LAS VEGAS – Unwieldy contract be damned. Bad back? No problem. Kobe Bryant isn’t thinking about any of the negatives attached to a trade for Nets point guard Jason Kidd. “This team is young and if you have the opportunity to bring a player like Jason Kidd in, that’s something you definitely, definitely have to look at,” Bryant said Saturday before the West All-Star team practiced at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. “I hear all the talks going on. I don’t know the seriousness of it, or the possibility of it, but it’s still exciting. “Although politics and government are not our beat, it sure would be nice to see a plan, completely unrelated to basketball to deal with issues for the people of New Orleans that haven’t been dealt with. “We want to be good citizens, but we’d like to see something that takes care of the displaced people. That place hasn’t really made a lot of progress because it really is not going to be that much fun to be there if progress hasn’t been made.” Kevin Garnett gets a lot of the same questions. A few years ago, it was, “When are the Timberwolves going to get past the first round of the playoffs?” Then, after the Wolves made it to the Western Conference Finals in 2004, it became, “When are you going to win a championship?” But the questions have turned gloomier now that Minnesota has missed the playoffs for two consecutive years. More like, “Can you win in Minnesota?” or “Do you need to win a championship to cement your legacy?” Garnett plays it cool for the most part, but it’s obvious the team’s struggles are starting to get to him. “If something is coming down the pipe, we’ll definitely talk about it.” NBA Commissioner David Stern had some pointed words for politicians in New Orleans – the site of next year’s All Star game – saying the NBA was committed to the Hornets, but disappointed in the city’s slow recovery from Hurricane Katrina. “I’m pretty sure, until you win a championship, that’s going to be the next question,” Garnett said. “It’s like, when you’re single, people ask, when are you going to get a girlfriend. Then when you get a girlfriend, they ask when you’re going to get married. After you get married, they ask when you’re going to have kids.” So one has to ask, “Can you get it done in Minnesota?” “We’ll see,” he said, adding a wink. Plenty of NBA players draw large crowds of international media. Dirk Nowitzki draws a pack of German reporters. Yao Ming has a small army of Chinese media following him. But the Lakers’ Bryant, who will start at point guard for the West in today’s All-Star game, seems to be a hit all over the world. At Saturday’s media session alone, reporters from China, Guatemala, India and Israel asked Bryant to say hello to fans back home in their countries. “I’ve said hi in Spanish, (Hebrew), German, Chinese. I don’t think I’ve done Polish yet,” he said. [email protected] (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
On March 9th, the MFLN Family Development Early Intervention team held their first webinar of 2017 with this year’s speaker, Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak. In it, she provided a context for seeing the power of play and how it is necessary for success in school and in life. If you haven’t seen it, you definitely want to go back and take a look here.Today, our team wanted to share this follow -up piece that Dr. Pretti-Frontczak recorded on her concept of “The Zigzag.” Take a look and hear in detail what she means when she talks about zigzagging with the children in your work. You can get even more great ideas from Dr. Pretti-Frontczak from her website Pre K Teach and Play.The video is closed captioned. If you’d prefer a written transcript you can find it here.This post was edited by Robyn DiPietro-Wells a member of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, onTwitter, and YouTube.
LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Lou Williams had a season-high 36 points and the Clippers scored 22 consecutive points during the second half of a 118-107 victory over the depleted Lakers on Friday night.Danilo Gallinari added 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Clippers, who held the Lakers without a field goal for more than six minutes while matching the longest unanswered scoring run by any team in the NBA this season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chief“We were just a little sluggish,” Williams said. “We were just a step slow. We knew they were on a back-to-back, but for whatever reason, we just weren’t playing our best until we put a good stretch together in the third and then busted the game wide open in the fourth.”Although both LA franchises are still building chemistry after major roster changes in 2018, the Clippers found a groove to get it done in front of the Lakers’ jeering home fans. LATEST STORIES Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Domantas Sabonis, Darren Collison lead Indiana past Detroit Los Angeles Clippers guard Avery Bradley, forward Tobias Harris, guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and guard Lou Williams, from left, stand on the court during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 118-107. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — Even while playing without LeBron James on the tail end of a back-to-back set, the Los Angeles Lakers managed to carve out a double-digit lead in the third quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers.That’s when the Clippers’ four toughest defenders clamped down and Sweet Lou went wild to win this basketball-loving city’s first rivalry game of the season.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ They showed some style, too: After Williams punctuated a decisive 3-pointer by mimicking Lakers guard Lance Stephenson’s air guitar celebration of big shots, Montrezl Harrell grinningly waved on the boos in the final minute.The Clippers turned a seven-point deficit into a 15-point lead early in the fourth quarter of their fourth win in five games. Williams torched his former team yet again, scoring 23 points in the second half, yet the game turned with the suffocating defense played by Patrick Beverley, Harrell, Avery Bradley and Sindarius Thornwell during that 22-0 run.“We put the bulldogs on the floor, and the fight was amazing,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.Williams hit three 3-pointers, including a decisive shot with 2:23 to play, and the skinny 6-foot-1 guard even grabbed seven rebounds while making all 11 of his free throws.“Lou has seen pretty much every defense you can throw at him,” Rivers said. “He’s a professional scorer.”ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Kyle Kuzma scored 24 points and Lonzo Ball had 19 for the Lakers, who played without James, Rajon Rondo and JaVale McGee. The remaining Lakers lost for the fifth time in seven games, following up their surprising win at Golden State on Christmas Day with just their third back-to-back defeats since October.James watched from the bench in street clothes after causing a pregame stir on social media when he entered the Lakers’ locker room holding a glass of wine. The noted oenophile and four-time NBA MVP is day-to-day with his strained groin, but James isn’t expected to miss as much time as Rondo, who is out for at least a month after surgery on his right index finger.“I know we can get through it,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “I know it’s not going to be easy, but I believe in the guys that we have. We’ve just got to do a couple of things a little bit better.”One night after losing at Sacramento on a buzzer-beating 3, the Lakers again couldn’t win without three veteran regulars.Ingram and Ball both picked up four fouls during the third quarter, but neither team made a big move until the Clippers scored the final nine points of the quarter and continued their one-sided run well into the fourth.“A lot of us ran out of gas right there,” Kuzma said. “When we’re tired physically, our mental aspect has to be better.”TIP-INSClippers: Williams hit a 3-pointer from just past halfcourt at the halftime buzzer. … They have won four straight “road” games against the Lakers, but lost their last “home” game in the series.Lakers: They showed why they’re the NBA’s worst team at the line by missing more free throws in the first quarter (7) than the Pistons, Pacers, Bulls, Wizards, Raptors, Magic, Hornets, Nets, Heat, Cavaliers and Pelicans missed in their entire games Friday. … Michael Beasley is still away from the team after his mother’s death.A LITTLE PERSPECTIVE SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion The Clippers have won 22 of their last 25 meetings with the Lakers, yet still trail the 16-time NBA champions 146-70 in the overall series. This is still an exciting time for hoops in LA: The Lakers (20-16) have been revitalized around James, while the Clippers (21-14) have formed a surprisingly strong core after shedding longtime mainstays Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul over the previous year.T’D UPJosh Hart scored 12 points for the Lakers before getting ejected with 4:41 left after he was infuriated that Tobias Harris wasn’t called for pushing off. Walton also got a technical foul in the exchange.UP NEXTClippers: Host San Antonio on Saturday.Lakers: Host Sacramento on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid View comments