Summary of “Denis Shapovalov Is the Thrilling, Gutsy Teen of Tennis”

I am walking with Denis Shapovalov on the grounds of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden when a woman approaches him and, after apologizing for being a bother, wishes him luck.
Indian Wells has lots of open practice courts, allowing fans an opportunity to get quite close to their favorite players.
Just a quick glint in a player’s eye that sizes up the stranger-is it a fan? A sponsor? A tournament volunteer? But Shapovalov is, for now, unusually unguarded.
Throughout the tournament, Shapovalov had been staying at the family home of close friend and fellow Canadian tennis player Félix Auger-Aliassime.
Occasionally, you can get the sense that, when a lower-ranked player takes the court against an all-time great like Nadal or Federer, they do so with the modest hope of just not getting blown off the court.
“You can’t just put the ball in and hope Rafa misses. It’s not going to happen. He’ll just run you around the court and make the shots he needs to make. When I play the top guys, I make sure that if I have an opening, I go for it.”
“As a person,” he says, “I find myself to be shy and not that exciting, but on the court I feel like a different animal. We’re entertainers. That’s our job: to give the fans a good show. I grew up wanting to play on the big stages in front of all these fans, so when I finally get the chance to do it, I’m so happy that I let myself go. For me, I feel like the point is to go out there and express your emotions and your feelings for the game.”
“The obligations they must have? Players like Roger and Rafa can’t go anywhere unnoticed, within tennis and outside of tennis. They can’t go to malls. They can’t go to the movies and just relax. They always have to be cautious. And then they somehow balance everything and still play at the highest level. If I were in their position, I don’t know if I could do it for as long as Roger or Rafa. I’ll probably retire earlier than…well, definitely earlier than Roger!”.

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Summary of “Carmelo Anthony’s Failed OKC Experiment”

Carmelo Anthony was bad in the playoff series that ended his first season on the Thunder.
The Nuggets hadn’t made the playoffs for eight years prior to Anthony’s arrival in 2003; with Carmelo on the roster, they immediately began a seven-year playoff streak.
In Oklahoma City’s first-round loss to the Jazz, Anthony was “Bad” in the same way that an unexplained wad of human hair in a fast-food meal is bad. When Anthony was off the court, the Thunder stood a chance-in fact, OKC outscored the Jazz by 32 combined points in the series when Anthony was benched.
We’re left frustrated because the things Carmelo wants are still different from the things we want from Carmelo.
On two stages, Carmelo has proved himself as one of the most important players in basketball.
Ah, yes, Olympic Melo: Playing as a power forward or even a center, Carmelo feasted against international big men who had to choose between guarding his shot or his drive.
We’ll never see a player like Carmelo Anthony again.
Did Carmelo play poorly this season because he hated his non-star turn? Or did Carmelo hate this season because he played poorly? Carmelo’s chickens and eggs will sum up his NBA career: Maybe he was “Bad” as a result of his poor decisions and misguided priorities.

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Summary of “Heads up: the oral history of Iron Man’s original HUD – vfxblog”

It’s ten years since the world got a first taste of Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, and one thing that is certainly still in the mind of many audience members is the hero’s heads-up display, or HUD. The HUD is seen inside the helmet of the different ‘Marks’ of the Iron Man suits and in the Iron Monger suit worn by Jeff Bridges’ villain Obadiah Stane, and of course in subsequent Iron Man and Avengers outings.
While the creation of the original HUD in Iron Man certainly paved the way for future designs, the task would prove to be incredibly challenging for the film’s visual effects team.
On the tenth anniversary of Iron Man and with the release of Avengers: Infinity War, vfxblog asked several members of that original HUD creation group how they made a visual effect for the ages.
We did a test for the HUD, and for shots of Iron Man in the suit and actually, the moment in the film where he blows up the tank, that was actually from our test.
Jonathan Rothbart assembled a great team of artists and production personnel to work on the HUD. Shooting Robert Downey Jr. John Nelson: The live action photography for the HUD was the last thing we shot with Robert Downey Jr. The director of photography, Matthew Libatique, and I talked about whether if we shot it on a prime lens in 70mm, we would have more of an advantage than shooting it on Super 35.
For us the depth also included the movement of the HUD. Meaning, using the way the HUD graphics moved and got attention/activation were used to create depth.
Then what we did was, we built the HUD and we attached it to his head. We didn’t absolutely attach it to his head. We kind of matched it to his head. When there was times when the suit was exploding and it was under stress we actually made it lag a little bit so it wasn’t quite keeping up with his head. We added this control so that we could have it really tightly match to his head movement or so that we could loosen it up a little bit and start to have bugs in it.
In the beginning of the sequence, you see components of the armour being applied, followed by a POV of the mask coming up to his face, then the very first HUD shot of Tony as the graphics turn on.

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Summary of “What has really been going on with Markelle Fultz?”

On a blustery winter night in the middle of January, Markelle Fultz is working.
In the middle of all this, with an agent claiming Fultz couldn’t lift his shoulder and a GM announcing Fultz was out of the lineup so they could, “Take a step back, let him take him take a breath and get him healthy,” the player in question continued to work.
To illustrate the Zapruder-esque territory we are in with Fultz, there is another blurry video from that Nov. 6 practice of Fultz using a goofy overhead toss as he’s going through drills, in a manner that can’t be helpful for what was being framed as an aching shoulder.
Following another visit with Dr. Ben Kibler, the Sixers released an updated statement on his prognosis on Nov. 19:.Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz was examined and evaluated today by Dr. Ben Kibler, Medical Director of the Shoulder Center of Kentucky at the Lexington Clinic, for the soreness and scapular muscle imbalance that he has been experiencing in his right shoulder.
Multiple people who spoke to PhillyVoice insist Fultz never stopped shooting, with Fultz getting shots up throughout the months of November and December.
What the Sixers are trying to sell is this story: Markelle Fultz has the same problems with his shot in January that he had in October, without the same health problems they claim he was dealing with during that time.
“It was just something going on where I wanted to try something new, but my free throw’s going to look the same as college. I’m just trying to look at different ways to see how the ball can go in the hoop,” said Fultz on September 28.
Eventually, there will be no other voices, and there will only be Markelle Fultz, that kid locked inside a New Jersey gym dying to rediscover what brought him here.

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Summary of “How to take a picture of the moon that doesn’t look like a tiny, white blob”

It’s frustrating, especially when you’re experiencing a super moon, or a blood moon, or a harvest moon, or any of those other moon phenomena that don’t really mean anything, but are extremely good at helping websites rack up page views and Instagram users gather likes.
Here are some tips for photographing a full moon, no matter what kind of camera you have, or what kind of media hype that particularly moon brings with it.
Your best bet for shooting the moon is an advanced camera with exposure controls and a long, telephoto lens.
Moon shots often trick camera light meters because it tries to average out the bright celestial body with the dark sky.
Once you’re ready to take the picture, use your camera’s self-timer mode to actually fire the shutter.
Many cameras have a mode that will wait two seconds after you push the button to take the picture and that comes in handy here.
You only need a picture that’s roughly 1000 x 1000 pixels to look great on Instagram, so there’s plenty of room to crop into files from most cameras.
If you know how to shoot in raw-something that both smartphones and dedicated cameras now do regularly-enabling it will keep all the image data you capture without compressing it to make a JPEG file.

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Summary of “The problem with curated photos on social media”

Let me list several problems with it-not as self-effacing humble-brags, but a deeper reflection on social media in general and how we perceive it.
Yes, it’s a cool photo, but I literally took 836 shots before I got this one.
This shot may look great on my social feeds, but it doesn’t show the rejected shots or the amount of time it took to get one good one.
I only post to social media, especially photos, when something interesting is happening.
By refreshing my social feeds to see who likes this shot, I’m acknowledging my need for admiration from people I don’t even know, on the internet.
By not adding a comment or giving context to the shot on social media, the post conveys that this is “No big deal” like I see whales every fucking day or something.
Yes, it’s just a photo, one of many on my feed, on one of two social networks I’m on.
Forget you even have a camera or social media feed at all.

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Summary of “NBA Questions & Answers: The New Reality”

There’s still plenty to figure out over the next four months, but at this point, the NBA season is what it is.
Our NBA staff picked out the new realities that have set in thus far, and how we grapple with them moving forward.
How could the most talented center in the NBA have never made the playoffs? Now we have an answer.
The Kings, on the other hand, are once again one of the worst teams in the NBA, and their playoff drought doesn’t look like it will end anytime soon.
He’s going to be one of the most coveted free agents in the NBA this offseason.
Not surprisingly, retired NBA veterans and rookies alike dragged him for it.
Almost six months since winning the NBA’s highest individual honor based on the case that his 47-win team couldn’t reach even that low bar without his historic production, it is now widely assumed that Westbrook is holding back his new superteam.
In Chicago, he’s been able to work out the kinks in his shot by playing over 10 more minutes per game than last season and taking triple the amount of shots.

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Summary of “LeBron Is Still Getting Better”

LeBron James might remain the best player in the NBA. He might remain the most valuable.
According to data from Second Spectrum, James is shooting an effective field goal percentage of 58.8 on step-back shots and 63 on pull-up jumpers – his two most common shot types after brute-force drives.
The Cavs score 125 points per 100 possessions when James drives and finishes himself, passes to a teammate for a shot or is fouled, and 118 points per 100 possessions on scoring chances that come from multiple passes after a James drive, according to Second Spectrum.
James is finding more success driving to the rim, but he’s also drawing fouls at a career-worst rate – his.294 rate of free throws per field goal attempt is down considerably from his career average.
The Cleveland defense has been nearly 11 points better per 100 possessions when he sits, and ESPN’s defensive Real Plus-Minus has him in the negatives, below James Harden and Kyle Lowry.
RPM is famously skewed toward defensive-minded big men, but James has historically performed much better in the stat.
We expect more from James because we’ve seen more from him.
Maybe he’s playing catch-up defense these days, or not drawing fouls the way he used to, or not willing Jae Crowder into making his wide-damn-open 3s. But 15 seasons into his career, he’s still getting better, and so far this season, the pieces he’s added have more than made up for the ones that have fallen away.

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Summary of “The Draymond Green All-Stars of Summer League”

The Lakers won the Las Vegas summer league title on Monday, defeating the Blazers 110-98, by demonstrating a rare cohesion for a summer team.
In the spirit of players like Draymond Green, Jae Crowder, and Malcolm Brogdon, here is a starting five of the most versatile, most overlooked players to take the court in Vegas, starting with the real MVP of the Summer Lakers.
After watching Kuzma dominate the Las Vegas summer league, averaging 21.9 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 2.7 assists while playing versatile defense, I already feel like an idiot for ranking him 47th in The Ringer’s 2017 NBA Draft Guide.
Even though it’s only summer league, Kuzma has already shown enough to prove he shouldn’t have fallen to 27th.It helped Kuzma’s cause to play a chunk of his minutes with Lonzo Ball, who is “a giver,” as The Ringer’s Danny Chau described him Tuesday.
As Joshua Riddell said in his tweet, Bell had “Elite timing” protecting the rim at summer league.
DeAndre’ Bembry, Atlanta HawksThe summer league all-versatile team needs a big playmaker.
After logging only 371 minutes in 38 games as a rookie with the Hawks, Bembry found himself in the “Too good for summer league club” posting 17.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 3.3 assists in 26 minutes per game.
Philadelphia’s team defense at summer league was abysmal, but individually, the 6-foot-10 Australian looked terrific.

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Summary of “Greatest Movie Props of All Time: From Lightsabers to Wilson”

Perry Blake, co-production designer: “It was a totally fabricated prop. We started with the hockey stick, in terms of the size of it. The bottom part was, more or less, like a hockey stick, but we also wanted to make it flat and smooth. As far as I know, there wasn’t anything like this that existed – it’s not like you could go online and buy them, and I don’t remember anybody having them.”We mocked them up and would bring them to director Dennis Dugan, and, you know, Adam is very involved in his movies, so he was testing them out and looking at them and deciding which one he liked best.
We wanted to have one ‘prove-it’ shot that was like a 25ft putt, one where Adam actually made it.
“I remember the day we were shooting that scene, it was basically like, OK, we’re just gonna sit here, and Adam’s gonna shoot the ball from way back there until he makes it in. Everyone was betting on how many it would be: Is it gonna take him more than five shots? Is it gonna take him 10 shots? Finally, when he made it in, everybody went crazy. It was a lot of fun.”

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