17 Aug

Lakers experiencing learning curve on defense

first_imgLAS VEGAS >> The Lakers have experienced issues far more serious than Lonzo Ball’s shooting accuracy.The Lakers (0-2) enter their summer-league game against the Sacramento Kings (0-1) on Monday at Thomas & Mack Center struggling to stop teams in different ways.After allowing the Clippers to shoot 46 percent from the field on Friday, the Lakers then limited the Celtics to a 38.6 percent clip on Saturday. In both games, though, the Lakers drew plenty of whistles. After collecting 33 fouls against the Clippers, they had 25 fouls against the Celtics.“We’re just trying to change our mentality defensively where we take more pride in it and hold guys more accountable,” said Lakers assistant Jud Buechler, the team’s summer-league head coach. “I think we’ve made progress. That doesn’t happen over night. We’re not seeing it in the results of the win column. But you’re seeing little improvements through the last two games.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error For a player who prides himself on his versatility, Lakers rookie forward Kyle Kuzma has tried to ensure he does not become among the many workers that fall victim to this trend in many industries.A jack of all trades, a master of none.So with the Lakers selecting him with the 27th pick in the draft, Kuzma tried to show his worth amounted beyond his ability to play multiple positions and willingness to make hustle plays. He wanted to prove he could shoot the ball well. So, Kuzma took on the repetitive task in focusing on that skill recently in gym workouts.In the Lakers’ 86-81 loss to the Boston Celtics on Saturday at Thomas & Mack Center, Kuzma provided some early returns on investment. He posted a team-leading 31 points, while shooting 12 of 26 from the field and 5 of 10 from 3-point range. Kuzma became mindful he would have to tinker with his approach when accounting for the distance in the 3-point line from the basket in college basketball (19 feet, 9 inches) and in the NBA (23 feet, 9 inches).“I have to get my legs into it,” Kuzma said. “The college 3, you can shoot like it’s a free throw. But it being that deep, I have to really focus on getting my legs into it and the mechanics in my shot. By doing so, I’m more efficient and effective.”Standing outDefenders quickly grew exhausted and irritated on figuring out ways to stop Kobe Bryant. To a much smaller scale, the same thing happened in Thomas Bryant’s summer-league debut. The Lakers rookie forward posted 13 points on 4-of-5 shooting, five rebounds and one block in 17 minutes off the bench during Friday’s loss to the Clippers.“His effort was awesome,” Buechler said. “He was the one guy that really gave us energy.”Consistency might become Bryant’s toughest opponent. Bryant, whom the Lakers selected 42nd overall, had zero points on 0 of 2 shooting and one rebound in 15 minutes on Saturday against the Celtics.“They’re expecting me to go out there, show my passion and energy and run the floor and get the guys open,” Bryant said on Friday. “Get some easy points and easy rebounds; just fight my way out there.”center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Lakers want more improvement, obviously.“We have to take pride on defense every possession and not put our heads down when we give up a bucket,” Lakers second-year guard David Nwaba said. “It’s important we take the right shots.”That way the Lakers can accomplish two things. They can limit teams from scoring in transition. In turn, the Lakers will have more chances to score that way.“When they’re scoring and we’re taking it out of the net every time, we can’t really fast-break really well,” Buechler said. “When we get stops, rebounds and get the ball to him, guys are running and we can get easy layups at the baskets.”Practice makes perfectlast_img read more

20 Jan

Patrons should see a real fight this time

first_img 43 VICTORIES Corley is a 41-year-old veteran from Washington, DC, who has had 70 fights, with a record of 43 victories, 26 losses and one draw. He has boxed all over the world and last fought in Denmark on February 26, scoring a tko victory over Osama Hadifi. He has fought for world titles several times, among them a loss to Zab Judah for the WBO super lightweight title in 2003 and another loss to Miguel Cotto for the same title in 2005. He also had a non-title fight loss to boxing kingpin, Floyd Mayweather Jr, in 2004. Azore has 16 victories, five losses and three draws in a career that started in December 2006 and saw him becoming the Guyanese welterweight boxing champion in December 2012. He has been inactive recently because of his inability to get fights, but has been training hard for several months since learning that he would be a challenger in the Contender series. He told The Gleaner yesterday that he is “fit, ready and confident” and is looking forward to a good fight. Two experienced boxers – DeMarcus ‘Chop Chop’ Corley from the USA and Iwan ‘Pure Gold’ Azore, a Guyanese-born fighter who lives in Trinidad and Tobago – will exchange punches tonight over five rounds in the second preliminary bout of the Wray and Nephew 2016 Contender Series. The action starts at 9 p.m. at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium, Old Hope Road, and will be broadcast live on Television Jamaica. Last week, spectators left the venue bemused and disappointed when after only 55 seconds, one of the boxers, 19-year old Xzaviar Ford from North Carolina, USA, suffered a torn tendon in his right shoulder and could not continue, gifting the bout to his opponent, Jamaican Richard Holmes, who was declared the winner by technical knockout. The promoters and sponsors were very disappointed with the outcome and have made an effort to have a better line-up this week. Corley, who was not on the original list of boxers selected to appear this year, was recruited a few days ago to join the USA team in their bid to defeat the Caribbean team. The format of the competition is that there are eight boxers on each team – the Caribbean and the USA – respectively. A draw is then used to select the opponents from both camps, and they will challenge each other over five rounds, with the winners moving on to the quarter-finals, the semi-finals and then the final. The eventual winner of the competition takes home $2 million, the runner-up $500,000, third $250,000 and fourth $200,000.last_img read more

28 Dec


first_imgChurch of the Irish MartyrsThe Annual “Little Angels inter-denominational service of remembrance” will take place on Sunday 17th April at 4pm.The service will take place in the Church of the Irish Martyrs, Letterkenny.The management, staff and Chaplains of Letterkenny University Hospital would like to extend a warm welcome to everyone. DONEGAL TO REMEMBER ITS ‘LITTLE ANGELS’ AT UNIQUE SERVICE was last modified: April 4th, 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) Tags:Church of the Irish MartyrsdonegalLittle angelslast_img read more