Lakers coach Frank Vogel is eager to show his evolution

first_img“We felt good about adding players that will star in their roles around A.D. and LeBron,” he said. “The guys that we had all lined up are all going to come in and play their part and we feel just as good about our opportunity to compete for a championship now.”While Davis seemed averse to considering load management (the practice of deliberate, healthy resting) – “I’m gonna play,” he said at one point – Vogel said the decisions will be handled by the team’s medical staff led by Dr. Judy Seto. James struggled with injuries last season for the first time in his career, and Vogel said Seto and her staff are likely to have discussions about the practice with James and Davis – “I am going to fall in line with that,” he said.Vogel talked about a few players specifically on next year’s roster, calling Kyle Kuzma a “maximum-effort guy” who is already polished on the scoring end and he believes can escalate his game defensively to become another standout alongside James and Davis.He also expressed optimism about adding DeMarcus Cousins: Citing his own experience with Paul George after he shattered his leg in 2014, he believes the second year after an injury (Cousins ruptured his Achilles in January of 2018) can be when a player regains his prior stature. While the Lakers have noted that Cousins appears to be svelte and in good shape, Vogel said they’ll be patient. But he agreed with Pelinka that if Cousins can approach his All-Star caliber form of the past, it could raise the team’s ceiling.“This is the year that I think he hopefully starts to really regain his form,” Vogel said. “If he does, then we have one of the most powerful, dominant players in the game.”Vogel said his staff will soon be finalized, and on Sunday, ESPN reported that former Cavaliers and Raptors assistant Phil Handy – a coach with a sterling reputation for talent development – is being hired as an assistant. The Lakers will also have Jason Kidd, Lionel Hollins and Miles Simon on staff next season.Vogel said while it’s unusual for a team with no continuity to talk openly about winning a title, he’s not surprised – or intimidated. He doesn’t expect it to be a smooth journey all the way through, but he thinks the Lakers have the potential to get there.“There’s going to be a lot of bumps in the road,” he said. “Hopefully as the season goes on, you continue to work to build that chemistry and come playoff time, hopefully, you’re coming together at the right time. If this level of talent comes together and learns to play with each other, and play selflessly and work hard on the defensive end, the sky is the limit.” Anthony Davis might have forgotten where he was for a moment as he described his ideal position. He’d rather play power forward than center – he’s made that much clear.Then he turned to his left, and a toothy, sheepish smile formed as he extended a long arm to his new coach, Frank Vogel.“If it comes down to it coach, and you need to play the five,” he said, “then I’ll play the five.”The talent is assembled, and the Lakers are expecting big things from a veteran-laden roster led by Davis and LeBron James. On Saturday during Davis’ introduction, the word “championship” was tossed about liberally – the high standards are no secret for the coming season. Vogel was influenced by James’ Miami teams, with whom he sparred twice in the Eastern Conference finals. He started evolving during his two-year tenure in Orlando, he said.“It’s a simple concept, put shooters around elite offensive talents and you are going to be pretty good because your guys are either going to score or they’re going to find shooters on the weak side,” he said. “That’s the way our roster has been set up and built and we got an army of guys on that weak side that can punish either with the three or making plays off the bounce.”Vogel echoed an earlier sentiment from Rob Pelinka: Though the team had hoped to land Kawhi Leonard in free agency, they had done advance work to protect themselves from Leonard’s eventual decision to join the Clippers. Vogel said he had been comfortable with either scenario and the way the roster worked out, he thought Pelinka and the front office had done well to assemble a competent cast for James and Davis relatively late into free agency.Related Articles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe man in charge of putting all the pieces together, the 46-year-old head coach hired during a chaotic month of May, now faces the season well-stocked with proven players. And the roster the Lakers have put together reflects the style Vogel expects to play come October, which he outlined in a session with the media on Saturday following Davis’ introduction.In a way, Vogel, whose own introductory press conference was overshadowed by Magic Johnson-related turmoil, is still waiting to show the NBA how he’s evolved.“It’s not so much how I believe it should be played; It’s just the way I coach,” he said. “For instance, my Pacers teams (wanted to) pound it in the post. Because that was the personality we had. We wanted to play through big (Roy) Hibbert and David West, and we didn’t have the kind of 3-point shooting that teams are playing with nowadays. You see the benefits; you see how it shifts, and like anything, you measure whether that makes sense for your club or your style of play.”This Lakers team won’t resemble his Pacers teams of the past very much, Vogel suggested.With a 304-291 career record, Vogel’s calling card in both Indiana and Orlando has been as a defensive-minded coach who played with less tempo on the offensive end. The New Jersey native says the past few seasons have changed his approach to offense, and he’s more eager to create spacing for shooters. The Lakers’ heavy investment into guards – the team has seven on its 14-man roster, many of whom have overlapping skillsets – reflected how Vogel will likely want to play, surrounding James and Davis with shooters sprawled along the perimeter. 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Monday January 13th Local Sports

first_imgAMES, Iowa (AP) – Rasir Bolton had 23 points and six assists, Tyrese Haliburton added 15 points and eight assists and Iowa State subdued Oklahoma 81-68 on Saturday night.The Cyclones (8-7, 1-2 Big 12) closed the first half on a 12-0 run capped by a 30-foot buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Haliburton to take a 42-25 lead.Iowa State, which snapped a three-game losing streak, used a 9-0 spurt early in the second half to build a 26-point lead and the Sooners (11-4, 2-1) never cut the deficit to single digits.Iowa State – which gave big man George Conditt IV his first start of the season – enjoyed a boost from bench players such as Tre Jackson, who scored 12 points on 4 of 5 shooting from 3-point range. Fellow backup Terrence Lewis added 10.Brady Manek led the Sooners with 17 points and Austin Reaves added 12 points and five rebounds. ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Elias Pettersson scored his 21st goal and fellow All-Star Jacob Markstom stopped 23 shots in the Vancouver Canucks’ 4-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday. Bo Horvat added two goals — the second into an empty net with 5.7 seconds left — and Troy Stecher also scored the Canucks. They’ve won nine of 11 and picked up their second win in two days. Devan Dubnyk made 26 saves, and Marcus Foligno scored for Minnesota, The Wild were held to 24 total shots after averaging 40 in their previous three games. CLEVELAND (AP) — A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that the Cleveland Browns are hiring Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski as their coach. Stefanski accepted the position Sunday, a day after Minnesota lost in the playoffs. That’s according to the person who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the sides have yet to finalize a contract. An official announcement is expected Monday. The 37-year-old Stefanski was one of eight candidates to interview with the Browns. They fired Freddie Kitchens after going 6-10 this season. The Browns will next hire a new general manager. Both NIACC teams return to action Wednesday at home against Iowa Lakes. The women’s game is slated to start at 5:30 with the men’s game at 7:30. You can hear both games on AM-1300 KGLO and IOWA CITY — The home court winning streak for the Iowa Hawkeye women is still alive. Iowa outscored 12th ranked Indiana 14-8 in the second overtime for a 91-85 win. The Hawkeyes have won 30 straight at home and move to 4-1 in the Big Ten. Iowa coach Lisa Bluder.Kathleen Doyle led Iowa with 31 points and 10 assists.Iowa’s home court winning streak is the second longest in the nation.Mason City native Makenzie Meyer scored 17 points and had three assists and two steals. Iowa hits the road this week, playing at Minnesota on Thursday and Wisconsin on Sunday. SIOUX CITY — Anna Deets had 21 points to lead #11/4A Mason City over #1/3A Heelan of Sioux City 54-43 in Sioux City on Saturday. Mason City improves to 6-5 with the win and will host Marshalltown as part of a doubleheader that was postponed from Friday to tonight. You can hear the games on AM-1300 KGLO and starting at 6:15. == On the women’s side, 6th-ranked NIACC topped DMACC 77-62. NIACC (16-1 overall, 3-0 in the ICCAC) led 38-37 at the half and opened up a 60-51 lead after three quarters. Freshman Sydney Wetlaufer led the Lady Trojans with a career-high 27 points, including five 3-point goals, and career-best seven rebounds. Wetlaufer’s previous career-high in points was 26 against Sinclair CC on Dec. 30. NIACC also received 18 points and seven rebounds from sophomore Autam Mendez, 15 points and seven rebounds from freshman Sierra Morrow and 11 points from freshman Allie Negen. Sophomore Kelcie Hale had eight assists for NIACC, which has won four straight. FOREST CITY — Forest City outscored Clear Lake 21-14 in the first quarter and 15-11 in the fourth quarter for a 54-52 win in non-conference basketball Saturday. Andrew Formanek had 19 points while Kody Kearns added 14 to lead Clear Lake, as the Lions fall to 7-2 on the season and will host Algona tomorrow night. Noah Miller had 27 for Forest City. The Indians are now 7-6 and will travel to Eagle Grove tomorrow night. TONIGHT:AM-1300 KGLO, — Mason City vs. Marshalltown — girls 6:15, boys followcenter_img BOONE — The 4th-ranked NIACC men’s basketball team dropped a 107-63 decision to 5th-ranked DMACC in an Iowa Community College Athletic Conference contest Saturday, as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO and DMACC led 46-33 at the half. NIACC was led by Quentin Hardrict with 14 points. Wendell Matthews scored 11 points with nine rebounds and Deundra Roberson scored 13 points. DMACC was led by Clear Lake native Zach Lester with 27 points. SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI — AJ Green had 28 points as Northern Iowa routed Missouri State 80-57. Green shot 6 for 8 on 3-pointers with Panthers 13 of 22 from the arc as a team. Isaiah Brown had 19 points and nine rebounds for Northern Iowa (14-2, 3-1 Missouri Valley Conference). Trae Berhow added 12 points. Austin Phyfe had 10 rebounds for the visitors. Isiaih Mosley had 15 points for the Bears. Tulio Da Silva added 13 points, going over 1,000 for his career, and grabbed seven rebounds. Gaige Prim had 10 points. CLEAR LAKE — Fort Dodge had nine champions as they cruised to winning the team title at the Clear Lake Invitational wrestling tournament on Saturday. The Dodgers had 296 points, with Charles City finishing second with three wrestlers finishing second and 164 ½ points. Clear Lake finished eighth with 96 points, with their lone champion being Thomas Gansen at 160 pounds. IOWA CITY — Iowa coach Fran McCaffery says with a short bench the leadership of senior forward Ryan Kriener has been even more important. Kriener had seven points and six rebounds in Iowa’s 67-49 win over 12th ranked Maryland on Friday night.McCaffery says the Hawkeyes will need another complete effort on Tuesday night when they visit Northwestern.Tipoff in Evanston tomorrow night is scheduled for 7 o’clock, with the pre-game starting at 6 o’clock on AM-1300 KGLO. — high school boys basketball SaturdayAlgona 59, Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 40 — high school girls basketball SaturdayAlgona 48, Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 43 FOREST CITY — The Clear Lake girls picked up a 65-58 win at Forest City on Saturday afternoon. Sara Faber had 29 points while Darby Dodd added 12 to lead the Lions, who improve to 9-1 on the season and will host Algona tomorrow night in North Central Conference play.last_img read more

This Spanish gay guy worries his LGBTIfriendly country is going backwards

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Barcelona, 1989. Picture a 16-year-old Spanish boy on his way to catechesis. He’s getting ready for confirmation, one of the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church, to be celebrated in his Catholic school among his Catholic friends and his Catholic family. The boy left home too early and now has some time to kill, so he heads to a very popular department store in central Barcelona.He knows exactly where he’s going – the toilets on the fifth floor.He’s heard some stories about them. Stories about men hanging around far too long. Exchanging glances, disappearing into the cubicles.He’s been there before, but only for a few minutes. Enough time for a quick pee before running away, scared of the old men lurking in the corners. (They looked so old at the time, but they probably were in their late 30s).But this time it’s different. There’s a younger man there. Black curly hair, light stubble, black leather jacket, big smile on his face, and big cock in his hand. And this time the boy doesn’t run away.This was the first time I kissed a man. It wasn’t a romantic kiss, it smelled of urine and shame. It was dirty and forbidden and sinful. On my way back to catechesis, I just wanted to wash my mouth and was scared to death I may now be HIV positive.I remember thinking that my life would be like that forever. Furtive encounters in public toilets, dark bars, public parks, and no trace of love or joy whatsoever.Only 10 years before, homosexuality was illegal. Now, in the peak of the AIDS epidemic, it was seen as something disgusting. LGBT groups were seen as something ridiculous and flamboyant, and we didn’t have any valid public referent. What a way to start your sexual life as a gay man.‘Spain is the country that most accepts homosexuality in the world’Flash forward to 2004. Only 15 years later, Spain became the third country in the world to legalize gay marriage with full rights.According to the Centre of Sociological Research, 66% of the Spanish population thought the law was necessary.Today, Spain is the country that most accepts homosexuality in the world. (Some 88% of the population, according to the latest polls).Looking back I feel fortunate to having been given the opportunity to grow as a gay man at the same pace that LGBT rights were growing in my country.Despite my Catholic upbringing, I felt strong enough to get out of the closet to my family in 1994 and never had to hide my homosexuality. Ever. Guillem Clua | Photo: Courtesy of Guillem Clua That allowed me to explore gay characters in my plays from different points of view, shyly at first. With a clichéd closeted gay character in love with his straight co-worker in my very first play Invisibles. And more bravely later with a young teenage boy looking forward to being infected of HIV by his older lover in Marburg, a love story between two Spanish soldiers during the Afghanistan war in Invasion. Or the unabashed celebration of romantic gay love that is Smiley.I confess, I felt complacent. I honestly thought the work was done. More and more countries were passing laws granting full rights to the LGBT community. Each Pride was bigger, brighter, louder. We couldn’t go anywhere but forward. You can’t stop progress, right?But then, the unthinkable happened. In June 2016 terrorist Omar Marteen burst into the Pulse Bar in Orlando and killed 49 people.It wasn’t the first attack in a gay bar. I remembered the bomb at the Admiral Duncan on Old Compton Street in London. But that was back in 1999.‘In 2017, 287 hate crimes against LGBT people were reported only in Madrid’I honestly thought this couldn’t happen again. I was aghast. And then I started hearing more and more voices that said this wasn’t a homophobic attack. The FBI claimed that there wasn’t any evidence that the Orlando shooter targeted Pulse because it was a gay club. I felt outraged. And this is how The Swallow was born.Just a few months before, I thought I would never have to write a play like this. I thought we were over it, that the times when you had to remind the audience of the importance of love, diversity, acceptance, and forgiveness had passed. But I realized that wasn’t true.I started noticing our society was taking steps backwards. The reactions to the Pulse massacre were only the tip of a homophobic iceberg that still lurks in Spanish society.It has been silent for a long time, but it’s waking up. In 2017, 287 hate crimes against LGBT people were reported only in Madrid. That’s a staggering 1000% more than in previous years. And that’s fucking scary.In only 15 years my country made a very difficult journey from darkness to freedom. We shouldn’t take it for granted. It’s still fragile, and it definitely won’t last forever if we don’t treasure it. Fear and hate are back, and it’s our duty to fight them with all our strength. And now, more than ever, the weapon of my choice is theatre.Words: Guillem CluaThe Swallow is playing at London’s Cervantes Theatre from 30 April until 26 May. For more information, click here. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS- Guy choked and forced to say sorry for being gay has message for his hatersThis film sums up the hidden meaning of Grindr messages everywhereGay men, stop hot-shaming me for going to the gymRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more