Former Laker Steve Nash enjoying retirement, mentoring Jordan Clarkson

first_img“I was in a really difficult position mentally and emotionally,” Nash said. “It wasn’t easy for me. I think the best thing for everyone was for me to get away.”Both Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and coach Byron Scott publicly supported Nash’s indefinite absence. But they also expressed hope he would mentor the Lakers’ backcourt, namely rookie guard Jordan Clarkson. Yet, Nash did not begin those private sessions until late January.“As soon as they asked me to help, I was there to help,” Nash said. “It wasn’t like I was hiding. They asked me if I would work with the guys and I immediately said, ‘Yeah.’”Nash has since worked out with Clarkson through both informal workouts and film study.“I tried to give him tips on creating space for himself,” Nash said of Clarkson. “If he creates space for himself, space will open up for him to pass the ball. Then the decisions will become clearer and easier to make.”Nash advised Lakers rookie forward Julius Randle on tweaking his shooting mechanic. Nash also helped Lakers forward Ryan Kelly become more fluid with his movement after nursing overlapping hamstring injuries that kept him out last season for a combined 30 games. But plenty of Nash’s mentorship focused on Clarkson, who averaged 15.8 points on 45.8 percent shooting, five assists and 4.2 rebounds in 32.1 minutes through 38 starts. “He’s got a lot of ingredients to be a terrific NBA player,” Nash said of Clarkson. “The sky’s the limit. He has great size and athleticism. He can score and hit big shots. He’s developing into a good playmaker.” Both Kupchak and Scott also hope Clarkson develops into a leader. “The biggest thing about a leader is being authentic, being yourself and having pure motives,” Nash said. “If you are there every day, working hard and trying to get better and lay it on the line every night, that’s leadership. Whether you’re a vocal leader or quiet leader, it’s about your teammates believing in you, trusting that your motives are pure and trying to win.”After fulfilling that job description on the hardwood, Nash will eventually channel that energy elsewhere. But in the meantime, Nash pledged that he remains “happy to” mentor Clarkson more. “He’s a great kid and great people,” Nash said of Clarkson. “It’s been fun for me.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error So about a month after officially announcing his intention to retire, Nash has dabbled in various things to keep himself busy. His visit to Oak Street Elementary through the Grades of Green program represented a first-time appearance forh Nash, who hopes to make them more frequently considering his past experience supporting various environmental initiatives in Dallas and Phoenix. As the general manager of the Canadian men’s basketball team, Nash recently traveled to Toronto to host clinics. He often hangs out at his Manhattan Beach residence with his three children.Still, Nash plans to take an unspecified amount of time waiting, relaxing and reflecting on what his post-retirement career will entail. “I am just trying to take my time, get some space and perspective before I rush into too many things,” Nash said. “I have a tendency to rush into things because I can’t sit still. Then I always end up regretting it.”Nash maintains he has no regrets about how he handled the aftermath surrounding his season-ending injury where he stayed distant from the team in the final year of his contract worth $9.8 million. center_img His smile and his eyes widened as Steve Nash entered Oak Street Elementary School in Inglewood this week to honor students’ efforts to reduce waste. The images seemed familiar, Nash’s personality partly explaining how he gathered two NBA MVP awards and climbed to third place on the league’s all-time assists mark. Nash empowered those around him with his selflessness and positive energy. But Nash’s pleasant vibe also juxtaposed his feelings about the past year, his 2014-15 season with the Lakers ending before it started because of persistent back issues that soiled his three years here. Nash called it “a really dark period for me,” knowing his combined 65 appearances in two seasons with the Lakers soured an otherwise storied 19-year NBA career that will earn him an eventual Hall of Fame induction. “I don’t know if I’ll be past it for some time,” Nash said in an interview with Los Angeles News Group. “But you realize you have to move forward.”last_img read more

Ridge Road Run Opens the Door to Talking About Suicide

first_img“Irefuse to have what happened to Jack be for nothing,” she said. LITTLESILVER – Dawn Wilcox, an avid runner who has organized her fair share ofraces, said she realized just how different the inaugural Ridge Road Run forSuicide Prevention was going to be last year while helping out at the racepacket pickup the day before the event. Eulner,19, who just wrapped up his freshman year at the University of South Carolina, willagain serve as co-director for the race. He agreed it wasn’t until participantsbegan to arrive to pick up race packets at Road Runner Sports in Shrewsbury theday before the race that he realized the impact the race would have. While heassumed most runners would be local, Eulner said he was surprised by big groupsthat arrived from North Jersey and one man who showed him photos of hisgrandson who had died by suicide and who just looked like a “popular, normalkid who played football,” said Eulner. Thisyear’s race will be held at RBR in Little Silver – a few miles down Ridge Roadfrom last year’s setting in Rumson – Sunday, May 19 and will feature a numberof events, including a 5K, a 1-mile fun run and kiddie dash. Proceeds for thisyear’s race will benefit local organizations, designated by each high school,which Wilcox said helps benefit members of the community. Proceeds from the race will benefit mental health programs at the three organizing high schools and the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County. Forthose wishing to watch the race and cheer on the runners, the course starts infront of RBR and heads down Harding Road to Rumson Road, loops through HanceAvenue and Vista Drive before heading back to the high school on Rumson Roadtoward Harding Road. Organizersare hoping for better weather than last year’s race day, which was cold andrainy with a driving wind. But that didn’t stop all involved from feeling thewarmth of what they were doing. Helooped in students from nearby high schools – and tapped into Wilcox’sexpertise organizing races – to establish the Ridge Road Run, which was held inApril 2018 at RFH. “TheRidge Road Run was more than just a platform for suicide awareness andprevention,” said Lori Jarck, mom to Pierce, a junior at RFH at the time of hisdeath and member of the school’s lacrosse team. “It was a place where we couldremember and honor the lives of our loved ones who died by suicide.” “Wehad family members coming in and showing pictures of loved ones they had lostand telling us why this was so important to them,” said Wilcox, who organizedthe Little Silver 5K for 10 years and continues in her role as one of threedirectors of the Ridge Road Run. “It was so emotional and the energy was justso different compared to other races.” Participantscan form a team or join one of the over 30 teams registered for this year’srace, like #loveyoumorejackmoore, a group running in honor of Jack Moore ofFair Haven, a college sophomore who died by suicide in 2016, or Breaking theBarriers, in memory of Matawan teen Jordan Phillips who died by suicide inApril 2017. Studentsfrom Red Bank Regional (RBR), Rumson Fair Haven (RFH) and Red Bank Catholic(RBC) high schools came together last year to organize the Ridge Road Run aftereach school community was touched by suicide. What they thought would be a wayfor students to put aside rivalries and unite in showing support for thosestruggling with mental health issues and beginning a discussion about suicide,instead grew into a sizable race that attracted almost 1,500 participants andraised over $118,000 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention andMental Health Association of Monmouth County.  This article originally appeared in the May 9-15 print edition of the The Two River Times. RBR junior Claudia Kelly, 17, Little Silver – who serves as race co-director again this year – said a number of people came up to her last year to say, “You don’t know how much this means to me.” Kelly, like most of the race’s organizers, had been touched by someone who struggled with depression and suicidal ideation and she wanted to do something that would give her peers an opportunity to start talking about it. Shrewsburyresident Michael Eulner was a senior at RBR last year. He was galvanized to dosomething to prevent another student suicide after seeing on social media howRFH students were impacted by the death of their classmate, Pierce Jarck, inOctober 2017. Mooresaid her mission since Jack’s death is to encourage open conversations aboutsuicide and the Ridge Road Run provides a platform to do that in a “verynon-threatening way.” But she thinks kids are more open to those discussions,which is important with all the stress and anxiety teens face and the addedpressures of social media. “We are a little snapshot of what’s going on in theworld today.” “I can’t change the past, but we can try to change the future,” said Phillips, whose son was a freshman at Matawan High School at the time of his death and a member of the school’s marching band. What’smost special about the race, according to Christine Moore – whose son, Jack,died by suicide in 2016 – was that students from three local high schoolsorganized it. “The kids embraced this on their own,” she said. “They didn’t doit because a grown-up told them it would be a good idea.” It’sthe stigma of suicide, Jarck said, that needs to be removed and people need tolearn how to talk about it, even though it can be difficult and uncomfortable. If you or someone you know has thoughts of suicide, there are people who want to help. Reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or Text HOME to 741741 to contact a trained crisis counselor. A confidential and anonymous helpline for New Jersey’s youth and young adults called 2nd Floor can be reached at 1-888-222-2228. LuannePhillips, whose son Jordan died by suicide in April 2017, will be at the raceagain this year and said she loved that the kids were the ones who organizedthe event and wanted to start the conversation. “It was reallyone of the most empowering days,” said Moore, Fair Haven, whose son Jack was 19and preparing to start his sophomore year at the University of Richmond when helost his battle with depression and anxiety. Reflecting on race day, she said, “Itwasn’t a sad day. I can’t stress that enough.” Get the 4-1-1 on the Ridge Road Run By Amy Byrnes The 5K race will kick off at 8:30 a.m., followed by a 1-mile fun run at 9:30 a.m. and a kiddie dash at 10 a.m. To sign up for a race, volunteer or make a donation, head to the Ridge Road Run website at ridgeroadrun.org. Describedby participants in last year’s race as “empowering” and “special,” this year’sRidge Road Run for Suicide Prevention is set for Sunday, May 19 at Red BankRegional High School in Little Silver and offers lots of opportunities toparticipate. Hesaid he thought, “This just can’t happen again,” and began talking to RBRadministrators and staff to see what he could organize to help shine a light onsuicide and mental health. As class president, he said he felt like he was in aposition to be able to create awareness throughout the Two River area. “Myson, Pierce, led a full, vibrant, loving and caring life and I hope that hewill be remembered how he lived and not how he died,” said Jarck. “The Ridge Road Run gave us the chance to outwardly and openly honor and remember our beloved Pierce.”last_img read more

Red-hot Leafs continue to roll, edge Rockets 4-3

first_imgBet you can’t guess which is the hottest team right now in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League?Defending KIJHL Champion 100 Mile House Wranglers?Wrong.Current KIJHL leaders, Osoyoos Coyotes or league powers Creston Valley Thunder Cats, Kimberley Dynamiters or Beaver Valley Nitehawks?Wrong again.The Nelson Leafs won for the fifth straight time Saturday night at the NDCC Arena, edging the Golden Rockets 4-3 to remain unbeaten in December.Nelson fired 40 shots at the Rockets net, scoring just enough goals to get past the Eddie Mountain Division squad.Leaf game star Dale Howell, Mason Mullaney and Logan Wullum gave Nelson a 3-1 advantage early in the second period. Darlon Nordick narrowed the gap to 3-2 before the period ended.In the third Alex Meeker scored the winner, unassisted, as Nelson continued to win the close games after losing five games in November by two goals or less.Austin Pultz and Levi Lambert also scored for Golden.Devin Allen stopped 19 of 22 shots to register the win in goal for the Leafs.Nelson defeated Golden 4-0 in the only other meeting between the to teams this season.The Leafs, improving to 14-14-0-0-2 for 30 points, failed to gain any ground in the Murdoch standings as division-leading Beaver Valley Nitehawks, second-place Castlegar Rebels and third-place Grand Forks Border Bruins all won games Saturday.Beaver Valley stopped Creston 5-1, the Rebels scored four times in the third to outlast Fernie Ghostriders 7-5 and Grand Forks edged Spokane Braves 3-1.Nelson takes to the road Friday to face the Braves in Spokane before travelling over the Kootenay Pass to meet the Kimberley Dynamiters Saturday.The weekend games are the last before KIJHL teams break for the Christmas season.Nelson returns from the holiday break to face Grand Forks December 30 in the Boundary City.Next home game is the traditional New Year’s Eve clash between the Leafs and Beaver Valley.Puck drop is 2 p.m.last_img read more

Gunmen rob Stabroek Market vendor

first_img…one shot during arrestTwo men gun-butted and robbed a female vendor outside the Stabroek Market at about 05:50h on Saturday; but swift action by an off-duty Policeman who was in a Route 42 minibus resulted in one of the perpetrators eventually being apprehended, and even sustaining gunshot injury after a scuffle with one member of a party of Policemen who effected his arrest.The off-duty Policeman reportedly heard screams of “Thief!” while he was in the bus which was still at the Route 42 Park in the vicinity of the Stabroek Market, and he sprang into action.The cop saw one of the suspects, whom he described as a known character, entering a motorcar which was parked a short distance away; and when the known character was being whisked away from the scene, the Policeman followed the vehicle to its destination in Leopold Street, Georgetown, where the two characters reportedly exited the car and proceeded inside a house.The Policeman then went to the Brickdam Police Station and filed a report. He was later accompanied by other ranks to the Leopold Street house, but only the known character was there. In the process of being arrested, that suspect grabbed a Policeman’s firearm, and in his efforts to disarm the cop, a round was discharged and he was struck to his upper right thigh.The suspect was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he was treated and admitted. He is presently under Police guard at the medical facility.last_img read more

Chelsea announce signing of defender Matt Miazga from New York Red Bulls

first_imgChelsea have completed the signing of central defender Matt Miazga from New York Red Bulls.Miazga, who made his debut for the Red Bulls shortly after his 18th birthday, has signed a four-and-a-half year contract at Stamford Bridge.Boss Guus Hiddink confirmed on Friday that Miaza has been signed primarily as a “squad player” for the remainder of the season.Miazga said: ‘I am very happy to sign for Chelsea, a world-famous club with a reputation for major success. I am delighted to be in the Premier League, the best league in the world, and can’t wait to meet my team-mates and get going.“I am still at the beginning of my career but I believe this is the place to develop and learn from some of the best players in the world.”Hiddink had been keen to bolster his defensive options after it became increasingly clear a new move for Everton’s John Stones will have to wait until the summer.There is also a question mark over the future of Gary Cahill who has become increasingly unsettled with his lack of first-team opportunities.However Hiddink insisted this week that Cahill would be staying at Stamford Bridge and remained a vital part of his future plans. 1 Matt Miazga last_img read more

CELEBRITY BAINISTEOIR PIPPA SAYS ‘SORRY’ OVER COMMENTS ABOUT DONEGAL

first_imgCelebrity Bainisteoir – The Rivals‘ star Pippa O’Connor has responded to criticism of her dreading the drive up and back from Dublin to Donegal.After being drawn to coach at the Naomh Bríd club on Sunday’s opening episode, she expressed a fear that all the travelling would be too difficult for her and that every time she’d been in Donegal, ‘it always rained’.She moaned “I’m going home. I’m not going to Donegal. You are joking me.” When the catwalk queen realised she WAS coming to Ireland’s most stunning county, she complained about our lovely weather.“I can’t go to Donegal. Any time I’ve been to Donegal it has rained. Could you put me any further? I would say thanks but I can’t. I got the short straw,” she moaned.But the reality has proved to be anything but a burden as she prepares a team to take on husband Brian Ormond in the RTÉ One show.“When I first found out I was been sent to Donegal I was furious,” admits the Kildare model. “The thought of all the driving up and down, the bad weather when I’d been there before just turned me off but actually it was the best thing that could have happened.“The reaction I got from the team and club when they found out I was to be their manager completely made up for it. Everyone up there has been brilliant so far and I’m in it with the club to take them the whole way to the final.“They gave me the best welcome, I now feel lucky to have gotten a very passionate team. Donegal is my new home of late, I’ve been up here all weekend for a friend’s wedding – I can’t get enough of it!”Celebrity Bainisteoir – The Rivals continues on Sundays on RTÉ One. CELEBRITY BAINISTEOIR PIPPA SAYS ‘SORRY’ OVER COMMENTS ABOUT DONEGAL was last modified: September 11th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:CELEBRITY BAINISTEOIR PIPPA SAYS ‘SORRY’ OVER COMMENTS ABOUT DONEGALlast_img read more

Social Media? No Way. Social Middleware? Oh, Yes

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… For example, users may access LinkedIn but there may be features that the employee is not permitted to access. The feature is flagged with a message that tells the user they do not have permission to use it. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… In the world of IT, social buzzwords can be a real way to kill any interest in adopting applications that give the enterprise access to the consumer Web.You have to speak their language. Social media? No way. Social middleware? Oh, yeah – now we are talking!Socialware talks in a language that IT can understand. The company is offering social middleware products that help companies integrate social networks with a level of control that makes them comfortable that the access is compliant with government regulations and IT policies.In many ways, companies have set up their own iron curtains to keep social interaction to a minimum. It’s also fair to say that many companies are eager to let their employees engage with the social Web. But they want the risk managed, especially when it comes to interacting with social networks.Socialware believes the missing component for the enterprise is a bridge layer that helps companies connect its people, processes and systems with the open, social Web.Socialware offers feature access control to social networks. An admin panel allows the IT manager to block access to different features on social networks such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affaircenter_img Socialware provides the security layers and controls that give corporate IT the comfort that the risk in exposing social networks can be managed with rules that reflect the policies of the organization.Socialware is funded by Mike Maples, Jr., who is an investor in Twitter. It is also funded by Silverton Partners and G51. The management team members have backgrounds in Web 2.0 and the enterprise.That’s a mix that can make for a winning combination in the enterprise space. Socialware’s technology is reflective of that experience. We’ll be interested in seeing how the company develops in the year ahead. Related Posts Tags:#enterprise#news#Products alex williamslast_img read more

Two BSF jawans killed in encounter with Naxals in Chhattisgarh

first_imgTwo Border Security Force (BSF) jawans were killed and another was injured in a gunbattle with Naxals in Chhattisgarh’s Kanker district on Sunday, police said.The gunfight took place in a forest near Mahla camp of BSF under Partapaur police station limits when a team of BSF’s 114th battalion was returning after carrying out an anti-Maoist operation, Deputy Inspector General of Police (Anti-Naxal Operations) Sundarraj P. told PTI.When the patrolling team was advancing through forest of Barkot village, located around 250 km from the State capital Raipur, it came under heavy fire from a group of Naxals leading to the gunbattle between the two sides, he said.After a brief exchange of fire, the militants fled into core forest, he said.Two constables identified as Lokender Singh and Mukdhiyar Singh, belonging to Rajasthan and Punjab respectively, were killed while another constable, Sandeep Dey, sustained injuries in the gunfight, he said.Reinforcement was rushed to the spot and the bodies of the deceased were brought to the headquarter of BSF’s 114 battalion in Pakhanjore, he said.The injured jawan was being airlifted to Raipur for further treatment, the DIG said.On July 9, two BSF jawans, belonging to the 121st battalion, were killed when Naxals had triggered an IED blast while they were on a bike patrol in the Chhotebethiya area of Kanker.last_img read more

Berkeley robot uses tiny spiny toes to climb cloth

first_img Citation: Berkeley robot uses tiny, spiny toes to climb cloth (2011, October 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-10-berkeley-robot-tiny-spiny-toes.html The lab’s creation, CLASH, is the newest member of its robotic creatures, and this one moves vertically up cloth. Ten centimeters long, the 15-gram CLASH moves up cloth fast in an insect-like scurrying motion. The motor in CLASH powers the legs and drives its swift gait frequency. According to the Biomimetic Millisystems Lab site, the robotic device “is capable of climbing a loose cloth surface at 15 cm per second using a simple passive claw mechanism and a coupled in-plane leg drive system.”Each leg is connected to the single motor through a series of linkages. A point of design interest about CLASH is centered on the gripping and climbing technique the team devised, where tiny spikes on the robit’s feet grip into loose fabric and let the bot climb. The electronics and battery are configured into the tail of the robot, which adds balance. The CLASH newcomer belongs to the lab’s family of “Ambulating Robots.” They make a case for the value of legged systems rather than wheeled systems. Key performance advantages in legged systems is because the feet are not continually in contact with the ground, which makes legged robots better able to cross challenging terrain, they note. Perhaps the most interesting advantage, say the researchers, is in dynamic behavior seen in nature. “Many legged animals exhibit dynamically, self-stabilizing behavior. That is, the passive mechanical properties of the systems are tuned to naturally reject disturbances which might otherwise cause unstable behavior in the system.”Last month the Berkeley team of P. Birkmeyer, A. G. Gillies, and R. S. Fearing presented “CLASH: Climbing Vertical Loose Cloth” at IROS 2011 (International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems) in San Francisco.The lab’s work on CLASH is not done yet. According to a report in IEEE Spectrum, they want to get CLASH to crawl horizontally, and they want CLASH to turn. (PhysOrg.com) — Scientists working in robotics know that nature holds the best ideas for making robots that can perform with speed, agility, and efficiency. At University of California, Berkeley, the Biomimetic Millisystems Lab is at the forefront of mimicking nature. Its lab mission is “to harness features of animal manipulation, locomotion, sensing, actuation, mechanics, dynamics, and control strategies,” in its work with small lightweight millirobots. © 2011 PhysOrg.com Explore further Can MRI drive a medical robot? This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more