They staggered and struggled with the offense all game, totaling 27 turnovers and managing just one field goal in the fourth quarter. It was a “futile exercise” in coach Phil Jackson’s estimation. “When it’s not moving fluid, when you look out on the floor, nobody looks like they know the system,” guard Aaron McKie said. “That’s just a matter of playing with each other a little bit more and getting to know each other a little bit better.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week By the middle of the third quarter, though, Bryant had to direct his teammates to the right spots on the floor and grew frustrated when he couldn’t get fed the ball in the post. He never got in rhythm, finishing with 11 points and taking only eight shots. The Lakers split their two-game series with the Warriors – though they trailed 24-8 in the first quarter Tuesday with their starters on the floor – and returned home Thursday after 10 days of training camp and trade winds in Oahu. It was a trip that did not end on a good note. Odom struggled in his second game playing in the backcourt. Chris Mihm threw away too many passes and picked up too many fouls. Kwame Brown was two steps slow getting to places he should have been. And with Bryant unable to take control as he did Tuesday – scoring 16 of his game-high 28 points in the second quarter – the Lakers never were a threat. Even so, Bryant tried to encourage his teammates to run the triangle despite the score. “I could have broken out of the system and just went nuts, but it just doesn’t make sense to do that because it doesn’t improve us as a ballclub,” Bryant said. “Just stay patient. It will come.” They won’t be playing Kobe Bryant and Lamar Odom for only a half each. They won’t be facing the same team on back-to-back nights. They won’t have had just 12 practices to get to know each other from total strangers on the court. But the Lakers at least had to wonder after Wednesday night’s 112-81 exhibition loss to the Golden State Warriors in Honolulu just how long it will take to get the triangle offense together, especially with the season opener less than three weeks away. The Lakers had hoped their pressure defense could cover for their lack of familiarity in the offense. It didn’t work, though, as Golden State countered the basics of the triangle and the Lakers were unable to turn to the automatic sets they use in certain situations. One problem is the Lakers have players with varying comfort levels in the offense. There are five players who learned the triangle in Jackson’s first tenure as coach. There are another five who got a taste of it at the end of last season with interim coach Frank Hamblen. Then there are nine players who are totally new to the triangle. And further compounding things, the Lakers have been trying at the same time to learn a defense that is new to everyone. They have spent mornings working on defense and afternoons on offense. Yet the Lakers insist that there is time enough to learn the offense before their season opener, fast approaching on Nov. 2 at Denver. “It’s tricky because when you get it, you get it,” Bryant said. “It seems like it just kind of comes out of nowhere. But in reality, it’s all the little steps that we’ve been doing. When you get it, you get it. Then you just start seeing the rhythm click.” Point taken: With Bryant struggling, the Lakers searched for a secondary scorer Wednesday and ended up totaling only 18 points in the second quarter. And where they will find points besides Bryant and Odom this season is a major question. After trading away Caron Butler in the offseason, the Lakers have a roster with only two players (Bryant and Odom) who are career double-figure scorers. “There was a dearth there,” Jackson said. “We’ll have different things for our team when we get into the season that’ll take care of things like that. But right now, I force them into a struggle situation sometimes to make sure that they have a resolve or see who can step in and fill that void. It didn’t work (Wednesday) at all.” Ross Siler, (818) 713-3610 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Peggy Hall, director of agricultural law, Ohio State University Agricultural and Resource Law ProgramWhen you think of “agritourism,” corn mazes and hay rides may first come to mind. While those activities can fall under Ohio’s definition of agritourism, you may be surprised to find that farm markets, you-pick operations, farm tours, wineries and other types of farm-based activities can also fit into the legal definition of “agritourism” in Ohio. This definition is important for purposes of Ohio’s agritourism immunity law, which can protect agritourism providers from liability for harm incurred during agritourism activities. The law shifts the risk of liability from agritourism operators to the participants who willingly choose to engage in agritourism activities on a farm.It’s important to understand that in order to receive the law’s liability protection, each of the following conditions must exist. Conditions for immunity from liabilityQualify as an “agritourism provider.” The law specifically protects only those who are “agritourism providers,” which means someone “who owns, operates, provides, or sponsors an agritourism activity, or an employee of such a person who engages in or provides agritourism activities, whether or not for a fee. An important term within this definition is ‘agritourism,’ which means ‘an agriculturally related educational, entertainment, historical, cultural or recreational activity, including you-pick operations or farm markets, conducted on a farm that allows or invites members of the general public to observe, participate in, or enjoy that activity.’” This definition can include a broad range of activities, such as wine tastings, educational classes, corn mazes and other recreational activities, farm tours, and farm festivals. Note, however, that the agritourism definition requires that the activity be on a “farm,” which the law further defines as:At least 10 acres of land (composed of tracts, lots, or parcels), that is used for “agricultural production,” which means the land is used for “commercial aquaculture, algaculture, apiculture, animal husbandry, poultry husbandry; the production for a commercial purpose of timber, field crops, tobacco, fruits, vegetables, nursery stock, ornamental shrubs, ornamental trees, flowers, or sod; the growth of timber for a noncommercial purpose if the land on which the timber is grown is contiguous to or part of a parcel of land under common ownership that is otherwise devoted exclusively to agricultural use; or any combination of such husbandry, production, or growth; and includes the processing, drying, storage, and marketing of agricultural products when those activities are conducted in conjunction with such husbandry, production, or growth”Or, less than 10 acres of land if there is an average yearly gross income of at least $2,500 from “agricultural production” on the land.Post required signs. Every “agritourism provider” must “post and maintain” warning signs in order to receive the law’s liability protection. The purpose of this provision is to inform participants that they are voluntarily assuming the risks of many of the harms that are inherent to being on a farm. The warning signs or sign templates are available through Ohio State University Extension South Centers and Ohio Farm Bureau. Each sign must:Be placed in a clearly visible location at or near each entrance to the agritourism location or at the site of each agritourism activity;Contain the following statement, in black letters measuring at least one inch high:WARNING: Under Ohio law, there is no liability for an injury to or death of a participant in an agritourism activity conducted at this agritourism location if that injury or death results from the inherent risks of that agritourism activity. Inherent risks of agritourism activities include, but are not limited to, the risk of injury inherent to land, equipment, and animals as well as the potential for you as a participant to act in a negligent manner that may contribute to your injury or death. You are assuming the risk of participating in this agritourism activity. Immunity from what?The agritourism immunity law states that an agritourism provider is immune, or protected from liability, in any civil action for an injury to a person participating in the agritourism activity as long as that person was injured due to a “risk inherent in an agritourism activity.” An “inherent risk” is a “danger or condition that is an integral part of an agritourism activity,” that would be difficult for an agritourism provider to completely minimize. According to the law, “inherent risks” include:The surface and subsurface conditions of the land;The behavior or actions of wild animals not kept by or under the control of an agritourism provider;The behavior or actions of domestic animals other than vicious or dangerous dogs;The ordinary dangers associated with structures or equipment ordinarily used in farming or ranching operations;The possibility of contracting illness resulting from physical contact with animals, animal feed, animal waste, or surfaces contaminated by animal waste;The possibility that a participant may act in a negligent manner, including by failing to follow instructions given by the agritourism provider or by failing to exercise reasonable caution while engaging in the agritourism activity that may contribute to injury to that participant or another participant.If a participant in an agritourism activity is harmed and sues the agritourism provider for injuries caused by any of the above situations, the law protects the provider from any liability or monetary responsibility for those injuries. In addition, the law specifically states that an agritourism provider is not required to eliminate such inherent risks on the property. Exceptions to immunityAlthough the agritourism immunity law provides civil immunity under certain circumstances, the immunity is not absolute. The law also states that an agritourism provider could be legally responsible for injury to a participant if the agritourism provider:Fails to post and maintain signs (discussed above)Acts with a willful or wanton disregard for the safety of the participant,Purposefully causes harm to the participant,Acts or fails to act in a way that constitutes criminal conduct that causes harm to the participant,Has or should have actual knowledge of an existing dangerous condition that is not an inherent risk, and does not make the dangerous condition known to the participant. Use the agritourism law to your advantageAgritourism activities can provide many benefits, such as additional income and diversification opportunities for farmers, unique cultural and recreational experiences for farm visitors and education about agriculture. But there are always liability risks to having people on the farm, which can impact a farmer’s risk exposure. Take advantage of the agritourism immunity law by ensuring that the operation qualifies for its provisions and does not fall within any of the exceptions from immunity protection. Even with this liability protection, however, operators should continuously assess the property for safety risks to minimize the possibility of visitor injuries.The agritourism immunity law is in Ohio Revised Code section 901.80. For further information, see our Agritourism Law Bulletin and a previous post, which also explain the agritourism law’s protections from county and township zoning for agritourism operations.
UPDATE: EXPERT OPINION FROM BILL ROSEGreen Building Advisor’s Technical Director, Peter Yost, went to the rising damp master, BIll Rose, to try to solve this once and for all. Bill is the author of Water in Buildings — the definitive book about how water interacts with buildings.Bill said several interesting things about this photo:1. Usually, a pattern of distress makes you want to draw an arrow to the center of the distress — in this case the “waist.”2. I compare it [rising damp] to paper chromatography, a neat way to separate constituents of solutions. Wherever rising damp occurs from water below, the top level is usually some white, easily-transported salts, then lower are some brown stains and at the lowest level is the distress to the brick or stone.3. One approach I use is to imagine the early stages of this distress. I could picture a ring around the parged and painted chimney where peeling begins and flakes off with pieces of brick. At that early stage there would be no doubt but that something (mortar, ash, rubble) filled to that level at the inside.4. It’s pretty unlikely that there is a concrete floor underneath this 1870s chimney. So while it may appear as though the chimney is perched on dry ground, it probably is wicking quite a bit of water up and out of the soil over the years.5. Basically, I don’t know [referring to the interesting shape]. Good one. Somebody keep a big dog in the basement who liked to scratch his side?So, it seems as though we understand that the degradation of the brick is from rising damp but everyone is still pleasingly puzzled by the shape. Thanks all around — and Chris, it sure seems as though you got your money’s worth on this one!Read the whole discussion in the Q&A discussion forum.Further ResourcesEfflorescence ExplainedIn a recent podcast, Joe Lstiburek’s describes how groundwater and salt break down brick, concrete, and mortar . In a recent discussion from our Q&A forum , Chris Ermides tries to determine what caused severe deterioration of a brick column in the basement of his Victorian home. Chris knows that his basement could use some moisture remediation, but he is puzzled that none of the nearby brick walls have similar signs of decay. Fortunately, the chimney that the column once supported is long gone, and the load of the adjacent beams rests comfortably on lally columns, but Chris is still determined to solve this mystery.Michael Maines tells Chris that either basement-dwelling livestock used the efflorescing minerals in the column as a salt lick (JK), or we’re seeing a phenomenon called “rising damp.” The whitewash on the bricks above is actually one way of dealing with it.Michael Chandler thinks the water that caused the spalling may have entered through the old chimney due to a poorly maintained cap. Michael suggests that the epicenter of the damage may be where the bottom flue tile, or some other obstruction, held the water until it worked its way through the brick.James Morgan doubts that rising damp would occur so high above the ground (especially since the foundation walls don’t show similar deterioration). He agrees with Michael Chandler that water trapped in the old chimney may have been the culprit — possibly from a blocked ash cleanout that has since been filled in. James goes out on a limb to suggest a third scenario: perhaps someone started to demolish the old chimney base but had second thoughts.I also pointed Chris to Joe Lstiburek’s recent Building Science podcast on efflorescence .
LeBron James’ Ohio school gets $1M grant to build gymnasium Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The club is located less than 8 kilometers (5 miles) from United’s Old Trafford.The former United players are members of the so-called Class of 92, who graduated from the academy and won trophies under Alex Ferguson.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Emmanuel Dieseruvwe fired Salford in front in the 15th minute following a defensive mishap, with Carl Piergianni’s second-half header and a third by full-back Ibou Touray completing what was in the end a comfortable victory.It completed a remarkable rise for the team since the Nevilles joined up with Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Giggs to take control of the Ammies in 2014.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBeckham also bought into Salford in January, when he purchased a 10% stake.“It is tough, but we have done it and we are so proud and delighted,” said Gary Neville. “Five years ago we had 180 fans, now we have got a few thousand here, so it is amazing.” Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Salford City co-owners Gary Neville, second left, David Beckham, center, and Phil Neville watch the National League Play-off Soccer Final at Wembley Stadium, London, Saturday, May 11, 2019. David Beckham watched on at Wembley as Salford secured their Football League place with a 3-0 win over AFC Fylde in the Vanarama National League play-off final. The former England captain joined some of his fellow co-owners from Manchester United’s ‘Class of 92’ to cheer on Graham Alexander’s side as the club secured promotion to the Football League for the first time. (Bradley Collyer/PA via AP)LONDON — David Beckham watched his Salford team secure its Football League place with a 3-0 win over AFC Fylde at Wembley Stadium in the National League playoff final on Saturday.The former England captain joined some of his fellow co-owners from Manchester United’s “Class of 92” players — including brothers Gary and Phil Neville, and Ryan Giggs — to cheer on Graham Alexander’s side as the club secured promotion from the fifth tier to the Football League for the first time.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles
Chelsea ‘We paved the way for the Abramovich era’ – Chelsea’s 1998 legends reunite to face Inter Forever Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent 20:08 2/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Chelsea FC handout Chelsea Internazionale Chelsea v West Bromwich Albion Antonio Conte Premier League The Blues have launched their own legends team for a summer match at Stamford Bridge to celebrate the achievements of their 90s team Chelsea are launching their own Legends team to match the likes of Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona in putting on showcase games after the season has finished. The first match will be against Inter Forever at Stamford Bridge on Friday May 18 and will see players from the triple trophy-winning team of 1998 come together. Gianfranco Zola, Dennis Wise, Tore-Andre Flo, Graeme Le Saux and player-manager Gianluca Vialli will face the likes of Javier Zanetti, Youri Djorkaeff and Francesco Toldo – with further names to be announced. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The match will celebrate the 20th anniversary of winning the League Cup, Cup Winners’ Cup and Super Cup in the same year, which Le Saux thinks helped paved the way for the club to be taken over by Roman Abramovich.”Definitely. That team was a new era,” Le Saux said at the launch of the Chelsea Legends match. “When I was at the club from ’87 to ’93, all the talk was about the team from the 1970s that won the FA Cup and Cup Winners’ Cup.”They were the successful Chelsea team of those couple of decades. The first season after I joined we got relegated – I had nothing to do with that! – and coming to the club after the FA Cup win in ’97, that whole era through to 2003 when I left, Gianfranco left and Roman bought the club, that was a pivotal period in the club’s history.”The last game I played for Chelsea in 2003 against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge was the end of an era – it was Gianfranco’s last game, Dennis and Gus [Poyet] had already gone. It was that year that Roman bought the club.”I’ve never asked him but it would be interesting to find out, whether he’d say or not I don’t know, if that had any bearing on his decision, given that we pipped Liverpool to qualify for the Champions League.”Chelsea had only won one top-flight league title ahead of Abramovich’s takeover of the club in 2003 but have since won five more as the club have been transformed into one of world football’s super-powers. The match against Inter celebrates one of the last successful achievements before the big takeover and Le Saux, who is bringing together the legends group, spoke of the pride he had playing with that group of players. “It’s 20 years since we won those three trophies that we’re celebrating. It’s a group that I’ve got such affection for. In all my time in football, we had such close friendships both on and off the pitch, fantastic characters and personalities – I could tell you stories all day long about some of the laughs and moments we had as a group. It was a very strong dressing room individually but also together.“There were so many nationalities but when we were all together we made sure that we all spoke English. We had all the wind-ups that you have at football clubs, where new players would come in and have to sing a song at lunch in the canteen in front of everyone and get hammered.”That was a proper initiation for players. And we played wonderful football. I look at that team and we had our flaws, of course we did. We didn’t manage to win the league, but we were a big game team. I always talk about the support structure of the club back then.”We didn’t have good training facilities, and I picked up a couple of injuries that I put down to that. All of that is important. It’s all the margins, and turning up at Harlington on a wet winter’s day when you’ve just lost a game could be psychologically quite tough.”That sounds like an excuse, but we definitely had the talent and the quality in the team to win the league. It was just the consistency – there were some games we didn’t convert. But we had fun playing. It was such a positive style of football that we played and a joy to be part of.”Some of the goals we scored with link-up play, team play as well as individual brilliance – we scored a variety of goals. I’ve got very fond memories, so I’m looking forward to at least sharing all of those memories and hopefully some of those experiences on the pitch with the fans and the players.”Meanwhile, Chelsea have gone on a bad run of late in the Premier League, losing their last two games by three-goal margins. They have dropped out of the top four and likely face a battle with Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool to get into the Champions League. Le Saux doesn’t think that Chelsea lack leaders as others have suggested and he thinks that the trend in modern football is for quiet leaders who don’t necessarily bark orders to their team-mates. “I think football’s very different now. Players are a bit more individual now – I’m not talking about Chelsea, but in general,” he added. “I think they’re quieter, they’re not as vocal. They don’t seem to get on and motivate each other in quite the same way, so those obvious leadership skills don’t seem quite so apparent.”It doesn’t mean they’re not there, you just don’t see it in quite the same way. All my career, wherever I’ve been, there have always been players that were very vocal, good leaders, people holding each other to a very high standard.“That’s certainly not a criticism of current players. Technically and fitness-wise, the standard in general has gone up. The less-good players are better now than the less-good players of my day. You look at someone like N’Golo Kante.”He’s not someone who goes around barking orders but he leads in the way that he plays. There are lots of those sorts of players. It’s a slightly different psychology, this younger generation compared to ours.”If I didn’t put a cross on Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s head he would absolutely tear into me, and I won’t even get onto Alan Shearer. I’d love to have been part of this team. I love playing wing-back. I played it for England in ’98 and it was a role that suited me.”I always liked to get forward and created a lot of assists over the years, so wing-back for me would have been brilliant. What I admire about this team and other teams at the top of the league is that ability to give someone the ball under pressure, and then to handle it.”We had that in our team with Roberto Di Matteo and Dennis in midfield – you could give them the ball and they would be comfortable. Gianfranco could take the ball with three players around him and still wriggle his way out of trouble or make the right pass.“The range of passing of Frank Leboeuf was like David Luiz, so it’s all shades of the same colour in that sense. I’m sure if you spoke to these players and showed them some of the games we played in, they’d be looking at it thinking ‘What a good team you were’.”Just going out there [for pictures] with the Inter Milan players, Javier Zanetti, Youri Djorkaeff, a World Cup winner and European Championship winner with France, and Francesco Toldo, a fantastic goalkeeper. Those are players that command the highest status in the game.”Tickets for the match are available from just £20 for adults and £10 for concessions on Chelsea’s official website, and are on sale to season ticket holders now, with access for members to follow on Wednesday before the game goes on general sale this Friday.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Neville insists Man Utd must gamble in transfer marketby Freddie Taylor4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGary Neville wants Manchester United to invest in reinforcements in the January transfer window.United are suffering a poor start to the season, which sees them just above the relegation places in the league.One of their significant issues involves a lack of goals, which Neville thinks they can only remedy in the transfer market.United sold Romelu Lukaku this summer, but did not replace him.”It won’t be a gamble in January as United need to go into the transfer market at the earliest opportunity because they obviously didn’t replace Lukaku,” the former defender told Sky Sports.”Those young lads out there – Pereira, McTominay, Wan-Bissaka, Rashford – they have to still buy to a style of play. “There would be no point signing a replacement for Lukaku that’s the same type.”
SAN ANTONIO, TX – MARCH 31: A view of the official NCAA Wilson Basketball during the 2018 NCAA Men’s Final Four Semifinal between the Michigan Wolverines and the Loyola Ramblers at the Alamodome on March 31, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. The Michigan Wolverines defeated the Loyola Ramblers 69-57. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Arizona’s a riser in this week’s poll.With the college football season over, it’s time to start paying more attention to college basketball. That means looking at the projected NCAA Tournament brackets and the two major polls every week. Earlier Monday, the USA Today Sports men’s basketball coaches’ poll was released. It featured a couple changes in the top 10, but the top teams mostly remained in the same spots. And, now, the AP Poll has been released. Here it is: 1. Kentucky – 17-0 2. Virginia – 17-0 3. Gonzaga – 18-1 4. Villanova – 17-1 5. Duke – 15-2 6. Wisconsin – 16-2 7. Arizona – 16-2 8. Notre Dame – 17-2 9. Iowa St. – 13-3 10. Louisville – 15-3 11. Kansas – 14-3 12. Utah – 14-3 13. Maryland – 17-2 14. Wichita St. – 16-2 15. North Carolina – 14-4 16. VCU – 15-3 17. Texas – 13-4 18. West Virginia – 15-3 19. Oklahoma – 12-5 20. N. Iowa – 16-2 21. Baylor – 13-4 22. Dayton – 15-2 23. Indiana – 14-424. Seton Hall – 13-4 25. Iowa – 13-5
TALLAHASSEE, FL – OCTOBER 7: Doak S. Campbell Stadium during the first half of an NCAA football game at Doak S. Campbell Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)While recruiting has been going on for months, or years for top players in the class of 2016, but today is the first day that schools can officially offer players. Florida State commit Janarius Robinson, a four-star defensive end out of Panama City, tweeted his letter this morning. It is a cool peak behind the window at the recruiting process.pic.twitter.com/lfpnla0Xv5— #81|☆JANARIUS☆#JROB™ (@JanariusD1) August 1, 2015The championship pedigree and success getting players into the NFL Draft are obvious selling points, but there is probably more of a focus on FSU’s academic successes than many would have assumed. We’re sure most parents would appreciate the story of Myron Rolle, the Florida State star turned Rhodes Scholar. That’s not a bad alumnus to be able to promote.
LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 27: Herbie Husker celebrates a Nebraska Cornhuskers touchdown against the Michigan Wolverines during their game at Memorial Stadium on October 27, 2012 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska beat Michigan 23-9. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images) Twitter/Michael Rose-IveyNebraska, which has a new coach (Mike Riley) for the 2015 campaign, isn’t being picked by many to win the Big Ten. In fact, when 40 media members voted back in July, only five picked the Cornhuskers to win the league’s West division, and nobody picked them to win the entire conference.That apparently doesn’t sit well with junior linebacker Michael Rose-Ivey. Rose-Ivey gave an interesting set of quotes to Steven M. Sipple of the Lincoln Journal Star earlier this week.“It’s easy for us to say, ‘Don’t read the headlines, don’t listen to what people are saying,’” Rose-Ivey told reporters Tuesday. “But to be blatantly honest, in some ways, we feel disrespected.We understand what we have as a team offensively and defensively. We understand a lot of people aren’t counting on us to do much coming out of the West and whatnot. But that’s why you have to play the games.”Nebraska has lost exactly four games per season seven years in a row, so it’s understandable that both fans and media members expect much of the same in the immediate future. But with Nebraska’s program now under the direction of a new coaching staff, will that change? Rose-Ivey clearly thinks so.
TORONTO — With just more than four and a half minutes left and the Toronto Raptors nursing a 97-94 edge over division rival Boston, budding Celtics star Jayson Tatum had a 1-on-1 matchup against Danny Green on the right wing. Green cheated left, allowing Tatum to get to his dominant hand with a potential path to the basket. But the opportunity to trim the deficit or even tie the score on that possession vanished in an instant, when Kyle Lowry, the Raptors’ All-Star guard, swiftly slid in front of Tatum, drawing a charging violation.On the left wing just over two minutes later, with Toronto leading by five, nearly the exact same scenario played out: Tatum got a step on Kawhi Leonard after a well-executed flare screen and barreled into the paint, only to meet Lowry, who’d gotten there a hair quicker. Offensive foul;1The third one Lowry had drawn in a two-minute, 20-second window if we include the illegal shove called on Marcus Morris. Raptors’ ball. The play essentially ended any hope of a Boston comeback in the Oct. 19 Toronto win.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/TATUM.mp400:0000:0000:27Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Somehow, in a league flowing with more 3-pointers than we’ve ever seen, Lowry has found a way to make momentum-shifting plays without hitting dagger jumpers. Instead, he’s taking dagger charges — stifling an opponent’s last-ditch comeback efforts. He all but sealed Wednesday’s victory by taking one against Sacramento’s De’Aaron Fox with a little more than three minutes left. Three days prior, he drew one on the Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma in the final two minutes of an eventual win in Los Angeles.“It just feels like he always takes them at the right moment, when the other team has some momentum going,” point guard Delon Wright, one of Lowry’s backups, told me after the team’s Monday win in Utah. “He steps in there and gets the call, and it’s kind of defeating for the other team.”There’s no doubt that Lowry has impeccable timing on such plays, and not just in the waning minutes of close games. Since the start of the 2017-18 season, Lowry has drawn a league-high 49 charges2In the regular season and playoffs combined. — an eye-popping number for anyone, but especially for someone who earns upwards of $30 million a year and plays a position that isn’t known for welcoming physical punishment. Nonetheless, this past Sunday, he drew one on runaway freight train LeBron James, who enjoys an 8-inch, 45-pound advantage on the 6-foot Lowry.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/LOWRY1.mp400:0000:0004:35Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“You get hit in the private area. You might get hit in the gut,” said Lowry, who also led the NBA in assists heading into Thursday’s games with 135 — a whopping 38 more than Jrue Holiday, who ranked second. “You’ve just got to be willing to take the hit and can’t be scared of the consequences. You’ve gotta say, ‘All right, cool — I’m willing to do to help my team win games.’”Not everyone is an ideal candidate to take charges. Aside from the fact that certain players are horrible at selling officials on bang-bang plays of that nature, there’s also the possibility of getting hurt, all for the sake of trying to force a single turnover.Raptors coach Nick Nurse doesn’t seem too worried when Lowry puts himself in harm’s way — largely because he’s shown an expertise in knowing how to do it.“His instincts are unbelievable. He sees that stuff coming way ahead of time and gets himself in position. That’s just being a super smart, high-IQ player,” Nurse said. “He’s pretty good at knowing how to take them. Every now and then, he takes a pretty crushing blow. But you know how it is: The good [charge-takers] kind of start to fall just before they take a hit, and hopefully don’t get hurt on those [sorts of plays]. But his instincts to play hard amaze me almost nightly.”While taking that many charges speaks to Lowry’s next-level anticipation, the teamwide strategies of the 11-1 Raptors — still incorporating two-time Defensive Player of the Year Kawhi Leonard — are playing a role here as well. Toronto has had a help defender, the one most often in position to draw a charge, present during an opposing player’s drive to the basket 36 percent of the time, the NBA’s third-highest rate, according to Second Spectrum.When Lowry is the player serving as the help defender, the club allows just 0.86 points per direct drive — a number that would lead the league if it carried over for all team minutes. This is part of why the Raptors figure to be such a tough out, especially now with Leonard in the fold: Lowry, Green, Pascal Siakam and Serge Ibaka3Who, while clearly diminished from his days as a first team All-Defense selection, is still a solid defender. can all slide over and at least hinder, if not completely halt, the progress of a player trying to get to the rim.As for Lowry himself — who’s taken more charges this year than 23 entire teams — his knack for generating these types of turnovers can be traced to Villanova, where he played for Jay Wright. Villanova started a program known as the Attitude Club, a point-based recognition system that rewards players for different types of hustle plays, including diving for loose balls, tapping back an offensive rebound and, yes, drawing charges on defense.4This sounds similar to a college upbringing we’ve reported on in the past, that of perhaps the league’s most efficient charge-taker, Anthony Tolliver.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/LOWRY2.mp400:0000:0004:47Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Lowry said he took charges even during his high school days but became more committed to it during college and upon reaching the NBA, where it’s nearly impossible for him — at his size — to make the sorts of high-flying plays that can truly ignite a crowd.“I can’t normally block a shot, and I can’t energize my team with a crazy dunk,” he said. “But I can take a charge at a big moment in a game, and I think my teammates appreciate me laying myself out there. That’s my energizing play.”Check out our latest NBA predictions.