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English and Payton earn Clippers workouts

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PLAYA VISTA >> They have famous names, but the Roman numerals behind them should make something clear.A.J. English III is not the man who played for the Washington Bullets in the early 1990s and Gary Payton II isn’t the man who defended and yapped his way to the NBA’s Hall of Fame.They’re both close to their own dreams — to play in the NBA — and their last names don’t guarantee anything.But, their proximity to great players? Well, that doesn’t hurt. “My brothers our a tremendous resource,” Plumlee said. “I’m able to hit them up for advice all the time. They’re very available. We’re so proud of each other and want each other to do well, so they don’t give me meaningless feedback.”Payton’s father is always willing to talk, and up unto last year, he was willing to step out onto the court with his son, who like him, played point guard at Oregon State.After a lifetime of getting backed down and bullied, the II got a win.“He tried me last season at school and I got him,” Payton II said. “I don’t think he’s gonna try any more. He can let that rest.”At this stage in the process, it’s not about their fathers or their brothers. It’s about themselves and what they can do; something that English is just fine with.“As soon as I picked up the ball, I tried to make my own name,” he said. “I’ve got a ‘III’ behind my name. Whenever I write it on a piece of paper … I want people when they say my name to say I’m the ‘third.’ I don’t look at it like I’m competing with my dad or anyone else. I just want people to know I’m A.J. English III.”Brogdon impressesOf all the players working out for the Clippers Wednesday, Virginia guard Malcolm Brogdon might check the most boxes for coach Doc Rivers.He’s long, mature, smart and accomplished. He’s the ACC Player of the Year, the ACC Defensive Player of the Year and a first-team All-American. Brogdon spoke with the Clippers at the NBA Draft Combine before seeing the team again for Wednesday’s workout.And he’s got a signature skill.“My defense,” he said. “I don’t let people score on me. I think that’s my biggest asset.”The Clippers own picks No. 25 and No. 33 and Brogdon is projected to be on the board.Paul, Jordan honoredChris Paul and DeAndre Jordan, two of the biggest factors in the Clippers’ successful regular season, earned postseason hardware Wednesday.Both players were named to the NBA’s All-Defensive first team, joining unanimous choice Kawhi Leonard of San Antonio, Draymond Green of Golden State and Avery Bradley of Boston.It’s the eighth time Paul has earned All-Defensive honors and his fifth consecutive year on the first team. It’s Jordan’s consecutive first team appearance.Jordan beat out Miami center Hassan Whiteside. Paul finished with more votes than Memphis’ Tony Allen. Atlanta’s Paul Millsap, Indiana’s Paul George and Chicago’s Jimmy Butler, who were selected to the second team.Paul averaged 2.1 steals per game and Jordan averaged 2.3 blocks, helping the Clippers finish with the fifth-most efficient defense in the NBA. No other team had multiple players earn All-Defensive honors.Luc Mbah a Moute received one second-team vote, from Clippers broadcaster Michael Smith.center_img The odds to make the NBA are steep. English and Payton know it. But, by seeing their fathers make it, the dreams feel more attainable.There’s always a call that can be made; advice that can be given.“It’s a great tool to have,” Payton said. “He’s one of the best, a Hall of Famer. You can’t tell him he’s wrong because he’s a Hall of Famer. He’s been through it all.”Pedigree was a theme Wednesday at the Clippers’ pre-draft workout.In addition to Payton and English, the Clippers also worked out Duke center Marshall Plumlee, the younger brother of NBAers Miles and Mason Plumlee.last_img read more

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EXACTLY WHAT WAS THAT IN THE SKY OVER DONEGAL?

first_imgGary’s picture of the wind funnel above Inishowen.Photographer and keen kayaker Gary Loveridge often gets surprises when he travels out to sea for a paddle.But yesterday he got a bit more than he bargained for.Gary was heading out on the water at Portsalon when he happened to look in the direction of Inishowen and took this wonderful picture. To the naked eye it appears to be a tornado but with no reports of it touching the ground, it appears that it was a wind funnel.Either way it makes for pretty cool viewing.If you have any unusual photos please email them to [email protected] and we’ll public them.EXACTLY WHAT WAS THAT IN THE SKY OVER DONEGAL? was last modified: July 24th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:Inishowentornadowind funnellast_img read more