Summary of “The Big Boogie Cousins Question”

Against Portland, the Pelicans used a shooter at the 4 around one big, and even went without a true big, with Mirotic at center, in the few minutes that Davis sat in Game 4.
Lingering over the Pelicans’ explosion this postseason is the question of what to do with Cousins, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.
There’s no denying that the Pelicans play differently without Boogie, especially on defense; that’s what fueled their sweep of the Blazers, and it’s their ticket to pushing a Warriors team that may or may not have Steph Curry to the brink.
The NBA set a record for 3-point attempts this season, and pace was at its highest since the 1990-91 season, so the Pelicans were going against the grain with their two-big setup, even if both Cousins and Davis can shoot 3s. With Cousins on the floor, the Pelicans posted a pace of 100.7 possessions per 48 minutes, which would rank eighth in the NBA. But since the injury, their pace is 104.3, which ranks first.
That’s the big question about this current Pelicans lineup against the Warriors: Can they score? Holiday and Rondo were outstanding against the Blazers.
The Pelicans wouldn’t be able to play the way they are now with Cousins, but having both him and Mirotic would’ve allowed them to at least have the option of playing two-big lineups, and the ability to play small just by taking Cousins off the floor.
If the Pelicans end up getting toasted by the Warriors without Curry-who won’t be playing “Anytime soon,” according to Steve Kerr-it probably makes the question of whether to keep Cousins easier to answer.
The Pelicans will need to weigh the risk of a less-nimble Cousins against whatever salary he demands.

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Summary of “Zach Lowe on Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins and the New Orleans Pelicans”

In the weeks after DeMarcus Cousins’ Achilles tendon tear on Jan. 26, there was a consensus around the league that the New Orleans Pelicans would offer Cousins a full five-year, maximum contract despite the injury – or at least outbid what looked to be a limited pool of suitors for him.
A big deal for Cousins could also take New Orleans into the tax for next season, and it has done everything possible to duck it in the past.
Cousins cannot play as fast as New Orleans is playing now.
All this has presented New Orleans with what looks like an obvious roadmap: Let Cousins walk, re-sign Mirotic to a more reasonable number after next season, and use draft picks and the midlevel exception to stock the roster with wings.
New Orleans without Cousins has one star in Davis about as good as Golden State’s two best players, and a second sometime-star who at his peak is somewhere close to Draymond Green and Klay Thompson.
New Orleans and Chicago discussed potential Mirotic deals weeks before Cousins went down, per sources familiar with the talks.
New Orleans actually outscored opponents when Cousins played without Davis.
Even retaining Cousins at that price takes New Orleans right up against the projected tax.

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Summary of “Juventus team in transition fighting for Italian soccer supremacy”

The current team, led by aging stars Gigi Buffon and Giorgio Chiellini, has won six straight league titles, an Italian record.
I came here to see Juventus while this team was still together, fighting for a championship with the great Buffon in goal.
The Juventus team motto has never seemed more appropriate: Fino Alla Fine.
Since Juventus also is owned by the Agnelli family, the team and the belching smokestacks were seen as intertwined.
If all the other Italian teams are proxies for the fevered, tribal patriotism of former city-states, then Juventus served as a proxy for the Italian industrial revolution.
Paolo and Carlo are pulling for Napoli; they like to see an underdog unseat Juventus, a team that outspends all its Italian rivals.
“To cover the retreat from the city,” Dondona said, “They maintain Juventus and pump money into Juventus.”
The entire Juventus team walked to the locker room – except for one player.

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Summary of “Jayson Tatum is at the door. ‘He has a passion to be great'”

Sometimes young Jayson Tatum would find that the gas had been cut off because of unpaid bills, so his mother would turn on the clothes dryer for heat, or warm water on a stovetop for baths.
Beal’s trainer, Drew Hanlen, refused for two years to start working with Tatum, because he was simply too young.
Lewin told Hanlen the Celtics liked Tatum, but there was no way for any of them to envision what would come.
Five years after Beal was named Gatorade National Player of the Year, Tatum received the same honor at the same school.
Last June, Tatum held individual draft workouts in Los Angeles for the Celtics, 76ers, and Suns, who had the first, third, and fourth picks, respectively.
The Celtics generally do not care much about shooting displays that don’t involve defenders, but they had been watching Tatum for years, and they were smitten.
Tatum has a son of his own now, Jayson Jr., who was born in December.
Tatum’s mother and Jayson Jr.’s mother have mostly taken care of the baby through the grind of the NBA season, but Tatum is eager for his first summer with his little boy.

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Summary of “How did rookie Donovan Mitchell turn into the Utah Jazz’s go-to scorer? Check the tape”

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder, remote control in hand as he sits in the spacious, state-of-the-art film room at the team’s practice facility, rewinds the clip of Donovan Mitchell drilling a corner 3-pointer, replaying it a couple of times on the large projector screen.
These sort of sessions, which Bryant conducts daily, with Snyder occasionally joining the pair or calling in Mitchell for additional individual film study, have been an essential part of Mitchell’s evolution into the rare NBA rookie who serves as a bona fide go-to guy on a good team.
Mitchell averaged 20.5 points during the regular season for the 48-34 Jazz, becoming the first rookie since Carmelo Anthony in 2004-05 to lead a playoff-bound team in points per game.
They’ve guided the gifted 21-year-old, teaching him how to read defensive coverages as he became the focal point of opponents’ game plans and drilling Mitchell on the finer details of basketball.
That’s in large part because the corner 3 is a much more efficient shot, particularly for Mitchell, who made 48.5 percent of his attempts from the corners this season, compared to 32.5 percent of above-the-break 3s. It’s also due to the impact on spacing, opening avenues for teammates by forcing a defender to account for Mitchell all the way into the corner.
“WHAT JUST HAPPENED?” Snyder asks Mitchell a few seconds into a clip of a possession on which the rookie initiated the offense, passed to Ricky Rubio on the wing and spaced the floor as Dante Exum sliced for a layup.
It’s why Snyder shows Mitchell a possession on which the rookie never touches the ball but affects the play by circling back to the top of the arc while Rubio probes the baseline – “Nashes,” as Snyder calls it – stretching the defense to create room for Gobert to cut for a dunk.
Snyder rewinds to show Yabusele jab his right foot toward Mitchell as the rookie hesitates.

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Summary of “The Proof Is in the Pelicans”

Anthony Davis, who could finish second in MVP voting this season, might wind up being the third-most noteworthy player on his own team because Playoff Rondo is real and Jrue Holiday has emerged as the most imposing two-way presence in the NBA. The higher seed in each matchup tends to be the lens through which we view the series as a whole, as though the victors had already prewritten history and we’re all just here to fact-check for discrepancies.
Holiday transitioned to the wing to accommodate Rajon Rondo over the offseason.
Of course, Holiday and Davis are so good at the point of attack and from the backline, respectively, that the possession might’ve played out identically if Rondo hadn’t broadcast his reconnaissance.
Even if there are a number of ways to arrive at the same conclusion, in the playoffs, it might be wisest to follow Rondo’s lead. “If you’re gonna have him on your team you’ve got to believe in him enough to understand he’s gonna put guys in the right situation,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said after Game 1.
After their Game 2 victory in Portland, the Pelicans became only the seventh team since 2003, when the NBA went to a best-of-seven format in the first round, to win the first two games on the road. The most recent team to take the first two prior to these Pels was last year’s Bulls, a squad that rode Rondo’s institutional knowledge of the Celtics’ system until a fractured thumb forced both Rondo and Chicago out of the series.
Davis mentioned to the media that Rondo had stayed up all night prior to Game 1 watching film, crediting him for diagnosing plays before the Blazers could even get into their sets, something the point guard has done his entire career.
The Pelicans’ four most important players-Davis, Holiday, Rondo, and Nikola Mirotic-are all averaging no less than 38.5 minutes per game, and both games 1 and 2 have seen the final results determined by big scoring runs.
If Blazers coach Terry Stotts and his team can’t adjust at the rate Rondo has proved himself able to, there’s a chance Rondo can make up for lost time.

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Summary of “The Disgrace of Minor League Baseball”

The collective bargaining agreement that governs MLB gives a team control over a player for either four or five minor league seasons, then his first six full major league seasons.
You won’t get rich making $35,000 per year, and it’s still not a great look for a league that pulls in $8 billion a season, but you can live on $35,000, as opposed to the $6,000 or so most minor league baseball players will make each season.
Even basketball players don’t have it as good as minor league hockey players.
In the ECHL, the lowest level of affiliated North American hockey, the rookie minimum for the current season is $460 per week, which isn’t much, but still beats the $1,160 per month minor league baseball players make.
So why do minor league basketball and hockey players get a better deal than minor league baseball players, despite those leagues’ parent clubs bringing in less money overall? It’s not because basketball and hockey owners are less interested in maximizing profits at all costs-many baseball owners have a stake in another pro team, and even if the people running the NBA, NHL, and MLB aren’t literally the same people, they all went to the same business schools and hang out at the same golf courses.
Plus, the crop of underpaid minor league baseball players includes not only Americans with nothing more than a high school education, but Latin American players, many of whom grew up in poverty, and who’d have to leave the country if they chose to pursue another career.
Minor league hockey players, unlike minor league baseball and basketball players, are unionized.
There are numerous reasons why paying minor league baseball players a living wage, and not screwing around with their big league service time, would be beneficial for MLB clubs as well.

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Summary of “Nintendo Labo review: an incredible learning tool that’s a blast to play”

They’re building sets coupled with games: you put the accessory together yourself, and then you use it to play the accompanying game.
First, there’s the playful nature of Nintendo merging the worlds of digital and physical play, encouraging kids to use their hands to build things.
Labo not only allows you to build things like a cardboard piano, but it also gives you a peek behind the curtain into how these strange accessories actually work.
You play as you build, you discover as you play, and it’s a blast no matter what you’re doing.
At launch, Labo comes in two forms: a “Variety kit” and a “Robot kit.” The variety kit is cheaper and more expansive, with five different projects to build, compared to the robot’s one.
Each of the Labo kits also comes with a number of extra pieces that you can use to build new Toy-Con, though there’s really no reason you can’t use other cardboard or really anything for that matter.
Once you build the kits and play through the games, there’s not much else to do.
Labo is an experience where creating and building are just as much fun as playing.

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Summary of “Reading Aloud to Young Children Has Benefits for Behavior and Attention”

The children whose families had participated in the intervention when they were younger were still less likely to manifest those behavior problems – aggression, hyperactivity, difficulty with attention – that can so often make it hard for children to do well and learn and prosper when they get to school.
Some children were enrolled in a second stage of the project, and the books and toys and videotaping continued as they visited the clinic from age 3 to 5; they showed additional “Dose-response” effects; more exposure to the “Positive parenting” promotion meant stronger positive impacts on the children’s behavior.
“We may be helping some children so they don’t need to have certain kinds of evaluations.” Children who grow up in poverty are at much higher risk of behavior problems in school, so reducing the risk of those attention and behavior problems is one important strategy for reducing educational disparities – as is improving children’s language skills, another source of school problems for poor children.
All parents should appreciate the ways that reading and playing can shape cognitive as well as social and emotional development, and the power of parental attention to help children flourish.
Dr. Weisleder said that in reading and playing, children can encounter situations a little more challenging than what they usually come across in everyday life, and adults can help them think about how to manage those situations.
“We think when parents read with their children more, when they play with their children more, the children have an opportunity to think about characters, to think about the feelings of those characters,” he said.
“The key take-home message to me is that when parents read and play with their children when their children are very young – we’re talking about birth to 3 year olds – it has really large impacts on their children’s behavior,” Dr. Mendelsohn said.
“All families need to know when they read, when they play with their children, they’re helping them learn to control their own behavior,” he said, so that they will come to school able to manage the business of paying attention and learning.

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Summary of “Passing the Torch: Denzel Washington and Michael B. Jordan”

Like Mr. Washington, Mr. Jordan, 31, got his big break on television: on HBO’s “The Wire,” when he was just 15.
PHILIP GALANES If Mike reminds people of a young Denzel, who did young Denzel remind people of?
MICHAEL B. JORDAN The script tells you what’s going up on screen.
GALANES You probably made up for it with “Black Panther.” Why no superheroes for you, Denzel?
JORDAN That’s why I want to take care of my family now.
WASHINGTON The way I see it, I’m in the service business now.
WASHINGTON That’s why I’m here! That’s why I’m still in the race.
WASHINGTON What’s the harm in that? You’ll never see a U-Haul behind a hearse.

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