NBA trade rumors: Thunder asking too much for Steven Adams

first_imgThe Thunder are well into the post-Russell Westbrook/Paul George era but the team still has some work to do before it enters the full “Trust the process” rebuilding mode.Namely, the Thunder are looking to offload veterans Chris Paul and Steven Adams. Paul’s remaining contract (three years, $124 million) makes him a tough sell, but the team is also running into issues in trade talks for Adams. According to Heavy.com, the Thunder are reportedly seeking a draft pick, a young player and salary relief for the veteran center, which is apparently too much. That “big guy … small lineup” remark is spot-on regarding the 7-foot Adams, an old-school center who is a good inside scorer and rebounder (13.9 points, 9.5 rebounds per game) but can’t stretch the floor like the modern NBA demands. Adams has never hit a 3-point shot in his six-season career. Dwight Howard has been impressive in Lakers camp, Frank Vogel says Can Kyle Korver make Giannis Antetokounmpo a deadly shooter? “They set the price too high,” a league executive said. “That’s what you’d expect and maybe it will drop as the year goes on. It’s tough to take on his contract (two years, $53 million remaining) and give up picks and players.”Most teams are pretty well set at the center spot now, you have a big guy and you have your small lineup. You can’t just take on a contract like that. There isn’t a big number of teams who could take him.” Related Newslast_img read more

‘The Last Dance’ shines spotlight on Scott Burrell, whose athletic career is much better than you might remember

first_imgThe Michael Jordan documentary has captured the nation’s attention like few — any? — documentaries ever. Sports fans across the country have been riveted every Sunday night as ESPN broadcasts back-to-back episodes of “The Last Dance.”I’ve watched every second because I remember watching Jordan play, and the nostalgia is intoxicating. Younger folks than me watch because they’ve heard stories of Jordan, but never seen him like this. And some people — such as Scott Burrell — watch because, well, they know Jordan and they can see themselves on the television. Burrell is a basketball coach now. After eight years as an assistant at Quinnipiac, he was named the coach at Southern Connecticut State, a Division II school, in July 2015. In his five years, the Owls have a 91-56 record.“I love what I do. I love coaching,” he said. “I love trying to make an impact on kids’ lives. I love trying to win a championship without playing, trying to figure out what the other team’s going to do each night. I love the ins and outs of coaching. The challenges are finding guys who are self-motivated — truly self-motivated, not fake self-motivated — and figuring out what pieces you need for each team.”And now, if he needs lessons on motivation or finding the right pieces for a team, he has a documentary for his players to watch that just might hit home. “I think it’s awesome,” Burrell told Sporting News in a phone interview on Monday. “You see old live footage of when you played with that team, and how it was to play with Michael, what makes Michael great and all the advantages Michael tries to get on people, or what motivates him.”MORE: Harvey Schiller responds to Michael Jordan calling him ‘a d—’ in ‘The Last Dance’Burrell played with Jordan during the 1997-98 season, the “The Last Dance” season. Cameras followed Jordan and the Bulls everywhere, filming pretty much everything. And a few of the scenes that made the final cut showed Jordan giving Burrell — who was in his first year with the Bulls, his fifth year in the NBA and who turned 27 during the season — plenty of trouble on and off the court.One scene in particular shows Jordan telling the video crew about Burrell’s propensity for late nights and partying.I asked Burrell if he knew that was coming. He just started laughing.“Oh, I knew. I’ve seen parts of the video, so I knew it was coming,” he said. “Oh yeah. It doesn’t bother me. It’s 22 years ago, No. 1. And No. 2, it was an exaggeration of who I am and what I’d do. But that’s how stories are built, what makes things fun, the exaggeration. You don’t tell someone you caught a fish six inches long. You tell them you caught one that’s 22 inches long. The little one is everyday, but an exaggerated story makes it fun. That’s the way I look at it because that’s the way it was. But Twitter had fun with it.”And then there was the scene where Jordan berates Burrell during practice because he wasn’t properly running the offense. There was no exaggeration there, only a demand for perfection.“That’s a good representation. That was one of my first practices,” Burrell said. “I just gave him an answer because I didn’t know what to say to him. I mean, first of all, no one is ever going to double-team me. He’s like, ‘What are you waiting for the double-team for?’ And I’m thinking, ‘Because that’s the first thing that came to my mind.’ But I was new and I didn’t know the triangle offense yet. So when the wing guy cut and the corner guy cut, I’m like, ‘Damn, what’s the next thing in this offense?’”Burrell, a 6-7 small forward who played college ball at UConn, was traded from the Warriors to the Bulls straight up for Dickey Simpkins about a month before the 1997-98 season started. So he not only was learning the triangle offense, but also was walking into one of the most intense seasons in NBA history. It was the last dance for the Bulls as everyone knew them. It was Phil Jackson’s last year as the team’s coach, and rumors were flying that Jordan would follow him out the door. Scottie Pippen was unhappy with his contract and Dennis Rodman was, well, Dennis Rodman.I started to ask Burrell if anyone on the team — Michael, Scottie or Dennis, or maybe Phil — sat down with him to explain his role, and he cut me off.“Ryan, Ryan, Ryan. I’m playing with three Hall of Famers. You know what your damn role is already, my man,” he said, laughing loudly. “You don’t need to ask. A team that won five out of seven championships, two in a row, you don’t need to have your role defined. Just give him the ball. Rebound, play D, make shots. There’s no role definition that needs to be taught. Don’t mess this s— up. That’s all you’ve got to do.”MORE: A complete guide to watching ESPN’s Michael Jordan documentaryWe only see a bit of Burrell in the documentary. The focus, as it should be, was on Jordan and the other big names. Burrell played his role well for the Bulls, averaging about 14 minutes, 5.2 points and 2.5 rebounds per game during the regular season, then about a dozen minutes per game in Chicago’s run to the 1998 championship.But that’s just a snippet of Burrell’s fascinating athletic career. At Sporting News, I’ve spent most of my time writing about baseball or college hoops, and Burrell knows a thing or two about both of those subjects. So of course I talked with him about that, too.Before he was a first-round pick (20th overall) by the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets in 1993, Burrell was a first-round pick (26th overall) in the MLB Draft in 1989.Yep, he was a baseball pitcher. Burrell turned down the Mariners’ offer that year, though, opting to attend UConn on a hoops scholarship. The Blue Jays picked him in the fifth round of the 1990 draft, and Burrell signed with the Jays, with the goal of playing both professional baseball and college basketball. That was, putting it lightly, a challenge.“The majority of those guys played baseball and that was it, but I’d have to go back to school in September,” Burrell said. “And I’d go to summer school each year, then go play baseball for like six weeks, so I never got to play enough. Basketball is a winter sport, so I never really got my arm strong before I got to baseball. I’d always be on a pitch limit, trying to get my arm strong. Then I would start a few games, but I never really got to where I knew. I did miss it, but I loved basketball. I’ll put it that way. I never really gave myself a full chance to be great at baseball.”Burrell averaged 8.2 points and 5.5 rebounds per game as a freshman at UConn. That summer, in his first taste of pro ball, Burrell made seven starts for St. Catharines in the Low-A New York-Penn League. At 19 years old, he quickly learned his formula for success in high school — throw hard and mix in a curveball or two — wouldn’t cut it. Mike Owens, a lefty slugger for Batavia, taught him that lesson.“You think you’re bad because you throw hard when you’re young, but let me tell you something: I saw one of the farthest home runs I’ve ever seen, hit against me, especially with a wooden bat,” he said with a laugh. “It was unbelievable. I learned quickly that I needed to learn about location and changing speeds. He crushed it. Just crushed it.”Burrell finished those seven starts with a 5.86 ERA, with 24 strikeouts and 15 walks in 27 2/3 innings. After upping his hoops averages to 12.7 points and 7.5 rebounds as a sophomore at UConn that winter, Burrell had a much better summer on the diamond.He had a 1.50 ERA in two starts at St. Catharines, and the Jays quickly moved him to Class A Myrtle Beach. There, in five starts, Burrell posted a 2.00 ERA, with 31 strikeouts, 13 walks and 18 hits allowed in 27 innings.Burrell threw hard — mid-90s, he said — and added new breaking pitches to his repertoire as he spent time in pro ball.“You know what I loved about baseball? In the minors, you learn how to use your mind, you learn how to throw a better curveball, a changeup,” Burrell said. “I never had a changeup before. I had a fastball and a curveball. But talking with guys in the minors, I worked on a knuckle-curve, I worked on a changeup, and that’s what I loved. People would help you become better. Just like playing with Jordan. He helped me become better. You stop learning and you’re doing yourself an injustice.”Burrell’s basketball game took a big step forward that winter. In his junior season, he averaged 16.3 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. That changed his future prospects.“I knew I was good at basketball, but I didn’t know if I was draftable,” Burrell said. “But then you start playing in the Big East against guys like Alonzo (Mourning), Malik Sealy, Dikembe (Mutumbo), so you get a better judge of how good you are, or how good you can be. And then you talk with scouts, your coaches and get more confidence in yourself and your basketball game.”Burrell averaged 16 points again his senior year, was drafted in the first round and embarked on an NBA career that lasted eight years. Baseball was in the rear-view mirror.“I always wondered how good I could have been,” he said. “Could I have lasted and had a great career in baseball? No regrets, but I just wonder.”MORE: Jordan’s mom made him stop smoking cigars in ‘The Last Dance’ interviewsWe can’t talk about Scott Burrell without mentioning his most famous moment at UConn, of course. In his freshman year with the Huskies (1989-90), coach Jim Calhoun’s squad rolled to a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament with a 28-5 record. UConn blitzed through its first two opponents, but found itself trailing Clemson by one point in the Sweet 16 with 1.0 seconds left on the clock.The ball was in Burrell’s hands, on the far baseline.“I knew Elden Campbell was guarding the inside of the court, so I couldn’t get anything to the left side of the court,” Burrell said. “That was taken away. I had two guys pretty open near halfcourt, but that’s not a really good chance of making that shot. So I saw Tate George was doing a great job of holding his guy, Sean Tyson, off, and Tate showed me his left hand.”Burrell, remember, had been a first-round pick of the Mariners the previous spring. But it was his football days he harkened back to in that moment: He tossed the ball all the way down the court.“My quarterback days in high school helped for that pass,” he said. “I knew I had to throw the old flag corner pattern. Once I released the ball, it was up to Tate. He was doing a great job holding his guy off. I saw him in the corner, close to the basket, so I threw it, he caught it, turned around and knocked it down.”George’s shot knocked out Clemson and is still on the short list of greatest NCAA Tournament buzzer-beaters of all time. But, the buzzer-beaters give and the buzzer-beaters take. UConn was knocked out in the very next round when Duke’s Christian Laettner hit one of his own to send the Blue Devils to the Final Four.last_img read more

Cranes eager to snatch first AFCON win in 41 years

first_img(FRONT L to R) Michael Azira,  Godfrey Walusimbi, Farouk Miya, Lumala Abdu,Patrick Kaddu; (BACK) Bevis Mugabi, Murshid Juuko; Emmanuel Okwi, Khalid Aucho, Hassan Wasswa, Denis Onyango. PHOTO AFPCairo, Egypt | THE INDEPENDENT & URN | Uganda Cranes will be seeking their first win in 41 years at the Africa Cup of Nations finals when they take on neighbours DRC in their opening match.This is Cranes’ second straight return to the Nations Cup finals, having featured in the last edition that came three decades after their most famous appearance in 1978.Uganda stunned Nigeria 2-1 March 14, 1978 in the semifinals, with goals coming from Abdulla Nasur and the irrepressible Phillip Omondi. Uganda stormed the final but lost to hosts Ghana.It took  39 years before the Cranes broke the Nations Cup finals jinx, returning in Gabon 2017, and should have the experience now to make Egypt 2019 one for the nation to look up to. Uganda could only manage a draw, and lost two as they crashed out in the preliminaries in Gabon.Today, the Uganda Cranes start against a tricky Democratic Republic of Congo side in a Group A match at the Cairo International Stadium.Coach Sebastien Desabre’s side will be cheered on by a couple of Ugandan fans who have traveled to Cairo including 2nd Deputy Prime Minister Kirunda Kivejinja (representing President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni), Omukama of Omukama of Tooro Oyo Nyimba Iguru and Minister of Tourism, Godfrey Kiwanda among others.Desabre drilling his players. PHOTO FUFA MEDIACranes seek perfect startThe Cranes will be all out to make a perfect start just like the hosts Egypt who defeated Zimbabwe 1-0 in the opening game that ended this morning.Assistant captain Hassan Wasswa Mawanda told URN that although they know DR Congo are a very physical side, the Cranes have what it takes to prove a point in this game. “We need to play as a team and take our chances because every game counts,” added the experienced Mawanda.   Going into the game the Cranes have been camped in Abu Dhabi for three weeks where they also played two international games drawing goalless against Asian side Turkmenistan and a 1-0 win against former African Champions Ivory Coast.Skipper and goalkeeper Denis Onyango is expected to command his troops from the back, while Murushid Juuko and Godfrey Walusimbi marshal the backline. Farouk Miya and Emmanuel Okwi are expected to start at the front, while Hassan Wasswa Mawanda and Khalid Aucho handle the midfield.For the two time AFCON Champions DR Congo they are expected to come all out to try and snatch maximum points. Their coach Florent Ibenge who is leading them in their third AFCON said they should make it to the next stage looking at Egypt as their main obstacle in the Group.Yannick Bolasie who features for Everton FC in the English Premier League together with veteran Tresor Mputu and Youssouf Mulumbu are expected to play key roles for the DR Congo Leopards. ****Additional reporting by URNShare on: WhatsApp Cranes starting line up: Denis Onyango, Murushid Juuko, Hassan Wasswa, Bevis Mugabi, Godfrey Walusimbi, Khalid Aucho, Mike Azira, Abdu Lumala, Emmanuel Okwi, Farouk Miya, Patrick KadduGroup A                               P     W     D      L      G      A     GA     Pts Egypt        1      1      0      0       1      0      0         3DR Cong   0      0      0      0      0       0      0        0Uganda    0      0      0      0      0       0      0        0Zimbabwe1      0      0      1      0       1     -1        0last_img read more

Job Vacancy: Cassidy Brothers seek graduate engineer/concrete technician

first_imgCassidy Brothers have been supplying top quality concrete products and aggregate materials for more than 75 years. High-quality products include quarry stone, sand, gravel, blocks, ready-mix concrete, precast and bespoke concrete furniture, polished/ exposed concrete and concrete screeds. Cassidy Brothers supply a large range of construction products and materials throughout Ireland and the UK.Projects range from one-off bespoke installs to major projects in residential, commercial, retail, hotels, education & leisure sectors. The company now requires a graduate engineer/concrete technician who will be based in Buncrana.Role BackgroundThe precast and bespoke concrete furniture, polished concrete and exposed concrete product range is becoming increasingly sought after in both the UK and Ireland.Due to recent project awards and continued growth, Cassidy Brothers are seeking to add to their team and speak with graduated Civil Engineering technicians, who are keen to take up a long-term role in their Buncrana office and assist the current team in place. The roleThe successful candidate will be required to assist with all the product aspects of the company however, in particular, the bespoke products and concrete technology.Typical duties will include:– Liaising and co-ordinating with other design team members, clients and/or external consultants.– Occasionally attending design team meetings and client liaison meetings as appropriate.– Prepare fabrication drawings for the fabrication team – Implementation and supervision of current concrete masonry and aggregate standards– Concrete developmentAcceptance criteria:– Engineering Degree or Diploma – Fluency in AutoCAD working with 2D and 3D designs, experience with modelling software such as Autodesk 3ds Max, Autodesk VRED Professional or similar.– Fluency in Microsoft office including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint mainly.– Good communication skills– Can work effectively to deadlines and as part of a team.If you feel you match the above requirements, please forward your updated CV to: info@cassidybros.ieSalary will be agreed upon as part of the interview process. The Closing Date for Applications is Friday, 15th March 2019 at 5.00pm.Job Vacancy: Cassidy Brothers seek graduate engineer/concrete technician was last modified: February 28th, 2019 by StephenShare 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:Cassidy Brothersconcrete techniciandonegalengineerlast_img read more

Mertesacker is the new Arsenal skipper but many fans have suggested alternatives

first_img Per Mertesacker is the new Arsenal captain 1 Arsenal have named Per Mertesacker as the new captain, someone who won’t be able to play for the club for a while due to injury.However, manager Arsene Wenger thinks the defender is the ‘natural’ choice to replace Mikel Arteta as skipper.“Per is a very respected figure in the dressing room, is loved as well and is also a very demanding figure. I think it is absolutely natural to be [him],” Wenger told the Arsenal website.In the defender’s absence, though, the boss said his experienced players like Santi Cazorla, Laurent Koscielny and Petr Cech will fill in.Some Gooners think the club should have just given the armband to one of those players in the first place and also threw Aaron Ramsey’s name into the frame.last_img read more

Match to be played in memory of tragic friends

first_imgA memorial soccer match in memory of two of the young men killed in the Buncrana road tragedy will be held tomorrow night (Fri).Every year a memorial match is played at the Illies Development in remembrance for PJ McLaughlin And Eammon McDaid both star players for Illies Celtic.This year it will be held at 7:30 at the Illies Development. All are welcome.Match to be played in memory of tragic friends was last modified: November 10th, 2016 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

Sharks provide update on Tomas Hertl’s injured right knee

first_imgSAN JOSE — Tomas Hertl has what coach Pete DeBoer termed a minor knee injury and does not figure to miss much time, if any, with he and the Sharks playing their best hockey of the season.DeBoer said pictures taken of Hertl’s right knee Friday morning confirmed, “that it looks like it’s minor and that’s good news.”Hertl said Friday he considers himself day-to-day and that the injury is nothing serious. He said he was going to see a team doctor Friday afternoon to get treatment.The injury …last_img read more

Editor’s Pick: Six Reasons to Stick with Your Startup

first_imgRelated Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#web richard macmanus Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img We’re starting a new feature on ReadWriteWeb, called ‘Editor’s Picks.’ As founding editor of the site, every weekend I’ll pick out 2-3 posts from the past week which I thought were particularly good and worth highlighting. We’ll start with a post by Jolie O’Dell in our ReadWriteStart channel, which is a subsite devoted to early stage startups and geared towards entrepreneurs. Jolie wrote an inspirational post entitled Six Reasons to Stick with Your Startup: Survival Stories from the Trenches. You can click on the previous link to read the whole post, which I encourage you to do. I’ve also pasted a few highlights below…Jolie wrote:Starting a new tech company is a labor of love. Particularly in the beginning, when funds are low, expectations are high, and the product is still a twinkle in the developer’s eye, stressful situations under external pressures can lead to pull-the-plug moments. When we interviewed Pandora founder Tim Westergren last week, he shared his personal brush with startup death: In 2007, it seemed that the music-streaming site would have to declare bankruptcy and close shop. Pandora’s success is one reason to stick with your own startup. Here are six more.[…]Thirty-Seven Cents and a Heart Full of Hope AdrenalineGrocio founder Gerald Buckley went so far as to share the exact dollar amount of his worst fears realized:“I was $0.37 away from closing it up. Literally, that was all I had left in the bank account. There wasn’t enough to pay next month’s legal bills.”However, a dramatic turn of events saved him and his startup at the last minute. “In mid-November, Grocio won top prize in a local business model competition sponsored by the City of Tulsa and a local bank. That put $30K in the bank (non-equity, non-debt). Then the state of Oklahoma awarded us $100K matching funds (again, non-equity, non-debt). Money became less an issue and allowed us to focus on execution.”Although the economy began changing the equation once again last fall, Buckley encourages other startups, “I’m going to have the startup bug all my life, I think. NEVER give up if you really believe!”Read the full post… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more