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Vidic relishing link-up with Moyes

first_img “David and Sir Alex share some similarities – they are very passionate, they are both winners and you can see the way they approach the games and how they run things.” It has been suggested Moyes will work his new charges hard in training, but that merely ties in with the regime that is about to reach its end. “David Moyes did a great job with Everton,” said Vidic. “He is the man who gets his players to work hard and show discipline. He did that well with Everton because in the last few years they’ve been successful in getting into the top six.” Moyes himself is honoured to have been given the chance to fill Ferguson’s mighty shoes. Although he will officially take up his post at the beginning of July, Moyes’ work will start before then, with meetings planned with chief executive elect Ed Woodward to discuss their joint strategy going forward, having been given the strongest possible backing Ferguson. “It is a great honour to be asked to be the next manager of Manchester United,” said Moyes. “I am delighted Sir Alex saw fit to recommend me for the job. I have great respect for everything he has done.” Manchester United skipper Nemanja Vidic cannot wait to start working with new boss David Moyes. Press Associationcenter_img The Scot has been handed a six-year contract by the Old Trafford outfit, and will begin work as soon as the season is at an end. “I’m looking forward to working with David and I believe I will have the same success I had with Sir Alex,” Vidic told last_img read more

Remy not ready to return

first_img Press Association The France international has been conspicuous by his absence through a calf injury in recent weeks as the Magpies have slipped to consecutive heavy Barclays Premier League defeats by Everton, Southampton and Manchester United. Pardew had hoped his leading scorer would be available for this weekend’s trip to Stoke after returning to training, but the 52-year-old will have to remain patient for a little longer. Newcastle boss Alan Pardew’s hopes of having striker Loic Remy back to spark a recovery have been dealt a blow. center_img He said: “He [Remy] won’t make this game, but we’d like to think he will make the next game.” There is better news, however, about goalkeeper Tim Krul, who could yet be available at the Britannia Stadium after returning to training after a knee problem. But full-back Mathieu Debuchy, who has a groin injury, is not expected to be back on the training pitch until next week and midfielder Moussa Sissoko is still battling a hamstring strain. last_img read more

ITF expert sees lots of potential, but feels local tennis players need more competitions

first_imgBILL Adams has worked with some of the best tennis players in the world, including superstars Venus and Serena Williams and reigning Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka—he has an eye for talent and sees lots of potential right here in Guyana.He however feels that unearthing the talent is a systematic process, which includes among other things, more competitions (both local and overseas).The US based Guyanese is an International Tennis Federation (ITF) expert, whose task has been to assist the development of the game in various associations in the region.Prior to arriving in Guyana on Wednesday, he had four-day stints in St. Vincent and Suriname.ITF expert Bill Adams (second from left) going through the paces with some of the youngsters yesterday at National Racquet Centre.Adams, who is a Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) certified teaching professional and United States Tennis Association (USTA) High Performance Coach, will work with several of the country’s top junior tennis players, from the U12, U14 and U18 divisions today. He is also schedule to have a session with a number of the country’s coaches at the Le Ressouvenir Lawn Tennis Club on the East Coast of Demerara (weather permitting).The official is hoping to have certain systems streamlined before he leaves for the US tomorrow.To give tennis a booster, the expert, who is the Director at the Bill Adams International Tennis Academy, feels that more developmental work is needed.“We need to get more start up programmes into the schools, programmes which will feed in to the higher level, so we can work on development.”COMPETITIONSAdams has worked with players from many nations, including Germany, Italy, the US, Venezuela, Jamaica T&T and Guyana. He was also very instrumental in awarding scholarships to Guyanese players, such as Duane Lewis, who became a head coach of the Coppin State University and Nicola Ramdyhan, who is currently overseas fullfilling her scholarship. To this end, he saw a drastic change in the players under his watch and attributed it to a significant factor—competitions. “I’m fully convinced, you get competition—you spark interest.”“[In Guyana] we need to attend competitions, use the proximity of Suriname. We need to be able to have some of our players here go to Suriname and French Guiana to play competitions, these kids lack competitions….They need to get to a point where they are playing certain amounts of competitions annual.”Playing competitions take resources and to move tennis to the next level, Adams said that more facilities, more support from the government and land commitment are also needed.The ITF expert however feels that the foundation is already there. He said that we have enthusiastic coaches and promising players, who, if they put in the work and get the relevant support, can yield positive results.last_img read more

Shafer says SU players from Florida not overly excited to play FSU

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ A hallmark of the earliest days of the Scott Shafer era and the beginning of Syracuse’s time in the Atlantic Coast Conference is the Orange’s growing presence in Florida.Offensive coordinator, and often lead recruiter, George McDonald coached at Miami (Fla.) and has helped bring Floridian after Floridian to Central New York. Shafer owes much of his early success to the state, but said that Saturday’s meeting with Florida State at 3:30 p.m. in Tallahassee, Fla., doesn’t have his Florida players any more fired up than usual.“It’s been my experience over the years that the Florida kids, they’re not as latched into the three big schools in Florida as you would imagine,” Shafer said. “They just want to play.”Shafer said that at every stop he’s been at — whether it was Northern Illinois, Stanford or Western Michigan — he’s been able to recruit Florida kids because “they travel well.”“We owe a lot to our success in the profession to players and coaches from that part of the country,” Shafer said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSo it will be a chance for Shafer to coach in the state he owes so much, and a chance for his players to go up against some familiar faces, even if Doak Campbell Stadium won’t get them more excited than the Carrier Dome.“I think they will be amped up to play against some of the kids they knew growing up,” Shafer said. “But it’s funny — the thing that I’ve always been intrigued about with the Florida kids, especially the South Florida kids, is they just want to play.” Comments Published on November 12, 2013 at 1:33 pm Contact David: | @DBWilson2last_img read more

The one constant: Coffey uses basketball to stay on track through adoption, divorce

first_img Cliffjrs 7yr Published on March 18, 2014 at 2:38 am Contact Sam: | @SamBlum3,Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment. I enjoyed the times at the YMCA watching her outperform her male peers on the courts. Great story and I’ve been to a few games to bring my little sister and they love Coffey and her skills on the court Rob Dassie had only heard the rumors.An 8-year old basketball prodigy had just moved to Kingston, N.Y. She could shoot with pinpoint accuracy and dribble two balls at once. And she practiced just down the block from Dassie’s gym.He had to see the girl that everyone was talking about. He had to see Rachel Coffey.So Dassie invited her to the Rondout Center, handed her a ball and though she was a short, skinny, hair-braided little girl surrounded by teenage boys, he challenged her.“Let’s see what you can do,” he said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt didn’t take long for Rachel to validate everything that Dassie had heard about her.She walked out onto the court where all of the older guys were playing and did what only she knew she could do.What started out as just Dassie watching from the sidelines turned into a spectacle for the entire gym.She made more shots than the older guys. The older guys were probably about 15, and she was making all their shots.Rob Dassie“That was my first impression and I was very impressed with her basketball skills, her feel for the game and how much she loved basketball at that young age.”In her hometown of Kingston, everyone viewed Rachel the way Dassie did — as a basketball star.In reality, basketball was simply her escape.“It was the thing that kept me on track,” Coffey said. “It was one thing that just motivated me and it was really important in my life.”Growing up, there were a lot of things that could have taken Coffey off track.When she was just 5 days old, she was adopted by Lorraine Coffey, only to be taken back three months later by her biological mother, Marie Bradford, who used drugs during her pregnancy. Then 5 months later, she was given back to Lorraine.Rachel survived a potentially life-threatening skin infection, moved homes three times, lost an influential former teacher, grew up in a household with nine siblings and went through school with a suspected learning disability.So while her surroundings were always changing, basketball was the one constant.Now a senior at Syracuse, basketball remains the anchor in her life. She’s the starting point guard on a team preparing for its second NCAA Tournament in as many seasons.Courtesy of the Coffey familyWhen Lorraine Coffey adopted Heather Bradford, the Coffey family changed her name to Rachel.But three months later, because it was a risk adoption, Marie Bradford, Rachel’s biological mother, was able to take her back.And when she was back in Bradford’s care, Rachel was neglected. She was put inside a crib for two straight weeks. Her clothes were never changed. She spent nearly every moment in her crib crying.“It’s frustrating that you could do that to a child,” Rachel said.Bradford eventually gave Rachel back to Lorraine, but she wasn’t the bubbly baby the family had been forced to give up just months earlier.Rachel would sit in her crib awake and never cry. She’d lost the capability to do so. She had scabies, a skin condition, and Rachel’s doctor said hers was the worst he had ever seen. She’d rub her wrists and ankles together to combat the itching sensation that covered her body.She’d wake up and we’d be right there at the crib, and then she would just make a whimper. Eventually she saw that were were coming for her when she’d make a sound, and then she was able to cry.Lorraine CoffeyBut as Rachel grew up, she took a circumstance that many might let get the best of them, and made the best of it. Though she didn’t live with her biological parents, she grew to view Lorraine and her husband Patrick as her true parents. Her nine siblings, three of which were also adopted, were brothers and sisters.And because she had a supporting family, she was able to find her true passion on the basketball court.As she grew older, her streetball skills turned heads and her crossovers left many victims on the ground as Rachel raced to the rim.,From Rachel’s perspective, little had changed in the family dynamic as she grew older. But at the age of 11, Rachel was alone in a divided household.Lorraine and Patrick were getting a divorce, and everyone was taking their mother’s side, except Rachel, the youngest. She didn’t see her father’s error like everyone else.Rachel just saw her daddy, the man that came to her basketball games and loved her more than anyone else in the world.“They were able to see that daddy wasn’t doing the right thing and daddy wasn’t coming home,” Lorraine said, “and daddy wasn’t being daddy like he usually was. Rachel, she was younger, and she was more like daddy’s little girl.”,Even after the two split up, Rachel would go over to her father’s house every day.At home, the scene was more chaotic. There were nine siblings and a mother that worked around the clock.“We were in the ‘hood, and then our dad moved out, it was difficult adapting, and it was difficult not having your dad around anymore,” Rachel’s older sister Esther Coffey said. “My mom was a stay-at-home mom, and for her to go to work and work overnights, it was a big adjustment.”Esther became the de facto mother when Lorraine wasn’t home.When Lorraine was at work and couldn’t bring Rachel to basketball practice, Esther did, and it allowed her younger sister to continue excelling on the court.,Near the start of Rachel’s senior season at Kingston High School, Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman presented her with a very serious problem.She needed to get her grades up or she wouldn’t be able to play for him.School had never been Rachel’s strong suit, nor her greatest interest. She suffered from a learning disability as a result of the drugs her birth mother used, Lorraine said.But her seventh grade teacher, Valerie Simmons, took it upon herself to make sure Rachel did well in school.Rachel would spend afternoons in Simmons’ office talking about life. Simmons helped Rachel with all of her schoolwork and went to all of her basketball games.After Rachel graduated, Simmons would come up and visit in Syracuse and knew the entire SU basketball team.“She never had children, and Rachel became the daughter she never had,” Lorraine said. “It was something that they fulfilled in each other. There was a need there that Rachel had and there was a need there that Valerie had, and they fulfilled it in one another.”An elderly Simmons died on Feb. 19, 2013. When Rachel heard the news, she didn’t know how to process it. She had a game that night against Rutgers, and scored a season-high 17 points in an eventual Syracuse win.Simmons meant everything to Rachel. She has a tattoo of Simmons on her arm, and remembers her teacher making time for her when nobody else would.“It helped a lot, because school was never my interest,” Rachel said. “It helped a lot to see somebody to put that much effort and want me to do good.”When Kingston head coach Steve Garner announced the honor roll at the end of Rachel’s senior season — a group that Rachel had poked fun at in previous years — this time, she was on it.“Once I found out I couldn’t play, it motivated me to go,” Rachel said. “Basketball is one of the only things that could motivate me. Because if you told me I couldn’t play, I’d go study for a test.”,It was the same calm and level-headed approach that Rachel took when she first saw the name Marie Bradford appear in her Facebook inbox.All then-18-year-old Rachel read was the first part of the sentence.“Hi. I’m your mother.”Once she saw the name, she knew who it was and ran downstairs to find Lorraine.Bradford, her biological mother, had just contacted Rachel for the first time. Bradford had lived in Kingston all of Rachel’s life and Rachel never knew. It came as a shock and surprise to her, but it gave them an opportunity to meet.Rachel went to the salon where Bradford worked and waited for her mother to come out from the back of the shop.A few minutes later, Bradford emerged. It was the first time Rachel had seen her biological mother since she was a baby. But for Bradford, the moment was too much.Without a word, she retreated into the back of the store once again.I wanted to tell her that I did forgive her, and that I was thankful for what she did. But it’s also kind of hard for her as a person, she still didn’t get over it. She’s going through a lot.Rachel CoffeySince then, the two have met a few times, but haven’t sustained a relationship. And Rachel’s OK with that.Under Rachel’s bed is a scrapbook. One section holds mementos from her childhood. Her birth certificate with a different name, her old benefit card. On the other are newspaper clippings and photos commemorating her basketball career.It shows where she’s been and what’s she’s become. It’s a story of her history, and how she overcame it.It’s not something that she looks at often. She doesn’t need the reminders.She could have folded every step of the way, but there were always people there for her.And there’s always been basketball.Banner photo by Emma Fierberg | Asst. Photo Editor Commentscenter_img Laura Harnden 7yr mimi 7yr I grew up with Rachel’s Dad’s family, they were a loving family with all the trials of big families! Her Aunt Teresa and Donna were my childhood friends. It’s nice to see you with your Dad in the old photos! Congrats on making a success of yourself! Never stop believing!last_img read more

Rhythm eludes USC in home loss

first_imgIf the USC men’s basketball team’s first test of the season was Sunday’s game against Nebraska, then the players and coaches probably were not content with their grade.The Trojans struggled to find an offensive rhythm throughout the game and missed altogether when senior forward Marcus Johnson airballed a 3-pointer as time expired in USC’s 51-48 loss at the Galen Center.Nebraska guard Eshaunte Jones gave the Cornhuskers the final edge in the tightly contested game when the redshirt freshman’s 3-pointer broke the tie with 11.7 seconds left.The Trojans (2-2) led late but saw Nebraska cut the deficit, courtesy of senior guard Ryan Anderson, who had 14 points.Redshirt junior forward Alex Stepheson led USC with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Senior guard Dwight Lewis had 10 points, but only shot 2-of-9 from the field.Despite holding a 38-27 rebounding advantage over the Huskers, the Trojans were haunted by poor shooting and turnovers. USC only made 38.5 percent of its shots from the field and gave the ball away 17 times.The Trojans also struggled at the line, converting just 13 of their 24 free-throw attempts.Sunday’s loss marked the end of USC’s four-game homestand to start the season. The Trojans will hit the road next to face No. 2 Texas on Thursday and No. 23 Georgia Tech on Saturday.last_img read more

Europa: Narrow Win for Arsenal in Belgrade

first_imgArsenal is top of Group H with nine points, four ahead of second-placed BATE Borisov.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Olivier Giroud’s stunning late strike gave Arsenal victory at 10-man Crvena Zvezda and kept them firmly on course to reach the Europa League knockout stage.Giroud produced the game’s one moment of quality with an inventive overhead flick to hook the ball into the net.The goal came minutes after Milan Rodic was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Francis Coquelin.Richmond Boakye hit the post for the hosts in the first half.last_img read more

UK DCMS bans third party betting on EuroMillions’ games

first_img Camelot under fire for exploiting National Lottery age limits July 20, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Cross-party think-tank calls for £100 monthly limit on gambling August 5, 2020 Share UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Related Articles The UK government has moved to ban all third party bets on the outcome of EuroMillions lottery draws.Issuing a market update this morning, the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) states that it undertakes it decision following an industry consultation launched back in March 2017.DCMS will introduce new licencing provisions, which will ban UK consumers from placing EuroMillions bets through remote gambling/lottery operators.Current ‘Gambling Act 2015’ regulations prohibit betting on the outcome of syndicated National Lottery and EuroMillions draws.However, nine countries participate in the EuroMillions game, and although each country relates back to a single draw held in Paris, the selling of tickets is treated as a separate function.As a result of this technicality, a number of gambling/lottery operators currently offer a bet on the outcome of EuroMillions draws as a remote service.In its update, DCMS states that it wants to achieve the same level of protection for the EuroMillions game, as it does for the National Lottery, whilst further safeguarding funds are that will be raised for national good causes.It said: “As outlined in the consultation document, we consider that betting on non-UK EuroMillions draws is contrary to the intention and spirit of section 95 of the Gambling Act and the established principle that operators should not be permitted to offer bets on the National Lottery.“This provision seeks to preserve a distinction between betting and The National Lottery to protect returns to good causes and prevent consumer confusion. Our position was supported by the majority of consultation respondents.”Detailing its consultation, DCMS points to five remote operators; Lottoland, MyLotto24, Annexio, and IMME Entertainment who ‘run counter to the spirit’ of the National Lottery and its mandate to raise funds for charities and good causes.“This provision seeks to preserve a distinction between betting and The National Lottery to protect returns to good causes and prevent consumer confusion,” it continued. “Our position was supported by the majority of consultation respondents.“We are mindful of the effect on impacted businesses, and will tailor the licence condition to ensure it is in line with our aims to reduce consumer confusion and protect returns to good causes in the UK. Betting operators will still be able to offer bets on international lotteries.” Submitlast_img read more

Salute the Seniors: Alpena

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisSalutatorian Ashwin Chhapamohan and Valedictorian Emeline Hanna for Alpena High School have a message for their fellow graduating seniors. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena High SchoolContinue ReadingPrevious Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order expanding COVID-19 testing sites Next New online dashboard provides COVID-19 risk and trend data, helps inform MI Safe Start planlast_img read more

LeBron James finishes as NBA assists leader as Lakers fall to Kings

first_imgFor players like Cook, even though the season finale was something to move on from, he’s found himself valuing the minutes he spends on court more than ever. The night before the season was suspended, on March 10 the Lakers lost a then-forgettable game to the Brooklyn Nets at home. Cook said the instinct was to look forward to their next game against the Rockets – a game that never arrived at Staples Center.“Everything happened and everything is cut short,” Cook said. “And you wish you would’ve played a little bit harder. You wish you could get those times back with your guys. Obviously here, being here now, I’m just thankful and I definitely appreciate every moment with my team and every moment out there with each other.” Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersIt wasn’t particularly sightly, but the last game before the playoffs rarely works out that way: Anthony Davis, Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Alex Caruso all sat out for various precautionary reasons.LeBron James, an MVP finalist, finished as the league’s regular-season assists leader for the first time in his career. Against the Kings, he played only a half, aggressively seeking out shots more than looking for others while scoring 17 points in less than 15 minutes.James had four assists to bring his total to 680, the second-most he’s ever had in a season despite playing 11 fewer games than most seasons. He averaged 10.3 assists per game, one more per game than second-place finisher Luka Doncic. James said earlier this season that passing mentality was planted in him since his youth basketball years.“I started winning and winning and winning, and it’s been instilled in me,” he said. “I just knew that was the right way to play. It’s just been a part of my game.”In the second half Thursday, James’ game consisted of resting on the bench with his torso wrapped in ice, eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. With their stars off the court, the Lakers left little impediment for Bogdan Bogdanovic (27 points) and Buddy Hield (28 points) to run wild for a Kings team that had been long eliminated from the playoffs. The Lakers used the latter half of the game to get run for reserves like Dion Waiters (19 points) and Markieff Morris (14 points).In his first career start, 19-year-old rookie Talen Horton-Tucker had 14 points and played 34 minutes. He’s a dark-horse candidate for playoff minutes after playing all of three games before the restart.“When he was down in the G League, it was so fun just to watch highlights and to see his growth,” Quinn Cook said. “He’s so young, and obviously he’s been putting a lot of work in all season long. To get an opportunity, on that big of a stage, 19 years old … He has a bright future. And it’s always good to see somebody like that prosper.”It was the first time the Lakers finished with more than 50 wins since 2010-11, the year after the franchise’s last championship. It used to be the standard: In the previous 12 seasons before the recent drought, the Lakers won 50 or more games nine times.While this postseason in the NBA is unlike any other in the history of the sport, the Lakers hope they’ll continue to loop back to the excellence the organization once saw as its birthright.The Lakers will have to wait for the play-in to wrap up over the weekend to determine their first-round opponent. Vogel anticipated he would have two full practices for the team before they play Game 1 of the first round – James played in part so he would not have to go a full week without game action.Related Articlescenter_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years PreviousLos Angeles Lakers’ Talen Horton-Tucker (5) goes up for a slam dunk against Sacramento Kings’ Jabari Parker (33) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kostas Antetokounmpo (37) dunks against Sacramento Kings’ Jabari Parker (33) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsSacramento Kings head coach Luke Walton, left, talks with Buddy Hield during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Sacramento Kings’ Nemanja Bjelica (88) moves the ball against Los Angeles Lakers’ Talen Horton-Tucker (5) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel talks with Talen Horton-Tucker (5) of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Lakers’ Talen Horton-Tucker (5) goes up for a shot against Sacramento Kings’ Harrison Barnes (40) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James is wrapped with ice while on the bench during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James reacts after a basketball by teammate JR Smith against the Sacramento Kings during the third quarter ]of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Lakers’ Talen Horton-Tucker (5) knocks the ball from Sacramento Kings’ Nemanja Bjelica (88) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Sacramento Kings’ Jabari Parker (33) dunks against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) hits the ball against the backboard to save it from going out of bounds against the Sacramento Kings during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Lakers’ Jared Dudley (10) goes up for a shot against Sacramento Kings’ Jabari Parker (33) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Lakers’ Dwight Howard (39) reacts towards Lakers’ Lebron James (23) after being charged with a foul against the Sacramento Kings in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Sacramento Kings’: DaQuan Jeffries defends against Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James points up following the national anthem before the start of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Lakers’ Talen Horton-Tucker (5) goes up for a slam dunk against Sacramento Kings’ Jabari Parker (33) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)NextShow Caption1 of 15Los Angeles Lakers’ Talen Horton-Tucker (5) goes up for a slam dunk against Sacramento Kings’ Jabari Parker (33) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)ExpandLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — One of the shortest Lakers regular seasons in history – and yet also the longest – finally came to an end.It’s been 296 days since a high-profile Lakers-Clippers matchup at Staples Center that kicked off the 2019-2020 in front of a raucous crowd and huge TV ratings. Thursday’s meaningless 136-122 loss to the Sacramento Kings had little of the fanfare, but nonetheless wrapped up 71 games that saw the Lakers finish first overall in the Western Conference (52-19) while navigating unprecedented challenges and tremendous loss.The Lakers mostly laid in wait: Many of their key players sat out, and LeBron James played only a half. The true measure of the season is still coming in the playoffs – but even so, the marathon effort to get through the death of Kobe Bryant and a season-halting pandemic was something Frank Vogel believes has shaped the character of his team.“Obviously no one could have foreseen the way this year was going to play out,” he said. “It’s been full of challenges, but adversity strengthens you. It keeps an opportunity for your group to come together.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more