Isaiah Thomas ready to get down to business of getting to know the Lakers

first_img 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 PackersWhat he saw from the Lakers before they acquired him, Channing Frye and a draft pick Thursday from the Cleveland Cavaliers was pretty much what he witnessed when he came off the bench to spark them with 13 points in his opening minutes Saturday.Thomas used his speed and ballhandling skills to elude defenders. He sank open shots from near and far. He connected with his teammates, setting them up for open shots from near and far, too. The wide-open nature of Saturday’s game, a 130-123 loss, showcased Thomas’ talents.“It was very exciting to be on the court with him,” Lakers center Brook Lopez said. “I played a long time against him, obviously. He was in Boston, I was in Brooklyn, so we were in the same division. I got to see him play a lot. He’s such a spectacular talent. To be on the floor with him, it was impressive to see. He makes so many things so easy for so many of his teammates.”Next assignment: Thomas goes to school. He must learn the Lakers’ plays and his teammates’ tendencies. He got a crash course before the Lakers faced the Mavericks, as Coach Luke Walton did what he could to simplify matters in the short time they had to prepare.“That will come,” Thomas said of upcoming tutorials. “They tried a little bit in shootaround. They put plays on my iPad. So, all (Friday) night, I was trying to study the playbook and try to figure out what they do offensively and defensively. “I think I had one key turnover. I might have jumped in the air and I don’t know where guys were. That’s just getting familiar with each other, practicing more. But at the same time, it’s tough just putting a new guy out there. I don’t really know any plays.“We’ll learn from this and build on it and we’ll be better.”Frye expected it to be a smooth transition after a rocky 15 games with the Cavaliers.“He’s going to be fine,” Frye said. “There’s nothing wrong with him. You’re going to see. He’s going to ball. How many games do we have left, 26, 27? You’re going to see Isaiah become the old Isaiah, especially with the faster pace. I think this is going to be a better system for him.“He’s going to be fine.”Sunday was a day of rest. The Lakers get back to work Monday at their El Segundo practice facility.center_img PreviousLos Angeles Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas (7) discusses a foul call with referee Tony Brown during an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, in Dallas. The Mavericks won 130-123. (AP Photo/ Richard W. Rodriguez)CLEVELAND, OH – JANUARY 2: Isaiah Thomas #3 of the Cleveland Cavaliers warms up prior to the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Quicken Loans Arena on January 2, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas (7) looks to pass the ball as Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) defends during an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, in Dallas. Dallas won 130-123. (AP Photo/ Richard W. Rodriguez)Los Angeles Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas (7) tries to defend against the 3-point attempt by Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) during an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, in Dallas. The Mavericks won 130-123. (AP Photo/ Richard W. Rodriguez)Los Angeles Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas (7) fouls Dallas Mavericks guard Kyle Collinsworth (8) as he goes up for a shot against Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez (11) in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, in Dallas. The Mavericks won 130-123. (AP Photo/ Richard W. Rodriguez)Los Angeles Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas (7) discusses a foul call with referee Tony Brown during an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, in Dallas. The Mavericks won 130-123. (AP Photo/ Richard W. Rodriguez)NextShow Caption1 of 5Los Angeles Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas (7) discusses a foul call with referee Tony Brown during an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, in Dallas. The Mavericks won 130-123. (AP Photo/ Richard W. Rodriguez)ExpandIsaiah Thomas couldn’t say how long it might take to mesh with his new Lakers teammates. He wouldn’t guess how many practices or games or late-night chartered flights it might take before he’s comfortable with them and they’re at ease with him.After all, they had only been together for one shootaround and one game, roughly 24 hours total, when he was asked to evaluate his play and theirs after a loss Saturday to the Mavericks in Dallas. He gave himself mixed reviews, but his analysis of his team teammates was positive.In time, the match between the All-Star point guard and his young, athletic and eager teammates could be a winner. How much time they have together is anyone’s guess, though. Thomas is eligible to become a free agent at season’s end, and his stay with the Lakers could be a short one.“I just wanted to come in with energy,” Thomas said after scoring 22 points in his Lakers debut. “I just wanted to bring something to the table. I just wanted to bring that energy, bring that intensity and make plays. The ball happened to go in. All these guys are talented. I watched this team from afar.”last_img read more

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Overtime…Too much power for one man!

first_imgTiger Woods hits from the rough off the seventh fairway during the final round of the Cadillac Championship golf tournament Sunday, March 9, 2014, in Doral, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky):10—And there’s no greater truth than this—without Tiger Woods in the Masters, the viewing percentage was down 46 percent. “You know…that’s too much power for one man!”:09—I had the great opportunity to witness and interview “Iron Mike” Tyson Thursday afternoon at the Capital Grille Downtown Pittsburgh, but trust me, this was not your grandfather’s Mike Tyson. Not the man that said his objective in the ring was to kill his opponent…and eat his children! No. This is a changed man and in a few weeks I’ll bring you the exclusive and all the details. But not here. No way, Big Time. You’re gonna have to buy a Courier. And I say that cause I know you’re tighter than ten toes in a sock and you’re the only one in Pittsburgh that doesn’t subscribe.BILL NEAL:08—Hey, here’s a new sport. It’s called Sue the Bully or the Parents of the Bully, or the School System that doesn’t bring it to an immediate end. Sue their sorry butts until they all truly understand…there is now a zero tolerance for bullies!:07—You’re just gonna love this, I promise – – – – – I don’t know if you heard it through the grapevine, but there’s a sideshow gonna begin and it’s expected to be a fantastic voyage. The keeper’s of the castle, the one and only Champion Enterprises…the hardest working people in show business bring you First Friday Fantasies starting Friday, May 2 and continuing through October and you can “bet your last money it’s gonna be a stone gas honey!” Because everybody’s going to be there. We got people coming from everywhere…Jodi Rieley, the Backstabbers, Mickey’s Monkey, My Girl, a Do Right Woman and a Do Right Man and of course it’s not a ball of confusion without Papa and his Brand New Bag. Now those of you that are truly Superfly got that rap, but for you Sly Slick and Wickit folks, let me break in town for ya. Friday, May 2—the Brewstone Restaurant in Monroeville, William Penn Highway, across from Sheetz – 8:00 p.m. till 2 a.m. – free parking – cash bar – cash kitchen till midnight – 50/50 – the legend Sly Jock – the Fabulous Allure Models – and special guest Pitt All-American Jennifer Bruce…Duquesne University legend and Boston Celtic draftee B.B. Flenory and 4-time Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl Champion J.T. Thomas, and all this for only $10 at the door. Brought to you by the United Rays Corvette Club, Turning Corners Youth Organization and Penn Avenue McDonald’s. For more information, call 412-628-4856. Now let’s get this party started and dance to the break of dawn! (Oooohhhh Man I’m Good!):06—NBA Round-Up. So here’s what you think. You think that because Toronto came close to Brooklyn, they have a chance…no, they don’t! You also think Atlanta can beat the Pacers…no, they can’t! And trust me when I tell you Houston and the Clippers will prevail. I’ll keep ya posted.last_img read more

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Toxic Algae Advisory for Long Lake Lifted

first_imgFacebook3Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Board of Commissioners Thurston County Health Department has lifted the toxic blue-green algae advisory for Long Lake in Lacey. The most recent samples show microcystin algae toxin levels at or below .5 micrograms per liter of water, below the state standard level of public health concern of six micrograms per liter.The City of Lacey has re-opened the Long Lake Park beach and swimming area, following the Friday, August 18 closure after the water samples detected a microcystin algae toxin level of 21 micrograms per liter of water.Algae blooms during the summer and fall months are common. If you see an algae bloom please contact the Health Department for further testing at 360-867-2626. You can learn more about swimming advisories in Thurston County and sign up to receive toxic algae bloom email alerts on the Swimming in Thurston County webpage.last_img read more

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Football team en route to a match stops to save stranded dog from oncoming…

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