Lakers’ Jose Calderon, Tarik Black could begin practicing on Thursday

first_imgCalderon is slated to return within one to three weeks, while the Lakers have not outlined a definitive timetable for Black’s return. NEW YORK >> The ball kept swishing into the net as Lakers backup guard Jose Calderon took shots from around the perimeter. The ball kept banking into the basket as Lakers backup forward Tarik Black worked on his hook shots.Those images marked the latest progress as Calderon (right hamstring) and Black (right ankle) remain sidelined with injuries, including when the Lakers (10-17) visit the Brooklyn Nets (6-17) on Wednesday at Barclays Center. Lakers coach Luke Walton left open the possibility both Calderon and Black could begin practice as early as Thursday in Philadelphia as preparation for Friday’s game against the Sixers.Despite their activity at the end of morning shootaround on Wednesday at a local health club, Calderon and Black did not participate in any team exercises. They spent that time with the Lakers’ training staff, which partly entailed completing exercises in a hallway near the gym. Earlier this week, Calderon had complete light running drills while Black completed pool exercises.Before missing the past five games, Calderon averaged 4.7 points on 48.1 percent shooting and 2.6 assists in 13.9 minutes per contest. Before sitting the last four games, Black averaged 5.9 points on 50 percent shooting and 5.2 rebounds in 15.4 minutes per contest. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Nemanja Bilbija signed for South Korea’s Gangwon

first_imgOne of the best players of the BiH Premier League in recent years Nemanja Bilbija has officially left Zrinjski and will continue his career in South Korea’s Gangwon.This brilliant offensive has finally made a, and even having several offers on the table, he has decided to accept the one from Korea. He arrived early this morning in South Korea where he officially signed a contract with Gangwon.“I am happy to arrive to this league, and I have special gratitude to my new team. I believe that I will quickly and easily adapt to the new environment and I promise I will do my best to make the better result,” Bilbija stated at the official ceremony.Bilbija arrived in Zrinjski in 2016, and in the following three seasons he managed to become the champion of BiH with “Plemici” three times. He was affirmed as one of the best players of the Premier League in BiH, and this season he scored 14 goals in 16 matches.In addition to Zrinjski, Bilbija has played for Borac, Sarajevo, Split and Vojvodina in his career so far, news portal writes.last_img read more

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin favors incentivizing minority hires to fix ‘broken’ system

first_imgThe league still expanded its Rooney Rule, however, requiring teams to interview at least two minority candidates from outside the organization for head coaching jobs; at least one for coordinator vacancies; and at least one for football operations or general manager positions.It’s worth noting that not every minority coach agreed with the shelved proposal. Chargers coach Anthony Lynn, speaking with CBS Sports Radio, said, “Sometimes you can do the wrong thing while trying to do the right thing.” Moreover, Tomlin doesn’t think the lack of minority opportunities is unique to the NFL. He told Calipari on Monday that he’d follow up with NBA coaches to discuss the issue.”We have a problem with minority hiring, specifically in football,” Tomlin said. “But I guess that it’s an issue of minority hiring across a lot of industries and lines. I’m on with the NBA coaches tomorrow, actually, talking about things that are going on in our game with the Rooney Rule.” The recently shelved proposal that aimed to incentivize minority coaching hires with improved draft picks largely sparked criticism in NFL circles.Under that proposal, teams’ third-round picks could be improved anywhere from six to 10 spots depending on whether they had hired a minority candidate at GM or head coach; it would also include compensation for other coaching roles as well. But at least one person — Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, one of four minority head coaches in the league — is in support of a change that at least attempts to fix what he called a “broken” system. Tomlin, speaking to Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari on “Coffee with Cal” on Monday, said he liked the idea of providing a positive twist to the Rooney Rule.MORE: Making sense of NFL’s proposed Rooney Rule change”We’ve always taken it from the approach of, punitive if you don’t interview minority candidates or things of that nature,” Tomlin said. “I just like the different approach in terms of spinning it 180 and talking about maybe incentivizing those that develop the talent and those that hire the talent.”We’re making some adjustments because we’re acknowledging right now that the system is broken, that minorities are not getting enough opportunity,” Tomlin said. “And we’re trying to just figure out how to stimulate that. … I agree it’s debatable about the value placed on the incentivized plan, but I just generally like the discussion.”last_img read more