Popovich, finally, gets his turn at leading USA Basketball

first_imgLAS VEGAS (AP) — Gregg Popovich walked into USA Basketball’s first team meeting in advance of World Cup training camp, and it seemed to some in the room that he was having a little difficulty keeping his emotions in check.He talked about tradition, about what it means to play for your country, about expectations, about sacrifice, about playing the right way, about respect for opponents.The only downside was that when he was done speaking, the first practice was still about 18 hours away.“Shoot, from the get-go, I think everybody was ready to play a game or run through a brick wall for him after that talk,” Brooklyn guard Joe Harris said.With that, Camp Pop had arrived.Popovich’s first training camp practice as coach of the U.S. men’s national team went into the books Monday, less than a month before the Americans will begin play at the FIBA World Cup in China. The U.S. has won the last two World Cup gold medals, both won under now-former coach Mike Krzyzewski, and now it’s Popovich’s turn to lead the red, white and blue.“It’s been on my mind every day, what I want to do and what needs to be done,” said Popovich, the longtime San Antonio Spurs coach who was picked as Krzyzewski’s successor nearly four years ago. “It’s been like thinking about two teams at the same time for that period. But Coach K did that for 12 years. So I think I can probably try to do the same.”Popovich was all over the floor in his first practice, pulling some guys aside for 1-on-1 chats during a scrimmage and other times gathering the entire team around him to discuss the nuance of proper box-out technique.“You can’t help but teach here and there,” Popovich said.Popovich calls it “a huge responsibility” to both represent the country and continue the program’s long tradition of winning. He and his assistants have been meeting for weeks, going over every possible detail.“He is so passionate about this project and he’s so well-prepared,” Golden State coach and USA Basketball assistant Steve Kerr said.There is also some pressure, of course.When the Americans start World Cup play in Shanghai on Sept. 1 against the Czech Republic, it’ll be exactly 13 years since the national team program lost a game at the world championships, now known as the World Cup, or in Olympic competition.On Sept. 1, 2006, the U.S. lost to Greece in the world championships semifinals. Since then, the Americans are 76-0 — a run that started with the bronze medal game in the 2006 worlds followed by gold-medal runs in the 2007 FIBA Americas tournament, the 2008 Olympics, the 2010 world championships, the 2012 Olympics, the 2014 World Cup and finally the 2016 Olympics.USA Basketball has lost at times since 2006, including twice during the 12-game World Cup qualifying run.But none of the defeats came against the full-fledged U.S. varsity, the level that Popovich is now overseeing.“He’s taken on the challenge of leading the USA team and he’s taking on the challenge with seriousness,” said Atlanta coach Lloyd Pierce, a Popovich assistant this summer. “The first conversation I had with him, he said that we would enjoy this and we would have fun. But when we meet as coaches, you walk into the room and there are tables full of notes and easels full of notes already. He’s not taking this for granted.”There are some natural, and coincidental, parallels with Popovich following Krzyzewski as national team coach.Both were military and service academy men: Krzyzewski graduated from Army West Point in 1969, Popovich from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1970. The Army put Krzyzewski into its Hall of Fame; the Air Force Academy did the same for Popovich. Krzyzewski has five NCAA titles; Popovich has five NBA titles.In 2016, Krzyzewski called the pending coaching change “succession” — another term heard often in military circles when talking about the transfer of leadership. “I have the unit right now,” Krzyzewski said in 2016. “He’s going to take command of the unit.”That day has arrived, and it was a long time coming for Popovich.He was announced as Krzyzewski’s successor as national team coach on Oct. 23, 2015 — nearly a year before the Rio Games ended, nearly four years before the first game he’ll actually coach for the red, white and blue.Popovich oversaw a two-day minicamp in Las Vegas last summer, a couple of light practices that became a get-to-know-you session for invitees and little else. But Monday’s was the first practice of the Popovich national-team era with an actual game in sight, and came less than two weeks before the World Cup roster is selected and planes are boarded to Australia for final pre-China preparations.“This is beyond playing for an NBA team,” Popovich said. “This is the highest level you can be.”___By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball WriterTweetPinShare22 Shareslast_img read more

Two youths killed as bikes collide headon at Amdanga

first_imgKolkata: Two youths were killed in a fatal road accident, when the motorcycles they were riding collided head-on with each other on Bira Road near Amdanga in North 24-Parganas. Some local people staged a demonstration at the spot, protesting against the menace of reckless riding, causing chaos on the busy road on Friday morning.The motorcyclists have been identified as Manohar Hossain (23) and Saddam Hossain (24). Both the victims died at the spot after receiving serious head injuries. None of the youths were wearing helmets at the time of the accident. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe exact cause of the accident is yet to be ascertained by the district police. The local people told the police that both the victims were riding their motorcycles at a high speed when they hit each other.According to the police, Saddam was heading towards Amdanga on his motorcycle, when he lost control over the bike and hit Manohar. Both the motorcycles were badly damaged in the incident. The circumstantial evidences suggest that both the motorcycles were running at top speed. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe incident caused traffic jam in the locality for nearly half an hour in the morning. Police officers reached the spot and brought the situation under control.The local people staged a demonstration on Bira Roadin front of the police. They alleged that there is no surveillance in the area, as a result of which the vehicles plying through the area often flout traffic norms.The police officers assured the agitating people that they would ensure surveillance in the area, following which the demonstration was lifted.Police have started a probe to ascertain how the accident took place. The local people are also being interrogated. The bodies were sent toBarasat District Hospital for postmortem.last_img read more

Obese Eat peanuts to lose it

first_imgWhether your goal is overall weight loss or better overall health, researchers recommend snacking on peanuts or peanut butter, three to four times a week.According to a new study, teenagers at high risk for being overweight or obese reduced their Body Mass Index (BMI) when they adhered to a nutrition intervention that included a snack of peanuts, compared to those children who did not.“Obesity is the most pressing health issue facing us today,” said Craig Johnston from University of Houston in the US. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“We’d like to think it’s preventable, but from where I sit right now, there hasn’t been a lot shown to be very effective on a large scale,” Johnston added in the paper published in the Journal of Applied Research on Children.The study acknowledged that snacking is more common during the adolescent years and that the unhealthy eating habit can lead to an unhealthy weight. In the 12-week study, instructors guided 257 adolescents from three Houston-area charter schools through a programme of physical activity and nutrition education. About half the students received a snack of peanuts or peanut butter three to four times a week, while the rest received the snack fewer than once a week.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixPeanuts were chosen because nuts are nutrient-dense snacks that promote a feeling of being full. Students spent 12 more weeks maintaining the healthy snacking habit. The findings showed that students who received the snack more regularly experienced a decrease in their overall BMI compared to those who did not receive the regular peanut snack. After school programmes and schools can replace energy dense, unhealthy snacks with peanuts to provide a healthier alternative for children — researchers in the study ensured students did not suffer from nut allergies, the researchers concluded.last_img read more

India is in the culinary map of world

first_imgWith the aim of bringing the young and promising future stars of the international culinary community on a single platform where they could connect, share ideas, while creating something exceptional out of their experiences – the world’s biggest culinary competition for student chefs – the International Young Chef Olympiad (YCO) – is back with a delicious and delectable bang. The fifth edition of the event will be held across four cities of India – Delhi, Pune, Bengaluru and Kolkata – from January 28 February 2. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe Young Chef Olympiad (YCO) brings together the best hospitality and culinary which has made IIHM numero uno.YCO 2019 will witness participation from budding chefs from 50 countries, including England, Wales, Canada, Russia, Spain, South Africa, UAE, Switzerland, Thailand, France, Italy and Hong Kong among others. Dr Suborno Bose, Chairman, YCO Global Council, Co-chairman and CEO, International Hospitality Council Founder and Chief Mentor, International Institute of Hotel Management (IIHM), took the initiative and kicked off Young Chef Olympiad in the year 2015 and since then the event has been organised over and over again. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveTalking about the initiative, he said: “In 2015 we organised the first ever International Young Chef Olympiad with 15 participating countries. The rest has been an extraordinary success story. Now we are planning to build a sustainable model for YCO for the next 50 years. We are looking at not just being stationed in India, but taking the Olympiad abroad to different countries, where it would be easier to unearth even more local talent. I’m hopeful that we’ll continue to make India proud this year too.” He believes that IIHM is a perfect place for the people who are looking for an education that extends beyond the four walls of the classroom, and a qualification accepted internationally with hands on experience in highly skilled areas of the hospitality industry. The students are challenged intellectually to develop their analytical thinking, sense of responsibility and their holistic approach to solving business problems in the real world. Dr Bose also shared that the institution holds strong values which are ingrained in the students from the time they take admission in the institute. They ensure that all students take active part in the numerous charitable activities at IIHM every year. The international curriculum at IIHM is designed to motivate students to learn holistically through research, field trips, surveys, real-time practice in an attached hotel and develop international perspectives through sharing of ideas with international guest lecturers. At all levels of study, extreme care is taken to ensure that all the students get enough opportunities to be able to satisfy one. The students are engaged in international case studies, essay writing and presentation skills with emphasis on citation, referencing and bibliography. In the first two levels of the course the student is regularly exposed to the practices and problems within the hospitality industry through work in the kitchen, the training restaurant and the Front Office Studio and assumes responsibility for managing the operations. Revealing the curriculum in the institute, he asserted, “We started with 35 students; it has come up to 7000 students all over India. Campuses in Doha and Qatar are scheduled to begin in March 2019. The students of IIHM are placed all over the world as general managers, executives, owners, chefs, entrepreneurs. There is a huge emphasis on technology education as well a practical knowledge which is provided to the students.” Dr Suborno also informed that countries like Turkey, Sweden and France have also collaborated with the institute, for the various student exchange programmes. “We are a very modern institute, focussing on worldwide teachings, focussing on to social media which has become a necessity for the benefits of the students in the longer run and be industry ready,” he said.last_img read more