Heisler: Kawhi Leonard is available, just maybe not to the Lakers

first_imgWhy would the Spurs trade the 26-year-old Leonard to their ancient rivals, the Lakers?It says here they won’t.• With a year left on his contract, the Spurs must sign off on anything Kawhi does this summer.With less to offer in trade than other teams, the Lakers need him to force a deal, which he might well try, and for the Spurs to accede, which is less likely.Playing one more season for the Spurs would give Leonard all the leverage – but he and the Spurs might be past that after Kawhi trashed his “selfless” image and bailed on the team.Waiting a year won’t work for the Lakers, who need a second star to persuade LeBron to come. If they can’t get Kawhi this summer, they might go back to their original dream package with Paul George and LeBron.• It’s one of Popovich’s cardinal rules not to help Western Conference rivals, much less one with the tradition and resources of the Lakers.Popovich almost never says a bad word about another team, but he went bonkers in 2008 when Memphis traded Pau Gasol to the post-Shaquille O’Neal Lakers, setting them up for three consecutive Finals runs and two titles.“What they did in Memphis is beyond comprehension,” Popovich said at the time. “… I just wish I had been on a trade committee that oversees NBA trades. I’d like to elect myself to that committee. I would have voted no to the L.A. trade.”• We’ll never know if Popovich might deal with the Lakers if all things are equal. All things aren’t.Several contenders – such as the Celtics, 76ers and Cavaliers – have more young players and/or high first-round picks to offer the Spurs.The Lakers have Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Julius Randle and Kyle Kuzma – all promising young players but none yet a star Popovich could build around. They don’t have their own first-round pick – now an unprotected No. 10 – which finally goes to Phladelphia (a pick the 76ers could, of course, offer the Spurs.) The Lakers’ No. 25 pick would mean little to San Antonio.And, of course, the Celtics, 76ers and Cavaliers are in the Eastern Conference, Popovich’s preferred destination for Leonard, if not Kawhi’s.The Clippers must be just as interested as the Lakers, but all they have is an aging roster and the No. 12 and 13 picks. (Drawing a top-three pick in the lottery could change things, but there’s just a 4.7 percent chance of that happening.)Of course, for Popovich, this is the nightmare scenario that he never imagined after the extraordinary run that saw a tiny market team win as many titles as the Lakers (five) from the Spurs’ first in 1999 to their last in 2014. Other teams expressed their admiration by hiring half the people who once sat next to Pop on the bench or worked in their front office.As opposed to the zany Lakers, who saw the Shaq-Kobe champions break themselves up, the Spurs ran on auto-pilot with Tim Duncan providing in-group leadership until his 2016 retirement.The summer before Duncan called it quits, the Spurs signed LaMarcus Aldridge, a gifted player but, as far as greatness, a flawed one, known for telling friends on other teams to get him over there as the weight of responsibility presses on his shoulders … as it did by his second season in San Antonio when he asked to be traded.“I was very candid with him,” Popovich said later. “I told him I would be happy to trade him. ‘You get me a talent like Kevin Durant and I will drive you to the airport. … Short of that, I’m your best buddy and you are here for another year and you ain’t going nowhere because for you talent-wise, we are not going to get what we want (in a trade) so let’s figure this thing out.’“And we did.”Related Articles It’s a sad day in San Antonio – and an exciting one for other teams, starting with the Lakers – with Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs looking like they’re past the point of no return.The Spurs trail the Warriors 3-0 in their first-round mismatch, one loss from the offseason with Kawhi nowhere in sight.Rather than sitting on the bench to lend his teammates support, he’s in New York with his new medical team … which has been no more successful in getting him over the mysterious thigh injury that kept him out for all but nine games this season.That cheering you hear is the parade cranking up in Lakerdom. Byron Scott, who is close to Magic Johnson, actually announced on ESPN, “I’m going to tell you something right now. LeBron (James) is coming to the Lakers along with Kawhi. We’re back in the Finals!” Unfortunately, as it turned out, Aldridge wasn’t the biggest problem they had.Indignity piles atop indignity. The Washington Post just ran a piece headlined, “Insulted pro-Trump Spurs fans feel forced to choose between their team and the president.”“I often curse Pop for doing what he did (criticizing Trump),” Bob Mulherin, a longtime fan told the Post. “He insulted more than half of the Spurs’ fan base and no sign whatsoever of an apology.”Of course, this is sports and all about winning … or what you have done for anyone recently … as opposed to politics. Popovich first criticized President Trump in the fall of 2016. It didn’t become an issue last season when the Spurs were still elite.Nothing is forever, not even the Spurs, the Spurs just learned.Mark Heisler has written an NBA column since 1991 and was honored with the Naismith Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Award in 2006. His column is published weekly during the NBA season with the Southern California News Group. Reports dovetailing with that one swept the league:Kawhi, a Los Angeles guy who grew up in the Inland Empire, wants to come home.Kawhi, who has one year left on his contract, will force a trade to the Lakers.Of course, the teams can’t discuss it – especially the Lakers after incurring two tampering penalties this season, an NBA record, which could get them barred from bidding if they breathe wrong.That makes this the kind of story everyone loves best, with lots of star players on the move that can be molded to fit any need with no one dealing with the sticking point: Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Video: What LeBron James said about Jacob Blake … ‘Black people in America are scared’ center_img For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Portland star Damian Lillard (knee) to miss Game 5 vs. Lakers Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Video: Riding the Cape Cycle Tour

first_imgAround 35 000 cyclists gathered in the streets of Cape Town in the early hours of Sunday morning to take part in the world’s biggest individually timed cycle race, the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour.Click arrow to play video.Published on SouthAfrica.info on 16 March 2010.last_img

Building The Ultimate, High-Versatility Cinema Camera Package

first_imgLearn how you can build a professional cinema camera package that is ready for any type of run-and-gun shoot or studio setup.Let’s get something out of the way — this won’t be cheap. This is a professional setup with some top-of-the-line gear combined with some budget-friendly accessories.Now, let’s move on.So what does it take to put together an incredibly flexible camera package? Something that you can quickly and easily use on set. Something that serves the needs of the DP, First AC, sound technician, and more.Imagine a camera that, once assembled, could shoot any type of scene with multiple support systems. Shoot over the shoulder, on a gimbal, with a tripod, with a slider, or even sitting on the ground.That’s the challenge the team at Corridor took on, and here’s what they came up with. The GearSo what gear did the Corridor Crew use? B&H has a compiled list of the support gear, but we also hunted down the camera package itself. If you want to build something similar, expect to spend at least $35,000.CameraRED GEMINI 5K ($19,500)The Corridor Crew has been using RED cameras for years, but they recently decided to switch from the HELIUM 8K to the GEMINI 5K. That’s because the GEMINI offers much better low-light shooting.If you feel like splurging with a few thousand more for the HELIUM 8K sensor, you’ll be starting around $24,500.If you want to save a little, you can go with a DRAGON-X 5K, which starts at $14,950.LensesSigma Art Series Lenses (Price Varies)Obviously, you’ll want to choose the lenses you’d want for your own types of projects, but the Sigma Art lenses are beautiful.Support GearThis is where you can substitute options based on budget — but keep in mind that the crew selected many of these tools for their wireless capabilities, which creates more freedom on set.SmallHD 702 Bright On-Camera Monitor ($1,499)SmallRig DSLR Action NATO Handle ($48)Sachtler Sandwich Touch and Go Adapter with Touch & Go Plate 16 ($351)Syrp Magic Carpet 3.3′ Medium Track with Carriage and End Caps Kit ($329)Manfrotto 502AH Pro Video Head with Flat Base ($159-200)Letus35 Helix Jr. Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Encoders ($1,799)Letus35 Helix Juice Box Battery – 5200 mAh ($175)Teradek MDR.ACI Wireless RED Camera Control ($2,199)SmallHD FOCUS Bold 500 TX ($1,499)SmallHD FOCUS Bolt 500 RX ($1,499)Teradek RT Thumbwheel S Standard Wired Controller ($399)Teradek RT Latitude MDR & MK3.1 Slave Cable – 24″, RA to Straight ($79)Wooden Camera WC-150800 Rosette Hand Grip ($195)Teradek RT MK3.1 4-Axis Wireless Lens Controller ($1,599)SHAPE ARRI Standard Studio Bridgeplate with 15mm Rods ($351)Sennheiser ew 500 Wireless G4 Handheld Microphone System ($1,295)Bluetooth Adapter ($ Varies)Element Technica Mantis (Discontinued)Bluetooth HeadphonesSome of this gear has been discontinued, but you can find suitable replacements. It’s all about knowing where to spend money, and where you can save money.All images via Corridor/Corridor Crew.Looking for more on film and video gear? Check out these articles.Introducing the Yeti Nano from Blue MicrophonesBREAKING: Blackmagic Design Announces the New URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2Here’s What’s New in Panasonic’s EVA 3.0 Firmware UpdateBREAKING: SmallHD Releases New 7″ FOCUS Monitor with 1000 Nit BrightnessSony Announces a New 135mm G Master Lens at F1.8last_img read more

Gold Mount vs. V-Mount: Which Is Your Best Choice?

first_imgWhat if You Can’t Decide?Now, what if you’re in a situation where you have V-Mount batteries for your LED lights and Gold Mount batteries for your cameras?For situations where you’re invested in both platforms, fortunately, there are battery adapter plates. With these adapter plates, you can easily attach your Gold Mount batteries to a Gold Mount-to-V-Mount adapter plate (or vice versa) and solve most battery mount issues. However, this method is less preferred, as it provides an additional fail point.How to ChooseUltimately, it comes down to your personal preference and which system works best for you and your workflow. Some filmmakers may like the security and availability of Gold Mounts in U.S. rental houses, while others may prefer the international versatility that comes with V-Mounts.In the end, either battery system is a great choice and will fill the needs of your job. Most importantly, they’ll help you tell and create your projects and stories.Cover image by Kryuchka Yaroslav.Looking more video gear reviews? Check these out.Lumix S1H: Panasonic’s First 6K Mirrorless Camera Is HerePocket 4K and Pocket 6K Owners — BRAW Comes to Premiere ProIntroducing The Light That Can Do Everything: The ARRI OrbiterThe Video Camera Trends Currently Re-Shaping the IndustryAputure Releases a New Spotlight Mount Attachment We’ll look at the similarities and differences between the two battery mount options to help you decide which is best for you.When it comes to high-capacity batteries for cinema applications, there are two primary battery mount choices you’ll find on the market: Gold Mount and V-Mount. Most batteries with enough capacity to power larger cinema cameras offer these two battery mounting choices.However, when you’re looking to purchase your own batteries and, essentially, invest in one of these mounting platforms, it becomes confusing which mount option you should purchase. For the sake of simplicity, it’s typically best to invest all your battery purchases into just one of these formats.Gold MountGold Mount, also known as AB (Anton Bauer) Mount, was created by Anton Bauer fifty years ago. This mount seems to be the battery mount of choice for cinema applications in the U.S. With a secure three gold-stud mounting solution, many regard the Gold Mount as the most secure way to keep your batteries in place while mounted to the camera. This is due, in part, by the fact that to dismount the battery, you have to slide it out from the battery plate sideways. In return, this makes an accidental dismount less likely to occur.Gold Mount batteries also seem to be the most popular option at rental houses in the U.S.V-MountOriginally developed by Sony, the V-Mount battery option is also wildly popular, proven to be a successful battery mounting solution. Just as it sounds, the battery mounts to the battery plate via a v-shaped locking mechanism.According to multiple online forums, many filmmakers express concerns on how secure these batteries are when mounting onto a camera system. This concern is due in part to the fact that these batteries dismount by sliding up. If you’re operating on your shoulder, it is fairly easy to bump the battery up while taking the camera off your shoulder.Personally, I’ve had one instance of a V-Mount battery popping off a battery plate during the middle of a shot. As a result, I lost the shot when the camera immediately powered down. However, many other filmmakers have used V-Mount batteries for years and reported no issues.last_img read more

Pacquiao fight in Dubai looms

first_imgE.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  According to a Team Pacquiao insider, the senator has given the go-signal for representatives of a group based in the United Arab Emirates to proceed with the promotion involving him and a boxer of his choice.The Inquirer source said Pacquiao advisers would be going to Dubai next week to discuss details of the fight card with the UAE organizers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWith his November rematch against Australian conqueror Jeff Horn in Brisbane shelved and a proposed local fight in December unlikely to gain ground, Pacquiao may opt to have a bout in UAE instead.Mentioned as possible opponent for Pacquiao in Dubai is Amir Khan. —ROY LUARCA Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Newcomer Pradera leaves PAL field gasping LATEST STORIES View comments Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony01:05Amir Khan claims Manny Pacquiao has agreed to Saudi Arabia bout00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight There’s a possibility that Manny Pacquiao will fight before the year ends. And, if ever, it’s not going to be in Manila, but in Dubai.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citylast_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar unveils Kerala Blasters team jersey

first_imgThiruvananthapuram, Sep 16 (PTI) Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar, who co-owns Indian Super League franchise Kerala Blasters FC, today said he has an “incredible team” and looked forward to it playing its special brand of football. Unveiling the teams jersey for the second edition of the Hero Indian Super League starting next month in the presence of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy here, Tendulkar said: “This time we have an incredible team. We have players from different countries of the world, different cultures, different languages. Lot of different things have come together.” “We keenly look forward to the team playing their special brand of football,” he said, introducing the team. Referring to the last season, in which the team finished runners-up, he said it “slowly, slowly gathered momentum” when the matches progressed and ended up winning hearts of all across the country. “We, Kerala Blasters have complete faith and confidence that we will be able to fill any stadiums that we play in the country,” he said. Besides introducing the team, Tendulkar also introduced the teams main sponsors Muthoot Pappachan Group. Tendulkar thanked the Muthoot Pappachan Group for continuing their support to Kerala Blasters and also the state government for its backing. The team would host NorthEast United at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium at Kochi in their first match on October 6. Speaking on the occasion, Chandy extended full support to the team. State Sports Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan were among those present. PTI JRK BN PDS ATKlast_img read more

ACT Super League Results

first_imgIt was an exciting day of finals at the Raiders Belconnen fields on Saturday, with the semi finals and grand finals of the 2012 ACT Super League series. Please see below for the results. Eagles Win Men’s Super League TitleThe Woden Eagles have claimed the ACT Men’s Super League title, defeating last year’s winners the Northern Phoenix by one touchdown. The Eagles led for the majority of the game and after leading by one touchdown at half-time were able to hold on to claim the title 8-7. Vikings Claim Women’s Super League VictoryThe Tuggeranong Vikings have come from behind to claim the 2012 ACT Super League Women’s Open title, defeating the Canberra City Bears 8-5. The Vikings trailed at half-time by one touchdown but five second half touchdowns to one saw them take away the win by three touchdowns. To see the full match reports, please visit www.acttouch.com.au. Highlights from the Super League finals have been uploaded to the TFA YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus Related LinksSuper League Finalslast_img read more

The 64 Most Annoying Fan Bases In College Sports: Elite Eight

first_imgElite Eight of College Spun's Most Annoying fan bases.We’ve reached the Elite Eight of our ’64 Most Annoying Fan Bases In College Sports’ bracket, and the first 1-seed has gone down. Duke basketball fans, it turns out, aren’t quite as annoying as some of the other groups on our list. The other 1-seeds – Kentucky Basketball Fans, Notre Dame Football Fans and Alabama Football Fans – are holding strong, however.You can see the opening round matchups here, the ‘Round of 32’ matchups here, and the Sweet 16 matchups here. Here’s the updated bracket – you can vote on this week’s four matchups below.The 64 Most Annoying Fan Bases BracketElite8 Vote On The #BBN Region Below1. Kentucky Basketball Fans vs. 3. S-E-C ChantersbbnsecAuburn Football fans were no match for #BBN, as Kentucky Basketball Fans held serve to move onto the Elite Eight, 72%-28%. There, they meet up with S-E-C Chanters, who took down People Who Talk About Their NCAA Bracket Picks, 65%-35%. Will UK supporters join their basketball team in the Final Four?   More Annoying: Kentucky Basketball Fans or S-E-C Chanters?Vote On The #FSUTwitter Region Below2. Florida State Football Fans vs. 4. Fans Who Tweet At RecruitsfsutwitterIt’s a matchup between #FSUTwitter and, well, another group of annoying tweeters. Seminoles fans were voted more annoying than USC supporters, 63%-37%. Meanwhile, Duke Basketball fans became the first 1-seed to fall. Fans Who Tweet At Recruits scored the upset, 55%-45%. We’ll be shocked if they advance again, though.  More Annoying: Florida State Football Fans or Fans Who Tweet At Recruits?Vote On The #WeAre Region Below1. Notre Dame Football Fans vs. 5. Texas A&M Football FansndamNotre Dame Football Fans took down Michigan Football Fans, 58%-42%, in a matchup that perhaps should have been slotted for later in the tournament. Meanwhile, Texas A&M Football Fans were voted slightly more annoying than Texas Football Fans, 52%-48%. Perhaps it’s because they’re in the SEC now? Which group will move onto the Final Four? More Annoying: Notre Dame Football Fans or Texas A&M Football Fans?Vote On The #PAWWWL Region Below1. Alabama Football Fans vs. 3. Paul Finebaum CallersbamafinebaumIt’s beginning to look like Alabama Football Fans may be the most formidable force left in the bracket. Tide supporters took down Georgia Football Fans, 84%-16%, to set up a fitting all-SEC final in the #PAWWWL region. Paul Finebaum Callers, the 3-seed in the region, beat out Big East Nostalgists handily, 64%-36%. Good luck determining this one. More Annoying: Alabama Football Fans or Paul Finebaum Callers?Check Out The Sweet 16 Voting Here >>>last_img read more

Slow start to election campaign in the Northwest Territories

first_imgAPTN National NewsAPTN’s Iman Kassam has a quick profile of the candidates of the Northwest Territories federal riding.Well, two of the main three, at least.One candidate wanted nothing to do with the story.last_img

TV viewers may soon switch service providers without changing set top box

first_imgNew Delhi: TV viewers may be able to switch their DTH or cable service providers without changing the set top box (STB) by the end of this year, according to regulator Trai’s Chairman R S Sharma. “Since last two years we have been trying to make STBs interoperable. Large part of problem has been resolved. There are some business challenges (which) remain… we are looking at this to happen by end of this year,” Sharma told reporters at an event here Tuesday. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalHe added that interoperability in a product should not come as an “after thought” but should be in place at the product planning stage itself. “Open systems are going to be the future. Entire back-end of Aadhaar has been developed on open source software except biometric de-duplication system,” Sharma said. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) chairman released a study on open ecosystem for devices in India, prepared by the Indian Cellular and Electronics Association (ICEA) and consultant firm KPMG, which showed that 89 per cent of mobile phones in the country work on open source operating systems. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostSharma cited interoperability as one of the key factors behind the success of the Indian mobile phone industry where no subscriber is required to buy a new phone if he wants to change his service provider. “Many apps/services are being accessed primarily on smartphones now. Prevalence of the Open OS has also facilitated smartphones supporting multi-lingual capabilities and also led to the enhancement of the Skill India program by the government,” ICEA Chairman Pankaj Mohindroo said. The report found that Open OS mobile operating systems have expanded the smartphone market in India by reducing barriers to entry. According to the study, smartphones sold in India increased from 2 million units in 2009-10 to 117 million units in 2017-18, corresponding with the increase in smartphone makers from seven in 2009 to around 80 in 2018. India overtook the US to become the second largest mobile phone market in the world in terms of number of units, with the Indian smartphone market growing at a compound annual growth rate of 37 per cent (in value terms) to reach Rs 1.43 lakh crore in 2017.last_img read more