NBA Free Agency Diary Fine Lets Pretend Kawhi Is On The Lakers

Keep track of the chaotic NBA offseason with our Free Agency Diary. Troy Daniels01500015-0.4-2.6-3.1 With Kawhi, the playoff Lakers would have major star powerProjected full-strength playoff depth chart for the 2019-20 Los Angeles Lakers, based on CARMELO plus/minus ratings YearTeamBest Players by Wins CreatedTeam Wins Created PLAYERPGSGSFPFCTOTALOFF. +/-DEF. +/-TOT. +/- 240+5.2+3.28.4 EXPECTED MINUTES PER GAMEPLAYER RATING Kawhi Leonard01485027+3.2+0.94.0 Dear NBA Diary,With each passing day that Kawhi Leonard remains unsigned, it seems like the media speculation only intensifies that he’ll join the Los Angeles Lakers. Why? For starters, Leonard is from the area originally, and the Lakers have been mentioned as a prime destination for Leonard going back years. Plus the Lakers themselves also seem to be mega-confident about their chances. Of course, the Raptors (the team Kawhi literally just won the title with) and Clippers (L.A.’s other team) are also reportedly pushing hard for his services, so nobody truly knows how real this Laker hype is. (Some reporters have even gone as far as to track Leonard’s flights across the country, looking for any possible clues about his decision, while ESPN’s Jalen Rose said Wednesday that he was “99 percent hearing” Leonard would return to Toronto. Again, who knows?)But but let’s say the Lakers’ dreams come true and Kawhi agrees to play with LeBron James and Anthony Davis. (My colleague Chris Herring wrote on Tuesday about how the Lakers have basically gambled their entire offseason on Leonard, so they’d better hope this happens.) Our CARMELO projections think the resulting team would have the league’s third-best regular-season offense and fourth-best overall roster — even while giving 24 of its 240 minutes per game to generic “replacement level” placeholders. Such a team would have a CARMELO rating of 1621, which roughly equates to 52.8 wins per 82 games.That number ranks second-best in the Western Conference, trailing only the Houston Rockets (59.8). But the real damage done by the hypothetical LeBron-AD-Kawhi Lakers would occur during the playoffs. As part of our spruced up CARMELO projections for 2019-20, we have added a “playoff adjustment” for individual players. We’ll have more on how this works soon, but it essentially gives extra credit in the playoffs to players who have a history of elevating their games during the postseason — and penalties to those who have a history of underperforming. And as it happens, both James (who gets a bonus of 1.5 points per 100 possessions in the playoffs) and Leonard (who gets a bonus of 0.8 points per 100) rank among the NBA players who improve most during the postseason.That’s why the team L.A. would hypothetically roll out in the playoffs rises to a CARMELO of 1717 and closes the gap versus Houston (1744 playoff CARMELO) for the best in the West. CARMELO team rating:1717 Replacement-level C000099-1.7+1.3-0.4 LeBron James1001910039+4.7+1.76.5 Alex Caruso20000020-0.9+0.8-0.1 Either way, the Lakers would make history in how they were created if they were to get Leonard. When the original Kawhi-to-L.A. rumors started flying last summer (at that time potentially teaming him with James and Paul George), I wrote about how the resulting Big Three could create a new paradigm — one forged from scratch. This prospective Big Three of James/Leonard/Davis would fit the same bill. If the Lakers win 60 games, they would instantly rank among the best teams (by the sum of team consensus Wins Created) since the merger whose three most valuable players all made their NBA debuts with other franchises: * An estimate of a player’s value based on an average of wins generated via Box Plus/Minus, Win Shares and Player Efficiency Rating.Source: 1999MIAA. Mourning • T. Hardaway • T. Porter57.2 Replacement-level PG18000018-0.7-1.0-1.7 Anthony Davis00013940+2.2+3.65.8 Talen Horton-Tucker0930012-2.3-0.9-3.2 2006DETC. Billups • B. Wallace • R. Wallace60.5 Jared Dudley00213015-1.6+0.4-1.2 Zach Norvell Jr.01000010-1.8-1.4-3.2 Kyle Kuzma001619035+0.4-0.9-0.5 Will the Lakers join this list of teams made from scratch?Best teams (by total consensus Wins Created* per 82 games) whose best three players all made their NBA debuts with other franchises 2000PORS. Pippen • S. Smith • R. Wallace60.4 1997ATLM. Blaylock • C. Laettner • D. Mutombo58.2 2008DETC. Billups • R. Wallace • R. Hamilton61.7 Expected wins:61.3 Team total All of this depends on Kawhi actually signing with the Lakers, of course. And if his free agency has taught us anything so far, it’s that the famously inscrutable Leonard isn’t giving anything away, even as the media hype builds around him. read more

The 2016 Cubs Were Only The 70th Most Dominant Team Ever

Chicago was outstanding at the beginning of the season and was briefly on pace to be one of the greatest teams of all time. After a 25-6 start — on pace for 131 wins! — they cooled considerably and actually had a losing record (28-29) in their next 57 games before the All-Star break. They closed out the season on a 50-23 run, a 110-win pace, but those midseason blues cost them a chance at the record books. Here’s how their Elo rating fluctuated over the course of the season, with the Indians added for reference:There’s some good news for the Cubs, though. For one, they won the World Series, the first for the team since 1908. Who cares about their Elo rating! But it’s also a lot harder to dominate MLB than it used to be. The best teams in baseball history, in terms of how well they performed in the league at the time, mostly come before the 1960s. Chicago is just the third team of the 2010s to crack the top 100 and the first Cubs team to do so since the 1930s: In fact, the 2016 Cubs were the most dominant baseball team since the 2009 Yankees, who ranked 33. Chicago might not be one of the greatest baseball teams in baseball history, but it’s one of the best in recent memory, and with a young, talented roster, there’s no reason to think they couldn’t match or beat their performance in 2017. Back at the start of the season, we ranked the dominance of every team in every season of MLB history using Elo ratings, a measure of relative team strength. The 1939 Yankees came in first, the 1906 Cubs second. Now that 2016 is done, where did this season’s Cubs place?Our updated rankings are below, but you’ll have to scroll a bit to find the 2016 Cubs: They came in 70th. read more

Buckeyes stay unbeaten in Big Ten with overtime win

The No. 24 Ohio State women’s soccer team (12-2-1, 6-0-0) got off to a slow start, but found a way to remain unbeaten in Big Ten play with an overtime win over No. 15 Minnesota (10-4-2, 2-3-1) Sunday. “Each win is just so exciting,” OSU coach Lori Walker said. “I’m very proud of my team for sticking with it today after we didn’t play our best soccer.” After a scoreless first half, the Golden Gophers got off to a 1-0 start when forward Tamara Strahota caught Buckeye goalkeeper Rachel Middleman out of position and converted on an assist from midfielder Molly Rouse in the 57th minute. Minnesota kept the ball in Buckeye territory for the majority of the second half, but OSU forward Paige Maxwell shifted momentum when she scored her eighth goal of the season off of an assist from defender Liz Sullivan to tie the game up in the 82nd minute of regulation. The difference-maker came in the first minute of overtime when midfielder Lauren Steuer passed the ball to a sprinting Lauren Granberg in stride, who then beat Minnesota goalkeeper Cat Parkhill for the game-winner. Granberg said she went into overtime looking to make up for a missed opportunity late in the game, which would have given the Buckeyes the lead close to the end of regulation. “That was huge,” Granberg said. “I had a chance at the end of regulation and I didn’t finish, so I knew I had to go into overtime and get it done for my team.” The game was a physical one, with both teams combining for 19 fouls. Walker said she was happy with the way her team responded and that games like this bring out the best in her team. “Minnesota is a team that plays hard, but they play clean,” Walker said. “Those are the kind of teams we play our best soccer against.” The win keeps OSU in sole possession of first place in the conference, with four games remaining on the schedule. Granberg said that despite remaining undefeated in conference play, the team isn’t looking ahead to a potential Big Ten championship. “It was a big win for us,” Granberg said. “But we just need to concentrate on our next opponent and focus on that because we haven’t won anything yet.” read more

Jordan Sibert to transfer from Ohio State

Former Ohio State men’s basketball guard Jordan Sibert was released from his scholarship and will seek to transfer from the university, an OSU spokesman announced Monday. He plans to continue his basketball career at another institution, but hasn’t decided where he will transfer. “I’ve decided to transfer after discussing my future goals with family and my coaches,” Sibert said in a press release. “I would like to find a school where I can make an impact on the court. I will miss my teammates, my coaches and the fans. I will always be a Buckeye.” Sibert, who attended Princeton High School in Cincinnati, played two years under coach Thad Matta and averaged 2.5 points and 1.4 rebounds in fewer than 10 minutes a game. Sibert started the season as one of the first players Matta used off the bench, but about midway through the season, freshmen guards Sam Thompson and Shannon Scott started seeing more playing time and Sibert’s minutes declined. Matta said he supports Sibert’s decision. “Jordan has worked to improve since he became a Buckeye two years ago,” Matta said in a release. “He has represented our program well and we wish him the best.” Sibert is the second Buckeye that will transfer from the OSU basketball team that went 31-8 and reached the Final Four during the 2011-12 season. Former sophomore forward J.D. Weatherspoon also announced his plans to transfer Monday. read more

Wifi upgrade planned for campus installation at Ohio Stadium and Schottenstein Center

Pending Board approval, Ohio Stadium could have Wi-Fi in 2019. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorWi-Fi across campus could see a significant upgrade if the Ohio State Board of Trustees approve a long-awaited system overhaul.The full Board will meet Friday to discuss an almost $19 million proposal that would bring new Wi-Fi to campus as well as Ohio Stadium and the Schottenstein Center, but not for at least another football season, according to Board materials released this week.The plan calls for upgrades to the overall campus Wi-Fi to begin in June but potentially not wrap up until December of 2020, according to the Board documents. The $18.6 million price tag calls for almost $9 million to purchase the new technology and $9.5 million for construction costs with contingency, with the remaining $1.2 million going to professional services. The comprehensive plan has been in the works for years. The university has been trying to get Wi-Fi installed at the two athletic venues in particular since at least 2015. But that plan was put on hold while Ohio State focused on a campus-wide upgrade instead, university spokesman Ben Johnson told The Lantern last year. If approved, the project would consist of installing access points across campus to “create a more seamless, efficient and modern end user experience,” according to the documents. For Buckeye fans, seamlessly checking scores and tweeting will have to wait at least another season. The plan, pending full Board approval, would bring Wi-Fi to the ‘Shoe by the start of the 2019 football season and to the Schott by the start of the 2019-20 basketball season to “improve the fan experience.” read more

David Luiz accepts Chelsea criticism after City win

first_imgChelsea defender David Luiz understands that criticism is part of his job and turned down the chance to reply his critics after his impressive display on Saturday.Luiz put in a stellar performance at the heart of Chelsea’s defense and also scored the crucial second goal as Mauricio Sarri’s side beat Champions Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.The Brazilian was roughly blamed for Chelsea’s defensive lapses in their 4-1 embarrassing defeat at Tottenham few weeks, but he insists he was unaffected by the scrutiny.“I know what it means to play for a big club,” Luiz told Sky Sports.“Strikers never lose games… we have to be honest and say that.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“We have to accept that in the right way, in an intelligent way. It was good to play against a fantastic team, keep the clean sheet and have a great game.“It’s never easy to play against City.“They are synchronized, they have three years together, so they know what they have to do.“When you press high and if you’re able to come out of this pressure after you have a lot of space to enjoy.”last_img read more

Expat Workers seek help at TCI Human Rights Commission

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, February 5, 2018 – Providenciales – A workers’ complaint dating back to 2015 is back in the news as unresolved according to the men who have been fighting the company which according to them is guilty of a number of infractions including making them pay for work permits, which if true is against TCI law.  The men are from Haiti, working for Environmental Arts, a landscaping company based in Providenciales and they believe their former boss took advantage of them and so the group sought legal help.“We made a claim, the claim was from November 14th, 2015 and we asked about the overtime and work permit money, the owner don’t want to pay.  After two years she fired everyone.”The men – some of whom are long standing employees – told the media that they were unfairly dismissed, all 15 terminated after they went public with their complaints and sent away with nothing.  The matter made it to the Labour Tribunal, but after a string of no shows and date changes there has been no movement in the trial which has been in limbo since April 2017.“They attend it in secret, they don’t tell nobody nothing, and then when you go there with one letter he put the judgement will be on April, 2015.”The men, who were on this day at the Human Rights Commission in the hopes of getting a fair hearing say they want to be compensated a redundancy according to law, to get their owed overtime pay and reimbursement for the years of deductions made from their salaries to pay for work permits.  The Human Rights Commission is expected to organize some meetings to assist the men, who contend that they have been terribly wronged.#MagneticMediaNews#expatworkersseekcompensation Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#expatworkersseekcompensation, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more