Lakers excited for challenge of facing draft lottery neighbor 76ers

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersEmbiid went for 32 points and 16 rebounds in a 109-105 victory over the host Clippers on Monday.“I saw some highlights on SportsCenter when I got home,” Walton said of Embiid. “He’s a pretty good basketball player. But the way Simmons is playing right now, J.J. (Redick) shooting the ball, they’re doing some pretty good things over there. … So it’s going to be a good challenge for us.”Redick is the 76ers’ fourth-leading scorer at 15.1 points per game, forward Robert Covington is at 16.8 and Simmons, who missed the 2016-17 season recovering from foot surgery, is averaging 17.8 points, 9.2 rebounds and 7.5 assists.Kyle Kuzma, the Lakers’ rookie forward, is impressed with Simmons.“Pretty good young player, having a good year, does a lot for their team, so we’re going to have our hands full,” he said following practice Tuesday. EL SEGUNDO — When the Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers square off Wednesday night at Staples Center, the game will feature two teams that haven’t seen the playoffs in a while and have spent recent years at or near the bottom of their respective Western and Eastern conference standings.The 76ers (7-6) last made the postseason in the strike-shortened 2011-12 campaign, the Lakers in 2012-13. Both franchises appear to be on the rise, and have acquired some promising young talent, so Lakers coach Luke Walton and his players are looking forward to the matchup.“Yeah, I think it’ll be exciting,” said Walton, whose team is 6-8. “There’s a lot of good teams out there, so it’s always exciting to get out there and play. But with young, high draft picks and teams going at each other, I think that’s always a little extra for them.”Philadelphia is built around second-year center Joel Embiid and 6-foot-10 rookie point guard Ben Simmons. Embiid missed the 2014-15 and ’15-’16 seasons because of a foot injury, then played in only 31 games last season because of a knee injury. Now healthy, he’s averaging 20.9 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.5 blocked shots this season. WALTON HAPPY FOR UCLA TRIOWalton was glad to hear that the three UCLA freshman basketball players – LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill – on Tuesday were flying back to Los Angeles after being detained in China following their arrest for allegedly shoplifting from stores there.Ball is the younger brother of Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball.“Yeah, I mean, I’m happy for them,” Walton said. “They’re college kids and it’s gotta be kind of a little scary for them to be in another country and not know what’s going on. So, obviously, I’m happy whether it’s them or any college kids returning home.”Of Lonzo Ball, Walton said, “Happy for him, obviously, that his brother is home and safe.”ALSOThe Lakers on Tuesday assigned rookie guard Josh Hart and second-year center Ivica Zubac to the South Bay Lakers of the G-League and recalled rookie center Thomas Bryant. Bryant averaged 20.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocked shots in four games with South Bay.center_img Kuzma also likes the notion that this game will pit a pair of teams making some headway.“Yeah, they have a really young core and we have a young core, too,” said Kuzma, whose 14.9 points and 6.8 rebounds per game rank third and second on the team, respectively. “Hopefully, each of those cores kind of grow and develop and fight for championships. We’ve got that opportunity and chance, too.” Lakers reserve guard Jordan Clarkson also assessed Philadelphia, and it was no surprise when Embiid and Simmons were mentioned.“Like a young team trying to come together,” Clarkson said. “I haven’t really seen much. I’ve seen Ben Simmons, Joel, they’re having solid years right now.”Clarkson leads the Lakers in scoring with a 15.5 average, even though he’s averaging just 21.4 minutes.last_img read more

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Iowa lawmakers to hear recommendations from panel on learning disability

first_imgA dyslexia task force is submitting recommendations to Iowa lawmakers today designed to improve instruction for kids with the common learning disability and other struggling readers. Task force member Katie Greving says the group conducted a survey of Iowa teachers, parents, students and others.Greving says, “The major finding of the survey was that a lot of people who are responsible for helping to meet the needs of these kids don’t have the basic knowledge and skills that they need, and wanted more knowledge and skills.”Greving says they also found a lot of inconsistencies across different schools in how they’re handling students with dyslexia. The group recommends the state develop a dyslexia-specific teaching endorsement, and that all teachers take an online training course about dyslexia.“The task force chose this recommendation to address a systematic lack of expertise on dyslexia in Iowa,” she says, “and that’s probably the most important thing that we’re asking of the legislature.” Greving adds, these steps can help kids who are struggling with reading for many different reasons, not just those who are diagnosed with dyslexia.last_img read more

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