball cheaply in a dangerous area. Almaryami picked the gift and launched a one-time shot which unfortunately came off the crossbar.In the 70th minute, Zanzibar were also denied by the bar, a hard working Mudathir Yahya winning the ball off the Libyan backline before launching a ferocious shot that came off the woodwork.Libya keeper Azzaqah Ahmed was forced to work overtime in the final 15 minutes saving shot after shot. In the 74th minute he stretched out well to palm away a curling effort from Ibrahim Hamad who had found space on the right.Five minutes later, he was at hand to deny Zanzibar again, this time tipping over a shot from Yahya swung in at the edge of the box.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

RCMP share photo of alleged counterfeit suspects

first_imgPolice say the suspects will fold the bill in half with the transparent side down in an effort to hide the abnormalities of the currency.In Dawson Creek, the RCMP have seized $1,300 worth of counterfeited $100 Canadian bills.Police remind businesses to double check any currency that they accept as tender. Multiple security features are included by the Bank of Canada to confirm the authenticity of each bill printed.The tweet by the Fort St. John on Friday is the first photo that has been shared of two people that are alleged to be using the bills.Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP say counterfeit bills are being used in businesses in Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, Beaverlodge and Grande Prairie.The Fort St. John RCMP tweeted Friday a photo of two people that they allege have been using counterfeit bills in businesses around the B.C. and Alberta Peace.On Thursday both the Grande Prairie RCMP and the Dawson Creek RCMP put out press releases about the use of counterfeit bills in each community.Please re-tweet to every business owner you know: Suspects in passing counterfeit $100 bills in Grande Prairie, Beaverlodge, Dawson Creek and Fort St John— Fort St John RCMP (@FortStJohnRCMP) July 12, 2019- Advertisement -In Grande Prairie, approximately 20 incidents have been reported where counterfeit paper dollar bills, in a variety of denominations, have been used to pay for goods at local businesses.Advertisement If you have any information about the case, contact your local RCMP detachment.last_img read more

Saints fans react to former captain’s regret over exit

first_img1 Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana admits he regrets the manner of his exit from Southampton, but maintains he never refused to play for the club in a bid to secure his move to Merseyside.The former Saints skipper, 26, spent 12 years with Saints, but was subject to three separate bids before finally moving to Anfield.Lallana returns to St Mary’s this weekend for the first time since his £23m switch, but insists speculation that he refused to play to push through a move is false, and hopes he is remembered on the south-coast for his time on the field and not departure.But what do Saints fans think of Lallana’s exit? See some of their reaction below…Saints fans, what do you think of the way Adam Lallana left the club and should he be booed when he returns to St Mary’s this weekend? Comment below… Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana admits he regrets the manner of his exit from Southampton, but maintains he never refused to play for the club in a bid to secure his exit to Merseyside. last_img read more

Drink driving delivery man disqualified from roads for a year

first_imgA delivery man who was caught drink driving has been disqualified from the roads for one year.Mr Patrick McMenamin (51) was driving a white transit van when he was stopped by Gardai at Townparks, Lifford, on 31st October 2016. On taking a breath test, Gardai registered a blood alcohol level of 38mg/100ml.Mc McMenamin was subsequently arrested and appeared at Letterkenny District Court on Monday 23rd October on drunk driving charges. He pleaded guilty and told Judge Paul Kelly he was “very sorry”.The court heard Mr McMenamin was a delivery driver in full-time employment.Judge Kelly gave him the option to have his disqualification postponed to get his affairs in order regarding his employment.Mr McMenamin agreed to accept the disqualification immediately. He was fined €200 and banned from driving for one year, with the ban coming into effect in 14 days.Drink driving delivery man disqualified from roads for a year was last modified: October 24th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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:delivery mandonegaldrink drivingGardailicenseLiffordlast_img read more


first_imgRosses ACThis Sunday will see the Cross Country season kick off with the first event being hosted by our own club.The Donegal Donegal Cross Country Even Ages and Masters Championships will take place in Maghergallen, Gweedore this Sunday 5th October. Action will get underway that day at 12 noon with Ladies Masters race followed by the mens race at 12:20.The underage will get underway shortly after this with races for boys and girls under u8, u10, u12, u14, u16 and u18.As our club is hosting it would be appreciated if as many parents and anybody interested was there on the day to provide support and help.The Primary Schools Cross Country was held in Carrickfinn Tuesday 23rd September with six races on the cards starting with U-9 Girls (born 2006/2007), U-9 Boys, U-11 Girls (born 2006/2007), U-11 Boys, U-13 Girls (born 2002/2003), U-13 Boys and there was medals for the top 20 in each race and three cups up for grabs: Best 2/3 teacher school: Best 4/5 teacher school: Best large school. The results, where a fantastic turnout of 338 children for a well organised event, were an unexpected and narrow victory for Acres NS, Burtonport in the Primary Schools cross country in Carrickfinn today in the 4/5 teacher category by one point from Scoil Mhuire, Doire Beaga and Scoil Naomh Dúigh, Anagaire in joint second.Top performer for Acres was John Gallagher who was a convincing winner of the Boys U-11 race. Kyle Gallagher was 3rd in the Boys U-9 race and Mia Baikie was 3rd in the Girls U-13 race.Well done to Máistreas Leanne. Roshine NS, Maghery won the 2/3 teacher category with Jack Tracey winning the Boys U-9 race and Melissa Mc Gee finishing 2nd in the Girls U-13 race.Scoil Chróine, Dungloe were winners of the large school category and had impressive individual winners in Clare Diver, Girls U-9; Emily Colangelo, Girls U-11 and Oran Wallace, Boys U-13. Leah Mc Garvey, Scoil Phádraig, Dobhar was the winner of the Girls U-13 race.Well done to Fiona Mc Ginley who was 1st Lady finisher in the Mooathon 10K in Downings last Sunday. Cross country training continues for all adults in Mullaghderg every Wednesday and Friday at 6. Club captain Michael Mc Elroy in charge.There is a group of athletes training in Gweedore each week which are focus mainly on marathon training towards Dublin but open to anybody in getting some distance training done.This group are meeting Wednesday and Fridays at 7pm at Euroflex, Gweedore Industrial Estate. There are different distances and paces to suit all.Anyone training for a Half Marathon or Marathon is welcome to come along. ROSSES AC HOST CROSS COUNTRY MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS THIS WEEKEND was last modified: September 30th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:athleticsNoticesROSSES ACSportlast_img read more

Busch Stadium era ends in 5-1 defeat

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The stadium opened May 12, 1966, with the Cardinals beating the Atlanta Braves. The Cardinals played six World Series in the stadium, winning two (1967 and 1982). They were 1,760-1,409 in the regular season, 35-18 in the postseason. – Apparently momentum doesn’t mean nearly as much as starting pitching. The St. Louis Cardinals came into Game 6 of the NL championship series on the heels of Albert Pujols’ dramatic ninth-inning, two-out, three-run homer that sealed a 5-4 win in Game 5. Rejuvenated, the 52,438 at Busch Stadium were delirious as the game began, cheering wildly for each Houston out in the first inning and giving Pujols a long standing ovation in his first at-bat, even as he struck out. – The Cardinals found themselves on the wrong end of another close call Wednesday. Demolition will begin within days as crews make way for completion of the new Busch Stadium being built next to the old ballpark. To those outside of St. Louis, Busch was known as one of the “cookie-cutter” ballparks built in the 1960s to house both baseball and football. To Cardinals fans, it has been a shrine, a place where more than 3 million traditionally congregate each season. Down 3-0 in the fifth, St. Louis had two on and none out when Abraham Nunez grounded hard to Oswalt, who fumbled the ball briefly and whose throw to second was off-target. Shortstop Adam Everett lunged to catch the ball and made a sweeping tag at Yadier Molina. Replays showed the tag might have missed Molina, but second base umpire Greg Gibson called Molina out. Manager Tony La Russa argued, unsuccessfully. – Hitting with two strikes is white-knuckle time for most batters. Not David Eckstein. The St. Louis Cardinals shortstop was second in the NL batting with two strikes, hitting .279 with six of his eight homers and 37 of his 61 RBIs. But his biggest two-strike at-bat was Monday, when he hit a 1-2 slider from Houston’s Brad Lidge for a single with two outs and nobody on in the ninth inning of Game 5 of the NLCS, setting the stage for Albert Pujols’ dramatic three-run homer. “I’ll take my chances, win or lose,” Eckstein said. “It’s a calming feeling to be up at the plate at that time.” His luck wasn’t so good Wednesday. Eckstein went to two strikes twice. He struck out in the fifth against Oswalt and grounded out to second in the eighth. Eckstein said he feels he has a responsibility to work the opposing pitcher. When he gets strike two, all he has to do is hit. “When I have two strikes, I feel free,” Eckstein said. “My job is to make the pitcher throw a lot of pitches, and when I swing at a bad pitch early in the count that bugs. Once I get to two strikes and I swing at a bad pitch, I don’t mind it at all.” – Finally, the Astros found success hitting with men in scoring position. Houston entered Game 6 hitting .103 (4-for-39) with men on second and/or third. On Wednesday, the Astros were 2-for-6 with two RBI singles, a sacrifice bunt and a successful squeeze bunt. Craig Biggio’s third-inning single and Morgan Ensberg’s seventh-inning hit drove home one run each. Adam Everett laid down a perfect squeeze bunt in the sixth. – Before this season, Abraham Nunez was a career backup. Scott Rolen’s injury problems have transformed Nunez, who returned to the Cardinals’ lineup after missing two games with a deep left thigh bruise, into an indispensable man in the lineup. He had one single in three at-bats. “Abe has come a long way, as far as importance,” La Russa said. “There’s no doubt about it.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img ST. LOUIS — Busch Stadium hosted its last game. Forty seasons of baseball came to an end at the concrete relic when the Cardinals lost 5-1 to Houston Wednesday in Game 6 of the NL championship series, sending the Astros to the World Series against the Chicago White Sox. last_img read more

Laudrup plays down Graham exit reports

first_imgSwansea City manager Michael Laudrup has played down reports the club could sell Danny Graham.QPR have made enquiries about the striker and are reported to be considering tabling a bid, while Norwich and Sunderland have also been linked with him.Laudrup recently suggested he would hold talks with Graham, which prompted speculation the player could be on his way out of the Liberty Stadium.But, speaking after his side’s Capital One Cup triumph at Chelsea, Laudrup explained: “I talk to all players who are not playing regularly.“I did the same in August. I want to show them that respect and it doesn’t mean I want them to leave.”Graham’s injury-goal sealed a first-leg victory for the Swans at Stamford Bridge, giving them a great chance of winning the semi-final and reaching Wembley.“We’ve had some great wins this season but to beat the European champions is obviously something very special,” said 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Auto Racing: Defending NSMS champ Knight wins at Redwood Acres, trails leader Collins by three

first_imgEUREKA >> The North State Modified Series ventured north to the Redwood Acres Raceway in Eureka for the holiday weekend. Defending NSMS champion Darrin Knight of Kelseyville ran down early leader Guy Young of Redding, making the winning pass on lap 24 to capture the Swartz Diesel Nor-Cal 60 feature event. Knight’s win moved him up to second on the board, but 2015 Lakeport Speedway champ Mike Collins’ fourth-place finish was enough to escalate him to three-point lead on NSMS standings.Knight …last_img read more

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. 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— 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.— Kevin O’Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) October 17, 2019If the injury bug bites the stars, the Lakers could be in a bit of trouble. 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 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; 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— 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.” 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 🔥— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) October 17, 2019But is culture enough without major star power? Can they keep up without shooting the 3 as much? 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? 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%)— (@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 😮— 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