Slade: I will pick the team

first_img “I’ve had a couple of good and honest conversations with the owner,” Slade said, speaking for the first time since his appointment on a two-year contract was confirmed. “He wants value for money from his football club. There’s a big budget here and he’s put a lot of money into it. “He wants that work ethic and honesty on the pitch and I’m hoping together we can provide that and a way forward for the club. “Of course, he’s the owner and he’s entitled to an opinion on the playing side, but it will be me that’s picking the team.” Slade admitted he had “done his homework” on Tan in much the same way as the wealthy Malaysian businessman would have done on him and believes he can win over Cardiff supporters sceptical regarding his appointment. Cardiff are 15th in the Sky Bet Championship table with 13 points from 11 games but retain ambitions to return to the top flight they left last May, yet they have turned to a manager who while having extensive lower-league experience has never previously operated at this level. “Yes, I’ve got to win fans over but that’s the same at any football club when you go in,” Slade said. “The only thing that will do that is performance and winning football matches. Press Association Slade finally completed his protracted move to Cardiff on Monday night after resigning his position as Leyton Orient manager on September 24. The 53-year-old has become the third Cardiff manager in the space of a year following the departures of Malky Mackay and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but Slade insists he can have a productive relationship with Tan, who has been criticised in the past for interfering in team affairs. New Cardiff manager Russell Slade has insisted he is his own man despite admitting that he will discuss team matters with the club’s controversial owner Vincent Tan. “In terms of management I don’t see any difference – management is management whatever level you’re at. “I don’t think it changes the fact I’ve got a lot to bring to the table in terms of the 650 games I’ve probably done now. “To a certain extent I’m surprised to be here, but as a League One manager you’re always looking for that opportunity and I feel I’ve done the miles. “I had an opportunity to go to another Championship club two years ago but Barry Hearn (then Orient owner) wouldn’t let me go at that time. “I had four-and-a-half great years there but I lost that opportunity and I wasn’t going to lose this one.” Slade confirmed that Scott Young, who stepped up from the academy to share caretaker duties with veteran defender Danny Gabbidon when Solskjaer left the club last month, will remain at first-team level as his assistant. The Cardiff manager will continue to put his backroom staff together in the coming days and admits he might have to prune a squad that he says is both large and costly. “It is a big staff and squad and arguably too big, so that’s something we’ll look at,” Slade said. “Maybe there needs to be some wheeling and dealing in the short term so we get a sizeable and talented group, but we might want to bring in the right type of player as well. “But the aim is to get as high up the league as we possibly can, to get into that top six if at all possible. “We’ve left ourselves a battle at this moment with the position we’re in but there are still 35 games to go and that still gives us a realistic opportunity of getting in the shake-up. “The owner is realistic enough to see the position we’re in and if we can get a top-six position that would be an achievement. “And from that situation who knows? You can still get in those play-offs and the Premier League.” last_img read more

Kobe Bryant aggravates sore right shoulder in Lakers’ 96-80 loss to New Orleans Pelicans

first_imgNEW ORLEANS >> It seemed rare to see. Kobe Bryant stood here on the court performing nifty crossovers, canning mid-range jumpers and even throwing down a dunk.But then concerns emerged yet again about Bryant’s health. So much that the focus on the Lakers’ 96-80 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday at Smoothie King Center went beyond Bryant’s 14 points on 6-of-14 shooting, seven rebounds, two assists and three turnovers in 30 minutes. The talk also glossed over the Lakers (12-31) extending a season-worst losing streak to six games as Pelicans forward Anthony Davis posted a team-high 29 points on 11-of-18 shooting and eight rebounds. The buzz over actor Will Ferrell filming a segment at halftime in which he threw a basketball at a cheerleader became an afterthought. Bryant aggravated a sore right shoulder he said he has nursed for a while after his dunk over New Orleans’ Dante Cunningham tied the game 59-59 with 4:34 left in the third quarter. After icing his shoulder on the bench as the Lakers fell behind by double digits, Bryant entered with five minutes remaining and handled the ball and took shots mostly using only his left arm. Bryant then went to the locker room with 1:09 remaining for treatment. He will take an MRI today to determine his availability for Friday’s game in San Antonio. “I don’t know if he (Bryant) thought if he would be that limited,” said Lakers coach Byron Scott after talking with head athletic trainer Gary Vitti. “I thought when he went back out, he could play. He always says he has two arms, so you don’t necessarily have to use one all the time. After I saw him shoot it a couple of times and bring it up the court, that pretty much let me know it was sore.”Although he did not know if he will play against the Spurs and called his shoulder “a little achy,” Bryant downplayed the injury.“I feel fine,” said Bryant, who noted he has played with past shoulder injuries. The reality is I’m doing a lot of phenomenal things in 30 minutes. My body is not that (messed) up.”So much that Bryant said he could exceed the conservative approach Scott has taken recently. Bryant has missed eight of the past 15 games, has sat out on back-to-backs and has not exceeded 32 minutes. “I could play every game,” Bryant said. “It’s just Byron’s calls on what he wants to do. Some games he wants me to rest and some games he wants me to play. I’m good either way.”Scott said Bryant needs at least 10-15 more games playing between 30-32 minutes and occasionally resting before catching up from the heavy workload Scott piled on his star player. “Unless we want him to play the remainder 40 games and wear himself out. That’s definitely not in our plans,” Scott said. “It’s something we have to live with. That’s something he has to live with as well. Right now that’s something he’s more than willing to do that just to make sure we preserve him.”But Bryant downplayed what he thinks that approach might do for him should he play next season in the final year of his contract that will pay him $25 million.“It’s my job to be ready every night,” Bryant said. “I just try to do my part, make sure I get the rest, make sure I stretch, make sure I do strength training. Just try to be ready every single night. Whatever call he (Scott) makes, he makes. But it’s my job to be ready.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Nets have transitioned from grim to gritty, but Brooklyn’s biggest test lies ahead

first_imgThree years ago, when Kenny Atkinson was plucked from the ranks of assistant coaches around the league and named head coach in Brooklyn, he made a change in culture a priority. The Nets were an aging bunch headed toward rock bottom, and Atkinson sought to establish an uphill mindset.He had good reason — the Nets were entering into a brutal rebuild and were doing so with a bare cabinet, as four of Brooklyn’s five first-round draft picks from 2014-18 had been given to Boston in some form or other. There was no point in tanking. There would be no No. 1 pick rescuing the franchise. MORE: Greatest Nets players of all timeAtkinson and the team’s general manager, Sean Marks, would have to scour the globe for players. When those players came through Brooklyn, they’d not only have to fit Atkinson’s offensive and defensive systems, they’d be held to a high standard for toughness, gumption and — this word comes up when talking to just about every Nets player — grit.”It’s Brooklyn grit,” veteran forward DeMarre Carroll told SN. “Go around Brooklyn, it’s gritty. I feel like that’s the kind of culture we have here, and we want to be identified with Brooklyn grit. When you play the Brooklyn Nets, you are going to be in a tough battle. That’s the kind of culture we want to have here.”The Nets have become that. They’re 34-33 heading into the final month of the season, what will be the most consequential month for the franchise in the last four years, with a chance to earn a postseason spot in the East and forge an important step forward in what has already been a remarkable rebuilding project.The playoffs are no guarantee, even with a lead of 3.5 games over the sliding Magic and Hornets. Brooklyn has a brutal schedule down the stretch, including eight of its next nine games on the road. The Nets open that stretch in Atlanta, but after that, the final 14 teams they play are all fighting for postseason position, and only two of those teams (the Lakers and Heat) are below .500.That’s imposing. But go back to the start of the season, and you’ll remember how little was expected from the Nets coming out of the gate. In Las Vegas, the Nets’ win total was projected at 32.5, and NBA.com’s preview suggested that a 36-win season would register as a success.That’s because, for the first two years of Atkinson’s tenure, the Nets were defined more by grimness than grittiness. They won 20 games in his first season and 28 games in his second and watched as the Celtics took advantage of those struggles by drafting Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum.  But Atkinson used those two years to establish his system and the culture he and Marks wanted. It took some stubbornness for Atkinson to absorb all the losing the Nets were doing, though, and stick with the program.  “What’s hard is, when you’re losing, to stick with that culture and not go off the rails and start changing things,” Atkinson said. “Now, we did change some things, but the basic foundation of what we wanted to do, we established in the beginning and kept on the same way. It’s just great to see that we are starting to reap some results.”We have a long, long way to go. We understand that. But getting positive results has helped the guys and their confidence level, and that’s why we’re getting some results people honestly did not think we were going to get.”There have been some basic features of Atkinson’s approach that have not wavered since he took over the Nets, as the following chart shows. His approach is in line with today’s NBA, as the Nets consistently have been among the league leaders in drives to the basket and 3-point attempts, and among the teams that take the fewest midrange shots (from 10-16 feet and 2-pointers from 16 feet and beyond, as measured by Basketball-Reference.com).One of the biggest changes this year is that Nets players have simply gotten better at converting those drives and 3-pointers.SeasonDrives (Rank)Drive FG %% of FGA from 10-16 feet% of FGA from 16-plus feet3PT FGA3PT FG %2016-1746.3 (4)46.1 (9)7.7 (28)7.0 (29)31.6 (4)33.8 (26)2017-1849.9 (3)45.6 (19)8.3 (28)6.2 (29)35.7 (2)35.6 (20)2018-1952.8 (3)48.9 (7)8.5 (22)5.0 (27)31.6 (4)35.3 (12)MORE: Russell says trade to Nets is “best thing that happened” in his career”We have standards analytically where we looked at, was our process correct?” Atkinson explained. “Where, even though we’re not making all the 3s, we are getting a ton of open 3s. We’re not making all our drives, but we’re getting a ton of drives. We’re not defending the 3 great percentage-wise, but we’re limiting the 3s. We’ve looked at those metrics all along.”We’re doing a lot of good things. We’re not finalizing yet, but I think now it is starting to come to fruition where we’re getting the results we want.”That’s been the same approach with the team’s culture. Marks has brought a varied cast of characters through Barclays Center in the last three years, and “Name that Net” would make for a nifty parlor game among NBA fans — from Quincy Acy to Tyler Zeller, from Yogi Ferrell to “Sauce Castillo,” from Anthony Bennett to Jahlil Okafor, from Randy Foye to Luis Scola, Brooklyn has cast a wide net in search of talent.The Nets have a much more settled bunch of players this season, even as tough injuries struck Caris LeVert (42 games) and Spencer Dinwiddie (14 games), two of the team’s top three scorers. But over the years, the revolving-door roster was tough on Atkinson.”Listen,” Atkinson told Sporting News, “there were times where it was very hard and you wonder, ‘Are we doing the right thing? Are we playing the right guys? Is the system right?’ Sure, I think those are natural feelings when you’re not winning. But I think the strength of the group and the support from Sean especially and our ownership, the patience they’ve had, that has really helped.”What remains is a group of players that has often been cast off elsewhere and has gained some NBA redemption here with the Nets. Not one player on the roster was a straightforward draftee of the team — even the players the Nets did pick in the draft (Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, LeVert, Jared Allen, Dznan Musa, Rodions Kurucs) were acquired through draft-related trades. “We’ve got a good group of guys that has had to work for everything we get,” said D’Angelo Russell, who this year became Brooklyn’s first All-Star since Joe Johnson in 2014. “So the culture piggybacks off of grinding it out, being that gritty team that’s got to work for everything and not depend on anybody else, go and take everything we get.”A playoff spot is the next thing these Nets need to go and get. It’s not going to be easy, not with a West Coast slog on the near horizon and six meetings against the East’s top five teams after that.If grit was part of the culture that Atkinson has installed in Brooklyn, if these players define themselves that way, then they’re in luck. The next month will be an excellent time to show it.last_img read more

Salvador Jaramillo, 82, Wellington: Nov. 17, 1931 – Jan. 11, 2014

first_imgSalvador JaramilloSalvador G. Jaramillo, age 82, lifetime Wellington resident, died on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, KS.  He worked as an inspector/carman for the Santa Fe Railroad for nine years, as a sheet metal assembler for Boeing Aircraft for 15 years, and for the USD #353 for many years.Salvador G. Jaramillo was born November 17, 1931 to David Jaramillo and Eusebia (Ramirez) Jaramillo in Wellington, KS.  He was a Wellington High School graduate with the Class of 1950. He served in the United States Navy from 1953 to 1957.Salvador married Connie Negrete on October 8, 1960 at the Holy Name Catholic Church in Winfield, KS.  They recently celebrated 53 years of marriage.He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Jesse and Leo Jaramillo.He is survived by his loving wife, Connie of the home; two sons, Rick Jaramillo and Mark Jaramillo both of Wellington, KS; two brothers, Robert Jaramillo and Andrew Jaramillo both of Wichita, KS; three sisters, Irene Ybarra of Wellington, KS, Rosa Jaramillo of Wellington, KS and Carmen Jaramillo of Wichita, KS; and numerous nieces and nephews.Visitation will be at the funeral home on Thursday, January 16, 2014 from 1 to 5 p.m.Rosary will be held at St. Anthony and St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Wellington, KS on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 7 p.m.Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony and St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church.  Father Dwight Birket and Father Andrew J. Seiler will officiate. Interment will follow the service at Prairie Lawn Cemetery in Wellington.A memorial has been established with the St. Anthony and St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. Contributions can be left at or mailed to the funeral home.Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.netlast_img read more

RDC ignoring ECD residents

first_imgDear Editor,Not only the drainage infrastructure in Chateau Margot on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD) is very poor and ignored by the Regional Democratic Council at Triumph village or even the Neighbourhood Democratic Council, which is at Better Hope, ECD, but also the damaged unsuitable roads and streets. Children who walk to local school have to dodge wide street pot holes, made by large and very heavy vehicular traffic, on their way back and forth; morning and afternoon.Several resident have already made their fears known palpable and subtle via all or most of the known legal channels, but it seems like ancient Nero of old Rome they ( ie the authorities), have plugged all their fingers in their ears and pretend that they do not hear or just do not care and want to even listen.Yours faithfully,Rooplall Dudhnathlast_img read more