Luc Mbah a Moute a defensive machine for Clippers

first_img“He’s guarded 1, 2, 3 and 4 for us this yea, probably the 5 at times when teams were small,” Rivers said.Rivers said it helps that Mbah a Moute relishes his role, that scoring is not it, though he did throw down a dunk early in the third quarter Wednesday.“Well, it can’t hurt,” Rivers said. “I think it always helps when you want to be a defender, when you go into the game thinking, ‘I’m a defender.’”Mbah a Moute echoed that sentiment.“It’s a bunch of stuff,” he said. “But you’ve got to want to do it first; that’s the No. 1 thing. Once you put your mind to it, in the end you have to have the ability to do it.” The Clippers and their defense held the Trail Blazers to 39.8 percent shooting Sunday in the Clippers’ Game 1 victory and to 34.1 percent in Game 2. Portland coach Terry Stotts has noticed Mbah a Moute.“Luc has a defensive mentality, good length, good anticipation and he understands his role on the team,” Stotts said of the 6-foot-8 Mbah a Moute, who played at UCLA. “He complements the other players that are out there because he can defend three positions and give the lineup a lot of flexibility.”Mbah a Moute is not the only fine defender on the Clippers. Jordan and guard Chris Paul are also outstanding. Jordan was full of praise at the morning shootaround.“Man, it’s great,” Jordan said of having Mbah a Moute on the team. “Luc can guard 1 through 4, so he’s been a big vital part for us, especially when Blake (Griffin) was out; he was great. … He’s done so much and a lot of it doesn’t show up on the stat sheet. He’s not really trying to score. He wants to stop guys and help out any way he can.”Jordan was asked if that is what the team has been without in recent seasons.“I don’t know, there’s definitely been something missing for us to be one of the elite defenses in the league,” he said.Portland on Wednesday appeared like it was going to score in transition early in the first quarter. Mbah a Moute appeared out of nowhere to steal a pass intended for Trail Blazers center Mason Plumlee. He can be quick out there, for sure.Paul just nodded his head when asked postgame about Mbah a Moute.“Luc has been amazing,” said Paul, who scored a game-high 25 points. “Luc’s a man of few words, but he just plays the game the right way. He plays hard, doesn’t need any recognition. But I guarantee you ask anybody on our team who is one guy that they depend on and look to and always know they’re going to be where they’re supposed to be, it’s Luc.” Mbah a Moute, 29, is in his eighth season. He has a career scoring average of 6.3 and averaged only 3.1 points this season. He said he has always been appreciated for being a defender first. But this is not the same.“I think the difference here is, this is a team that is really talented and has the potential to do something,” Mbah a Moute said. “That’s the main difference. Most teams I’ve been on, a lot of times the objective was just to make it to the playoffs. This team has big objectives.“It’s also the fact that, you know, it’s the Clippers, so it kind of gets put on the map a little more.”Mbah a Moute finished with two points, two rebounds and three steals Wednesday. He’s not much to look at, unless he’s playing defense. Luc Mbah a Moute doesn’t score much. He’s not supposed to, either. The starting small forward for the Clippers is in there for his defense, period. If he scores a few points, that’s just the cherry on top.That said, even Clippers coach Doc Rivers didn’t know what he was getting when he signed Mbah a Moute in the offseason. He does now, though, and he can’t say enough about the player who has helped the Clippers become one of the better defensive teams in the league.“Well, he may be the single-most important piece from last year, just defensively,” Rivers said Wednesday before his team defeated Portland, 102-81, in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series to take a 2-0 lead. “We already had (center DeAndre Jordan) and we felt like one of our weaknesses last year was we needed another wing defender. We didn’t realize we were going to get a guy who can guard four positions.”Rivers said he knew Mbah a Moute could guard the 3 and 4 spots.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Devon’s Anna Tyson is South West Steward of the Year

first_img6 Nov 2012 Devon’s Anna Tyson is South West Steward of the Year Anna Tyson of Dainton Park Golf Club, near Newton Abbot in Devon, has been named the Fuller’s London Pride Steward of the Year for England Golf’s South West region. The competition, now in its sixth year, is run jointly by Fuller’s and England Golf and aims to identify the golf club steward who provides the most welcoming and enjoyable experience at the 19th hole. Anna joined Dainton Park when it started 20 years ago and her welcome has helped it grow to a club with more than 600 members. She knows all the members by name – and drink – and the job is clearly a way of life to her. She even met her husband when he worked in the pro shop! Anna’s family background is in the restaurant business and she been involved in the catering and bar industry from an early age. She’s built up a fantastic reputation for service at Dainton Park and has opened the clubhouse and restaurant area to visitors as well as members, managing a host of private functions such as weddings, birthdays and christenings. One of this year’s highlights was the captain’s charity day, when the club owner who took on Anna 20 years ago, took his turn to captain the club. The event was themed on the Olympics and Anna organised a Bucks fizz breakfast reception for a family-style sports day, with both her children joining in the fun. Anna, and the other three regional winners, were presented with their awards by England Golf chairman Nigel Evans and Mark Roberts, Fuller’s trade marketing manager. This was the first time that all four regional winners had been women. The other three were: Midlands region and overall winner Yvonne James of Rugby Golf Club, Warwickshire; North region winner Dawn Stacey of Wath Golf Club, Rotherham, Yorkshire; South East region winner Samantha Hudson of Swaffham Golf Club, Norfolk. The 2012 Fuller’s London Pride Steward of the Year competition attracted hundreds of nominations from club members, visitors and golf club managers.  These were read and reviewed by representatives of  England Golf and Fuller’s, with the help of 2011 Steward of the Year, Scott Parker from Buckingham Golf Club, and were whittled down to a shortlist of 12 stewards: three from each region. The shortlisted stewards were all visited personally by England Golf and Fuller’s representatives who experienced firsthand the exceptional service they provide. The regional winners were selected after the candidates were judged on their level of commitment, innovation and standard of service and presentation, together with that extra special something which sets them apart. Caption: Fuller’s London Pride South West Steward of the Year, Anna Tyson of Dainton Park Golf Club, Devon, receives her award from (left) Mark Roberts, Fuller’s trade marketing manager and Nigel Evans, chairman of England Golf. Credit: © Professional Imageslast_img read more

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Inside Conditions…Conspiracy theory

first_imgAfter watching the debacle, oops I meant game between the Steelers and Patriots Sunday evening, I am thoroughly convinced that New England is on a serious run toward the Lombardi Trophy. Why do I say that, you ask? Well, if they could thump the Steelers like they stole a pork chop before Sunday dinner, what makes you think that they can’t duplicate that feat against the rest of their NFL colleagues? But Watson wait; before we exit Scotland Yard, please, please as Judge Judy might say, “put on your listening ears” because I am about to offer up a few “incredible” if not “credible” theories.Hey, hey, are you sure the Patriots don’t have some sort of outer space “Hubble” satellite cam taping Steelers practices and shoplifting their defensive and offensive signals from outer space. Okay, I know that may seem a bit farfetched but it certainly appeared at least until just a little over 12 minutes were left in the fourth quarter as if Steelers offense was playing like space cadets.I truly believe, (you don’t have to sanction me because I just ran out of my meds) that Robert Kraft, the deep pockets owner of the “Pats” purchased a few military “drones” at the last garage sale held by the former vice-president Dick Cheney, immediately after he was forced to give up the second chair of our purple mountains majesty.The Patriots no longer need “Haterade” drinking snitches to do their dirty work. They now can use “unmanned” aircraft to fly over the Steelers practice facilities to extract all sorts of illicit information. When the Patriots were questioned as to why a “human-less” aircraft was flying over the Steelers south side site with the New England logo plastered all over it, an anonymous source informed me that the Patriots were scanning the south side as a precautionary measure against the local yuppie wine drinkers breaking into the Steelers trophy room at “high midnight” and making off with one or two of the prominently displayed “six pack.”Was it just my imagination, and no I am not talking about the old school ballad sung by the “Temptin” Temptations? Did it appear as if Bill Belichick was calling the defensive signals for the Black and Gold? If this was the case then those signals could only favor the “Brady Bunch? The Pats might not be cheating but they have gotten deep inside the Steelers heads. Ben Roethlisberger and Bruce Arians usually appear perplexed and dazed at the sight of a Patriots uniform and they always appear to leave the offensive game plan on the blackboard.The Steelers appear to be totally afraid of the dark mystique created and maintained by the very devious Belichick and his “Krafty” organization. I am totally perplexed as to why this modern day “thug” is still roaming the sidelines?According to www.salary-money.com, Ben Roethlisberger allegedly lost $473,529.00 per game as a result of his four game suspension. That amounts to $1,894,116.00 for pre-meditated stupidity. On the other hand check out the penance for pre-meditated skullduggery by New England. Belichick was fined the NFL maximum of $500,000 for cheating and the Pats were ordered to pay $250,000 as a result of those violations. Roethlisberger was fined more than a million dollars more than the Patriots as a result of conduct unbecoming off the field. Meanwhile, Belichick and his “Boston” cheating bootleggers were given the economic penalty equivalent to a mint julep and given the gr…..eeeeen light for conduct unbecoming to the nature of the game. Commissioner Roger Gooddell’s comments were as usual weak as heck. “This episode represents a calculated and deliberate attempt to avoid long-standing rules designed to encourage fair play and promote honest competition on the playing field,” Goodell said in a letter to the Patriots.” The commissioner seems too worried about important things such as dog lovers and bathroom stalls. Hey something like the integrity of the game, that can wait.The Steelers defense was not all bad, at least not according to the post game victory speech by Tom “Terrific” Brady who said, “Troy (Polamalu) is one of the best in the game. Ike Taylor is a great player. We knew we had to come out and counter it. Everybody was up for the challenge.” Let’s get real. As long as the NFL has double or triple standards don’t be surprised by the “preferential” treatment that specific individuals or organizations receive. Athletes are fined and raked over hot coals just for trying to perform their duties on the field, while others in “power” openly violate the rules and they are rewarded by being raked over the hot sands of Honolulu.The NFL says players will not decide fines. Who decided the Patriots fines? Was it minimal because some of the tapes vanished? Aloha.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: abruce@new­pittsburghcourier.com or 412-583-6741.)last_img read more

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