NBA players react to Rockets trading for Russell Westbrook, sending Chris Paul to Thunder

first_imgThe 2019 NBA offseason had already been too much to handle. Then Russell Westbrook got traded.In a surprising Thursday night deal, the Rockets acquired the 2017 NBA MVP and sent Chris Paul plus multiple draft picks and pick swaps to the Thunder.  The Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to trade Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul, first-round picks in 2024 and 2026, pick swaps in 2021 and 2025, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 12, 2019Sources: Pick protections in Thunder/Rockets, Russell Westbrook/Chris Paul trade:2024 first round pick, protected 1-42026 first round pick, protected 1-42025 swap, 1-20 protected2021 swap, protected 1-4 — OKC can swap Clippers pick or Heat pick.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 12, 2019Oklahoma City has now piled up eight first-rounders since draft night, an incredible haul for general manager Sam Presti. It’s possible the Thunder aren’t done yet, as Paul could be flipped to another team prior to the start of the 2019-20 season.MORE: What happened last time Westbrook, Harden played together?Players around the league quickly reacted to the news. Several took to Twitter to share their thoughts on Westbrook heading to Houston.What it dooooo brodieee ! 🤘🏾🤘🏾🚀🚀 @russwest44— Clint Capela (@CapelaClint) July 12, 2019👀— Eric Gordon (@TheofficialEG10) July 12, 2019the league has been going crazy 😱 wow !!— Ja Morant (@JaMorant) July 12, 2019Can we just talk about how horrific all these analyst and nba insiders, other than Woj, have been this whole free agency? #nba— Patrick Patterson (@pdpatt) July 12, 2019This league boi!!!!— Bradley Beal (@RealDealBeal23) July 12, 2019WOW!! https://t.co/4g2Z6UVJfN— Enes Kanter (@EnesKanter) July 12, 2019Craziest NBA summer by far… And Summer just started a few wks ago!! WOW…— 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) July 12, 2019Well Damn🤔— DWade (@DwyaneWade) July 12, 2019This summer was like a video game when you in season mode and you just draft yo own players lol— Bobby BP Portis (@BPortistime) July 12, 2019NBA will be so interesting this year— Josh Hart (@joshhart) July 12, 2019This League is crazy y’all…. But y’all already knew that !— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) July 12, 2019last_img read more

Sunday blog: Talking 1995, used-up controversies, babysitting Bryant, surveillance videos and Quinn

first_img2. Controversies that need to die and go to heaven…Roger StallbaumerNearly three weeks ago, the Wellington City Council appointed Mayor-soon-to-be-ex-mayor Roger Stallbaumer to fill the Wellington Housing Authority board vacancy left open when Kelli McComb was removed from the board.My apologies for the news delay. Here’s my three handy-dandy excuses in no particular order:1) I’ve had a lot of other things I’d rather write about this month.2) I have had little desire filing a WHA story knowing full well that it will require another round of policing the comment section over this never-ending tiresome Wheat Capital Manor controversy.3) I’m bored with the issue and want it to go away. Unless something concrete occurs, I’m moving on.Three people filed to fill the volunteer position including Sherry Sawyer and Chase Weber. Stallbaumer won by a 4-2 vote. Council members Jan Korte and Jim Valentine voted for Sawyer, while Kelly Green, John Brand, Vince Wetta and B.J. Tracy voting for Stallbaumer.Tracy was the swing vote and nobody was quite sure how he was going to vote before the meeting. It would have made for an interesting parliamentary procedure dilemma had Tracy voted for Sawyer and created a 3-3 tie among the city council. In case of a tie, the mayor, who usually does not vote, would be called to break the tie. In this case, that would have meant Stallbaumer would have either had to cast a vote for himself or against himself to appoint that position.That would have been an interesting moment in Wellington City Council lore. 2. After doing a painfully long research paper in the gifted program, we now get to do our presentation! 5. Contest time! Name the five different types of manna in Magic: The Gathering, but not by color. Email your answers to [email protected]! A free T-shirt could be coming your way if you answer the question first.Follow us on Twitter. 4. Fun Fact: I named the first raccoon in “Where the Red Fern Grows” Steven and his favorite food is sautéed asparagus. 4. Cruel Internet…Britt McHenryIt seems like every week, some celebrity type is fighting for his/her career because of one of those unflattering Youtube or TMZ videos going viral. Last week, ESPN reporter Britt McHenry got herself in a jam when a video of her dressing down a tow company employee after her car was towed from a Chinese Restaurant parking lot. In the video, she was a complete witch and she embarrassed herself.But my problem with this video is not for the reasons you think.Why is this unpleasant exchange any of our business? She wasn’t arrested. We don’t know the circumstances on why the car was towed, and we don’t know whether or not this employee not seen on the video provoked her.Until this video surfaced, McHenry was never on my radar, and I watch a lot of ESPN. Yet now, I know of McHenry as the woman who threw the big hissy fit.McHenry is probably going to lose her job, her career, and have this albatross around her neck for the rest of her life. Yes, her performance that night was pathetic, but at what cost? It was on her own time, and, again, the incident was none of our business!And quite frankly, I’m guessing most of us have made a jerk of ourselves at one point or the other.You also have to wonder why the tow company or whomever thought this surveillance video needed to be shared with the world.The TMZ “gotcha” video craze bothers me greatly. Whether it is David Hasselhoff being drunk in a shower, or a TV newscaster accidentally dropping the F-word during a telecast, or some Jo Schmo doing something idiotic at a party — we feed off people embarrassing themselves.And to me that’s unfortunate. To me, the lowest form of human being is someone who posts without provocation something on the Internet for the whole purpose of embarrassing another individual. Everyone has a right to recover from a mistake. And everyone has a God-given right to their privacy. 5. Here’s Quinn…Quinn McCue1. First of all I’m in the community theater production. Our last show was today and I had a great time.center_img Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for April 19, 2015…1. Baseball reunion…1995 Wellington High School baseball team and Class 4A State Champions.Former Wellington High School head baseball coach Mike Wilmoth is organizing a 20-year reunion for the 1995 WHS varsity baseball players who won the Class 4A State Championship in Manhattan. The ceremony will be held May 7 at Hibbs-Hooten Field in between the Wellington-Clearwater doubleheader.It should be a hoot. I was the sports editor at the Wellington Daily News and the memory of that tournament makes me smile. Not only was it the first state championship team I ever covered as a reporter, but it was also the first time I used a cell phone.It had been raining all week, and the Class 4A state baseball tournament had been delayed a couple of times. It started on a Friday and was supposed to end on a Saturday. But the tournament was delayed way into next week. I remember driving to Manhattan on one of those days not knowing if we were going to play a game or not. My wife handed me her new Nokia cell phone and told me to call her when I got up there. I can’t even fathom my wife handing me her cell phone today. Hard to find someone more glued to her cell than my wife.So I called her somewhere on my way to Manhattan saying it’s starting to rain again. I almost wrecked the car trying to use the dang thing which is really no different from today.I also remember thinking of the cell phone as a bit of a novelty that won’t last much longer than the C.B. radio, or this new Internet thingy everyone was talking about. 3. Where’s Bryant’s pacifier?…Sometimes, you just have to yell out “are you kidding me?!” Dallas wide receiver Dez Bryant is fussing with the Cowboys over a multitude of things including, get this, getting rid of his babysitter.“Hey, babysitter. If I can’t go out and break something or beat somebody up, I’m going to fire you and never play for the Cowboys again!!”Bryant wants to cut ties with David Wells, a former bail bondsman and current private investigator, whose main task is tagging the receiver 24/7 so he doesn’t get in trouble like burn down a nightclub or shoot all the neighbor’s cats or something.In other words, the Cowboys still feel they must babysit Bryant who is 26 years old… not 5, not 8, not 12, not 18, but frigging 26 YEARS OLD.If football wasn’t so darned entertaining, I’d gladly give it up and do something else rather than watch these pampered, overpaid, illiterate, immature, crybaby thugs bash in each other’s skulls on any given Sunday. 3. I really need to dust my fan in my room. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (12) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +2 Vote up Vote down craig · 277 weeks ago On Britt McHenry… they do it for the same reason you post the poli e notes – to attract viewers. The gossipy among us like other people’s dirty laundry. It lets them temporarily forget their own. And, by the way, getting arrested for something is *not* a conviction. But putting someones name in the paper for stuff is a great way to smear them horribly. Think about the irony here, Cue. Its not OK for TMZ but its OK for you. Really? Report Reply 2 replies · active 277 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Ted Logan · 277 weeks ago Never heard of #3 or #4. It’s too bad you can’t get behind the Royals. Even as they were in first place, making a run for the playoffs last season, you were still not on board. A great start to the season by the home-town, world series runner-up gets pushed aside for two fluff pieces? Report Reply 1 reply · active 277 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 277 weeks ago I’m ok with leaving celebrity screw ups out of the news. But the second they pull a “do you know who I am?” or “I’m on TV”, then their perceived right to privacy, due to not representing their employer at the time of said screw up, goes out the window. Report Reply 6 replies · active 277 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. 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Success of CSME lies at national level – Dominican PM

first_imgIn light of mounting criticisms and talks of it being a fruitless initiative, Prime Minister of Dominica Roosevelt Skerrit is of the view that for the Caribbean Community’s (Caricom) integrated development strategy – the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME) – to be successful, efforts will have to be taken at the national level.Dominican Prime Minister Roosevelt SkerritCSME is an initiative undertaken that allows for the free movement of skills, goods, services and labour across the Region. Its establishment was in response to the changing global environment that has led to a loss of preferential markets in Europe several years ago.Prime Minister Skerrit, who is also the Chairman of the 37th Heads of Government Conference held in Guyana last week, pointed out that leaders in the Region need to ensure that when decisions are taken at Caricom level, necessary actions are adopted, especially at the national level, since a number of the policies agreed upon require national implementation.“We need to ensure that our Ministers meet,” he remarked, stating that if regional Ministers of ICT (Information, Communication and Technology) are mandated to examine a particular matter in order to advise heads, then they must make themselves available to meet. He added too that Finance Ministers and Attorney Generals within Caricom must meet to advance a number of the critical legal issues that will advance the integration process.“We have given the Heads of Government Conference assurances that we will ensure that our Ministers avail themselves for consultations on those critical matters,” he noted.The Chairman went on to say that one of the measures that the regional Heads have adopted is not to leave it to their Ministers and others to set the timetables. He said the Heads will now be responsible for setting the timetables and indicating, for example, Ministers of the ICT must meet before the end of September 2016 to consider the new vision for the ‘Single ICT’ space in the Region and prepare to report to the February 2017 Meeting in Guyana.“So, I think it’s a matter of monitor and ensuring that we follow through on some of the actions taken at the conference level,” he posited. However, the Dominican Prime Minister cautioned that at the same time, they have to be careful that they do not attempt to bite too much at one time.Nevertheless, the Conference Chairman said that the Heads are doing a review on the CSME to ascertain “where we are, what are the actions we’ve taken and what are the outstanding considerations to advance in our move towards to greater integration of the Caribbean Community”.A report on the comprehensive review will be presented and considered at the intercessional meeting next February.“Now that review, is in an effort to keep the process forward and not change or revisit any of the actions that we have taken thus far to strengthen the integration process… We are fully committed to implementing all elements of the CSME regime as we remain convinced it is our only option to achieve sustainable growth and development in the Caribbean,” Skerrit posited.While the Chairman is confident about the future of the CSME, there continues to be tension among Member States which are reportedly breaching the agreement with regards to free movement and trade.In fact, only recently, tension intensified between Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago over the same issues. There have been reports of Jamaicans being harassed by immigration officers in Trinidad, with many of them even being denied entry into the twin-island republic.The Trinidadian Government had posited that it reserved the right to assert the sovereignty of its country by determining who is allowed in. However, Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness during a press briefing on the sideline of the Conference told media operatives that he is looking forward to a “positive” response from the twin-island on the many complaints of Jamaicans being denied entry into Port of Spain.According to the Prime Minister, he is expecting a report from his Trinidadian counterpart, Dr Keith Rowley, when he visits Jamaica later this month.“We’ve had direct discussions, and frank discussions with the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago and I believe the Government has responded in a very positive way and I am expecting to have a positive report in a few week’s time when Prime Minister Rowley visits Jamaica,” Holness related last week.last_img read more