August 26

Warriors, DeMarcus Cousins visit Clippers for another newsworthy night

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES — For the second time this season, the Golden State Warriors made news on the road against the Clippers.Back on Nov. 12, the headlines had less to do with the Clippers’ overtime victory over the two-time defending NBA champions than with strife between Kevin Durant and Draymond Green that started on the bench and then reportedly carried over into their locker room.On Friday evening, there was drama of an entirely different order when basketball fans tuned in to see how the talented, mercurial DeMarcus Cousins would fit on the Warriors’ star-studded roster.Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he planned to start Cousins in his Warriors debut, and to play the 28-year-old big man only in “short bursts” as he re-acclimates himself to the pace of the NBA – and his new, famously up-tempo team, which entered Friday’s game atop the Western Conference standings and winners of six straight games. WILLIAMS SIDELINEDRivers played coy when asked pregame whether there were any new injuries to report.“We have injuries. And that’s all I’ll say,” he said about an hour before the team reported that star reserve Lou Williams would miss the game with a sore hamstring.Williams missed four games – all Clippers losses – in December with a sore left hamstring. He’s the NBA’s top scorer off the bench, averaging 18.7 points per game. Following shootaround Friday morning at Staples Center, Cousins asked for patience.“Honestly, I’m just happy to be back on the floor,” he said. “Outside of winning the basketball game, that’s probably my only goal tonight. Go in, play hard, get my feet underneath me. It’s been a long journey, and I’m in the last phase of it. Like I said, I’m just extremely happy to be on the floor.”Cousins was reported to be one of the peacemakers during the Warriors’ last visit to Staples Center, a situation he said his team has moved past.“I said what I said,” he said. “Really no need to go into detail. But it (wasn’t) really about what I said. Those two guys made the decision to get over it and for the betterment of themselves and the team, and that’s all that really matters.”Kerr said the Warriors now are healthier, in all ways, than they were Nov. 12.“We’re light years ahead,” he said. “I’m really proud of how far we’ve come and how our guys have gotten to this point. Playing at a high level, we’re playing through frustration, we’re playing through adversity.”Being able to recover from inevitable setbacks is part of the challenge of the “marathon” NBA season, Kerr said, with an eye on Friday’s opponent.“The Clippers have had a great, great season of playing at a high level,” Kerr said. “Now all of a sudden, they’ve lost four in a row. So it’s their time, where they’ve got to dig themselves out of a little bit of a hole. All 30 teams go through this, and as a coach, it’s your job to manage the situation and try to help the guys get back on the right track.” “No matter what team you’re coaching, that’s what coaching is about, managing 15 players – I like Premier League soccer, they call the coaches ‘managers,’ ” said Kerr, joking that he’d prefer to be referred to as a manager. “That’s all part of it, and obviously it takes on an even greater significance when you’re talking about an all-star player, one of the best players in the league, joining our team, coming off an injury.”Friday was Cousins’ first NBA action since Jan. 26, when he suffered a torn Achilles tendon as a member of the New Orleans Pelicans. This past July, Cousins signed a one-year, $5 million contract with Golden State – news that Clippers coach Doc Rivers initially cheered.“I said, ‘Good for him,’ ” Rivers said before the game. “He had an awful injury and he was in a ridiculous spot. Had he been healthy, he would’ve signed a contract that would have taken care of him maybe for life, and he gets injured.“I was looking at all the teams and thinking that this was the perfect team for him to rehabilitate with, where they wouldn’t rush him, for him to come back. …“And then I thought, ‘Wow That’s not right.’ ”last_img read more

December 27

Popular visitors center to reopen

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST – The shuttered Vista del Lago Visitors Center overlooking Pyramid Lake will be saved, a state Department of Water Resources official said this week. Sensors implanted around the popular center after severe slides during the 2004 winter storms show no ground movement over the past six months, said Don Strickland, a water resources spokesman in Sacramento. “It was a really wet winter down there,” Strickland said. “We know that the whole area was saturated and there were other slides in the area. It doesn’t appear to be an ongoing problem.” Officials hope to go to bid this summer in search of a company to repair water lines and other utilities serving Vista del Lago, work that was delayed until it was determined the ground was not shifting. The ground eroded right up to the walls of the 13-year-old, $13 million hilltop center. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“There’s a lot of work that has to be done,” he said. “The desire is to open it by the end of this year, but we don’t know if that’s possible.” The visitors center features rooms filled with displays and graphics showing the path Southern California’s water takes from the north and just how much of the resource it takes for various tasks. It boasts 160,000 visitors a year who pull off Interstate 5 in the Grapevine area for a look – and often a bathroom break, Strickland said. [email protected] (661) 257-5251last_img read more