2018-19 NBA Western Conference season preview capsules

first_img1. GOLDEN STATE WARRIORSLAST SEASON: 58-24, won NBA championshipPROJECTED STARTERS: Steph Curry (26.4 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 6.1 apg), Kevin Durant (26.4 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 5.4 apg), Draymond Green (11 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 7.3 apg), Klay Thompson (20 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.5 apg), Jordan Bell (4.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1 bpg)KEY LOSSES: JaVale McGee (Lakers), Zaza Pachulia (Detroit), David West (retired), Patrick McCaw and Nick YoungKEY ADDITIONS: DeMarcus Cousins (New Orleans), Jacob Evans (Cincinnati), Jonas Jerebko (Utah) OUTLOOK: Yes, Houston is trying to replace versatile defensive stoppers Ariza and Mbah a Moute with aging Carmelo (16.2 ppg) and journeyman Ennis (7.1 ppg). But it’s worth noting that the Rockets were 14-1 in games Ariza missed last season, with the lone loss coming in a meaningless season finale when the regulars sat out. The Rockets’ record with reigning MVP Harden, Paul and Capela all playing was 42-3 (plus 11-4 in the playoffs). Melo has never been one to embrace the defensive end of the floor (and has bristled at the idea of being a Sixth Man for anything but an Olympic team), but he does bring even more firepower to one of the league’s most high-octane offenses. If Paul stays healthy and if Coach Mike D’Antoni can keep this team from falling apart defensively and if the Rockets can get Anthony to embrace coming off the bench, there’s no reason they can’t play deep into the playoffs again.3. UTAH JAZZLAST SEASON: 48-34, lost to Houston in Western semifinalsPROJECTED STARTERS: Ricky Rubio (13.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 5.3 apg), Donovan Mitchell (20.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.7 apg), Joe Ingles (11.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 4.8 apg), Derrick Favors (12.3 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.2 bpg), Rudy Gobert (13.5 ppg, 10.7 rpg, 2.3 bpg)KEY LOSSES: Jonas Jerebko (Golden State), Erik McCree (Pesaro) and David Stockton (Bayreuth)KEY ADDITIONS: Grayson Allen (Duke) and Tyler Cavanaugh (Atlanta)OUTLOOK: The Jazz were the best defense in the league last season and they sprinted up the conference standings once Gobert got healthy, going 29-6 from Jan. 24 through the end of the regular season, posting the league’s second-best record and best point differential during that span. Rookie of the Year runner-up Donovan Mitchell was dazzling. Presuming he improves as a pull-up shooter, he appears poised to become one of the best scoring threats in the league. The Jazz don’t have many other players who can create their own shot and they’re average at best in transition, but with virtually all of their rotation players back, they should remain cohesive and unselfish. Barring another injury to Gobert, this team should pick up where it left off and be in the hunt for a top-four seed.4. OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDERLAST SEASON: 48-34, lost to Utah in first roundPROJECTED STARTERS: Russell Westbrook (25.4 ppg, 10.1 rpg, 10.3 apg), Paul George (21.9 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2 spg), Andre Roberson (5 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.2 spg), Jerami Grant (8.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1 bpg), Steven Adams (13.9 ppg, 9 rpg, 1 bpg)KEY LOSSES: Carmelo Anthony (Houston), Corey Brewer, Nick Collison (retired), PJ Dozier (Boston), Daniel Hamilton (Atlanta), Josh Huestis and Dakari Johnson (Memphis)KEY ADDITIONS: Dennis Schroder (Atlanta), Tyler Davis (Texas A&M), Hamidou Diallo (Kentucky), Timothe Luwawu (Philadelphia) and Nerlens Noel (Dallas)OUTLOOK: Massive luxury-tax implications made dumping Melo’s salary a must, but the move might also make the Thunder a better team. OKC was minus-58 in Anthony’s 194 playoff minutes and outscored the Jazz by 32 points in the 94 minutes Melo sat during that series. After averaging a triple-double for consecutive seasons and convincing Paul George to re-sign, Russell Westbrook could run for governor and win in a landslide. His combination of athleticism and competitive fire should again have him among the league MVP candidates. The Thunder have struggled mightily when Westbrook leaves the court the last two seasons, but having a starting-caliber point guard like Schroder (19.4 ppg, 6.1 apg last season) as a backup should help, presuming Schroder embraces being a sixth man. The Thunder’s perimeter defense suffered when Roberson got hurt last season, but Noel (5.6 rpg, 1.1 spg) provides some defensive depth. OKC is never going to be a great ball movement team with Westbrook at the wheel, but it’s a physical, athletic team that should score a lot in transition and rebound well.5. LAKERSLAST SEASON: 35-47, did not make playoffsPROJECTED STARTERS: LeBron James (27.5 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 8.6 apg), Brandon Ingram (16.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 3.9 apg), Rajon Rondo (8.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 8.2 apg), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (13.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg), JaVale McGee (4.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 0.9 bpg)KEY LOSSES: Julius Randle (New Orleans), Brook Lopez (Milwaukee), Thomas Bryant (Washington), Isaiah Thomas (Denver) and Gary Payton II (Portland)KEY ADDITIONS: LeBron James (Cleveland), Rajon Rondo (New Orleans), Lance Stephenson (Indiana), JaVale McGee (Golden State), Michael Beasley (New York), Svi Mykhailiuk (Kansas) and Mo Wagner (Michigan)OUTLOOK: The two other times when LeBron relocated as a free agent, his new teams jumped by 11 and 20 wins, respectively, the next season. Of course, the Lakers didn’t also add Chris Bosh or Kevin Love at the same time the way Miami (2010) and Cleveland (2014) did. LeBron might be 33, but he is coming off one of his best all-around seasons. Scoring should not be a problem for this group, especially in transition, but defense will likely determine just how many rungs they can ascend in the standings. The Lakers went from worst in the league in 2016-17 to No. 12 in defensive rating last season, but many have made the observation that the best centers in the Western Conference might give this Lakers roster a lot of trouble. How well they shoot from the perimeter remains the other significant question mark, though LeBron’s presence should create more quality looks for everyone and rookie Mykhailiuk is a pure shooter who could become a rotation player. Luke Walton has a difficult coaching job ahead of him, but the Lakers’ playoff drought should come to an end.6. SAN ANTONIO SPURSLAST SEASON: 47-35, lost to Golden State in first roundPROJECTED STARTERS: Derrick White (3.2 ppg), DeMar DeRozan (23 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 5.2 apg), Rudy Gay (11.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 0.8 spg), LaMarcus Aldridge (23.1 ppg, 8.5 rpg), Pau Gasol (10.1 ppg, 8 rpg, 3.1 apg)KEY LOSSES: Kawhi Leonard (Toronto), Tony Parker (Charlotte), Manu Ginobili (retired), Danny Green (Toronto) and Kyle Anderson (Memphis)KEY ADDITIONS: DeMar DeRozan (Toronto), Jakob Poeltl (Toronto), Marco Belinelli (Philadelphia), Dante Cunningham (Brooklyn), Lonnie Walker (University of Miami) and Chimezie Metu (USC)OUTLOOK: The Leonard saga is over, but will the Spurs’ historic playoff streak come to an end as well? Their 21 consecutive postseason appearances is tied for second in NBA history after they squeezed through the door last season despite Kawhi playing only nine games. DeRozan is not the all-around player Leonard is, but he’s been the leading scorer for a playoff team each of the last five seasons. With Aldridge and DeRozan, the Spurs have a pair of go-to scorers and two of the best mid-range shooters in the league, but they don’t have many quality 3-point bombers. Losing Dejounte Murray to a season-ending torn ACL is another blow. Derrick White likely starts, so Patty Mills can remain in his bench role. Pac-12 product Poeltl could be primed for a breakout season with a bigger role in San Antonio. Gregg Popovich-coached teams are always going to play good team defense, but the franchise just lost its three most important players this century outside of Tim Duncan. With Leonard, Parker and Ginobili gone, who becomes this group’s on-court leader?7. NEW ORLEANS PELICANSLAST SEASON: 48-34, lost to Golden State in Western semifinalsPROJECTED STARTERS: Anthony Davis (28.1 ppg, 11.1 rpg, 2.6 bpg), Jrue Holiday (19 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 6 apg), E’Twaun Moore (12.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg), Julius Randle (16.1 ppg, 8 rpg), Nikola Mirotic (14.6 ppg, 8.2 rpg)KEY LOSSES: DeMarcus Cousins (Golden State), Rajon Rondo (Lakers), Jordan Crawford, DeAndre Liggins and Emeka OkaforKEY ADDITIONS: Julius Randle (Lakers), Elfrid Payton (Phoenix), Jahlil Okafor (Brooklyn)OUTLOOK: Despite the midseason Achilles injury to Cousins, the Pelicans caught fire in the second half then carried that momentum into a first-round sweep of Portland. Davis and midseason acquisition Mirotic were effective together, but can a team that played at the league’s fastest pace keep that up with reclamation project Payton (12.7 ppg, 6.2 apg, 4.3 rpg) replacing Rondo? Ian Clark (7.4 ppg) had moments in the playoffs, but he has yet to break out. Randle is coming off the best season of his career and should still be motivated to earn a bigger payday down the road (he can opt out of his two-year deal next summer). They could use more shooting from the wings. Even if Rondo’s absence is felt early, Davis is a legitimate MVP candidate who should be able to keep this team in the playoff mix.8. DENVER NUGGETSLAST SEASON: 46-36, did not make playoffsPROJECTED STARTERS: Nikola Jokic (18.5 ppg, 10.7 rpg, 6.1 apg), Paul Millsap (14.6 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.8 apg), Will Barton (15.7 ppg, 5 rpg, 4.1 apg), Jamal Murray (16.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.4 apg), Gary Harris (17.5 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.9 apg)KEY LOSSES: Wilson Chandler (Philadelphia), Kenneth Faried (Brooklyn), Darrell Arthur (Phoenix), Devin Harris (Dallas) and Richard JeffersonKEY ADDITIONS: Isaiah Thomas (Lakers), Trey Lyles (Utah), Michael Porter (Missouri), Jarred Vanderbilt (Kentucky) and Thomas Welsh (UCLA)OUTLOOK: Denver just missed on a playoff berth last season, losing its final game of the season to Minnesota, but the Nuggets return a deep roster and a nice mix of versatile young players. This summer, the Nuggets locked up Barton and star center Jokic, whose basketball IQ keeps growing. Denver has plenty of players who can shoot the ball and/or create off the dribble and will have added firepower if Thomas (15.2 ppg) can regain the All-Star form he showed in Boston. Porter could go down as the steal of the draft, but it’s unclear what they’ll get from him this season. Denver should rebound well, and a healthy Millsap should improve the interior defense, but the Nuggets were the worst 3-point defense in the league last season. This looks like a playoff team with a promising nucleus that could contend for the Northwest Division title.9. PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERSLAST SEASON: 49-33, lost to New Orleans in first roundPROJECTED STARTERS: Damian Lillard (26.9 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 6.6 apg), CJ McCollum (21.4 ppg, 4 rpg, 3.4 apg), Al-Farouq Aminu (9.3 ppg, 7.6 rpg), Evan Turner (8.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg), Jusuf Nurkic (14.3 ppg, 9 rpg)KEY LOSSES: Ed Davis (Brooklyn), Shabazz Napier (Brooklyn), Pat Connaughton (Milwaukee) and CJ WilcoxKEY ADDITIONS: Anfernee Simons (IMG Academy), Seth Curry (Dallas) and Nik Stauskas (Brooklyn), Gary Trent Jr. (Duke)OUTLOOK: There’s a reason Lillard and McCollum tweeted their displeasure when the Blazers let Davis leave in free agency. The valuable, rugged backup center ranked third on the team in win shares last season, and losing the athletic Connaughton and Napier doesn’t help either. The Blazers were 31-26 before Lillard led them on a 13-game win streak and to the Northwest division title. After being named All-NBA first-team for the first time, will he still play with the chip on his shoulder that has made him such a competitor and one of the best closers in the league? Curry missed last season with a stress fracture in his leg, but he adds 3-point shooting, and rookie Simons averaged 11 points while leading Portland to the Summer League title. Last year’s stunning playoff sweep at the hands of New Orleans should provide motivation, but unless Zach Collins (4.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg) makes major strides, returning to the postseason in a deep Western Conference could be difficult. If they miss the playoffs again or suffer a third consecutive 4-0 exit, do the Blazers go into wholesale rebuild mode?10. MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVESLAST SEASON: 47-35, lost to Houston in first roundPROJECTED STARTERS: Karl-Anthony Towns (21.3 ppg, 12.3 rpg, 1.4 bpg), Taj Gibson (12.2 ppg, 7.1 rpg), Jimmy Butler (22.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 4.9 apg), Andrew Wiggins (17.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.1 spg), Jeff Teague (14.2 ppg, 7 apg, 1.5 spg)KEY LOSSES: Jamal Crawford, Cole Aldrich, Nemanja Bjelica (Sacramento), Aaron Brooks and Anthony Brown (Philadelphia)KEY ADDITIONS: Josh Okogie (Georgia Tech), Anthony Tolliver (Detroit), James Nunnally (Fenerbahce/Turkey), Luol Deng (Lakers) and CJ Williams (Clippers).OUTLOOK: Despite making the playoffs for the first time since Kevin Garnett was in his prime, things have become awkward in Minnesota. Karl-Anthony Towns signed a $190 million super-max extension, but Butler, a free agent next summer, rejected a $110 million contract extension and has requested a trade. The versatile Towns is too big, quick, athletic and skilled for most opponents to handle, but the talented Wiggins remains a bit of a disappointment who seems to vanish during stretches. Minnesota thrives in the paint but made the fewest 3-pointers in the league last season. Tolliver, a fan favorite who played here from 2010-12, and Nunnally should help that issue. Okogie is the kind of tough, athletic perimeter player Coach Tom Thibodeau loves. The Butler situation makes this a difficult team to project, but even if the team defense improves, the Wolves appear among those teams in a dogfight to earn a playoff spot.11. CLIPPERSLAST SEASON: 42-40, did not make playoffsPROJECTED STARTERS: Tobias Harris (19.3 ppg, 6 rpg, 3.1 apg), Danilo Gallinari (15.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg), Marcin Gortat (8.4 ppg, 7.6 rpg), Patrick Beverley (12.2 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.9 apg), Avery Bradley (9.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg)KEY LOSSES: DeAndre Jordan (Dallas), Austin Rivers (Washington), CJ Williams (Minnesota) and Sam Dekker (Cleveland)KEY ADDITIONS: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Kentucky), Jerome Robinson (Boston College), Marcin Gortat (Washington), Luc Mbah a Moute (Houston) and Mike Scott (Washington)OUTLOOK: DeAndre Jordan’s departure means all of the Lob City Era cornerstones have moved on, which is one of the reasons the Clippers are expected to finish below .500 for the first time since 2010-11. Nonetheless, the Clippers have depth and will start solid players at all five positions. With Beverley, Bradley and Mbah a Moute, their perimeter defense is going to be stingy, and that’s likely to be the personality of this team. Coach Doc Rivers liked the way his team scrapped through an injury-plagued season last year, and energetic players like Montrezl Harrell remain on the roster. Tobias Harris has gotten better every year he’s spent in the league, and when Gallinari is healthy (a career-long challenge), he is another forward who can light it up. Lou Williams (22.6 ppg) is coming off a Sixth Man of the Year season, and the team is high on its pair of lottery pick rookies. The Clippers opted against making wholesale changes this summer, looking toward 2019 when they look like they’ll have salary cap space to pursue two max-contract free agents.12. MEMPHIS GRIZZLIESLAST SEASON: 22-60, did not make playoffsPROJECTED STARTERS: Mike Conley (17.1 ppg, 4.1 apg, 1 spg), Kyle Anderson (7.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.7 apg), Marc Gasol (17.2 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 4.2 apg), Dillon Brooks (11 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 0.9 spg), Jaren Jackson Jr. (10.9 ppg, 5.8 rpg at Michigan State)KEY LOSSES: Tyreke Evans (Indiana), James Ennis (Houston), Deyonta Davis (Sacramento) and Jarell Martin (Orlando)KEY ADDITIONS: Jaren Jackson Jr. (Michigan State), Kyle Anderson (San Antonio), Jevon Carter (West Virginia), Omri Casspi (Golden State), Shelvin Mack (Orlando) and Garrett Temple (Sacramento)OUTLOOK: Memphis is above .500 when Gasol and Conley are in the lineup together the past three seasons, but keeping them healthy has been the issue, particularly for Conley (heel surgery cost him 70 games last season). The contracts of Conley, Gasol and Chandler Parsons meant there was no pursuit of notable free agents, but the team is high on rookies Jackson and Carter. The promising Jackson, 19, is still growing into his 7-foot frame but he’s long, athletic and can play around the basket or on the perimeter, while Carter is a lockdown defender. Anderson was a nice signing who could thrive with a bigger role than he had with the Spurs. The Grizzlies are aging, not terribly athletic and won’t score a lot of easy transition points, which should keep them among the league’s lowest-scoring teams. This franchise seems like it’s approaching a complete teardown soon.13. DALLAS MAVERICKSLAST SEASON: 24-58, did not make playoffsPROJECTED STARTERS: Dirk Nowitzki (12 ppg, 5.7 rpg), Harrison Barnes (18.9 ppg, 6.1 rpg), DeAndre Jordan (12 ppg, 15.2 rpg, 0.9 bpg), Dennis Smith Jr. (15.2 ppg, 5.2 apg, 3.8 rpg), Wesley Matthews (12.7 ppg, 2.7 apg, 3.1 rpg)KEY LOSSES: Yogi Ferrell (Sacramento), Doug McDermott (Indiana), Seth Curry (Portland), Nerlens Noel (Oklahoma City), Kyle Collinsworth (Toronto)KEY ADDITIONS: Luka Doncic (Real Madrid), DeAndre Jordan (Clippers), Jalen Brunson (Villanova), Kostas Antetokounmpo (Dayton), Ray Spalding (Louisville), Devin Harris (Denver),OUTLOOK: Dallas missed the playoffs in consecutive years for the first time since Dirk Nowitzki’s first two seasons in the league, and it doesn’t seem likely they’re going to make it in what he says will be his final season. Barnes, Smith (All-Rookie, second team) and Nowitzki figure to carry the offense again, but the development of crafty Slovenian Doncic alongside Smith should be the priority. Jordan’s offensive game is limited, but he’s great around the basket and gives the young playmakers a lob threat. The Mavericks’ draft didn’t stop at Doncic. They added three other interesting players in NCAA National Player of the Year Brunson, Antetokounmpo (the younger brother of Milwaukee’s Giannis) and Spalding, a big man who moves exceptionally well for his size, has some offensive skill and can defend multiple positions.14. PHOENIX SUNSLAST SEASON: 21-61, did not make playoffsPROJECTED STARTERS: Devin Booker (24.9 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 4.7 apg), Deandre Ayton (21 ppg, 11.6 rpg at Arizona), TJ Warren (19.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg), Trevor Ariza (11.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg), Tyson Chandler (6.5 ppg, 9.1 rpg)KEY LOSSES: Brandon Knight (Houston), Marquese Chriss (Houston), Alex Len (Atlanta), Jared Dudley (Brooklyn), Danuel House (Golden State) and Elfrid Payton (New Orleans)KEY ADDITIONS: Deandre Ayton (Arizona), Mikal Bridges (Villanova), Trevor Ariza (Houston), Ryan Anderson (Houston), Darrell Arthur (Denver) and De’Anthony Melton (USC), Elie Okobo (France)OUTLOOK: The 21-year-old Booker, who might miss the start of the season recovering from hand surgery, can shoot from anywhere and is becoming a reliable playmaker too. Now, the Suns added No. 1 draft pick Ayton and hope they have their cornerstones for the next decade. Ariza and Anderson are savvy veterans who have experience winning, but a team with a logjam of wing players still needs a point guard and has serious defensive issues (ranked 30th last season). The task of beginning to build the Suns into a competitive team falls to Igor Kokoskov, the first NBA coach raised mostly on international basketball. He was an outside-of-the box choice but has a solid reputation. Second-year swingman Josh Jackson averaged 18.7 points after the All-Star break but still needs to improve from 3-point range (26.3 percent).15. SACRAMENTO KINGSLAST SEASON: 27-55, did not make playoffsPROJECTED STARTERS: Marvin Bagley III (21 ppg, 11.5 rpg at Duke), De’Aaron Fox (11.5 ppg, 4.4 apg), Willie Cauley-Stein (12.8 ppg, 7 rpg, 2.4 apg), Bogdan Bogdanovic (11.8 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.3 apg), Justin Jackson (6.7 ppg, 2.8 rpg)KEY LOSSES: Garrett Temple (Memphis), JaKarr Sampson (Chicago), Bruno Caboclo (Houston), Vince Carter (Atlanta)KEY ADDITIONS: Marvin Bagley III (Duke), Yogi Ferrell (Dallas), Deyonta Davis (Memphis), Ben McLemore (Memphis), Jamel Artis (Orlando), Nemanja Bjelica (Minnesota)OUTLOOK: The dysfunctional, perpetually rebuilding Kings have gone 12 years (and nine head coaches) since their last winning season, but with No. 2 overall pick Bagley, 2017 first-rounder Harry Giles (missed last season, knee injuries) and Fox, there’s a young nucleus to build around. Last year’s 27-win Kings tried to weave veterans with their young core and ended up relying on aging Zach Randolph (14.5 ppg, 6.7 rpg) to be their leading scorer. Fox, Bogdanovich and Cauley-Stein had their moments, as did Buddy Hield (13.5 ppg, 43 percent from 3-point range), but the Kings were still the lowest-scoring team in the league (98.8). They signed restricted free agent Zach LaVine to an offer sheet this summer, but Chicago matched it. The 6-10 Giles is coming off a strong Summer League showing and the Kings, who say they want to push the pace more, can only hope Bagley is the franchise player they’ve been searching for. Regardless, another trip to the draft lottery seems certain. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersOUTLOOK: The league’s dominant team got better after upgrading the center position from Pachulia and McGee to Cousins. When everyone is healthy (and there’s no reason to rush Cousins’ recovery from an Achilles injury last winter), the Warriors can start five future Hall of Famers. … They’re still the best shooting team in the league, and can play lockdown defense when they need to, but don’t forget that Houston was perhaps just a Chris Paul pulled hamstring from knocking them off last spring. The Warriors’ talent should allow for stars beyond Cousins to take games off if they need to nurse injuries (Curry only played in 51 regular-season games last year because of a bothersome ankle). Still, short of Cousins being a chemistry issue on- or off-court or having a setback in his recovery, this team is a heavy favorite to win its third title in a row and its fourth in five seasons. Next summer, ownership can tend to the business of how much it is willing to spend to keep this core together.2. HOUSTON ROCKETSLAST SEASON: 65-17, lost to Golden State in Western finalsPROJECTED STARTERS: Chris Paul (18.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 7.9 apg), James Harden (30.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 8.8 apg), Clint Capela (13.9 ppg, 10.8 rpg, 1.9 bpg), Eric Gordon (18 ppg, 2.5 rpg), P.J. Tucker (6.1 ppg, 5.6 rpg)KEY LOSSES: Trevor Ariza (Phoenix), Luc Mbah a Moute (Clippers), Ryan Anderson (Phoenix)KEY ADDITIONS: Carmelo Anthony (Oklahoma City), Marquese Chriss (Phoenix), Brandon Knight (Phoenix), James Ennis (Memphis), Bruno Caboclo (Sacramento), Michael Carter-Williams (Charlotte)center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

The official Sumner County Christmas Calendar: Lots to do this week!

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following is the Sumner Newscow Christmas Calendar. If you have an event not listed on the calendar below, e-mail us at [email protected], or put in the comment section below. Please take note of the entry deadline for four Christmas events this week:Entry deadlines: •2015 Outdoor Christmas Decoration Contest – Monday, 5 p.m.•Ugly 5K Run preregistration, Tuesday, 5 p.m.•Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas parade – Tuesday, 5 p.m.•Adopt a downtown light pole or Christmas tree at Heritage Park for Christmas – Thursday, 5 p.m. Decorations of pole, tree – Friday, noon.———SUMNER COUNTY CHRISTMAS EVENTS OF THE WEEKWEDESDAY, DEC. 2, 2015Event: Caldwell’s Annual Lighted Christmas ParadeWhere: Downtown Caldwell. When: 6 p.m. – Shopping, Dining, Business open houses, and general merriment on streets of Caldwell. National Honor Society fundraiser at Sugar Sisters.7 p.m. – Lighted Christmas Parade (still opportunity for an entry).7:15 p.m. – Santa arrives at Gazebo after parade.8 p.m. – Lighting of the Christmas Tree at Heritage Park.Also, Grinchmas Yard of the Week will be awarded.   More information: Click here for more information.THURSDAY, DEC. 3, 2015Event: Adopt a downtown light pole for ChristmasWhere: Downtown Wellington.When: Entry deadline is Thursday, Dec. 3, 5 p.m. Decorations must be in place, Friday, Dec. 5 at noon.Details: All businesses, merchants, clubs, non-profits, families, church/youth groups, school groups and teams of all sorts to help get everyone in the spirit of 2015 Christmas Wonderland festivities with friendly competition by decorating a light pole downtown.Photos with the most points will win the grand prize Traveling People’s Choice Award.More information:  E-mail Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce Secretary Wanda Kelsey at [email protected] for more information. Winners will be announced on Thursday, Dec. 17 at the Chamber Coffee at 10 a.m.———Event: Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening – Friends for CharityWhere: 109 E. Harvey, St., Wellington.When: 11 a.m.Details: Friends for Charity is under the umbrella of the Wellington Community Foundation. Friends for Charity recently made over 100 quotes for Veterans in the Veteran’s Home in Winfield.More information: Click here for more information.——— Event: Business After hours – Mill Creek LumberWhere: 623 E. 16th St., Wellington.When: 5-7 p.m.Details: After hours meeting amongst friends. More information: Call 620-326-2083 or click here:——— Event: Hobbs Mechanical Holiday Open House.Where: 207 E. Harvey Ave., Wellington.When: 5 – 7 p.m.Details: Enjoy Special discounts, refreshments, samples and enter to win a $100 gift certificate. Barbecue grills so good, they can’t afford to advertise them. More information: Call 620-326-2083 or click here:FRIDAY, DEC. 4, 2015Event: Wellington Area Chamber Christmas Parade and Heritage Park festivitiesWhere: Washington AvenueWhen: 5 p.m.Details: Included with the parade will be Christmas Carolers from Hillside Baptist Church and United Methodist Church Bell Ringing at 6:15 p.m. at Heritage Park.Then there will be the tree lighting ceremony.Entry forms are due no later than Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 5 p.m. Christmas Parade entries are free. Only Santa allowed will be on the official Chamber float.More information: For questions call Amanda at 785-658-5930 or the Chamber at 326-7466. For entry form and full set of rules click here.——— Event: First Friday Art WalkWhere: Downtown Wellington.When: 5-7 p.m.Details: Businesses participating in the Art Walk include: National Glass Museum, Wheatland Services, The Gold Corner and No. 7 Coffee House. Those showing off art include:•Ruth Cooper showing off her “needle work Christmas Decor.”•Kelly Ford – Christmas decorations and other crafts. Kelly’s business is called “The Tarnished Tulip”•Gold Corner — Mother Nature this month and displaying some of her finer creations. The event is organized by downtown business owners and includes live music with restaurants open to the public.More information: For more information, click here.——— Event: Cornerbank Holiday Open House. Where: 119 S. Washington.When: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.Details: Christmas Carolers: 9:30 a.m. – Mrs. Buck’s and Mrs. Ewing’s 4th grade class; 10:30 a.m. – Mrs. White’s first grade class; 1:30 p.m. – WHS Choir students. More information: More information can be found here:———SATURDAY, DEC. 5, 2015Event: Ugly Sweater 5K runWhere: Registrations forms at Wellington Chamber of Commerce, 1st United Methodist Church.When: Event is Dec. 5, 10 a.m. Chili feed 11:30 – 1 p.m.Details: 5K run while wearing an ugly sweater. Donations go to Sumner Meals for Wheels for Kids Program and Wellington FFA. Chili feed included.More information: Click here for more information.——— Event: Santa SaturdayWhere: Wellington Rec Commission.When: Santa arrives from 9 to 9:45 a.m. for Keepsake photos. Please plan on arriving no later than 9:30 a.m.Details: For children 10 years and younger at the WRC. Visit and keepsake photo with Santa “Holiday treat bag, breakfast (French Toast and Sausage) and Christmas Craft. Registration fee is $10 – $5 late fee applies Thursday and Friday, Dec. 3-4. More information: Click here for more information. Call the WRC at 326-3323.———Event: Wellington High School Choirs present “A Crusader Carol” Where: Wellington High School.When: 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)Details: The choir’s version of the classic “Christmas Carol” classic.More information: Tickets may be purchased from any choir member or at the high school office.———Event: South Haven’s Spectacular Christmas Shopping Extravaganza. Where: South Haven Outdoor Market.When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.Details: Handmade crafts, repurposed Vintage and many other vendors. Special guest: Santa Claus! More information: Click here for more information.———SUNDAY, DEC. 6, 2015Event: Wellington First United Methodist Church “A Christmas Concert” Where: 202 W. Harvey St.When: 4 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)Details: This is an annual celebration of Christmas music played by the Bell Choir with special guests. Reception follows the concert. More information: Click here for more information.———Event: Beta Sigma Phi — Christmas around the TownWhere: Tour around some of Wellington’s holiday homes.When: 1 to 4 p.m.Details: Tour locations: Dr. Joel and Carol Weiland – 21 Crestway; Cash Rusk, 504 High Drive; Tyler and Stephanie Ryan, 16 W. Crestview. Brookdale Wellington – family Sterling House – 500 N. Plum (will be serving snacks, beverages and a make and take craft). $10 tickets available at The Edit and State Farm insurance. More information: Click here for more information.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (2) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? 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Zidane, Madrid under fire after ‘inexplicable’ defeat

first_imgJust days after Zinedine Zidane signed a new contract until 2020, serious questions are being asked of the Frenchman’s ability to turn things around after two trophy-laden years in charge.Real have picked up just one point from their last three league games and have won only once in five, form that leaves them fourth in the table, 16 points behind leaders Barcelona, who go to Real Sociedad on Sunday.“No goals, no luck and no explanation,” said sports daily AS on their front page.“Everything is going wrong,” wrote editor Alfredo Relano in his column. “This result sinks Madrid further into the sombre mood that has invaded everyone, including Zidane.”If they had already all but given up on any hope of retaining the league title even before Saturday’s game, there are now even concerns that they could miss out on a top-four spot altogether.Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane reacts during the Spanish league match against Villarreal at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid on January 13, 2018 © AFP / Gabriel BOUYSReal are eight points behind third-placed Valencia, who were 2-1 winners at Deportivo on Saturday. They are also only one point clear of Villarreal in fifth — not since 2004 have they finished outside the top three in La Liga.In Barcelona, the Catalan press seized the chance to stick the knife in.“In crisis”, headlined Mundo Deportivo below a picture of Cristiano Ronaldo, on the ground with his head in his hands.Sport focused on the troubles in front of goal of Ronaldo, who missed numerous chances at the Santiago Bernabeu before Pablo Fornals’ magnificent late winner for Villarreal, their first ever victory there.Ronaldo has just four league goals this season, while Gareth Bale is struggling for fitness and form and Karim Benzema has been injured. The previously feared ‘BBC’ no longer carries the same aura.“The white collapse is basically the collapse of Cristiano and, by extension, that of the whole ‘BBC’, a trident that died months ago now without anyone having realised,” wrote Sport editor Ernest Folch.Relano added: “Madrid started to fall behind because Cristiano was missing; then, because when he came back the goals were not going in; in the end, because the gap at the top provoked a disenchantment that shows.”Zidane is “an elegant coach but has no answers on the blackboard,” according to Folch.There is a danger that his position could become untenable if Madrid — the two-time defending European champions — lose to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last 16, the first leg of which will be played at the Bernabeu on February 14.Frederic Hermel, Madrid-based correspondent for French sports daily L’Equipe, noted that Zidane “still doesn’t appear prepared to make any changes to his team, despite another defeat… (that) leaves a feeling of powerlessness.”0Shares00(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares00Villarreal midfielder Pablo Fornals (C) celebrates after scoring during the Spanish league football match against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid on January 13, 2018 © AFP / Gabriel BOUYSMADRID, Spain, Jan 14 – The Spanish press did not hold back in their criticism of a “shattered” Real Madrid, a team “in crisis” after their 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Villarreal in La Liga.“Inexplicable” was the front-page headline on Madrid sports daily Marca on Sunday, which remarked that the reigning Spanish and European champions “don’t know what is happening to them” in La Liga.last_img read more