College Graduation Speaker Pledges to Pay Off Students’ Debt

first_imgSmith, who was given an honorary doctorate during the ceremony, had already announced that he planned to give $1.5 million to the school.He is the founder and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, a private equity firm that invests in software, data, and technology-driven companies. A billionaire technology investor and philanthropist made a surprise announcement during his commencement speech to graduates of a Georgia college on Sunday morning.Robert F. Smith, this year’s commencement speaker at Morehouse College in Atlanta, says that he is going to provide grants that will wipe out the entire student debt – around $40 million – of this year’s graduating class at the school.The businessman told the nearly 400 graduating seniors at the all-male historically black college, “On behalf of the eight generations of my family that have been in this country, we’re gonna put a little fuel in your bus. This is my class, 2019. And my family is making a grant to eliminate their student loans.”The caveat? Smith says that he expects the recipients to “pay it forward,” and he hopes that “every class has the same opportunity going forward.””My family is going to create a grant to eliminate your student loans!” -Robert F. Smith told the graduating Class of 2019 @RFS_Vista #MorehouseGrad2019 pic.twitter.com/etG8JhVA46— Morehouse College (@Morehouse) May 19, 2019last_img read more

Airbnb Sues PB County Over “Unconstitutional” Bed Tax Requirement

first_imgAirbnb executives and Palm Beach County leaders are clashing yet again.The popular vacation rental hosting platform just filed another lawsuit against the county and tax collector Anne Gannon.The suit, filed in the 15th Judicial Circuit Court on Monday, claims that the county’s new vacation rental ordinance violates the Local Option Tourist Development Act and the Florida Constitution. It also says the ordinance’s “unconstitutional and unlawful provisions” will cause Airbnb to “suffer irreparable harm, the extent of which is incalculable.”Palm Beach County’s revised rules for vacation rentals were approved on June 18.Airbnb is disputing a requirement that it provide bed tax information to hosts and collect a valid bed tax account number from them, before listing the property online.The ordinance also requires Airbnb to collect bed taxes and remit them to the vacation rental host, who then gives the bed taxes to the tax collector’s office. The lawsuit states, “Such [bed tax] obligations improperly transform Hosting Platforms and Booking Services into de facto enforcement arms of the Tax Collector.”An Airbnb spokesperson adds, “We are tired of fighting with Tax Collector [Anne] Gannon when we could be supporting her as we do for all of the surrounding counties. We will continue to try and work with the County to find a solution that allows Airbnb to help facilitate tax collection.”Airbnb currently has an agreement with Florida’s revenue department to collect and remit state sales tax. It also has agreements with Broward, Miami-Dade, and 38 other counties to collect and remit bed taxes on behalf of hosts.According to an email from Gannon, “We are constitutional officers and under our oath of office we are obligated to collect taxes under the contract we have with the county. [Airbnb] only want(s) to remit a bulk payment monthly.”The Local Option Act gives counties the ability to impose bed taxes on a “dealer” for vacation rentals or leases. Airbnb believes it should not be subject to those requirements because it is a platform for dealers, rather than an actual dealer of short-term vacation rentals.Five years ago, Gannon sued Airbnb, as well as three other companies, for failing to register dealers and collect or remit bed taxes. Last January, Circuit Judge James Nutt ruled in favor of Airbnb and the other companies. He wrote at the time, “In short, dealers are limited to those engaged in the business of renting, not the business of servicing those in the business of renting.[Airbnb’s and others’] extensive involvement remains confined to the latter.”Airbnb and HomeAway sued Palm Beach County last November, after commissioners approved the first version of vacation rental rules. The separate lawsuits, which have since been combined, state that the regulations violate state and federal law, and that requiring companies to comply with the county’s rules would violate customers’ rights. The case is currently in federal court.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img— A group of House Democrats has called for the name of former baseball commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis to be pulled off future Most Valuable Player plaques. It’s an idea endorsed by several players who have won the award. U.S. Reps. Gil Cisneros of California and Cedric Richmond of Louisiana sent a letter signed by 28 members of Congress on Tuesday to Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred and the Baseball Writers’ Association of America asking for action. In late June, former NL MVPs Barry Larkin, Mike Schmidt and Terry Pendleton told The Associated Press they would favor removing Landis’ name from the trophy because of concerns over his handling of Black players.NBA-SCHEDULEDoncic’s triple-double sends Mavericks past Kings in OTLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Luka Doncic punctuated a triple-double by making the tiebreaking shot with 1:57 left in overtime Tuesday and leading the Dallas Mavericks past the Sacramento Kings, 114-110.Doncic was sensational, finishing with 34 points, a career-high 20 rebounds and 12 assists. Kristaps Porzingis added 22 points and seven rebounds before fouling out late in regulation. Behind steady goaltending and a dedication to clogging shooting lanes, the Predators snatched the momentum back less than 24 hours before Game 3.Ryan Johansen had a goal and an assist, Juuse Saros stopped 24 shots and the Predators jumped on the Arizona Coyotes early in a 4-2 win on Tuesday to even their Stanley Cup qualifier series. Game 3 is Wednesday.In other NHL action:—Jordan Eberle scored twice, including the go-ahead goal, and the New York Islanders rallied to a 4-2 win over the Florida Panthers and take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five NHL preliminary round playoff series. Ryan Pulock and Matt Martin also scored, and Semyon Varlamov stopped 26 shots in a game New York overcame a pair of one-goal deficits. Mike Hoffman had a goal and assist and captain Aleksander Barkov also scored for Florida, which is one loss from going one-and-done in the playoffs for a fifth consecutive time. NFL-STAFFORD-FALSE POSITIVE August 4, 2020 Update on the latest sports Gophers star Bateman skips season amid virus worry, goes proMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Gophers wide receiver Rashod Bateman has opted out of the 2020 season amid concerns about the coronavirus. He will forgo his remaining two years of eligibility to enter the 2021 NFL draft. Bateman posted a video on Twitter that he narrated in explanation of his decision. The university confirmed his departure, which Bateman called “the hardest decision that I’ve ever had to make in my life.” The native of Tifton, Georgia, totaled 111 receptions, 1,923 yards and 17 touchdowns over two seasons. Bateman was a third team All-American in 2019. He won the Big Ten Conference’s receiver of the year award.DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT-COACH ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina says he’s one of the players on the team who tested positive for COVID-19. The nine-time All-Star revealed his results in a Spanish-language Instagram post. Soon afterward, the Cardinals issued a release naming six of the players who have tested positive. The others are infielders Paul DeJong, Edmundo Sosa and Rangel Ravelo along with pitchers Junior Fernandez and Kodi Whitley. The outbreak resulted in the postponement of the Cardinals’ scheduled three-game weekend series at Milwaukee as well as a four-game series with Detroit. In other MLB news:— The Atlanta Braves have placed right-hander Mike Soroka on the 45-day injured list following his torn right Achilles tendon and have designated right-hander Chris Rusin for assignment. Soroka was the team’s opening day starter. He had to be helped off the field after suffering his season-ending injury in Monday night’s loss to the New York Mets. Former coach gets 90 days in connection with Nassar caseLANSING, Mich. (AP) — A former Michigan State University head gymnastics coach has been sentenced to 90 days in jail for lying to police during an investigation into ex-Olympic and university sports doctor Larry Nassar. Sixty-five-year-old Kathie Klages was found guilty by a jury in February of a felony and a misdemeanor for denying she knew of Nassar’s abuse prior to 2016 when survivors started to come forward publicly. She also was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months probation. Klages said in a tearful statement that she did not remember being told about abuse and apologized to victims if the conversations occurred. Klages is the second person other than Nassar to be convicted of charges related to his serial molestation of young women and girls under the guise of medical treatment. — NFL players who decide to opt out of the coming season must do so by Thursday afternoon. That’s according to a person familiar with the agreement between the league and the players. There also are opt-out provisions for players who experience emergency or extenuating circumstances during the season due to the coronavirus. Another person with direct knowledge of the agreement between the league and the players’ union tells The Associated Press that relief in the 2020 salary cap is being provided to the 32 teams.Among the players who are already opting out:— Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Andrew Billings has opted out of the 2020 season because of coronavirus concerns. Billings signed a one-year free-agent contract with Cleveland in March after spending three seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. The 6-foot-1, 328-pounder was going to give the Browns some size and depth up front. Billings is the third Cleveland player who has chosen not to play, following guard Drew Forbes and tackle Drake Dorbeck. The Browns also placed wide receiver Ja’Marcus Bradley on the reserve/COVID-19 list.— Linebacker Skai Moore has become the first Indianapolis Colts player to opt out of playing the 2020 season because of the coronavirus. Moore has been a backup linebacker and special teams player the last two seasons for Indy. He appeared in a total of 10 games over those two seasons. Players who opt out voluntarily will receive a $150,000 stipend. Those who receive a medical opt out will receive $350,000. It was the Mavs’ first victory since arriving at Walt Disney World and allowed them to remain the only NBA to avoid three straight losses this season.In other action:—Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot hit back-to-back 3s to put Brooklyn ahead to stay, and the Nets beat Milwaukee 119-116 to keep the Bucks from clinching the top seed in the Eastern Conference. Luwawu-Cabarrot finished with a career-high 26 points. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a team-high 16 points playing only the first half for Milwaukee, which now has lost two of three seeding games. —T.J. Warren scored 32 points and Myles Turner added 21 to send the Indiana Pacers past Orlando 120-109 for their third consecutive victory. Warren has topped the 30-point mark in each game at Walt Disney World and tied Jermaine O’Neal’s franchise record for most points in a three-game stretch with 119. Nikola Vucevic had 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Magic.— Bam Adebayo had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and the Miami Heat never trailed in beating the Boston Celtics 111-106. The Heat remained alone in the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference. The Celtics had their lead for the No. 3 seed cut to 1 1/2 games over the Heat. Miami has a game lead on Indiana and improved to 2-1 so far in the seeding games despite Jimmy Butler sitting out with a sore right ankle.center_img Lions say Stafford’s test was a false positiveDETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Lions removed Matthew Stafford from the COVID-IR list, saying he received a false positive test result — and drawing the ire of the quarterback’s wife toward the NFL.The list was created for players who either test positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with an infected person. Stafford was listed on it Saturday, but the team said Tuesday his testing sequence for the pre-entry period was: negative, negative, false positive — then the next three tests were all negative.The team issued a statement saying Stafford does not have the virus and never did.In other NFL news: Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB SCHEDULE-PIRATES-TWINSBerríos, Twins win 5th in row, top Pirates after drone delayMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — José Berríos pitched six strong innings, Nelson Cruz had three hits and the Minnesota Twins beat the Pittsburgh 7-3 Tuesday in a game briefly delayed when an unauthorized drone flew over Target Field. The Twins won their fifth in a row and improved to 9-2 for the second time in the team’s 60-year history. The other was 2001. Pittsburgh lost its fifth straight game and at 2-9 has baseball’s worst winning percentage at .182. The game was delayed for nine minutes in the fifth inning and players were pulled off the field when the drone flew over center field. A few pitchers in the bullpen threw balls at the flying intruder but missed. In other Tuesday action:— Shane Bieber overcame two solo home runs to pitch into the eighth inning, Franmil Reyes hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer and the Cleveland Indians snapped a four-game skid with a 4-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night. The Indians played their third consecutive game without manager Terry Francona, who continues to undergo tests in Cleveland for a gastrointestinal condition. There is no timetable for his return.— Austin Meadows got two hits after missing the first 10 games of the season with the coronavirus and the Tampa Bay Rays stopped their losing streak at five by beating the Boston Red Sox 5-1. Boston lost its fourth in a row, including a three-game sweep at Yankees Stadium over the weekend, and fell to 3-8 overall. MLB-VIRUS OUTBREAK-CARDINALS-MOLINAMolina among Cardinals who tested positive — The Jacksonville Jaguars have cleared starting quarterback Gardner Minshew from the COVID-19 list. Minshew spent the last two days in mandatory quarantine after being in close contact with someone infected. Safety Andrew Wingard also was activated from the COVID-19 list Tuesday. Minshew, Wingard and receiver Michael Walker are roommates in Jacksonville and have been for more than a year. Walker remains on the list. Jacksonville had an NFL-leading dozen players on the COVID-19 list Monday, with most of them being rookies and second-year players like Minshew, Wingard and Walker. The Jaguars are expected to hold their first training camp practice next Wednesday.In other NFL news: — Six-time Pro Bowl running back LeSean McCoy has finalized a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With the signing, the Bucs add another offensive playmaker to help Tom Brady with his new team. The 32-year-old McCoy is entering his 12th NFL season. — The New York Giants improved their pass rush by re-signing linebacker Markus Golden. The Giants announced Tuesday the signing on their leader in sacks last season. Golden’s contract is a one-year tender for $5.1 million. Golden had 10 sacks in 2019, more than twice the total of any other Giants defender. The 29-year-old is entering his sixth season.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-MINNESOTA-BATEMAN In NBA news:—Jamal Crawford made his Brooklyn debut and it ended quickly. Crawford hurt his left hamstring in the second quarter of the Nets’ game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday. Crawford had five points and three assists in six minutes off the bench. He got hurt while being guard by Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton, who appeared to step on Crawford’s foot. Crawford immediately started hopping, asked for a sub, went to the bench and the Nets didn’t need long to determine that his day was over.NHL-SCHEDULESaros sharp, Predators even series with 4-2 win over CoyotesEDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Nashville Predators stumbled in their postseason opener by falling into an early hole, putting themselves in a must-win situation for Game 2. NASCAR-ILLEGAL TESTNASCAR penalizes Xfinity team for illegal test at DaytonaCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR has fined an Xfinity Series team $50,000 because driver Alex Labbe violated the testing policy for the road course at Daytona International Speedway.NASCAR will race on that configuration for the first time later this month and is not holding any practice sessions before the events. The sanctioning body has said drivers may participate in only one race that weekend in an effort to prevent competitors from gaining experience on the course.In an attempted workaround of the rules, Labbe went to an SCCA event last weekend at Daytona to try to learn the circuit. NASCAR officials caught wind of his presence and ordered Labbe off the track. Associated Press last_img read more

Grant-Stuart upsets strong field to cop 19th P&P Insurance cycling crown

first_imgGUYANA’S only para-cyclist Walter Grant-Stuart produced a brilliant piece of cycling yesterday, to upset a field of Guyana’s top cyclists in the feature 35-lap Schoolboys and Invitational event of the 19th annual P&P Insurance 11-race cycling meet.Riding under overcast conditions at the inner circuit of the National Park, Grant-Stuart stuck with the peloton in the initial stages and eventually broke away with Michael Anthony, National champion Jamual John and Romello Crawford.Known for explosive finishes, Grant-Stuart came up clutch down the back end, as he left Anthony and company in the dust to cross the finish line in one hour 17 minutes 5 seconds without an opponent in sight.Anthony had to settle for second while Crawford finished third. Last year’s winner of the event, John, had to settle for fourth place this time around while Curtis ‘Chappy’ Dey and Christopher ‘Chicken Legs’ Griffith were fifth and sixth respectively.Closing out the top 10 were Briton John, Paul DeNobrega, Paul Choo Wee Nam and Andre ‘Padlock’ Greene in that exact order.Meanwhile Segun Hubbard came out on top in the Veterans event with Sherwin Sampson crossing the finish line first in the Juveniles race.The cycling meet was sponsored by the P&P Insurance Company for the 19th year and was organised by National cycling coach Hassan Mohamed.last_img read more

Bolt rates Beijing grind-out win over Gatlin as one of toughest races ever

first_imgRETIRED Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt has listed the 2015 Beijing World Championships 100m struggle against American Justin Gatlin as one of his toughest ever races.Heading into the championships, Bolt, who was recovering from injury, was short on fitness with many doubting his capacity to hit top gear.It would have taken a brave man to bet against the Jamaica sprint king but some were convinced an upset was on the cards as the American had looked imperious. Heading into the event, Gatlin had dominated opponents all season to put together a 28-race win streak.“I was totally not the favourite this time, I could tell that,” Bolt said in an interview with India media outlet Power Sportz.“This was the first time Justin Gatlin was going to have me chasing after him (wearing favourite tag). But, when I knew he was nervous was when I went into the warm-up area and he was talking to me. That was strange, he never speaks to me.So, it clicked to me that he was nervous as well because this was the first time we were ever going to compete and he was favourite.”In the end, Bolt only just came past a faltering Gatlin at the death to snatch victory by one-hundredth of a second. Well short of his best, but good enough for gold.“I happy but you couldn’t see it on my face because it was so much pressure that came off me. I just thought, thank you. For me, that was one of the hardest races I’ve run in my life.”last_img read more

Messi Signs New Barcelona Deal To 2021 With €700m

first_imgBarcelona and Lionel Messi signed on Saturday morning a new contract that will keep the Argentinian superstar at the Club through the 2020/21 season. The buyout clause was set at €700m. Thus, by the time the new deal expires, the 30-year-old striker will have spent 17 years with the first team.Lionel Messi joined Barça back in 2000 as a 13-year-old, arriving from Newell’s Old Boys. After impressing throughout the various youth categories, he made his first team debut at just 16 years of age in a friendly against FC Porto, before making his official debut the following season against Espanyol at age 17. Shortly after, he scored his first senior goal with a clever lob against Albacete at the Camp Nou.The rest is history. Leo Messi has since gone on to break just about every record and has become the greatest player in history with a staggering numbers of goals, titles, records, and individual and team awards. Now, at 30 years of age, Messi is in his 14th season with the first team and, with his new deal, will be dressed in blaugrana for at least 17 seasons in total. Messi has conquered just about everything, having racked up eight La Liga titles, four Champions Leagues, five Copas del Rey, seven Spanish Super Cups, three European Super Cups, and three Club World Cups. His 30 titles are tied with teammate Andrés Iniesta for most in Club history.Individually, he has won the Ballon d’Or award five times, more than any other Player in the history of the game, four Pichichi awards as the top scorer in the Spanish First Division, and four Golden Shoes as the top domestic scorer in Europe. Messi’s fourth Golden Shoe was officially handed over to him—by his friend and teammate, Luis Suárez—on Friday.Throughout his career at Barça, the Argentinian No.10 has scored 523 goals in 602 games and is both the Club’s and La Liga’s all-time leading goalscorer.But Messi isn’t stopping there—the Argentinian is off to one of the best season starts of his career and still has a lot more to give, which is music to the ears of all Barça fans who will get to continue marveling at his greatness. And he’ll be doing it dressed in blaugrana. Thus, the story continues.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Chris McCullough reportedly considering entering NBA Draft

first_imgSyracuse forward Chris McCullough is considering entering his name in the NBA Draft, according to a report by The Post-Standard.The freshman tore his ACL on Jan. 11 in SU’s win over Florida State. Before the injury, he had been considered as a potential lottery pick in the 2015 Draft. On March 4 he publicly stated his intention to return to Syracuse.His uncle, Andre McCullough told The Post-Standard that McCullough and his parents will talk about the possibility of entering the draft. He has yet to sign any formal papers making such a decision official, the Post-Standard said.McCullough averaged 9.3 points and 6.9 rebounds in 16 games played before his injury. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on March 30, 2015 at 7:14 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Spurs Counting on the Aura of its New Stadium against Man…

first_imgHowever, Man City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne claims Tottenham’s new ground will not be a significant factor in the first leg of the tie but South Korean forward Son Heung-min said the atmosphere could help his team, who had been based at Wembley since the start of the 2017/18 season.“Of course,” he told reporters at the pre-match press conference. “We take these plus points for us because maybe the City players don’t realise, they always play at home. We’ve been nearly two years away from our home stadium.“What we’ve done in the last two years was very positive and I think we missed home a lot and maybe we can show them tomorrow night what is the difference between Wembley and our new stadium.”Son, who scored the first league goal in the new stadium, said the opening match there was a special occasion.“It was just massive, I couldn’t believe it. I had an unbelievable night. I scored, we won, three points, clean sheet, everything,” he said.“It was very positive. I think it’s also very important to take this positive energy for tomorrow. When you think positive, positive things happen.”Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino said the game against the defending Premier League champions, who are aiming for a clean sweep of trophies, would be one of the most important of his coaching career but vowed to attack.“I think it’s going to be a very tough game,” he said. “Manchester City is one of the best teams in Europe, not only in England. Tomorrow we want to start the game very aggressive, trying to dominate.”And he said the stadium could be a factor that works in his side’s favour.“Of course we hope and wish that… (it) is going to be amazing and going to be tough for our opponent and can help us to perform in the way we want,” he added.But Man City boss Pep Guardiola played down the stadium factor, saying it would have little impact on his players.“The stadium is what it is and of course in the Champions League all the games away, the supporters support the team more than ever,” he said.“It’s the second time that Spurs play at home so we know exactly what we are going to face.“It’s in our hands how we have to handle it so if we want to make a step forwards as a club, as a team, we have to know how to handle these situations. If we don’t it’s because we are not prepared still to go through.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Q’FINALTottenham Hotspur is hoping for a lift from its new stadium as quadruple-chasing Manchester City visits tonight for their UEFA Champions League quarter final first leg clashSpurs won last week in its first match at this new home, beating Crystal Palace 2-0 to move back into third in the Premier League after a disappointing run of results.last_img read more

Top 50 Most Powerful in Southern California Sports: No. 4 Kobe Bryant, LA Lakers

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Kobe Bryant, 37, Lakers Shooting GuardLast year’s rank: 4Bryant’s significance to L.A. was on full display during a final season the franchise dedicated to his farewell tour. One of the most celebrated Lakers of all-time famously punctuated his career with a 60-point finale, but Bryant isn’t going quietly into the night. How his relentless ambition will translate to his post-basketball storytelling career at Kobe Inc., remains to be seen, but $680 million in career earnings won’t hurt its potential.Top 50 Most Powerful in Southern California Sports • Introduction• Photo Gallerylast_img

LeBron James generates buzz in home preseason debut with Lakers

first_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed 🎥 HIGHLIGHTS: Lakers drop their second preseason game tonight after a strong first half, 111-113. pic.twitter.com/neGJvRVwmR— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) October 3, 2018 How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers While young players played the bulk of the second-half minutes, there were apparent communication issues between bench players who have yet to log many minutes together – and still will play considerable roles on the team.Still, Walton talked encouragingly about his group, saying Kyle Kuzma (seven points, six rebounds) had a better overall effort playing center. The impending return of Lonzo Ball also figures to stabilize the second unit.There was at least one aspect that seemed ready for the regular season: The sold-out Staples Center, boasting 18,997 fans who gave James and the Lakers a robust welcome. It’s been a while since a Lakers home preseason game generated that much of a buzz.“It felt like a regular game: The crowd, I think it looked like every seat was filled, everybody was yelling,” forward Brandon Ingram said. “Pretty fun atmosphere to play in.”LeBron goes coast to coast for the 🔨#LakeShow (📺: @SpectrumSN & TNT) pic.twitter.com/Brm5FlCrLG— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) October 3, 2018 Overpassing was a bit of an epidemic: A few Lakers confessed afterward that they got a little too pass-happy, prompting Walton to joke that he wondered if the team was “messing” with him. But they also felt like it was a good problem to have, in a sense.“Yeah we’re a little too unselfish, but that’s good for us,” James said. “Right now, as we continue to learn one another, we want to make the extra pass and go from a good shot to a great shot. And it’s great. Some of them we felt like we gave up the ball too much, but it’s going to be good for our team in the long run.”Defense was again an issue, particularly with the small-ball lineups that the Lakers hope to implement with their shallow big man depth. So was fouling (30 total), and so were turnovers (22).Related Articles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Lakers have the King, but his court will take more time to figure out. Still, Coach Luke Walton felt like the Lakers got closer to what they want to become.“We’re somewhere in the middle: It’s so early that the consistency is gonna go up and down a little bit,” he said. “Tonight was much more the team that we’re gonna be, that we’re building toward.”The good: James, who helped the Lakers steamroll the Nuggets in transition when he was on the floor, finishing with a plus-13 rating. Rajon Rondo (11 points, seven assists) and JaVale McGee (15 points, five blocked shots) also picked up from their strong Lakers debuts on Sunday, helping fuel a charged offense that scored 27 points off of fast breaks. By halftime, the Lakers had scored 59 points despite only four 3-point baskets.The bad: bouts of chaos, particularly on the second unit. The Lakers led by as many as 18 points during the second half as the starters began checking out, and with untested lineups, the lead began to dwindle until the Nuggets tied the score early in the fourth quarter.The Lakers saved the ugliest gaffe for last, as rookie Isaac Bonga passed up a look at a potential game-winning shot as time expired.center_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs 🎥 @KingJames reflects on his first game at @STAPLESCenter as a member of the home team#LakeShow pic.twitter.com/w7jqAYu3B3— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) October 3, 2018 PreviousLos Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, sits on the bench with forward Brandon Ingram, center, and forward Kyle Kuzma during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Nuggets’ Will Barton has his shot blocked by Lakers center JaVale McGee during Tuesday’s preseason game at Staples Center. McGee had five blocks in the 113-111 loss. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 02: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers high fives Rajon Rondo #9 during a preseason game against the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center on October 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 02: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers and Will Barton #5 of the Denver Nuggets get into position for a long pass during a preseason game at Staples Center on October 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 02: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers smiles during a preseason game against the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center on October 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 02: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates his dunk in front of Brandon Ingram #14 during a preseason game against the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center on October 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 02: Moritz Wagner #15 of the Los Angeles Lakers watches from the baseline during a preseason game against the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center on October 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 02: Torrey Craig #3 of the Denver Nuggets attempts to pass as he is defended by Brandon Ingram #14 and JaVale McGee #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a preseason game at Staples Center on October 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 02: Rajon Rondo #9, LeBron James #23, Josh Hart #3 and head coach Luke Walton of the Los Angeles Lakers react to play from the sidelines during a preseason game against the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center on October 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 02: Brandon Ingram #14 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts as he inbounds the ball during a preseason against the Denver Nuggets game at Staples Center on October 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 02: Rajon Rondo #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers saves a ball from the sidelines during a preseason game against the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center on October 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, shoots and scores as Denver Nuggets forward Torrey Craig defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, shoots and makes his first two points of the game as Denver Nuggets forward Torrey Craig defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 02: Head coach Luke Walton of the Los Angeles Lakers watches play during a preseason game against the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center on October 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, goes up for a dunk as Denver Nuggets forward Juan Hernangomez, left, of Spain, guard Monte Morris, second from right, and forward Paul Millsap defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Lakers forward LeBron James, left, dunks as Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap, center, and guard Monte Morris watch during the first half of Tuesday’s preseason game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Denver Nuggets guard Will Barton, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart, left, shoots as Denver Nuggets guard Will Barton defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James watches a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Denver Nuggets guard Donald Sloan, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers guard Lance Stephenson, left, tries to pass from the floor while under pressure from Denver Nuggets forward Trey Lyles during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Denver Nuggets guard Will Barton, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James watches a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, passes the ball as Denver Nuggets guard Donald Sloan defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James gestures to his team during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers guard Lance Stephenson, right, shoots as Denver Nuggets forward Trey Lyles defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Denver Nuggets guard Malik Beasley, left, and Los Angeles Lakers guard Lance Stephenson reach for a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James smiles during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 02: Lance Stephenson #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers scores between Thomas Welsh #45 and Trey Lyles #7 of the Denver Nuggets during a preseason game at Staples Center on October 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 02: Ivica Zubac #40 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots a jumper during a preseason game against the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center on October 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James watches a free throw during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 02: Joel Berry II #18 of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles during a preseason game against the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center on October 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 02: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts after a play at the end of the second quarter during a preseason game against the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center on October 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 02: Travis Wear #21 of the Los Angeles Lakers has his shot blocked by Juan Hernangomez #41 and Thomas Welsh #45 of the Denver Nuggets during a preseason game at Staples Center on October 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 02: Michael Beasley #11 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts as he dribbles during a preseason game against the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center on October 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 02: Travis Wear #21 of the Los Angeles Lakers scores as he is fouled by Juan Hernangomez #41 of the Denver Nuggets during a preseason game at Staples Center on October 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Denver Nuggets guard Donald Sloan, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center Ivica Zubac, of Croatia, defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Denver Nuggets guard Malik Beasley, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, of Ukraine, defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Denver Nuggets guard Donald Sloan, left, has his shot blocked by Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, sits on the bench with forward Brandon Ingram, center, and forward Kyle Kuzma during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Nuggets’ Will Barton has his shot blocked by Lakers center JaVale McGee during Tuesday’s preseason game at Staples Center. McGee had five blocks in the 113-111 loss. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 39The Nuggets’ Will Barton has his shot blocked by Lakers center JaVale McGee during Tuesday’s preseason game at Staples Center. McGee had five blocks in the 113-111 loss. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)ExpandLOS ANGELES — The coronation came nearly nine minutes in.LeBron James was running down the court again, and the Denver Nuggets were scrambling to get in position. Seeing a seam down the middle, James stepped into the paint and threw down his first dunk in Staples Center for the home team – the packed house springing out of its seats into furious applause.James, deservedly, will be the main event for the Lakers this season. The King had that influence Tuesday night, as he notched an efficient 13 points on 5-for-6 shooting.But around his 15-minute cameo in his second preseason game, the Lakers faltered in a 113-111 loss to the Nuggets in their second meeting in three days – a game that had its positive developments, but also unvarnished elements that require more than a little finishing. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more