Curry, Durant stick up for Lonzo Ball

first_imgPhoto Getty Images. Caption: Stephen Curry Ball has averaged 8.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists so far this season, shooting 31 per cent from the field and 24.5 per cent from three-point range.Curry did not really struggle his rookie season, at least not for long. Selected number seven overall in the 2009 draft, he averaged 17.5 points and 5.9 assists per game, while shooting 44 per cent from three-point range.Ball has been criticised and questioned for some of his performances, but Curry said the 20-year-old just needed time.”He’s a rookie,” Curry said of Ball on Tuesday, via ESPN. “He’s going through ups and downs like every rookie has. Whether you’re highly touted or not, it’s all a learning experience and you’re trying to find your way and be comfortable.”I’ve always said he’s a great talent, I think he loves to play basketball, so he’ll be able to fight through all that and have a great career. I hope you didn’t judge me off my first 20 games in the league.”Durant chalked Ball’s rough start up to rookie errors and age.”Lonzo is just playing like a rookie, as far as learning the game, finding the ins and outs of the game,” Durant said. “It’s slowing down for him. Picking and choosing his spots. He’s still figuring it out.”He’s 19? That’s what any 19-year-old would go through in the pros. It’s just a matter of him being in LA, where the eyes and scrutiny are on him. He’s playing like he should play as far as learning the game and adjusting on the fly.”The two teams square off on Wednesday with Curry (hand contusion) and Durant (ankle sprain) questionable to play.last_img read more

Budget food

first_imgSatiricus and his wife were discussing the Budget that everybody – especially Mrs Satiricus – was complaining about. They were in the kitchen where Mrs Satiricus, whose name was actually “Caustic”, was preparing Satiricus’ lunch for him to take to work. He was going to cover the Budget debate in Parliament on behalf of his newspaper.“I just can’t believe you wouldn’t have the lunch the other reporters get from the people in Parliament,” Caustic said fretfully.“And I just can’t believe every year I have to tell you the same thing,” complained Satiricus. “When I see those parliamentarians fighting for food, I just lose my appetite!”“Well I thought with your KFC buddies getting 40 per cent of the Ministries and seats, they would change the food etiquette!” said Mrs Satiricus with a smirk.“There you go again, with your attacks at the KFC,” grumbled Satiricus. “And don’t think I don’t know you really mean Nagga Man and Rum Jhaat.”“I have seen those gentlemen eat, you know,” said Caustic. “And I use the term ‘gentlemen’ very loosely!”“Anyhow, Nagga Man might’ve solved the problem,” said Satiricus. “He raised the Budget for food at every sitting of Parliament from .7 million to .5 million.”“Why?” Satiricus’ better half wanted to know. “More food to go around?”“No. Nagga Man demanded the 50 per cent increase should be for better quality food,” confirmed Satiricus. “When you have 27 Ministers out of 33 MP’s on the Government benches now getting new million-dollar monthly salaries, you can’t give them the old kind of food.”“You mean no more baked chicken, macaroni and fried rice?” Caustic demanded with some heat.“Naah! Lobsters and prawns!” said Satiricus. “With fettuccini alfredo.”“And you don’t want to eat some of that?” said Caustic incredulously.“You bet I do!” exclaimed Satiricus. “But can you imagine the fight for food that’s going to take place now?”“Worse than hogs feeding at the trough!” grinned Caustic. “Here hus…I’m done with your pigeon peas cook up!”last_img read more