Tedeschi Trucks Band Donates $48,000 Worth Of Musical Instruments To Jacksonville High School

first_imgSouthern soul juggernaut Tedeschi Trucks Band is one of Jacksonville, FL’s most notable exports. Created by combining the solo bands of Jacksonville native guitar virtuoso Derek Trucks and his wife, guitarist/vocalist Susan Tedeschi, in 2010, the band has kept on growing ever since, releasing a number of award-winning albums and extensively touring the country playing to bigger and bigger crowds. The band recently wrapped the fourth-annual edition of their multi-band summer “Wheels of Soul” tour with Drive-By Truckers and The Marcus King Band with a pair of sold-out performances at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO.However, despite their upward trajectory, the band has never forgotten their roots and continues to aid and take pride in their local Jacksonville community, particularly with regard to music education. According to the city’s WJCT FM station, the 12-piece powerhouse recently made a substantial and deeply personal donation to the city’s Englewood High School. The band supplied the school with 38 brand-new musical instruments for its students to use, valued at roughly $48,000.The students and staff of Englewood High School were informed of the reformative gift to the school’s music program earlier this summer when Tedeschi Trucks Band hit Jacksonville’s Daily’s Place Amphitheatre on June 29th to open their 2018 “Wheels of Soul” swing. Explains WJCT, the kids and faculty were invited to the hometown performance as special guests. There, they were invited to come meet the band backstage, where they were informed of the donation.Notes Dr. Diana Greene, Duval County Public Schools Superintendent to WJCT,We are deeply thankful to the Tedeschi Trucks Band for their incredible support, not just of the Englewood High School music program, but music programs across the district. Through their generous donations over the years, they have truly given hundreds of students the gift of music. Knowing that these instruments came from an alum from that school, and two very gifted local artists, makes the donation even more special. The students and staff at Englewood High School will benefit from this transformative gift for years to come.As Derek Trucks explains,Susan and I were both fortunate to have instruments available to us when we were young. Sadly, this is not the case for so many students these days, at a time when having the tools to express creativity is so vital to their education. We were happy and humbled to be able to help.The donation was made possible through Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation. Notes WJCT, the foundation was created by Michael Kamen in 1996, named after the 1995 film, Mr. Holland’s Opus, which examines the profound effect that a particularly dedicated music teacher had on several generations of students.You can see a list of the instruments donated below:3 Eastman ECL230 clarinets3 Eastman EEP421 4-valve euphoniums2 Eastman EBB534 4/4-size 4-valve tubas2 Eastman EFL210 flutes2 Eastman ETB432 trombones with F-attachments1 LP LP646NY-AW conga set1 Accent Drive LC17511 drum set2 Eastman EPH324 sousaphones2 Jupiter JMP1000M mellophones20 Cordoba CP100 acoustic guitars[H/T WJCT FM Jacksonville]last_img read more

ABP takes majority stake in Dutch telecom towers operator

first_imgIn a joint statement, Corien Wortmann-Kool, ABP’s chair, said that the telecom sector was attractive to ABP “as it offered potential for strong growth and added to diversification within its infrastructure portfolio”.She added that the investment would contribute to managing and developing crucial infrastructure for mobile connection, in particular in the rural areas in the Netherlands.Earlier this year, ABP acquired a portfolio of 48 infrastructure assets for €700m from the Dutch Infrastructure Fund. Assets included the DUO government building in Groningen, the Montaigne school in The Hague, hospitals as well as part of the A15, the main access road to Rotterdam’s ports. Dutch civil service pension fund ABP has acquired a 75% stake in the Open Tower Company (OTC), which operates more than 800 telecom towers in the Netherlands.The OTC was previously owned by Rabobank and Novec, a subsidiary of power grid operator Tennet. Novec will keep its 25% stake, according to the four players.A spokesman for Rabo Bouwfonds Communication Infrastructure (CIF) said that the seller and buyer had decided not to provide financial details of the transaction.CIF and Novec set up OTC in 2009 in order to establish a telecom tower network for mobile communication in the Netherlands.last_img read more

UW finally returns home

first_imgBEN CLASSON/Herald PhotoThe Wisconsin softball team takes the field Friday at Goodman Diamond for the first time since October. After 35 straight road games and two games canceled due to wet field conditions, Wisconsin (10-25) hosts Purdue (25-10) in its home opener.Also scheduled for the weekend is a Saturday matinee with Purdue and a doubleheader Sunday against Indiana (9-23).The home opener was pushed back from Wednesday’s scheduled doubleheader versus Loyola to Friday’s game with Purdue due to wet field conditions and ice remaining near the dugouts.“It was a little disappointing,” junior infielder Alexis Garcia said. “The weather was really nice, and we were kind of excited to start playing at home. The field just wasn’t ready.”After starting the Big Ten season with four straight road losses, the Badgers hope to get off to a hot start at home.“Playing at home is a special place,” assistant coach Julie Wright said. “You want to win at home and keep these people coming back. We’re ready for a new start, and we’d like to do it here.”The players believe the key to a good weekend lies in being ready from the opening pitch.“We need to come out ready to play all over, taking it one pitch at a time,” Garcia said. “That will eventually get us one game and then that next game start the same exact thing.”Unfortunately, the Badgers haven’t exactly been ready of late.“Last weekend, we learned that you just can’t come out and not be ready to play,” sophomore Katie Soderberg added. “We need to come out harder.”The Badgers are getting ready for the home stand by thinking less and keeping things simple.“You know, there’s the ball, go get it,” Wright said. “Here comes the ball, put a nice short, compact swing on it. People have been over-thinking in their at-bats and out there in the field and pitching-wise, and that just hasn’t been working for us.”In addition to being well-prepared, the Badgers will need a major increase in offensive production. Last weekend’s road trip resulted in only five runs for the cardinal and white, including two shutouts in four games.“We need to get a little better in each pitch and each at-bat,” Wright said. “Execution is going to be big for us. What we need to do is to move runners 60 feet to the left. If you don’t move them up, you’re never going to plate them.”Purdue has enjoyed much success at the plate, batting .290 as a team and outscoring its opponents 159-115 in 35 games.Leading the way offensively for the Boilermakers has been junior shortstop Candice Curtis. Curtis boasts a .357 batting average and leads the team with 27 RBIs.For Indiana, its story is much the same as that of Wisconsin’s. The Hoosiers’ lack of run production — they have been outscored by more than 80 runs this season — has led to a disappointing start in Bloomington.As the Badgers get ready for their first home stand, teamwork by way of individual focus has been a point of emphasis in trying to improve their play as a whole.“Our main thing is ‘Do your own job on the field. You’re not going to do everybody’s job,’” Soderberg said. “We don’t just have one good player. We need to come together as a team.”As focused as they have been this week in practice, the Badgers also have shown a lot of enthusiasm and excitement about finally playing in front of their home crowd after such a long time on the road.“They’re just giggling like little kids and running around all over the place,” Wright said. “Everybody’s just happy to be on their own field and see the Goodman Diamond, see the red, see the W’s everywhere.”last_img read more

Clippers win the fourth quarter this time, beat Thunder for their first win

first_imgPreviousLos Angeles Clippers’ Marcin Gortat (13) goes up against Oklahoma City Thunder’s Terrance Ferguson (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Oklahoma City Thunder’s Alex Abrines (8) goes up to the basket against Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell (5) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsOklahoma City Thunder’s Paul George, center, passes the ball between Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley (21) and Los Angeles Clippers’ Marcin Gortat (13) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari (8) dunks against Oklahoma City Thunder during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)The Clippers’ Boban Marjanovic, right, shoots while being defended by the Thunder’s Jerami Grant during the first half of Friday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams (23) gets fouled by Oklahoma City Thunder’s Hamidou Diallo (6) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari (8) goes up against Oklahoma City Thunder’s Patrick Patterson (54) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari (8) battles the rebound against Oklahoma City Thunder’s Paul George (13) and Steven Adams (12) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Clippers’ Tobias Harris (34) is defended by Oklahoma City Thunder’s Jerami Grant (9) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. Clipper won 108-92. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Clippers’ Tobias Harris (34) celebrates after teammate Boban Marjanovic (51) made a shot against Oklahoma City Thunder during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. Clipper won 108-92. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Oklahoma City Thunder’s Paul George, top, and Los Angeles Clippers’ Luc Mbah a Moute (12) battle for a loose ball on the floor during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. Clipper won 108-92. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Clippers’ Boban Marjanovic (51) goes up to the basket agains Oklahoma City Thunder’s Jerami Grant (9) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. Clipper won 108-92. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Oklahoma City Thunder’s Dennis Schroder (17) shoots against Los Angeles Clippers’ Tobias Harris (34) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. Clipper won 108-92. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Clippers’ Tobias Harris, left, fights for a rebound against Oklahoma City Thunder’s Jerami Grant (9) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. Clipper won 108-92. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Oklahoma City Thunder’s Steven Adams (12) dunks against Los Angeles Clippers’ Boban Marjanovic (51) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. Clipper won 108-92. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Oklahoma City Thunder’s Steven Adams (12) shoots against Los Angeles Clippers’ Boban Marjanovic (51) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. Clipper won 108-92. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Oklahoma City Thunder’s head coach Billy Donovan during an NBA basketball game against Los Angeles Clippers Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell (5) inactions during an NBA basketball game against Oklahoma City Thunder Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Oklahoma City Thunder’s Steven Adams dunks against Los Angeles Clippers during an NBA basketball game Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Oklahoma City Thunder’s Jerami Grant (9) is defended by Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell (5) and Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley (21) during an NBA basketball game Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley (21) looks for a pass against Oklahoma City Thunder during an NBA basketball game Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams (23) drives against Oklahoma City Thunder’s Hamidou Diallo (6) during an NBA basketball game Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Oklahoma City Thunder’s Paul George (13) drives against Los Angeles Clippers’ Marcin Gortat (13) during an NBA basketball game Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Oklahoma City Thunder’s head coach Billy Donovan during an NBA basketball game against Los Angeles Clippers Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Clippers’ head coach Doc Rivers during an NBA basketball game against Oklahoma City Thunder Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Oklahoma City Thunder’s Steven Adams (12) dunks against Los Angeles Clippers’ Boban Marjanovic (51)during an NBA basketball game Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams (23) drives against Oklahoma City Thunder’s Hamidou Diallo (6) during an NBA basketball game Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams (23) drives against Oklahoma City Thunder’s Dennis Schroder (17) during an NBA basketball game Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Oklahoma City Thunder’s Paul George (13) shoots free throw during an NBA basketball game against Los Angeles Clippers Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Oklahoma City Thunder’s Alex Abrines (8) shoots against Los Angeles Clippers’ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) during an NBA basketball game Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Clippers’ Boban Marjanovic (51) shoots against Oklahoma City Thunder during an NBA basketball game Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Oklahoma City Thunder’s Paul George (13) is defended by Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley (21) during an NBA basketball game Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Clippers’ head coach Doc Rivers during an NBA basketball game against Oklahoma City Thunder Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Oklahoma City Thunder’s Paul George (13) drives against Los Angeles Clippers’ Avery Bradley (11) during an NBA basketball game Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook, left, during an NBA basketball game against Los Angeles Clippers Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Clippers’ Boban Marjanovic (51) shoots free throw during an NBA basketball game against Oklahoma City Thunder Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Clippers’ Boban Marjanovic (51) celebrates during an NBA basketball game against Oklahoma City Thunder Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Clippers Grils perform during an NBA basketball game against Oklahoma City Thunder Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Clippers’ Marcin Gortat (13) is defended Oklahoma City Thunder’s Steven Adams (12) during an NBA basketball game Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Clippers’ head coach Doc Rivers during an NBA basketball game against Oklahoma City Thunder Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari (8) goes up against Oklahoma City Thunder’s Steven Adams (12) during an NBA basketball game Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Oklahoma City Thunder’s Steven Adams in actions during an NBA basketball game against Los Angeles Clippers Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Clippers’ Luc Mbah a Moute (12) and Oklahoma City Thunder’s Steven Adams (12) battle for a rebound during an NBA basketball game Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Oklahoma City Thunder’s Steven Adams (12) and Los Angeles Clippers’ Marcin Gortat (13) battle for a rebound during an NBA basketball game Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Oklahoma City Thunder’s Paul George (13) shoots against Los Angeles Clippers’ Avery Bradley (11) during an NBA basketball game Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Oklahoma City Thunder’s head coach Billy Donovan during an NBA basketball game against Los Angeles Clippers Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Clippers’ Tobias Harris (34) goes up against Oklahoma City Thunder’s Jerami Grant (9) and Oklahoma City Thunder’s Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (7) during an NBA basketball game Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Oklahoma City Thunder’s Paul George (13) during an NBA basketball game against Los Angeles Clippers Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Clippers’ head coach Doc Rivers protests a foul call to official during an NBA basketball game against /Oklahoma City Thunder Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Clippers’ Boban Marjanovic (51) celebrates during an NBA basketball game against Oklahoma City Thunder Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Clippers celebrates during an NBA basketball game against Oklahoma City Thunder Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Clippers’ Tobias Harris (34) celebrates during an NBA basketball game against Oklahoma City Thunder Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Clippers’ Tobias Harris (34) is defended by Oklahoma City Thunder’s Steven Adams (12) during an NBA basketball game Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari (8) shoots against Oklahoma City Thunder’s Steven Adams (12) during an NBA basketball game Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Clippers’ Tobias Harris (34) is defended by Oklahoma City Thunder’s Jerami Grant (9) during an NBA basketball game Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Clippers’ head coach Doc Rivers during an NBA basketball game against Oklahoma City Thunder Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Oklahoma City Thunder’s Paul George (13) shoots against Los Angeles Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari (8) during an NBA basketball game Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari (8) goes up against Oklahoma City Thunder’s Patrick Patterson (54) during an NBA basketball game Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Oklahoma City Thunder’s Dennis Schroder (17) is defended by Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley (21) during an NBA basketball game Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Oklahoma City Thunder’s Steven Adams (12) blocks a shot by Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams (23) during an NBA basketball game Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Clippers’ Marcin Gortat (13) goes up against Oklahoma City Thunder’s Terrance Ferguson (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)NextShow Caption1 of 60Los Angeles Clippers’ Marcin Gortat (13) goes up against Oklahoma City Thunder’s Terrance Ferguson (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Trust him, Coach Doc Rivers told his Clippers before Friday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, they’ve got stuff worth sticking to.In a 108-92 victory against the Thunder – who were without superstar guard Russell Westbrook, who continued his recovery from arthroscopic right knee surgery – the Clippers looked secure in their sets until they didn’t … and then they did again when it mattered most.The coalescing that needed to hurry and happen for the Clippers (1-1) to close out games was found Friday, at least, with a lineup that featured Luc Mbah a Moute, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Lou Williams, Boban Marjanovic and Tobias Harris, whose 14 fourth-quarter points led the late charge before 14,816 fans at Staples Center.Harris’ driving basket gave the Clippers the 88-87 lead with 7:22 left. They extended the advantage with a 17-foot jumper by Marjanovic, a 3-pointer by Williams, another jumper by Harris, a nifty layup by Marjanovic and another driving layup by Harris, to make it 99-92. Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum A pair of free throws by rookie guard Gilgeous-Alexander pushed the Clippers over the century mark for a 101-92 lead.Two days after the Denver Nuggets outscored the Clippers 23-6 down the stretch, it was the Clippers in the driver’s seat, outscoring the Thunder 37-15 in the final quarter.“We executed better,” Rivers said. “It was different, we got off to a great start. Our starters in the first half were phenomenal – our bench in the first half was awful. And then in the second half … when we went with the bench guys, they just played spectacular.”Early on, the Clippers’ spacing left room to work offensively and their ball movement was fluid. As a result, the Clippers got off to a 16-0 start and ended the quarter leading 27-20, with assists on eight of their 11 field goals in the quarter.But with a change of personnel on the court, that dominant efficiency didn’t last. The Clippers were outscored 26-21 in the second quarter and went into the half leading only 48-46. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Avery did an amazing job,” Mbah a Moute said. “Just getting up to him and not letting him get anything easy; it was all Avery. What he did in the first half was unbelievable, took him out of his game. (For me) it was just trying to just not let up on what Avery did.”George had only four points at the half and finished with a team-high but relatively mortal 20 points. Included in that total was a four-point play that gave OKC a 63-56 lead at the 7:44 mark in the third quarter to help the Thunder build a 77-71 lead entering the final 12 minutes of play.After being mostly stymied in three minutes of first-half action, Marjanovic entered the game late in the third quarter to cause some of the havoc Clippers fans have come to love from him.The 7-foot-3 center plucked five rebounds off the rim and scored 13 points in 15 minutes, picking up for Gallinari, who cheered enthusiastically from the bench alongside fellow starters Bradley and Patrick Beverley.“It says a lot about the team,” Rivers said. “This group, they just want to win the game and they’re over themselves. We have so many guys who can play on any night, so that was great to see. They just like each other, they just want to win the game.”center_img Oklahoma City needed only moments after halftime to take its first lead, when a Patrick Patterson 3-pointer gave the Thunder a 49-48 lead and sparked a 9-1 run that extended the margin to 55-49.Forward Danilo Gallinari kept the Clippers close, with a pair of 3-pointers and a pair of driving layups in a 10-point third quarter. For the game, Gallinari’s 26 points matched Harris’ total for the game high.“The guy who saved the game for us in a lot of ways was Gal,” Rivers said. “In that third-quarter stretch, we were struggling for points, and Gal just took the game over for about four minutes. And that kept us in the game.”The combined defensive effort of Avery Bradley and Mbah a Moute kept Paul George out of the game.Related Articles What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory last_img read more

Lakers’ GM Mitch Kupchak expects Kobe Bryant to return next season

first_imgKupchak also defended how Lakers coach Byron Scott managed Bryant’s playing time. Scott initially played Bryant between 30-40 minutes per game through the Lakers’ first 27 games. He then cited his minute mismanagement for Bryant’s depleted energy and shooting accuracy. So Scott rested Bryant during most practices and shootarounds as well as eight of his last 16 games leading up to his injury.“Byron is saying the right thing and doing the right thing, but I don’t think that had anything to do with anything,” Kupchak said. “Maybe there’s a little bit of soreness that Kobe experienced, but not because he played 10 games at maybe five or seven minutes more per game than he normally did. I don’t think that was an issue.”Despite Bryant coming off injuries to his left Achilles and left knee, Kupchak had expressed confidence the Lakers’ star would successfully navigate the grind of an 82-game NBA season. “If he’s healthy, he would want to play every game,” Kupchak said. “Byron, with our support, sit him down at certain times to try to get the best we could out of him. But I don’t think that had anything to do with the shoulder injury.”Bryant will keep his arm in a sling for about six weeks. Kupchak estimated Bryant will rehab between three and four months before he begins running and other leg workouts. Kupchak believes Bryant will need time beyond that, perhaps the full nine months, before the tendon in his right shoulder fully heals.Scott has said he ideally would like to play Bryant in the low-to-mid 20-minute range next season. But Kupchak sounded uncertain how conservative the Lakers will be with Bryant’s workload.“It depends,” Kupchak said. “There’s been a long recovery and it’s expected he’ll be back completely recovered. But sometimes you come back a month early or sometimes it means you come back a month later. So we’ll have to see how it plays out.”Band of brothersAs soon as Bryant aggravated his right shoulder, Chicago Bulls forward Pau Gasol talked with Bryant to send him “some good energy.”Makes sense. Bryant and Gasol won two championships together with the Lakers in 2009 and 2010 before Gasol left in this past offseason to join the Bulls.Bryant and Gasol planned to speak at midcourt before the Lakers played Chicago on Thursday at Staples Center. But Bryant felt pain and grogginess stemming from his recent shoulder surgery and pain medication, according to a league source familiar with the situation. Instead, Bryant and Gasol spoke privately before the game. A helping handAfter the Lakers ruled Steve Nash out for the 2014-15 season because of persistent pain in his back, Kupchak said he has had “multiple meetings ” with Nash, including breakfast about once a month.After granting Nash a leave of absence, Kupchak said that Nash will mentor the team’s younger players, notably rookie point guard Jordan Clarkson. In this, his 19th NBA season, Bryant averaged 22.3 points, albeit on a career-low 37.3 percent shooting in 35 games before tearing his right rotator cuff in his right shoulder.“We have no regrets at all,” Kupchak said on Bryant’s extension. “He is worth every penny of it.”Bryant has benefited the Lakers, obviously. He has won five NBA championships and climbed this season to third place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Bryant’s star power and global appeal meshes well with the Lakers’ brand and lucrative cable deal with Time Warner Cable Access SportsNet.But to fully maximize Bryant’s 20th NBA year next season, Kupchak said the burden falls on him. “We have to improve the talent level,” Kupchak said. “When you’re winning games, it’s a lot easier to get ready to play and play through aches and pains.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Amid all the uncertainty surrounding Kobe Bryant’s recent right shoulder surgery, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak on Thursday sounded adamant about at least two things.First, Bryant will return for the 2015-16 season to finish out the last year of his two-year contract, which is worth $25 million.“I don’t think he’s retiring,” said Kupchak, who spoke with Bryant on Thursday morning. “He said he’s looking forward to training camp.”Kupchak added that he feels “100 percent” convinced the Lakers made the right decision in signing Bryant to a two-year, $48.5 million extension in November of 2013. Bryant had suffered a torn left Achilles tendon eight months earlier and then suffered a season-ending left knee injury a month later after playing only six games.last_img read more