first_imgLOS ANGELES — Only part of the intrigue on draft night involved the men the Clippers actually acquired. There was also the matter of what they didn’t draft: A big man.There might have been a message there.The Clippers filled a couple of spots in their backcourt Thursday night, trading with Charlotte to move up from No. 12 to 11 and nab 6-foot-6 point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander of Kentucky – who is no relation, by the way, unless he becomes really, really good – and drafting shooting guard Jerome Robinson of Boston College at No. 13.They did not select Robert Williams, a 6-9 center from Texas A&M, a player with whom they had been linked in a number of mock drafts … and a player who bore some similarity to one they already have. Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Williams eventually went to Boston at 27. And the bottom line might have been that the Clippers probably feel pretty good about retaining their incumbent center from Texas A&M, DeAndre Jordan, for at least one more season.As other pieces from the Lob City Era have been uncoupled and scattered across the NBA landscape, Jordan is the last man standing. He can opt out of the final year of his contract before July 1, or he can re-up for one last year at $24.1 million and hit free agency next summer. In either case, the Clippers retain his Bird rights, meaning they still have a monetary advantage if Jordan goes on the open market.Yes, it’s probably a reach to connect a college sophomore with a 10-year veteran. But this would certainly seem to confirm, or at least strongly suggest, that as the reload-on-the-fly process ramps up Jordan will be a key component again in 2018-19.Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.If that was indeed the case, Lawrence Frank didn’t give anything away. The Clippers’ president of basketball operations gushed about Gilgeous-Alexander and Robinson, but when asked if the draft results meant a measure of comfort that Jordan would return, he sidestepped the question.“One of the things going into the draft, what we prioritize is, draft the best available talent,” Frank said. “We don’t go by need. We go by the best available talent that fits what Clipper characteristics are all about.”center_img In other words, a creative “no comment.”The Clippers still have some time to contemplate Jordan’s wishes. Thursday night they acquired a player, in Gilgeous-Alexander, who sees himself as an alpha dog, and another in Robinson who spent seven weeks in L.A. last summer playing against established pros and came away convinced he could play on their level.“It was life-changing,” he said by phone from Brooklyn. “… I was very confident leaving there that I was going to be in this position 12 months later.”Hanging with NBA guys on equal terms is one indication you can play on this level. Another is when The Logo himself lets you know he thinks you’ve got game.“I felt like they really liked me,” Robinson said of his workout for the Clippers’ brass. “Talking with Jerry (West), talking with Doc (Rivers), they thought my game really fit them well.“Jerry said he loved my game and the way I play.”If Jerry says it, that settles it.Robinson is a 6-5 combo guard who averaged 20.8 points per game as a junior at Boston College, shot 40.9 percent from 3-point range and improved as a shooter every season.He and Gilgeous-Alexander could be an intriguing combination.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “He’s a fabulous talent,” Gilgeous-Alexander said during his phone interview. “Everybody in the country knows how well he shoots it, but what they don’t know is his playmaking ability as well.”Added Robinson: “He hit it right on the head. We’re both very good playmakers, and we should be able to create (for) each other. Having a guy like that makes it easier for yourself.”Oh, and as for that other issue …“I feel like they don’t have an alpha dog point guard right now, and a guy that brings leadership to the group,” Gilgeous-Alexander said. “I feel that’s one of my biggest attributes, and what I bring to the table: my competitive nature and my leadership.”Well, let’s see: Patrick Beverley, who only played 11 games last season before a knee injury ended his year, is an elite defender at point guard, as well as a guy who brings some attitude to the position himself.Those training camp scrimmages should be quite entertaining.jalexander@scng.com@Jim_Alexander on Twitter For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory last_img read more

first_imgA DONEGAL man who fought a legal battle over a drugs supplier charge and lost has been fined €1,000 for various offences.Peter Wilson, from Windmill View in Letterkenny, had contested a charge of possession drugs with intent to supply after gardai found €432 worth of cocaine in his car when he was stopped.Wilson was also facing motoring offences. Inspector Michael Harrison told Letterkenny District Court that Wilson was stopped by gardai in April 2013.A subsequent search of his car uncovered the cocaine – and a small amount of cannabis worth around €4 was found at this homeDefence solicitor Kevin McElhinney reminded Judge Paul Kelly that Wilson had contested the more serious charge of possession with intent to supply at an earlier hearing but had been found guilty.“He was on his way to a card game and he was unfortunate that he was the one tasked with collecting the cocaine to take it to the card game,” said Mr McElhinney who said his client was not a dealer.Inspector Harrison also told the court about motoring offences on Feb 24, 2013 involving Wilson and his silver Mercedes car.Garda Derek Connaughton had gone to check the vehicle when it was parked at the side of the road at Brownknowe, Ramelton.As the garda was chatting to Wilson, the motorist said “F*** this” and then sped off, said the inspector.“Garda Connaughton had to jump out of the way,” the inspector added.The Mercedes sped off in the direction of Rathmullan.Mr McElhinney said Wilson had driven off because had panicked because his car wasn’t insured.He said Wilson was now working as a carpenter in the UK. He had complied with all the directions of the probation service on the cocaine and driving matters and had successfully attended the pro-social driving habits course.Judge Kelly fined Wilson a total of €1,000 on the cocaine and dangerous driving charges.“He is very much obliged for the opportunity,” said Mr McElhinney.MAN CAUGHT WITH €400 WORTH OF COCAINE WAS ‘TAKING IT TO A CARD GAME’ was last modified: September 4th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:arrestchargecocaineconvictiondealerletterkennyPeter Wilsonlast_img read more