Heisler: Lakers should add a year to Luke Walton’s contract every time LaVar Ball rips him

first_img Lakers coach Luke Walton believes his job remains safe Kyle Kuzma defends Luke Walton, says most Lakers ‘love playing for him’ Spurs’ Gregg Popovich latest to come to defense of Lakers’ Luke Walton Actually, it was Lonzo’s play and LaVar’s inspiration. Or LaVar’s inspiration and Lonzo’s play. Just ask LaVar.Not that it’s easy … or possible … to deal with someone not even Magic Johnson can charm or persuade. The Lakers had him in on Nov. 29, at which time LaVar said he’d come to them with any complaints.Or that’s what the Lakers thought he said. LaVar’s version, to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne was, “I am going to say, to plant a seed, ‘Let’s look for this now.’ They might not want to hear that, but it’s going to be successful if you listen to what I’m saying on the fact that I know what it takes for my son to run like this.”If LaVar doesn’t deserve the respect they have shown him, there’s no embarrassing or intimidating him, either, when all he has to do in reply is talk into a live microphone.The Lakers, who know something about stars, had Kobe Bryant, the brashest of the brash, who asked Coach Del Harris as an 18-year-old rookie why they couldn’t run post-ups for him, leaving Delmer to explain they had Shaquille O’Neal for that.Anguished as Kobe was at not playing more than 16 minutes a game in his first season, his father, Joe, a former NBA player who was at every game, never uttered a peep.I knew Joe from Philadelphia, where I covered him as a young player. In Los Angeles he declined to do interviews for years, saying this was Kobe’s time.Suggesting how secure Walton feels, he joked about lifting Lonzo in the win over Atlanta because “his father was talking (trash).”Showing how big this story has gotten, you can now buy “DNP, Coach’s Decision (Dad was talking (trash)” T-shirts online for $25 – which is pricey, but half the price of the cheapest tee on the Big Baller Brand site.Big Baller, of course, is a hype-driven shell company with no advertising budget, the Better Business Bureau citing it for not fulfilling orders and the apparel company that made its products suing for non-payment.This BBB hype is nothing compared to LaVar’s boast that he took LiAngelo and LaMelo to Lithuania so both could get to the Lakers by 2020.Believe this: The Lakers will never have more than one Ball on their roster – if that many, assuming they can make a go of it with Lonzo.We’re not talking about Pau and Marc Gasol. LiAngelo, 19, isn’t considered an NBA prospect. LaMelo is highly regarded for his age – 16 – but a long way away at a listed 6-foot-3, 160 pounds.If a village of 10,000 in Lithuania in winter time with seven hours of daylight isn’t as comfortable for the kids as Westwood or Chino Hills, it’s perfect for LaVar, with the locals changing the team’s schedule for a tournament with the BBB logo plastered everywhere – including the referees’ jerseys – and a female TV reporter asking out Gelo at the introductory press conference.And the press! There was all sorts of press, even if NBA coaches blamed ESPN – unfairly – for LaVar’s nonsense. Detroit’s Stan Van Gundy proposed a boycott of the network. More entertainingly, San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich settled for noting that LaVar is “just another fan from the peanut gallery.”Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersIronically, and dismayingly for the Lakers, they’re committed to Walton with Jeanie Buss tweeting #InLukeWeTrust in her New Year’s greeting … but with the heat on, no one had his back.Furious though the Lakers were, they were afraid to reply and make the story even bigger. Luke was left to fend for himself at a tender moment with a nine-game losing streak, including the 37-point home loss to OKC that followed LaVar’s rip, in which Kyle Kuzma said, “We gave up.”Worse was Lonzo’s response – “I can play for anyone” – or was it just low-key Lonzo being Lonzo?Wait a year or two to see if Luke’s still here.In the nick of time, the Lakers won three in a row … whether or not the credit goes to the Luke and the players.center_img Clippers coach Doc Rivers says criticism of Lakers counterpart Luke Walton is ‘awful’ Yes, Daddy Dearest.There’s no getting away from LaVar Ball even when he’s half a world away, continuing his outrages from Lakerdom to Lithuania.The Lakers live for the day they no longer hear his name, but there’s no pretending he doesn’t exist – as they’re trying to do – or that his latest rip of Luke Walton wasn’t a distraction, or that it’s not damaging their brand as they prepare to pursue elite free agents.In the annals of problem parents, this is beyond the Marv Marinoviches. LaVar is more like Faye Dunaway playing Joan Crawford in the 1981 film, using her children as extras, ordering them to call her “Mommy Dearest” and visiting her hysteria on them as her movie queen status fades. Lonzo Ball says he’ll ‘play for anybody’ after LaVar blasts Lakers coach Luke Walton Unfortunately for the Lakers, they find themselves buffetted on all sides at a time their brand is all-important for impressing LeBron James, Paul George et al. Players are aware that all but three or four of them could be outward-bound and morale is already on a precipice.What to do the next time they lose two in a row and LaVar sees guys aren’t high-fiving each other coming out of the game?The Lakers can 1) say nothing and let Walton dangle, which is bad; or 2) give Luke a vote of confidence, a well-known red flag for trouble, which is worse.Or maybe No. 2 is bad and No. 1 is worse.I’ve got it: Every time LaVar rips Walton, add a year to Luke’s contract. For a team making more than $100 million per year in local TV revenue, another year of Luke’s $5 million salary is chump change if it sticks a cork in LaVar.last_img read more

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World Court to decide on jurisdiction after February 2019 – Greenidge

first_imgGuyana-Venezuela border controversy– Ministry launches PSAs to increase awareness The International Court of Justice (ICJ) will early next year make a determination on whether or not it is its jurisdiction to hear the matter relating to the Guyana-Venezuela border controversy.This was related by Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge who disclosed on Thursday that the delay was based by an objection by the Bolivarian Republic which said it “does not recognise” the ICJ’s jurisdiction.“It will be sometime after February next year that the court will decide on jurisdiction,” the Foreign Affairs Minister posited.Greenidge said after such time, the court will proceed with the substantive case which could be heard in two years’ time.In the meantime, the Foreign Affairs Ministry collaborated with the Education Ministry and launched two Public Service Announcements (PSAs) on the Guyana-Venezuela border controversy. This seeks to inform and update the public on the ongoing matter which is currently gaining the attention of the ICJ in Hague, The Netherlands. The PSAs are available on Facebook and YouTube and will soon be broadcast on television in the near future.Venezuela claims the entire Essequibo region but according to Guyana’s application to the World Court, for more than 60 years Venezuela had consistently recognised and respected the validity of the binding force of the 1899 Award and the 1905 map agreed by both sides in furtherance of the award.On March 29, 2018, Guyana filed an application requesting the World Court to confirm the legal validity and binding effect of the 1899 Arbitral Award regarding its boundary with Venezuela. This application followed a decision by the UN Secretary General earlier this year in choosing the ICJ as the next means of resolving the controversy that arose as a result of the Venezuelan contention that the Arbitral Award of 1899 about the frontier between British Guiana and Venezuela was null and void.The court documents noted that while Venezuela has never produced any evidence to justify its belated repudiation of the 1899 Award, the neighbouring country has used it as an excuse to occupy territory awarded to Guyana in 1899, to inhibit Guyana’s economic development, and to violate Guyana’s sovereignty and sovereign rights.In filing the application, Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge, who will serve as Guyana’s agent in the proceedings before the ICJ, said: “… Guyana has respected the Secretary General’s decision and placed its faith in the International Court of Justice to resolve the controversy in accordance with its statue and jurisprudence, based on the fundamental principles of international law, including the sanctity of treaties, the maintenance of settled boundaries and respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of States.”On January 30, 2018, Secretary General Antonio Guterres, concluded that the Good Offices Process – which the parties had engaged in for almost 30 years, but failed to achieve a solution to the controversy – and chose the ICJ as the next means of settlement, for which Guyana has long been advocating. United States oil giant ExxonMobil had announced back in May 2015 that it had found oil offshore Guyana. Venezuela has staunchly been against oil exploration in Guyana’s Stabroek Block, where multiple oil deposits were found by ExxonMobil, and has since renewed claims to the Essequibo region. (Shemuel Fanfair)last_img read more

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Forgotten Stoke midfielder set for January exit

first_img1 Steve Sidwell Stoke City are preparing themselves for offers for out-of-favour midfielder Steve Sidwell next month.The Englishman has been a victim of Mark Hughes’ successful rebuilding of the squad and has fallen down the pecking order at the Britannia.The former Chelsea man has played just 12 minutes of Premier League football this season as summer imports Marco van Ginkel, Ibrahim Afellay and Xherdan Shaqiri have all featured ahead of him.Sidwell has winners’ medals from the Premier League, Championship and FA Cup and is unlikely to be willing to sit out his days on the Potteries’ periphery.The 33-year-old is out of contract in the summer so would be available for a nominal fee in January.The Arsenal academy graduate would undoubtedly be able to offer both relegation-fighting and promotion-chasing clubs plenty of experience for the final half of the season and beyond.last_img read more

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