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 PackersAnd it has more sudden impact than Shaquille O’Neal’s commitment to the Lakers in 1996.James is 33 and getting better. In the 2017-18 season he led the NBA in minutes played for the second consecutive season and notched career highs in rebound average and assist average. He averaged 34 points in the Cavaliers’ 22-game postseason and got to the free-throw line nearly 10 times per game.He has played 10,049 minutes in the playoffs. No other active player is at 8,000 and, of course, young Lakers such as Kyle Kuzma, Julius Randle, Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball have played zero. He has been destined for supremacy since he was in high school in Akron, Ohio. And yet there never has been a New Kid In Town to eclipse him.“I don’t know when Father Time is going to start to make a difference for him,” said Doc Rivers, the Clippers’ coach, in March.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.But the Kings did not win a Stanley Cup with Gretzky, and the Angels have made one playoff appearance with the aging Pujols, and the Lakers did not get to the NBA Finals or win one with O’Neal until 2000, his fourth season in town. Jubilation, anguish as race for NBA’s Western 8th seed gets as close as ever Leonard and the Spurs are barely speaking these days. The two sides dispute the way Leonard handled his recovery from a quadriceps injury. Leonard played only seven regular-season games and was nowhere on the scene when the Spurs lost their first-round playoff series.The Lakers would like to get Leonard sooner instead of later. They realize they whiffed on George, who was the type of team-carrying player James wants alongside him.But San Antonio has no obligation to deal Leonard and can wait until next February’s trade deadline if it wishes. It also could demand Kuzma and/or Ingram and/or Ball and a host of draft picks from the Lakers.If the Lakers could somehow sign Cousins they wouldn’t have to deplete their lineup and could wait to sign Leonard next summer.These are rather cushy problems, but so are the expectations. The Royal Wedding is all over but the vows. The parade is still unscheduled. VIDEO: Watch Kyle Kuzma’s game winner and what he said about it The Golden State Warriors, winners of three of the past four NBA titles, return largely intact and in their prime. The Boston Celtics reached Game 7 of the Eastern finals last year without All-Stars Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, both of whom will play in 2018-19.With Cleveland and Miami, James has played in a ridiculously monumental eight consecutive NBA Finals. His teams have won three titles in nine Finals trips. In the two years when he had the least help, 2007 and 2018 with Cleveland, he suffered a Finals sweep.And help is on the way, assuredly. When, and from whom, are the questions, and those questions got trickier last weekend before James committed to Los Angeles.Paul George of Oklahoma City was supposedly ticketed for the Lakers as a free agent but he re-signed with the Thunder on Saturday.Another potential free agent target would be Demarcus Cousins, the lavishly talented center from New Orleans.Two problems, at least, with Cousins: He is recovering from an Achilles tendon rupture and he needs to fit into a maximum-salary shot on the Lakers’ payroll, or else the club would be subject to a punitive luxury tax.There were reports Sunday that the Lakers were going to re-sign guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope for $12 million, add Lance Stephenson for $4.5 million and JaVale McGee for $2.4 million. That, according to salary cap experts, would prohibit Cousins from fitting in.Caldwell-Pope would seem to be a spare part for the Lakers, although he shot 39.3 percent from the 3-point line last season and averaged 13.4 points. He cost them $17.7 million last season after he played out his option in Detroit. This made sense after people realized Caldwell-Pope’s agent is Rich Paul, who is also the agent for James.Then there is Kawhi Leonard. He is the San Antonio Spurs’ All-Star who is from Riverside, is known as the best young 94-foot player in the game, and has made it clear he wants to be a Laker after his contract expires in 2019.Related Articles Morning Wrap: Full coverage from Lakers-Clippers thriller; Angels, Dodgers going in different directions; Whicker pays tribute to legendary Mike Gillespie VIDEO: LeBron James and Doc Rivers respond to Donald Trump calling NBA kneeling protests “disgraceful” Lakers on verge of sealing home court advantage, what does it mean in the NBA bubble? The King is coming. The Court will be named later.LeBron James announced his utterly predictable move to the Lakers on Sunday, a four-year, $153.3 million deal that will end the club’s five-year exile from the NBA playoffs and might even bring the Lakers their first league championship since 2010.There is little question that James is an NBA colossus. No perimeter player in basketball history has dared to dream of being that big, quick, visionary, levitational or indestructible.His arrival is the most celebrated of any of the great pro athletes who have come to this area since Edmonton traded Wayne Gretzky to the Kings in 1988. It is more consequential than Albert Pujols’ decision to sign with the Angels after the 2011 season, when the three-time National League MVP had led St. Louis to a World Series championship.
Thierry Henry held his first press conference as a manager on Wednesday LATEST Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT From there he went on to play for Juventus, before becoming a legend at Arsenal.The 41-year-old has since moved into the world of coaching, where he has worked as an assistant to Roberto Martinez at Belgium.“This club will always have a big place in my heart, that goes without saying,” said Henry.“So to be able to come here and start again, it is a dream come true. I won’t lie.“There is a lot of work to do, as you can imagine – but I am more than happy to be here.” Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Arsene Wenger was Henry’s manager at Arsenal for eight years New Monaco manager Thierry Henry says he will be using Pep Guardiola as a ‘reference’ for his upcoming managerial career.The former striker began his professional career with the French club after joining them as a youngster back in 1992. REVEALED Arteta confirms Ljungberg’s role, discusses transfer plans and Mesut Ozil revealed Guardiola was Henry’s manager at Barcelona for two years Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January “Pep for me is the reference. For me, I am not saying for everyone that he is right or wrong, but that is the reference for me.“I relearned how to play the game when I went to Barcelona under him. It goes without saying that with Pep you can talk about the game.“I think he will not even go to sleep and he will still talk about the game. You will fall asleep and he is still talking.” Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won gameday cracker targets rookie error Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? BIG PRESENTS UP TOP appointed 3 What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas 3 3 REVEALED During his career, Henry worked with an array of top managers such as Arsene Wenger and Pep Guardiola.The Frenchman has confessed they both had a big impact on him and he will take inspiration from their ideas going forward.“With the managers that I had, I learned a lot from them, every single one of them,” Henry added.“Whether they challenged me or sometimes they were doing the wrong stuff, that’s where you learn the most – when things are not going well.“If I talked about Arsene, he obviously unlocked a lot of stuff in my mind that made me understand what is was to be a professional. What it was to perform.“You guys know the relationship I have with him, so it goes without saying I will always carry some of the stuff he was doing. MIKEL TALKS Latest Arsenal News Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019
Three Donegal men, soon to be TV stars, brought the Irish weather with them to South Africa this week when they endured an extreme desert storm.The Donegal Roaders, Leslie O’Donnell, Dennis Ferry and photographer Paul Doherty, have revealed they are taking part in Sky One’s thrilling new show – Carnage.The daring trio travelled to South Africa to begin filming for the high-octane car battle show this week, only to be pitted against the elements on their arrival. It was a war with nature on Tuesday when a severe sandstorm and thunderstorm struck their campsite and whipped tents up into the air. Sandstorm approaches desert campsite. Photo: Paul DohertyThe Roaders managed to get their tent rebuilt for the night, before speaking to Donegal Daily about the extreme conditions in the country at the moment:Paul Doherty said: “The nearest city Cape Town is suffering from a water drought at the moment and approximately 1 year’s worth of rain fell here in the desert – the Donegal men took the weather with us!“Apparently when it rained here in on Tuesday night it was the first time in 4 years that it rained in the desert, we had literally just stepped off the bus.” The Donegal Roaders in South AfricaPhoto: Paul DohertyThe Donegal Roaders will be hurtling onto our screens later this year on Carnage with their custom vehicle, created at Denis and Leslie’s garage at Mountain Top Letterkenny.They will be competing against other teams of engineers, mechanics and drivers from across the UK and Ireland in a Mad Max-style combat in three vast desert arenas.Donegal Roaders, kitted out in Evolve Menswear clothing for their trip to South AfricaThe aim of the game is to crash and smash their weaponised machine to destroy their opponents, and the last car standing will be crowned Carnage champion. The action-packed series will be presented by Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff, grime MC Lethal Bizzle and Capital FM presenter Vick Hope.Sky One Carnage presenters – Lethal Bizzle, Vick Hope and Freddie FlintoffPaul said the team are busy readying themselves for battle soon after the stormy start to their trip. They are no strangers to taking risks in vehicles, having tackled Donegal’s wild terrain and travelled across the Irish Sea from Scotland to Donegal in an amphibious Land Rover in 2015.Donegal Roaders’ TV adventure kicks off with dramatic desert sandstorm was last modified: February 17th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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) Tags:carnagecarsDennis FerrydesertDonegal RoadersLeslie O’Donnellpaul dohertysky oneTV