Pets of the Week at the Pasadena Humane Society

first_imgCharlene (A403944) is a 5-year-old, spayed female, brown and white rat terrier mix. This mellow gal may take a few minutes to warm up to you, but once she does she’ll love you forever. She loves belly rubs, petting and brushing before curling up next to you for a quick snooze. Charlene does have her energetic moments, however; she enjoys going for a good walk, where she’ll happily demonstrate her ability to walk very well on leash. She has gotten along well with both large and small dogs on trips with our Mobile Unit.The adoption fee for dogs is $125, which includes the spay or neuter surgery, microchip, and vaccinations. Charlene qualifies for our Seniors for Seniors program, so her adoption fee is only $20 for adopters age 60 and up.New adopters will receive a complimentary health-and-wellness exam from VCA Animal Hospitals, as well as a goody bag filled with information about how to care for your pet.Call the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA at (626) 792-7151 to ask about A403944, or visit at 361 S. Raymond Ave. in Pasadena. Adoption hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.Pets may not be available for adoption and cannot be held for potential adopters by phone calls or email. Directions and photos of all pets can be found at pasadenahumane.org. Make a comment Here are the Pets of the Week available for adoption at the Pasadena Humane Society this week: Community News Community News Pets of the Week at the Pasadena Humane Society From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, August 29, 2016 | 4:37 pm Bandit (A403207) will steal your heart! He enjoys nose and ear rubs, and loves to snuggle up next to you for a good cuddle session. This adult, male, white rabbit has adorable black rings around his eyes. He enjoys running laps around our bunny enrichment pen, doing binkies and bumping his chin against everything in sight. Bandit has a lot of personality and a lot of love to give; meet him in our Critter House today!The adoption fee for rabbits is $30, which includes the spay or neuter surgery and a microchip.New adopters will receive a complimentary health-and-wellness exam from VCA Animal Hospitals, as well as a goody bag filled with information about how to care for your pet.Call the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA at (626) 792-7151 to ask about A403207, or visit at 361 S. Raymond Ave. in Pasadena. Adoption hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.Pets may not be available for adoption and cannot be held for potential adopters by phone calls or email. Directions and photos of all pets can be found at pasadenahumane.org. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDScenter_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Subscribe Community News Business News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Top of the News HerbeautyWhat Is It That Actually Makes French Women So Admirable?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA 74 Year Old Fitness Enthusiast Defies All Concept Of AgeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeauty More Cool Stufflast_img read more

Super sophomore stars in her second season at UW

first_imgUW guard Alyssa Karel has been a consistent offensive weapon for the Badgers.[/media-credit]In a roller coaster ride of a 2008-09 season, one thing has remained constant for the University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team: the play of sophomore guard Alyssa Karel.Karel is the only Badger to have started all of Wisconsin’s 29 games this season, and she has scored in double digits in 24 of those 29, including a career-high 25 points against Northern Illinois in a December home game.As a credit to her strong play throughout the season, Karel earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors Monday from the Big Ten coaches and the media.The St. Paul, Minn., native first learned of the honor via text message.“Coach Stone just texted me and told me,” Karel said. “It was a cool thing to receive. To be put up there with those types of players is an honor.”Karel leads the Badgers in scoring this season, with 13 points per game, which ranks sixth in the Big Ten in scoring average. The 5-foot-7 guard’s success is due in large part to her shooting ability from beyond the arc, where she has shot 36.9 percent for the season. That mark ranks seventh in the conference, as does her 1.66 3-pointers per game average.After not starting a single game as a freshman, Karel has stepped into a much larger role for the Badgers this season, averaging nearly 34 minutes per game on the season.“Alyssa’s had a great year as a sophomore,” Stone said. “I think she would go in the category or the definition of a super sophomore in the conference. She went from a freshman to a sophomore and took on a big load this year and has handled it very well.”Karel’s success has not come simply by her own merits, however. Much of her individual performance has been aided by the team-oriented focus of the Badgers.With no true star on the squad, Karel has been given the chance to assert herself as the team’s leading scorer without the burden of feeling the need to lead the Badgers offensively on a game-by-game basis.With such a team-oriented style of play, the rest of the team is able to enjoy Karel’s individual honor as a credit to the Badgers’ play as a whole this season.“I couldn’t say what I did to earn the honor,” Karel said. “It’s hard to be a good player without a good team behind you. I think just our success early in the season and our continued effort was a major factor.”“It’s so cool even just for Wisconsin to have someone represent us among that group of people,” senior captain Rae Lin D’Alie added. “It’s awesome, so I congratulated her today.”Still, D’Alie notes Karel is one of the top players offensively in the Big Ten, especially at the guard position, with an impressive 24-inch vertical at her disposal.“She’s dynamic — she can score from the three, she can pull up and rise up and shoot over the biggest people in the conference,” D’Alie said. “Alyssa just has a relentlessness about her, and she’s tough and just gets it done.”Karel’s All-Big Ten honor is not the first award she has received this year. Just a month ago she was chosen as a member of the ESPN The Magazine/College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District 5 first team. Although she did not receive Academic All-American honors, Karel holds her academic honor in high regard.“Obviously, academics are the reason we are here,” Karel said. “So, if I had to choose, I’m going to have to go with that one, but it’s definitely nice to get both of them.”Humble as always, Karel is not eager to discuss her individual accolades. Instead, she would prefer to focus on the task ahead for Wisconsin: Thursday’s first round matchup with Northwestern at the Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.“The most important thing is it’s not really going to mean anything if we go into the Big Ten Tournament and just kind of botch it,” Karel said. “So, it’s most important that we get these wins in the upcoming days.”last_img read more

VMware is a Virtualization Company – So Why is it Buying a Slide Show Service?

first_imgVMware is a virtualization company, right? Then why did it announce yesterday that it is buying SlideRocket, a services company that helps people make their presentations look all snappy?The same reasons as last year when it bought Zimbra, the email services provider. Microsoft.Or because perhaps collaboration may be one of the biggest opportunities in the enterprise. Really…it’s both.Here are some details on the deal that should shine light on what Vmware is after:SlideRocket has 20,000 customers and 300,000 users.It is a Web-based service.It has its own marketplace.It is available across end-devices such as smartphones and tablets.SlideRocket is a modern presentation application. It is easy to use. It does not require installation. SlideRocket goes with email, which is a good fit with Zimbra. It’s also a supplement to Zimbra, which already has a presentation capability.VMware CTO Steve Herrod writes:Presentations are second only to email as the most commonly used business tool. Professionals rely upon presentations for critical business communication such as influencing audiences and closing deals. Yet, despite their critical role, the process of creating, delivering, and sharing presentations is still based on 25-year-old technology, so most presentations remain static, one-way documents that lack impact.That quote supports our answer to the question. Microsoft is the only company with 25-year-old presentation technology.Here’s further proof. Herrod says collaboration is key:Collaborating with others around presentations often involves sending large file attachments and comments in email, worrying about whether recipients have the appropriate software to review, and wasting time keeping track of who has the latest version. And, once a presentation is shared outside your company, it’s impossible to make changes, or even know if someone has viewed it. The process is frustrating and the result is often miscommunication and lost productivity. Perhaps most importantly, this approach to building and sharing presentations is incompatible with our increasingly mobile business lives.VMware is the virtualization leader. But it is increasingly focused on the top of the stack where collaborative applications are thriving. The company recently took over Mozy for Cloud Foundry, its new platform. That’s further proof that VMware is serving as the stable for apps that have a Web focus. That puts VMware in a place that positions it against Microsoft, still the reigning power of enterprise productivity. Tags:#cloud#news Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… alex williamscenter_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

10 months agoNewcastle boss Benitez: Even if we buy in January it’ll be miracle if we stay up

first_imgNewcastle boss Benitez: Even if we buy in January it’ll be miracle if we stay upby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafa Benitez admits he fears for their survival chances ahead of the January market.The Magpies boss has let owner Mike Ashley know his side are struggling for inspiration and in danger of going down.The Spaniard said: “Even if we strengthen in January it will be a miracle if we stay up. I think everyone knows what we have to do.“Does Mike Ashley know? I hope so. We are doing what we have to do and now we wait to see what will happen.“We have the targets, the names, so we have to do what we have to do.“I am trying to tell everyone, realise where we are. Realise what we have to do and if we do well, fine we can finish 10th or whatever.”In a reference to big spending rivals Fulham and Wolves, Benitez said: “If we think we can beat these teams that have spent £100 million, every one of them, every game, there is no chance. We are wrong, 100 per cent.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Some baloney in PMs claim Hytera went through national security review

first_imgOTTAWA – “Every single transaction of this sort is subject to a national security review. This is a multi-step assessment process, and that process was followed. We take advice and feedback from our national security agencies very seriously, and based on that advice, we proceeded with this transaction. In this particular case, our security agencies consulted with key allies, including the United States, and I can reassure the member and this House that we will never, ever, compromise on national security.” — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, June 13, 2017.___Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been under fire for the way he has been answering questions about a potential takeover of Vancouver technology firm Norsat International by Hytera, a privately owned communications company based in China.Unease about the acquisition deal stems from concerns that even privately owned businesses in China can still fall under the influence of the Chinese government, as well as the fact that the United States, whose military is a major client of Norsat International, which makes radio systems and transceivers, has been raising its eyebrows over the move.The Liberals say the deal triggered a requirement in the Investment Canada Act that brought it under security-agency scrutiny, but their political rivals say that’s not the same as ordering a full national security review.Conservative MP Tony Clement has said the Liberals, in saying all transactions go through a national security review, are conflating that formal process with a preliminary analysis. NDP Leader Tom Mulcair went so far as to say Trudeau’s claim is “demonstrably false.”Both are accusing the Liberals of putting their desire for closer relations with China above the interests of Canadians. Who’s right?Spoiler alert: The Canadian Press Baloney Meter is a dispassionate examination of political statements culminating in a ranking of accuracy on a scale of “no baloney” to “full of baloney” (complete methodology below)This one earns a rating of “some baloney.” Here’s why.THE FACTSOn June 2, Norsat said Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains had served notice that the Liberal government would not be ordering a review of the transaction under the Investment Canada Act, which can happen if the minister decides the move could be a threat to national security.The Conservative government added the national security test in 2009, but faced severe criticism three years later when they allowed a takeover of Nexen Inc., a Calgary-based oil company, by CNOOC Ltd., a state-controlled Chinese firm, without a formal national security review.After the backlash, former prime minister Stephen Harper placed strict limits on state-owned enterprises investing in the Canadian oilsands, allowing them only in exceptional circumstances.Karl Sasseville, a spokesman for Bains, said Trudeau was being accurate, because the deal, as in all cases, was still examined through a national security lens.Sasseville said that in all cases, security agencies are given at least 45 days to go over the transaction in order to figure out whether it has the potential to impact national security. The Liberal government then issued a notice to Hytera that would prevent the deal from closing until those agencies had an additional 45 days to finish going through the application.Sasseville said those security agencies said there were “no outstanding concerns” that would necessitate triggering the formal review.“Throughout this process, security agencies have access to all the information and intelligence necessary,” Sasseville said.“They could also consult with our allies, if appropriate, to determine if an order under the Act is necessary to protect national security, which in this case, they did.”THE EXPERTSGus Van Harten, an international investment law professor at York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School, said it was wrong for Trudeau to say that all transactions go through a national security review, as most people would understand that to mean it went through the full process.“If we understand all transactions to mean all foreign investments that are subject to review under the Investment Canada Act, then the statement is not accurate, or at least highly misleading,” said Van Harten.Ward Elcock, a former director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, said the difference between a preliminary review and a formal review ordered by cabinet is exactly as it sounds.“The reality is, a full review is more onerous,” he said. “If you are doing a review to decide whether there should be a formal review or not, it’s more cursory.”Peter Glossop, a Toronto lawyer and international trade expert, said there is a way to interpret what Trudeau said as true.There is a lot of information that a foreign investor like Hytera would have to submit to Bains on its application for review, including whether a foreign state is involved, or whether that foreign state has the authority to direct its operational or strategic decision-making.“That filing contains information that can enable the government to review the transaction on a national security basis,” he said.Glossop suggested Trudeau could have been clearer.“All investments by non-Canadians require disclosure of information to enable us to conduct a national security review if we choose to do so,” said Glossop. “Something like that, technically, I think, is what he meant to say, but he is obviously not choosing his words as selectively as I just did.”THE VERDICTGlossop, who said he found it surprising the Liberal government decided not to launch a formal review, said the fact that the process is so secretive — usually because it has to be — makes it hard to say exactly what went on, or why.“People are kind of left scratching their heads as to what happened.”Van Harten said Bains, like any minister, is always free to consult without triggering a formal review, and that doing so was likely a political choice.“It seems to me to come down to the government seeming to want to have its cake and eat it too,” he said.“(They can) tell a Chinese company or the Chinese government that there has been no national security review of the takeover, which would be true in a formal sense, while also telling the Canadian public that there has been such a review — avoiding the detailed point that the designated statutory process for national security review has been skirted.”For this reason, Trudeau’s statement contains “some baloney.”METHODOLOGYThe Baloney Meter is a project of The Canadian Press that examines the level of accuracy in statements made by politicians. Each claim is researched and assigned a rating based on the following scale:No baloney – the statement is completely accurateA little baloney – the statement is mostly accurate but more information is requiredSome baloney – the statement is partly accurate but important details are missingA lot of baloney – the statement is mostly inaccurate but contains elements of truthFull of baloney – the statement is completely inaccurateSources:— http://www.norsat.com/news-releases/investment-canada-notice-regarding-acquisition-by-hytera/— http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/I-21.8/FullText.html— https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/ica-lic.nsf/eng/lk81190.html— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitterlast_img read more

Womens Rights Advocates and Sex Trade Survivors Rally Against PornHub PopUp

first_imgThe Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW), the National Organization for Women-New York (NOW-NY), and feminist author and leader Gloria Steinem held a press conference last week to highlight the detrimental impact the PornHub pop-up shop has on our culture and to call on elected officials to halt the expansion of more pop-ups in New York City.Joined by sex trade survivors, the group asserted that the physical presence of PornHub, an Internet warehouse of graphic, violent pornographic videos, promotes and normalizes sexual violence against women and girls.The groups were joined by supporters from around the city who are concerned about the proliferation and unchecked accessibility of pornography online that is contributing to boys’ and young people’s understanding of sexuality and to a broader rape culture that normalizes violence against women. The PornHub site’s titles include “Picking up a Schoolgirl for a Quick Drive Home,” “Jap Maid Serves the House Guest,” “Hot Innocent Teen Gives Grandpa a Blowjob.” Viewers pick the women by race or categories, like “stepdaughter,” “gangbang,” or “barely legal.”“At a time when we are beginning to dismantle the fear many sexual violence victims have from speaking out, the last thing our society needs is a storefront promoting violence against women,” said Sonia Ossorio, President of the National Organization for Women- New York (NOW-NY). “We are creating a dangerous precedent when we glorify this pop-up, even if on the surface it appears harmless, PornHub and similar sites are teaching young men that the violence they see is normal and accepted.”Protesters called out the way PornHub crosses the line on the exploitation of women, promoting racist language and stereotypes and selling violence against women and girls.“As long as porn is seen as synonymous with sex, people will defend it, but in fact, pornography is about power, not sex,” said Gloria Steinem. “We need to make the difference clear to save the lives and shared humanity of both men and women.”Studies have found that the consumption of pornography is associated with the perpetuation of male physical and psychological violence against women and rape myths.“Many survivors of the sex trade, including me, can testify that our pimps or traffickers have brought cameras into the room to get our rapes on film,” said Melanie Thompson, 21, who was trafficked in Queens at the age of 12. “You had to smile and submit, or face the consequences from your buyer and your pimp. You had to deal with it, whatever that was.”The website PornHub is just a parcel of the multi-billion dollar sex industry that profits from exploitation, dehumanization, and the sex trafficking of the most marginalized people. It opened its storefront in November 2017 and is planning to open additional storefronts throughout the city and across Europe.“PornHub is grooming the next generation of sexual predators,” said Taina Bien-Aimé, executive director of CATW. “If New Yorkers want to honor the #MeToo movement and end sexual violence, we must make the connections and stop mainstreaming the sex trade.”last_img read more

Report Dutch spies caught Russian hackers on tape

first_imgAMSTERDAM – The Netherlands’ spy service broke into the computers used by a powerful Russian hacking group and may be sitting on evidence relating to the breach of the U.S. Democratic National Committee, a Dutch newspaper and television show jointly reported Friday.Reports carried in the respected daily Volkskrant and by the current affairs show Nieuwsuur said hackers working for the Dutch General Intelligence and Security Service penetrated the computers used by the group, often nicknamed Cozy Bear, in mid-2014 and watched them for at least a year, even managing to catch the hackers on camera.Dutch Interior Minister Kajsa Ollongren, interviewed by reporters in The Hague before the government’s weekly Cabinet meeting, declined to address the report, saying only that she was “very happy that we have good security services in the Netherlands that do their work well.”President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said he had yet to see any official comment from the Dutch intelligence services on the matter.“If the Dutch media want to fuel anti-Russian hysteria in the U.S., it’s an activity that can’t be called honourable,” he added.Volkskrant and Nieuwsuur said that the Dutch spies used their access to help oust Cozy Bear from U.S. State Department computers in late 2014. Volkskrant said American spies were so grateful they sent the Dutch cake and flowers.Ko Colijn, a researcher at Clingendael, the Netherlands Institute of International Relations, said the report may indicate a levelling trend in which small but tech-savvy countries like the Netherlands “can compensate their military inferiority with cyber quality surpluses.”The news drew particular attention in Washington, where Cozy Bear has been identified as one of two Russian government-linked hacking groups that broke in to the DNC ahead of the 2016 presidential election. The other group is usually called Fancy Bear.Unmasking the Cozy Bear hackers would provide key evidence for investigators trying to unravel the DNC breach, but it may not dispel the mystery surrounding the leaks that followed.A recent AP investigation found that all but one of the two dozen or so officials whose emails were published in the run-up to the 2016 election were targeted by Fancy Bear, which cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike said operated independently from Cozy Bear.The Kremlin has denied meddling in the U.S. presidential vote.___Satter reported from London. Vladimir Isachenkov in Moscow contributed to this report.___Online:Volkskrant report (in English): https://www.volkskrant.nl/media/dutch-agencies-provide-crucial-intel-about-russia-s-interference-in-us-elections~a4561913/Niewsuur report (in Dutch): https://nos.nl/nieuwsuur/artikel/2213762-hackteam-aivd-gaf-fbi-cruciale-info-over-russische-inmenging-verkiezingen.htmllast_img read more

The Passing of a Local Unsung Hero

first_imgKyle shares, with the number of miles (PSA), dogs put on, they sometimes do not retire well yet Barter retired very well enjoying his remaining years living with the family.“His favourite thing was just to hang out with all of us, stealing my wife’s foot massage ball while she was using it, which became his favourite toy which he took everywhere,” said Kyle. Kyle recounts, no matter the time of day, how much the team had worked already, or extreme weather in the North, Barter would meet him at the gate ready to go.Kyle’s proudest moment working with Barter was a call to assist in locating a suspect who had ran into the bush, The key to this story was the incident took place 6 hours driving time away. Shortly after arriving on scene Barter located the track of the suspect and half-hour later the suspect was in custody.“I was always so proud to tell people that this was Barter’s longest headstart,” said Kyle.Barter and Kyle worked the Peace Region until April of 2017 with Barter retiring at 8 years of age. Barter, named in honour of retired Cpl Terry Barter would pass all of his tests in training. In 2010 Kyle and Barter would enter training in Innisfail, AB. Upon graduation, the team returned to their detachment in Rocky Mountain House, AB. Kyle shares, there was an immediate success in the work they did together there.The team would arrive in Fort St. John, April of 2011 to work the Peace Region. “We rode together for thousands of km and ran hundreds with Barter leading the way,” said Kyle.“Barter saved my life on many occasions as well as protected the members and I on high-risk calls,” said Kyle.Over the years Barter was instrumental in capturing perpetrators yet he also participated with North Peace SAR and was integral in helping to find individuals that were lost in the bush or were having a hard time and needed help. After Barter’s retirement, Kyle went back to Innisfail for a few months and retrained with a new PSA dog, Hawkes who he currently still works with. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The community recently lost an important member, who spent his life serving and protecting FSJ.Police Service Dog (PSA) Barter was laid to rest last week, he was a valued member of the Fort St. John detachment and a loyal partner and companion to his handler Cpl. Brady Kyle.Kyle and Barter would become a team in May of 2009 when Barter was 7 weeks old. When leaving the kennels with Barter, Kyle was told ‘he’s a sure shot so don’t screw him up.’ As shared on the Rivers Animal FB Page post, ‘he was still a working dog at heart and remained steadfast in his loyalty and service to those he loved. He will be missed by those that knew him. He truly was . . . One of Canada’s finest.’last_img read more

Redskins London Fletcher Likely to Retire After This Season

Photo by The Washington Post.London Fletcher, the undrafted linebacker out of tiny John Carroll University, said he likely will retire after 16 NFL seasons that could land him in the Hall of Fame.Fletcher said at Redskins Park he is  ”99 percent certain” he will quit after the remaining two games. He said he must have one more conversation with his wife to make the decision final.“I felt like I’ve accomplished everything I wanted to accomplish in the National Football League,” Fletcher said.He said he wanted to have a chance to say goodbye to the fans against Dallas in the season’s finale.Quarterback Kirk Cousins told The Washington Post, “We would love to have him walk off that field the last time, if it will be the last time, with a victory.”He accepts that he will not leave the game as fellow linebacker Ray Lewis did with Baltimore last season, with a Super Bowl championship.“I’m not 28,” he said. “I’m 38. I understand that.”Fletcher has played in 254 consecutive games, the most of any active player. He holds the league record for consecutive starts by a linebacker with 214.That is the greatest “part of my legacy” Fletcher said.Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said he “really didn’t know” if Fletcher would walk away after this season. Shanahan said, “I’ve never been around a guy like London who prepares for every game like it’s the Super Bowl.” read more

At Least Phil Jackson Didnt Leave The Knicks In Ruins

Naturally, that surplus is made possible by the nature of the rookie scale, which artificially depresses pay for young players, but even going only by the real and projected value, this group of young players has been and will be worth far more than the veterans Jackson acquired. And the value isn’t all tied up in Porzingis, either — Hernangomez and Ntilikina both project to produce at a high level.With Jackson on the way out, the expectation is that coach Jeff Hornacek will have the freedom to move away from Jackson’s much derided triangle offense. Dolan is teasing the idea of chasing former Denver Nuggets executive Masai Ujiri, who helped pants New York in the ill-advised trade for Anthony, and then again in the even more lopsided Andrea Bargnani deal a few seasons later when Ujiri was working for the Toronto Raptors. (Somewhat infamously, Ujiri nearly traded Toronto’s star point guard Kyle Lowry to New York before Dolan, hesitant to be humiliated by Ujiri once again, called off the trade at the 11th hour.)The Knicks, who were 80-166 under Jackson, 29.5 games under their preseason Vegas win totals, are in possession of all of their future first-round draft picks for the first time in a decade.2Hell, the last time the Knicks’ draft outlook was promising for consecutive years was 2005 and 2006, when they had back-to-back seasons with multiple first-rounders. In 2005 they drafted Channing Frye and David Lee, and traded Kurt Thomas for Quentin Richardson and the draft rights to Nate Robinson. The following season, the team drafted Renaldo Balkman and Mardy Collins. Things are looking up.And so the Knicks move on to the next stage of their development, better off than they were three seasons ago. Phil Jackson did a good job — except for the parts where he didn’t. Or perhaps he did a world-historically bad job, except for a few draft picks that went his way. It was a mixed bag, full of drama and triangles, and maybe the best thing to be said about Jackson’s Knicks is that they never managed to completely bungle the future. But in this town, that’s not nothing. It’s borderline groundbreaking. Stick around long enough and even the New York Knicks might have a bright future to sell you.VIDEO: Phil Jackson’s legacy with the Knicks isn’t all bad In just three full seasons, Phil Jackson inflicted as much psychic distress on the New York Knicks fanbase as any executive in New York’s recent, storied, terrible history. Jackson signed with the Knicks on March 18, 2014. News broke on Wednesday morning that he’s leaving.Yet the fans’ discomfort was only possible, in large part, because Jackson’s front office drafted well and unearthed talented young players. Jackson built the team of the future, and then set about imperiling it.Jackson’s exit ends several weeks of turmoil which saw him feud openly with Carmelo Anthony over his no-trade clause (which Jackson himself negotiated) and entertain trade possibilities for Kristaps Porzingis, either in earnest or to send the young star a message to fall in line. It was a messy end, but then, things have been a mess for a while now.In Jackson’s first offseason, he made the biggest decision of his tenure: re-signing Anthony to a 5-year, $124 million contract, which included a no-trade clause. He also traded Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton for then-33-year-old Jose Calderon, a handful of cap filler and a pair of second round picks. Not quite an earth-moving rebuild, but not terrible.The following season, the Knicks made a three-team deal that sent J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert to Cleveland (and three straight Finals appearances), but returned three marginal players and a 2019 second-round pick. That offseason, the team drafted Porzingis with the No. 4 overall pick, and signed Robin Lopez to a 4-year, $55 million deal. The roster rounded out with peripheral free agents Arron Afflalo and Derrick Williams and a trade for Kyle O’Quinn. Then the real trouble began.In the summer of 2016, Jackson signed Joakim Noah to a 4-year, $72 million contract, and traded Lopez (and his favorable contract), rookie Jerian Grant and Calderon to the Chicago Bulls for Derrick Rose, Justin Holiday and a second round pick. Rose remained a ghost of his former self; Noah was injured, ineffective and more expensive than Lopez.Going by FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO projection system,1CARMELO has been updated to once again use Real Plus-Minus, though it’s now blended with Box Plus-Minus. We’ll have more details in a few days, but for now, these numbers won’t match the ones in the interactive. we can see just how badly Jackson overshot on the veterans he acquired. The seven most significant players he brought in or re-signed — Anthony, Rose, Noah, Afflalo, Courtney Lee, Lopez and Calderon — made or will make a combined $253 million from the 2014-15 season to the end of the 2019-20 season from the Knicks. Over that same time, they will have produced $134 million of value. The Knicks overpaid by half. The rookies were a different story. Jackson famously preferred Jahlil Okafor to Porzingis, but should be credited for taking a talented but risky prospect. The same goes for trading second-round pick swaps for Willy Hernangomez, a viable center of the future, provided we live long enough to see a future without Joakim Noah on the books, and signing Mindaugas Kuzminskas. And last week’s draft selection, 18-year-old Frank Ntilikina, is a risky, home-run type pick at a draft position in which Jackson could have taken safer players with lower ceilings.Using the same CARMELO method as we did for the veterans, the key Knicks rookies look far better. They project to produce $203 million by 2020, but will have been paid just shy of $43 million. read more