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Magic Johnson Was Never Cut Out To Do This
Magic Johnson Was Never Cut Out To Do This

Just before the start of free agency last June, Los Angeles Lakers President Magic Johnson made a relatively blunt declaration when he said he’d willingly step down from his post if he failed to sign star players. So it was a legitimate jaw-dropper when Johnson, just nine months after landing the world’s best player, opted to resign Tuesday during a tearful, impromptu press conference in the bowels of Staples Center prior to the team’s season finale.Yes, this was a trying year for Johnson and the storied franchise, which fully expected to return to the playoffs after getting LeBron James. But the playoffs didn’t happen, and while Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka deserve a lot of the blame for why things went wrong, no one thought it would result in this — at least not this soon, and certainly not in the bizarre manner in which it played out.In the coming weeks, there will be ample opportunity to analyze what comes next for the Lakers, who still have LeBron, a young supporting cast and enough cap space to make the kind of signing that could make them an actual contender again out West.Normally, we’d be prone to view a team president’s sudden resignation as a sign of enormous trouble for a franchise. The fact that we aren’t talking about how much this will damage Los Angeles speaks volumes about Johnson and how ill-prepared he was for the front-office job in the first place.Team owner Jeanie Buss, who got wind of the resignation after reporters did, now has an enormous task. She has to tap the right person, but based on her hiring of Magic — a choice she made based on trust and their almost 40 years of friendship after contentiously ousting her brother in 2017 — we don’t know yet who she’ll get or what level of experience that person will carry.Nonetheless, that role is vital, both to restoring the franchise to its rightful place — this 37-win season marked a Lakers’ record sixth-straight year with no postseason — and obviously for maximizing the 34-year-old James’s window for championship contention.What we do know now is that Johnson, an all-time great on the hardwood and one of the more personable businessmen in America, simply wasn’t prepared for the cutthroat front-office life, an issue we touched on briefly back when he was hired. Johnson himself says that leaving the role of president will make him happier, as it will allow him to return to his old life, away from the sourced reporting that, to him, likely felt like anonymous backstabbing. And back to a life where he can freely mentor and tweet to congratulate players leaguewide — something he couldn’t do as an executive, because of the tampering rules.From the outset, Johnson struggled with how to play inside those rules. Even more concerning about his front-office tenure: He often struggled to properly assess the value of players and what they brought to the table. Months after taking the gig, he traded a young, talented point guard in D’Angelo Russell to get Brook Lopez and his expiring contract, as well as the pick that would become Kyle Kuzma.1The move also gave L.A. the ability to dump Timofey Mosgov’s hefty contract. While Kuzma has been fine for a young player, Russell has since become an All-Star who has led Brooklyn back to the postseason. And Lopez — whom L.A. let walk in free agency last summer — has been one of the NBA’s best floor-spacing bigs, giving Milwaukee exactly what this shooting-starved Lakers club needs.2On a cheap, $3.3 million contract, too.Similarly, 24-year-old Julius Randle had a career year (21 points, 8 rebounds a game) in New Orleans after the Lakers let their former No. 7 overall pick go in free agency despite his relatively modest price tag.3He signed a two-year, $18 million deal with New Orleans. Instead, L.A. followed up on its LeBron move by then agreeing to deals with Rajon Rondo, JaVale McGee and Lance Stephenson, leaving it woefully deficient from a perimeter-shooting standpoint. The head-scratching decisions weren’t limited to the perimeter, though: The Lakers also offered talented big man Ivica Zubac to their Los Angeles counterparts at the deadline, reportedly befuddling the Clippers by trying to unload a solid young player unnecessarily.None of this even gets into the fact that Johnson and the Lakers took their sweet time — waiting until it was likely too late — to try to deal for a second star, which was borderline malpractice considering James’s age. Depending on how you look at it, the failed play to acquire Anthony Davis at the trade deadline was either just the Pelicans being stubborn or them being realistic — and smart — after realizing that the youngsters L.A. was offering in return weren’t good enough (particularly when James was injured) to justify dealing away a franchise player.But that doesn’t excuse the Lakers not being more aggressive two summers ago, when they could’ve made a play for Paul George, who’d made it clear that L.A. was his destination of choice before Oklahoma City gambled on a deal for him. Nor does it explain why the Lakers didn’t do more to engage the Spurs for Kawhi Leonard (and pair him with LeBron) before he was ultimately sent to Toronto. In either case, having a second star likely would’ve provided L.A. with the insulation it needed to withstand a James injury and make the playoffs regardless.And there were the problematic mixed messages that Johnson sent: the preseason comments about how new LeBron teams always take a while to find their stride and the need for patience, but then the reports about him going off on coach Luke Walton just weeks later, apparently for not meeting the expectations he’d just tamped down. Then there was his suggestion that the young players who’d heard their names rumored in potential Davis deals simply needed to be hugged and nurtured after the whole ordeal, which he followed, one day later, by saying that those same players needed to be treated like men, rather than babied through the media.Had Johnson remained on the job, his next true test as team president was a decision about Walton’s future. Johnson told reporters Tuesday that he’d been given the authority to fire Walton, who has history with the Lakers as a former player and still has a good friendship with Buss. But Johnson said he didn’t want to pull that trigger and instead opted to step down himself.Now, it’s Buss’s turn to make a decision again. And while the stakes are incredibly high, with the team at an important crossroads, the Lakers can take solace in the fact that they’re almost certain to now get a more analytical, experienced front-office type than they had in Magic, who was never really meant for the unforgiving nature of an NBA job like this to begin with. read more

Five Decades of the Canadian Flag marked today
Five Decades of the Canadian Flag marked today

first_img Related Items:canada, canadian flag, maple leaf Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 16 Feb 2015 – It is the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Flag… and while the design of the maple leaf is now a celebrated and iconic symbol for our friends north… today, those who were in Parliament when the vote was had for the final design reflected on the challenge to get that maple leaf, red and white design passed. Today, as Canada marked that 50th anniversary the 20th Prime Minister of Canada, John Chretien addressed an energetic, patriotic group of Canadians holding replicas of that flag… and he spoke: “You know, because it was very cold on parliament Hill, our hearts were very warm with pride as the new Canadian flag was raised for the first time. (CHEERING/APPLAUSE) I was there with my three colleagues; we were there for a very difficult debate that lasted for months. I was there when at the end of the vote, when those who had voted for the flag got up to sing Oh Canada, unfortunately they were booed… but politics creates changes, sometimes for the better, sometimes not for the better but that is democracy and democracy is there when we need it.” PanAm Junior Games countdown on Ex-Govt Consultant ordered to leave TCI Canada offers help in financial services sector to TCI Working Grouplast_img read more

Sony Ericsson Ainoa Smarter Phone Access All Media Content Any TimeAny Where
Sony Ericsson Ainoa Smarter Phone Access All Media Content Any TimeAny Where

first_img Explore further Nokia launches latest handset: Nokia 6125 What Ainoa Is About:Ainoa 3G is about connectivity and quick and easy access to content via your PC, Playstation 3, a built-in 8.1 MP digital camera, video, music files, movie clips, social networking and in some regions TV. Ainoa has a 3-inch 432 x 240 pixel screen with 16,777, 216 color TFT, 55 MB internal memory with an 8-GB SanDisk micro-SD card slot, with compatibility to the full range of Sony memory cards. The sleek .06-inch depth and stylish 4-inch futuristic design has a retractable keypad, control wheel, an intuitive touch UI in media mode with easily navigable launch buttons for switching to various modes. The Question Is—What Can’t Ainoa Do?Ainoa Media Go allows users to keep up to date with the latest music and videos. Media Go transfers, plays and organizes all your music, photos, videos, podcasts by WiFi directly from your PC. PlayStation 3 owners may control and access media content on the Ainoa handset’s 3-inch vibrant screen any where and any time using Remote Play. Users may opt for local network connections or utilize the Internet with the built-in WAP 2.0 XHTML or Web feed from anywhere world-wide. Sony Ericsson announced the integrating and scintillating new smarter phone, Ainoa also spelled Aino in London on May 28, 2009. By smarter, I mean the future of communications is exemplified by the 4.1-inch x 2.0-inch x .06-inch, 4.7-ounce Obsidian Black Ainoa phone. Ainoa 3G with UMTS HSPA 850/1900/2100, UMTS HSUPA 850/1900/2100, GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 will hook you up on every device you own, dream of owning or is on the drawing board in a R&D lab. The future is now. Sony Ericsson Ainoa 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. Citation: Sony Ericsson Ainoa Smarter Phone: Access All Media Content Any Time–Any Where (2009, May 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-05-sony-ericsson-ainoa-smarter-access.html I will highlight some interesting features of Ainoa, for a full list see the following link. Ainoa has an 8.1 MP digital camera with a digital zoom up to 16x, picture blogging, geo tagging, image stabilizer, video blogging, picture fix, face detection, photo flash/light, video recording, red-eye reduction and touch or auto focus. As an entertainment device, Ainoa has FM radio with RDS, tracker, video streaming, video viewing, JAVA, motion gaming, 3D gaming and more. Ainoa music capabilities include shake control, Track I.D., MP3, AAC, MegaBass, Bluetooth Stereo A2DP, Media Player and stereo speaker capabilities. Connectivity is Ainoa’s middle name. Ainoa features PictBridge, WiFi, USB support, USB mass storage, synchronization, a modem, Bluetooth technology, DLNA certified, Google Maps and a GPS. Ainoa has all the organizing features one would expect, a calendar, flight mode, timer, world clock, notes and a touch screen. Ainoa’s communications and messaging features include, sound recording, predictive text input, instant messaging, picture messaging, text messaging, exchange active sync and email. As a phone, Ainoa features video calling, vibrate alert, speakerphone and polyphonic ringtones. Ainoa is currently advertised by Sony Ericsson in their Americas web site. It will be available in Mexico, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela and Western Europe and eventually world-wide. The current price for the USA is not available nor is the release date. Historically speaking, Ainoa Times refer to the era in Hawaiian history post-Western influence noted for being an era of mixed blessings, marked by the introduction of new diseases and exceptional adaptation to new circumstances.© 2009 PhysOrg.com Sony Ericsson Ainoalast_img read more

PMEGP provides marketing support
PMEGP provides marketing support

first_imgExclusive products of Silk, Muslin, fabric and readymade as well as sarees of Kantha, Baluchari, Garad, Matka, Balkal are available for sale. In addition to this,  products of Jute, Dokra, Terracotta, Leather, Artificial jewelry and other handicrafts of Bengal manufactured by PMEGP entrepreneurs are also displayed and available for sale.The  PMEGP exhibition of West Bengal, Khadi Bongo Utsav was inaugurated by Anup K Pujari, Secretary, MSME, government of India at Khadi Gramodyog Bhavan on August 17.  On this occasion, he also launched Khadi Trouser line and took a round of the exhibition.  He appreciated the products manufactured by PMEGP entrepreneurs and Khadi Institutions.  BH Anil Kumar, Joint Secretary (ARI), MSME and Arun Kumar Jha, CEO and Commissioner, KVIC, were also present on this Occasion.last_img read more

Bodies of mother daughter found hanging
Bodies of mother daughter found hanging

first_imgKolkata: Mystery shrouds the death of a woman and her daughter whose bodies were found hanging from the ceiling inside their house.The incident occurred in the Jhargram’s Sankrail area on Monday night. The incident triggered tension among locals. The victims have been identified as Pramila Mahato and Chanchala Mahato. Locals found the victims hanging from the ceiling of two separate rooms. They reported the matter to the local police station. After being informed police reached the spot and recovered the bodies. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeNo suicide note has been recovered from their rooms. According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect the victims might have committed suicide. They are also investigating to know if the mother instigated her daughter to commit suicide and then killed herself. Police have sent the bodies for autopsy. They are waiting for the reports. Locals told police the mother used to reside there with her daughter. The victims might have committed suicide over a family quarrel. Police are interrogating the locals and some of the family members of the victims. A detailed probe has been initiated.last_img read more