Camelot on course for Mooresbridge

Posted On Sep 21 2020 by

first_img Camelot also won the 2000 Guineas in a stellar three-year-old campaign and was just denied the Triple Crown by Encke in the St Leger, before being unplaced in the Arc. Shortly after his trip to France he developed colic, but has made a full recovery and was seen moving well in a public gallop at the Curragh recently. Press Association “I’ve been delighted with him since he came back, he’s shown all the speed and the class that he always had. I’m really looking forward to him,” O’Brien told At The Races. “I think he’ll come back to the Curragh for the Mooresbridge (May 6), if everything then goes well hopefully he’ll go to the Tattersalls (Gold Cup) and then he might go to the Prince Of Wales’s. “If everything goes well that is what we are thinking for the early part of the season.” O’Brien also had news of his two Dubai winners, St Nicholas Abbey and Lines Of Battle. “Races like the Coronation Cup and the King George are likely for St Nick. We experimented a bit last year with different ways of riding him and different trips, but Joseph and Derrick (Smith) were adamant he wants to be ridden handy this year and that’s what they did,” said O’Brien. “The plan for Lines Of Battle is the Kentucky Derby. He seems to have come out of the race well, travelled well and in an ideal world he would have preferred a better lead, but that was the way the race worked out.” center_img Aidan O’Brien has mapped out an early-season plan for his dual Derby winner Camelot that will culminate with an appearance at Royal Ascot.last_img read more


Di Maria signing completed

Posted On Sep 21 2020 by

first_imgManchester United have smashed the British transfer record to sign Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid. Press Association United confirmed the signing of the Argentina winger on Tuesday after he completed a medical. United have paid £59.7million for the former Benfica player, who has signed a five-year contract with his new club. The fee eclipses the previous British transfer record of £50million, which Chelsea paid for Fernando Torres in 2011. It also exceeds the £37.1million sum United paid for Juan Mata in January. Di Maria said: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining Manchester United. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in Spain and there were a lot of clubs interested in me, but United is the only club that I would have left Real Madrid for. “Louis van Gaal is a fantastic coach with a proven track record of success and I am impressed by the vision and determination everyone has to get this club back to the top – where it belongs. I now just cannot wait to get started.” The 26-year-old, who cost Real around £28million when they signed him from Benfica in 2010, is regarded as one of the best attacking midfielders in the world. His signing is a statement of intent from new manager Van Gaal too. “Angel is a world-class midfielder but most importantly he is a team player. There is no doubting his immense natural talent,” he said. “He is a tremendously fast and incisive left-footed player who puts fear into the most accomplished defence. His dribbling skills and his ability to take on and beat opponents are a joy to watch. He is an excellent addition to the team.” The Argentinian won the man of the match award for his role in Real Madrid’s victory over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final last season. He also made the most assists (17) in the Spanish league last season. The £71million summer signing of James Rodriguez lessened Di Maria’s chances of first-team football at the Bernabeu, however, and Madrid decided to cash in on the player, whose value increased following a successful World Cup in Brazil, where he helped Argentina reach the final. Paris St Germain were the early front runners for Di Maria’s signature, but they pulled out of the race to sign the midfielder after failing to agree a fee with the European champions. It will be interesting to see how Van Gaal attempts to slot Di Maria into his starting XI. There seems no natural place for Di Maria in the 3-4-1-2 formation Van Gaal has used since he took over at Old Trafford. The Dutchman has a plethora of options for the number 10 role, so Di Maria could be converted into a striker, or he could be deployed deeper in midfield. Another alternative is switching United to a 4-3-3 system with Di Maria as one of the front three, with Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Robin van Persie – among others – vying for the two remaining places. United’s summer spending total now stands at over £130million following the signing of Di Maria. Marcos Rojo (£16million), Luke Shaw (£28million) and Ander Herrera (£29million) have already joined the club, and more signings are expected before the transfer window shuts on Monday night. Daley Blind, Arturo Vidal and Kevin Strootman are understood to be on United’s radar. But the club have reservations over the state of Vidal’s right knee, which was operated on in May, and Roma’s Strootman is also recovering from a serious knee injury. Blind, whom Van Gaal knows well from his time with the Dutch national side, has been told he can leave Ajax if United make an acceptable offer. As of yet, no bid has been made for the Ajax utility man, according to his representative Rob Jansen. ”At this moment Manchester United have not been in touch with me or Ajax about Daley and I’m not sitting here waiting for the call,” Jansen told talkSPORT. Press Association Sport understands that contrary to reports, United are not interested in signing Nigel de Jong from AC Milan. A host of departures are also expected before the window shuts. Up to 12 players could depart, chief among them striker Danny Welbeck. Marouane Fellaini was expected to leave, but an ankle injury appears to have scuppered his chances of signing for Napoli. Javier Hernandez, Shinji Kagawa and Anderson are among a long list of names with question marks hanging over their futures. last_img read more


Voters head to the polls for elections

Posted On Sep 17 2020 by

first_imgToday voters across California will determine the state’s new governor and senator, along with the fate of several propositions that are on the state ballot.Students registered to vote in California can cast their ballot at various polling places across campus. Polling hours are from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and voters must bring proof of identification.Democrat Jerry Brown is running against Republican Meg Whitman for the governor’s seat, while Democrat Barbara Boxer is running to defend her senatorial seat against Republican Carly Fiorina.Several propositions will also be voted on.For a list of all the measures up for vote on this year’s ballot, click here.Michelle Hanabusa | Daily Trojanlast_img


Syracuse suffers disappointing loss to hot-shooting Creighton in 1st round of NCAA tournament

Posted On Sep 17 2020 by

first_img Published on March 23, 2013 at 6:55 pm Contact Trevor: tbhass@syr.edu | @TrevorHass Facebook Twitter Google+ Kayla Alexander walked off the court for the final time as Syracuse’s all-time leading scorer, her eyes gazing downward and her body stiff.She walked away from the game she had just dominated – per norm – but that was the last place Alexander wanted to go.It was over. Her storied four-year career had come to a close. And much earlier than she expected or desired.No. 7-seed Syracuse fell to No. 10-seed Creighton 61-56 at the Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn., on Saturday afternoon. The loss crudely – and, in its eyes prematurely – bumped the Orange out of a tournament it wanted to leave a dent in, marking the final game for Alexander, Elashier Hall and Carmen Tyson-Thomas. Alexander finished with 23 points and eight rebounds, but Creighton’s surprising edge on the boards and timely 3-point shooting crushed the Orange’s dreams.“Honestly, right now I’m kind of in shock,” Alexander told reporters after the game.  “This wasn’t the way we thought, or planned, or imagined this would end.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the locker room prior to tip-off, SU head coach Quentin Hillsman warned his team of its eventual destiny.Creighton came into the game tied for first in the nation with 9.3 3-pointers per game and Hillsman knew the Bluejays would be far from an easy out.“All right guys, they are not scared of you,” Hillsman said. “They think they are supposed to win this game. Let’s go.”That’s exactly what happened. Creighton wasn’t scared. Far from it.On their very first possession, the Bluejays took four shots, two of them 3s. The first minute set the tone for the rest of the game. Creighton would shoot 3s repeatedly and rebound relentlessly.The Orange averaged 44 rebounds per game during the season while the Bluejays snagged just 35.3 per contest. Rebounding should have been easy for SU. But on Saturday, nearly the exact opposite stats emerged as the Bluejays outrebounded Syracuse, 43-35.“They did a very good job of getting offensive rebounds and really spreading the floor out,” Hillsman said. “They outrebounded us. And that’s our strength.”In the first half, Mckenzie Fujan single-handedly kept the Bluejays in the game. She notched her team’s first 11 points and drilled five 3-pointers in the first half, the fifth of which gave Creighton its first lead, 21-20, at the 2:32 mark.Fujan, who finished with a career-high 24 points, pumped her fist as she backpedaled downcourt. The sharpshooter scored 17 of her team’s 24 points in the first half, nailing 6-of-7 shots while her teammates went an incredibly inefficient 2-for-23 from the field.Hillsman was right. With Fujan sizzling the way she was and the Bluejays grabbing rebounds the way they weren’t supposed to, Creighton wasn’t going away easily.In the second half, Creighton’s other shooters came alive and provided a punch for the Bluejays. Fujan didn’t have to do it all anymore.Creighton’s leading scorer, Marissa Janning, hit a 3-pointer that bounced off the front rim, back rim and fell at the 17:09 mark, giving her team a 31-26 advantage – its largest lead to that point.Fujan and Janning each canned another 3 later in the half, extending the Bluejays’ lead to 10 with just 8:39 to go. Syracuse’s window was starting to close. Its chances of coming back were fading dimmer and dimmer.But with three minutes remaining, the Orange switched to man-to-man defense and started forcing turnovers and getting out in transition.“It really wasn’t our defense,” Hillsman said. “I know that’s what’s gonna be said, ‘It’s the zone, it’s the zone.’ I mean, they were 11-for-36 (from 3-point range).”Syracuse embarked on a 7-0, two-minute, emotionally charged run capped by an inside jumper from Alexander – her final points as a member of the Orange – with 2:39 to go. After all the failed closeouts, lack of rebounding and missed shots, SU was only down three.The teams traded points in the next few minutes, making the score 59-56 Creighton with under 20 seconds remaining.Syracuse had one final chance to salvage its season and prevent the inevitable bitter taste that would linger for months if it were to lose.Rachel Coffey passed the ball to Hall with five seconds to go. Hall chucked up a shot with three seconds left. It was wide right. The ball ricocheted off the rim and into Sarah Nelson’s hands.“When it got down to those final minutes I felt like we did what we were supposed to do,” Tyson-Thomas said. “It just wasn’t in our favor.”Syracuse’s season was over. Alexander, Hall and Tyson-Thomas’ four-year stint was history. They never got the NCAA tournament win they coveted for so long.Said Alexander: “We had such high expectations for ourselves and this wasn’t how we expected it to finish.” Commentslast_img read more


Assistant coach Bhattacharjee driving Syracuse’s future with recruiting success

Posted On Sep 17 2020 by

first_img Published on September 17, 2014 at 12:01 am Contact Liam: lpsull01@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ After a 3-2 double-overtime win over Vermont last Sunday, Syracuse head coach Phil Wheddon made a joke about assistant coach Neel Bhattacharjee in front of the team.“Phil overheard someone say ‘Neel’s so cute’ after the joke,” said freshman Jessica Vigna, laughing. “So then on the white board afterward, the team put up, ‘Neel equals cute.’”Whether it’s Bhattacharjee’s personality or looks that has the team deeming him “cute,” Wheddon is mostly impressed with the recruiting coordinator’s immediate success. Bhattacharjee has been on the SU staff since 2012 and the team’s newest class is the first that he is mainly responsible for.The 11 freshmen were ranked the 17th-best class in the nation by TopDrawerSoccer.com, and a handful have been in the mix in Syracuse’s (3-2-3) second year in the Atlantic Coast Conference. So far this season, eight of the 11 freshmen have started in at least one game, and first-year goalie Courtney Bronson, who was expected to start prior to the season, is sidelined with an injury.“I think we have a very well-balanced class where we addressed some very specific positional needs,” Bhattacharjee said. “A number of them have made strong contributions, with starting time and playing time.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We’re excited because we know they’re just going to continue to grow and develop.”Bhattacharjee’s work is contributing to results.Freshmen Alex Lamontagne, Jessica Vigna and Alexis Muraco have all recorded their first collegiate goals. Lamontagne is second on the team in goals, with three, this year, and second in points, with seven.“His personal touch on emails and attendance at my games was really cool,” said Vigna, who scored her first goal and collected an assist in SU’s 2-2 tie at Drexel on Sunday. “It definitely played a role on me choosing SU.”Responsibilities as recruiting coordinator include evaluating talent, emailing recruits up to three times a week, attending games and giving tours when recruits visit campus. But Bhattacharjee reduces the recruitment process into two simpler categories: evaluation and formal recruitment.Bhattacharjee heads recruiting and is also the only assistant coach listed on the team’s roster, and Wheddon recognizes the effect he has while juggling roles.“He’s invaluable to our success,” Wheddon said. “Having a top-20 class in his first real year in recruiting is unbelievable.”The No. 17 ranking is no stroke of luck for Bhattacharjee. Prior to joining Syracuse in January 2012, Bhattacharjee worked as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the women’s soccer program at Boston College, where he said he brought in top-10 recruiting classes.After Syracuse tied BC in 2011 — a year after BC reached the final four — Bhattacharjee took notice of Syracuse, and was impressed with the progress the program was making.“I told Phil I could continue to get him even better players,” Bhattacharjee said. “This is a place where we could do some special things and have an impact.“I’m excited to be a part of it.”Aside from recruiting, Bhattacharjee specializes in goalkeeping, like Wheddon, but is responsible for coaching all of the team’s units in practice and in games — with Wheddon and him splitting time with the Orange’s goalies and positional players.While he stays busy on the field, his most noticeable contribution to the program is the talent he’s recruited and his commitment to pushing the program forward.“We are trying to improve our stature within the conference and also nationally,” Bhattacharjee said. “If we can do some good things in the ACC, success just leads to more success.“Everyone’s attracted to a winning program, we just need to build on that.” Commentslast_img read more


Volleyball: Wisconsin gets back on track versus North Texas

Posted On Sep 16 2020 by

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team rebounded in a big way as they downed North Texas in a quick three sets Sunday afternoon. The Badgers recorded a program record with 12 aces, which topped the previous mark of 11 aces accomplished against Rutgers in 2016.Wisconsin got back on track after dropping their first match of the season on the road against the fifteenth ranked Baylor Bears. It only took three sets for the Badgers to secure the win and improve to 5-1 on the season. They received a big contribution from sophomore Dana Rettke as she recorded eight kills and six blocks.Molly Haggerty and Madison Duello also had great games, as Haggerty went for eight kills and Duello came away with 10 kills. Sydney Hilley continued to do her thing as she went for 35 assists in just three sets. Six-foot-three sophomore, Grace Loberg, put up the biggest numbers of the afternoon with 11 kills, four digs and one block for the Badgers.Volleyball: Badgers drop first match of season, North Texas up nextAfter a Hotel Red Invitational Championship, the Badger volleyball team looked to prove their newly ranked second seed as they Read…The only trouble the Badgers found was in the five-foot-eleven Freshman for North Texas, Rhett Robinson. The outside hitter put up 14 kills and eight digs on the Badgers, helping the Mean Green keep it close in the first and third sets.The most promising statistic from the afternoon was that Wisconsin only had 10 errors in the match, after what appeared to be somewhat of a struggle against Baylor. Clearly, talent is not the question, but maintaining composure will be.This does not mean the Badgers are lacking composure, however it will be interesting to see how they handle the pressure of being a top team and playing on the road in one of the toughest volleyball conferences in the nation.Football: Jonathan Taylor’s record day gives UW 45–14 win over New MexicoWarming up took a few quarters in Madison Saturday, but Wisconsin found their second-half mojo, eventually thrashing New Mexico 45–14. Read…Wisconsin was just too much to handle for the undersized North Texas squad. Needless-to-say, the ladies look to be back on track after a sloppy four sets vs Baylor in Waco. The North Texas match was more of a business trip for the Wisconsin ladies as they continue to prepare for Big Ten play which is now only a week and a half away.As for now, the Badgers are focusing in on finishing up the non-conference season this weekend in Milwaukee as they take on No. 25 Marquette and Illinois State.last_img read more


Bowe looking to get back quicker than expected

Posted On Sep 16 2020 by

first_imgThe former Ospreys player damaged his posterior cruciate during the defeat to Argentina in the World cup but says he may not be out for as long as originally thought.last_img


Andy Murray Withdraws From The US Open, Fails To Recover From Hip Injury

Posted On Aug 31 2020 by

first_imgWorld number two, Andy Murray has withdrawn from the US Open following his failure to recover from a hip injury he sustained at the Wimbledon.The 30-year-old Brit, who won the US Open in 2012, was due to face world number 104 Tennys Sandgren in the first round at Flushing Meadows.Announcing his withdrawal, Murray said: “I did pretty much everything I could to get myself ready here,”“I took a number of weeks off after Wimbledon, spoke to a lot of hip specialists, tried resting, rehabbing to get myself ready here and was practising OK the last few days but it’s too sore for me to win the tournament and ultimately that’s what I was here to try and do, so, unfortunately, I won’t be playing this year.”The last time Murray pulled out of a Grand Slam was at the 2013 Frenc Open and also did not play at the Tennis Masters tournaments in Montreal and Cincinnati this month as he underwent rehabilitation.“I certainly wouldn’t have been hurting myself more by trying to play. It was more a question of whether it would settle down in time. I kind of ran out of time.” he added.Andy Murray joins defending champion Stan Wawrinka, Novak Djokovic, Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic on the US Open injury list.Relatedlast_img read more


Westham 3-1 Chelsea

Posted On Aug 28 2020 by

first_imgRafael Benitez’s troubled start to life at Chelsea plumbed new depths at Upton Park, as West Ham produced an incredible second-half comeback to snatch a memorable victory.Chants of “sacked in the morning” and “one Di Matteo” rang out as Chelsea allowed a 1-0 half-time lead to slip, with West Ham roaring back thanks to goals from Carlton Cole, Mohamed Diame and Modibo Maiga.Juan Mata fired Chelsea in front early in the first half and the visitors might have increased their advantage before the interval, only to see a series of good chances go to waste.Carlton Cole headed West Ham level, before Diame fired in with a ferocious low shot. With time running out West Ham broke again, allowing Maiga to turn in a rebound.To make matters worse, 26 points from 15 matches represents Chelsea’s worst Premier League start in the Abramovich era.It is the first time since February 1995 that Chelsea have failed to win for seven league matches and Benitez becomes the first manager since Gianluca Vialli to not win any of his opening three matches as manager. Much of the focus after this game will fall on Benitez and Chelsea but West Ham were an unrecognisable team after the interval, with the introduction of Diame crucial in changing the game.Chelsea will struggle to know how they let this one slip. Sharper to the ball and swifter to use it, they bossed the early stages, although it took until the 13th minute for them to construct their first meaningful attack.Victor Moses gathered the ball wide on the right and, seeing Torres angling his run behind the West Ham backline, found his team-mate with a cleverly weighted pass. In one fluid movement, the struggling striker cut the ball back across goal where Mata stroked it beyond goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen. The move was a study in simplicity.Chelsea’s attacking play was creative, clever and, at times, rapier sharp. The West Ham defence was shredded time and again, as Torres, Moses and Mata were each presented chances that they contrived to waste. And yet, the hosts clung on.Mark Noble fought for everything in the engine room, Matt Jarvis turned and twisted and Kevin Nolan provided the spark in attack. As half-time approached Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech was booked for punching outside his area. James Collins’s resulting free-kick deflected up, allowing James Tomkins to head on to Nolan, whose powerful header was tipped over.The introduction of Diame gave West Ham another dimension. The confidence and swagger which had accompanied Chelsea’s play in the first half deserted them as the contest turned into an altogether more muscular affair.Where West Ham had stood off and allowed Chelsea to dictate, now they snapped in and fought for everything. Carlton Cole had wasted two earlier chances but when Jarvis’s cross deflected up off Gary Cahill, he reacted before Ivanovic, to stoop low and head firmly beyond Cech at the near post. Jarvis tested Cech moments later. Chelsea were being forced back time and again but their attacking threat remained nonetheless. Eden Hazard forced Jaaskelainen to turn his fierce low shot away, only for Torres to prod the rebound straight back at the West Ham goalkeeper.Moments later, Mata clattered Jaaskelainen’s left-hand post with a delightful 25-yard free-kick. West Ham were at it too, however, as first Jarvis raced clear only to see his shot brilliantly saved by Cech before Ashley Cole cleared Winston Reid’s header off the line. But West Ham would not be denied.Carlton Cole’s clever pass found Diame on the edge of the box and his shot flashed beyond Cech and into the net.Chelsea were all over the place and when Matthew Taylor’s shot was deflected back to Maiga, the West Ham forward made no mistake to complete an incredible comeback.last_img read more


Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell wishes he had same opportunities Chris Paul had under Byron Scott

Posted On Aug 26 2020 by

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Said Scott: “D’Angelo has a chance to be a superstar.”When the Lakers (5-24) host the Clippers (16-13) on Christmas Day in a designated home game at Staples Center, Paul and Russell will represent varying case studies on how projected elite point guards developed under Scott.Paul won the NBA’s Rookie of the Year award in 2005-06 after leading his class in points (16.1 per game), assists (7.8), steals (2.24) and minutes played (36). He largely credited Scott for his initial success.“He let me play,” Paul said. “He basically gave me the ball and he let me go.”Through nearly 35 percent of his rookie season, Russell ranks fourth in his class in points (11.9), third in assists (3.4) and fourth in minutes played (28.1). Even before logging seven games as a reserve, Russell also frequently sat in partial or entire fourth-quarter stretches during both close games and blowouts. That left Russell admitting he wished Scott granted him more freedom. “You can play through your mistakes and you have some good vets around you that can coach you,” Russell said. “If I have that opportunity, I’ll take advantage of it.” Preparing for the roleDuring an offseason workout, Paul marveled at Russell’s intelligence while Russell admired Paul’s commanding presence. Paul also warned Russell about Scott’s conditioning-heavy training camp.“I just did things to get me in shape,” Russell said.Paul prepared a different way. “He told me I need to learn the plays,” Paul said of Scott. “That was the only way I was going to be able to play.”So Paul endlessly studied Scott’s Princeton-oriented offense, which Paul likened to perfecting “a foreign language.” At the first training camp practice, former New Orleans and current Lakers forward Brandon Bass reported Paul “already knew all the plays” and “even found some nuances within the offense so he can excel and make his teammates excel.”Bass stressed that Russell “has a pretty good feel for all of the plays” before praising his poise, decision-making and emerging shooting stroke. The Lakers have also complimented Russell’s film study, prolonged shooting sessions and weight training.But Scott suggested that has not translated into executing his offense the way he wants it. After Russell and Scott initially split play-calling duties, Scott has tilted the scale in his favor in recent weeks. Russell also shares ball-handling duties with Kobe Bryant, Jordan Clarkson and Marcelo Huertas at varying times. After a recent game, Russell suggested limitations with Scott’s offense. “You try to make a run and sustain the run,” Russell said. “But there’s not much you can do when we’re trying to stay within the system.”While Russell dismissed questions on how much of Scott’s offense he has mastered, Scott reported Russell knows about 20 percent of his playbook. “At times, he does know. Then at other times in the game, I think he has no clue,” Scott said. “He’ll call a play for a high pick-and-roll and we’ll call it off. I’ll say, ‘No. Let’s do something that involves two or three passes.’” Gaining trustScott’s feedback to Paul seemed different.“It was a trust thing where I would turn the ball over sometimes and B. Scott would be like, ‘Play,’” Paul said. “He always had my back.”Paul recalled that Scott picked up a technical foul on Paul’s behalf amid a heated argument with Gary Payton. Paul also praised Scott that “he threw me into the fire” by defending the NBA’s top point guards despite entering the league undersized. Scott has since likened Paul to “his son.” There have been times Scott and Russell have playfully joked with each other after practice. Following Thursday’s session, Russell danced and sang “Happy Birthday” to Lakers development coach Thomas Scott. But despite describing his relationship with Scott as “cool,” Russell said it has stayed the same since wishing for improvement two weeks ago.“You have to build that relationship with your coach,” Russell said then. “Once I get that trust with my coach, I know I’ll have that opportunity more.”Russell has shown more success amid recent opportunities. In his second game off the bench earlier this month, Russell scored 23 points and forced overtime against Minnesota before missing a potential game winner. Starting for an injured Clarkson two days later, Russell posted a season-high 24 points and six assists against San Antonio. He also has averaged 4.4 assists in the last five games.“The progress to me has been nice and smooth,” Scott said of Russell. “But is it as fast as everybody else wants it to be? Probably not.”Yet, Scott strongly disagreed that Russell would accelerate his progress with more offensive autonomy, a starting role and more minutes. “If I let him run the show, you would have four other guys pretty (ticked) off every time they’re down the floor,” said Scott, who argued Russell looks more for his shot off pick-and-rolls than running the offense. “I want this to be more collective. Then, everybody can try to touch the ball and everybody feels a part of scoring.”The next stepNonetheless, Russell has contended he does not sense he has gained enough respect from his teammates to run the offense. He then downplayed his frustrations when Scott said that will eventually happen. Numerous teammates also pleaded for patience instead of offering Russell sympathy.Bryant suggested Scott should play Russell with him more despite his high-volume tendencies. “You have to go out there and continue to put the puzzle together,” Bryant said. “It’s just trial and error.”Clarkson advised Russell to maintain his work ethic instead of worrying about his role. “That’s a sense of entitlement. We don’t want him to feel like that,” Clarkson said. “He makes the right reads and gets everybody involved. It comes with time.”Lou Williams, who has started in Russell’s place, downplayed the issue.“He definitely has gained a lot of the guys’ trust,” Williams said of Russell. “I trust him with the ball and I trust his play-calling.”Bass argued Russell will climb the pecking order once he sustains a larger sample size.“Respect comes from production,” Bass said. “But he’s on the right track.” Paul pleaded ignorance on the Lakers’ current dynamics and Russell’s ongoing development. He also declined to address the criticism Scott has received with how he has developed Russell. And yet …“I’m a huge D’Angelo Russell fan,” Paul said. “Rookie year, you can have ups and downs and stuff like that. You’ve just got to stay the course.”Russell smiled as he heard the words relayed back to him. Though he has experienced a different path than Paul with both his rookie development and partnership with Scott, Russell found Paul’s feedback valuable. “There’s a whole lot of things D’Angelo can learn from him. “His competitive nature is one of them as well as the way he runs the team and the way he defends. Scott said. “[Paul] would do whatever it takes to win.”ROOKIE NUMBERSChris PaulAveraged 16.1 ppg, 7.8 apg in 36 mpgD’Angelo RussellAveraging 11.9 ppg, 3.4 apg in 32.8 mpgcenter_img The first impressions left Byron Scott feeling giddy. Two young point guards provided highlight reels suggesting they would carry his rebuilding teams toward prosperity. Four plays into his first training camp practice in 2005, Chris Paul mastered Scott’s complex playbook with the former New Orleans Hornets enough for him to gloat to an assistant about the franchise’s No. 4 draft pick.Said Scott: “This kid is going to be special.”In three-on-three drills during his second pre-draft workout with the Lakers, D’Angelo Russell made Scott think of Magic Johnson and Paul with his court vision, passing and confidence. Scott then gloated again about the Lakers No. 2 draft selection.last_img read more