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Zach LaVine to make Bulls debut Saturday vs. Pistons

first_imgView comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Though he possibly could have returned Wednesday, when the Bulls visit the New York Knicks, LaVine’s representatives and the Bulls made the determination at a Monday meeting to wait a few more days.After returning to practice in late November and undergoing a training camp-like session through early January, LaVine said he’s ready for the next step in his return. He also understands why they team intends to be cautious with him at first.“I’m OK with everything,” LaVine said. “I’ve got to be OK with that. That’s where you start, I know it’s not going to stay there. It’s just part of getting back. Even though I’m back, it’s the last part of me getting back with the little bit of restriction.“I know how to play, I know the way I want to play. I know it’s going to take a little time to get the rhythm back . but regardless I think I can do some things.”Coach Fred Hoiberg is excited to insert LaVine into the team’s up-tempo style of offense. LaVine shot 46 percent from the field and 39 percent of his 3-point tries last season. After a slow start offensively, Chicago has averaged 109.6 points per game over its last 18 contests.“(LaVine) does fit with how we are playing right now, pace has been really good,” Hoiberg said. “Really the last month of the season, the guys are starting to understand and get out and run and get things accomplished early in the possession, and Zach certainly fits into that as well, so he’s a guy who can shoot it — you have a lot of plays to get him shots coming off screens. I think he’ll be really good.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 20 more Russian athletes, Mutko appeal Olympic doping bans LATEST STORIES Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson The 22-year-old had surgery on Feb. 14 and was traded to Chicago along with Kris Dunn and the pick used to select first-rounder Lauri Markkanen.Thanks to a tireless rehab regimen, LaVine is ready to get back on the court for the team’s final 40 games. His return should give the Bulls’ front office a lengthy enough look at a player who is set to become a restricted free agent after the season ends.John Paxson, Chicago’s executive vice president of basketball operations, said Tuesday that the team initially intends to limit LaVine to 20 minutes per game to ease him back into the rotation.Paxson said the team hasn’t decided whether LaVine will start or come off the bench. Chicago won’t play LaVine in the second game of consecutive contests on Feb. 9-10 for precautionary reasons, Paxson said.“This is the continuation and ending of his rehab,” he said. “That’s how we’re looking at it. We’re going to continue a conservative approach with him. He has done everything at such a top level getting back ready to play. And I know he’s really anxious to.”ADVERTISEMENT Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals FILE – In this June 27, 2017, file photo, Zach Lavine answer questions during a news conference at the Chicago Bulls NBA basketball team training facility in Chicago. The Bulls say guard Zach LaVine will make his debut with his new team 11 months after having surgery on a torn ACL in his left knee. LaVine, who was acquired in a draft-day trade that sent Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves, is expected to start Saturday when the Bulls host the Pistons.(AP Photo/G-Jun Yam, File)CHICAGO— The Chicago Bulls plan to debut guard Zach LaVine just in time for his bobblehead night.LaVine, who was acquired in a draft-day trade that sent Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves, is expected to play Saturday when the Bulls host the Pistons.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ His debut comes 11 months after he had surgery on a torn ACL in his left knee. It also falls on the same night the Bulls plan to give away LaVine’s likeness to fans.“Is it really?” LaVine said when he learned about the giveaway. “Oh wow. I do get to play a game before the bobble comes back. The PR people are probably happy.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe rest of the organization is pretty pleased, too.LaVine averaged 18.9 points per game for Minnesota last season. He hasn’t played since he tore his ACL during a Feb. 3 game against Detroit. 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Wither, Liberian Football?

first_imgThe dismal defeat of our Under 20 Women’s Football Club by their Nigerian counterparts last Sunday is a horrid reminder of the deep and serious trouble Liberian football is in, and has been for a long time.How on earth is it possible that the Liberian people, and their government, which happens to be headed by a woman, will disgrace their own mothers? Those girls on that football squad are all our mothers.We understand that there had been a plan to encamp them for at least 15 days prior to the match, for training. But then the perennial Liberian excuse popped up—no money. The question immediately arises: Why are we so unpatriotic? Truly, if we loved our country, money would NEVER be an issue where national honor is involved. We understand that when Musa Bility became president of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) in 2010, he signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Youth and Sports stating that the LFA alone would be responsible for Liberian football. From that time it seems GOL has washed its hands of football and stood aside uninterestedly and permitted Africa’s oldest independent republic to face one defeat after another, all over the continent and globe, and even here at home. What we and our government do not realize is that whenever our players—the various clubs, the Female Lone Star Squad or the Lone Star itself—suffer defeat, it is not the LFA that is defeated. No, the international media never says the LFA was defeated. Just as they blasted this week, it was Liberia that was humiliatingly defeated—yes, Liberia—not LFA!We call on Youth and Sports Minister Eugene Nagbe to reread that MOU between his Ministry and the LFA and have it immediately rescinded (annulled, withdrawn). We make this call because it is patently (clearly, deliberately) wrong for the LFA to take sole responsibility for the Lone Star, the sports and athletics SYMBOL of our nation. The Lone Star should be and IS the full responsibility of the Republic of Liberia, just as all African and other governments around the world are not only responsible for, but SERIOUSLY and ACTIVELY interested in their national squads. Was it not President John Mahama of Ghana who rushed US$5 million to Brazil for the Black Stars during last year’s World Cup? Did not German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Joachim Gauck fly to San Paula to see Germany win the World Cup? Their presence inspired the players to win the Cup for the first time in 24 years! Was it not President Mandela himself who inspired South Africa’s all-white Springboks Rugby Team to go and win the 1995 World Cup? His message to each player was, “Play for South Africa’s pride.”Surely, as the organization responsible for football in Liberia, the LFA should be interested in the fate of the Lone Star and its affiliates. But we insist that it is the GOL that is ULTIMATELY responsible for the Lone Star, which is also our National Emblem—the Flag. With the GOL and the LFA working hand in hand, surely the Lone Star could shine and succeed—but not with LFA alone. See how we have lost so miserably, see how we have so many times been disgraced. Yet Mr. Bility says he wants to run for the FIFA presidency. Does he not know that charity begins at home? The people whom he expects to vote for him will first ask, What has he done for Liberia—how has he helped his own team, the Lone Star? If he has nothing to show, they will have nothing to offer him—certainly not FIFA’s coveted crown. A leading retired Liberian footballer has another explanation about why the GOL has neglected football and Lone Star. He says GOL has decided it does not want another George Weah, who will become a new Liberian superstar and enter politics. But though this may be plausible (possible), we reject this view because we fail to believe that the Liberian government would succumb to such mean-spiritedness, shortsightedness and shamefulness. We now call on the Lone Star’s Chief Patron, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, to convene immediately a roundtable of all stakeholders to discuss how we can remedy Liberian football. These stakeholders should include the MYS, LFA, former Lone Star international stars like Senator George Weah and James Salinsa Debbah, other Liberian international players, and former Lone Star Coach Josiah Johnson, whose son is playing in Europe. Other stakeholders are former Invincible President Willard Russell and Barrolle Executive Member, Cllr. T.C. Gould, who is also Old Timers Football President, and Counselor Estrada Bernard, former MYS Minister. Let them sit and reason together to determine how the Lone Star can become second to none in Africa. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more