Jerry West explains how Clippers landed Kawhi Leonard, Paul George

first_img“They have complete admiration for each other’s game,” West said of Leonard and George. “I try to be completely fair and honest to all the players in this league, but I honestly think they’re the best two-way players in basketball and to get them on one night is pretty remarkable. … But those players talked and I’m not so sure that maybe if Kawhi hadn’t had some influence on Paul that we would’ve been able to make a deal with Oklahoma City. Obviously, we paid a big price.”After leading the Raptors to their first title in franchise history, Leonard signed with the Clippers on a 3-year, $103 million deal with a player option in 2021-22.On the same night as Leonard’s signing, the Thunder and Los Angeles agreed to a blockbuster deal that sent George to the Clippers for guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, forward Danilo Gallinari and the Clippers’ first-round draft picks in 2022, ’24 and ’26, along with two first-round choices via Miami (2021 and ’23), and OKC obtained the right to swap first-round picks in 2023 and ’25. “I’ve never seen anything like it where players can recruit other players and so I guess that’s the modern day NBA,” West said on “The Dan Patrick Show.” “It’s just so different. Players are free to move around, agents and players contribute where they go. … It really does wonders for a franchise. It’s just hard to describe the excitement within the Clipper organization.” Related News The Clippers shocked the NBA world when they pulled off the biggest move of the offseason by not only signing Kawhi Leonard in free agency, but also trading for Paul George. Jerry West, who serves in a front-office advisory role for Los Angeles, explained his perspective of how the Clippers landed two of the league’s most-talented stars. While West admitted he had a small role in convincing Leonard to come to Los Angeles, he revealed that Leonard recruited George. Lakers free agency rumors: Los Angeles an ‘unlikely destination’ for JR Smith West went on to explain the main reason the Clippers landed both players was because they talked beforehand, adding: “The players help today” when it comes to trades and free agency signings. Bob Myers addresses Kevin Durant leaving Warriors for Nets NBA free agency news: Cavaliers waive JR Smithlast_img read more

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Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank to temporarily close starting next Wednesday

first_imgMASON CITY — The Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank has announced that they will be temporarily closing starting next Wednesday due to the COVID-19 crisis. The Food Bank’s Ozzie Ohl in a written statement says they are closing due to the concern for all of their volunteers who are in the high risk group of getting ill, and they don’t want to put any clients or volunteers at risk. The Food Bank will close for an indefinite time period starting next Wednesday March 25th at 4:00 PM, with the hope that they can re-open at some point next month. If anyone has not picked up their March order, they have today, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to do so. The Food Bank will be open from noon to 4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to help accommodate clients.last_img

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Fort St. John Huskies fall to Sexsmith Vipers in close game on Friday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies were home on Friday night as they hosted the Sexsmith Vipers.At 5:09 into the game, the Huskies were off to a good start as Gary Loewen would score a goal with an assist from Nathan Bragg making the score 1-0.Then with 2:06 remaining in the frame, the Vipers would send on into the net making the score tied at one apiece as they headed into the second.- Advertisement -In period two, the score remained tied at one apiece for the majority of the period as both teams struggled for control of the puck.Then at 3:25 left in the period, Joel Bourgeois would score one on the Vipers with a feed Aiden Craig-Steele and Oscar Burgess making the score 2-1.The lead wouldn’t last long as the Vipers would tie the score at two apiece with 27 seconds remaining in the frame.Advertisement In the third, Gary Loewen would score his second goal of the night, at 4:40 into the frame, with assists by Geoff Dick and Brady Marzocco making the score 3-2.Then with 4:35 remaining in the third, the Vipers would once again tie the score making it 3-3.The tie was not broken, so this forced the teams into some five minute three-on-three overtime.The puck went back-and-forth between ends but in the end, the Vipers would make the deciding goal at 1:05 into overtime.Advertisement The Vipers won this game 4-3 over the Huskies.Huskies Coach, Todd Alexander, says his team is currently slumping and needs to work hard pick up on performance.“We’re slumping right now and the only way out of it is through hard work and we really need to just bear down, now worry about it, and not dwell to hard on it. At the end of the day, we’ll just figure it out.”Currently, in the NWJHL Standings, the Huskies are in second place, with 36 points, behind the first place Junior Canucks.Current NWJHL League Standings as of January 21. Source NWJHLAdvertisementcenter_img Up next, the Huskies are on the road this Saturday, January 26, as they face the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks with puck drop at 8:00 p.m. at the Memorial Arena.last_img read more

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