Lady Wildcats And Lady Bulldogs Battle In EIAC PLay

first_imgNot the outcome we were looking for going in to the night. We fell to conference team Batesville in 2 sets. We stayed with them them but eventually Batesville was the one that pulled away 25-17, 25-23, 25-12. . We are alrwady fighting an illness running it’s course through the team. Besides myself, I have one girl out with strep and a possible 2nd girl getting it. These girl will meet up with Batesville again this season and hopefully we will all be healthy. Jalynn Rogers had 5 digs and 1 ace. Megan Getz had 4 digs, 5 assists and 1 kill. Kelly Layton had 3 digs and 4 assists. Meredith Bohman had 1 solo block, 2 ace serves and 3 kills. Anna Sacksteder had 1 solo block and 1 kill. Jenna Orschell and Kaitlynn Obert each added 2 digs. We are 2-3 for the season. We travel to N. Deacatur Thursday, start time 5:30pm. We are FC!!!The JV Lady Wildcats came ready to play our against EIAC Batesville Bulldogs. They took down the dogs in 3 sets 24-25, 25-22, 15-5. All of the girls played a great game! Kloe Bolos led the team in kills with 4 followed by Audrey Reister with 2. Charlotte Barrett and Abby Mitchum led the team in digs and assists. The girls brought their record to 4-1 and are also undefeated in the conference! We are on the road Thursday night to take on North Decatur. Keep up the good work ladies! Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Logan Allen.We had our first EIAC match tonight against the Batesville Bulldogs, and the team fought hard for the win 25-13, 19-25, 15-13! The girls gave it their all and pushed hard until the end!  Hadlee Hornsby led the team in digs with 6, followed by Meredith Hoff with 3. Jenna Bruns and Alex Gillman each led the team in kills with 4. Kylie Lea had 2 blocks. Kacie Williams and KK Ferman each had 4 assists. I’m so proud of how hard these girls worked and can’t wait to watch them play East Central next week! Go Wildcats!! Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Jessica Baker.From Bulldogs Coach Trenkamp.The Freshman Lady Dogs had their opener.  It was a nail biter but the Franklin County Wildcats came off with the win in 3 games.  Scoring 10pts 4aces was Regina Gerstbauer and serving us 6pts with 3aces was Brayleigh Patterson.  The girls played very sound for their first match as a team.  Scores were 25-13, 19-25, and 15-13!From Bulldogs Coach Prickel.The Batesville JV Volleyball team fell to Franklin County in 3 games. Scores were 24-25, 25-22, 15-5. The team was competitive despite many unforced mistakes until the third game when they lost focus and morale dropped. Shelby Westerfeld led the team with 9 points serving. Katie Bedel chipped in with 8 service points. Front line and setter play was off tonight with well over a game’s worth of unforced mistakes. The girls look forward to some practice time to put in some work. Also, we will benefit from playing more cohesively in our next match. Our record is now 4-2.Varsity saw its second EIAC victory in as many matches.  Well rounded play and set selection to the hot hitters mixed with spot serving was more than the lady wildcats could return.Their only push cam in the second set where our demons returned to work against us.  We commited 9 hitting errors in the second set alone compared to the 10 combined from sets 1 & 2.  Actually having multiple hitters hitting high percentages was a first in awhile and shows we are gaining momentum.  #1 Bea Amberger hit .300 for the night and had 3 Blocks, while #20 Hattie Westerfeld hit .474 and had one ace.Thursday, we have to up our game going into EC to play the undefeated Trojans.  Freshmen/C-team will kick off the night @ 5:00 PM with all teams playing back, to back, to back in the main gym.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Jody Thomas.last_img read more

Ferdinand has United future – Moyes

first_img “I think, if he had been here, Sir Alex would have said that there needed to be a rebuilding job as there is a continual building job going on all the time,” said Moyes. “First and foremost, we always look to the academy to see if we can bring players through. Who are the next ones possibly coming up to the first team? “After that, if we’ve not got a position covered, we will go out and try to find something better than what we’ve got.” The obvious problem Moyes is facing is that the January transfer window is not the greatest time to get the right men. Asked if he would be relaxed if he has not added to the squad when this month’s transfer window closes, Moyes replied: “I don’t know if I’d use that word. I would say I’d liked to do something and tried to do something. We’ll try to get close to doing something if possible.” However, Moyes has not necessarily reached that conclusion and, ahead of the New Years’ Day encounter with Tottenham, feels Ferdinand can make a continued contribution. “Rio has had a few injuries and little niggles in his calf,” said Moyes. “But, overall, he is very much part of it. “Rio and Vida [Nemanja Vidic] have been two of the best centre-backs in this Premier League generation. For the past 10 years, they’ve been terrific. “I will continue using them but there are always going to be other people to come in. This club has to have a line of players ready to take their places and push them. “The challenge is for the young players to take over. It’s part of the job if you play for this club.” With Jonny Evans, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling all making a positive impact over a six-match winning sequence, central defence is not a priority for Moyes at present. It is widely acknowledged he requires midfield reinforcements though, with Moyes claiming even Sir Alex Ferguson felt his squad needed fresh blood when he stood down last May. The 35-year-old has been limited to just 12 appearances this season and has not featured since the Champions League defeat of Shakhtar Donetsk on December 10. That has led to claims Ferdinand will end what is to become a 14-year association with the Old Trafford outfit when his present contract comes to an end in the summer. David Moyes insists Rio Ferdinand still has a role to play at Manchester United. Press Associationlast_img read more

Inter give up on Lamela

first_img “Lamela is a dream that we haven’t been given a chance to realise,” Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio said to Gazzetta dello Sport. “Simply because Tottenham don’t want to put him in the market.” Ausilio also revealed that Inter have rejected tempting offers from several clubs for their Croatian midfielder Mateo Kovacic. The 20-year-old is a reported target of top European clubs, including Real Madrid, Manchester United and Liverpool. When asked if Kovacic is not for sale, Ausilio said: “Absolutely. In fact we have turned down various offers from big clubs.” Ausilio also said Inter’s talks with Porto to acquire Portuguese central defender Rolando have reached an impasse. “The negotiations are at a standstill,” he said. “We easily reached an agreement with the player and made an offer to Porto that we considered fair for a defender who is 28 and whose contract will soon expire. “We simply don’t want to go over that figure.” The Nerazzurri were hoping to lure the Argentinian winger back to Serie A after Lamela’s dismal first season in the Premier League. The 22-year-old, who moved to the London outfit on a club-record £30m transfer deal from Roma last summer, made just nine league appearances for Spurs in the 2013-14 campaign. Press Associationcenter_img Inter Milan have given up hope of signing Tottenham winger Erik Lamela this summer.last_img read more

Wet outfield wipes out play in Jaguars, Volcanoes clash on day 3

first_imgGROS ISLET, St Lucia, (CMC) – The adverse weather which has afflicted the third round of the Regional Four-Day Championship finally made its way here yesterday forcing the abandonment of the penultimate day of the day/night third round contest between Windward Islands Volcanoes and Guyana Jaguars.Rain in the morning left the outfield at the Darren Sammy National Stadium saturated, making the 3 pm start impossible.Match officials carried out three inspections, the last of which came at 5 pm when it was determined that play would not be possible for the day.On today’s final day, Volcanoes will resume on 90 for four in their second innings – a lead of 63 runs overall.Meanwhile, Raymon Reifer followed up a career-best five-wicket haul with his ninth first class half-century to help put two-time reigning champions Guyana Jaguars on top on day two Sunday.The left-hander hit 52 and wicketkeeper Anthony Bramble top-scored with 58 as Jaguars, teetering on 73 for four overnight, were bowled out for 219 in their first innings at the Darren Sammy National Stadium.All-rounder Chris Barnwell chipped in with 33 and captain Leon Johnson, 30, efforts which helped the visitors eke out a narrow first innings lead of 27.Pacers Mervin Matthew (4-43) and left-armer Delorn Johnson (4-53) led the effort with four wickets apiece.Fast bowler Keon Joseph then ripped through the Volcanoes top order in the hosts’ second turn at the crease, leaving them stumbling on 90 for four at the end of play.VOLCANOES 1st Innings 192Jaguars1st Innings(overnight 73 for four)R Chandrika c Smith b Matthew 16S Hetmyer c Smith b Matthew 0*L Johnson b Matthew 30V Singh b Mayers 1S Chanderpaul lbw b Johnson 8C Barnwell c lbw b Mayers 33R Reifer c Shillingford b Matthew 52+A Bramble c Robinson b Johnson 58V Permaul not out 13G Motie c Smith b Johnson 0K Joseph c Smith b Johnson 0Extras (lb6, w2) 8TOTAL (all out, 70.3 overs) 219Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-25, 3-33, 4-44, 5-91, 6-99, 7-203, 8-211, 9-213, 10-219.Bowling: Matthew 19.3-4-43-4, Johnson 15.5-1-54-4, Mayers 15-3-43-2, Shillingford 13-4-30-0, Edward 6-1-30-0, Sebastien 1-0-13-0.VOLCANOES 2nd InningsD Smith c Singh b Joseph 0T Theophille c Motie b Joseph 39J Robinson c Motie b Joseph 4K Hodge c wkp Bramble b Barnwell 14+S Ambris not out 28L Sebastien not out 1Extras (b1, lb1, w2) 4TOTAL (4 wkts, 38.4 overs) 90Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-4, 3-52, 4-80.Bowling: Joseph 9-2-26-3, Reifer 9-4-19-0, Permaul 11-5-13-0, Barnwell 9.4-1-30-1.Position: Volcanoes lead overall by 63 runs.last_img read more

NFF Overrules Wikadson’s Appointment as Plateau Utd’s Head Coach

first_img*Insists: Ban over scandalous results from play-offs in Bauchi still in forceDuro IkhazuagbeThe appointment of Victor Wikadson as replacement for sacked Zakare Baraje by the management of Plateau United Football Club has run into troubled waters as the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) insisted yesterday that the former who is under ban cannot act in that capacity.Wikadson was the head coach of the Plateau United Feeders team that was banned for life with 18 players for their involvement in the scandalous 76-0 and 89-0 scorelines match fixing along side three other teams. Other teams involved in the scam include Akurba United FC of Lafia, Police Machine FC of Yola and Bubayero FC of Gombe. All the players and officials involved in that scandalous 2013 play-off of the Nigeria Nationwide League in Bauchi Centre that attracted global alarm and condemnation were banned for life from the game by the NFF.In a letter to Plateau United FC yesterday, General Secretary of the NFF, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, instructed the Plateau State Football Association to ensure that the ban is enforced in its domain.“The reminder became necessary in view of the move by NPFL side, Plateau United FC on Monday to appoint Victor Wikadson as its new Head Coach.“From Plateau United Feeders, 18 players and seven team officials were axed. Fifteen players and three team officials of Akurba United were banned, alongside 18 players and five team officials of Police Machine FC and 16 players and three team officials of Bubayero FC of Gombe.“For record purposes, the banned players and match officials of Plateau United Feeders FC include: Kenneth Ilo, Jacob Bulus, Emmanuel Mathew, Ezekiel Damiri, Paul Danjuma, Mathew Luka, Tenton Yamen, Katura Christopher, Kika James, John David, Ugochukwu Kingsley, Safiyanu Idris, Daform Pam, Alexanda Longs, Joseph Dokatri, Laila Ibrahim, Sani Mohammed and Solomon Effom. Officials: Victor Wikadson (Chief Coach), – Chief Coach Others were Sani Mohammed (Assistant Coach), John Babo (Assistant Coach), Shuaibu Usman (Welfare), Garba Mohammed (Masseur), Babawo Sambo (Curator), Danladi Bala (Team Manager).The NFF also insisted that the ban slammed on the match officials including Olu Okeneye, M. O. Bakare (match commissioners), Mohammed Mohammed, Umar Garba (referees), S. Chiroma, A. Shina, Sani Abdul, Hassan Pegt (assistant referees) H. Murtala and M. Salahuddin (reserve referee) is still in force.Players and officials of the other three teams are still under same life ban as Plateau United Feeders FC.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Improvements to buildings on schedule, budget

first_imgMajor summer construction projects throughout USC are on schedule and on budget, according to Joe Back, associate senior vice president for campus development and facilities management.Summer construction · Two construction workers look out at a covered Tommy Trojan in Hahn Plaza, one of several construction sites. The renovations are part of a larger project to improve paving and landscaping along Child’s Way. – Arkadiy Garber | Summer TrojanThe most visible summer projects include renovations to EVK Restaurant and Grill, King’s Hall, which housed Café 84, Parking Structure X and Hahn Plaza. Another summer project is the completion of the John McKay Center.The improvements of Café 84 will draw on Whole Foods Market as a model, Director of Hospitality Kris Klinger said to the Daily Trojan in April. For the EVK renovation, Klinger said his department is looking for inspiration from True Food Kitchen, a small chain of restaurants that Klinger described as “open and bright.”The renovations to PSX will upgrade the structure so that it is more in line with standards for new parking buildings and so that it has brick along the walls of the structure.“Much of the structural work being done will be mostly invisible to the casual observer, but the big thing that will be noticed is the brick being added to the building to make it more compatible with nearby buildings and the overall look of the campus,” Back said.The John McKay Center, which has been under construction for the past one and a half years, is slated for completion in late July or early August, Back said. It will provide a new and significantly larger academic center for all student-athletes, new training and workout spaces, offices for coaches and staff and a new locker room.The upgrade to Hahn Plaza, a central point on campus, will affect the landscape and paving in the area. Though some work has been done there in the past, no renovations of this magnitude have been made, Back said.“This is actually a continuation of work that has been taking place during the past two summers to replace and upgrade the paving and landscape along Child’s Way,” Back said. “Hahn Plaza is a major piece of that work and will be completed this summer.”last_img read more

Syracuse scores 34 points off turnovers in win over Fordham

first_imgThe game was tied at 40. Syracuse squandered the commanding lead it established in the first quarter. The next 15 minutes would determine the outcome of the game.The Orange ramped it up. Brittney Sykes scored seven straight points to give SU a lead by that many over Fordham. Its full-court press forced turnover after turnover, further pushing the score into SU’s favor.No. 23 Syracuse (4-1) finished the game outscoring the Rams 36-14 and cruising to its fourth win of the year. Sykes and fellow starting guard Alexis Peterson combined for 43 points in the Orange’s 76-54 win over Fordham (2-3) on Saturday night in Las Vegas. SU scored 34 points off turnovers, which sparked the offensive explosion after making 17 steals.“We just got out in front and got our pressure set,” Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman said of a 23-2 run that spanned the end of the third quarter and into the fourth. “That was the difference in the game.”At halftime, the Orange led by just six. The Rams stayed competitive thanks to a well-rounded night from its top-three scorers who put up 12 points apiece. For the majority of the first three quarters, though, SU wasn’t able to fully set up its press, Hillsman said. But once it did, Syracuse took off.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt’s this team’s signature, and while it took a bit longer than usual to kick in, the Orange successfully closed out the inferior Rams.But the press couldn’t have worked unless SU made its shots. The season is barely two weeks old and already, the Orange has shown an offensive versatility that will pay dividends later on.In its season-opening win over Rhode Island, Peterson and Sykes combined for five points while shooting 2-for-21 from the field. With Brianna Butler tying her season low in points on Saturday, it was Peterson and Sykes who picked up the slack by shooting a combined 14-of-17 from the field.“They were just attacking,” Hillsman said of his starting backcourt duo. “They had some opportunities and they just did an awesome job of doing that. We can be aggressive and get to the rim. If we can do that, we’re going to be in good shape.”Syracuse’s formula was a simple one against Fordham. As the Orange made more shots, it had more opportunities to press, cause turnovers and ultimately score more often.SU’s only loss came against No. 4 Tennessee and against four unranked teams, Syracuse has taken care of business. The Orange hope to pull off an upset No. 6 Maryland on Wednesday night, something it couldn’t do against the Volunteers.“We have to continue to just be aggressive,” Hillsman said, “let our pressure get up and down the floor and just play hard every possession.” Comments Published on November 28, 2015 at 10:57 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Anti-gambling MP criticised for William Hill football tickets

first_img North Antrim Member of Parliament for the Democratic Unionist Party Ian Paisley has come under fire after he reportedly accepted a gift from William Hill, despite his previous criticism of the industry.The Parliamentarian had received two Premier League football tickets from the bookmaker in March this year, but had been noted in the Commons’ Register of Members Interests, valued at £1,000.The Ulster MP has refused to comment on the gift received from the bookmaker. But despite the criticism for many for accepting the gift, it must be noted that Paisley did choose to register the gifts received on 10 March 2019. It raises the question as to whether or not critics of the industry are effectively able to engage with the sector without receiving condemnation. If politicians are unable to contact those within the gambling industry then it may become more difficult to implement substantial changes.Paisley has notably voted against a number of gambling legislations, stating his support for additional curbs on FOBTs, accusing them of being “a plague on many families.”The same statement went on to add that such betting machines are just one part of the issue, adding that “online gambling addiction is the real problem”.William Hill has continued its fight against problem gambling, however, with its Nobody Harmed campaign, which sees William Hill place social responsibility and corporate sustainability at the forefront of its day-to-day operations.In the Commons chamber itself, Paisley has previously voted to tighten the law on planning permission for betting shops, but was absent from votes in 2013 and 2014 on fixed-odds betting machines according to TheyWorkForYou, which monitors MPs’ voting records. StumbleUpon Related Articles Submit SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Share William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

FIFA ITMS officially opens today for Ghanaian clubs

first_imgThe Ghana Football Association has announced that the first window of the FIFA ITMS will officially open on Thursday October 1, 2015.Clubs who are willing to register professional players from other countries will be able to do so from tomorrow till the system closes 23rd December 2015From October 1, all training compensation and solidarity contribution claims must be submitted and managed through the International Transfer Matching System (ITMS) via the new Claims functionality.Clubs are to note that they will no longer be able to submit a paper claim regarding training compensation and solidarity contribution by fax to the FIFA Players’ Status and Governance Department from 1 October 2015.Clubs that do not have access to ITMS, should contact the Ghana Football Association for assistance.– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Byron Scott wished he played his veteran players more minutes

first_imgThe past week gave Byron Scott plenty of time to reflect over losing a dream job he will forever cherish.He believed he would bring the Lakers back to championship glory after experiencing that three times wearing a purple and gold uniform. But as he wore a suit on the sidelines, Scott oversaw the Lakers finish the past two seasons with the worst record in franchise history in consecutive years.All of which prompted Scott to offer one regret. And no, it did not involve any wish to grant his young players more opportunities or scale back his disciplinarian approach. It was actually the opposite. “If I knew this was coming, I would have played Lou [Williams], Brandon [Bass] and guys like that a whole lot more,” Scott said, referring to his veterans in an interview with this newspaper. “They gave me the best chance to win.” Yet, Scott admitted he was “thrown for a loop” for one specific reason. Scott circled back to his job interviews he had with Kupchak and Lakers executive vice president of player personnel Jim Buss that suggested their patience would last beyond two seasons.“I wasn’t going to sell myself; that’s just not me. But I did bring up the fact that I thought I had at least another year with our discussions that this would be hard the first two or three years,” Scott said. “They asked if I was all right with it and I said, ‘Yeah I am. But are you guys?’ The answer back to me was, ‘Yeah, because we knew this would be tough and it would take a while.’”That rarely happened. Yet, the Lakers abstained from firing Scott at any point of the 2015-16 season. The Lakers remained mindful of the dueling agendas Scott inherited that caused him to concede, “we weren’t a playoff team.”In one corner, Kobe Bryant’s 20th and final NBA season produced both hoopla surrounding his farewell tour and challenges regarding his productivity. Though he did not suffer a season-ending injury as he did for the past three seasons, Bryant experienced nearly season-long soreness in his right shoulder and averaged 17.6 points on a career-low 35.8 percent clip in 66 games.In another corner, the Lakers inherited a promising albeit undeveloped young core in rookie point guard and rookie forward Anthony Brown. The Lakers also blended in veterans Williams, Bass, Roy Hibbert, Metta World Peace and Nick Young, all of whom did not make significant enough contributions to change the team’s bottom-line results. Hence, Scott outlined his objectives as “develop the young guys” and ensure Bryant “got to the final game relatively healthy.” Though he averaged only 17.6 points on a career-low 35.8 percent shooting through 66 games, Bryant capped his career-finale with a 60-point performance. Russell, Randle and Clarkson started and closed games out for the season’s final two months. Yet, the Lakers became more concerned about Scott’s ability both to relate and develop their younger players. So less than a week later, the Lakers hired Golden State assistant Luke Walton partly for those reasons. Walton developed close relationships with the Lakers during a nine-year stint (2003-12) that entailed two NBA championship runs. He also earned cache after guiding the Warriors to a 39-4 record as interim head coach this season while Steve Kerr rehabbed from offseason back surgery.“He’s going to be a terrific coach,” said Scott, who coached Walton with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2012-13 season. “I wish Luke and the Lakers all the best. I’m still a Lakers fan. I still bleed purple and gold. This is just a bump in the road for me from a personal standpoint. But other than that, everything I feel about that organization hasn’t changed.” Scott’s feelings on his coaching approach hasn’t changed, either. He did not harbor any regrets for stripping away the starting spots from Russell and Randle 20 games into the season. Instead, Scott argued that demotion partly spurred Russell and Randle toward finishing out the 2015-16 season with more consistency. “From the time I took them out of the lineup to the time they got back in, they started to play much better,” Scott said. “They started to understand what they needed to do on a night-to-night basis. Looking back at that, I think the process of getting them better from training camp to the end of the season, I thought all those guys improved.” Scott strongly dismissed any disconnect with his younger players. He argued their development stemmed more from their inexperience than his disciplinarian approach.“I had candid conversations with all those guys from an individual standpoint as well a team standpoint,” Scott said. “They were understanding of what we wanted them to do. They understood I had their best interests at heart and I wanted them to be successful. That was never an issue.”Still, Scott hardly promised any bold predictions had the Lakers retained him for the 2016-17 season. He sounded mindful the Lakers’ fortunes partly rest on if the ping-pong balls allow them to stay in the top-3 during the NBA lottery on May 17. The Lakers will also have up to $60 million to spend on free agents beginning on July 1. Scott also said he understood if the Lakers fired him after next season had the team not shown substantial improvement. “From a win-loss perspective, I don’t know. A lot of it depends on obviously the guys you get in the summer with the free agents you add with those guys,” Scott said. “I thought with the guys that we have, it’s still a two to a four-year process.” All of which left Scott with few pleasant experiences. The lone exception entailed witnessing Bryant’s 60-point performance in his career finale. “He looked at me and smiled and said ‘We did it,’” Scott recalled amid his quest to ensure Bryant would not suffer his fourth season-ending ailment in consecutive years. “Just seeing him go out that way left me very satisfied.” Scott then marveled how Bryant has kept a busy schedule since his retirement three weeks ago with his company Kobe, Inc, which is producing sports-related films. “I got a sense he’s fully entrenched in it,” said Scott, who traded text messages with Bryant earlier this week. “When he gets involved with something and puts his mind into it, he’s going to be involved 110 percent. I see him right now waking up bright and early, going straight to the office and going over ideas and concepts to make sure this thing is successful as he was as a basketball player.” After experiencing firings with New Jersey (2000-04), New Orleans (2004-09) Cleveland (2010-13) and the Lakers (2014-16), will Scott ever find success as an NBA head coach?He remains interested in staying in this profession amid coaching vacancies to the Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets and Indiana Pacers. Yet, Scott sounded content temporarily staying busy with other projects. He will host a youth basketball camp on Aug. 1-5 at Fullerton College. Scott has also worked on a book with a friend, Charlie Norse, titled “For the Win” for a May, 2017 release. “I’m not sitting around waiting,” Scott said about NBA head-coaching vacancies. “I’m going to enjoy life, enjoy my family, enjoy my grandkids and do some traveling. I got enough things to occupy my time. Job-wise, we’ll see what happens.” In other words, D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle might not have weathered frustration over losing their starting spot after 20 games into the season. They might not have had it in the first place. Perhaps Russell, Randle, second-year guard Jordan Clarkson and rookie forward Larry Nance Jr would have experienced less time on the court in crunch time to close out the season. “Young guys are young guys.” Scott said. “You hope sooner or later with all those guys that the light bulb comes on and you get that ‘aha moment’ where they can say, ‘I got it and understand what you’re talking about it. We had those moments very sparingly.”The wins came very sparingly, too. So at his office at the Lakers’ practice facility on April 24, general manager Mitch Kupchak told Scott a few words that stayed fresh in his mind.“‘We’re not going to pick up your option,’” Scott recalled. “‘This is very tough. But you’ve been in this business long enough.’”On the surface, the news hardly seemed surprising the Lakers would not retain the options on Scott’s third year of a four-year contract. Scott finished with a combined 38-126 record, which pits him just above George Mikan for the franchise’s worst all-time winning percentage among its 20 coaches. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more