High drama

first_imgAll eyes are on the U.S. Supreme Court, which is weighing whether to overturn President Obama’s health care law, strike down parts of it, or leave it whole. A presidential election could hang on the decision, expected next month.Linda Greenhouse ’68 has already made up her mind. The law is constitutional and should stand, said the Yale Law School lecturer in a talk last week at the Boston Public Library’s Honan-Allston Branch, the final event in the John Harvard Book Celebration.“I think as a judge, Chief Justice [John] Roberts will have an awfully hard time explaining to the public why this should be overturned by five unelected justices,” said Greenhouse, former Supreme Court reporter for The New York Times and author of “The U.S. Supreme Court: A Very Short Introduction.”The health care ruling is just one of several important decisions ahead. The high court is taking up Arizona’s controversial immigration law and a challenge to affirmative action in higher education.“Basically, any hot button issue for the country ends up as a Supreme Court case,” said Greenhouse. “And that’s true right now in spades.”It wasn’t always this way. The Supreme Court had a humble start, with presidents struggling to fill seats.“There were so many better jobs — governor, cabinet secretary, ambassador,” Greenhouse said.It also suffered from a lack of definition, with little direction in the Constitution, where the number of justices, for example, is not covered.In 1803, Chief Justice John Marshall seized the power to do more than just hear lawsuits. In Marbury v. Madison, Marshall established that the court could review and strike down laws as unconstitutional.The balance of power keeps shifting, Greenhouse said. The White House and Congress moved to house terrorist detainees at Guantanamo Bay without judicial oversight — until the court decided America’s perpetual lease of the base from Cuba gave it judicial authority.The court’s makeup, once exclusively white, male, and Protestant, has changed. The current nine break down as six Catholics, three Jews, three women, a Hispanic, and an African-American. Looking back on the confirmation of Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman justice, in 1981, Greenhouse said: “Just a couple years before, there was a play on Broadway about a female justice, a comedy, that played it for laughs. Well, O’Connor had the last laugh. She was a swing justice, and she really made a difference.”Greenhouse said that, given their qualifications, she was surprised by the contentious Senate nomination hearings for Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan (a former dean of Harvard Law School).Conservatives have never forgiven the harsh interrogation and rejection of Judge Robert Bork in 1987, and that “bitterness” has carried into many subsequent nomination hearings, Greenhouse said. Recently, the National Rifle Association has become involved in grading senators on nomination votes, contributing to party-line confirmation battles.Ideological divisiveness has surfaced in the high court, where Anthony Kennedy has emerged as the swing justice in narrow decisions.“The court is very divided now,” Greenhouse said. “It’s Kennedy’s world, and we’re just living in it, for better or worse.”last_img read more

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Clinton, Trump Spar at 1st Presidential Debate at Hofstra

first_imgAt no point were the differences between the two candidates more stark than when they discussed their policy plans. For example, Clinton said she backed alternatives to incarceration and doing away with minimum mandatory sentencing, among other ideas, to reverse systemic racism in the criminal justice system. Trump, on the other hand, said he would restore the controversial “stop-and-frisk” policies in New York City, which Holt noted were struck down as unconstitutional. Trump claimed that ruling would have been overturned if the city had appealed.While the exchanges were often testy, the gloves really came off when Holt asked Trump about his tax returns. Trump, who maintained he can’t release them because he’s being audited, said he will do that “once she releases her 33,000 emails.” Clinton apologized for her role in using a private email server when she was Secretary of State and said it was a mistake, but asserted that Trump’s real reason for not releasing his tax returns is they will show that he’s neither as rich as he publicly claims, nor as charitable.“She talked to the American people about jobs, about having prosperity that is shared across the spectrum.” – Donna Brazile, acting DNC chairwomanFor all the tit-for-tat, there were also a few moments of levity and agreement. Trump said he agrees with Clinton’s call for barring those on the no-fly list from buying guns as well as the need for child care reform. Trump sparked laughs when he alluded to a 400-lb. hacker sitting on his bed somewhere and Clinton got chuckles when she urged fact-checkers to get to work on Trump’s debate claims.But those moments were fleeting. In a stunning denunciation, Clinton called Trump racist for challenging the citizenship of America’s first black president.“He tried to put the whole racist birther lie to bed. But it can’t be dismissed that easily,” Clinton said. “He has really started his political activity based on this racist lie that our first black president was not an American citizen. There was absolutely no evidence for it, but he persisted—he persisted year after year because some of his supporters, people that he was trying to bring into his fold, apparently believed it or wanted to believe it.”Trump, as Holt noted, did not cease questioning Obama’s citizenship after the president produced his birth certificate in 2011—but continued even into the presidential primary.“He has a long record of engaging in racist behavior, and the birther lie was a very hurtful one,” Clinton said, referring to two Justice Department probes into Trump’s alleged racial discrimination in his real estate business in the ’70s.Trump claimed it was Clinton’s camp who started digging into Obama’s past during the 2008 primary. Holt reiterated that it was him.The debate kicked off with questions about how each candidate would move the economy further. Clinton said it was vital to build an economy that “works for everybody, not just those on top.” She would do that by investing in infrastructure, manufacturing, technological innovations and clean renewable energy.That’s when Trump pounced, criticizing her past support for the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and her husband’s implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Trump contested that other nations, mainly China and Mexico, are stealing American jobs and companies.Of China, he said: “They’re using our country as a piggy bank to rebuild” their economy.“He was presidential but he was also tough.” – Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford)Trump, who has made trade deals a central issue of his campaign, said his plan to reduce taxes on the wealthy would lead to more jobs.Trump, the self-proclaimed “Law and Order” candidate, demurred when asked about what he’d do about homegrown terror. Instead he placed the blame of ISIS’ rise in the Middle East on Clinton and Obama for creating a power “vacuum” by pulling American troops out of Iraq.Clinton shrugged off the criticism as untrue, claiming it was President George W. Bush who had agreed to the date in which troops would be pulled out, and the Iraqi government wouldn’t relent upon their insistence the American soldiers leave the country.Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) said afterward in the spin room at Hofstra that he was pleased with Trump’s performance, adding that he thought the billionaire looked presidential.“To me, he conducted himself extremely well tonight,” King said. “He was presidential but he was also tough.”Unsurprisingly, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus proclaimed Trump the winner.“I think Donald Trump did a great job,” he said, adding that the American people want to “pick the change candidate and want to see the next president of the United States on stage, and I think that’s what they saw.”Acting Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Donna Brazile said Clinton was effective in speaking directly to the American people.“I thought Secretary Clinton did a fantastic job tonight,” she said. “She talked to the American people about jobs, about having prosperity that is shared across the spectrum. She talked to the American public about the future of this country.”The debate amounted to a streamlined version of both nominating conventions in which Trump focused on the purported problems in America today, while Clinton expressed a desire to continue the success of the Obama administration.But, at the end of the day, it’s on American voters to decide which narrative they relate to more. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Timothy Bolger and Rashed MianDemocratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her Republican rival, Donald Trump, traded barbs in frequently tense exchanges when they shared a stage for the first time Monday during the presidential debate at Hofstra University.Clinton and Trump each alternated between detailing policy proposals, attacking one another’s records and defending past mistakes during the 90-minute televised debate moderated by NBC News anchor Lester Holt. Topics ranged from the economy to national security and race relations, although the candidates occasionally side-stepped Holt and directly responded to one another as each sought to prove themselves to America’s undecided voters.“A man who can be provoked by a tweet should not have his fingers anywhere near the nuclear codes,” Clinton said, reiterating a one-liner from her nomination acceptance speech that alluded to Trump’s frequent Twitter feuds.Trump, who said the line was getting old, maintained that he has the better temperament to be president and questioned the quality of her credentials.“Hillary has experience, but it’s bad experience,” Trump said.The debate—the third for Hofstra and the first of three for the candidates this election cycle—was expected to draw ratings rivaling the Super Bowl. As it neared the end, the live studio audience disregarded Holt’s request that they not cheer. And once it was over, the campaigns for both candidates were quick to claim victory.Embed from Getty Imageslast_img read more

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On the Clippers’ big day, the Lakers still cast a long shadow

first_img Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates According to a report from the Athletic, the Lakers’ pursuit of Leonard during free agency was hurt by a leak from former team president Magic Johnson, who shared some of what was discussed during his meeting with the then-Raptors star and his uncle, Dennis Robertson. Leonard didn’t address this report specifically, but pointedly noted on the Clippers end, “nothing really got out.” That helped him build trust in the Clippers’ front office.“A lot of things are made up now,” he said. “You start a website or a blog and push that out and say, Kawhi’s doing this, Kawhi’s doing that. But it’s always important to me to have a mutual understanding between everyone and just be transparent, if it’s good or bad, and I feel like that builds a great relationship.”The fact that both spurned the Lakers in free agency – George in 2018, and Leonard now – was the biggest indictment of all. But it just might be that the Lakers’ history and prestige didn’t attract the two stars in the way it has drawn others to its spotlight.Related Articles PreviousPaul George walks past a mural featuring newest Clippers players George and Kawhi Leonard at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Clippers front office consultant Jerry West, center, attends the introductory press conference for new additions Paul George and Kawhi Leonard on Wednesday at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles. West is considered the architect of several Lakers championship teams and surely played a hand in helping the Clippers stunningly acquire both Leonard and George in the same night earlier this month. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)The newest Clippers players Kawhi Leonard, left, and Paul George enter a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsThe newest Clippers players Paul George, left, and Kawhi Leonard enter a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)The Clippers newest players Paul George, left, and Kawhi Leonard arrive for a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)New Clippers players Paul George, left, and Kawhi Leonard wait for a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)New Clippers players Paul George, left, and Kawhi Leonard attend a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)From left, Clippers president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank, head coach Doc Rivers, owner Steve Ballmer, Paul George and Kawhi Leonard gather for a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Clippers president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank kicks off a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Paul George and Kawhi Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)New Clippers players Paul George, left, and Kawhi Leonard attend a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, left, joins new players Paul George, center, and Kawhi Leonard at a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)From left, Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, owner Steve Ballmer, Paul George and Kawhi Leonard gather for a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)From left, Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, owner Steve Ballmer, Paul George and Kawhi Leonard gather for a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)From left, Clippers president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank, speaks at a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)From left, Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, speaks at a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, steps up to the podium at a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Clippers players Paul George, left, and Kawhi Leonard laugh at a comment made by owner Steve Ballmer during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Clippers owner Steve Ballmer gets the crowd excited as they introduce new players Paul George and Kawhi Leonard at a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)New Clippers players Paul George, left, and Kawhi Leonard attend a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Clippers owner Steve Ballmer gets the crowd excited as they introduce new players Paul George and Kawhi Leonard at a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)New Clippers players Paul George, left, and Kawhi Leonard applaud during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)New Clippers players Paul George, left, and Kawhi Leonard attend a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)New Clippers players Paul George, left, and Kawhi Leonard laugh during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)New Clippers player Paul George speaks at a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)New Clippers player Paul George speaks at a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)New Clippers player Paul George speaks at a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)New Clippers player Paul George shakes hands with owner Steve Ballmer at a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)From left, Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, Paul George and Kawhi Leonard during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Newest Clippers player Kawhi Leonard steps up to the microphone during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Clippers owner Steve Ballmer laughs after hugging new player Paul George during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Newest Clippers player Kawhi Leonard speaks during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, left, and Paul George speak during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Newest Clippers player Paul George waits to answer a question during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Newest Clippers player Paul George answers a question during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Newest Clippers player Kawhi Leonard answers a question during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, left, looks on at his new players Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, right, during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Kawhi Leonard attends a press conference in Los Angeles, Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Nearly three weeks after the native Southern California superstars shook up the NBA by teaming up with the Los Angeles Clippers, the dynamic duo makes its first public appearance. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Newest Clippers player Paul George holds his jersey during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Newest Clippers player Kawhi Leonard holds his jersey during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)From left, Clippers president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank, head coach Doc Rivers, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and owner Steve Ballmer gather for a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Newest Clippers players Kawhi Leonard and Paul George hold up their jerseys during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Newest Clippers player Kawhi Leonard speaks during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Newest Clippers player Kawhi Leonard waits to answer a question during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)A mural is unveiled featuring newest Clippers players Paul George and Kawhi Leonard at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Paul George walks past a mural featuring newest Clippers players George and Kawhi Leonard at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Clippers front office consultant Jerry West, center, attends the introductory press conference for new additions Paul George and Kawhi Leonard on Wednesday at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles. West is considered the architect of several Lakers championship teams and surely played a hand in helping the Clippers stunningly acquire both Leonard and George in the same night earlier this month. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 44Clippers front office consultant Jerry West, center, attends the introductory press conference for new additions Paul George and Kawhi Leonard on Wednesday at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles. West is considered the architect of several Lakers championship teams and surely played a hand in helping the Clippers stunningly acquire both Leonard and George in the same night earlier this month. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES — As Kawhi Leonard aptly put it, the recent history of L.A.’s supposed hoops rivalry hasn’t been all that close: “As far as a basketball standpoint, the Clippers have been better.”Over the past six seasons, as the Lakers have missed the playoffs, the Clippers have won at least 48 games five times. There’s little doubt as to which organization has been the superior on-court team over that span.And yet the legacy of the Lakers, 16-time champions stacked with Hall of Fame names and 31 appearances in the NBA Finals, still towers above their neighbors, who have yet to reach a conference finals. Even Jerry West, the veteran consultant who has helped steer the Clippers toward their biggest moves in the last few years and sat in the front row during Wednesday’s proceedings, is best known as a Laker. The Lakers still stir the Los Angeles sports landscape and dominate the region in a way the Clippers never have – at least, so far.That might not even change now, both of the Clippers new superstars acknowledged at their introductory press conference, perhaps one of the most triumphant moments in the organization’s inauspicious history. But it might not matter, either. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img “They’re gonna get the attention,” Leonard said. “They’re the Los Angeles Lakers, they’ve been winning championships for a long time. But it’s just a media aspect. Even if we do win, who knows how the coverage will change over.”For all the splashes of blue and red in the gym of the Green Meadows Recreation Center on Wednesday, there was a purple-and-gold specter hanging over the affair. As one reporter put it, the Lakers cast a long shadow over the franchise long considered the stepchild NBA team in the market, and both Leonard and Paul George are familiar with that as Southern California natives.The Clippers seem to see the pathway out of that shadow as becoming the antithesis of the Lakers, of standing for the things they believe their storied neighbors lack. Even as George and Leonard resolved not to worry about the Lakers, there were tiny digs throughout the affair that seemed to be pointed at the team across the hall.Talking about the team’s selling points, President of Basketball Operations Lawrence Frank noted that the Clippers were “drama-free” in the NBA’s premier market. Even as George talked about his admiration for Kobe Bryant as he grew up in Palmdale, he wistfully talked about how playing hard on both offense and defense has become “a lost art” that he and Leonard both still practice. Leonard spoke about the importance of playing for Doc Rivers, an experienced coach who has won a championship before – which seemed to contrast the Lakers’ own instability at the position with a fifth coaching hire in the past eight years. What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 George offered that he grew up as a Clippers fan, and shared Leonard’s dream of building something for himself.“I just think Lakers is Lakers,” George said. “We’ve got our own identity. We’re chasing something else. We not looking at the Battle of L.A. We’ve got bigger things in mind and bigger goals to accomplish other than you know, the shadow.”Others, however, will be stacking up the two L.A. teams, now that they’re considered rivals for the Western Conference title. The Lakers, boasting LeBron James and Anthony Davis themselves, are naturally going to continue to command a lot of bandwidth, and with both teams housed in Staples Center, there figures to be budding tension if the Lakers still command the nation’s attention more so than the Clippers.That’s OK for now, Leonard said. The media aspect isn’t his concern. Trying to even the balance of titles a little more than 16 to zero – that’s the top priority for the famously private forward.“If we go to the championship and win, and we’re not getting no coverage, that’s fine with me,” he said, as peals of laughter rumbled through the gym. “I’m good.” For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory last_img read more

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