​Swedbank chief axed as pension funds take aim

first_imgThe chief executive of scandal-hit Swedbank has been dismissed by the bank’s supervisory board after the country’s fraud squad broadened its investigation into allegations of money laundering.Three of Sweden’s largest pension funds – all significant shareholders in Swedbank – this morning refused to discharge CEO and president Birgitte Bonnesen from liability, ahead of this afternoon’s annual general meeting.Shortly after this, the bank announced its board had decided to sack Bonnesen. Anders Karlsson has been appointed acting president and CEO.Lars Idermark, chair of the supervisory board of Swedbank said: “The developments during the past days have created an enormous pressure for the bank. Therefore, the board has decided to dismiss Birgitte Bonnesen from her position.” The Swedish Economic Crime Authority said yesterday that the ongoing investigation was being broadened to include suspicion of gross fraud. The fraud investigation team entered the Swedbank’s Stockholm headquarters yesterday as part of the probe.Pension funds hit out at bank Birgitte Bonnesen was sacked from Swedbank this morningAMF – which owns 4.4% of shares in the bank – reiterated that it was still not satisfied with measures taken to deal with the situation, and refused to grant Bonnesen discharge from liability for 2018.Johan Sidenmark, chief executive of AMF, said: “After yesterday’s dramatic development, with the Swedish Economic Crime Authority’s announcement about extended suspicions of serious crime, we have come to the conclusion that we cannot currently grant the company’s CEO discharge for 2018.“Although this is so far only about suspicions, and no one should be regarded as guilty until she or he is convicted, these are such serious allegations that it would be irresponsible to make such a decision at today’s meeting.”Alecta – which held approximately 5% of Swedbank’s stock – also said it would vote against the discharge from liability at the AGM.Folksam, the second-largest shareholder in Swedbank with a 7% stake, has been more satisfied than the other shareholders with the bank’s correspondence during the investigation. However, it also said it would withdraw its support for the chief executive.Thomas Langrot, chief prosecutor of the fraud squad’s Financial Market Chamber (Finansmarknadskammare), said: “Information which has been gathered gives a picture of Swedbank appearing to have spread misleading information to the public and the market about what the bank knew about suspected money laundering within Swedbank in the Baltic countries.”On Friday, AMF and Alecta criticised a report commissioned by Swedbank into the alleged money laundering as inadequate, although Folksam said the report gave answers to important questions.last_img read more

GulfSlope gets three-year extension for Tau block

first_imgThe U.S. Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management (BOEM) has agreed to grant GulfSlope a three-year extension of the term of its lease number OCS-G-35244 for Ship Shoal block 336, on its Tau Prospect in the Gulf of Mexico.Ensco 102 & Transshelf; Source: Wikimedia – under the public domainThis lease has now been extended until June 30, 2022, GulfSlope said on Thursday. Also covering the Tau Prospect is Ship Shoal block 351 under lease to GulfSlope and partners. This lease also expires in 2022.According to the company, the extension on SS 336 provides GulfSlope with additional time for further planning, rig preparation, and permitting of future operations, to test the original objectives of the significant Tau Prospect. GulfSlope and partners are reviewing and finalizing options for additional drilling to include drilling a replacement well.Work currently underway includes detailed engineering of the wellbore path and casing design, based on the pore pressure profile encountered in the GSPE SS 336 No. 1 well.This well reached a True Vertical Depth (TVD) of 14,987 feet on May 5, 2019, and no further progress could be made at that time due to geomechanical issues. Fluid Inclusion Technology analysis indicates that the sand bodies encountered below salt experienced several pulses of liquid petroleum migration.The targets in a replacement well include a seismic amplitude package immediately below 16,500 feet that is correlative to the T, U and V sands that produce oil at the nearby Mahogany Field, as well the deeper M-3, M-4, M-5 and M-6 Miocene levels. Based on proprietary mapping of reprocessed 3D seismic data coupled with advanced noise suppression technology, the total resource potential in the Tau Prospect is estimated to contain in excess of 300 million barrels of oil equivalent.GulfSlope will be required to file an exploration plan and upon approval, will file an application for permit to drill for the drilling of the second well at Tau.GulfSlope has contracted the Ensco 102 jack-up rig to drill a subsalt test well at Vermilion 375 (Corvette Prospect) later this year, with an option for additional work. That rig is also suitable for drilling a second well at Tau.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

Google to combat virus misinformation

first_imgBEIJING – The head of the World HealthOrganization says it’s working with Google to ensure that searches about thenew virus from China turn up information from the United Nations health agencyfirst, part of efforts to fight “rumors and misinformation” about the outbreak. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told theopening of WHO’s executive board meeting on Monday that social media platformssuch as Twitter, Facebook, Tencent and TikTok “have also taken steps to limitthe spread of misinformation” about the virus and outbreak that first emergedin the Chinese city of Wuhan in late December and has now spread to 23 othercountries./PN A man wears protective face masks stands in front of TV screens broadcasting Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam delivering a speech in Hong Kong, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020. APlast_img read more

Bulldogs Grapplers Results At EIAC Meet

first_imgThe Batesville High School wrestling team traveled to Connersville to face off against their Conference rivals at the 2015 EIAC wrestling meet. The dogs finished in 6th place in front of 7th place Rushville and 8th place Connersville. South Dearborn were this year’s conference champs followed by Franklin County in 2nd, Greensburg 3rd. Lawrenceburg 4th, and East Central in 5th place.The Bulldogs were only able to fill seven of the fourteen weight classes for the meet; but still was able to bring one conference champ back to Batesville. All of the competing wrestlers came away with valuable experience that will get them ready for the Sectionals starting in just one week.Senior captain Will Amberger in the 195 lb class wrestled a perfect day defeating all three of his opponents by pin. Amberger’s first match faced him off against Hunter Nichols of Rushville , where he earned six takedowns before finishing the match with a pin. Amberger’s second opponent, Noah Boyd of Lawrenceburg, experienced Amberger’s takedown clinic by allowing seven takedowns before falling by a pin. This win sent Amberger to the finals to face off against Dario Guintini of East Central. Guintini was no match for Amberger giving up five takedowns before falling by pin which crowned Amberger as the 2015 Conference Champ in the 195 lb class. The 18 takedowns on the day brought Amberger’s season total to 101 which is a new BHS season record.Senior captain Neal Nobbe in the 160 lb class and Junior John Moody in the 126 lb class both finished the day with a third place finish. Nobbe was able to pin three of his opponents falling short to just one opponent by a 2-0 decision. These three pins for Nobbe brought his season total to 22 which is just three short from the BHS school record. Moody pinned two of his opponents and fell short to the eventual champ by a 17-2 decision.Freshmen Jackson Wooldridge in the 120 lb class and Laiken Hanna in the 113 lb class both wrestled well earning 4th place finishes on the day.Sophomores Hunter Fetters in the 106 lb class and Chris Schene in the 132 lb class represented BHS well by ending their day in the 6th place position.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Chris Deal.last_img read more

Moyes unconcerned by Ferguson book

first_img The 18-year-old signed a new five-year contract last week and Moyes said: “He is now available (for the Champions League) by the way his date of birth works. He’s an exciting young player making good progress all the time and he someone who is going to play a big part in the future of Manchester United, he’s an exceptional talent.” Four key players were absent from United’s training session ahead of the Real Sociedad match – Danny Welbeck, Tom Cleverley and central defenders Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, though Moyes said Welbeck and Cleverley had a chance of being fit for the game. Jonny Evans is likely to play in central defence and the Irish international admitted the team has to eliminate some sloppiness from their play. Evans said: “We are disappionted, we watched part of the (Southampton) game back and it was clear our performance was not up to scratch, especially in possession, giving the ball away and being quite sloppy. “Being Manchester United we want to control games a bit better than we did against Southampton. “As players we know we have not played well enough as individuals and as a team and looking at ourselves we want to make sure we raise our level and produce better performances.” David Moyes insists he has no concerns that the fall-out from Sir Alex Ferguson’s no-holds-barred book will affect Wayne Rooney despite the confirmation that Manchester United’s star striker demanded a move the day after they had won the Premier League. Moyes has not seen an advance copy of Ferguson book and said he had no concerns about Rooney being unsettled by its contents – and no issue with his predecessor going into print so soon. He said: “None – I think Wayne is completely focused on his football, he has been since the first day back in pre-season. He’s good in form, he’s looking after himself and playing well. “Alex Ferguson can do what he wishes – he’s his own man. Certainly everyone at Old Trafford would love to hear what he has to say, the supporters certainly would. He has great knowledge and I am sure a lot of people will enjoy reading it. “I am sure I will when the time arises – I have not got much time in this job, that’s for sure.” United face Real Sociedad in the Champions League at Old Trafford on Wednesday night and Moyes will be hoping Rooney can maintain his current form after some disappointing team results and performances this season, which the manager admits have been below par. “We want to improve results, that’s obvious,” said Moyes. “We want to improve on our performance too, we gave the ball away too much in our last game and we have to do better when we are in possession. “We have had periods of good play but maybe not continuously, which is something we have been working on in training.” Moyes confirmed that Belgium-born midfielder Adnan Januzaj has been added to the Champions League squad as a home-grown player and could make his debut in the competition tomorrow. Ferguson’s book states Rooney came into his office “the day after we won the league and asked away” and revealed the 27-year-old’s fitness had been an issue last season and led to him being dropped. Moyes, who succeeded Ferguson as United manager in the summer, said Rooney was now “completely focused” and in good form – he has three goals and two assists in the Premier League, plus he has been excellent for England. Press Associationlast_img read more

FPL vote could lower your light bill

first_imgFlorida residents may see a decrease in the amount they pay every month on their energy bill.The Florida Public Service Commission was set to vote Tuesday on whether they would pursue lower rates for FPL customers.The decrease stems from a $772 million refund from Hurricane Irma.President Trump instated a tax reform package just before the Hurricane which gave a huge tax break to FPL, however, customers still paid taxes on their monthly bills.FPL, however, said the refund should be returned to them because they never charged customers a storm surcharge.If approved, customers should notice the lower rates by the fall.last_img read more

Professional footballers to boycott social media for 24 hours today

first_imgPROFESSIONAL footballers in England and Wales are to boycott social media for 24 hours today, to protest against the way social networks and football authorities respond to racism.It follows a number of high-profile incidents in domestic and international matches this season.Earlier this week, Manchester United captain Ashley Young was racially abused on Twitter. And Watford captain Troy Deeney said “enough is enough”.“On Friday we are sending a message to anyone that abuses players – or anyone else – whether from the crowd or online, that we won’t tolerate it within football,” said Deeney, who disabled comments on his Instagram after abuse earlier this month.“The boycott is just one small step, but the players are speaking out with one voice against racism.”HOW IS FOOTBALL TACKLING RACISM ON SOCIAL MEDIA?Racist chanting was directed at several England players including Danny Rose during a Euro 2020 qualifier in Montenegro last month – the Spurs defender later said he “can’t wait to see the back of football”.“I don’t want any future players to go through what I’ve been through in my career,” said Rose. “Collectively, we are simply not willing to stand by while too little is done by football authorities and social media companies to protect players from this disgusting abuse.”The #Enough campaign, organised by the Professional Footballers’ Association, starts at 09:00hrs BST today and runs until 09:00hrs BST tomorrow. Players have been encouraged to post a #Enough graphic on their social media platforms before the boycott.Manchester United defender Chris Smalling added: “The time has come for Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to consider regulating their channels, taking responsibility for protecting the mental health of users regardless of age, race, sex or income.”The PFA said the boycott was the “first step in a longer campaign to tackle racism in football”.“The boycott acts as a show of unity by the players, and a call for stronger action to be taken by social networks and footballing authorities in response to racist abuse both on and off the pitch,” the PFA said in a statement.Young was abused after United’s Champions League exit to Barcelona on Tuesday. Accounts identified in this case as violating Twitter’s abusive behaviour policy have been prevented from posting again until the offending tweets have been removed.INCIDENTS OF RACIST ABUSE IN 2018-19December: Banana skin thrown on to the pitch during the north London derby at Emirates Stadium, after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored for ArsenalDecember: Raheem Sterling suffers alleged racial abuse during Manchester City’s defeat at Chelsea. Sterling later says newspapers are helping to “fuel racism” by the ways in which they portray young black footballersMarch: Chelsea lodge a complaint with UEFA over racist abuse aimed at Callum Hudson-Odoi during the second leg of their Europa League win at Dynamo KievMarch: England report racist abuse of players during their 5-1 win over Montenegro in PodgoricaApril: Juventus’ 19-year-old Italian forward Moise Kean suffers racist abuse from the stands during a match at Cagliari – with team-mate Leonardo Bonucci’s suggestion that Kean was partly to blame called laughable by Raheem SterlingApril: Derby winger Duane Holmes and Wigan defender Nathan Byrne are targeted by the alleged racist abuse in the ChampionshipApril: Deeney and Watford team-mates Adrian Mariappa and Christian Kabasele receive racist abuse on social mediaApril: Young targeted on Twitter. (BBC Sport)last_img read more

Q&A with Clemson beat writer Aaron Brenner of The Post and Courier

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (3-6, 1-4 Atlantic Coast) hosts No. 1 Clemson (9-0, 6-0) on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in the Carrier Dome and the game will be broadcast on ABC or ESPN2. The Orange is 1-9 all-time against No. 1-ranked teams, its only victory coming against Nebraska, 17-9, in 1984. Follow along with all of The Daily Orange’s Syracuse-Clemson coverage here and/or on Twitter @DOSports.To learn more about the Tigers, The Daily Orange spoke with The Post and Courier beat writer Aaron Brenner.The Daily Orange: Quarterback Deshaun Watson is widely considered one of the best players in the country. What makes him so good?Aaron Brenner: Watson is a zone-read quarterback at his core; fans and media are only beginning to see his full capabilities as a runner in the last few games as he’s hovered around the 100-yard mark on the ground three times in Clemson’s last six games. But he also throws a terrific deep ball, and makes lightning-quick decisions at the line of scrimmage to exploit the best matchup, even if that means a simple inside handoff or a quick screen pass to the perimeter. Beyond his physical skills, Watson has the “it” factor, leading his teammates everywhere they go and saying all the right things in front of the media.The D.O.: Syracuse’s secondary has struggled throughout the entire season. What would it take from the Orange’s defense for wide receiver Artavis Scott not to have a monster game?AdvertisementThis is placeholder textA.B.: Well, to be honest, Scott’s statistics aren’t always on fire, so that particular quest might not actually be too difficult for Syracuse. Scott is a little banged up right now, too; but his teammates are more than capable of exploding for long scores or big yardage games. But to the heart of the question, Scott is extremely difficult to bring down in space. Even though he’s built more like a lightning bug, he’s surprisingly strong, which might catch the Orange defenders off-guard. Mainly, as any good defensive coordinator would tell you, they’ll have to take correct angles and tackle well, even if that requires two or three defenders at a time.The D.O.: Cornerback Mackensie Alexander is one of the best cornerbacks in the country. In what ways have opposing offenses tried to limit his effect on the game?A.B.: Alexander backed up his talk in the Notre Dame game when he shut down Will Fuller; that’s still the only game in which Fuller has not found the end zone. However, opponents have tried their hand at testing Alexander more this season than last, perhaps because it’s just not viable to ignore half the football field against a defense as talented as Clemson’s.The D.O.: Who are a few players on Clemson that might not be in the spotlight as much but Syracuse fans should be aware of?A.B.: I’d keep an eye on Clemson first-year left tackle Mitch Hyatt, who just became the first true freshman in Clemson history to win ACC Lineman of the Week against Florida State. He’ll be matched up on Ron Thompson. Also look out for freshman receiver Deon Cain, who has stepped in for the injured Mike Williams and scored in each of his last two games. On Clemson’s defense, freshman defensive tackle Christian Wilkins is a full-grown man, even though he’s only 19 years old. He’s also from the northeast, a Connecticut kid. And finally, walk-on placekicker Greg Huegel will try to stay perfect in ACC play, having made all 13 field-goal attempts so far. He, too, is a freshman.The D.O.: What area would Syracuse have to expose in order to pull off the upset?A.B.: On offense, Syracuse will have to find a way to run the ball effectively; Matt Dayes (N.C. State) and Dalvin Cook (FSU) pulled off some long gains the past two weeks. On defense, I’d advise the Orange to take some chances and see if it can’t force some turnovers; though Watson’s been better lately, he does have seven interceptions this year. And on special teams, it’s all about the kick returns, as Clemson has been dreadful on kick return coverage this year. Brisly Estime certainly has the Tigers’ attention, and he’ll probably be the best punt returner Clemson sees this season. Comments Published on November 12, 2015 at 5:50 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschwedslast_img read more

From AirPods to airing it out: Murray learns the ways of NFL

first_img WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 26th December, 2019 13:17 IST From AirPods To Airing It Out: Murray Learns The Ways Of NFL Quarterback Kyler Murray spent his rookie season with the Arizona Cardinals dealing with issues big and small: Becoming a leader, reading defenses, studying film and knowing when to use his speed. LIVE TV First Published: 26th December, 2019 13:17 IST Written By Quarterback Kyler Murray spent his rookie season with the Arizona Cardinals dealing with issues big and small: Becoming a leader, reading defenses, studying film and knowing when to use his speed.Even where to put his AirPods on Sunday mornings so he doesn’t forget them and wreck his pregame routine.“I was already like five minutes away from the house,” Murray said with a wry smile, adding it was too late to turn around. “It was tough. That was a tough morning.”It was one of his few bad moments in a promising season for the 22-year-old, who was selected by the Cardinals with the top pick despite being short for an NFL quarterback at 5-foot-10. His height hasn’t been an issue through 15 games and he’s mostly thrived under first-year coach Kliff Kingsbury and his “Air Raid”-style offense.The Cardinals are in a good mood these days after winning two straight games against the Browns and Seahawks and improving to 5-9-1 for the season. The surge came too late to get into the playoff race, but there’s hope within the organization that better days are ahead in 2020.Kingsbury and Murray have grown together throughout the past four months, learning how to communicate and work through the game plan so that the Cardinals are at their best on Sundays. The 40-year-old coach said Murray — who many describe as friendly but a little introverted — is slowly learning the difficult task of becoming the face of an organization.“I think until you’re in that seat and feel that type of all-encompassing pressure each and every day, you don’t know what it is,” Kingsbury said. “Then you have a bunch of grown millionaires looking at you for direction and leadership and how you carry yourself, and that’s a lot to walk into. I just think the comfort level of being able to handle that every day and that expectation on him every day.“This franchise goes as he goes, whether it’s in a meeting or at practice or in a game. I think he’s growing into that.”He’s also growing into quite a quarterback when it comes to things on the field. He’s thrown for 3,397 yards, 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions while also running for 544 yards and four touchdowns.He tweaked his right hamstring in a win against Seattle and Kingsbury said Murray is “day to day” for the season finale against the Los Angeles Rams. Even if he can’t play on Sunday, his impact has already been noticed: He was selected as a Pro Bowl alternate last week.Murray — as usual — took the news in stride.“I’ve always been a level-headed guy,” Murray said. “I’ve had a lot of accolades throughout my career, but that hasn’t really changed me. I know that comes with the winning. If we win, a lot of guys are going to be noticed. That’s my main focus is winning at the end of the day. If guys get recognized, they get recognized. It’s obviously a great deal individually, but I’m trying to win.”Murray’s favorite target this season has been veteran receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who has 71 catches for 759 yards and four touchdowns. The future Hall of Famer has played with some great quarterbacks during his 16 seasons and says Murray has every chance to be just as good, if not better.Fitzgerald said “playing quarterback in the National Football League is the hardest thing to do in sports” and that Murray’s physical talent and maturity have allowed him to have success immediately.“He doesn’t really get too high or too low,” Fitzgerald said. “He has unbelievable confidence in his ability to make throws and be able to escape with his feet. The way he is, his mentality serves him well.“There’s nothing I would change about him.”Former NFL quarterback Rich Gannon said he’s seen a “unique skill set” that suggests Murray will be a good NFL quarterback for a long time. The current CBS Sports analyst added that the onus is on Cardinals’ management to build an offensive roster that plays to his strengths.“That wide-open spread is a little unorthodox,” Gannon said. “If you’re going to play that kind of offense, you’ve got to draft and get the personnel you need. But (Murray) has a lot of good qualities — intangibles, tough, gritty, smart — and he makes all the throws. He’s learning.”Kingsbury said Murray’s continued improvement is crucial. The coach added that the 13-win Baltimore Ravens and MVP candidate Lamar Jackson provide a great blueprint for how a quarterback can make a huge leap between years one and two.“I know they have a fantastic roster and a great team, and they’ve been doing it a long time,” Kingsbury said. “But you see what Lamar (Jackson) was in that last playoff game, the previous season walking off the field, to what he is now. We’d love to take that next step with a young quarterback and build it around him and have that type of success.“That’s obviously reaching high, but there’s a pretty good example right there at the top of the NFL right now.”Murray has no problem with his coach’s ambitious expectations. He has them, too.“I don’t play to be mediocre,” Murray said. center_img COMMENT Associated Press Television News SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW USlast_img read more

LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony at NBA free-agency standstill

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Meanwhile, Anthony may want to see if he can join forces with James either in Miami or the Lakers, or entice Pau Gasol to take a reduced salary in New York to work again with Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher.No one knows for sure since both James’ and Anthony’s management teams have stayed tight lipped, leaving everyone else wondering which directions the dominoes will fall. After fielding interest from the Lakers, Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Chicago, Dallas and New York, Gasol would like to decide his future soon. Yet, Gasol has not ruled out any options, according to a league source familiar with his thinking. There is a sense that Gasol’s future directly correlates with Anthony’s decision. If Anthony shows trust in the Lakers’ rebuilding plan despite nursing uncertainty surrounding the health of Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash and who their next head coach will become, Gasol will likely stay put with the Lakers. A tandem featuring Bryant, Anthony, Gasol and rookie forward Julius Randle should at least put the Lakers back into playoff contention, a vast improvement from finishing last season with the word record in L.A. franchise history.If Anthony chooses elsewhere, both the Lakers and Gasol will likely become less interested in staying together. Gasol’s preference has remained joining a championship-contending team. The Lakers would likely shift focus toward signing players to one-year deals and maximizing cap space for Kevin Love in 2015 and Kevin Durant in 2016. The NBA world has collectively held its breath. Now it appears everyone involved needs some oxygen. Early this week, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony were expected to come out of their figurative cocoons and announce to the world which NBA team they will play for next season. Instead, both are still deliberating.James is reportedly scheduled to meet with Heat president Pat Riley on Wednesday in Las Vegas, where it remains to be seen whether Riley will challenge James whether he “has the guts” to stay the same way he did in a season-ending press conference. Anthony has not narrowed his choices between the New York Knicks, Lakers, Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets.This may seem as nauseating as when James hosted a televised special three years ago announcing he would leave Cleveland and “take his talents to South Beach.” Yet, plausible reasons exist for James and Anthony validating the theory that watched pots never boil. After relaxing on a family vacation, James may want to see how Miami will upgrade its roster beyond acquiring key reserves in Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger or if a reunion with Cleveland may provide something more than mending fences. Or perhaps James will entertain meetings with teams that met with his agent, Rich Paul, last week, including the Lakers. center_img Miami has more pressing concerns on keeping James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, who reportedly received a four-year max contract offer from the Houston Rockets. But the Heat have also expressed interest in acquiring Lakers forward Jordan Hill, according to a league source familiar with the discussions.Hill has sparked interest from other teams, including the Lakers, Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets. But Hill’s free-agency interest has not gone beyond what one source called “dialogue” and no meetings with teams are currently scheduled.Despite posting a career-high 9.7 points and 7.8 rebounds in the 2013-14 season, Hill grew frustrated last season with the Lakers under Mike D’Antoni’s system that featured him in a fluctuating role partly because of his preference for a so-called “small-ball” system. Hill became more amenable toward returning to the Lakers. But his future seems uncertain considering the Lakers drafted Randle, a bruising post player who could take away Hill’s minutes. Hill’s preference for a three- or four-year deal also contradicts the Lakers’ preferences for small-term contracts to maximize spending power for future offseasons.Yet, the Lakers will handle those issues later. Like everyone else, they eagerly await the next step James and Anthony take, each movement possibly marking a shift in the NBA landscape. last_img read more