The Lakers appear like they’re preparing a sizable contract for Jason Kidd.Los Angeles is expected to make Kidd the highest paid assistant coach in the NBA, according to a report from The Athletic, which cites unidentified league sources. Kidd previously coached the Nets and Bucks. Milwaukee parted ways with him in January of last year, in the heat of a season in which the team finished seventh in the Eastern Conference. Related News The Hall of Fame point guard was initially in the running for the head coaching job before being passed up for former Pacers and Magic coach Frank Vogel, who signed a three-year deal with the Lakers in May. NBA trade rumors: Heat interested in ‘salary-designed’ deal for Cavaliers’ JR Smith Lionel Hollins, who coached alongside Kidd in Brooklyn, was also brought onto the Lakers’ staff Tuesday, according to an ESPN report, which cites unidentified league sources.The Lakers are hiring Lionel Hollins as an assistant coach, league sources tell ESPN. Hollins is the all-time winningest coach in Memphis and also led Brooklyn to the playoffs. Hollins joins Jason Kidd on Frank Vogel’s new staff.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 4, 2019Los Angeles has revamped its coaching staff over the last few months as it looks to improve upon last year’s 37-45 season. It missed the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season in 2018-19 but has the the No. 4 pick in June’s NBA Draft — which it could use to leverage in a trade to land a star to pair with LeBron James. Warriors injury updates: Klay Thompson questionable, Kevin Durant out Game 3
The players certainly let out some frustration during the practice session one day before the game against Russia. While it started out quiet, scrimmages saw two separate occasions when Danielle Hamilton-Carter and Josefine Vesterberg got hit and go down for a minute.They worked hard, but the session seemed to knock the frustration out of the players and they started to retain some confidence. Gomez said: “This team didn’t play the last competitions of the Olympics and the European Championship. They didn’t have confidence and it was our job to build this confidence in this team.“That was maybe the most difficult job but we found it at the end of May – we had a good mix with my basketball philosophies from France and the players’ Swedish ideas. Of course, I’m not 100% happy with the result because we need a long time to work on these things. But I hope it will work tomorrow when we receive our gift of playing Russia for a chance to reach the Olympic qualification tournament.”That doesn’t mean the Swedish team will be taking the contest lightly. They fully realise the experience Russia has, and the task that is ahead of them. Gomez said: “Maja Miljakova is a very good player, everybody says she’s old but I know she is able to score a lot of threes. Maria Vadeeva is young player with big talent, and then there is Raisa Musina, of course. They have two good point guards, they have snipers.” “Playing Serbia in the quarterfinals was not a gift. But now, the most important thing is to forget, because the way we played yesterday was not good, and we must focus on this game against Russia – winning it could be big for the Swedish federation to play in pre-Olympic tournament.”The country’s leading scorer Amanda Zahui B had no plans to go through another performance like the one the team had against Serbia – during which Sweden was beaten by 38 points. After the loss, she said: “We have to play with a lot of anger next game. We have to play like we really want it. All the emotions that we’re feeling right now should transfer into the next game. I’m pissed. All these feelings that I’m feeling now, I’m going to pass on to my teammates. And we’ll just build from that.” https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/75/34/maria-vadeeva-russia-fiba_1hrail3j2cg6g16077zfo8txe9.jpg?t=-972215509&w=500&quality=80 https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/4b/92/amanda-zahui-b-sweden-fiba_vlmuiftqu0el1un97beqc794h.jpg?t=-972556461&w=500&quality=80 Trying to recover after a poor performance is something that every team has to go through, and when you’re a programme looking to build for the future, it will happen more often than you’d want.For Sweden, their FIBA Women’s EuroBasket loss against the home nation of Serbia in the quarterfinals was still stinging during the practice session the following day. However, Head Coach Francois Gomez explained that, actually, this moment is exactly what he and the team have been working towards for the past two years. “We never thought we were going to win the European championship,” he admitted. “We will be focused on Vadeeva, who is the best player on this team, and we must find an answer for the different problems she presents. I was surprised to see her score just 6 points against Spain, but they are always one of the best teams. We can’t reproduce the same thing as some other teams, but we can take some ideas from Spain.”Sweden will play Russia on Saturday with one of them qualifying for the Olympic qualification tournament at the beginning of next year.
Natural gas explosion– preparations afoot to construct apparatus to trap gasJust over two weeks after an underground gas pocket exploded aback a residence in Diamond, East Bank Demerara, the intense cleaning-up exercise is still ongoing, while officials at the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) are making preparations for the construction of an apparatus to cap the methane gas that was detected.“If everything goes according to plan, then we could be looking at perhaps another week or so to make sure that the site is clear enough for us to get access to do the operational works that were intended. But you know the weather has to be also cooperative,” Commissioner of GGMC, Newell Dennison told Guyana Times on Sunday. He explained that the Commission will have to await the completion of the clean-up exercise for an assessment to be done before work can commence on the construction of the contraption apparatus.“It is intended that we will construct an apparatus, we will construct the conductorGGMC Commissioner Newell Dennisoncasings that we would want to put into the vent; those things will have to be constructed. But I wouldn’t want to preempt what it is exactly that would have to be done because there might be modifications of what is intended and what we observe, after the full clean-up and actually get a good look at the orifice that has been presented to us,” Dennison said.Previously, GGMC’s Senior Petroleum Technologist, Mitchell Prince, had explained in a briefing with the Ministry of the Presidency that the plan is to run two sizes of casings into the orifice to seal it off. He noted that they are going to be using an 18-inch casing on the outside and a four-inch diameter casing on the inside, then seal around it with concrete and build a valve at the top.Asked whether the apparatus can be constructed beforehand, Dennison related that, “In part, it can be constructed but it is better that see what we’re working with first. It is something that can be done concurrently. Once we see what the orifice has presented to us, then we can make some assumptions to the dimensions. So while actual work on the vent is being done, construction of the apparatus can be ongoing at the same time so it doesn’t have to be one and then the other.”The GGMC Commissioner noted that the cleaning exercise is expected to wrap up in a week’s time while the construction and installation of the apparatus will take another two to three weeks to be completed.Questioned about the financing of these works, Commissioner Dennison disclosed that the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) and the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) has made certain materials available to be used for the construction of the apparatus, while GGMC will be making provisions for the additional works. He opted not to preempt the cost, saying that “it might be a moving target.”At about 18:00h on June 15, 2018, construction workers were drilling a well at Lot 1200 Section A Block X, Great Diamond, residence (between Sixth and Fifth Avenue) when they hit a natural gas pocket causing an immediate explosion, which caused an eruption which lasted the entire night, with fluctuating eruptions as high as 30 feet, of various substances.Local stakeholder agencies had since come together to monitor the situation and tests conducted found traces of methane gas at the location.