GM Michael Winger declined T’wolves interview, says he can’t imagine leaving Clippers

first_imgThe Clippers had given Winger permission to talk with Minnesota about the job, but Winger informed the T’wolves he was happy in L.A., where he has helped the Clippers remain competitive despite making significant roster changes, stocking up on future draft assets and clearing enough salary-cap space to pursue elite free agents.“When you walk into the building, there’s a spirit, there’s an energy that just sort of encapsulates you,” Winger said before Sunday’s game at Staples Center. “You feel like you’re not part of something any other organization knows. It’s refreshing, it’s really unique. It makes you feel like you have meaning, like you have some purpose and I like that.”On social media, Clippers fans cheered his decision to forego a potential promotion, a non-move that they took as a statement about the previously long-downtrodden franchise.“As far as I know, and for as long as I can remember, people have really wanted to be a part of something that (owner) Steve Ballmer is doing,” said Winger, whose Clippers tenure began in August 2017. “People love being on a team coached by Doc (Rivers). Obviously, we have Jerry (West).“I’ve said this to some of our folks internally, ‘It’s like I’m the odd one out.’ I’m like, ‘What on Earth am I doing here?’ You turn left, and there’s Steve Ballmer. You turn right and there’s Jerry West. Ahead of you, there’s Doc Rivers. You look behind you, there’s (President of Basketball Operations) Lawrence Frank. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters “It’s sort of a Murderer’s Row and I’m in awe of the people that I work with … Transactions are transactions. Those are all not particularly moving, but the people to me are moving, and our people are just unmatched in the league. They bleed the Clipper colors and there’s just no way on Earth I could be happier doing anything else or being anywhere else.”COLD BUCKETSRookie Jerome Robinson played 15 minutes in the first three games of the Clippers’ first-round series, 12 of those coming in garbage time during Thursday’s blowout loss. He was 1 for 5 and had scored three points in the series.Related Articles LOS ANGELES — Despite the Game 4 defeat, the youthful energy on display in the Clippers’ first-round playoff series on Sunday afternoon was something of a positive omen for the organization.Not, perhaps, for the immediate future – the Clippers trail 3-1 in the best-of-seven series and face elimination against the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors in Game 5 on Wednesday night in Oakland.But after that, in years to come.Clippers general manager Michael Winger said he appreciates the promising, positive energy he feels in the Clippers’ camp since coming aboard in 2017, which is why he declined even to interview for the Minnesota Timberwolves’ president of basketball operations position.center_img Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 In the regular season, the 13th overall pick appeared in only 33 regular-season games for the Clippers, spending significant time playing with the organization’s G League affiliate Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario.But Sunday, against the two-time defending NBA champions, he was the surprise guest, putting on a popcorn-worthy second quarter show with seven points, two steals, two assists and a rebound (in six minutes) to help the Clippers avoid again falling into an inescapable hole.“We needed to spread the floor some,” said Robinson, who said he realized he might be a bigger part of the game plan during Saturday’s practice. “Just always kind of staying ready is the name of the game.”Said fellow rookie Landry Shamet: “Jerome played really well, he came in and gave us a spark when we needed one. I’m proud of him and how he stayed ready. He’s a pro, he came in and did what he had to do, helped keep us in the game for a while.” 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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Man Utd ramp up Smalling fee to £25m with Spurs, Arsenal and Everton all keen

first_imgMANCHESTER UNITED have reportedly ramped up their transfer fee of Chris Smalling to £25m with Spurs, Arsenal and Everton all keen on the defender.Metro claim that Roma, who are looking to turn the England star’s loan into a permanent deal this summer, are said to be shocked by the Red Devils’ valuation.1 Chris Smalling has impressed during his time on loan at RomaCredit: Getty Images – GettyOle Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are keen to avoid losing another centre-back on the cheap after recouping just £6m for Jonny Evans’ departure in 2015.The Northern Irishman has starred for Leicester this season, and has also attracted £35m interest from Arsenal and Manchester City in recent years.MAN UTD NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest United newsRoma meanwhile had hoped to strike a deal for Smalling for less than £20m, yet United are mindful of other clubs keeping tabs on him.The 30-year-old is loving life in the Italian capital and has made no secret of his desire to end his time at Old Trafford after nine years at the club.However, the Fulham defender has also been offered a route back into English football with both Spurs and Everton keen on a move.Arsenal had been listed as another possible destination for Smalling, who has revived his career in Serie A.The star  – dubbed ‘Smalldini’ after his fine form – has even been offered a chance at an England recall by Gareth Southgate.The Three Lions boss suggested that Smalling’s limitations in playing out from the back meant he was not suited to his blueprint back in 2017.But the England boss now admits he was “unfair” on Smalling and paved the way for a potential way back into the fold.Southgate said: “I’ve never ruled anybody out. I think that would be wrong.“I think I said I probably regretted the way the message came across if, by praising others for certain attributes, there was criticism for Chris. It was my fault and it was unfair on him.”Southgate and his assistant Steve Holland flew out to Italy to watch Smalling in action before Christmas.The England boss added: “I spoke to him when I left him out the squad and explained what I explained to everybody.Most Read in FootballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticMAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at Ladbrokes“Of course because of the way it came out, there was little point – I wasn’t going to say anything that hadn’t already been said.“But I think he’s done well in Italy. He’s playing at another big club.“He was obviously playing at a big club before. We’re watching everybody because we’ve got to make sure we make the right decision.”Man United ace Chris Smalling ‘in talks with Tottenham and Everton over transfer’ as Woodward demands £16.5mlast_img read more

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REPORT: 41 PLAYERS LEAVE DONEGAL GAA CLUB SINCE 2008

first_imgDONEGAL’S struggle with the recession has been laid bare in a report by a leading international business newspaper.Financial Times reporter Jamie Smyth spent several days in Milford.And his report on the newspaper’s website today shows how 41 members of the local GAA club have left to start new lives abroad since 2008. The latest to leave is 28-year-old player Anthony McPaul.“The town is dying on its feet. The two banks have closed, ripping the commercial heart out of the town,” the Editor of the Tirconaill Tribune John McAteer tells Smyth.“Milford is just a microcosm of a wider malaise in rural Ireland. In Donegal the only export we have is our young people,” he says.Smyth reveals that of the 144 multi-national companies which invested in Ireland last year, 75% were in Dublin and Cork. Just one came to Donegal.Reporter Smyth writes: “Letterkenny, which was Ireland’s fastest growing town during the boom, is littered with ghost estates and half empty retail parks. Shopkeepers have suffered a huge drop in business since the crisis struck in 2008 and are not yet seeing a recovery.”The article is herehttp://www.ft.com/cms/s/73327482-2694-11e3-9dc0-00144feab7de,Authorised=false.html?_i_location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ft.com%2Fcms%2Fs%2F0%2F73327482-2694-11e3-9dc0-00144feab7de.html%3Fsiteedition%3Duk&siteedition=uk&_i_referer=#axzz2g0xrRnTc  REPORT: 41 PLAYERS LEAVE DONEGAL GAA CLUB SINCE 2008 was last modified: September 26th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Financial TimesletterkennyMilfordMILFORD GAA CLUBlast_img read more

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