Doc Rivers, Clippers figuring out how best to utilize new star power

first_img Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory LOS ANGELES — Doc Rivers said after Monday’s victory that the Clippers still are in the “gettin’-better stage” – which aligns, naturally, with the gettin’-to-know-you stage.The Clippers’ veteran coach is figuring out how he’s going to utilize his team’s sharpest new tools – including one, in Paul George, who has so far been confined to the bench, watching Kawhi Leonard establish himself.It’s not brain surgery – “Kawhi’s been easy to integrate, you just say, ‘Give him the ball’” – but Rivers doesn’t want to dull the effect of having added George and Leonard, superstar wings capable of slicing up defenses and bottling up opponents on the other end.“There’s so many things watching it, just as an observer at times, that we can get better at,” Rivers said, speaking of the roster as a whole. “And you can just see them, like, screaming: Timing, knowing where each other’s at, there’s so many new parts on the floor. Shamet, a 6-foot-5 guard from Wichita State, is in line to earn $2.1 million in 2020-21. The 22-year-old Missouri native was acquired by the Clippers just before the trade deadline last February as part of a deal with the Philadelphia 76ers, who drafted him 26th.He averaged 9.1 points per game last season and shot 42 percent from 3-point range, earning a spot on the NBA’s All-Rookie Second Team.Robinson, a 6-5 guard who played at Boston College, will make $3.74 million next season. The Clippers drafted the 22-year-old from North Carolina 13th overall, but he was hindered by a foot injury and appeared in only 33 games for the team during his rookie season, averaging 3.4 points and 1.2 rebounds. SHAMET, ROBINSON OPTIONSThe Clippers exercised their third-year options on guards Landry Shamet and Jerome Robinson, the team announced Tuesday.Related Articles Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Until his return, whenever it is, Rivers only can plot, with George as a co-conspirator.“We talk a lot. We talk more about the ways of using him … what he sees on the floor,” Rivers said. “We’ll run something, or there’s some kind of action that happens in the game, and usually I’ll walk over to him and I’ll ask him, ‘Is that something that would fit you?’“We’ve only run skeleton at practice, so I don’t know. I know by film what he likes, but I don’t know what actually works. And so when he comes back, we don’t want to have to be still searching for what works for him, we want to try – which is gonna be hard – to be able to throw him in and (have) him be ready.”Leonard said he chose to join the Clippers in free agency in part because of his respect for Rivers, a former NBA point guard who coached the Boston Celtics to an NBA title in 2008.“It’s been good so far,” Leonard said after Monday’s game, during which Rivers held a sidebar with Leonard to point out a matchup he could exploit in the pick-and-roll.“I think we’re still learning each other,” Leonard added. “I’m still trying to see what he likes and what he’s gonna run after timeouts, and it’s just a growing relationship, really, right now. We both respect each other, and we like each other’s approach to the game for the most part.“It’s just gonna keep building. Only four games in, but it’s been good so far.” “I just feel like we’re nowhere near where we’re gonna be. Like, nowhere close.”As the Clippers get going, taking a 3-1 record into Utah on Wednesday, it’s helped that Leonard – who has started the season averaging 7.5 assists per game, 10th in the NBA entering Tuesday – is one of those new parts.“What we’ve learned about Kawhi is how well he sees the floor, and the type of passer he is,” Rivers said. “Now you can use Kawhi as the passer to PG, which should be pretty lethal.”Should be, but isn’t. Not yet.Rivers has suggested that George – who has been limited to non-contact work while he recovers from offseason surgery to both shoulders – could miss the first 10 games of the season. If that prediction pans out, George would make his Clippers debut Nov. 13 in Houston. Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum last_img read more

Cooke seeks compensation from INSPORTS

first_imgThe Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) is being challenged by one of its creditors, Edward Cooke, whose lawyer has filed on his behalf for compensation from the government agency for monies owed for his services.Attorney Davion L. Vassell served the notice yesterday on the agency largely responsible for grassroots sporting development. It seeks payment for services allegedly rendered between July and October 2, 2014, which amounted to $619,000 and was accompanied by six invoices.The letter was addressed to INSPORTS to the attention of its chairman, Don Anderson, “re payment of funds to Edward Cooke”, with administrative director Ian Andrews and Cooke also cited.”I act for Edward Cooke in the captioned matter,” it said. “I am instructed that Mr Cooke did work on several occasions for the Institute and to date has not been compensated for services rendered.”I am further instructed that despite several demands, the Institute has failed and/or refused to honour its obligation to Mr Cooke.”Further, it said: “We demand that this sum be paid in two weeks of the date of this letter (January 5, 2015), failing which we will explore other avenues available to Mr Cooke without further notice to you if the debt is not paid.”UNAWARE OF DEVELOPMENTWhen contacted, Anderson said he was oblivious to the development.”I am not aware of it. I am sitting in my office working now and I will continue for the rest of the day to work, no intention to investigate this,” he noted.”If it comes to me, fine, but right now, I have no idea of it. If it comes to me, I will consult my lawyer, but I know nothing about it, so I cannot answer any question,” he further stated.Further calls were made to INSPORTS, where a source, who requested anonymity, explained that the situation stems from a policy change in September 2015 by the new board of directors, which relieved Andrews of the authority to sign cheques. The source said that has resulted in a backlog of payments to its creditors.Andrews was also barred from his office and sent on leave at the time.However, the latter actions were reversed after union intervention, with the exception of Andrews’ signing power.ALLEGED BREACHThis authorisation of cheques is now facilitated with signatures by two board members, an action the source alleges constitutes a breach of government financial regulations on the grounds that the board functions in an advisory capacity and is only responsible for setting policies, as opposed to an executive capacity, which would make it responsible for the day-to-day running of the agency’s operations.In the meantime, Cooke’s attorney expressed hope in the letter that the matter against the government agency would be resolved soon.”We look forward to a prompt and positive response in light of the above,” said Vassell.last_img read more

Barnsley boss Lee Johnson in talks with Bristol City over managerial vacancy

first_imgBarnsley have given Lee Johnson permission to speak to Bristol City about their managerial vacancy.The Robins are searching for a successor to Steve Cotterill, who was axed last month.Garry Monk has been linked with the post but the Championship club have now turned to Johnson, who who spent five seasons as a player with City.The 34-year-old was the Football League’s youngest manager when he took over at Oldham in March 2013.He guided the Latics to League One safety in his first season before leaving for Barnsley last February.He was under pressure after a disappointing start to this campaign but the Tykes have been on an excellent run of form in recent months.They have won six successive games and are currently sitting 12th in the League One table, while they also booked their place in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final in midweek.A Barnsley statement read: “When Lee Johnson was appointed to the role of Head Coach at Barnsley Football Club, it was intended to confine and focus his activities on the development, organisation and recruitment of players for the first team.“The limitation of this role was to allow other management staff to have similar remits relating to the Academy, U18 and U21 teams. Partly, the purpose in designating the Head Coach role in this way was to limit the impact in the event of a change and to encourage succession planning.“This morning we gave permission to Lee Johnson to speak to Bristol City concerning their managerial vacancy. We gave this permission because we believe that the structures that we now have in place must be the key to our future success rather than dependence on a single individual.“If Lee decides to stay with Barnsley Football Club we will be delighted, but if he chooses to move on, we will continue unabated with the plan we have in place for the progression of our Club.” Lee Johnson 1last_img read more

Ohio’s Andy White named 2016 World Livestock Auctioneer Champion

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Andy White of Ashland, Ohio was recently named the 2016 World Livestock Auctioneer Champion. White topped an impressive list of renowned auctioneers from throughout the country to gain the honor.Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood spoke with White about the competition, what goes into winning, his background in auctioneering, and what lies ahead in the coming year. Listen in.last_img