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Kawhi Leonard won’t play when Clippers face the Bucks on Wednesday

first_img Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates “We used to go out there and grind in the snow,” Beverley said. “It shows the passion for the game.”Rivers pointed to the talent to emerge from the area over the years to make his case.“I mean, how many kids can say – unless you grew up in Chicago – you can have a pick-up game out on the park with Isiah Thomas, Terry Cummings, Maurice Cheeks, Mark Aguirre, Darrell Walker?” Rivers said. “There’s not a lot of pick-up games like that in your same grade. That’s every year. That’s called Chicago basketball.”Beverley picked up Rivers’ train of thought and continued upcourt, naming Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade, Sherron Collins, Jerome Randle, Jonathan Scheyer, Davis and himself among players whom Chicagoans can look up to.“Over the years, due to the violence, basketball has taken a step down,” said Beverley, who returns to his old Chicago neighborhood each offseason. “But it’s coming back up. … I’m glad there are guys in the NBA playing well and representing the city well and putting it on their shoulders. They inspire the next generation.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error CHICAGO LOVEThere’s at least one thing that both Lakers star Anthony Davis and Clippers coach Doc Rivers agree on: According to them, Chicago is the Mecca of basketball.Though on opposite sides of the ledger in Los Angeles – for which the Clippers’ two biggest stars, Southern California natives Leonard and George, could make a compelling case – Davis, Rivers and another proud Chicagoan Patrick Beverley share an appreciation for what their city has given to the game.“We’ve got the best basketball players ever,” Davis told reporters in Chicago on Monday. “You look at the history with all the guys we’ve got that made the league and even the guys that didn’t make the league. They say New York, but it’s not even close.”“It’s not even a question,” Rivers agreed Tuesday. “Chicago is the Mecca of Basketball. New York gets all the rub, which I don’t get. Chicago is – it’s not even close.”Beverley, the Clippers’ hard-nosed guard who overcame an avalanche of obstacles to reach the NBA, said learning the game in Chicago develops valuable, distinct characteristics.Related Articles Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum center_img The two-time NBA Finals MVP, who signed with the Clippers this past summer as a free agent, missed the first half of a back-to-back last week in Utah as a part of a load management routine that’s meant to help keep him healthy and fresh.The Clippers lost that game handily, 110-96. Then, with Leonard in the lineup on Sunday, they fared much better against the Jazz, defeating them 105-94 at Staples Center.Rivers said he didn’t expect to implement load management for Leonard’s teammates in any games this week, indicating that the Clippers are focused more on making practices less taxing for the veterans.“People always load manage during games, but we’re trying to do a better job of (is at practice),” Rivers said Tuesday, indicating that neither Patrick Beverley nor Lou Williams were participants in a limited-contact session – but that Paul George was.“Paul George went for it today,” Rivers said of the six-time All-Star, who has been working his way back from offseason shoulder surgeries. “We did a lot of skeleton today, to be honest. Didn’t do a lot of live action. Guys are pretty banged up right now so we decided less hitting, more brain.” 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 PLAYA VISTA — The Milwaukee Bucks won’t have the opportunity Wednesday to do any kind of avenging for their Eastern Conference finals loss to Kawhi Leonard and his former team.The Clippers’ new star will miss the game against one of the Eastern Conference’s best teams with what is described as “load management (knee).” It will be the second such absence this season for Leonard, who has said he benefited from playing only 60 regular-season games last season with the Toronto Raptors, whom he led to their first NBA title, defeating Milwaukee in six games along the way.The game against the Bucks (5-2) – at 7 p.m., on ESPN – represents the front of a tough back-to-back for the Clippers (5-2), who host the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday in a game set to be nationally televised on TNT.Immediately after Tuesday’s practice, Clippers coach Doc Rivers wasn’t prepared to make a public determination about Leonard’s availability: “We don’t know yet,” Rivers said of playing plans for Leonard, who is averaging 29.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 5.7 assists through six games. “Either-or, or both …”last_img read more

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How the Lakers balance playing Anthony Davis at center

first_img“Well, I think it’s great early on to know to be ready for that time because it may come at any time, and then you’re more comfortable with it,” Green said. “And then guys understand why in the bigger picture that happened, and coaching staff is communicating to the guys coming in and the guys sitting down why they’re doing it. … You start doing it early on and give everybody that mental note to prepare for anytime you’ll be thrown into the fire.”That fire is something the Lakers crave after six consecutive postseasons out in the cold. But getting there is its own challenge that will force the occasional gut decision.Davis famously told Vogel in July in front of a host of media cameras that he didn’t like playing center, but he would do it if he had to. Friday meant coming to grips with the fact that he might have to play there more than he wants. How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs LOS ANGELES — A dozen factors are weighing on Frank Vogel’s mind when he makes lineup decisions.He has to think about balance, size, fatigue, who is shooting hot and who has gone ice cold. In the long term, he has to think about how different arrangements might be necessary to get players used to certain roles, and he has to worry about protecting his top stars, LeBron James and Anthony Davis, from taking on too much workload – even though they are his best assets in any given game.The hardest thing, sometimes, is to just follow his gut.After a lackluster first half in which his team scored just 43 points, he felt a change was necessary to win: Putting Davis at center and inserting Alex Caruso as a secondary ballhandler to James, the Lakers coach made changes that, over the long term, might be difficult to maintain, but in the short term won them the game against the Utah Jazz.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error If Vogel truly went with his gut, he might actually play Davis at center all game. But he also doesn’t want to be the coach who puts too much of a pounding on his new star, risking the Lakers’ chances down the road.The Lakers’ roster is built to accommodate Davis’ preferences: It spoke volumes when the Lakers went out to get Howard to replace DeMarcus Cousins instead of scanning the market for wing depth, which they also need. When the playoffs come, it seems more likely that Davis could be the team’s primary center against Western powers that are geared smaller and armed with switching defenses. But the Lakers need to get to the playoffs before they have the luxury of making those decisions.In a vacuum, Vogel acknowledged, he’d be tempted to play Davis at center a lot more than he actually will.“Instinctually, you want to go to it full time because it can be so lethal,” he said. “But I don’t know if that’s the smartest approach with Anthony at the 5, banging against centers night in and night out. So it’s going to be an opportunistic thing for us.”Still, it was striking how the Lakers universally agreed that Davis at center had a positive net effect. James said the improved spacing opened more driving lanes for guards, while Danny Green felt the defense was able to rotate faster against the perimeter threats of the Jazz. Troy Daniels obviously benefited, nailing four 3-pointers and getting hot in the second half.But making such adjustments on the fly requires a certain amount of flexibility from the players. Caruso had been a healthy scratch in the season opener, and Friday night seemed to be unfolding much in the same way. He kept to his stretching and running routine – the only thing resembling a promise from Vogel was “Stay ready.”Players said Vogel’s halftime decision wasn’t a discussion as much as a marching order: AD at center, Caruso in to start the half. Go.“People don’t understand how hard it is to sit for a full game, keep stretching during timeouts, keep moving,” Caruso said. “Didn’t really expect to get in tonight and then Coach called on me and said I’m starting the second half. It’s just diligence about getting good workouts in and staying in shape … And that’s just part of being a pro.”The Lakers might be better equipped for that uncertainty this year than last. On the roster, five players have won championships, and many more boast significant playoff experience. Many title teams end up tinkering with lineups and yo-yoing playing time throughout a season and even into April and May.Green understands that better than most: Last year’s Toronto Raptors played seven different five-man lineups for at least 70 minutes last season according to the NBA’s advanced data, and that was further scrambled when they made a huge midseason trade for Marc Gasol. Uncertainty was the only certainty for much of the season as coach Nick Nurse experimented with different groups – but come playoff time, the Raptors were ready to play many different lineups with different stylistic goals.Green came away from that championship run with an appreciation for the thinking: Experimenting early can make a team tougher when a coaching staff has to make stark substitution choices.Related Articles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“It’s always in our back pocket, something we can go to against certain matchups,” he said. “But especially against elite rim protectors like Rudy (Gobert).”This has been the elephant in the Lakers’ locker room: While there’s been competition between JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard for a starting spot, the best player capable of playing center is clearly Davis. The 19 points the Lakers scored in the eight-minute stretch with the lineup showcased the spacing the team gets when Davis is the only big, drawing Gobert out of the paint. Davis, who had five blocks and held his All-NBA center opponent to 8 points, was more than capable defensively of doing the job down low.Why, then, is it such a dramatic step for the Lakers to play what might be their best two-way lineup? Two reasons: The Lakers fear the physical pounding Davis would take in a whole season at center, and Davis himself prefers to play power forward.That preference, too, is understandable: 17 of Davis’ 21 points came in the first half, as he spun on the low block against the likes of Jeff Green and Joe Ingles instead of the 7-foot-1 Gobert. But Friday’s game showed that even Davis, however reluctant he may be, recognizes the importance of playing center when winning hangs in the balance.“If it makes sense, then obviously I don’t mind doing it,” he said. “And it made sense tonight. But Coach is very smart in being able to pick and choose he wants to plan (me at) the 5. And it might not be all game.” Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions last_img read more

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Sparks: The Warriors earned their spot as an all-time great team…from this era

first_imgSomething those of us that work in sports media, and sports fans in general, love to do when we see greatness is compare it to past greatness.I can’t count how many times I’ve been asked if all-time Team A could beat all-time Team B in a head-to-head contest.When the Golden State Warriors finished off the Cleveland Cavaliers to win their second title in three seasons, the talk began as to where the Warriors land in the scope of all-time greats.The talk was ramped up earlier this week when …last_img read more

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San Jose Golden State Warriors: The untold story of what almost happened

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having trouble viewing the photo gallery on your mobile device.OAKLAND — Tuesday marks the start of the Golden State Warriors final season at Oracle Arena. Then, off they go to San Francisco. Of all the history etched in Oakland during the team’s 46-year run here, one piece remained largely buried, until now:How close the Warriors came in 1995 to moving to San Jose.Close enough to schedule a press conference — cancelled with just hours to spare — to announce the news. …last_img read more

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Wine and food tourism experts talk growth

first_imgTrends in tourism – visitors seeking experiences – and ways to market South Africa’s excellent wine and food tourism industries were unpacked at the first annual Business of Wine and Food Tourism Conference.Strategies on growing South Africa’s wine and food industries were debated at a conference in Stellenbosch, the epicentre of the country’s winelands, in November 2016. Wine tourism contributes R6-billion annually to South Africa’s GDP. (Images: Alfred Thorpe, @Vuurtoring)Melissa JavanMore tourists were interested in sharing their experiences of South Africa’s wine and food tourism industry, delegates heard at the Business of Wine and Food Tourism Conference. It is planned for the gathering to become an annual event.The two-day conference, which took place on 1 and 2 November 2016 at Spier Wine Farm in Stellenbosch, was attended by industry insiders and experts.Research undertaken by the Western Cape’s destination marketing, investment and trade promotion agency, Wesgro, found that 86% of tourists wanted to sample local wines and food. SABC also reported that more people wanted customised experiences.A million bottles of South African wines were sold daily worldwide. “This is a million opportunities to tell South Africa’s story through wine tourism,” said Mariette du Toit-Helmbold from destination and tourism marketing agency Destinate.Destinate has been commissioned to develop an industry-led wine tourism plan as part of the Wine Industry Strategic Exercise. This initiative was introduced to promote a robust, adaptable and competitive industry.“South Africa’s competitive edge is not only our wine, but also our hospitality and passionate people. That matched with unique experiences, exceptional food and breath-taking scenery, all accessible to the visitor,” said Du Toit-Helmbold.Plenty of the ideas were given about ways of enhancing wine and food experiences:“Restaurants are important, as they are the platform for the development & marketing of a nation”, #jprossouw @winefoodconf #wfconf2016— Ian & Lise Manley (@manleycom) November 2, 2016Are our restaurants reflecting our cultural dishes? What’s our national signature dish?Which dish do we defend internationally? #wfconf2016— Wesgro (@Wesgro) November 2, 2016You may not have big budgets for marketing campaigns – do one thing well; train your staff, give them knowledge. #winetourism #wfconf2016— Wesgro (@Wesgro) November 2, 2016A strategy being developedWine tourism currently contributes R6-billion annually towards South Africa’s GDP. The aim is to increase that amount to R15-billion by 2025, with the help of the wine tourism strategy.Du Toit-Helmbold said the strategy was being developed as a dynamic industry framework and practical plan. “Our immediate priorities are to get buy-in from role players and to finalise the implementation plan with input from and alignment with the government.”Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom said he supported the development of a wine tourism strategy that would unite the industry behind a common vision, brand and aligned plan to take wine tourism forward. “We look forward to working with the industry to help realise the enormous potential wine tourism has in contributing to our country’s overall tourism growth.”Watch Tim Harris, chief executive officer of Wesgro, talk about the different food and wine experiences in the Western Cape:Rico Basson, chief executive officer of VinPro, said the conference would have long-term benefits for wine tourism and related industries: “We need to adapt to international trends, while offering the best authentic, local offerings – best of what is local.”Wine tourism is a major revenue generator for South Africa. It also presents an important opportunity in terms of job creation,” he said.Already 289,000 jobs had been added in the wine value chain to date, said Basson. “The new strategy will pave the way for significant growth in the wine tourism sector over the next 10 years.”VinePro represents South African wine cellars and wine grape producers. It had provided funding to conclude the strategy and implementation plan and enable a number of interventions within the next 12 months, said conference organisers.On the strategy agenda is the development of a national wine tourism brand and message with a wine tourism marketing kit to train the trade and hospitality industry, providing them with the tools, messaging and visual inspiration to promote wine tourism more effectively.Furthermore, the establishment of a neutral wine tourism digital marketing platform with interactive website, activated social media platforms, aligned wine tourism event calendar, and fresh content providing links to all the wine regions and routes for cross- marketing purposes is a priority.Collaboration is keyOne million bottles of South African wine are sold daily worldwide. (Image: Alfred Thorpe, @Vuurtoring)Siobhan Thompson, chief executive officer of Wines of South Africa said: “South Africa exports wine to markets across the world. The bulk of the country’s exports are aligned with South Africa’s key source tourism markets such as the European Union, with exports to markets in the rest of Africa, the US and China growing.“It makes sense for wine and tourism to collaborate and promote our wine tourism offering as a differentiating factor within our broader wine and tourism marketing initiatives.”Hein Koegelenberg, chief executive officer of estates La Motte and Leopard’s Leap, said: “We need each other – not only to create a successful and profitable wine tourism industry, but also to sustainably have a quality offering that will result in job creation and that will make a difference to the lives of our people and communities.”The conference was a wonderful opportunity for the industry to get together and discuss the various facets of wine tourism, which included international best practice and benchmarks; getting to grips with digital aspects; and the importance of service excellence, he added.“What I hope everyone took away from these two days is that wine tourism is a national asset that requires commitment and strategy and very importantly, co- operation between industries, between disciplines and also between Cape Town and the winelands.”Other topics“Relax with Dax” blogger Dax Villanueva is a speaker at the Business of Wine and Food Tourism Conference on 1 and 2 November 2016. (Image: Alfred Thorpe, @Vuurtoring)The importance of marketing, whether face to face with customers or virtually, was another topic discussed at the conference. Other topics included Marketing what’s hot? What’s not?; Maximising direct customer sales; and Eating South Africa: How do we plate ourselves to the world?Asked about the next big thing in marketing, Paula Hulley of digital agency Gloo singled out short form video. She stressed the importance of visual storytelling in a content-cluttered world.Tips were given on Twitter:We need to keep the customer’s journey in mind, and that now includes a digital journey – Roslyn Lavery @PayFast #wfconf2016 pic.twitter.com/Ke1hZymO95— wine.co.za | SA Wine (@winecoza) November 2, 2016It is important to have a digital marketing plan, as part of your PR and traditional marketing plan @RelaxWithDax #wfconf2016 #destineering pic.twitter.com/sR4L7GCOJj— Annareth Bolton (@yourbubblyness) November 2, 2016The conference ended with an awards ceremony celebrating South Africa’s 2017 Great Wine Capitals Best of Wine Tourism Award winners, with the country’s global and regional winners honoured.The next Business of Wine and Food Tourism conference will be held at the Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town on 19 and 20 September 2017.Sources: Destinate and BrandSouthAfrica reporter.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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ExxonMobil Eagle LNG Crowley Join Forces on LNG as Fuel

first_imgzoom ExxonMobil, Eagle LNG Partners and Crowley have signed an agreement to collaborate on the development of LNG as a marine fuel. The companies said that the goal of the collaboration is to establish the storage and technical support necessary to provide “safe, reliable LNG delivery for vessel operators bunkering in North America.”The three companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on June 27, 2017, and they will initially focus their efforts in Florida before expanding to other North American markets.Under the terms of the deal, ExxonMobil will provide its technical support and expertise to help the parties carry out safe bunkering operations and sell LNG bunker fuel to vessel operators. Eagle LNG Partners will supply the LNG and will design, build and operate small-scale production and storage facilities as well as coordinate land-based LNG transportation. Crowley will provide bunker logistics and ensure safe and reliable operations.“The Memorandum of Understanding is another major step forward in developing LNG as a marine fuel. It will leverage the specialist knowledge and expertise of ExxonMobil, Eagle LNG Partners and Crowley to the benefit of vessel operators bunkering in North America,” said Luca Volta, LNG Venture Manager at ExxonMobil. “This agreement provides additional opportunities for vessel operators looking to adopt LNG as a marine fuel.”The decision by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to introduce a global 0.50 percent sulfur cap on vessel emissions in 2020 will impact bunker fuel selection. The parties believe that the marine industry is heading for a multi-fuel future that will include low-sulphur options, with LNG an important part of that mix.last_img read more

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Sizebased standards incentivize automakers to increase size of cars study finds

As the Trump administration weighs how to revise fuel economy standards, a new study finds footprint-based rules are less effective and more costly than a flat standard with credit trading. Provided by University of Chicago New research proposes tying vehicle fuel standards to gas prices Journal information: Review of Economics and Statistics At the heart of U.S. fuel economy standards currently being evaluated by the Trump administration is one attribute: a vehicle’s “footprint,” measured by the rectangle formed by the four points where a vehicle’s tires touch the ground. The attribute-based footprint standard is used to sort vehicles into bins with different compliance targets, with larger vehicles facing more modest requirements. Some have argued that this system incentivizes automakers to produce bigger vehicles, but there has been little concrete evidence to support this beyond a general trend toward light trucks and SUVs. But a study in the May edition of the Review of Economics and Statistics evaluates attribute-based regulations, looking specifically at the weight-based standards in Japan. The study finds that the standards did indeed incentivize automakers to increase the weight of their vehicles. And while the weight-based standards are more efficient than a flat standard alone, they are twice as costly as a flat standard accompanied by credit trading.”As automakers like Ford dramatically boost production of their pickups and SUVs, it’s clear that there is more driving their decisions than consumer preferences alone,” said co-author Koichiro Ito, an assistant professor at the Harris School of Public Policy. “Policy plays a substantial role, as our study indicates.”Ito and his co-author James Sallee, an assistant professor at the University of California, Berkeley, studied Japan’s standards at a time when the government introduced an incentive for vehicles that exceeded their fuel economy target. This policy change—whereby vehicles were judged based on both weight, to be in compliance, and fuel economy, to receive the subsidy—allowed Ito and Sallee to examine how the targeted goal of the policy (i.e. fuel economy) changed relative to the attribute-based scheme (i.e. weight). They compared cars sold in 2008, before the policy change, to those in 2012.The authors found that the weight-based system incentivized automakers to increase vehicle weight in order to fall into a less stringent compliance category. Ten percent of Japanese vehicles had their weight increased. Among the affected vehicles, the authors estimate that weight rose by 110 kilograms on average.When comparing this to a flat standard, the flat standard reduced the weight of cars broadly, but cost more to comply. If those who achieve the flat standard are allowed to sell credits to those who do not, this credit trading reduced compliance costs, making the weight-based system twice as costly as the flat standard with credit trading.”Having a flat standard with compliance trading where automakers can trade credits is the best option, improving fuel economy at a low compliance cost,” Ito said. “The U.S. fuel standards already have this trading scheme in place. Making a switch away from the footprint-based system and toward the most efficient policy option can be within reach.” Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Koichiro Ito et al. The Economics of Attribute-Based Regulation: Theory and Evidence from Fuel Economy Standards, The Review of Economics and Statistics (2017). DOI: 10.1162/REST_a_00704 Citation: Size-based standards incentivize automakers to increase size of cars, study finds (2018, May 16) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-size-based-standards-incentivize-automakers-size.html read more

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