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I have been decluttering, packing, unpacking, sharing and donating my things regularly for as long as I can remember. I have had many conversations with my children and friends about the merits of not having too many things. In an effort to simplify my life, I had made the conclusion some years back that the […].....»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsOct 13th, 2018Related News

Detroit freeway could be renamed for Aretha Franklin

DETROIT (AP) --- Officials in Detroit are considering another way to remember legendary Motown singer Aretha Franklin. Detroit Democratic Rep. Fred Durhal III has proposed renaming a portion of M-10 for the Queen of Soul. The stretch would be from 8 Mile to Interstate 94. Franklindiedin August at age 76 after battling pancreatic cancer. The road is now known by various names such as Lodge Freeway for a former Detroit mayor. Durhal says the section is near Franklin's father's church. The measure has 80 co-sponsors and could be heard before the legislature adjourns its two-year session late this year. The Detroit City Council acted last year to name adowntown streetfor F...Keep on reading: Detroit freeway could be renamed for Aretha Franklin.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Oct 8th, 2018Related News

Get That Ball: Rivals Ateneo, La Salle on different levels

  MANILA, Philippines – Get. That. Ball. If you watch UAAP basketball, it will take less than a second for you to remember that chant.  For as far as I can recall, that has been the mantra most associated with the Ateneo Blue Eagles. Get. That. Ball. It’s simple and straight to the point. ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsOct 7th, 2018Related News

Cast take home coins, sword to remember ‘Mr. Sunshine’

All Kim Tae-ri wanted after a year of shooting "Mr. Sunshine" was to gather everyone who was part of the series for a group photo, the actress revealed in an exclusive e-mail interview with Super K! She played the lead role of Ae-sin on the Netflix Original series.   "We spent close to a year shooting the show. So we went through all four seasons. Focusing on something for a very long time can be emotionally and physically tiring. But the upside was that I got to visit so many beautiful places in Korea. An-dong, in particular, was so beautiful. We were shooting through winter and spring there and it was beautiful to see the changes in seasons in water freezing and then tha...Keep on reading: Cast take home coins, sword to remember ‘Mr. Sunshine’.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Oct 6th, 2018Related News

Talking to your children about menstruation shouldn’t be that big a deal

I was 12 when I first got my period. Because I studied at a science high school far away from home, I stayed in a dorm with several other girls. I don't think I told my mom when I first discovered about it. It was my best friend who gave me my first sanitary napkin; who taught me how to use it. We didn't have easy access to Internet then so the rest of the week, I was left wondering whether there was anything wrong with me. "Is this normal?" I caught myself asking whenever I had to see the curious fluid on my napkin. I thought blood was supposed to look like the rich, red liquid I see whenever I accidentally get hurt. Before that, I remember I spent a vacation at my relatives'...Keep on reading: Talking to your children about menstruation shouldn’t be that big a deal.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Oct 5th, 2018Related News

And the winner is…

Sometime in 1996 I remember getting suspended and eventually fired from my first job in a small radio station for belligerently resisting to read what I felt and believed was the equivalent of endorsing and encouraging listeners to bet on “Lotto.”.....»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsOct 5th, 2018Related News

Charming star gets dragged into booty battle

Seems there's more to the raging word war between Mercurial Rake and Tempestuous Vixen.   Remember the battling exes who are bickering over the common booty?   Turned out MR has been fuming over an old wound. MR apparently got upset because TV benefited from a deal that had disastrous results.   TV had used MR's friendship with Charming Star to secure a mammoth project. Alas, the venture went south and CS got upset with MR.   In the end, MR was left holding the bag of crap.   Comeback kid   Conflicted Jughead is raring to stage a comeback anytime soon.   According to sources, it's quite an epic move that could r...Keep on reading: Charming star gets dragged into booty battle.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Oct 2nd, 2018Related News

'BSideForever: A nostalgic account of the iconic Makati spot

The first time I went to B-Side was in 2013---a college blockmate invited us to watch Wolfgang, Kamikazee, and Valley of Chrome. I remember being right in front and my leg was hitting the metal barricades because of the volume of people;Jay Contreras tried to crowdsurf; and I went home smelling like beer---not because I got wasted, but some drunk guy accidentally spilled his bottle on my head while I was sitting on the floor. But it was still a fun night, nonetheless. Since then, B-Side has become one of my favorite venues to go to for local gigs (especially the music fests that last until dawn) and also food. The murals and graffiti on the walls added to its charm. I'm sure many ...Keep on reading: #BSideForever: A nostalgic account of the iconic Makati spot.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Sep 30th, 2018Related News

On Jesus’ side

On this last day of September when the Philippines continues to remember the experience of how it was under Martial Law, I remember a story of fellow Christian Life Community member Ka Lope Santos......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsSep 30th, 2018Related News

‘P3M seized guns no link to polls’

THE P3-million worth of firearms that were seized in Danao City the other day has nothing to do with next year’s elections. This was the comment yesterday of Rep. Ramon “Red” Durano (Cebu, 5th District), adding that Danao City has been known for its gun-manufacturing industry for as long as he could remember. “Gun-making in… link: ‘P3M seized guns no link to polls’.....»»

Source: Manilainformer ManilainformerCategory: Sep 29th, 2018Related News

Cebu Pacific announces exclusive seat sale from Cebu

IT’S A September to remember with a giant seat sale from the Philippines’ leading carrier, Cebu Pacific. Exclusive for flights from the airline’s Cebu hub, this three-day seat sale gives everyJuan in the Visayas and Mindanao the chance to fly to any of the 26 destinations from the Queen City of the South. With fares […] The post Cebu Pacific announces exclusive seat sale from Cebu appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Source: Thedailyguardian ThedailyguardianCategory: NewsSep 27th, 2018Related News

‘Basketball will never be the same’: NCAA players remember late Manlapaz

The beating of drums and the crowd's cheers and jeers are usually the two most dominant sounds in any NCAA game. But foryears, the late Rolly Manlapaz still managed to drown all that out with his unforgettable voice. Manlapaz' booming vibrato was a staple of the NCAA until his untimely passing on Thursday, succumbing to his battlewith amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The atmosphere Manlapaz brought to games was surely missed and Lyceum's Topex Robinson and CJ Perez made sure to remember the jolly barker in the 113-79 annihilation of Arellano University. "That's why we will always honor this game of basketball because so many people gave their lives here," said Robinson. "We...Keep on reading: ‘Basketball will never be the same’: NCAA players remember late Manlapaz.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Sep 27th, 2018Related News

A night to remember for ONE world champion Joshua Pacio

MANILA, Philippines – It took two tries, but finally, Filipino strawweight star Joshua “The Passion” Pacio is now the ONE Strawweight World Champion. "I’m so happy, I can’t explain what I’m feeling right now,” an elated Pacio admitted. “I did not know whether I was going cry or laugh when they announced ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsSep 25th, 2018Related News

Ouster Plots Work of CPP-NPA: Lorenzana

The “Red October” ouster plot, bared by the military over the weekend, is the confirmed handiwork of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA), Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Monday. “We take it seriously. Remember that this was uncovered last February 2017 in an encounter between our troops in Bukidnon. It was hatched […].....»»

Source: Metrocebu MetrocebuCategory: NewsSep 25th, 2018Related News

49ers lose QB Jimmy Garoppolo to season-ending knee injury

By JOSH DUBOW,  AP Pro Football Writer SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Jimmy Garoppolo's addition last season immediately turned around the fortunes of the San Francisco 49ers. Now the 49ers will have to go back to life before Garoppolo for the rest of the season. The Niners announced Monday that Garoppolo tore the ACL in his left knee while making a cut late in a loss at Kansas City, sidelining him for the rest of the season. "It is very unfortunate," coach Kyle Shanahan said. "I'm not going to sugarcoat it. It was hard waking up today. We were down and disappointed about it because we were looking forward a lot to playing with Jimmy this year and going through the good and the bad knowing that he'd benefit from all of it. Now we don't get to do it. I know Jimmy is really down about it and so are we but it's still going to be all right." The injury deals a serious blow to the 49ers (1-2), who had planned their rebuild around Garoppolo and now must turn again to C.J. Beathard at quarterback. Garoppolo will undergo surgery in the next week or two after the swelling goes down and should be ready to play again next season. The 49ers are planning to promote Nick Mullens from the practice squad and also will bring several veterans in for tryouts this week, including Tom Savage, Kellen Clemens, possibly T.J. Yates and Matt Moore. One quarterback who won't be brought in is former 49ers starter Colin Kaepernick, who opted out of his contract with San Francisco in March 2017 after Shanahan decided he wanted to go with a style of offense that didn't fit Kaepernick's game. "That's what I said last year and it's the same situation now," Shanahan said. "I always look into what style of offense I want to do and what style of offense we've been doing the last two years." The Niners struggled with Beathard and Brian Hoyer last season before the midseason addition of Garoppolo changed their fortunes. San Francisco won the final five games last year after Garoppolo took over as starter and the team rewarded him with a $137.5 million, five-year contract. The 49ers will have to wait another year to earn dividends on that investment. Garoppolo got hurt in the fourth quarter of a 38-27 loss Sunday when he was scrambling toward the sideline and decided to cut up field instead of going out of bounds. Garoppolo's left knee buckled just before Kansas City cornerback Steven Nelson delivered a big hit, ending what was supposed to be his first full season as a starter after just three games. Shanahan said the play should serve as a reminder to quarterbacks about the importance of protecting their bodies. "That's something that Jimmy will probably look at differently going forward because now he'll remember this the rest of his life," Shanahan said. "Nothing against him. This happens with everyone. You see it every Sunday. It's a reminder for everyone why it's an obvious coaching point." Expectations were high in San Francisco this season that the team could end a four-year playoff drought after Garoppolo had a full offseason to immerse himself in Shanahan's offense. But with Garoppolo and new running back Jerick McKinnon both knocked out for the season with torn ACLs in September, those high hopes have been put on hold. Garoppolo had completed 59.6 percent of his passes with five TDs, three interceptions and an average of 8.1 yards per attempt for a 90 passer rating. While he hasn't been quite as efficient as he was late last year after being acquired at the trade deadline from New England for a second-round pick, the Niners offense has been far more potent than it was before he took over as quarterback. Beathard started five games as a rookie last year, completing 54.9 percent of his passes with four touchdowns, six interceptions, 19 sacks, 6.4 yards per attempt and a 69.2 passer rating that was second lowest in the NFL. Beathard threw a touchdown pass to George Kittle on his first snap Sunday only to have it negated by a penalty and wasn't in for any other plays in the game. "I have a lot of confidence in C.J.," Shanahan said. "I think C.J. got a lot of experience last year. We liked him a lot coming out of college. ... He got thrown into as tough a situation as I could imagine a rookie quarterback being thrown in and the guy didn't blink." NOTES: CB Richard Sherman will miss a couple of weeks with a strained left calf. ... RB Matt Breida hyperextended his knee and is questionable this week. ... RG Mike Person will be questionable with a sprained knee......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsSep 25th, 2018Related News

Peterson runs for 120 yards, 2 TDs, Skins top Packers 31-17

By Howard Fendrich, Associated Press LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — A week removed from what he called "an embarrassment," Adrian Peterson turned in his first 100-yard game in more than 10 months. Peterson ran for 120 yards and a pair of 2-yard scores, Alex Smith threw two touchdown passes and the Washington Redskins held on Sunday for a 31-17 victory over a gimpy Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, who again had complaints about a roughing-the-passer penalty on Clay Matthews. On a rainy afternoon, the Redskins (2-1) went up 14-0 and were ahead 28-10 at halftime, thanks to putting together TD drives of 74, 75, 79 and 98 yards. Smith connected for TDs of 46 yards to Paul Richardson on the game's fourth play and of 9 to Jamison Crowder in the second quarter, and Peterson's two short trips to the end zone also both came in the first half. After gaining only 20 yards on 11 carries during a 21-9 loss to the Indianapolis Colts in Week 2, Peterson ran 19 times Sunday and raised his career total to 102 rushing touchdowns. That broke a tie at 100 with Marshall Faulk and Shaun Alexander and moved him alone into seventh place in NFL history behind Emmitt Smith's record of 164. Next up at No. 6 is former Redskins star John Riggins, at 104. "It felt good to get into 'The 100 Club.' I have a little time off now. Maybe I can look and see who I'm approaching," said the 33-year-old Peterson, referring to Washington's Week 4 bye. "Riggins, he's a guy that I do remember seeing up there on the list and thinking, 'God willing, I'll be able to pass him eventually.'" This was Peterson's 52nd game with at least 100 yards on the ground, and first since Nov. 5, 2017, for Arizona against San Francisco. Peterson left the game late after getting kicked in the ankle, but coach Jay Gruden dismissed that as nothing to worry about. Before that, Peterson had a 41-yard run, part of a group of big plays allowed by the Packers that included Smith's TD toss to Richardson, a 50-yard completion to Vernon Davis and a 34-yard completion to Jordan Reed. "We just came out and laid an egg in the first half. ... Missed tackles. Missed assignments," said Matthews, who was whistled for the way he sacked Smith late in the third quarter, then complained about the way NFL games are officiated nowadays. Smith went 12 for 20 for 220 yards. He also had his streak of 156 consecutive passes without an interception, the longest active run in the league, end in the second quarter. Safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix made the pick when Reed went one way and Smith threw another. Playing with a bulky brace on his left knee, which he hurt in Week 1, Rodgers hobbled and limped around, and couldn't do enough to get the Packers (1-1-1) back into the game. He finished 27 for 44 for 265 yards with two TDs — of 64 yards to Geronimo Allison and 2 yards to Davante Adams — and was sacked four times. "I got a little banged up, but finished the game and I expect to start next week," Rodgers said. "It can be painful at times moving around, especially lateral movement. But I'm going to be out there if I'm up to it and try and get this thing back turned the right direction with a win next week." Green Bay's receivers had problems with drops, plus Randall Cobb was stripped of the ball by Fabian Moreau — Josh Norman recovered the fumble — after a completion with about 5½ minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. "I didn't give us an opportunity to win. Third-down drop on the first drive. Fourth-down drop. Fumble," Cobb said. "I played terrible." Right after that, Peterson helped seal the outcome, with three runs in a row for a total of 26 yards — a greater output than he managed in the entire game against the Colts. "In the fourth quarter there, when we needed it the most," Gruden said, "Adrian was able to make a big impact." INJURIES Packers: DL Muhammad Wilkerson was carted off in the second quarter with an ankle injury. ... RT Bryan Bulaga (back) and RG Justin McCray (shoulder) went out. ... LB Nick Perry was evaluated for a concussion. Redskins: RT Morgan Moses exited in the first quarter with a concussion. He was replaced by Ty Nsekhe. ... Gruden said Norman had "a little bit of a hamstring issue." GO, PACK, GO! There were several times when loud cheers of "Go, Pack, go!" rang out in the Redskins' stadium, a week after there were boos and Washington's home sellout streak ended. "It's crazy. They brought their fans to the hotel we're staying in," Norman said. "Then you saw them in the stands." UP NEXT Packers: Host the Buffalo Bills. Redskins: Bye week, play Oct. 8 at New Orleans......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsSep 24th, 2018Related News

Points to consider for life insurance

Perhaps one time or another, we have all considered whether we really need a life insurance. Assuming that you are way beyond the iffy disposition and have realized its value, here are a few points to consider and remember. Needless to state, these advice are anchored on the Revised Insurance Code, as interpreted by our […].....»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsSep 23rd, 2018Related News

Tiger Woods with 3-shot lead and 1 round away from winning

By Doug Ferguson, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Tiger Woods made it look and sound as if he had never been gone. More than turning back time, every hole seemed like the one before Saturday at the Tour Championship. A tee shot striped down the middle of the fairway. The clean strike of an iron as he held his pose. A sonic boom of the cheers from around the green. Another birdie. "I got off to an ideal start," Woods said. "And the next thing you know, I was off and running." With the most dynamic golf he has played all year, Woods built a five-shot lead in seven holes before he cooled from there, settled for a 5-under 65 that gave him a three-shot lead over Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose and an ideal chance to end this comeback season with a moment that has defined his career. Winning. Woods has the 54-hole lead for the first time since his last victory in 2013 at the Bridgestone Invitational. He has never lost an official tournament when leading by more than two shots going into the final round, and his closing record with the lead is 42-2 on the PGA Tour. He has never been in better position to show he's all the way back from four back surgeries that once made him fear he might never play again. "I've gone through a lot this year to get myself to this point, and understanding and fighting my way through it," Woods said. "I'm certainly much more equipped than I was in March because of what I've gone through." Wood was at 12-under 198 and will be paired for the first time in final group with McIlroy on the PGA Tour. McIlroy birdied two of his last three holes for a 66. "It's obviously exciting for the golf tournament. It's exciting for golf in general that he's up there," McIlroy said. "But for me, all I can do is concentrate on myself. The game is hard enough without looking at other people. Go out there, take care of my business, and hopefully that's good enough." Rose started the third round tied with Woods, but not for long. Rose opened with two straight bogeys before battling back, but the world's No. 1 player already was four shots behind after four holes. He narrowed the gap with a birdie on the 16th as Woods had to scramble for bogey, a two-shot swing. "In some ways, it felt like a Sunday just with the energy," Rose said after a 68. "But I knew that it was halfway through a Saturday. Just wanted to sort of chisel a few back and give myself a chance going into tomorrow." Rose forgot about Woods and tried to beat East Lake, a game of match play in his mind, in a bid to stay in the game. He wound up with a hard-earned 68. There used to be no chance against Woods when he was atop the leaderboard going into the final round. His only losses with the 54-hole lead were the Quad City Classic in 1996 when he was 20 and making third start as a pro, and the 2009 PGA Championship at Hazeltine against Y.E. Yang. He also lost a two-shot lead to Lee Westwood in Germany at a European Tour event in 2000. Now? Woods has gone more than five years without winning. He also has won enough times — 90 tournaments around the world — to remember how. "It's a little more unknown now," Rose said. "Obviously, his history, his statistics from this point are impeccable. They're incredible. But he's human, and there's a lot on it for him tomorrow, as well as the rest of us." Woods has had four finishes in the top 5, a runner-up by one shot at Innisbrook and by two shots at the PGA Championship. Only once this year, however, has he started the final round within closer than four shots of the lead. Being up by three is a much better view. "Simple math says that if I play a clean card, the guys behind me have to shoot 67 to force it into extra holes," Woods said. "That helps. I don't have to shoot 63 or 64 and hope I get help. This is a spot I'd much rather be in than four or five back." The Saturday start was simply mesmerizing. Woods poured in a 20-foot birdie putt on the first hole. His wedge settled 8 feet below the hole on No. 3. His 20-foot birdie putt on No. 4 tumbled into the center of the cup with perfect pace. Two short birdies followed. And when he finally missed a fairway at No. 7, Woods hit a 9-iron from the bunker that hopped out of the first cut to about 5 feet for a sixth birdie in seven holes. The cheers were endless, and there was no doubting what was going on. "I've heard the roars all day, and it's been phenomenal," Paul Casey said after his 66. "What an atmosphere it is out there this week." Woods, however, made only one birdie over his last 11 holes, a wedge to 7 feet on No. 12. He missed badly on his tee shot at the par-3 ninth, and the shaggy rough to the right of the 16th fairway caused the face of his club to open, missing to the right. His flop shot didn't get up the hill and rolled back toward him, and his next pitch was a bump-and-run played to perfection that kept him from another double bogey. McIlroy also started strong, and being in the group ahead of Woods, he knew exactly what was happening. On Sunday, he get a front-row seat. The only other time they were paired together in the fourth round was at the 2015 Masters, when both were 10 shots behind Jordan Spieth. Rose won't be in the final group, but he has plenty on the line even if he doesn't catch Woods. He likely needs to finish in the top five to be assured of winning the FedEx Cup and the $10 million bonus......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsSep 23rd, 2018Related News

Isner a new pop while playing at the Laver Cup

CHICAGO (AP) — John Isner, the tall American with the blistering serve, has added a new role in the last week. He's a dad. His wife gave birth a week ago to their first child, a daughter, an experience Isner described as "the best moment of my life for sure." Being separated this week while he competes in the Laver Cup has been difficult. Isner said he received a picture on his phone of his daughter watching him play for the first time. "I don't think she will remember it," he joked. "My wife is changing her diaper and I'm on the TV." He's going to skip upcoming tournaments in Asia to be a family man. "It's been super tough being away right now," he said. "I certainly miss my daughter incredibly much right now." He's also hoping that his family will be able to travel with him next year. "We'll see how that goes," he said. "It's going to be an adjustment." Isner's career has been on the upswing at age 33. He won his first Masters 1000 title at Miami, beating Alexander Zverev in the finals. And later he reached the Wimbledon semifinals, losing a nearly seven-hour-long marathon to Kevin Anderson, who is his teammate this week on Team World. Isner had a difficult loss Saturday in the Laver Cup, falling to Zverez, who rallied for a 3-6, 7-6, 10-7 victory. Roger Federer then beat Nick Kyrgios 6-3, 6-2 to give Team Europe a 7-1 lead in the team competition at the United Center......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsSep 23rd, 2018Related News

30 Teams in 30 Days: Jazz on upswing after postseason run

By Shaun Powell, NBA.com What offseason? That's a question many fans ask as the flurry of trades, free agent news and player movement seems to never stop during the summer. Since the Golden State Warriors claimed their third title in four years back on June 8 (June 9, PHL time), NBA teams have undergone a massive number of changes as they prepare for the season ahead. With the opening of training camps just around the corner, NBA.com's Shaun Powell will evaluate the state of each franchise as it sits today -- from the team with the worst regular-season record in 2017-18 to the team with the best regular-season record -- as we look at 30 teams in 30 days. * * * Today's Team: Utah Jazz 2017-18 Record: 48-34, lost in Western Conference semifinals to Houston Rockets Who's new: Grayson Allen (Draft) Who's gone: Jonas Jerebko, David Stockton The lowdown: Left woozy by the summer departure of free agent and franchise star Gordon Hayward, the Jazz gave the ball to a rookie and pulled a surprise by nearly winning 50 games and bouncing Oklahoma City Thunder from the playoffs. Their season was made more remarkable considering center Rudy Gobert played only 56 games because of knee issues. But Donovan Mitchell (20.5 points per game) was an unexpected savior and far better than anyone imagined. He won over his teammates and coach Quin Snyder quickly, then earned respect around the league for taking charge and also bailing out Utah in a number of close games, both rare for a rookie. Mitchell finished as the Kia Rookie of the Year runner-up. Snyder made good use of the rotation and found functional roles for most and the Jazz used Mitchell and defense to flourish. By the playoffs, Mitchell was arguably the best player on a floor that featured former Kia MVP Russell Westbrook and Paul George, and the Jazz entered the offseason feeling confident about the future. In 2016, the young Portland Trail Blazers made the playoffs, stunning the LA Clippers in the first round before giving the Golden State Warriors a feisty series in the semis. Encouraged by the bounce and swagger showed by an emerging club, the Blazers handed out contract extensions and … they haven’t done anything special since. In hindsight, every one of those extensions looks like a mistake. The lesson: Fool’s gold can sometimes, um, fool you. Are the Jazz headed down that path? The situations aren’t exactly the same, yet similar to a degree. Instead of going outside to make a few cosmetic changes to the rotation, Utah was mostly content to keep free agents Dante Exum and Derrick Favors, giving each contracts that were somewhat generous in a soft market that worked against most players. Exum signed for three years and a reported $33 million, or roughly the going rate for a backup point guard. But Exum’s run in Utah has been interrupted by injury and, even when healthy, his play was inconsistent. He perhaps earned the benefit of the doubt in the playoffs when he stepped in for an injured Ricky Rubio and had moments of solid play. Evidently, the Jazz feel Exum’s better days are just ahead. He’s only 23 and after investing so much time in him, Utah wasn’t ready to cut him loose. He brings great size (6-foot-6), is energetic, and point guard isn’t a Jazz strength. If nothing else, Exum gives Utah a sense of security. Favors is richer after signing a reported two-year, $36 million extension as no other team was willing to beat that price for him. The last two seasons weren’t exactly robust for Favors, who battled through injuries, sporadic play and found himself benched because of mismatches in today’s stretch-happy NBA. Favors has worked to develop more of a 3-point shot, but his lack of perimeter shooting was exploited by Houston in the playoffs. But as the case with Exum, the Jazz have years of player-development invested in Favors. As Utah’s longest-tenured player, Favors is a solid defender next to Gobert and the Jazz outscored their opponents by 7.2 points per 100 possessions with the two bigs on the floor together. And even though he’s seemingly been around Utah forever, Favors is just 27 years old. The decisions by the Jazz to maintain the status quo isn’t unusual with this franchise, which has long prided itself on stability and player development. Strangely enough, Mitchell claims to love life in the Wasatch Mountains -- something to remember when and if he ever reaches free agency (unlikely, since the Jazz will surely break the bank for him). Jazz GM Dennis Lindsey moved up to take Mitchell in the 2017 Draft and has a knack for finding talent in places where few others search. He has had a solid track record in the Draft and with the 21st pick took Allen. A year ago, the Duke shooter considered entering the draft, but got mild feedback from NBA types. Allen brings 3-point range to a team that ranked 13th in 3-pointers made and attempted last season. Unless he makes an impact right away, Allen will be in the back end of a rotation that showcases Joe Ingles for distance shooting. The trick for Utah is to match or surpass last season’s effort while catching no one by surprise this time. And the Jazz must do that with virtually the same cast as before. Veteran NBA writer Shaun Powell has worked for newspapers and other publications for more than 25 years. You can e-mail him here or follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting. .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsSep 23rd, 2018Related News