Larry Nance Jr.’s frustration with injuries may end soon

first_imgNance has also been nursing his feelings after agreeing to the Lakers’ suggestion that he withdraw his name from consideration for the NBA Dunk Contest. Shortly before Minnesota guard and former UCLA standout Zach LaVine defended his title Saturday, Nance tweeted: “On my way to do some lunges and squats.” “It was something I knew I probably shouldn’t do,” Nance said. “Once (Gary Vitti) and the training staff said, ‘You shouldn’t do it,’ that took things out of my hands. I would’ve liked to do have done it, but I’ll get another chance at it.” Nance will also receive another chance to build on his play, which Scott has described as “fantastic.” It remains unclear, however, if Nance will experience a role change. During his absence, Julius Randle reclaimed his starting spot at power forward, averaging 12.8 points and 11.8 rebounds per game and posting eight double-doubles.What’s uncertain is who will start at the four when Nance returns and is fully healthy.“Julius has been playing like the beast. He’s gobbling up rebounds and the way he’s finishing around the basket has gotten a lot better,” said Nance, who questioned why Randle was left out of the Rising Stars Challenge during NBA All-Star weekend. “I would like one of us move to [small forward] and then have a big center. We’re versatile. We can switch and play physical, get past you, over you and through you. It’s going to be really good for us down the road.” The Lakers are envisioning the same thing with Nance, whom Scott described as “fantastic” for doing “all the little things.” Still, they have endured difficult losses no matter who has cracked the rotation. They have gone 2-8 without Nance and suffered on defense.The Lakers allowed 108.6 points per game in those losses, slightly worse than their season-long average (106.1).Before his injury, Nance had also shown marked improvement in his shooting from November (48.9 percent) to December (56.1 percent).“He’s been playing extremely well and really trusting his jumpshot, which has improved tremendously,” Lakers guard Kobe Bryant said. “Defensively, he’s all over the place. I think he has a tremendous amount of potential and I think he’ll have an extremely long career in the NBA.” The Lakers sensed that long-term goal would have become compromised had Nance stayed on the floor.Much to Nance’s relief, the waiting will end soon. But good news could emerge soon.Lakers coach Byron Scott reported the medical staff has considered Nance “pain free.” So Nance planned his break in Los Angeles strengthening his knee with ice and electronic stimulation treatment. He also planned to shoot in the gym.“Hopefully when we start practice on Wednesday,” Scott said, “he’ll be able to participate.” But that will not ease the frustration Nance has felt during his rookie season, in which he has ranked third in his class in field-goal percentage (.541) and ninth in rebounds per game (5.0). With Nance’s current ailment partly related to his ACL injury to his right knee during his junior season at University of Wyoming, the Lakers and Nance admit he will not become fully healthy until the offseason. “They have to save me from me,” Nance said of the Lakers. “If it was my choice, I wouldn’t have missed any games.” The electrical stimulation machine stayed attached to Larry Nance Jr.’s right knee. The constant humming represented the soundtrack of the monotony and anxiety Nance has experienced in recent weeks.He missed four consecutive games in January amid increasing soreness in his right knee. Nance returned for three more games, only to have the Lakers shut him down for six more contests heading into NBA All-Star weekend after he experienced more complications in his right knee.“I’m miserable,” Nance said in an interview with Los Angeles News Group. “This takes all the fun away. I’m trying to keep a positive attitude. But obviously there’s frustration.”Nance said those words on the eve of the Lakers’ loss to Cleveland last Wednesday, marking the last game before the team’s week-long break.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Benches clear in postgame Dodgers-Diamondbacks dispute

first_imgTensions were high after the the Dodgers’ 11-inning loss to the Diamondbacks on Friday as both dugouts cleared due to final-inning controversy.The dispute started when Dodgers center fielder A.J. Pollock said he was hit on the wrist by a pitch from Diamondbacks’ Archie Bradley with a runner on first and no outs in the 11th. After a replay review, however, home plate umpire Ramon De Jesus ruled the ball hit Pollock’s bat, rather than his wrist. Arizona catcher Carson Kelly ended up catching it for an out, helping lead to a 3-2 loss for Los Angeles. The Dodgers couldn’t believe the call was upheld, and that’s when tempers started to flare.“Typically, I’m very political with umpiring, but they missed it,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said ( via the Los Angeles Times ). “That’s just a fact. You have a system in place to get it right and it was clearly wrong. That impacted the game … [it] changed the complexion of that inning, clearly.” Related News Orioles’ Chris Davis explains confrontation with manager Brandon Hyde: ‘I hit a breaking point’ The Dodgers’ bench had some words for Bradley, and as he finished the game by striking out Will Smith, he pointed into the home dugout and started yelling back, prompting the benches to empty. Roberts called the postgame dispute “not necessary,” while Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo defended his team for responding the way that they did.“Our guys were there for one another,” Lovullo said. “Throughout the entire game, and what you saw at the end. That’s what we do here in Arizona.”center_img Pollock was visibly angry with the call and started yelling at De Jesus. Bradley, who was Pollock’s teammate in Arizona for four years, thought Pollock was taking too long to get off the field and tried to hurry him along. “I got him out,” Bradley said ( per MLB.com ). “That was my whole thing, that’s where it all started, like, you’re out. And you’re sitting there arguing while I’m trying to pitch to the next batter in a save situation in the 11th inning in Dodger Stadium. This is a hostile environment, I’m trying to win and you’re still standing arguing after you’ve been called out twice. It’s nothing personal to A.J. at all. It could have been anyone in the big leagues.”Well……. pic.twitter.com/Eg1bJlqlCR— FOX Sports Arizona (@FOXSPORTSAZ) August 10, 2019Pollock said he didn’t know what Bradley was doing, while explaining he wasn’t happy with the call.”Honestly, I’m walking, just got smoked in the wrist, no knob,” Pollock said. “Not going to go sprinting off and be all giggly. He didn’t like that. Tough. Whatever.” Yankees’ Brett Gardner gets furious, has to be restrained after controversial ejectionlast_img read more

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Tony Pulis: Begović can only get better

first_imgTony Pulis considers Asmir Begovic has what it takes to be one of the Premier League’s elite keepers, reports The Sun.Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool have all been linked with the £15million-rated star this season.And Stoke boss Pulis believes the Bosnian, 25, has been exceptional — despite Stoke’s recent slump.Begovic has another chance to impress Alex Ferguson tomorrow when Stoke host United.Pulis said: “It doesn’t surprise me that there are links with the top clubs.“It’s been a great season for him. He can only get better and better.”last_img

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Sumner Sheriff: criminal investigation launched on Sedgwick Sheriff deputy for excessive force

first_imgby Darren Chambers, Sumner County Sheriff — On Tuesday, August 2, 2016, Summer County Sheriff’s Office contacted the Sedgwick County Sheriff Office about an alleged Sedgwick County Sheriff’s deputy using excessive force while preparing to transport an inmate from Sumner County back to Sedgwick County.  This was after Sumner County jail staff witnessed what they believe to be excessive force. The alleged incident occurred on Monday, August 1, 2016.Summer County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a criminal investigation into this alleged incident as it occurred in Sumner County.No names are being released at this time due to the case still being under investigation. Once the detective section has completed the case it will be presented to the Sumner County Attorney as to charges.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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Governor Inslee Proclaims April 16 Healthcare Decisions Day

first_imgFacebook14Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Providence Health & ServicesGov. Jay Inslee has proclaimed April 16, 2018 as Healthcare Decisions Day in Washington. The day recognizes the need for and efforts to encourage individuals to discuss and record choices ahead of time regarding future medical treatment — known as advance care planning — and to have those wishes honored.In honor of Healthcare Decisions Day — and to participate in the national effort spotlighting advance care planning on April 16, National Healthcare Decisions Day — Providence in Southwest Washington has planned the following events:Advance Care Planning Drop-In SessionApril 18, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Providence St. Peter Hospital, Executive Conference RoomApril 27, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Providence Centralia Hospital, Chapel Conference RoomInformal opportunity to get resources, discuss advance care planning, and complete advance directive.  Make use of free notary services and/or talk with Certified Respecting Choices® First Steps® ACP Facilitators. (Bring your driver’s license or other identification for notary services.)Advance Care Planning Workshop:  “Are You Prepared?”April 19, 5-6 p.m., Providence St. Peter Hospital, 200 RoomsApril 24, 5-6 p.m., Providence Centralia Hospital, Mother Joseph Conference RoomApril 26, 5-6 p.m., Providence St. Peter Hospital, 200 RoomsOne hour workshop helps you:Increase understanding of Advance Care Planning and documentsConsider personal choices for future health careKnow the characteristics of a good health care agentIdentify steps to complete or update ACP Documents (specifically Advance Directives)Sign up at www.provregister.org (sign up not required by requested for planning purposes).Providence has partnered with Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest (PNW), a joint initiative between the Washington State Hospital Association and the Washington State Medical Association, to inspire conversations about the care people want at the end of life. Honoring Choices PNW’s vision is that everyone will receive care that honors personal values and goals at the end of life.“Healthcare Decisions Day is an opportunity for us individually and as a community to consider the care we would want if we couldn’t make decisions for ourselves,” said Adams. “At Providence, we are proud to help ensure that our patient’s wishes and decisions are heard and documented”Key to advance care planning are advance directives, forms that allow individuals to name a person to make medical decisions for them if they cannot; state values, goals and preferences; and select specific treatment options. Completing an advance directive and discussing it with the named decision-maker and loved ones better ensures personal choices can be honored.For additional information about Honoring Choices PNW, visit www.honoringchoicespnw.org. National efforts around National Healthcare Decisions Day can be found at www.nationalhealthcaredecisionsday.org.last_img read more

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