College Democrats, Republicans square off at debate

first_imgPolitical debate was in full swing Wednesday night as students filled the room in Waite Phillips Hall to hear campus political groups debate President Obama’s terrorism policy.Resolved · Rob McCarthy (left), a member of College Republicans, speaks at Wednesday’s debate as Jonathan Brebner and Fritz Pielstick (right) of College Democrats consider his argument. – Candice Harbour | Daily TrojanThe fourth such policy debate between the USC College Republicans and USC College Democrats, the event was sponsored by the Trojan Debate Squad, the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism and the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics; it focused on evaluating Obama’s approach to terrorism.Republicans argued that Obama’s policy had been ineffective in combating terrorism, while the Democrats took the opposite stance.Taking the side that the president needed to take a stronger approach in combating terrorism, College Republicans member Rob McCarthy said Obama was too concerned with his political image, rather than national security.“Until President Obama decides to be practical, his inefficiency will lead to future attacks,” he said.College Democrats debater Jonathan Brebner argued that Obama’s strategy has not been inefficient and emphasized that U.S. policy does not exist in a vacuum.“America is safer when people hate us less,” he said. “This is something that can’t be said enough and has to be hammered home.”Fritz Pielstick of College Democrats agreed, saying Obama’s approach, though not ideal, was an improvement over the previous administration.“The simple fact of the matter is the fact that Obama has decreased anti-American sentiment has put us in a better situation than we were, if not a perfect situation,” he said.But Sammy Goldenberg, also a member of College Republicans, dismissed arguments that anti-American sentiment led to terrorism.“Obama’s attempts at reconciliation have not quelled the terrorist fury against us in the least,” he said, citing recent incidents like the Ft. Hood shooting and attempted Christmas Day bombing. “It is not true that treating our enemy with kid gloves will somehow make them hate us less, nor should we have to worry about angering those who already want to destroy us.”Debate between the panelists remained calm for the most part, with the exception of a few brief bouts of “I didn’t say that!” and “Yes, you did!” retorts during cross-examination.Audience reaction was more heated. In addition to mixed laughter and boos during comments, question and answer sessions featured sparring between audience members and panelists.Some listeners thought the back-and-forth detracted from the debate.“It could have been more constructive than people talking past each other,” said Catherine Sullivan, a junior majoring in philosophy (ethics, law and value theory) and political science.Neftalie Williams, a junior majoring in communication, agreed.“The audience got a little too heated without getting points across,” he said.As in previous debates, audience members voted to determine a winner. But this year, for the first time, the debate included a judge, Dr. Jeffrey Sellers, an associate professor of political science at USC.Upon the conclusion of the debate, Sellers called both sides’ arguments underwhelming.“In my role as Simon Cowell here, I will try to set the record straight,” Sellers said. “I hope everyone is equally dissatisfied.”He said both parties got hung up on weaker arguments during questioning but gave a marginal edge to the Democrats.“My overall conclusion about the merits is that the Democrats were not actually able to establish that the Obama administration is effective, but that they were able to establish that it was less ineffective than the Bush administration,” Sellers said.Nick Bradvica, a freshman majoring in creative writing, political science and social sciences (economics) who represented the GOP in the last debate, spoke more highly of the outcome.“I thought both debaters on both sides were prepared and argued solid points,” he said.Bradvica said that although he felt the Republicans did a better job, he wasn’t sure the debate swayed many people’s opinions.“I think most people don’t change their minds over one hour of debate,” he said.But Bobby Almeida, the president of the USC Democrats, said he hoped the debate helped bring students to the Democratic side, which he felt did a better job of showcasing the facts.“I’d assume some people were wishy-washy on the issues,” he said.Anna Li, a junior majoring in communication who leads the Trojan Debate Squad, spoke more highly of the event, saying it had a higher standard of arguments than previous debates.“It was really a success because both sides became passionate,” she said.A debate for next semester is already in the works.last_img read more

Jake Leahy still waiting for his chance to prove himself in 4th year at Syracuse

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Dan Leahy still remembers the day his son, Jake Leahy, called him one Sunday. In the spring of 2017, his freshman year at Syracuse, Leahy told his dad he had injured his shoulder. Again.Two days later, Leahy met with a Syracuse orthopedic specialist about a year removed from a prior shoulder surgery. The doctor said that almost a year of training and rehabilitation were wasted. He even said Leahy might never play soccer again.But that wasn’t an answer Leahy and his father were willing to accept. They sought a second opinion from a different doctor two days later, then Thursday. That doctor recommended a special procedure, but Leahy would be sidelined for another year.Leahy came to Syracuse hoping for a chance to start in net, but injuries caused his first competitive game action in over two years to come in 2018 for Syracuse FC. All of the sacrifices Leahy’s family made to ensure he’d develop into a Division I collegiate goalkeeper from daily road trips to top goalkeeping coaches led to this.Now finally healthy, he’s still waiting for that chance. Head coach Ian McIntyre is giving Leahy, as well as teammate and current positional rival Christian Miesch, an opportunity to compete for the starting job as Syracuse’s (2-1-3, 0-0-1 Atlantic Coast) first-choice goalkeeper.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“This guy has been through it all,” senior and teammate John-Austin Ricks said. “He came in injured, came back, got injured again. The adversity this guy has overcome is unbelievable. We want him to be out there every second because he’s been through so much.”When Leahy began training with the New York Red Bulls youth academy at 13 years old, his schedule wasn’t like an average middle schooler. To make 8:00 p.m. training sessions in Florham Park,New Jersey,Leahy’s mom, Diane, would drive him about 70 miles north from their home in Brick.Leahy would do homework, eat dinner and study in the car en route to training. When the session was over, Dan, who worked at Teterboro Airport at the time, stopped by after work to see Leahy train and drive him home back to Brick.Three days a week, Leahy trained with goalkeeping coach Andrew Sparkes, who now coaches the goalies with Southampton F.C. in the English Premier League. Leahy and his dad wouldn’t get home until almost 11 p.m. on school nights. He spent most of his weekends training in Newark, a drive that sometimes took 90 minutes.“It’s a whirlwind,” Dan said. “It was a very big commitment for the whole family.”Once Leahy signed with Syracuse in February of 2016 — his senior year of high school — the 6-foot-4 goalkeeper suffered the first of two major shoulder injuries.Eva Suppa | Digital Design Editor“The position he plays, there was a specialized surgery that needed to be done,” Dan said. “That first doctor did a very good job, but it required something a little more sturdy.”Only that wasn’t the last surgery he’d receive. Leahy was able to return to full training that September, but wasn’t able to play in any official game action for the season. He sat and waited behind Hendrik Hilpert, a four-year starter at SU.The spring of 2017, now a freshman, his shoulder separated again. One doctor’s opinion wasn’t enough to satisfy Leahy or his family, but the second opinion provided a chance for Leahy to finally get the specialized surgery required.At the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, Leahy went under the surgeon’s knife for a Latarjet procedure, Dan said, often used for rugby players with shoulder injuries.“They moved one of the tendons over the top of the shoulder joint to hold it in place,” Dan said.He was ready to start round two of rehabilitation, which Leahy described as “dull.” Once he was cleared to begin the training, he trained three times a day, five days a week in Manley Field House.“You do really low-weight exercises, it’s mind-numbing,” Leahy said. “You go in and it’s just plugging away. Resistance bands, two pounds, dull exercises.”After his redshirt season with the first injury, Leahy still wasn’t healthy for his freshman season to backup Hilpert again. The summer of 2018 was Leahy’s first game action since high school. He walked out onto the pitch at Chuck Wilbur Field for Syracuse FC — a team in the National Premier Soccer League that multiple SU players participated in to stay fit and practice during the offseason.Leahy played with former teammates Lukas Rubio and Djimon Johnson along with his roommate, Ricks. He said McIntyre often came to games to watch and support his players.“Going through that really made me evaluate what I really wanted to do,” Leahy said. “Spending that much time out, I could have said, ‘Screw it, soccer is not for me,’ but that time out made me want it more than ever.”Two years of his collegiate life lost in rehabilitation, Leahy was finally healthy for his junior season. But he’d only play if Hilpert got hurt. Hilpert never did. So Leahy had spent three years at Syracuse without seeing a minute of regular game action.“After his surgery was a turning point,” Ricks said. “He saw it as the next chapter. His attitude changed a lot. He was in there three times a day doing everything he possibly could.”Last spring, with Hilpert graduating, the starting job should have been his. He was the only experienced returner, but Leahy said that in March he heard McIntyre might be bringing in keeper competition. Enter Miesch, who arrived in Syracuse in August and now is competing for the job.Leahy didn’t start the season opener at then-No. 13 Georgetown, but took the field for the Orange’s home-opener three days later against Binghamton.What started perilously — the Orange conceded the first goal — ended in victory. For the first time, Leahy was the No. 1 keeper. Even if the job is still up in the air going forward, and Miesch has started the last two games, Leahy said it’s “his job to lose.”And if he’s not the starter at Syracuse, Leahy said he’ll graduate in May. Whether it’s at Syracuse or elsewhere for graduate school, he’s still got multiple years of eligibility left.“It’s waiting, waiting, waiting, and when you finally get your chance, it’s the best thing in the world,” Leahy said. “I’m not really satisfied until I’m the starting goalkeeper here.” Comments Published on September 19, 2019 at 12:06 am Contact Anthony: amdabbun@syr.edulast_img read more

Golden Eaglets Set to Battle The Netherlands for Q’final Ticket

first_imgOlakunle Olusegun, Akinkunmi Amoo and Wisdom Ubani are yet to be among the goal scorers and look forward to the game against the Dutch to make their mark.Head Coach, Manu Garba, told the world media in Brazil yesterday that the will to win is part of Nigeria’s DNA, and the Class of 2019 is no exception.However, his Eaglets must overcome the disappointment of the unexpected loss to Australia in their final group game, and seize the encounter with the Dutch by the scruff rather than wait for any comeback performance.National Marketing Manager, Seven-Up Bottling Company, Segun Ogunleye, in a photograph with the winning team, Sand Terranga Lions of Senegal at the 2019 Copa Lagos co-sponsored by Pepsi…last weekend“We will look to have the initiative from the beginning against the Netherlands. This is the knockout stage and falling behind at any stage could be tricky,” admitted captain Tijani.Tuesday’s clash will start at 8pm Brazil time (midnight in Nigeria).The Netherlands finished third on the log in Group D Tajikistan had a massive five-goal deficit despite also having three points and could therefore not make the mark to play Group A top finisher, Brazil.Chile will face Brazil in Round of 16 while The Netherlands face Nigeria. It will be the first time ever both Nigeria and The Netherlands will be meeting in the 34-year old competition.BRAZIL 2019 ROUND OF 16 MATCHESTuesday: Angola Vs Korea Republic; Nigeria Vs NetherlandsWednesday: Japan Vs Mexico; Spain Vs Senegal; Brazil Vs Chile; France Vs AustraliaThursday: Ecuador Vs Italy; Paraguay Vs ArgentinaShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Golden Eaglets’ Ibrahim Said (centre) who scored a hat trick against Ecuador at the FIFA U17 World Cup in Brazil a week ago has another chance to increase his tally tonight as Nigeria take on The Netherlands U-17 WORLD CUPOlawale AjimotokanFive-time world champions Golden Eaglets of Nigeria will start as favourites when they confront Netherlands in tonight’s Round of 16 clash at the ongoing FIFA U17 World Cup finals in Brazil.The Golden Eaglets topped their Group B after winning two matches (defeated Hungary 4-2 and Ecuador 3-2) and losing one (1-2 to Australia). Victories over Hungary and Ecuador were obtained at the Estadio Olimpico while the loss to Australia was in Brasilia.Now, the Nigerian youngsters are back at the familiar surroundings of Estadio Olimpico and will go all out for victory against the Dutch tonight.Nigeria forward Ibrahim Sa’id is the only player to have scored a hat-trick in Brazil so far, and team captain, Samson Tijani, has also weighed in with two goals – both against Hungary in a tough-as-nails opener.last_img read more

Haiti’s Justice Minister Dismissed

first_imgLucmane Délile “We consider it extremely serious that armed bandits are gaining the streets of the capital to terrorize peaceful citizens. Haiti is not a banana republic where offenders can do whatever they want. I instruct the PNH (National Police) to track down these criminals, because it is revolting and unacceptable,” Délile had said upon his return to the country. CMC PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti – Justice and Public Security Minister, Lucmane Délile, has been dismissed from the cabinet of Prime Minister Joseph Jouthe, a few hours after he had publicly condemned a street demonstration in which armed gangs had participated earlier this week. Media reports said that the demonstration had involved heavily armed members of the new coalition of gangs named “G9 and allies”. There has been speculation in the media that Délile’s removal is as a result of an internal conflict within the government and the presidency over the recent decision to release a number of prisoners Délile has since been replaced by Rockefeller Vincent, the former director of the Unit for the Fight against Corruption, according to a presidential decree published in the Official Journal Le Moniteur.last_img read more

Andre Ayew could leave Marseille in summer but Jordan Ayew looks set to stay

first_imgAndre Ayew has admitted he may leave Marseille at the end of the season, but his brother now looks set to stay at the club.The siblings have been linked with moves away from the Stade Velodrome, but it looks as though it will be the elder brother who will be the one to go after Marseille said they were ready to listen to offers for the midfielder.23-year-old Andre has reportedly been targeted by the likes of Manchester United and Barcelona and insisted he will be looking for a club that matches his ambitions.He said: “The club have made it clear if they receive a good offer they will listen to that, but I will not go just to please the club, I will go to a club that want to win trophies.“But now I want to finish the season well with Marseille and qualify for the Champions League.”Meanwhile, brother Jordan appears to have performed something of a U-turn in his immediate plans. The 21-year-old Ghanaian said earlier this season that he wanted to leave after finding himself out of Elie Baup’s side.But he now sees his long-term future at the Stade Velodrome.“I could even see myself finishing my career at Marseille,” he said, “I am very happy here, it is a great club and everything here is set up for success.“I have to be a success here and even if there is no Champions League football next season, I can assure you I will be here.”last_img read more

20 defenders shortlisted for FIFA FIFPro World XI 2013

first_imgFIFPro, the worldwide players’ union, and FIFA today announced the 20 defenders shortlisted for the FIFA FIFPro World XI 2013 (see list below) as part of the final 55-player shortlist to be revealed on 9 December 2013.Two days after the unveiling of the five goalkeepers who made the shortlist, the 20 defenders are now known and will be followed by the 15 midfielders and 15 forwards due to be announced and published on on 6 and 9 December respectively.The defender shortlist is (home country, club): David Alaba (Austria, FC Bayern München); Jordi Alba (Spain, FC Barcelona); Dani Alves (Brazil, FC Barcelona); Leighton Baines (England, Everton FC); Jérôme Boateng (Germany, FC Bayern München);Ashley Cole (England, Chelsea FC); Dante (Brazil, FC Bayern München); Mats Hummels (Germany, Borussia Dortmund); Branislav Ivanović (Serbia, Chelsea FC); Philipp Lahm (Germany, FC Bayern München); David Luiz (Brazil, Chelsea FC); Vincent Kompany (Belgium, Manchester City FC); Marcelo(Brazil, Real Madrid CF); Pepe (Portugal, Real Madrid CF); Gerard Piqué (Spain, FC Barcelona); Sergio Ramos (Spain, Real Madrid CF ); Thiago Silva (Brazil, Paris St-Germain FC); Raphaël Varane (France, Real Madrid CF); Nemanja Vidić (Serbia, Manchester United FC); Pablo Zabaleta (Argentina, Manchester City FC).Find more information on the defenders on and make your own prediction on the desktop site and on your mobile device.The 50,000 professional footballers belonging to the players’ unions across the world that form FIFPro received voting forms to nominate their peers in a secret ballot for inclusion in their World XI – choosing the best goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards of 2013. The nominees for the following awards will be announced live on, francefootball.frand YouTube at 2pm (CET) on 9 December: FIFA Ballon d’Or, FIFA’s Women’s World Player of the Year, FIFA World Coaches of the Year for Men’s and Women’s Football, FIFA FIFPro World XI, and the FIFA Puskás award.Be online when the nominees are unveiled – you will be able to comment on all the action and lists! The best tweets and Facebook posts will be featured, background information on the FIFA Ballon d’Or will be provided live and surprise videos will be disclosed on our Live Blog. Stay tuned!The final FIFA FIFPro World XI will then be announced at the FIFA Ballon d’Or award ceremony at theKongresshaus in Zurich on 13 January 2014. During the televised ceremony, the winner of the FIFA Ballon d’Or for the best player of 2013 and the winner of the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year 2013 award will also be revealed while the FIFA World Coach of the Year awards for men’s and women’s football will be presented for the fourth time. The FIFA Puskás Award for the best goal of the year, the FIFA Presidential Award and the FIFA Fair Play Award will also be presented during the award ceremony.last_img read more

Papic to take Polokwane reins

first_imgPapic made a surprise exit from Chippa on Wednesday, just five matches into his first season at the helm, with the Serbian having fallen out with the club’s management. The 54-year-old has not had to wait long to find new employment, taking over the role vacated by Boebie Solomons after Rise and Shine’s slow start to the league campaign. “I’m the new coach of Polokwane City,” Papic toldGoal. “We concluded everything today and it’s a one-year deal with an option to renew for another year.” Should Papic indeed take charge of the Limpopo outfit, his first assignment will be against fellow strugglers AmaZulu on September 13.last_img read more

SPAIN: Del Bosque controversially selects Casillas ahead of De Gea

first_imgSpain boss Vicente del Bosque once again kept faith with captain Iker Casillas in goal ahead of rising star David de Gea for his side’s crucial Euro 2016 qualifier against Ukraine on Friday.De Gea has been in sensational form for Manchester United this season, while Casillas has come under increasing pressure at Real Madrid due to high-profile errors against Atletico Madrid and Schalke in recent months.There is widespread speculation that De Gea could even replace Casillas at Madrid next season with his contract at United due to expire in 2016 and talks over a new deal having stalled.Casillas was also one of the main culprits in the European champions’ feeble defence of the World Cup last year, but Del Bosque has persisted with his reputation for being loyal to his established stars.However, Juventus striker Alvaro Morata is handed a first start in a competitive international in the absence of injured Chelsea front man Diego Costa.Spain and Ukraine are locked on nine points apiece in Group C, three points behind leaders Slovakia, with two sides qualifying automatically for the championships in France next year. –last_img read more

March Madness 2019: Tacko vs. Zion is a heavyweight battle unlike any we’ve seen

first_imgCOLUMBIA, S.C. — It is not Tacko vs. Zion. That billing might generate more interest for Sunday’s meeting between UCF and Duke than a typical second-round NCAA Tournament game involving the No. 1 overall seed and the team the college basketball world fully expects to become its next victim, UCF. This is not a fight, though.Yes, Tacko Fall plays for the UCF Knights. Yes, Zion Williamson plays for the Duke Blue Devils. No, there never has been a college basketball game quite like this, with a player of Fall’s height confronting a player of Williamson’s might. Fall is 7-6, 310 pounds and can dunk without jumping. Williamson is 6-7, 285 pounds and can dunk without thinking. They will not necessarily be matched against one another, but each certainly will contend with the other.SN’s MARCH MADNESS HQLive NCAA bracket | Live scoreboard | Full TV schedule​“I mean, obviously I’m a great defensive player,” Fall told reporters. “But I don’t want that game to be about me and Zion. Obviously, it’s very exciting. You’ve got a guy who’s 7-6. You’ve got a guy who’s a freak athlete, very talented. But at the end of the day, it’s a ballgame. It’s basketball.“We can’t make it bigger than what it really is. I don’t want it to be a freak show between Zion and I. It’s bigger than that.”Every player who walks on a court with Fall must cope with how he transforms a game because of his astonishing size and — given that size — his uncommon dexterity. Every player who enters a game against Williamson must deal with his ability to command space with his strength, dynamism and, as more than one opposing ACC coach told Sporting News, his exceptional basketball IQ.“We have to understand he’s a great player on any level,” UCF coach Johnny Dawkins said of Zion. “His skill set with his size and his explosiveness makes him unique. You’re not going to stop Zion. … He’s going to find ways to make spectacular plays. He’s done it all his life.”Opposing an enormous opposing center isn’t something unfamiliar to the Blue Devils. In last Saturday’s ACC Tournament championship game, Florida State’s 7-4 Christ Koumadje started and scored 4 points, but only nine minutes.“They’re both big teams, but they play different styles,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “I think it’s helped, playing against Koumadje, but Fall is stronger, bigger, and they go to him more. And he really just takes up the paint. He does a great job.”MORE: Zion is something basketball has never seenFall has been 7-6 for a long time, now. He was listed at 7-6 when he committed to play at UCF in October 2014. He was 7-6 as a freshman with the Knights a year later. He was 7-6 when he was cleared to play after questions were raised about his high school record but ultimately resolved, just in advance of the Knights’ first game that season.He has been 7-6 for each of his 114 college games, during which time he has scored 1,145 points and blocked 277 shots and helped the Knights to 79 victories, their first NCAA Tournament since 2005.It is different, though, when you are 7-6 and playing in March Madness. It is extraordinary when you are 7-6 and about to take the court to oppose the brightest star college basketball has seen since Shaquille O’Neal.For at least the weekend, because of the proximity to Zion, Fall has transformed from curiosity to attraction. It is not easy to gain attention playing basketball for UCF. It is not easy to gain attention playing football for UCF, and that is the sport in which the Knights specialize.Even at his size, even though he has been an effective player on quality teams, Fall has not always drawn huge crowds to his home games. As late in the season as Feb. 24, with the team battling for every win to gain an NCAA bid, only 4,972 showed up for the American Athletic Conference game against SMU. Of all the team’s league games, only the season-ender against Cincinnati drew close to the capacity at CFE Arena of 9,432. Most were roughly half that.MORE: Tacko on Zion: I won’t allow him to dunk on meNow comes this exceptional opportunity, earned through the team’s enormous road win at Houston on the season’s penultimate weekend (which pretty much clinched an at-large bid for UCF) and Friday night’s dismissal of Atlantic 10 power VCU (the first NCAA Tournament win in school history).“We’ve been preparing for this moment all season,” Fall told Sporting News. “We’ve been taking the championship approach to everything that we’ve been doing so that, when times like this come, we will be ready. So nothing has changed from how we approach things. We’ve been following the same process, just following Coach’s plan and just taking care of business.”What already stood out as interesting, though, became a thing when Fall joined the NCAA’s Andy Katz for a Friday night Skype interview and promised Zion would not be putting him on a poster. Wait, no, this is 2019 and this is Zion Williamson. The promise was much more 21st-century.“I won’t allow it,” Fall told Katz. “I won’t allow him to put me on one of his highlight tapes.” It is interesting Fall believes he has some choice in the matter, beyond declining to play in the game. Maybe he does. Few of those who preceded him turned out to have a say. Williamson handled the questions about Fall’s quotes as he seems to handle most of the fuss about him, which is to say, beautifully.“What is he supposed to say? Is he supposed to say, like, I’m going to dunk on him?” Williamson told reporters. “He said the right thing. But I’m not really focused on that. I’m just focused on trying to help my team win the game.“Nobody’s going to be intimidated on the court. I mean, it’s not like he came out and just said it himself. That’s the media asking him those questions. … He’s a competitor, so obviously he’s going to say he’s going to block my shot. That’s just basketball.”last_img read more

Luke Walton ‘thrilled’ for growth Lakers can make in offseason

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Despite the Lakers’ season ending on a high note, the NBA playoffs will for a fifth year manage to occur without the 16-time champions’ participation. And as much as that frustrates second-year head coach Luke Walton, there is a purple-and-gold lining.“I’m thrilled about the offseason,” Walton said. “The offseason was huge for us last year. It’s sad that the season’s coming to an end, it’s a group of guys I really liked working with … but I’m thrilled to get back in the gym.”The Lakers will take a month off before players will begin showing up at the team’s El Segundo headquarters again. Last summer, players such as Brandon Ingram, Julius Randle and Larry Nance Jr., now with the  Cleveland Cavaliers, transformed their bodies in the weight room and arrived at training camp with significant enhancements to their games.This year, there is the added element of free agency, with a blend of urgency and optimism that has been uncommon during the Lakers’ period of rebuilding. Does he think James would like playing for Walton, too?The veteran forward double checked that he could not be held liable for tampering, then answered: “I think any superstar would like to play for Luke. He’s a players’ coach. … You’re looking for a culture. You’re looking for a guy that’s intense and wants to win now. I think his system is open for learning and growth and you’ve seen the growth in these guys this year.”Frye was among a small group of veterans who held exit interviews with Magic Johnson and General Manager Rob Pelinka earlier this week and made their final remarks to the media prior to Wednesday’s finale. Those players were Frye, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Luol Deng, although Deng, who only appeared in the season opener, was not made available to media.With his own free agency forthcoming, Frye said he has a good feel for the Lakers, despite only appearing in nine games with L.A. after missing a month following an appendectomy in February. He said he would be interested“I want to allow them to make the right decisions with bigger-name guys,” Frye said. “I’m a pretty dang good backup, emergency, break-the-glass type guy.”After spending most of his career playing for Western Conference rivals like Portland and Phoenix, Frye said, “There’s a sense of style, a sense of pride when you put this Lakers uniform on that I used to not like. But it’s growing on me.”BACK ON TRACKCaldwell-Pope acknowledged that the legal issue that limited him from traveling outside of California in December and January and forced him to miss four games, affected him “a lot” in his first season with the Lakers.“I couldn’t see my family like I wanted to,” he said. “It also affected me on the court. … That was mostly on my mind, getting through that situation. That’s what kind of took my mind off basketball.”Caldwell-Pope was sentenced to 25 days in a work-release facility in Seal Beach after violating his probation following a DUI arrest in Michigan last spring.He averaged 13.6 points and 5.3 rebounds after signing a one-year, $18 million contract with the Lakers last summer and started all 73 of the games in which he played. But once he was able to return home in January, his performance improved and he shot better than 42 percent from 3-point range.“I felt a release,” he said. “So that just really made me get back focus on just basketball and just playing freely and not worrying about anything else.”Another of the Lakers’ free agents, Caldwell-Pope said he is seeking for a multi-year deal for stability for his family.“I’m looking for a long-term (contract),” he said, “but whatever fits my suit and whatever me and my agent come up with and what we decide is going to be in my interest and my family’s.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe organization believes it has a legitimate chance to land one max-contract superstar, if not two. Walton said last week that even if the Lakers do not attract an elite player such as LeBron James or Paul George – he did not mention them by name, for that would be tampering – he believes the team will develop their own superstars from within.As for the playoffs, the Lakers are likely out of excuses. On March 13, the Lakers were just five games under .500 (31-36), and if not for a spate of late-season injuries, they might have remained closer to that mark.“That’s our goal is to get back there,” Walton said. “That’s where we think this organization belongs. We weren’t ready to make that jump this year. That’s unfortunate, but there are still a lot of very positive things that we did this year and a lot of learning that we did that’s ultimately going to help us get back in that top eight seeds.”FRYE AGENCYIt’s no secret that Channing Frye is a fan of Walton, his old college teammate, as a head coach. But he was also a teammate of LeBron James until February, when he was traded to the Lakers.last_img read more