Lakers center JaVale McGee says he’s been unfairly judged for having asthma

first_img How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersMcGee is in the midst of a possible career renaissance with the Lakers: He’s averaged 16.3 points, 7 rebounds and 3.3 blocked shots through four starts. A career 7.5-point and 4.8-rebound player, McGee has been mostly relegated to a backup role for the past seven seasons, during which he’s averaged less than 20 minutes per game every season – and less than 12 each of the last four seasons.As one of few traditional big men on the Lakers’ roster, he’s positioned to change his image this year. And part of that, he believes, has been his asthma diagnosis, which he thinks started to adversely affect his reputation when he was with the Denver Nuggets. Denver, of course, is famous for its one-mile altitude – which McGee said any player would have difficulty adjusting to (McGee previously played in Washington, D.C. which is close to sea level).So far this season, he’s averaged nearly 24 minutes for the Lakers.“People say, ‘Oh, he only can play 20 minutes because he has asthma,’” he said. “No. there’s a lot of people with asthma in the league. I feel like somebody stamped that excuse on me like, ‘Cool, we can play him low minutes because he has asthma.’”McGee was fired up about a line of questioning regarding how Coach Luke Walton appeared to be deploying him in short stints. Though McGee played 25 minutes, Walton subbed him in and out several times, even twice in a quarter, during the course of the 131-113 rout of the Suns. PHOENIX — Fresh off his highest-scoring performance in more than five years, JaVale McGee felt it was time to clear the air about something.His asthma.It’s well-known that the Lakers’ 7-foot center has asthma, and he takes a puff from an inhaler before every game. But the 30-year-old would like people to stop referencing the condition in relation to his minutes.“Stop bringing that up like I’m out here wheezing and having asthma attacks,” he said in a controlled but impassioned postgame declaration. “I’ve never had an asthma attack in my life. I feel like that’s definitely lowered my value as a basketball player.”center_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Related Articles Whether the length of the stints was the key to unlocking a big performance from McGee, the result was a good one: McGee’s 20 points were the fifth-highest point total of his career. He kept up with the breakneck pace of the Lakers’ transition game, including the opening basket when he dashed up the court quickly after winning the tip-off, beating DeAndre Ayton to the hoop to finish off a lob from Lonzo Ball.“He’s just so active, man,” LeBron James said. “I think it starts with his defense. His ability to get blocked shots and get out and run and then, his ability to run and beat the other bigs down the floor, we’re always looking for him.”McGee had a fun night, also making his first 3-pointer of the season – something he works on in practice, even if the coaching staff is skeptical of deploying it in actual games. His career and reputation revitalized by a two-year stint with the Golden State Warriors, McGee thinks he could be in line for not just being on a winning team, but also being an integral piece of it.“I definitely feel like it should be a career year,” he said. “I’ve been working hard, especially the past three years. I feel like this is something I deserve.” Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs last_img read more

Wellington Heat eliminated from NBC World Series after loss to San Diego Waves

first_img 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 Comment (1) 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. +1 Vote up Vote down Heat Dad · 314 weeks ago Congrats to a great crowd on Monday. Wellington was well represented. Thanks to the players for a great season. Report Reply 0 replies · active 314 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. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Heat were eliminated Monday from the 80th Annual NBC World Series losing to San Diego 7-6 at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in Wichita.The Heat gave up five runs in the top of the fifth and could not recover despite scoring a run in the bottom of sixth and the seventh inning. San Diego won by slapping out 12 hits in the game and not making an error. In turn Wellington had 11 hits and committed two errors. Tyler Clancy was the losing pitcher for the Heat.The Heat, who lost to NJCAA Nationals on Saturday, have now lost two and are subsequently eliminated from the tournament. They were 1-2 for the tournament.The lines score is as follows:San Diego 7 Wellington 6San Diego  110 050 000 — 7  12  0Wellington 202 001 100 — 6  11 2WP – Jeff Neptune. LP – Tyler Clancy.Full game statistics can be found here.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

HEALTH MINISTER ORDERS REVIEW OF AMBULANCE SERVICE AFTER DEATH OF MAURA PORTER

first_imgAn independent review of ambulance services is to be fast-tracked following the death of Donegal woman Maura Porter.The late Maura PorterHealth Minister James Reilly has confirmed the move by the Health Information Quality Authority (HIQA).Minister Reilly has taken the action following the death of Mrs Porter, 70, from Carndonagh, and other high-profile deaths in recent weeks. Mrs Porter had to wait 50 minutes for an ambulance to travel from Letterkenny and later died at Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry.A number of areas including Donegal with now come under the microscope in relation to ambulance response times and availability.Dr Reilly said: “I know there has been a lot of concern over a number of incidents recently. And I am concerned myself.“I’m very happy for HIQA to bring this forward and have a very thorough review of all these situations of the entire service, tell us what they feel the problem is, where the problems lie and we will address them. Because the safety of our citizens has to be paramount.” Local Deputy Charlie McConalogue, a personal friend of the bereaved Porter family, raised the issue in the Dail on Wednesday.He revealed how there was an ambulance station less than half a mile away from where Mrs Porter had been knocked down but this had been called away.He called for an immediate investigation into the circumstances of the ambulance response time in the case and a review of ambulance services in Co Donegal. HEALTH MINISTER ORDERS REVIEW OF AMBULANCE SERVICE AFTER DEATH OF MAURA PORTER was last modified: January 17th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AMBULANCESCarndonaghdonegalMaura Porterlast_img read more