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Struggling Knicks fire coach Fisher in second season

by admin   |   Posted on Tuesday, 9 February 2016 02:51 PM

Feb 6, 2015; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach Derek Fisher reacts against the Brooklyn Nets during the third quarter at Barclays Center. The Nets defeated the Knicks 92-88. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Feb 6, 2015; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach Derek Fisher reacts against the Brooklyn Nets during the third quarter at Barclays Center. The Nets defeated the Knicks 92-88. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

The struggling New York Knicks have fired head coach Derek Fisher less than two years after he was brought in to help turn around the once-proud franchise, the National Basketball Association team said on Monday.

Fisher was dismissed a day after the NBA’s most valuable team (23-31) lost their fifth consecutive outing, falling five games back of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Associate head coach Kurt Rambis has been named interim head coach, the Knicks said in a statement.

Fisher, a five-times NBA champion player with the Los Angeles Lakers, had no coaching experience when he was hired in mid-2014. It represented one of the first major moves in a makeover spearheaded by president Phil Jackson.

A former president of the NBA Players Association, Fisher took over a Knicks team that had a 37-45 record in the 2013-14 season and missed the playoffs for the first time in four years.

Fisher, fresh off the final season of an 18-year playing career, toiled as the Knicks posted the second worst record in the league, going 17-65 in his first campaign.

He finished with a 40-96 overall record with the team.

Rambis, hired by the Knicks in 2014, is an 18-year NBA coaching veteran. He also led the Minnesota Timberwolves for two seasons from 2009.

Last month a Forbes poll showed the Knicks, worth $3 billion, were the NBA’s most valuable team due to a new cable deal and because they have the highest premium-seating revenue in the league.

(Reporting by Frank Pingue; Editing by Tony Jimenez)

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Google to spend $1 billion on new campus in New York

by admin   |   Posted on Tuesday, 18 December 2018 10:01 AM

 

GOOGLE SIGN | REUTERS

Alphabet Inc’s Google is investing more than $1 billion (USD) on a new campus in New York, becoming the second major technology company after Amazon to pick America’s financial capital to expand and create thousands of jobs.

The 1.7 million square-foot campus, called Google Hudson Square, will include leased properties at Hudson Street and Washington Street, the company said in a blog post on Monday (December 17).

Google hopes to start moving into the buildings beginning in 2020 and plans to double its New York headcount to 14,000 in the next 10 years.

“What firms need to do is go where people want to work, where they can get the talent and New York is one of those cities that has sort of proved itself as being able to attract young, tech, millennial type talent,” said Peter Muoio, executive vice president and head of research at Ten-X Commercial, the nation’s largest online platform where commercial real estate is bought and sold.

Google plans to invest outside its home base mirror those of other U.S. tech giants such as Apple Inc., which said last week it would spend $1 billion to build a new campus in Austin, Texas.

Last month, Amazon.com Inc said it would open offices in New York and the Washington, D.C., area, creating more than 25,000 jobs.

“I think what really drives these decisions is the lack of enough workers to fill their needs just in Silicon Valley. And so I think what Amazon is doing and what Apple’s doing in Austin and what Google just announced in New York are just all manifestations of their need for a more diversified and broader workforce than what they can get in Silicon Valley,” Muoio said.

Google’s first New York office at 111 Eighth Avenue is one of the city’s largest buildings that it bought in 2010 for $1.77 billion.

Earlier this year, the company announced a $2.4 billion purchase of the Manhattan Chelsea Market. It also has leased space on Pier 57 jutting into the Hudson, which will create a four-block campus. — Reuters

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NBA roundup: Knicks rally, dump Bucks in overtime

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, 3 December 2018 07:19 AM

Dec 1, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay (1) drives to the basket against Milwaukee Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe (6) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Emmanuel Mudiay scored 16 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter and overtime as the New York Knicks came back to defeat the visiting Milwaukee Bucks 136-134 on Saturday.

The Bucks led by as many as 14 points in the fourth quarter before the Knicks stormed back to force overtime.

Kevin Knox added a career-best 26 points for the Knicks. Damyean Dotson and Tim Hardaway Jr. each added 21 points, and Noah Vonleh added 15 before fouling out in overtime.

Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 33 points, 19 rebounds and seven assists. Eric Bledsoe added 27 points for Milwaukee, Malcolm Brogdon had 22 points, Brook Lopez 13, and Khris Middleton and Tony Snell 10 apiece.

Celtics 118, Timberwolves 109

Gordon Hayward enjoyed his best game of the season, finishing with 30 points, nine rebounds and eight assists to lead Boston past host Minnesota.

The Celtics extended their modest win streak to three games, getting the last two on consecutive nights. The T-wolves saw their season-best win streak snapped at four games.

The Celtics also got big performances from Jayson Tatum, who scored 19 points and added nine rebounds. Kyrie Irving also chipped in with 21 points and nine assists. The Timberwolves were led by Karl-Anthony Towns, who posted 20 points and nine rebounds.

Pistons 111, Warriors 102

Andre Drummond tipped in misses on consecutive possessions in the third quarter to stall a Golden State comeback, and host Detroit eased away in the fourth period over the two-time defending champions in Stephen Curry’s return to action.

The former two-time NBA Most Valuable Player had 27 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals in 37 minutes after having missed 11 consecutive games with a strained groin. He shot 10-for-21 from the field, including 3-for-9 on 3-pointers, and committed seven turnovers.

Blake Griffin led Detroit with 26 points, while Drummond gathered a game-high 19 rebounds to go with 16 points. The Pistons led 54-46 at halftime and by as many as 14 in the third period before the Warriors rallied within 78-76 on a 3-pointer by Andre Iguodala with 2:06 left in the period.

Rockets 121, Bulls 105

James Harden scored 30-plus points for the sixth time in eight games, Clint Capela recorded his eighth double-double in nine games, and Houston parlayed a balanced scoring attack into its win over visiting Chicago.

Harden led seven Rockets in double figures with 30 points, doing so on 9-for-16 shooting. He finished 6-for-11 on 3-pointers, adding six rebounds and seven assists to his ledger. The win pulled the Rockets, who led the NBA with 65 wins last season, back to .500.

The Bulls dropped their sixth consecutive game and sixth in succession in the overall series with the Rockets. Zach LaVine paced Chicago with 29 points on 11-of-17 shooting while forward Jabari Parker added 21 points and 12 rebounds.

Raptors 106, Cavaliers 95

Kawhi Leonard scored 34 points and former Cavalier Danny Green added 15 points and seven rebounds to lead Toronto past host Cleveland.

Leonard connected on 11 of 21 field-goal attempts and was a perfect 9-for-9 from the foul line and grabbed nine rebounds for the Raptors, who boast the league’s best record at 20-4 and now have won eight straight games. All five Raptors starters scored in double figures.

Cleveland, which lost by 33 points on Friday to Boston, was led by Tristan Thompson and Jordan Clarkson, who each scored 18. Clarkson’s points came off the bench. Thompson also had 19 rebounds for his 12th double-double of the season and his sixth in the past seven games.

Kings 111, Pacers 110

Willie Cauley-Stein followed a De’Aaron Fox miss with a dunk with 16.1 seconds remaining to give host Sacramento a one-point lead and the win over Indiana.

A 3-pointer by Darren Collison had given Indiana a 110-107 advantage with 1:12 to go before Cauley-Stein stole the ball and Fox made a layup with 35.1 left to get the Kings within one.

Bogdan Bogdanovic had a team-high 20 points and Cauley-Stein recorded a double-double with 17 points to go with his game-high 13 rebounds for the Kings, who had lost three in a row. Bojan Bogdanovic led all scorers with 27 points for the Pacers.

Wizards 102, Nets 88

John Wall scored a game-high 30 points while Bradley Beal got 22, and Markieff Morris added 20 off the bench as host Washington defeated Brooklyn.

Both teams were coming off of tough losses Friday. The 76ers handed Washington a 123-98 loss in Philadelphia, while the Nets suffered a 131-125 defeat against Memphis — in double overtime — at home. Brooklyn has dropped six consecutive games, while the Wizards snapped a two-game losing streak.

Wall also finished with nine assists and five rebounds. Beal and Morris complemented him as the Washington offense scored 60 points in the second half. Allen Crabbe led Brooklyn with 14 points.

—Field Level Media

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Google workers walk out to protest office harassment, inequality

by admin   |   Posted on Friday, 2 November 2018 11:10 AM

 

Aerial of employees walking out of Google | REUTERS

Hundreds of Google employees and contractors in New York and Washington, D.C. staged brief midday walkouts on Thursday, (November 1) with more expected to follow at offices worldwide, amid complaints of sexism, racism and unchecked executive power in their workplace.

In a statement late on Wednesday, the organizers called on Google parent Alphabet Inc to add an employee representative to its board of directors and internally share pay-equity data. They also asked for changes to Google’s human resources practices intended to make bringing harassment claims a fairer process.

Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai said in a statement that “employees have raised constructive ideas” and that the company was “taking in all their feedback so we can turn these ideas into action.”

The workers who filed out of its New York headquarters shortly after 1100 local time were hoping for “real change” and to be treated equally. — Reuters

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