Lakers trade rumors: LeBron James, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope only two ‘untouchable pieces’ last season

first_imgLos Angeles holds the fourth pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.Hart averaged 7.8 points and 3.7 rebounds while shooting 33.6% from 3-point range during his second season with Los Angeles. James, Caldwell-Pope and Davis are all represented by the same agency — Klutch Sports.“You’re going through it and … you really had no idea,” Hart said. “Really, it seemed like nobody was untouchable, honestly, besides LeBron and KCP. (Those were) the only untouchable pieces. Fortunately for me, my name wasn’t really thrown in there until the last day when basically everyone on the roster was allegedly getting traded. It was just a weird situation because you had no idea.”Los Angeles opened 2018-19 with a 20-14 record before James strained his groin on Dec. 25. He missed the next 17 games and the team never recovered.The Lakers also dealt with injuries to key role players — including Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma — throughout the season. They ended up with a 37-45 record and missed the playoffs for a sixth straight season. Anthony Davis trade rumors: Pelicans still ‘not interested’ in dealing star to Lakers Lakers free agency rumors: Los Angeles among teams interested in Kemba Walker It seemed as if LeBron James and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope were the only two Lakers who were “untouchable” in trade negotiations last season, according to Josh Hart.Los Angeles reportedly made multiple offers to the Pelicans for star forward Anthony Davis — who asked New Orleans to move him — before the deadline but ultimately no deal was reached. Hart discussed the impact the trade rumors had in the Lakers’ locker room during a recently released episode of “Inside the Green Room” with Danny Green. “It was just so bad because it was so public. I think that was the biggest thing,” Hart said. “Everything that was going on leaked out. Obviously, I don’t know. It could have been true, it could have not been true. You don’t know.”James left the Cavaliers and signed a four-year, $153.3 million deal with the Lakers last offseason. Caldwell-Pope, meanwhile, essentially had a no trade clause after he inked a one-year, $12 million contract with Los Angeles in July 2018. Related News Lakers free agency rumors: LeBron James has been in ‘contact’ with Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butlerlast_img read more

Flaky Cosmic Notion Gets Good Press

first_img(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Does the universe grow like a giant brain?  If anyone but a scientist said that, it would be in the cartoons.Live Science gave good press to a physicist who proposes that galaxies and brains grow by similar physical processes.  “Universe Grows Like a Giant Brain,” reporter Tia Ghose wrote about the views of a team including Dmitri Krioukov, a physicist at UC San Diego.  What, exactly, was proposed?  Only that “some undiscovered, fundamental laws may govern the growth of systems large and small, from the electrical firing between brain cells and growth of social networks to the expansion of galaxies.”  Maybe she should have waited till it gets discovered.An outsider from the study said, “At first blush they seem to be quite different systems, the question is, is there some kind of controlling laws can describe them?”  Maybe they should wait till they have some evidence.The team used a computer model as evidence, unaware of the problem of investigator interference.  By programming their computer to compare “the universe’s history with growth of social networks and brain circuits, they found all the networks expanded in similar ways: They balanced links between similar nodes with ones that already had many connections.”The eerie similarity between networks large and small is unlikely to be a coincidence, Krioukov said.So what “unknown law governs the way networks grow and change, from the smallest brain cells to the growth of mega-galaxies”? Ghose asked.  Krioukov told Live Science, “This result suggests that maybe we should start looking for it.”Yes, go look for it so we don’t have to hear your weird speculations.Let’s analyze this.  Somebody at a university calling himself a scientist has assumed galaxies form networks like brains, but this is an argument from analogy.  He thinks there is an undiscovered law of nature out there, but he hasn’t started looking for it.  Instead, he has been playing computer games at work.  Conclusion: he must be desperate for funding.If anybody else propounded fact-free tales this outlandishly, grotesquely capricious, he would be either repudiated as a nut or become a special guest on The View (not necessarily mutually exclusive options).  Why do scientists get away with it?Do you sometimes get the feeling that scientists are warming up to their role as modern cultural shamans and taking advantage of it?  We need a new Gershwin hit, “Whatever reliance you put in Live Seance it ain’t necessarily so.”last_img read more

Will MS Dhoni be India’s go-to man in 2019 World Cup? Experts divided in their opinions

first_imgHis half-century was the lone bright spot in India’s loss at Dharamshala in the first ODI against Sri Lanka Sunday but the opinion is still divided on whether Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be Virat Kohli’s go-to man in the 2019 World Cup.”In my view, the 2019 World Cup is still too far right now. I think it will be foolhardy to talk about it right now. It is a long, long time in context of Indian cricket where situation changes every day. Players are judged differently after every match in our country. It will be important to see who is in form at that point of time,” spinner Harbhajan Singh told AAJ TAK-INDIA TODAY.Dhoni has scored 781 runs in 27 ODIs at an average of over 65 this year. This includes six half-centuries and a ton – the 134-run innings against England at Cuttack in January.”Yes, Dhoni is one of the best players India has seen in ODI and T20 cricket but he will have to continuously perform to remain in the reckoning. Every series from now on will be very important for him. He has to get runs and there is no better player than him if he does that. However, Virat has shown that if Dhoni remains in form then he can bring a lot to the table,” adds Harbhajan.  “It is about 20 months away (2019 cricket World Cup) which is a long time. I agree with Harbhajan because we have to play not just Test but also ODI cricket abroad in the coming year, including South Africa, England, Australia and New Zealand. The overall performances would decide the final shape of Indian team for the 2019 World Cup,” says former India skipper Sourav Ganguly.advertisementDhoni’s strike rate, quite a talking point in the recent times, hasn’t dipped significantly over the past five years in ODIs. Though at 36, Dhoni is not hitting huge sixes as consistently like before but the 87-ball-65 in Dharamshala saw two hits out of the park from former skipper’s bat. He’s also just 109 runs away from completing 10,000 runs in ODI cricket.The fact that he’s still going strong makes VVS Laxman take a stand against his former India mates Ganguly and Harbhajan while discussing Dhoni’s role in the 2019 World Cup.”I believe that Dhoni would have a big role to play in the 2019 World Cup,” says Laxman.And in doing so, believes Laxman, skipper Virat Kohli will have to stand by Dhoni.  “Sometimes the new skipper does not takes the advice of the old one but here is why Virat Kohli is different than the others. When you have someone of the calibre of Dhoni in your team and if you don’t handle him properly and get the best out of him, then there’s no point. When Sachin Tendulkar resigned from captaincy, Sourav Ganguly handled him well. The rapport and mutual respect between a captain and a senior player is very important so that the senior pro plays his natural game. Virat is allowing Dhoni do the same. He relies on Dhoni while captaining the team in the middle and takes his advice in the shorter format of the game so often. Virat is not at all egoistic which is so much necessary. I would like to say it again that Dhoni will have a huge role to play if India has to win the 2019 World Cup,” says a confident Laxman.last_img read more