first_imgIS IT TRUE yesterday the Burdette Park Advisory Committee President Patrick Merten spoke out against the replacement of the current Park’s Director?  …Vanderburgh County Commissioners Musgrave and Shoulders asked Jacob Murphy, the current Director of Burdette park, to step down effective April 1st?   …he was told that former Vanderburgh County Commissioner, Pat Tuley will take over his position?   …yesterday the Burdette Park Advisory Committee President Patrick Merten issued a statement  to Channel 44 news? .. .he said; .“I personally believe by all accounts Jacob has been doing a fantastic job in his capacity as park manager? … “while I can’t speak on behalf of any of the other committee members I personally have not been presented with a reason why Jacob should have been terminated from his position.”?  …we can’t wait to see how Commissioner Musgrave and Shoulders are going to respond to Mr.Merten statement concerning Jacob Murphy job performance?IS IT TRUE that County Commissioner Ben Shoulders has been calling around to see if he can find any County Council members to vote to approve Pat Tuley as the next Director of Burdette Park?  … we’ve been told he is willing to cut a backroom political deal to eliminate Z Truly from working at Burdrtte Park in order to get around the nepotism problem he’s facing at Burdette Park?…we are happy to report not one County Council member agreed to support Ben Shoulders backroom political scheme?IS IT TRUE we are also hearing that Commissioner Ben Shoulders may be floating the idea of making Pat Tuley a contract employees at Burdette Park in order to bypass County Council from being involved in approving the hiring of Pat Tuley?  … we wonder if this guy really understands that hiring his campaign manager as Burdette Park Director is political patronage at its worst?IS IT TRUE Pat Tuley was the Vanderburgh County Commissioner’s appointment to the Burdette Park Advisory Board in 2016?   …the mission statement of the Burdette Park Advisory Board is “to study and review the operations of Burdette Park; to review and consider alternatives for the administration of park and recreation services in Vanderburgh County; to receive and consider citizen recommendations for administration of park and recreation services”?IS IT TRUE If Burdette Park was in such poor conditions why didn’t Advisory Board member Pat Tuley bring his concerns to the attention of the Park Manager, members of the County Council and the President of the Vanderburgh County Commission?IS IT TRUE members of the main stream media should get copies of the official Burdette Park Advisory Board  meeting minutes so they will be able to see if Burdette Park Director Jacob Murphy was doing his job?  …they will also will see if Advisory Board member Pat Turley voiced any concerns that he felt that the Park was in a deteriorated condition?IS IT TRUE some feel that Its time to challenge the out of control nepotism and political patronage practices at the Civic Center? …could this be a good reason for supporters of “Indivisible Evansville” and others to “Assemble” at the steps of the Civic Center to voice thier concerns?IS IT TRUE people are getting sick and tired of the political promises and games of our elected and appointed officials?  … do you remember back in the Sixties when the “Masses Assembled” to voice their grievances against the government?  …these protests changed the direction of this Nation for years to come?IS IT TRUE some people feel that the local political environment is becoming ripe for the supporters of “Indivisible Evansville” and others to “Assemble” on the steps of Civic Center to protest in a positive, creative and non-violent way  to voice our concerns against the wasteful spending habits of local elected and appointed  officials on worthless public works projects?FOOTNOTE: Today “READERS POLL’  question is: Should County Commissioners Shoulders and Musgrave withdraw their decision to fire the Director of Burdette Park?  …we can’t believe that 546 people have voted on this poll since we published it?  …we highly recommend that County Commissioners Musgrave and Shoulders take note what the results are yielding so far?FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Lakers’ Avery Bradley eager to prove himself – and to face his former Clippers teammates

first_imgEL SEGUNDO — Sure, new Lakers guard Avery Bradley is looking forward to facing his former Clippers teammates, but he wasn’t about to provide any juicy bulletin board material to inspire them.Not that Bradley, a tenacious defender and mild-mannered interview subject, isn’t highly motivated now that he’s back in L.A. and entering his 10th season in the NBA.That’s especially true following last season, when he struggled to gain traction with the Clippers, averaging just 9.2 points and shooting 38.3 percent before being traded to Memphis at the deadline. He turned it around in his 14 games there, averaging 16.1 points and four assists while shooting 46.3 percent.“I’ve always been a player who played with a chip on my shoulder,” Bradley said during Lakers media day on Friday. “Last year I feel like I was able to get a better groove once I got to Memphis, but this is a whole new season, a whole new opportunity for me to prove myself and prove what I can do. Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and other NBA stars pay tribute to Kobe Bryant Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Portland star Damian Lillard (knee) to miss Game 5 vs. Lakers For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory On Mamba Night, the Lakers make short work of Blazers to take 3-1 series lead center_img “That’s my little brother,” Rondo, 33, said. “Got maybe four, five little brothers on this year’s team. I played with a lot of guys on this team that I have on past teams, so that’s what I was looking forward to, as well. I got (Bradley) at a young age, I got him as a rook, and he was willing to listen from the jump. Anything I asked him to do, he never questioned it, he just did it.“So being able to reunite with him this year on this particular team, having a chance to do some special things, I’m excited for him. He has something to prove – but we all have something to prove, not just a guy in his situation. It’s been almost two decades since I won a championship, so I’m looking forward to getting back to the promised land and continuing to grow with guys who want to get there, as well.”As for the Lakers vs. Clippers rivalry?“I think it’s good, not only for the NBA, but it’s gonna be good for the city of Los Angeles,” said Bradley, diplomatically. “This is what the city is all about – great sports teams. And having two competitive organizations be the center of the game of basketball, I think it’s gonna be good.“I’m looking forward to playing against those guys,” he added. “They were able to put together a great team this summer and, like I said, I think it’s good for the sport. We play this game to compete against the best players and the best teams, so I’m looking forward to going up against those guys.” Video: What LeBron James said about Jacob Blake … ‘Black people in America are scared’ “There’s no bigger stage than this, so each and every night, every opportunity I get, I’m gonna try to prove and show the world that I’m the best perimeter defender in the NBA.”The change of scenery served him well last season, he said, because it allowed him to get to a better place personally.“I think just my confidence,” said Bradley, who the Clippers acquired as part of the Blake Griffin deal with Detroit in January 2018, but who then was sidelined soon thereafter with a groin injury that required season-ending surgery.“(In Memphis) I was able to get physically and mentally in a great place and it helped me just go out there and play the game of basketball, which I love to do. … I think I even forgot that I was coming off a groin injury that I had surgery on, and I wasn’t able to work out the majority of the summer. So sometimes you can start the season off bad – not to make excuses – but I was able to just get in the right groove. It helped me get that confidence back and it’s gonna carry over into the season.”And, oh, is Bradley ready for this season. “I wanted to challenge myself to reach my full potential as a player,” Bradley, 28, said. “And I feel like whenever you can surround yourself with the superstars in LeBron (James) and Anthony Davis, you have to be on your ‘A’ game.“I learned that earlier in my career (playing for the Boston Celtics), playing with the KGs (Kevin Garnett) and the Paul Pierces: Every single practice, every single walk-through, you have to make sure you’re prepared. I wanted to challenge myself to make sure I got back to that point.”Rajon Rondo, another of Bradley’s teammates from his time in Boston, played a significant part in his joining the Lakers, Bradley said: “Ultimately, it was gonna come down to me, my wife, my family – but having Rondo here, Rondo’s always been a brother to me, and we always said if we can play with each other again, with our mentality, our dog mentality, we would try to take advantage of it.”Related Articleslast_img read more