Lakers’ problems continue with 120-109 loss to Denver

first_imgBut the Lakers’ problems also point elsewhere.They conceded 54 points in the paint. Denver forward Kenneth Faried posted a team-leading 28 points and 15 rebounds, providing the sort of energy Scott likened to former Lakers teammates Kurt Rambis and A.C. Green. The Nuggets also closed out the final 4:43 with a 17-9 run.“We have to keep working and trusting each other,” Scott said. “All our players have to do better. All of us coaches, myself, have to do better.”That did not just drop the Lakers into a four-game losing streak for the second consecutive season under Scott. The outcome also overshadowed other positive developments against the Nuggets (2-2). After spending most of his offseason improving his 3-point shooting, second-year guard Jordan Clarkson tied his career high with 30 points on 12-of-19 shooting and a 4-of-6 clip from 3-point range. After spending recent weeks showing off his power and versatility, Lakers forward Julius Randle continued to power through with 15 points on a 7-of-13 clip. Randle went to the locker room with 3:38 left in the second quarter after getting poked in his left eye. But he returned to the court wearing goggles and still appeared dominant. After earning last year’s NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award with Toronto, Lou Williams kept the Lakers close by scoring 14 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter. Instead, that just brought more attention on why Williams’ fourth-quarter emergence came at the expense of Russell. Though he called it a “great learning experience” to watch from the sideline and hear Metta World Peace’s feedback on spacing and defense, Russell hardly expected this role as the team’s No. 2 pick.“If Lou wasn’t playing the way he was playing, I would’ve brought him back in,” Scott said of Russell. “I have to balance that knowing he’s young and he will have to experience this stuff in the fourth quarter when the game is on the line. That’s the only way he will learn.”But the Lakers have yet to learn how to defend, something Bryant attributed to the team’s inexperience in mastering defensive reads.“The sky is the limit for them, but it’s about recognizing those situations,” Bryant said. “We have a lot of defensive potential.”Yet, that has not translated into any wins. Neither has Bryant’s reduced workload. Or Russell’s continuous learning. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error But underneath the hand-wringing surrounding the Lakers’ aging star (Bryant) and their franchise cornerstone (Russell), there is another area of concern. The Lakers keep losing, their 120-109 defeat to the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday at Staples Center marking the second consecutive year they have lost their first four games. It did not help that Bryant posted only 11 points on 4-of-11 shooting, including 1 of 5 from 3-point range, in 29 minutes. “I sit for 30 minutes,” said Bryant, who said he plans to reduce his practice regimen without sharing specifics. “If you come into the game, you’re going to be a little tight.”Or that Russell’s seven points on 3-of-11 shooting offset his six assists and partly contributed toward sitting in the entire fourth quarter. “I have no idea,” Russell said when asked what he can do to close out games. “It’s something I’ve got to deal with.” center_img As Kobe Bryant fought frustration with Father Time and a pummeling shooting percentage, Lakers coach Byron Scott encouraged him to rest.“Sometimes you need to get away from it just for a second,” Scott said. “It puts everything in perspective.”As D’Angelo Russell fought frustration with a steep learning curve and a restless fanbase, Scott suggested the Lakers’ 19-year-old rookie reduce his post-practice and pre-game routine to calm his nerves.“He can’t get wrapped up into everything being said,” Scott said. “As long as he keeps developing as a point guard in this league, he’ll be all right.”last_img read more

The event “Selecting the best sportsman in 2012 ” will be held tonight

first_imgThe event “Selecting the best sportsman in 2012.”, will start tonight at 21.00 pm in Sarajevo at the hotel “Holiday Inn”.BiH, for the 12th time, will get its king and queen of the sports.In the competition for the best sportsperson in BiH are Kemal Mešić, an athlete, Mirza Taletović, a basketball player, Vedad Ibišević, a football player, while in the category of sportswomen are Ivana Ninković, a swimmer, Emina Hadžiahmetović, a table tennis player and Larisa Cerić, a judoka.This event is organized by “Nezavisne Novine”(Independent Newspaper) and the RTV BiH, under the auspices of the Chairman of the Presidency of BiH Nebojsa Radmanovic, and with the strong support of the Ministry of Civil Affairs of BiH and in partnership with the Olympic Committee of Bosnia and Herzegovina.In addition to prizes for the best sportsperson, the prizes will be awarded for the best team, best coach, most promising sportswoman, most promising sportsman, an award for life’s work, for fair play, for the development of sport, the best athletes in the sport for the disabled, the best team in the sport for the disabled and the award of the readers.last_img read more