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Heisler: Despite what you’ve heard, Kawhi Leonard is not on his way to Lakers yet

first_imgComing early this year … it’s Christmas in Lakerdom!Kawhi Leonard wants to be a Laker!LeBron James might want to, too! With Kawhi here, the Lakers could move from co-favorites with Houston into leading contenders!LeBron might still be able to bring yet another big free agent, like his pal, Chris Paul, or Paul George. Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Even before ESPN scoopmaster Adrian Wojnarowski reported – credibly, as ever – that Leonard wants to be traded to the Lakers, a pundit for the Worldwide Leader in Sports had thrown out the fantastic possibility of Kawhi, LeBron and CP3 – all – joining the Lakers.That story, by Kevin Pelton, is speculative … but technically possible.What has changed are the presumed ground rules in the LeBron Derby: The Cavaliers, long aware James might leave, are now expected to seek something back by agreeing to trade him to the team he chooses.Interested teams no longer need to create a $36 million maximum salary slot on their own. The Lakers, who already have close to two max slots, could get LeBron and two more superstars.If the Cavs take back salary along with prospects, what had concerned only a few teams has been broken wide open. The result will be a fantastic level of wheeling and dealing, possibilities, and headlines, such as today’s.Since anyone can say anything, it’s wise to stick with the little that we know … which suggests, at least to me, that Kawhi is exceedingly unlikely to become a Laker.It has long been known that the newly enigmatic Leonard, coming off a season that he largely took off with a minor-looking injury, wants to be a Laker. Wojnarokwsi reported as much months ago.Woj also reported that the Spurs have put their mis-spent season behind them and will sit down with Kawhi in the hope of finding out where his head is and, if still on Earth, wooing him back with the super-maximum $219 million extension only they can offer him.Kawhi’s people have reportedly not conveyed his desire to be traded to the team. Without risking a tampering bust, they can’t have told the Lakers … although the Lakers not only know about it but are assuredly wide-eyed at the prospect, which would take precedence, even over James, who’s seven years older, almost two generations in NBA time.That’s as far as anyone has reported it has gotten, until now with the season’s end and the yawning news hole prompting the speculation that’s now racing ahead of events.This thing still must proceed in steps.• Leonard and the Spurs will presumably meet although no timetable has been reported.They’ll either fall into each others’ arms and agree last season was a big misunderstanding, or not, in which case the team really will shop Kawhi.• If Leonard is leaving, Spurs boss Gregg Popovich will help decide where he’s going, with Kawhi under contract for next season.I can’t imagine Popovich, who is as transparent as he is principled, trading Leonard in a deal that could create another Western Conference super-power … and, worse still, in the person of their old arch-rivals, the Lakers.Related Articles VIDEO: Watch Kyle Kuzma’s game winner and what he said about it Popovich has long cautioned against deals that help West rivals. In a notorious exception in 2007, his trusty GM, R.C. Buford, got him to trade the rights to Luis Scola to Houston. Scola became a Rockets mainstay and the Spurs received nothing from the deal. Popovich is said to have clenched his teeth for months.If seeing Scola in Houston would have been a 1 on the Spurs’ 10-point scale of devastating, Kawhi in a Lakers uniform would be off the charts.Far likelier is a deal to an Eastern Conference team. With Boston sure to be as interested as the Lakers, that could mean San Antonio acquiring a glowing prospect like Jayson Tatum or, perhaps, two, such as Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier.Interestingly, there might be another local option for Leonard if Pop bars the door to the Lakers. … the Clippers, who would presumably offer all they have – take DeAndre Jordan, please – to rebuild around Kawhi.With less fear of building a Clippers dynasty than helping create yet another Lakers dynasty, Popovich might go for that.All this will remain speculation until something actually happens, presumably in July, although more reports from the Worldwide Leader will be along momentarily. Lakers on verge of sealing home court advantage, what does it mean in the NBA bubble? Jubilation, anguish as race for NBA’s Western 8th seed gets as close as ever center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersWith a James-Leonard-Paul nucleus, it wouldn’t even matter if LeBron is getting up there at 33 and Paul gets hurt every spring. They could just play LeBron 50 games during the season, and let CP3 take the whole thing off and just play in the postseason!Oh, right, and then there’s real life.What’s the difference between “headlines” and “events?”In an “event,” something happens.In a “headline,” nothing has to happen. Morning Wrap: Full coverage from Lakers-Clippers thriller; Angels, Dodgers going in different directions; Whicker pays tribute to legendary Mike Gillespie Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error VIDEO: LeBron James and Doc Rivers respond to Donald Trump calling NBA kneeling protests “disgraceful” last_img read more

‘Poor Economic Policy’

first_imgThe political leader of the Movement for Progress Change (MPC), Simeon Freeman, has again criticized President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for the poor economic governance of the state.Addressing hundreds of workers at a May Day rally Thursday, May 1, the MPC stalwart blamed Madam Sirleaf and the Unity Party for presiding over a nation with growth but no development.Sadly, Freeman termed Liberia, the nation of his birth, “a Wild-Wild West, a gangster’s paradise and a looter’s haven.”He noted that the society has shifted from a state of equal opportunity for all to a state where only those with access to state resources benefit.Freeman: “Those that don’t have access to the existing power are damned. When it is your time, get, grab, hire your family or children; attract international attention, mortgage national resources, pay lip service to press freedom, economically suppress and deprive your people, expose them to limited education, provide poor health facilities, spend more on security and dare people to revolt against your style of governance.“Those who have studied history or have been avid observers of the events of history know all too well that man will always dare to dominate man. It is not the domination of one man by another that is the issue; but the refusal of one man to be dominated by another; the unwillingness of one man or a group of persons to be subjected to slavery and economic deprivation and the reluctance of a people to live in hopelessness, want and poor sanitary conditions.“Man and his beliefs are inseparable. A man would rather sacrifice his life for the things he believes. It is for this cause that people sacrificed their lives for some of the very things we enjoy today. It does appear to me, though, that Liberians love hopelessness, poverty and depravation. We cannot live in so grave a time and period, when hopelessness abound and remain silent. It appears to me, we prefer to die with hopelessness but live in silence. If we truly believe in the economic liberation of our people, the redemption of all Liberians from hopelessness and depravation, the right of our people to have access to employment opportunities and the right to raise their children in the way they please, then I share with you the need for the – struggle to continue – in the face of the same challenges that compelled some of us belong to progressive movements in Liberia’s recent past.”Freeman, who contested last Presidential Elections and lost to Madam Johnson Sirleaf, said he shares the anger of many young Liberians, who are always denied state resources.No Liberian is better than the other, the MPC political leader said. He continued “Yesterday, we stood against nepotism, rampant corruption, lack of access to opportunities, domination of one group of Liberians over the other group of Liberians. We stood against those vices yesterday as we do today. Our values have not changed, though some of the leaders of the progressive movement misunderstood our support for the movement to mean support for the opportunity to collect global awards and replacing previous acts of nepotism with their own interpretation of nepotism.“We stand against rampant corruption today as we did yesterday. Acts of rampant corruption deprive thousands of Liberians access to electricity, water, quality education, good health facilities, road networks and life’s basic necessities,” Freeman asserted.He made the statement yesterday in Monrovia when delivering the keynote address at the celebration of World Labour Day.Organized by Liberia Labour Congress (LLC), the event brought together scores of workers from across the country, including members of the United Nations.With a single message to employers in Liberia, LLC said: “Making Liberian workers decent people” is the way for improving the livelihood of workers within the 73 districts of our country. The formal and informal sectors grow the country’s economy.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Donegal Death Notices – Rest in Peace

first_imgDonegal death notices for today, Wednesday, November 8.John O’DONNELLThe death has occurred in his 100th year at Letterkenny University Hospital of John O’Donnell (Mickey Owen), Carnmore Road, Dungloe. His remains were reposing in McGlynn’s Funeral Home yesterday evening, with removal afterwards to his late residence. Rosary at 9pm. Removal from his late residence today (Wednesday) for St Crona’s Church, Dungloe for 7pm where he will repose overnight. Funeral Mass on Thursday at 11an with interment afterwards in the local cemetery. House private please from 10pm to 10am. Family flowers only, Donations in lieu, if desired, to Dungloe Patient Comfort Fund care of any family member or Shaun McGlynn Funeral Director.Ellen MCDERMOTT (née McFadden)The death has occurred of Ellen McDermott (née McFadden), Tullybeg, Churchill, Donegal, and formerly Glassagh, Gweedore. Peacefully, at Donegal Hospice, surrounded by her family.Reposing at her family home. Removal on Thursday at 1.30pm for 2:00pm Funeral Mass in St. Colmcille’s Church, Glendowan. Burial afterwards in Gartan Cemetery. Family time after rosary until 11:00am. Family and close friends only on the morning of the funeral. Sadly missed by her loving husband Raymond, daughters Jane, Orla, Tara, and son Joseph, sister Sarah and family, twin brother Liam, Fionnuala & family and brother Donal. Patricia MCCREAThe death has occurred of Patricia McCrea, known as Patty, Abbeylands, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal. Peacefully at her residence.Reposing at the family home on Wednesday from 3 o’clock to 5 o’clock with house private at all other times, please. Mass of the Resurrection on Thursday at 11 o’clock in St. Patrick’s Church, Ballyshannon with interment in the Abbey Assaroe Cemetery. Donations in leiu if so desired to the Northwest Hospice, The Mall, Sligo c/o Patrick McKenna Funeral Directors, Ballyshannon or any family member.Una GALLAGHER (née Mc Brearty)The death has occurred of Una Gallagher, Drumcliffe, Donegal Town, peacefully at Donegal Community Hospital.Remains reposing at her late residence from 11am until 10pm today Wednesday. Remains will leave her residence on Thursday morning @ 10:30 for 11am Mass in St Mary’s Church Killymard with burial immediately afterwards in adjoining cemetery. House Private on Thursday morning please. Family Flowers only donations if so desired to the Patient Comfort Fund Donegal Community Hospital c/o any family member.Philip MCCOOLThe death has occurred of Philip McCool, Magheramore, Carndonagh, Donegal.Reposing at his residence. Removal from his late residence tomorrow, Thursday, at 10.30am for 11am Requiem Mass in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Carndonagh, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. Family time please form 10pm to 11am.Pat HEANEYThe death has taken place at his residence of Pat Heaney, ‘Derrygrath’, Gollan Hill, Fahan, Co Donegal. Beloved husband of Kate nee Barr; dear father of Susan, Paula, Maeve and Fifi and dear grandfather of Jordon. His remains are reposing at his residence. Funeral on Friday morning leaving his home at 10.30am going to St Mura’s Church, Fahan for Requiem Mass at 11.00am. Family flowers only please donations in lieu to the Donegal Hospice c/o any family member or Murphy Funeral Directors. Family time please between 11.00pm – 10.00am and on the morning of the funeral.Donegal Death Notices – Rest in Peace was last modified: November 8th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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:obituarieslast_img read more