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Sep
23

Mary C. Kamman Thayer, 94, Osgood

first_imgMary C. Kamman Thayer, 94, of Osgood passed away at 9:50pm, Friday, July 12, 2019 at Ripley Crossing in Milan. She was born in New Marion on October 28, 1924 the daughter of Walter and Leah Bernice Heitmeyer Kamman. She was married to J. Wade Thayer on August 25, 1946 and he preceded her in death on November 20, 2004. Survivors include one son Greg (Yolanda) Thayer of Osgood; one daughter Kaye Ann (Steve) Callen of Milan; four grandsons Brad (Amanda) Callen of Plain City, Ohio, Matt (Julia) Callen of Zionsville, Brian Thayer of Osgood, and Evan (Layla) Thayer of Rockport; 10 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law Edgar Lee (Joyce) Swinney of Versailles. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her brothers John and Walter Kamman, and her sisters Caroline Kamman and Ruth Ann Swinney. Mrs. Thayer was a 1942 graduate of New Marion High School and also was a graduate of the Indiana Business College in Indianapolis. She worked as a secretary for attorney Ewing Wright in Osgood, was employed with Champion Homes in Lafayette, managed M & W Poultry in Osgood with her husband, and was the former owner-operator of Village Flowers in Osgood. Mary was an avid photographer and gardener, and enjoyed tending to her birds, especially hummingbirds, and butterflies. She loved traveling, boating, spending winters in Florida, and being in the company of her family and friends. She was also an accomplished painter, specializing in china, oil, and water painting. Mary was a member of the Versailles Baptist Church where she participated in the prayer shawl ministry and was also a member and past president of the Indiana China Painters Association. Funeral services for Mary will be held on Tuesday, July 16th at 10am at the Versailles Baptist Church with Rev. Mike Cantrell and Rev. Don Buck officiating. Visitation will be on Monday from 4pm to 7pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 9am until time of services Tuesday at the church. The Associate Chapter of Tri-Kappa will conduct services at 6:45pm, Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be at 12:30pm Tuesday at the Hanover Cemetery in Morristown with Rev. Ty Choate of the Hopewell Baptist Church officiating. Memorials may be given to the Versailles Baptist Church, the activities fund at Ripley Crossing, or Tri-Kappa in care of the funeral home.last_img read more

Sep
22

EPL: Mourinho’s Spurs battle Bournemouth

first_imgRelatedPosts Gundogan tests positive for coronavirus Derby County want Jordon Ibe EPL: Son fires four past Southampton Tottenham vs. BournemouthVenue: Tottenham StadiumKick off: 4PMTottenham Hotspur host Bournemouth in Jose Mourinho’s second Premier League game in charge since replacing Mauricio Pochettino.The Portuguese will be hoping for another win against a Cherries side that have lost their last two games.Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho has presided over two wins from his two games in charge so far and will be looking to make it three on the spin in his first home Premier League match since taking charge.His new side held off a late comeback to beat West Ham United 3-2 in his opening fixture, before being forced to battle back from behind themselves in order to claim a 4-2 victory over Olympiacos last time out in the Champions League.Spurs are still down in 10th in the Premier League table despite their victory over the Hammers, and will be hoping to start closing the nine-point gap to fourth-placed Chelsea on Saturday.However, Tottenham have a difficult run of fixtures coming up, as they face Manchester United at Old Trafford, Bayern Munich in Germany, Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux and host Chelsea in four of the five fixtures that follow their game with Bournemouth.Eddie Howe’s side will not be relishing their trip to London to face Spurs, as they are currently struggling for form and have slipped down the table after a strong start to the season.The Cherries are back into the bottom half in 11th following 2-1 defeats to both Newcastle United away and Wolves at home in their last two games.And they will be facing the highest-scoring team outside the current top four in a fixture that they, historically, have found little joy in.The Cherries did win their last game against Spurs 1-0 after two red cards for the north Londoners, but have lost six of the other seven Premier League meetings (drawing the other), and have conceded four or more goals in four of those six defeats. Tottenham possible XI: Gazzaniga, Aurier, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Rose, Dier, Winks, Lucas, Alli, Son, Kane.Bournemouth possible XI: Ramsdale, Smith, S. Cook, Mepham, Ake, Rico, H. Wilson, L. Cook, Lerma, Danjuma, C. Wilson.Tags: BournemouthJose MourinhoTottenham Hotspurlast_img read more

Sep
19

S. Alabama meets Texas State in Sun Belt finals

first_imgS. Alabama meets Texas State in Sun Belt finals March 12, 2020 .NIJAL IS A FORCE: Nijal Pearson has connected on 35.3 percent of the 204 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 8 of 34 over his last five games. He’s also made 77.2 percent of his foul shots this season.UNDEFEATED WHEN: The Jaguars are 12-0 when they hold opposing teams to 68 points or fewer and 8-11 when opponents exceed 68 points. The Bobcats are 11-0 when they score at least 73 points and 10-11 on the year when falling short of 73.LONG-RANGE THREAT: Texas State’s Terry has attempted one 3-pointers and has connected on zero percent of them.DID YOU KNOW: Texas State has committed a turnover on just 16.5 percent of its possessions this season, which is the second-best rate among all Sun Belt teams. The Bobcats have turned the ball over only 11.2 times per game this season.___ Associated Press center_img For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 3 seed Texas State (21-11, 14-7) vs. No. 2 seed South Alabama (20-11, 13-7)Sun Belt Conference Tourney Championship, Smoothie King Center, New Orleans; Saturday, 2 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: Texas State is set to match up against South Alabama in the Championship of the Sun Belt tournament. The only meeting between the teams this season came on March 3, when the Jaguars shot 44.6 percent from the field en route to a four-point victory.last_img read more

Sep
17

Edewor, Bako Head NFF Foundation

first_imgThe committee will appoint its secretary.According to a statement by the NFF yesterday, “essentially, the Foundation will raise funds for empowerment initiatives for ex-international players by way of training and skill development; football community and social change programmes; grassroots development programmes and; football-for-the-girl-child and women football empowerment programmes.Acting President of the NFF, Seyi Akinwunmi will serve as Adviser/NFF Liaison to the Foundation, which will “adopt and adapt the governance structure of the (English) FA Foundation, with appropriate modifications to comply with the laws of Nigeria and take care of the local situation and environment.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Wednesday set up the NFF Foundation, which would be saddled with the responsibility of targeting and raising funds for noble programmes and legacy projects.The Foundation is headed by Mr. Mohammed Edewor with Mallam Danladi Bako, the Kogunan Sakkwato and former Director General of the Nigeria Broadcasting Commission, as the vice chairman.There are also immediate past Deputy Governor of Nasarawa State who had earlier served as Commissioner for Youth and Sports in the same state, Silas Agara as well as Chairman of the House of Reps’ Committee on Youth and Sports Development in the eighth session of the National Assembly, Hon. Goni Bukar Lawan; football –passionate businessman Yemi Idowu; former Nigeria international player and President of the National Association of Nigeria Professional Footballers, Tijani Babangida and; foremost sports journalist and Editor of Saturday Vanguard newspaper, Mr. Onochie Anibeze.last_img read more

Aug
30

6 of the Best: Connecting Brands’ Russell Yershon

first_img StumbleUpon Share Submit Related Articles Share Sportradar: Football’s match fixers enter the betting early June 19, 2020 Paddy Power: Maintaining brand identity with daring marketing campaigns July 27, 2020 Paddy Power guarantees Hector’s Arsenal tree pledge June 24, 2020 In this week’s 6 of the Best we hear from Connecting Brands’ Director Russell Yershon, who tells us about a plethora of sporting delights and a classic Stephen King movie adaptation all while sampling the delights of a luxurious Indian Ocean island.Best HolidayI’ve been lucky enough to go on a few great holidays but the one where I am writing this from now will take some beating. It’s my 40th birthday this Friday and to celebrate I’m with my wife and two daughters in Mauritius at Luxe Belle Mare resort. With breathtaking views including stunning beaches,  great food, water sports and entertainment  it’s the perfect way to enter my fourties.Best AlbumThis is a tough one! I’m a big fan of a few traditional pop bands and artists, some no longer making music.Lighthouse family’s album Ocean Drive is one to the top albums I could sing along and listen too all day. It reminds me of my care free Uni days where life was bliss. Driving up and down the M1 from Essex to Derby, this album would be number 1 on the play list. I saw them a few times live and I’ve also heard they’re performing at the London Palladium this November so I need to get some tickets to re-live that nostalgia!Best Sporting ExperienceI’ve been lucky being in gaming industry to have been invited to some top sporting events. To be in Booby Moore suite when Arsenal beat Hull in 2015 FA Cup Final was awesome and to congratulate the team as they collected the trophy was great (I was even spotted on TV with most people saying…only Russell would know the place to be and the perfect spot!)On a work level, to travel on the plane with Arsenal players for a Europa League away trip last season sitting next to legend Ray Parlour was something I could have never dreamed of as a fan growing up. Shame the quality of the team now isn’t as good as the Invincibles.Best FilmShawshank Redemption is a great film I enjoyed watching and have seen a few times. It captivates you from the start and has plenty of great elements to make it one of the best. Besides the core themes, what resonates with me is how the lead characters built a strong relationship which in turn built trust, something I like to apply to my business. It’s not just about the film itself but actually about the film score which I’ve become really familiar with since becoming a lister of classic fm. It’s unique and completely moving.Best BookI have found since having kids I’ve forgotten what a book looks and feels like! Let alone having the time to read them! That said, I do enjoy an autobiography and have recently finished Sir Alex Ferguson’s account of his time at the top! It’s a great read and gives you a great understanding of the mind of one of Britain’s best football managers and how he dealt with some of the UK’s top footballers.Even as an Arsenal fan, you can’t not admire the continued hunger and determination of Sir Alex and knowing many tricks to get the best out of his players to keep them motivated.Best BetBeing a huge NFL fan and supporter of Philadelphia Eagles, my best bet placed was Philadelphia Eagles to win Super Bowl in 2018. After a super start to the season, starting quarter back Carson Wentz got injured and then up stepped veteran ‘Sir’ Nick Foles who played pretty much a faultless set of matches in play-offs, plus an outstanding Super Bowl against hot favourites New England Patriots.Even having secured number 1 seed going into the playoffs, Philadelphia Eagles were outsiders to win Super Bowl, but a narrow win over Atlanta Falcons followed by an impressive performance at home to Minnesota Viking’s ensure a Super Bowl appearance and the rest is history.last_img read more

Aug
28

Community Walk Being Hosted Next Month Inside of AHS

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisStarting on Monday, February 20th, Alpena High School will open up a community walk. The hours will be Monday through Thursday from 4–6 pm.The community walk will be hosted until March 23rd, when Alpena Public Schols go on spring break.Early College Specialist, Lee Fitzpatrick said the community walk would help influence residence to use the facility while learning about events going on within the school district.He added that the walk is a great source of exercise during the winter months.“Our high school is an important part of our community and we rely on our community for support and so we want to have an opportunity where people can make use of the building. It’s winter now and sometimes it’s hard to get outside for exercise. This is an opportunity for people to come in and see all the great things that are happening at the high school and to have a connection to the high school they help to provide for our community,” Fitzpatrick said.The community walk will be open to the public on days that the school is in session. Walkers will see a marked path for use, with the option of including stairs.All walkers are asked to park in the lot off Garden Street or in the traffic circle at the back of the school and enter by the main office of Alpena High School.The route will start and end in the lobby area where the Alpena Wildcat ‘Hall of Fame’ plaques are located. A sign in sheet along with a map will be provided for walkers. The full route is approximately one third of a mile.    AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: AHS, AHS Community Walk, Alpena High School, Community WalkContinue ReadingPrevious Meet The People For Social ChangeNext Immanuel Lutheran School Raises Over $700 for Options Pregnancy Center in Penny Warslast_img read more

Aug
28

Muntari to face Ghana coach wrath after ‘unacceptable’ act

first_imgSulley Muntari is in hot water with the Ghana coaching staff following his disrespect after being substituted in the 2-0 win over Lesotho in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier on Sunday.The AC Milan ace, with froth at his mouth, asked head coach Kwesi Appiah why he was replaced by Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu in the 64th minute.The midfielder refused to sit on the bench and walked straight into the dressing looking extremely furious.Muntari played a role in Ghana’s opener when his free-kick was turned in by defender John Boye.It will be recalled that Andre Ayew put up a similar incident last year when he was substituted in Ghana’s 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.The Olympique Marseille player refused to shake hands with the bench and used foul language in expressing his dissatisfaction. He was later fined by the Ghana FA for his unprofessional behaviour.last_img read more

Aug
27

Ghana Football Business Expo launched in Accra

first_imgThe Ghana Football Business Expo has been launched in Accra on Wednesday at the World Trade Center.The Accra launch comes after the USA launch which happened in Houston, USA last week as part of the Ghana-Houston Chamber of Commerce’s 3rd Annual OTC Dinner Reception.In attendance were New Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah, Madam Tyrnena Holley, Trade Head of US Commercial Service, Deputy Youth and Sports Minister, Hon Pius Enam Hadzide and Hon. Ibrahim Mohammed Awal, Minister of Business Development as well as CEO of World Trade Center Mr, Kwame Doni.The event will be held a day prior to our international friendlies  on 28 June against Mexico and 01 July against the United States in Hartford, CT .The expo seeks to introduce businesses in America to the tremendous opportunities in Ghana. The GFA aims to use this unique opportunity as a vehicle to empower the African girl child through education to take advantage of the opportunities available to build the continent. It would also facilitate the GFA’s goal of building a sports academy in Ghana for girls and distribute 100,000 match specific jerseys to all girls’ schools and orphanages in Ghana.last_img read more

Aug
26

Clippers coach Doc Rivers impressed with San Antonio Spurs blueprint

first_imgSeth Burton, in charge of public relations for the Clippers, said Wednesday the team will not comment right now because it is an open case. Coach Doc Rivers didn’t say much when the alleged incident was first reported.“I trust Blake 100 percent,” Rivers said in October. “He’s a great kid. We’ll figure it out and get through it.”Spurs impress RiversRivers came to Los Angeles with the idea of leading the team to its first NBA title. He could have looked across the hall to the Lakers to view their blueprint because they have won 16 championships, five since 2000.But Rivers is also highly impressed with what the San Antonio Spurs have accomplished during virtually that same time period. Since 1999, the Spurs have also won five titles, including this past season’s. Rivers, whose team hosted and lost to San Antonio on Monday, doles out high praise to the Spurs and their longtime coach Gregg Popovich. When he did so ahead of Monday’s game, he came off as both impressed and, perhaps, envious.“Consistency,” said Rivers, assessing the Spurs. “I really believe that. They’ve had Pop (since 1996), they’ve had (general manager) R.C. Buford (since 2002). And then they’ve had Tim Duncan, (Manu) Ginobili and (Tony) Parker. And then what they’ve done is they’ve put the right pieces around them. I think all organizations would like to model that.“R.C. and Pop — their entire staff — they do the best job of finding the right guys to … you know, Pop’s always used the line, ‘Over themselves.’ He wants guys over themselves, guys that aren’t pouting when they’re on the bench, guys who, when they come out they sprint out and are happy. They keep finding guys like that.”Duncan has been with San Antonio for all five of its titles, Ginobili and Parker for the past four. All three have played their entire careers with San Antonio.With that said, Popovich knows only too well that any time a team wins, it’s so difficult to do it back-to-back. These players are made of flesh and bones, Popovich noted, which automatically makes them vulnerable the season after a title. For these Spurs, that may be even more magnified because they lost a 2013 championship series (4-3) to the Miami Heat that they believed they should have won.“Some guys might even still be enjoying the championship today,” Popovich said of the 2014 crown achieved with a 4-1 series win over the Heat. “And I think that’s totally reasonable, totally logical because they’re human beings. So, to try to fight that is kind of a waste of time. It’ll take care of itself as we move along.”The Spurs followed Monday’s 89-85 come-from-behind victory over the Clippers with an impressive 113-110 win at Golden State on Tuesday.Rivers, in his second season with the Clippers, led the Celtics to their NBA-leading 17th title in 2008.Griffin stresses defenseThe Clippers (4-3), who were given two days off by Rivers following their loss to San Antonio, scored only three points the last 5:49 of that game. Afterward, Griffin suggested that when his team is failing on offense, it needs to be solid defensively.“At times we do a good job executing defensively and offensively,” said Griffin, whose team hosts Phoenix on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Staples Center. “At times, we do a poor job at both ends. The biggest thing is when we’re not executing offensively, our shots are not falling, we have to really come out on defense.”By the numbersPoint guard Chris Paul is averaging 10.3 assists, second in the league behind Boston’s Rajon Rondo (11.2). … Forward DeAndre Jordan is averaging 2.14 blocks and 11.0 rebounds. He averaged 2.5 and 13.6 in those two areas, respectively, in 2013-14. Blake Griffin has been charged with misdemeanor battery for allegedly slapping and grabbing the neck of a man at Tao Nightclub inside the Venetian in Las Vegas on Oct. 19, hours after the Clippers had played the Denver Nuggets in an exhibition game at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, TMZ reported.The alleged victim, identified by TMZ as Daniel Schuman, was allegedly taking flash pictures from his cell phone ear Griffin, who allegedly grabbed the phone from Schuman.If the matter goes to trial and Griffin is convicted, he could face up to six months in prison and a $1,000 fine. However, it is highly doubtful Griffin would do any jail time.Jesse Roybal, public information officer with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, confirmed to this newspaper last month that the alleged incident involved a flash from a camera.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Aug
17

How Frank Vogel’s ‘sabbatical’ year rejuvenated him for the Lakers job

first_img Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersVogel didn’t leap back into a job, but he stayed close to his passion: coaching. The next year was what he calls his “sabbatical” that took him to courts, film rooms and arenas across the country, from Boston to Salt Lake City. It was paradoxically a step back, but also a reminder of why he once hustled his way onto Rick Pitino’s Kentucky staff in the first place. And it might just have been the gap year he needed before making his third run as an NBA head coach with the Lakers.“When I do get in that environment around other coaches, I do have an extra bounce in my step,” Vogel said. “There’s no wins and losses at stake. I got to just enjoy the game.”Vogel has been in the game for so long, it’s easy to forget he’s still among the younger tier of current NBA head coaches. Only six are younger than he is. His successor in Indiana, Nate McMillan, is nearly a decade his senior. Vogel never played in the NBA – in fact, the New Jersey native never played Division I college ball. But what he always had was energy and enthusiasm, with a work ethic to match.David Morway was the general manager of the Indiana Pacers in 2011 when he and team president Larry Bird decided to make Vogel, then just 37, the permanent head coach. Morway is open enough now to say that “we weren’t sure” that it would work out, but with two Eastern Conference finals appearances in the next four seasons, Vogel quickly validated their judgment.“He was able to gain the group’s trust pretty quickly,” said Morway, now the assistant general manager for the Utah Jazz. “Frank’s really authentic: He is who he is, and that’s one of the things I’ve always truly liked about him. He’s just a really good person who also has an excellent basketball mind.” Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed 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 center_img It might have been the most valuable film session Shaka Smart took part in all of last season.Theoretically, Frank Vogel was his guest at the University of Texas, there to watch his practices and study his players and plays. But for five breezy hours in the film room with the then-unemployed head coach, Smart was hard-pressed to say who was learning more as Vogel talked to him about how to disrupt the pick-and-roll attacks of the Longhorns’ upcoming opponent.“The NBA guys, they’re ahead of us as college coaches because a higher percentage of their job is basketball,” Smart said. “I kind of watch tape when I can on the plane. But sitting with a guy like Frank Vogel, you can pick up so many nuances that really change things at our level.”There’s a mental exercise when it comes to finding one’s life passion: If you didn’t have to work, what would you do? This was no hypothetical for Vogel, who found himself out of an NBA job for the first time in 17 years after the Orlando Magic fired him in April of 2018. Among coaches he’s known, Calipari compared some of Vogel’s traits to Larry Brown and Jay Wright.“There’s that one thing about following the herd, then there’s the guy who’s not afraid to step out and try different things,” Calipari said. “This stuff is hard, what we do. For a guy to step out and try something new and not gonna go down an easy path, those are the guys who really do special things.”The preseason has gone relatively smoothly for the Lakers, at least on the coaching side. Vogel said he’s tried to shorten practices compared to what he used to do for his younger Pacers teams. But he’s also thrown more concepts at them faster than he usually would.Whatever happens with Vogel’s Lakers’ tenure, he’s confident about one thing – he’s spent enough time studying what works.“You don’t ever really wanna be let go from a job, but like anything that happens in life, you gotta make the best of your situation,” he said. “It really was a great experience for me last year.”“Frank’s really authentic: He is who he is, and that’s one of the things I’ve always truly liked about him,” Utah Jazz assistant general manager David Morway said of Lakers coach Frank Vogel. “He’s just a really good person who also has an excellent basketball mind.” (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images) Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Vogel coached 656 NBA games over the next eight seasons, with a .511 winning percentage, but his tenure in Orlando went south quickly. With a young core, the Magic lost games, and the front office that hired Vogel was quickly swept out after just a year. When Vogel was fired, he had just finished a grinder of a decade.Instead of forcing his way back onto an NBA bench, Vogel decided to stay in Orlando for another year, where his young daughters were going to school. And then he started making some calls.Central Florida coach Johnny Dawkins had spent the previous two years watching Vogel from across town in Orlando, and even attended a Magic practice. As he worked on coaching the 7-foot-6 Tacko Fall last season, he welcomed any chance he could to get input from Vogel, whose best Indiana teams were anchored by 7-2 Roy Hibbert. Dawkins said, as he hoped, Vogel was helpful in dropping a few tips.“When you think of what he did there, he put guys where they can be successful,” Dawkins said. “He was a force there because Frank allowed Roy Hibbert to play to his strengths.”Other college coaches who had spent time admiring Vogel’s work, especially his defenses, from afar were surprised when Vogel reached out to them. Smart had never met Vogel before, for example, but had appreciated the connection Vogel seemed to have with his players and the intensity he could drive – something Smart has firsthand experience with sculpting his own defenses.Although Vogel arrived, on the surface, to examine the Longhorns’ practices and culture, Smart found himself writing down plenty of notes, too. But he also found Vogel to be receptive.“He naturally has a humility about him,” he said. “And I think with his knowledge, it can go really, really well to have those two traits together.”It’s more difficult to pry intimate details of his visits with NBA teams, but Vogel visited several of them. He spent three days with the Jazz, getting access to coaches’ meetings. He similarly got to sit in on multiple staff meetings with the Boston Celtics, where he was able to see how one of his coaching friends, Brad Stevens, runs things. He visited with Brett Brown in Philadelphia, Rick Carlisle in Dallas and Billy Donovan in Oklahoma City.Vogel called the extensive tour eye-opening. Every coach tries to add new facets to their program every season, but Vogel estimated that “80 to 90 percent” stays the same, simply because working coaches rarely get to see what other staffs are doing.“To be able to step away and be a part of these other camps for a few days each time, you get to see a completely different way of doing things,” he said. “Whether it’s drill work, how staff meetings are run, or how the practices are run, how much delegation is going on, the terminology of defensive systems, and your offensive rules for running the break. There’s really an endless list of things you observe when you’re seeing another person’s program that you will never see if you don’t get that opportunity.”Among Vogel’s other takeaways was how to loosen up the grind of an NBA season: Stevens would occasionally break out a game of dodgeball or other activities to lighten the atmosphere. Brown is famous for having his players deliver PowerPoint presentations about non-basketball topics, and Vogel said the way the 76ers were able to open up internal dialogue was enlightening.Said Vogel, who incidentally had the Lakers throw footballs while warming up in a nearby park earlier this week: “There is a time to have fun while you’re grinding.”The teams Vogel visited with enjoyed his sense of energy and enthusiasm. They welcomed his insights as they game-planned or practiced. Jazz coach Quin Snyder, who didn’t know Vogel well before his trip to Utah, wound up giving him more access than he originally envisioned.“Clearly when Frank came in, he just has a great attitude,” said Morway, who helped arrange the visit. “Obviously Quin was comfortable and enjoyed having his willingness and eagerness to share ideas. Frank’s passion for the game – it comes across.”That energy was part of the reason the Lakers, after flirtations with Ty Lue and Monty Williams early in their coaching search, decided Vogel was a good candidate to take over. Another was his aptitude for collaboration: The team wanted a lot of experience around him, including former head coaches Jason Kidd and Lionel Hollins, and went on to hire Phil Handy, who has been to the last five Finals with Cleveland and Toronto.“Knowing that the level of roster we were building was full of guys with high, high basketball IQs, the more basketball minds we could have as part of the staff, we felt better,” Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka said. “And Frank loved that vision.”The coaches Vogel visited with over the past year believe the Lakers will reflect their head coach: organized, hard-working and passionate. While some basketball pundits already have gossiped as to whether Vogel will last in Los Angeles, which is undoubtedly a more high-pressure job than he’s had before, those who know Vogel have confidence that he’ll find his way.After Vogel was hired and the Lakers traded for Anthony Davis, Kentucky coach John Calipari – who he visited last year – chatted with him about what the offense might look like with the former Wildcat as its centerpiece. Calipari liked what he heard, thinking that it sounded similar to how Davis played at Kentucky, on the way to becoming a national champion and national player of the year.Related Articleslast_img read more