LA Clippers coach Doc Rivers not feeling added pressure to win

first_img“My point is, I (couldn’t) care less either way,” he said of any heavy burden he may be shouldering. “Like, yeah, that’s our job. We came in to win the title. So you can put more pressure on me; it won’t work.“You know what I’m saying? I don’t get that. Like when people ask coaches or players those questions, I get what you’re saying, so I’m not trying to make light of it.“But who cares? We’re in this to win it. So if there’s more pressure on me, or more pressure on Blake (Griffin) or CP (Chris Paul), like, I don’t think they go to sleep thinking about that. Their job is to try to win it. That’s what you’re in it for.”Tough leaving HoustonPower forward Josh Smith is one of the key new faces on this team. He spoke Monday about the tough decision he had to make in leaving the Rockets. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error IRVINE >> It was one thing for Doc Rivers to fail to take the Clippers to the conference finals this past season for the first time in franchise history. Top to bottom, that was not a real deep team, so even though the Clippers blew a 3-1 series lead and lost to Houston in the Western Conference semifinals, that was a good alibi.But with the addition of several hard-nosed, quality players, Rivers will be expected to take this team through uncharted waters in 2015-16. He probably knows that, but he didn’t really want to hear it Monday at the team’s training camp at UC Irvine.“Well, I think there is pressure on my anyway, I guess,” said Rivers, the Clippers’ third-year head coach and president of basketball operations. “I want to win the title.”Rivers explained his thinking in detail.center_img “It was definitely hard,” he said. “The fans were amazing, my family loved it and enjoyed it. But as a basketball player, you have to take a step back and you have to be able to put yourself in scenarios, what best suits you for your career and the future of what you have going on.“I felt like when I looked at it and I prayed on it, this is the direction I wanted to go in.”Rivers said General Manager Dave Wohl was in contact with Smith for 21 consecutive days, and that when Smith decided to sign, he called Wohl to tell him of his decision.“That was a Dave Wohl production,” Rivers said. “I give Dave credit. He never stopped.”Smith said Houston tried to get him to stay, but not as hard as the Clippers worked to lure him to Los Angeles.“They offered some money,” Smith said of the Rockets, “but again, I felt like I think the Clippers pursued me more; they wanted me more.”Smith signed a one-year contract with the Clippers for the veterans minimum of $1,499,187. But he’s still owed some $27 million by Detroit, which waived Smith in December.Smith scored 19 points in Game 6 of the conference semifinals May 14 at Staples Center, helping the Rockets overcome a 19-point deficit late in the third quarter to defeat the Clippers 119-107 and send the series back to Houston for Game 7, which the Rockets won 113-100.Competitive spiritRivers talked about how spirited the first few days of camp have been. On Monday, there were two scrimmages, with the first and second units each winning one.“It’s been good,” Rivers said. “And I think it’s been great for the starters because they have to deal with guys coming after them and not really showing them a lot of … you know, they’re just playing them.”last_img read more

Greg Maddux, Raul Ibañez join Dodgers as special assistants

first_imgThe Dodgers added to their already-deep front office depth chart Tuesday, hiring Hall of Fame pitcher Greg Maddux and retired slugger Raul Ibañez as special assistants.In their roles, Maddux and Ibañez will assist Andrew Friedman and the baseball operations department in scouting, player development and working with major and minor leaguers, according to a team release.Maddux, 49, pitched for the Dodgers a decade ago and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2014, his first year on the ballot. Following his playing career, Maddux joined the Cubs’ front office in 2010 as an assistant to general manager Jim Hendry before spending four seasons in the Rangers’ organization (2012-15), where his brother Mike was the pitching coach, as a special assistant to general manager Jon Daniels. He also served as the pitching coach for Team USA during the 2013 World Baseball Classic.Maddux pitched for four teams from 1986 to 2008, winning 355 games and four Cy Young awards. He pitched for the Dodgers in separate stints during the 2006 and 2008 seasons. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Ibañez, 43, will gain his first front-office experience following a 19-year career with the Mariners (1996-2000, 2004-08, ’13), Royals (2001-03, ’14), Phillies (2009-11), Yankees (2012) and Angels (2014). Last year, he was an analyst on Fox Sports’ baseball telecasts.In January, the Dodgers announced the hire of former Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos to assist Friedman, general manager Farhan Zaidi and senior vice president of baseball operations Josh Byrnes.Maddux joins two other Hall of Famers — Dodgers legends Tommy Lasorda and Sandy Koufax — listed as “special advisors” to the team’s front office.last_img read more

Update: Letterkenny teen found ‘safe and well’

first_imgGardaí have officially called off an appeal for missing Letterkenny teenager Jamie O’Neill.The 17-year-old, who had been missing from his home at Bonagee since Wednesday, has been found safe and well.Mr O’Neill was located soon after an appeal was launched on Friday evening seeking information on his whereabouts. A Garda spokesperson confirmed: “Jamie O’Neill has been located safe and well. We would like to thank the public and the media for their assistance in this matter.”Update: Letterkenny teen found ‘safe and well’ was last modified: April 29th, 2019 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)last_img read more

Farmers’ woes: Punjab CM blames Centre

first_imgPunjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday accused the BJP-led Union government of failing to address farmers’ woes and said that farmer suicides would continue in Punjab and other States if the Centre did not become sympathetic towards them.The Chief Minister, who launched the third phase of farm debt waiver scheme at Anandpur Sahib, said: “the States cannot do everything on their own without the central government’s help.”Captain Amarinder said that his government’s loan waiver scheme was only a temporary solution to the problems of distressed farmers and the Centre had to step in if a permanent solution had to be found. He added that his government would soon come out with a loan waiver scheme for landless labourers who are also reeling under huge debt burdens.last_img

Rep Chatfield announces May June office hours

first_img10May Rep. Chatfield announces May, June office hours Categories: Chatfield News State Representative Lee Chatfield invites residents of the 107th House District to join him during local office hours for the months of May and June.“Hosting local office hours is just one way I seek feedback from the people I was elected to serve,” said Rep. Chatfield. “My staff and I have held office hours every month since my first day in office because listening and understanding the concerns of residents in the district helps me represent them better.” His May office hours schedule is:Monday, May 22Mackinac CountyEpoufette Bayview InnW5961 US-2, Naubinway, MI 497629:00 am – 10:00 amCheboygan CountyThe Trophy Shop1320 W State St, Cheboygan, MI 4972111:30 am – 12:30 pmHis June office hours schedule is:Friday, June 9Chippewa CountyWilderness Coffee2775 W M-80, Kinross, MI 4978810:00 am – 11:00 amEmmet CountyNorthwood Family Restaurant4769 Oden Rd, Alanson, MI 497061:00 pm – 2:00 pmcenter_img No appointment is necessary and there is no cost to attend. Anyone unable to attend may contact Rep. Chatfield’s office by calling (517) 373-2629, via email at or through his website at read more

Thinkbox the marketing body for commercial televi

first_imgThinkbox, the marketing body for commercial television in the UK, has made a number of executive changes.Chief executive Tess Alps will step down to become executive chair from July 1. Meanwhile, Julia Jordan, executive director, business and operations at UKTV, will become chair of Thinkbox for 12 months.Alps said: “I’m looking forward to spending more time with my TV. My planner is so full that going to three days a week is the only option. Once that’s cleared, I will have the opportunity to do a couple of other things. I shall never stop championing TV advertising’s effectiveness and pressing for it to get the recognition and investment it deserves, or being fascinated by its expansion through new technologies.”last_img

Daniele Tricarico OTT revenues in emerging markets

first_imgDaniele TricaricoOTT revenues in emerging markets are expected to grow from US$1.9 billion (€1.7 billion) in 2014 to US$6 billion in 2019, according to a report by Pyramid Research. According to Pyramid Research, subscription video on demand services such as Netflix were available to 1.3% of emerging market households in 2014, with a user base of 19.4 million. This number is expected to grow to 6.4% by the end of 2019, increasing the user base to 102.7 million.Emerging Asia Pacific and Latin America accounted for 90% of paid OTT revenue in emerging markets in 2014, with Latin America being the only emerging market region where Netflix operates. The two regions will only drop marginal shares in the next five years, still making up 86% of the total in 2019, according to Pyramid Research.Pay OTT services in Africa and the Middle East, including SVoD and TVoD, are expected to account for 7% of regional pay TV revenue in the next five years while in central and eastern Europe, SVoD services will begin to take off, with pay OTT revenue growing to 5% of overall pay TV revenue by 2019.“In recent years, OTT business models entirely relying on advertising revenue streams have become difficult to sustain, given the high cost of content. In many emerging markets, we are witnessing the emergence of hybrid models, whereby services offer free content to expand the user base, but at the same time position premium SVoD and transactional video on demand (TVoD) services to generate additional revenue,” said Daniele Tricarico, senior analyst at Pyramid Research.last_img read more

YouTube and Major League Baseball MLB have agree

first_imgYouTube and Major League Baseball (MLB) have agreed a “multi-faceted” sponsorship deal that will give YouTube content creators behind-the-scenes access to the 2017 World Series.The agreement establishes YouTube TV as the presenting sponsor of the championship series, and will see it promote its new over-the-top TV offering as an alternative to cable for accessing live baseball.YouTube TV will run a variety of national TV ads and on-air callouts during the series, have in-stadium promotion and will see its branding featured across MLB’s digital properties and official social media accounts.In turn MLB will use the deal to help “bridge digital audiences to the World Series”. YouTube creators will be granted access to MLB players and personalities and will generate original, World Series-themed content at participating ballparks.The live TV rights for MLB in the US is held by Fox, which is available through traditional pay TV operators and as part of YouTube TV’s channel line-up.“We built a cable-free service that makes it easier than ever for fans to get access to their favourite live TV programming – including amazing live sporting events like the World Series on Fox.” said Kelly Merryman, managing director, content partnerships Americas, YouTube.“When we were thinking about partnerships to showcase the power of YouTube TV, Major League Baseball and the World Series was the perfect fit. It’s a great next step in our long-term relationship with the league.”Noah Garden, MLB executive vice-president, business, said: “We are proud to team with You Tube on its first major partnership to help raise national awareness for YouTube TV.”YouTube launched YouTube TV in the US’s biggest metro areas in April of this year, giving users access to some 40 TV channels, including the four largest US broadcast networks – ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC.Since then the channel line-up has expanded and the service is now live in 49 markets, representing two-thirds of the country.last_img read more

Todays viewers expect highquality video delivere

first_imgToday’s viewers expect high-quality video delivered to their TVs and mobile devices promptly and without hassle. Pay TV Operators are responding with alternatives to the traditional practice of hosting the UI in set-top boxes. Thanks to advances in cloud technology, nearly all of the key UI functions, including near-final rendering, can be performed in the cloud.  Find out how a cloud-based UI allows the operator to quickly respond to changes in viewing habits and deliver to new viewing platforms, such as tablets and mobiles, while continuing to support legacy devices.last_img