Pelicans’ Davis saving himself for playoff push

admin   •   February 13, 2015   •   2473

Feb 9, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis out with a sprained shoulder talks with guard Tyreke Evans (1) during the third quarter of a game against the Utah Jazz at the Smoothie King Center. The Jazz defeated the Pelicans 100-96. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Feb 9, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis out with a sprained shoulder talks with guard Tyreke Evans (1) during the third quarter of a game against the Utah Jazz at the Smoothie King Center. The Jazz defeated the Pelicans 100-96. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

(Reuters) – New Orleans Pelicans rising star Anthony Davis is disappointed at missing out on a starting assignment in Sunday’s NBA All-Star game because of a shoulder injury but the mature 21-year-old is looking at the big picture.

With New Orleans 1-1/2 games back of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, Davis understands that his health trumps playing in the annual exhibition.

“My shoulder wasn’t ready two games ago, not sure if it’s going to be ready by Sunday’s All-Star Game,” the 6-foot-10 forward told Reuters on Thursday. “I don’t want to risk it, especially with my team having a great chance of getting to the playoffs.”

Davis, promoting American Express PIVOT (www.AMEXAllStar.com), which offers fans a unique look at players’ signature moves, will be replaced on the All-Star roster by Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki but will cheer the team on at Madison Square Garden.

Davis has made great strides since joining New Orleans as the top pick of the 2012 NBA Draft.

The vaunted defensive skills he brought from the University of Kentucky were on immediate display as a rookie, but “The Brow,” as he is known because of his unibrow, has blossomed into an offensive force.

After averaging 13.5 points his rookie campaign, Davis improved by seven points a game last season and currently carries a 24.5 average to go with 10.3 rebounds and a league-leading 2.7 blocks per game.

“I didn’t want to be a one-sided player. I kind of took that personal, took that to heart,” Davis said. “I tried to expand my game, going to the block, learning post moves, executing post moves in the game, shooting the jump shot.”

Davis is being hailed as the NBA’s next great superstar, though the soft-spoken big man stresses he is still developing.

“This is only my third year. I just keep working, keep playing hard, keep grinding and the sky is the limit for me,” he said.

“A lot of people have me in the top five, top three, but for me it’s all about learning. I don’t feel like I’m right there right now because I have a lot to learn.”

Davis hopes to hasten his learning curve this season.

“I haven’t made the playoffs yet, haven’t even been close until this year,” he said. “This is where we can make our push and get better and experience a lot of things this season.”

(Editing by Frank Pingue)

China says it will retaliate against U.S. actions on Hong Kong

UNTV News   •   June 30, 2020

China said on Tuesday (June 30) it will take retaliatory measures in response to the United States’ decision to start eliminating Hong Kong’s special status under U.S. law.

“Intimidation will never work on China. The U.S. wants to use these so-called sanctions to obstruct China’s legislation process to safeguard national security in Hong Kong. This attempt has no chance of success,” said Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian at a daily news briefing.

Zhao did not specify which measures Beijing would take. The U.S. is halting defense exports and restricting Hong Kong’s access to high-technology products as China prepares new Hong Kong security legislation.

China’s parliament passed national security legislation for Hong Kong on Tuesday, setting the stage for the most radical changes to the former British colony’s way of life since it returned to Chinese rule 23 years ago. (Reuters)

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Trump urges U.S. to halt most social activity in virus fight, warns of recession

UNTV News   •   March 17, 2020

President Donald Trump urged Americans on Monday (March 16) to halt most social activities for 15 days and not congregate in groups larger than 10 people in a newly aggressive effort to reduce the spread of the coronavirus in the United States.

Announcing new guidelines from his coronavirus task force, the president said people should avoid discretionary travel and not go to bars, restaurants, food courts or gyms.

As stocks tumbled, Trump warned that a recession was possible, a development that could affect his chances of re-election in November. The Republican president said he was focused on addressing the health crisis and that the economy would get better once that was in line.

The task force implored young people to follow the new guidelines even though they were at lesser risk of suffering if they contract the virus. Older people, especially those with underlying health problems, are at the greatest risk if they develop the respiratory disease.

Reporters staggered their seating, sitting in every other seat in the White House briefing room, to follow social distancing measures.

Trump said the worst of the virus could be over by July, August or later. He called it an invisible enemy.

The president has taken criticism for playing down the seriousness of the virus in the early days of its U.S. spread. On Monday, when asked, he gave himself a good grade for his response.

“I’d rate it a 10. I think we’ve done a great job,” he said.

Trump said a nationwide curfew was not under consideration at this point.

Normally a cheerleader for the U.S. economy, he acknowledged the possibility of a recession while brushing off another dramatic decline on stock markets as investors worried about the virus.

“We’re not thinking in terms of recession, we’re thinking in terms of the virus. Once we stop, I think there’s a tremendous pent up demand, both in terms of the stock market and in terms of the economy,” Trump said. The president has long considered soaring stock markets to be a sign of his administration’s success.

Trump said the administration had talked regularly about domestic travel restrictions but hoped not to have to put such measures in place.

He said he thought it would still be possible for G7 leaders to meet at the Camp David retreat in Maryland in June. Trump upset European countries, which make up a large part of the G7, by instituting travel restrictions from European countries without consulting with them first. (Reuters)

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NBA suspends season until further notice after player tests positive for COVID-19

UNTV News   •   March 12, 2020

The National Basketball Association (NBA) said on Wednesday it was suspending the season until further notice after a Utah Jazz player tested positive for the coronavirus.

The test result was reported shortly prior to the tip-off of a game between the Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The league said the affected player, reportedly center Rudy Gobert, was not in the arena.

“The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of games until further notice,” the league said.

“The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.”

The pandemic rocked the North American sports calendar on Wednesday, leading to the cancellation of the figure skating world championships and the announcement that college basketball’s annual ‘March Madness’ tournament would take place without fans in attendance. (Reuters)

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