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Lakers are happy with the hype surrounding rookie Lonzo Ball

first_imgBall’s journey officially begins Tuesday when the Lakers open training camp, but he appears to have already won over his new teammates during summer workouts.“When you play with a pure point guard like that, it just makes it easier for everyone,” center Brook Lopez said. “He elevates players to a whole other level.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“I know it’s going to be great for me, just being on the receiving end of his passes. He’s going to gift-wrap baskets for me. He’s so good at turning other players into impact, amazing players. He’s going to be a transcendent talent.”That has been the plan all along, particularly from his outspoken father LaVar Ball, who almost seemed to will his son’s journey from Chino Hills High School to UCLA to the Lakers. Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View comments It was a rare glimpse of the sense of humor that teammates say is not uncommon when the cameras are off.As for those lofty expectations? Like most everything else, Ball just shrugs and flashes a hint of his confidence.“I think I’ll be fine,” he said. “I’ve been playing basketball my whole life and I’m pretty good at it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball poses for a picture during the NBA basketball team’s media day in El Segundo, Calif., Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — He has a Facebook reality show and a family shoe brand. His dad talks big on ESPN. He was the No. 2 overall draft pick and expects to transform one of the NBA’s glamor franchises.Other than that, Lonzo Ball is an ordinary teenager.The 19-year-old guard comes with otherworldly expectations, with the Los Angeles Lakers having fallen on hard times. They hope the local product can help them rejoin the NBA’s elite.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. How to help the Taal evacuees If Lonzo Ball seems to arrive with the trappings of circus, he appears the calm in the center of the storm.“Honestly, Zo is relaxed,” forward Julius Randle said. “Zo is chill. He’s one of the guys. For as much as he has going around him, you would never know.”Ball doesn’t say a lot himself, and what he does say comes out in rapid-fire fashion. Reporters circled around some eight deep Monday at the team’s media day, but Ball appeared to take it in stride.“I’ve been kinda like this my whole life, so I really don’t feel anything to be honest,” he said. “It’s just playing a game, the game I love.”That approach has hardly gone unnoticed by legendary point guard Magic Johnson, now the Lakers’ president of basketball operations.“I told him, he’s just like me,” Johnson said. “When I came here there were a lot of expectations put on my shoulders and the Lakers as an organization. Now I’m his boss, but I’m also his big brother.”When those comments were relayed to Ball, the rookie responded: “More like an uncle. He looks older than my brother.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ DAY6 is for everybody Clippers are Griffin’s team more than ever with Paul gonelast_img read more

Highlights from the 2009 Canadian Federal Budget

first_img— Raises Age Credit for seniors, boosts Working Income Tax Benefit for low-income Canadians and raises phase-out levels for National Child Benefit and Canada Child Tax Benefit. Cuts worth 6.5 (b) billion dollars over this fiscal year and next five years.— Employment Insurance benefits extended by five weeks to a maximum of 50 weeks and E-I payroll taxes frozen for two years.— 12 (b) billion dollars for infrastructure spending on things such as roads, sewers and universities. Seven (b) billion dollars is new funding.— 7.8 (b) billion dollars for social housing and private home renovation. Includes a one-year Home Renovation Tax Credit of up to one-thousand-350-dollars per household for eligible projects such as kitchen or basement renovations over the next year only.Advertisement — 8.3 (b) billion dollars for skills and training, including 1.5 (b) billion in new cash to retrain workers.— One- (b) billion-dollar fund to help single-industry towns diversify.— One (b) billion dollars over five years for new Southern Ontario Development Agency; 50 (m) million over five years for new regional economic development agency for Northern Canada.— Up to 200 (b) billion dollars to be made available to businesses in liquidity and financing to ensure Canadian consumers and businesses have access to credit, including 50 (b) billion extra for the Insured Mortgage Purchase Program, and a 12- (b) billion-dollar secured credit facility to improve access to financing to buy and lease new vehicles and equipment.— 2.7 (b) billion dollars in short-term loans to the auto industry in conjunction with the Ontario and U-S governments.Advertisement Here are the highlights of Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s fourth federal budget:— 40 (b) billion dollars in economic stimulus over two years, including infrastructure spending and tax cuts.— Total tax relief for Canadians worth 20 (b) billion dollars for this fiscal year and next five years.- Advertisement -— Cuts business taxes by two (b) billion dollars for this fiscal year and next five years.— Projected deficit of about 34 (b) billion dollars in fiscal 2009 and 30 (b) billion in 2010; total deficit of almost 85 (b) billion dollars over five years.— Basic personal tax exemption and the two lowest personal income tax brackets increased retroactive to January 1st. Cuts worth 10.9 (b) billion dollars over five years.Advertisementcenter_img — Ottawa to take steps to establish a federal security regulator but provincial participation to be voluntary.last_img read more