Lakers’ Kobe Bryant open-ended on being part of sports ownership

first_imgThe Lakers plan to have discussions on determining which Bryant’s jersey number they will eventually retire.“He’s going to have the next statue and the next jersey up,” Johnson predicted.Bryant did not state a preference. But he admitted feeling more comfortable with his role as No. 24 despite winning three of his five NBA titles wearing No. 8. “The first phase of my career was much harder. I had to learn something I naturally wasn’t,” said Bryant, who switched numbers before the 2006-07 season. “It took a lot of studying and figuring out how to organize a team.”The Lakers retired eight players well after earning inductions into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. But the franchise could retire Bryant’s jersey as early as next season. The Lakers retired Shaquille O’Neal’s No. 34 jersey on April, 2, 2013, though he does not become eligible for a Hall of Fame induction until 2017.Tough choicesSixers center Jahlil Okafor has sparked concerns beyond his defense. Okafor recently had an altercation with a heckler outside of a bar, an incident that both was captured on video and took attention away from his season averages of 17.5 points and 8.2. rebounds per game. Okafor, who had 12 points on 6-of-14 shooting and five rebounds against the Lakers, hugged Bryant afterwards at center court.“It’s important for him to learn those things,” Bryant said, “and stay focused on the game.”Scott believed “Okafor “had a chance to be a player in this league that would play 12-13 years” after becoming impressed with his post play and mid-range jumper during pre-draft workouts. But the Lakers used their No. 2 pick on point guard D’Angelo Russell. Back to workLakers reserve guard Lou Williams returned after missing the past two games because of his grandfather’s recent death.“It was good to put the type of week I had behind me,” said Williams, who had nine points on 2-of-6 shooting in 21 minutes. “I was more excited to be back in an environment I was comfortable in.”Staff writer David Montero contributed to this report PHILADELPHIA >> Kobe Bryant might return to the Lakers.Bryant has not reconsidered retirement following the 2015-16 season. But he sounded open about having a role with the Lakers in another capacity. “Me and the Buss family grew up together,” Bryant said, referring to Lakers president Jeanie Buss and executive Jim Buss. “I would be honored to help them with that transition to get back to the top.”Bryant sounded unsure on whether he would want to join any sports ownership group. The Lakers have not yet discussed that possibility, according to team sources. “I haven’t had any burning desire to look into it,” Bryant said before the Lakers’ 103-91 loss to Philadelphia on Tuesday. “But if I do and feel really passionate about it, that’s something I’ll dive into.”Magic Johnson sold his 4.5 percent ownership stake to billionaire season-ticket holder Patrick Soon-Shiong in 2010. Johnson then joined Guggenheim Partners to purchase the Dodgers in 2012. Johnson told reporters on Tuesday that Bryant should do something similar.Bryant has already become involved in other business ventures, including his own company, Kobe, Inc. Bryant also has a business stake in The Players’ Tribune.“He may be thinking outside the box of doing something with his own company,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said about Bryant. “But if (Kobe) came and said, ‘Jim and Jeanie, I want to do something with the organization,’ I’m sure they’ll say, ‘Okay.’” What’s your number?center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Pardew confident ahead of derby

first_imgCrystal Palace boss Alan Pardew believes he can secure a win against Chelsea for a second time this season and delay their Premier League coronation.The Blues will be confirmed as champions for the first time in five years if they beat Palace at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.However, Pardew was in charge of Newcastle in December when they ended Chelsea’s 14-match unbeaten start to the campaign with a 2-1 victory at St James’ Park.And he believes that experience, plus the pace of Palace’s counter-attacks, can help earn the Eagles a first win at the Bridge since March 1982.He said: “If there is a team that I know well, it’d be Chelsea. I’ve studied them, I know how they play.“They will dominate possession around the two-thirds of the pitch that we have to defend, but we carry a threat with the players we have, that’s why our away record is so good.“[At Newcastle] we had a good gameplan and deserved to win on the day. I know they didn’t like us wasting time but if they were 2-1 up I’d expect them to do the same.“We need to respond following our recent defeats, both for ourselves and to keep the Premier League title race alive, if we can.”However, Pardew believes even a Palace victory would only be delaying the inevitable, with Chelsea needing only three more points from their final four games to clinch the title.He added: “Chelsea have lost two games all season, one to Spurs and one to Newcastle. That’s an outstanding record.“There may not have been many champagne performances of late but they’re concentrating on getting the job done.“But we don’t want them to win it on Sunday because for us it’s an important game. We’ve played well against the top sides and we want to continue that.“We’ve got to try and produce a performance that doesn’t get carried away with the emotion of the day.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Gorakhpur tragedy: CM Adityanath raised caution flag during previous visits

first_imgUttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and his Ministers have claimed that officials did not discuss the crisis in oxygen supply during his visit to the BRD medical college hospital in Gorakhpur on August 9.While the minute details of his interaction with the doctors there are unknown, during his visit Mr. Adityanath inspected the Japanese Encephalitis/Acute Encephalitis Syndrome ward.Mr. Adityanath had also cautioned doctors that no patient should die due to lack of medical care. “He instructed doctors that patients should receive better treatment and no patient should die due to lack of medical care [upchaar ka abhaav],” said the government statement issued on Wednesday evening.Nine children died in the hospital that day, including two in the AES ward. Twenty-one children died on August 7 and 8, including five in the AES ward, prior to his visit.The figure took a big jump on August 10 when 23 children died. The government admitted that the supply of oxygen was interrupted on the night of August 10 but stressed that no deaths were caused due to this or during the period when oxygen supply was hit.Inspections conductedOn Wednesday, Mr. Adityanath conducted a bed-to-bed inspection of the wards, unveiled a 10-BED ICU and six-bed CCI wards. He also inaugurated a CCU ward for critical children affected by JE and AES.According to the government, Mr. Adityanath had also inspected the emergency ward, infant ward, and ICU and checked on the availability of medicines.Mr. Adityanath later conducted a review meeting with health officials and doctors from Gorakpur and Basti divisions. Incidentally, he had made another visit to the hospital on July 9.last_img read more

Former skipper Brendan Taylor back to strengthen Zimbabwe team for West Indies series

first_imgFormer captain Brendan Taylor and bowler Kyle Jarvis were both included in the Zimbabwe Test squad for the first time after lengthy absences when a 16-man party was named on Tuesday for the two-Test series at home to the West Indies.Taylor and Jarvis had opted to play county cricket in England under Kolpak contracts, which meant they could no longer play for Zimbabwe, but have since been convinced to return to the team.Taylor, 31, has an average of almost 35 in 23 previous Tests and brings a wealth of experience to the side. The 28-year-old Jarvis last played Test cricket in early 2013.Graeme Cremer will continue as captain but the squad has been overhauled after July’s tour to Sri Lanka with all-rounders Tendai Chisoro and Solomon Mire and wicket-keeper Nyasha Mayavo all in line for a first cap.There were also recalls for bowlers Chamu Chibhabha and Michael Chinouya.Both Tests are being played at the Queens Club in Bulawayo. The first Test starts on Saturday with the second scheduled for Oct. 29 to Nov. 2.Squad:Graeme Cremer (captain), Regis Chakabva, Chamu Chibhabha, Michael Chinouya, Tendai Chisoro, Craig Ervine, Kyle Jarvis, Hamilton Masakadza, Nyasha Mayavo, Solomon Mire, Christopher Mpofu, Peter Moor, Sikandar Raza, Brendan Taylor, Malcolm Waller, Sean Williams.last_img read more

10 months agoRB Leipzig willing to sell Everton target Augustin

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say RB Leipzig willing to sell Everton target Augustinby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRB Leipzig are inviting offers for Jean-Kévin Augustin.RMC says RBL are putting the striker up for sale ahead of the January market.Augustin is a top target for Everton boss Marco Silva, which are prepared to offer €40m for the youngster.Everton’s interest sparked angry denials from RBL, but they’re now willing to sell.Augustin, 21, is tied to RBL until 2022. last_img read more

10 months agoDONE DEAL: AC Milan formally announce signing of Lucas Paqueta

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: AC Milan formally announce signing of Lucas Paquetaby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan have formally announced the signing of Lucas Paqueta from Flamego.The Brazilian’s move has been settled for some time, with a €35m deal agreed back in October.On Thursday the Rossoneri have deposited his contract with the Lega Serie A, meaning he’s now officially eligible to play for them.Paqueta could make his debut in the Supercoppa Italiana against Juventus, which will be held in Suadi Arabia on January 16. last_img read more

10 months agoLille join growing interest for Chelsea fullback Baba

first_imgLille join growing interest for Chelsea fullback Bababy Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe interest in Chelsea fullback Abdul Rahman Baba is growing.With Schalke cutting short Baba’s loan six months early, the Ghana international is fielding new offers from across Europe.Chelsea are happy for Baba to move out on a temporary deal again this month.And Revier Sport says Lille are the latest club to express interest in a loan deal.Baba has also attracted enquiries from Villarreal and Girona in recent days. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Synopsis: When strange paintings by an unknown artist are discovered in a dead man’s apartment, a supernatural entity begins to murder anyone who dares to profit off the artwork.Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Toni Collette, John MalcovichWhat makes it a mindfuck: Things don’t get more reality-bending than artwork that murders a bunch of greedy art dealers. And with vivid visuals, a stellar cast and twists and turns that keep you on your toes, this film will leave you worried that the art print in your bathroom isn’t just boring… it could be trying to kill you. Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Reality sucks, amirite? The monotony of the day-to-day, with bills, deadlines and the endless hamster wheel of food prep. (I bet 10-year-old you didn’t think your life would require this much food prep, but that’s neither here nor there as you attempt to make chicken breast exciting for the third day in a row.) So, when you get home after a long day, and retreat to the comfort of your couch and your trusty Netflix account, you’re ready for something a little… different.What you need is a good ol’ fashioned mindfuck. Something that can turn your world upside down. Something that can shake things up and make you forget all about that boring chicken breast. And you’re in luck, because Netflix Canada has a number of films on hand that will plunge you into alternative realities and absolutely blow your mind. And whether we’re talking about a blindfolded Sandra Bullock wandering around the wilderness (Birdbox), Toni Collette coming to terms with some unfortunate truths about her family (Hereditary) or Jake Gyllenhaal getting stalked by artwork (Velvet Buzzsaw), there is a little something for everyone.Velvet Buzzsaw Advertisementlast_img read more

Toronto stock market falls as energy sector hurt by lower oil prices

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index lost a little ground Thursday as a further drop in the price of oil to an eight-month low weighed on the key energy sector.Markets on both sides of the border were softer after a very strong day following the U.S. midterms, says Jayson Moss, research analyst at Franklin Bissett Investment Management.“What’s weighing particularly on the Canadian market is the fact that we’re seeing oil entering a bear market, down now 21 per cent since the high on Oct. 3, on concerns that the market will be oversupplied and rising U.S. inventories,” he said in an interview.The December crude contract was down for a ninth straight session, falling by $1 at US$60.67 per barrel. That’s the lowest level since March 8.The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 11.96 points to 15,357.47 after hitting a low of 15,293.29 on 414 million shares traded.The health-care sector fell the most as cannabis stocks gave back some of Wednesday’s strong gains. Energy stocks lost 1.66 per cent.Industrials fell on a 24 per cent decrease in Bombardier’s shares after investors were concerned by its reduced free cash flow guidance amid efforts to refocus the company by selling some assets.Moss said companies have recently faced pretty significant share price movements when they fall short of beat expectations.Canadian Tire gained almost three per cent after posting strong results Thursday, while Freshii Inc. hit an all-time low of $1.95 and closed down 33.4 per cent to $2.65 after withdrawing its 2019 outlook.“It just feels like we’re more in the later innings of this bull market where we have seen some pretty inflated valuations and high street expectations,” he added.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 11.12 points to 26,191.42. The S&P 500 index lost 7.05 points at 2,806.84, while the Nasdaq composite was down 39.87 points at 7,530.88.Moss said the Federal Reserve’s decision not to raise interest rates had no appreciable impact on markets. However, he expects a final rate increase of the year in December.The Canadian dollar traded at an average of 76.25 cents US compared with an average of 76.36 cents US on Wednesday.The December natural gas contract was down 1.2 cents at US$3.54 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down US$3.60 at US$1,225.10 an ounce and the December copper contract was down 1.85 cents at US$2.74 a pound.last_img read more

Two booked for harassing 20yrold girl in Ghaziabad

first_imgGhaziabad: A youth and his friend have been booked by police as they allegedly barged into a girl’s house after she rejected his marriage proposal. The accused broke open the door of house, misbehaved with family and threatened them with dire consequences if the proposal in not accepted. According to police, Pratima Singh (20), a student of final year in Diploma of Pharmacy at Delhi Institute of Pharmaceuticals science and research had been staying with her family in Sanjay Nagar area of Ghaziabad. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderPratima’s father Arun Kumar Singh have alleged one Rahul Kumar for allegedly teasing their daughter after she rejected his marriage proposal. “Rahul had been studying with my daughter during her graduation in MMH college of Ghaziabad in 2015. Since her graduation, he had been following my daughter and trying to contact her through every possible way. My daughter had reported the matter to me several times and I also asked him to stay away from my daughter. However, on Tuesday late night, Rahul along with his friend allegedly barged into our house after breaking the back gate and misbehaved with family.” Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”He used abusive words and fled away threatening us with dire consequences if my daughter do not accept his advances,” girl’s father said in a complaint. Meanwhile police have registered an FIR into the matter. “Based on complaint received, an FIR under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 354, 452, 504, 506, 427 has been registered against two persons. No arrest has been made so far while police investigations are underway,” said a senior police officer.last_img read more