Phil Jackson Rules Out Any Return To Coaching

Phil Jackson had interest in returning to the Los Angeles Lakers, but that was it. No other team interests him. So let go of any hopes of luring him back, Washington Wizards or any other team soon to be seeking new leadership.After a brief flirtation with a comeback after the Lakers fired Mike Brown, Jackson said to TMZSports.com that the chances are “slim and none, probably” that he would return to the profession he won 11 NBA championships as coach.“I really wasn’t looking to coach again,” he said. “That one was happenstance, and it just came about.”Jackson, 67, interviewed with the Lakers following Brown’s firing, but was eventually passed over in favor of Mike D’Antoni — a move that confounded many, including Jackson and D’Antoni.Jackson had two stints with the Lakers, winning five championships with the team and 11 overall as a coach — six others with the Bulls. As a player, Jackson won two titles with the Knicks.“Well, we never discussed any terms, so there was never anything that was unfair,” Jackson told TMZ. “It was just a midnight coup. It was kind of weird.”While Jackson is trying to be diplomatic, he did call the Lakers’ handling of the situation, “slimy.” In a statement, though, Jackson was a bit more cordial.“I was awakened at midnight on Sunday by a phone call from Mitch Kupchak. He told me that the Lakers had signed Mike D’Antoni to a 3-year agreement and that they felt he was the best coach for the team. The decision is of course theirs to make. I am gratified by the groundswell of support from the Laker Fans who endorsed my return and it is the principal reason why I considered the possibility.”According to reports, which were disputed by other reports, Jackson was seeking unprecedented power over the team with the ability to veto roster moves as well as special travel considerations to help with his health issues — as well as a massive contract somewhere in the range of $10 million-$15 million. read more

Youth held over threats to cop impersonation of ADG Law Order

first_imgKolkata: A youth was arrested by Bidhannagar North Police Station over alleged impersonation of Additional Director General of Police (ADG) Law and Order Anuj Sharma on Saturday night. Sources informed that the youth, identified as Reyazuddin Ahmed, had threatened the Traffic Inspector (TI) Bidhannagar Biplab Mondal with dire consequences, for prosecuting him under the Motor Vehicles Act (MV Act) near Salt Lake City Centre.According to police sources, Ahmed was driving his car with a friend on Saturday night. At the same time, a special ‘naka checking’ was going on to prosecute drunken drivers. When Ahmed was passing through the area, Mondal noticed that he was talking on his mobile phone while driving. He immediately directed Ahmed to stop his vehicle. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAhmed stopped his vehicle and approached Mondal. On asking, the TI told Ahemed that he will be prosecuted under the MV Act for talking over mobile phone while driving. Ahmed denied the charge and refused to submit his driving licence. However, when Mondal told him that his vehicle will be handed over to the local police station unless he provides his driving licence, Ahmed complied. Soon after, he called someone and told Mondal that ADG Law and Order will talk with him. When Mondal took his phone, a person from the other end told him to release the vehicle without any prosecution. He identified himself as ADG Law and Order Anuj Sharma. After hanging up, Mondal sensed some foulplay. He immediately started verifying the phone number. Seeing this, Ahmed started threatening the TI. He called up the number again and handed his mobile phone to Mondal. The person on the other end also threatened him of dire consequences. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIn the meantime, the TI was informed by Bidhannagar Police that the number does not belong to Sharma. Immediately, Ahmed was handed over to Bidhannagar North Police Station. Later, Mondal lodged a complaint on the basis of which a specific case against Ahmed was filed on charges of impersonating a public servant, obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions, disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant and criminal intimidation. He was arrested later on Saturday night. Sources informed that though no other person has been arrested in this case, police have come to know that the person who was talking over the phone is the son of a police inspector of West Bengal Police.last_img read more

What makes an online dater

first_imgBragging is a strict no-no if you wish to attract possible romantic partners through online dating. Rather, present yourself as humble and “real,” suggests new research. Braggers are often seen as arrogant or immodest and highlighting your most favourable physical characteristics and personality traits while minimising negative information in the online profile can reduce the viewer’s intention to contact and date you, the study said.“Daters should strive to present themselves as humble, ‘real’ people,” explained the authors, especially if their goal is to establish a long-term relationship based on trust. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’In the study, the researchers ask how specific types of content in online dating profiles affect viewers’ impressions of the profile owner and their intentions to act on what they have seen by contacting the profile owner for a date. Crystal Wotipka and Andrew High of the University of Iowa asked 316 online daters what they thought of particular profiles.Participants were presented with one of four sample online dating profiles that exhibited different types of content development by the profile owner. The researchers looked specifically at the effects of two concepts – selective-self presentation and warranting. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSelective self-presentation is people’s ability to highlight the most flattering information to others.In the context of online dating, where the goal is to attract a partner, people are motivated to present a lot of positive information about themselves while minimising negative information – or in other words, to brag a little.People can “warrant” their online dating profiles by providing access to corroborating sites – for example, a link to a professional biography page or the name of a blog to which they regularly contribute, the authors explained.The authors found that viewers judged people who were perceived as overly bragging about themselves, their looks or their accomplishments as less trustworthy and less socially attractive, thereby lessening viewer’s intentions to date or contact those profile owners. The findings were published in the journal ‘Communication Monographs’.last_img read more