EL SEGUNDO — In the science project that is the 2018-19 Lakers roster, some of the most significant experimentation has been at center.Coach Luke Walton acknowledged as much on media day, saying he was thinking about “three to four” small-ball rotations that he wanted to try. At least one of them has been working in second-year forward Kyle Kuzma at center, which Walton said has been “alright.”“He’s been working on his game, but coverages and things like that are obviously different from the 5-spot,” Walton said. “He’s been good. It hasn’t been a ton of reps, but we’ve had him out there trying to see if it could possibly work.”The Lakers have teased a certain flexibility about the center position. Seven-footers JaVale McGee and Ivica Zubac are the only traditional centers on the roster, but neither played many minutes last season. Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka stressed last week that they think the game is getting away from traditional big men playing a ton of time (even though many of the Western Conference contenders have a strong starting center). Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThat means players like the 6-9 Kuzma, 6-9 Michael Beasley and even 6-8 LeBron James will play more minutes in the middle. Walton didn’t say definitively that James has played much center the first week of training camp, but he said the four-time MVP has been “all over the court position-wise.”The trickiest part of playing a small center is the coverage change on defense. While the Lakers switch on defense in positions one through four, the center doesn’t often switch. That means power forwards like Kuzma who begin playing center minutes need to shift their philosophy when they shift position, perhaps even playing both roles in the same game.If the Lakers find some stability with a smal- ball rotation, it’s possible they start switching regardless of position. It was a strength of lineups that featured Julius Randle at center last year. Walton said the group has a lot of potential to be a good switching team, but still has a long way to go.“It’s got length, versatility, smarts, but it’s about putting the work in, like anything else,” he said. “The easy way, the lazy way to switch is just to call out switch and everyone kind of do that. But there is a whole structure behind it that we need to be good at if we are going to be a really good switching team.”LAKERS HIRE RAMBISA familiar face is taking up a new role in the Lakers organization. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions The team hired Kurt Rambis, a longtime contributor as both a player and coach, to be “senior basketball advisor.” The Lakers described the position in a news release as supporting the basketball operations and coaching staffs “in their day-to-day functions.” He’ll report to team president Magic Johnson, the teammate with whom he won four championships.Rambis has spent 16 years as a coach with the Lakers alone, working on championship staffs with Phil Jackson. He was most recently in Los Angeles as an assistant for Mike D’Antoni. Outside of the organization, he has experience as a head coach in Minnesota and was last an assistant (and interim head coach) for the New York Knicks.“As a member of the Showtime Lakers, Kurt is a champion and knows how to win,” Johnson said in the release. “He has been an integral part of the Lakers organization winning four NBA championships as a player and an additional four as a part of the staff. His insights and wide range of experiences will be a huge benefit to our operations.”BALL’S MINUTES TO INCREASE GRADUALLYWhile second-year point guard Lonzo Ball won’t make his preseason debut on Sunday, it’s reasonable to believe he’ll play in at least one of the team’s five other preseason games. And when he does, Walton said Friday, he’ll likely start on restricted minutes.“We’ll put minutes restrictions on him as he starts coming back in the preseason,” he said. “And everything will be, ‘How do you feel?’ the next day, ‘How do you feel?’ That night. As long as those keep – we keep checking those off and he’s fine, and the minutes restrictions will go up and up until we decide to get rid of it all together.”Ball participated fully in Friday’s practice, including a scrimmage. The Lakers are not taking any other precautions with him at this time.Related Articles How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
…as Breast Cancer Awareness Month observedANSA McAL Trading Limited (AMTL) and the Guyana Cancer Foundation, on Monday partnered with each other to launch the Pantene promotion under the theme, “Growing stronger with Pantene”.From left: Founder of the Guyana Cancer Foundation, Bibi Saeedah Akhtar Hassan and Business Unit Head for P&G products, Padma Kunjbeharry display Pantene productsThe promotion will coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which begins today.The collaboration aims to generate funds from the sale of Pantene products from which a total of $150 from every bottle sold will be donated to the Guyana Cancer Foundation.During a press conference at the company’s Beterverwagting Boardroom, Managing Director of AMTL, Troy Cadogan reiterated support and enthusiasm to continue ANSA McAL’s long fight against cancer, as he urged persons to buy the hair care product that might save a life.Cadogan also noted that his organisation will be part of more activities during the month of October to show the company’s support towards the fight against cancer, especially breast cancer, which is most dominant in Guyana.Meanwhile, President and Founder of the Guyana Cancer Foundation, Bibi Saeedah Akhtar Hassan expressed gratitude for the partnership, effort and contributions while noting that the fight against cancer is made a little easier with companies such as ANSA McAL giving generous donations.The Pantene hair products can be found at all participating locations that include Bounty Supermarket outlets (Regent and Water Streets, Grove and Kitty), Massy Stores (Providence), Jaigobin Supermarket, N&S Mattai’s and DSL Cash and Carry outlets (Sheriff Street, Ruimveldt and Diamond).Moreover, the monies donated will go to screening and testing individuals who may exhibit signs of the deadly disease. So far, the Cancer Institute of Guyana Inc has recorded some 110 breast cancer cases diagnosed for the first half of 2019, as such these organisations are raising awareness to save multiple lives of both women and men.As a result of this, organisations in the Private Sector are being urged to join the fight against the disease by donating monies which goes towards mammograms, ultrasounds and Pap smears.
Photo from ONE ChampionshipAfter a disqualification loss at ONE: A New Era, a split decision in November last year, and another loss via submission in 2016, Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon is looking for a decisive finish this time, when he meets Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes for a fourth time and reclaim his glory at ONE: Century on 13 October in Tokyo, Japan.“It is hard to tell how it will end, but I’m looking for a knockout so that all talks will be settled,” Belingon said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano This jewelry designer is also an architect “It’s hard to leave this to the judges because there would be doubts there. I have to get that knockout win.”In the last bout against the 39-year old Brazilian, Belingon was confident he would be able to defend his title with his powerful strikes. Unfortunately for him, things went south due to an accidental elbow to the back of Bibiano’s head.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Heading into their latest bout, Belingon is determined to finally put the exclamation point to end their rivalry.“More than ever, I am familiar with Bibiano – his style, the way he moves. I already know what to expect and what I’ll do in our fourth match,” he said. Becoming his own man Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical MOST READ “For our game plan, I’m leaving it to coach Mark Sangiao so I can effectively counter his striking and takedowns.”Belingon believes he needs to restore order after his Team Lakay teammates lost their titles in their respective divisions. When he enters the Circle again at Ryogoku Kokugikan he will draw inspiration from Joshua “The Passion” Pacio’s victorious title rematch and use that as his own motivation to succeed.“This is so important for us. If we get the belt back, I think it will prove that we’re number one in Asia,” said the 31-year-old.“I am inspired by Joshua because he got his belt back. Now I have to get mine back and bring it home to Baguio.”ADVERTISEMENT Bolt gone, doping back as the main topic in sprint game LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’ PLAY LIST 02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ View comments