Professor of anthropology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, Alisse Waterston addressed a crowd at the Geddes Hall Auditorium on Monday night, discussing her new book, “My Father’s Wars.””My Father’s Wars” chronicles the life of Waterston’s father, who was born in Poland, survived The Great War and immigrated to Cuba, New York City and finally San Juan, Puerto Rico.Waterston said her book was multi-layered and personal with a strong foundation in social history.“My Father’s Wars” is a journey through family memories that are interwoven with some of the key historical events of the 20th century, Waterston said. It is a daughter’s account of a Jewish father whose life was shaped, framed and torn apart by the upheavals on his age.Waterston said because her father’s story is so heavily rooted in the major historical events of the 20th century and the resulting massive reconstruction, “My Father’s Wars” is hardly a narrow narrative memoir of Menachem Mendel Wasersztejn.“‘My Father’s Wars’ is a hybrid work, making it difficult to place in a single genre,” Waterston said. “[It] is a work I see as firmly centered in anthropology even as it is intensely interdisciplinary.”Waterston, along with her friend and colleague Barbara Rylko-Bauer, coined the term “intimate ethnography” to describe “My Father’s Wars.” Waterston said she believes this term suits the “two inseparable roles” she took on as she approached this project.Waterston discussed the research process that went into the book as a daughter and an anthropologist.“Like my father’s life, his perception of it and his narrative, my motivations are layered, complicated, involving who I am as a daughter and as an anthropologist,” Waterston said. “Who was this man with whom I had such difficulty? I [came] to this project not just as a daughter, but also as an anthropologist seeking to understand violence in its various forms and how it is implicated in individual lives.”Waterston said she was guided in her work by questions and statements posed by other authors, such as Eva Hoffman, who asked, “Why remember? And why not just remember, but remember strenuously?” She said she was also inspired by Howard Zinn, who said “The most crucial issue with regard to writing is: “Why am I doing this?”“As an anthropologist, I am also concerned about how to bring scholarly knowledge into the public conversation on the critical issues of our times,” Waterston said.Waterston said that her father would often repeat stories from the Great War, which she thinks is a sign of the trauma caused by the war.“War shaped his first perceptions, dead bodies and ruined houses.” Waterston said. “The repetition has meaning. It underlines the shock he experienced at a tender age and the fear that would always haunt him. Telling the story over and over again highlights the destructive trauma that is caused by war.”The book follows the life of Wasersztejn who fled his hometown of Jedwabne, Poland, before WWII and the Jedwabne Program, a massacre of 340 Polish Jews in 1941, Waterston said.Wasersztejn immigrated to Manguito, in the Cuban province Matanzas, where he changed his name to Miguel Waserstein. He later changed his name two more times, to Michael Waterston when he moved to New York and ultimately to Don Miguel in Puerto Rico.“At the intersections of my father’s complicated journey, he created, adopted and adapted to multiple identities across time and place, identities shaped by larger structural and political forces,” Waterston said. “[‘My Father’s Wars’] follows my father’s reflexive attachment to the experience of Jewish suffering, the way he viewed his life as if it were always being lived under the sign of extermination.”“My Father’s Wars” is a vertical slice of life in the 20th interconnections across the masks and illusions of culture, race, nation, society, citizenship and civilization, Waterston said. To end the lecture, Waterston quoted American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, who wrote “If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man’s sorrow and suffer enough to disarm all hostility.”Tags: My Father’s Wars
Related Shows Dave Malloy in ‘The Great Comet'(Photo: Chad Batka) When Josh Groban’s out of The Great Comet next year, you may just catch another star. Broadway.com has confirmed that Dave Malloy, composer of Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, will step in for headliner Groban for ten performances in 2017. As recently announced, Groban is scheduled to take his final bow at the Imperial Theatre on July 2, 2017.The composer will step in for Groban from May 4 through May 9, as well as May 16, June 13, June 20 and June 27. Like Groban, the show marks his Broadway debut.Malloy played the title role in the original Ars Nova presentation in 2012 and in the Meatpacking District in 2013. His additional composing and performing credits include Ghost Quartest, Preludes, Don’t Stop Me and Black Wizard/Blue Wizard.Directed by Rachel Chavkin, The Great Comet is inspired by an excerpt of War and Piece and immerses audiences in a story of young love-turned-epic romance.The current cast of The Great Comet also includes Denée Benton as Natasha, Lucas Steele as Anatole, Brittain Ashford as Sonya, Gelsey Bell as Princess Mary, Nicholas Belton as Bolkonsky/Andrey, Nick Choksi as Dolokhov, Amber Gray as Helene, Grace McLean as Marya D and Paul Pinto as Balaga. Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 3, 2017
Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc,The Ben & Jerry’s Board of Directors issued the following statement Thursday in support of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement: “We, the Ben & Jerry’s Board of Directors, compelled by our personal convictions and our Company’s mission and values, wish to express our deepest admiration to all of you who have initiated the non-violent Occupy Wall Street Movement and to those around the country who have joined in solidarity. The issues raised are of fundamental importance to all of us. These include:The inequity that exists between classes in our country is simply immoral.We are in an unemployment crisis. Almost 14 million people are unemployed. Nearly 20% of African American men are unemployed. Over 25% of our nation’s youth are unemployed.Many workers who have jobs have to work 2 or 3 of them just to scrape by.Higher education is almost impossible to obtain without going deeply in debt.Corporations are permitted to spend unlimited resources to influence elections while stockpiling a trillion dollars rather than hiring people.”We know the media will either ignore you or frame the issue as to who may be getting pepper sprayed rather than addressing the despair and hardships borne by so many, or accurately conveying what this movement is about. All this goes on while corporate profits continue to soar and millionaires whine about paying a bit more in taxes. And we have not even mentioned the environment.”We know that words are relatively easy but we wanted to act quickly to demonstrate our support. As a board and as a company we have actively been involved with these issues for years but your efforts have put them out front in a way we have not been able to do. We have provided support to citizens’ efforts to rein in corporate money in politics, we pay a livable wage to our employees, we directly support family farms and we are working to source fairly traded ingredients for all our products. But we realize that Occupy Wall Street is calling for systemic change. We support this call to action and are honored to join you in this call to take back our nation and democracy.”Ben & Jerry’s Board of Directors BURLINGTON, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–10.6.2011
The African Heritage Cultural Arts Center cordially invites South Floridians to their production of George C. Wolfe’s The Colored Museum. This satire play will run from October 3-October 14, 2018 at the Joseph Caleb Auditorium, 5400 NW 22nd Avenue Miami, FL 33142.The DirectorDirected by Miami native and FAMU alumni Jamel Booth, this play expounds on prominent themes and identities in the African American culture. Displayed in a fictional museum, 11 exhibits are performed as one-person plays or monologues to discuss themes such as, racism, stereotypes, segregation, slavery, and intra-community conflicts in black culture. Overwhelming critical acclaim The Colored Museum received overwhelming critical praise for its provocative subject matter and in-depth exploration of the African-American theatrical and cultural past. It has been performed in New Jersey, New York, and London, most famously at the Royal Court Theater.The playwright George Costello Wolfe is an African-American playwright and stage/film director best known for directing Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, as well as the musical, Bring in ‘da Noise/Bring in ‘da Funk. He won Tony awards for his direction of each and served as Artistic Director of The Public Theater in New York from 1993 to 2004.The AHCAC A premier arts training institution in Liberty City, the AHCAC is nationally-recognized for developing hundreds of outstanding artists in all arts disciplines for nearly thirty-four years. Known as the artistic home of alumnus Tarell Alvin McCraney, co-creator of the award-winning movie, Moonlight, the Center’s other distinguished alumni include Robert Battle, Artistic Director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; Bianca Brewton, dancer (Janet Jackson and Beyoncé); Shareef Clayton, a Grammy-nominated Jazz trumpeter (Arturo Sandoval and Stevie Wonder); and tap dancer Marshall Davis, Jr., associate choreographer of the Tony-nominated play, Shuffle Along. Ticket information:– The opening night reception will be on October 5, 2018 and will feature light hors d’oeuvre, beverages and a Meet and Greet with the cast. To have questions answered or need special consideration, please contact the Theater Director, Jazmin Jones-Oliver at 305-638-6771 or email: [email protected]
Qatar Airways has subsequently also become the official “global airline partner” of CONMEBOL, the South American football confederation.Uruguay are the nation with the most Copa America titles, 15, and Cavani said there was a real possibility they could win again.“We have very good chances, we have been playing very well in recent years and had a good competition in Russia,” he said.“Historically, Uruguay is a team smart enough to have won it the most times.“This, I think, gives prestige to Uruguay in this competition.”The draw for the event takes place on January 24. FILE PHOTO: Edison Cavani Doha, Qatar | AFP | Uruguay’s Edinson Cavani admitted Monday that Qatar’s inclusion among teams in this year’s Copa America was a “surprise” but backed the Gulf state’s first ever tournament appearance.The 31-year-old, who plays for Qatari-owned French champions Paris Saint-Germain, said allowing the World Cup 2022 host in to South America’s biggest international competition could prove “special”.“To have Qatar is a surprise and I think it is going to be something very nice,” the Uruguay striker said to reporters at PSG’s winter training camp in Doha.“To have a team from this continent at the Copa America, it’s something very special to bring a new culture and to mix with the South Americans.”The 2019 tournament will take place in Brazil in June and July this year.It was announced in May that Qatar would be one of the 12 teams taking part. Japan have also been invited.The same month it was also announced that Qatar’s state-owned airline, Qatar Airways, would be the shirt sponsor of arguably South America’s biggest club side, Boca Juniors of Argentina. Share on: WhatsApp
Facebook114Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Northwest Christian Private Schools If you are looking for a academically strong, Biblically based school system come to our open house on January 26 or January 27. Northwest Christian Private Schools consists of Community Christian Academy Preschool and Childcare, Community Christian Academy K-8 program, and Northwest Christian High School. All schools reside on our beautiful 14 acre campus.We have two open house options to choose from. Join us on January 26 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. or on January 27 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.You can also schedule a tour of our schools at your convenience by calling us at (360) 493-2223.Our schools are all located in Lacey, Washington at 4706 Park Center Ave NE Lacey, WA 98516.The teacher to student ratio at Northwest Christian Private Schools greatly enhances the level of education that your child will receive. Volumes of research dating back to the 1960’s highlight the advantages of smaller schools.• Greater student achievement• Safe schools• Higher graduation rates and better grades• More years of college and graduate school after high school• Stronger commitment to Christian faith• Increased parental involvement• Strong science, math, and critical thinking skills’Empirical evidence also shows that the advantages of small schools stay with children throughout their educational career. Our campus has a rich tradition of excellence in academics, athletics, the arts and more.For more information about the open house call us at (360) 493-2223.Learn more about the people and programs at Northwest Christian Private Schools through the links below.The Foundation CampusNorthwest Christian’s Principal Leads with a Sense of HumorCommunity Christian Academy Preschool and ChildcareNorthwest Christian High School Helps Each Student Reach their Potential
(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 It’s long been a mystery why cells use one hand of two-handed molecules, like left-handed amino acids and right-handed sugars. A new proposal solves the mystery, explaining how this phenomenon called homochirality arises naturally. Wait a minute…“Life scientists unlock mystery of how ‘handedness’ arises,” announced a headline on PhysOrg. Dr. Thomas G. Mason, a professor of chemistry and physics at UCLA, was fascinated by the long-standing mystery of how life chooses one hand over the other when either “isoform” is equally probable. “Why many of the important functional molecules in our bodies almost always occur in just one chiral form when they could potentially exist in either is a mystery that has confounded researchers for years,” the article said.So what is his solution? Surprisingly, it’s entropy – something we usually associate with disorder and randomness.“It’s quite bizarre,” Mason said. “You’re starting with achiral components — triangles — which undergo Brownian motion and you end up with the spontaneous formation of super-structures that have a handedness or chirality. I would never have anticipated that in a million years.”….”We discovered that just two physical ingredients — entropy and particle shape — are enough to cause chirality to appear spontaneously in dense systems,” Mason said. “In my 25 years of doing research, I never thought that I would see chirality occur in a system of achiral objects driven by entropic forces.“The body of the article explains, though, that he didn’t try his experiment with actual amino acids or biological molecules. He experimented with colored equilateral triangles, imprinting them on a static surface using lithography. He perceived “superstructures” made up of parallelograms in the densely-packed arrangement.Does this have anything to do with life? Not yet. “We’re learning some new physical rules, but the story in biology is far from complete. We have added another chapter to the story, and I’m amazed by these findings,” he said.Good grief. Drop the self-serving hype about how amazed he was. This is stupid. Entropy is not a force. OK, so triangles form parallelograms when you artificially etch them onto an artificial surface. Big deal. This has about as much to do with living cells as a backgammon board has to do with a backgammon champion.Amino acids are not triangles. They are 3-dimensional molecules with complex side chains. Living cells employ homochiral amino acids and sugars because they provide the optimum arrangement for structure and function of proteins and nucleic acids. They are 100% one-handed (see online book). Any deviation from 100% pure chirality destroys the protein or DNA molecule.Even more important, the sequence of the amino acid building blocks is critical to function. Amino acids do not link together at random. They are forced together by molecular machines (ribosomes) that order them according to a genetic template, complete with proofreading.That this silly attempt would get published in the journal Nature Communications is a sign of desperation at not having solved the mystery for over a century since Pasteur first noticed it. You know what solves it perfectly? Intelligent design. If Mason thinks he has written “another chapter” to the story, it’s a chapter in the wrong book – the storytelling book, not the science textbook.
Four young people who are doing outstanding work in their communities in Gauteng were chosen as JCI South Africa’s outstanding persons. The awards are a national event.Rudzani Mulaudzi, Kamogelo Mangena, Michael Shackleton and Kealeboga Moremba are named the 2017 Top Outstanding Young Persons, hosted by the Junior Chamber International South Africa. (Images: Melissa Javan)Melissa JavanRudzani Mulaudzi, an entrepreneur, advised young people to start with whatever idea they had to contribute to change in their community. “Until you start you will never know what you are capable of doing,” he said at the 2017 Top Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) awards, held on 29 June 2017 by the Junior Chamber International South Africa (JCI South Africa) in partnership with Brand South Africa.“If you have a passion, for instance in making music, look how you can make use of it in a community context so that it can be impactful to people and the community you belong to,” said the 29-year-old. He is the co-founder of Gradesmatch, an education technology initiative that connects learners, parents and teachers to careers, bursaries and institutions. Through Gradesmatch he has reached 10,000 learners.Mulaudzi is also researching how to drive stokvels from being pure consumers to becoming investors.He is one of those named in the TOYP awards of the JCI South Africa. The awards celebrated all the nominees and highlighted the four TOYP. The celebration was held at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg.Why the awardsThe awards identify, recognise and profile young active citizens who have a positive impact on their communities. It is part of the global TOYP awards, in which the JCI South Africa honourees can be nominated.The 2017 Top Outstanding Young Persons Awards trophy.The JCI South Africa is a nonprofit organisation that has been affiliated to Junior Chamber International since 1957. The chamber is a worldwide community of young active citizens between the ages of 18 and 40, who believe in creating positive change.Its members promote entrepreneurial and leadership skills needed to generate positive changes in their communities, their countries and the world.The TOYP of the global JCI body will be announced later this year. In the meantime, you can vote for the South African honourees on the website. You can also share their stories.A contribution to your countryLinda Sangaret, chief marketing officer of Brand South Africa, said these young people were making a contribution to improve the country. “This is a reminder to help create and to play your part taking care of one another. Every person in the country should be involved in making the country a better place.”South Africa’s nation brand agency was proud to be part of the awards ceremony, she said. “These young people are taking part in addressing social inequalities. These young people drive active citizenship.”Yase Godlo of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.Given the difficult economic times in the country, people must collaborate to help create a positive change, Sangaret said. “The people in South Africa are the most important stakeholders of the nation brand.”She urged South Africans to make a contribution to issues such as alleviating poverty.The processThere were between 40 and 50 nominations for the TOYP Awards from all over South Africa, said JCI South Africa national president Bridgett Majola. “We chose four [instead of 10] honourees, because these guys are exceptional. We think they will do well on a global platform. They were nominated by us to be part of the global Ten Outstanding Young People Awards competition.”Lerato Thekiso (middle) is a nominee in the Top Outstanding Young Persons Awards. Her female empowerment initiative is called The Unleashed Woman. She is pictured with Samantha Moyo (left) and Atlegang Motlhako (right).Results of the global competition will be announced later this year in Amsterdam.Majola explained that the four honourees’ prize included having access to the Brand South Africa Masterclass and JCI South Africa events. “It’s a coincidence that all of the honourees are from Gauteng [even if the competition was national].”The awards gave the JCI South Africa an opportunity to identify young people in different spheres, she said. “We are recognising active citizens playing their part in different spaces, showing us that change is possible. They are also inspiring other young people…“If we all take basic action, we will be able to see change within ourselves and our country.”The four Top Outstanding Young Persons with the judges and stakeholders of the competition. The awards were handed out on 29 June 2017.The Top Outstanding Young PersonsThe other three honourees are:Kealeboga MorembaMoremba is a 25-year-old communications officer and social entrepreneur. Being the only child in her street to have studied further, Moremba is passionate about youth- and female empowerment. She founded Fab Glam, an initiative aimed at developing young women through seminars, high teas, dignity days, entrepreneurial talks and career days.She is also a volunteer mentor at Ikamva Youth and a Spirit of Youth facilitator at the Gordon Institute of Business Science Centre for Leadership and Dialogue.On active citizenship, her advice to the youth is: “Do more than just be on social media; be a voice for those who cannot voice their opinion. With that voice, couple it with action. We can make a difference.”Michael ShackletonShackleton, 29, co-founded a law firm in 2015. He is also a city councillor in the City of Tshwane Metropolitan. Besides being a community leader, he is also the president of Toastmasters International in Pretoria East.Doing public speaking, especially in the organisation Toastmasters, helped him overcome his stutter and gave him more confidence.He believes we can do a lot to alleviate youth unemployment. “We have a choice to sit and do nothing or we can create opportunities for one another. We can help create opportunities so that people can succeed in life.”Shackleton added: “We have to save ourselves as youth. We must unite and move forward.”Kamogelo MangenaMangena, 21, is a public policy maker, feminism and gender activist. Being a change agent for his community, he has been involved in various projects. He helps to educate people in his community in civic responsibility, the Constitution and the role that people can play in local government.One of his achievements is forming a study group for students who have not done well in their studies, giving them resources and helping them prepare for examinations. Three of his students gained university entrance.Mangena advises people to work together to make an impact in their communities. “Take the lead. The country needs us to get dirty and contribute towards change. In whatever you do, let’s try to impact change.” He urged the youth to be solution-orientated.Source: JCI South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material
MOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess “What you saw, that’s his game,” Popovich said. “He’s just kind of steady, picks his spots. I loved seeing him get more confident with the 3, knocking down a couple, that’s great. That’s the next step for him.”White had scored six points in each of his previous two games and shot a combined 7 for 30 from the field in his past four.“He had a couple of games where he struggled, but sometimes you’ve got to embrace the struggle to understand how to get out of it and what you need to do to get back to yourself,” DeRozan said.White did so, going 10 for 12 from the field for his highest output since March 12. The 24-yeard old returned to the form that made him a pleasant surprise after the Spurs were forced to move him into the starting lineup when starting point guard Dejounte Murray suffered a season-ending knee injury in the preseason.“They were focusing a lot on DeMar, he had a big game,” White said. “I knew I had to step up when the opportunity was there.”DeRozan added seven assists and seven rebounds in 38 minutes. Rudy Gay, who finished with 11 rebounds, was the only Spurs starter not to score in double figures.Both teams got off to an efficient start, making their first three shots on their first three possessions. The Spurs closed the quarter shooting 59 percent from the field and took a 33-31 lead while the Hawks shot 48 percent.TIP-INSHawks: Atlanta’s previous win in San Antonio was on Feb. 15, 1997. Steve Smith and Mookie Blaylock combined for 46 points in a 109-89 victory. . Atlanta had six players sit out with injuries. Dewayne Dedmon (left), Alex Poythress (right) and Omari Spellman each were suffering an ankle injury. … Forward Taurean Prince missed his third straight game with a sore foot. . The Hawks are 12-27 on the road this season.Spurs: San Antonio, which plays Denver on Wednesday, is 11-14 in back-to-back games this season and 4-8 on the second night. . Guard Lonnie Walker IV made an early appearance, entering the game with 3:51 remaining in the first quarter. The rookie from Miami is averaging 6.4 minutes in 12 appearances. . DeRozan picked up a technical foul with 10.1 seconds remaining in the first half as he walked to the bench berating Ed Malloy for a charge called against him. . White had two blocked shots, raising his season total to 44. “The last couple of games, I felt like I kind of let them down, so I wanted to step up and help them out,” White said.White, in his second year, scored 23 points after scoring 20 total points in his previous four games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe win kept San Antonio seventh in the Western Conference after Oklahoma City defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 119-103 on Tuesday behind Russell Westbrook’s historic game. Westbrook joined Wilt Chamberlain as the only players in league history with at least 20 points, rebounds and assists in a game.The Hawks, who were eliminated from the playoffs last month, entered Tuesday’s game having won six of 10. Atlanta led by as many as nine points in the second half despite missing six players due to injury, before San Antonio rallied in the fourth to avoid its second straight loss at home. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Spurs: At Denver on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid UAAP volleyball: UP bolsters Final 4 bid, escapes UE SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments STREAKINGSan Antonio has 20 straight seasons with 45-plus wins, the longest streak in league history.The Los Angeles Lakers held the record previously, winning at least 45 games in 15 straight seasons beginning in 1976.BLAZING BAZEMOREBazemore’s 26-point game marked the first time he eclipsed 20 since scoring 23 against Minnesota on Feb .23.The 6-foot-5 guard averaged 7.2 points in March, reaching double figures in only six of 15 games.“My teammates have been in my corner and the coaching staff has been in my corner throughout the past month because it’s been tough,” Bazemore said. “Sometimes you’ve just got to let go. Recommitted myself. Shot the ball and it went in tonight.”Bazemore shot 10 for 16 against San AntonioUP NEXTHawks: Host Philadelphia on Wednesday night. LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles “Stops win basketball games,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “Sure, you’ve got to make shots, but when we lose these games it’s because we don’t make stops, especially in the fourth quarter.”Kent Bazemore had 26 points to lead the Hawks, and Alex Len added 21. Atlanta has not won in San Antonio since 1997.“It’s tough winning here, we all know that,” said Hawks rookie Trae Young, who scored 15. “(But) we had chances to win.”Atlanta closed the third quarter on an 18-6 run and carried a 90-86 lead into the fourth. The Hawks made four 3-pointers in the run, including a pair by Len, their 7-foot-1 center.The Spurs countered with a 15-4 run beginning midway through the final quarter and took a 108-104 lead with 3:39 remaining. White had seven straight points during the outburst, including his third and final 3-pointer in as many attempts.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. San Antonio Spurs’ LaMarcus Aldridge (12) looks to pass as he is defended by Atlanta Hawks’ Isaac Humphries during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, April 2, 2019, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 117-111. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Spurs needed someone to help veterans DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge carry the load as the long season draws to a close. Derrick White provided the needed lift.DeRozan scored 29 points and the Spurs defeated Atlanta 117-111 Tuesday night for their 21st straight win at home over the depleted Hawks.ADVERTISEMENT
Several months ago, Hot Takedown crowdsourced ideas from listeners about how to change the draft to stop teams from tanking. After we sent him the winning idea, Silver wrote that there is a “growing consensus that we should reform the draft lottery.” But on this week’s Hot Takedown he said that after team owners voted down a proposal for change last year, the league has decided to “park the issue” for the foreseeable future.Silver argued that the marketplace is providing the biggest pressure on teams like Philadelphia, which he said are realizing that “losing comes at an enormous cost.” Silver sees a “resetting of sorts” with the team. And he denied that he intervened and asked the Sixers to install Jerry Colangelo as special advisor.Watch a video excerpt and stream the full audio of the interview above. We’ve also provided a lightly edited transcription of the highlights below. This interview was conducted Friday, Dec. 18.Silver not a fan of Sixers strategyNeil Paine: Are you personally, as the commissioner, OK with the way that the 76ers have run their franchise the past three seasons?Adam Silver: I don’t want to answer that directly. As I said, there’s a marketplace of ideas and approaches that go into managing a franchise.Am I fan of that strategy? Put it this way: No. But does that mean that it’s not acceptable under the league rules? It doesn’t. Hot Takedown More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. The Sixers are a mess, and Adam Silver is not happy. The NBA commissioner joined our sports podcast, Hot Takedown, for a conversation about the structure of the draft, the perverse incentives that it creates and how his office can try to “cajole” teams like the Philadelphia 76ers into being more competitive. But he admitted that ultimately, he may not be able to reset the competitive balance of the league by tweaking the draft rules. The Sixers are “resetting”Adam Silver: There’s a resetting of sorts going on with the 76ers right now. And I think that ultimately may speak louder in the marketplace of teams than any tinkering we do to the draft lottery.Is it time to step in and stop tanking?Chadwick Matlin: I’m interested about when you do step in as a commissioner. You’re basically the CEO of a big multibillion-dollar corporation. At what point is it your responsibility to intervene if one of your franchises is not performing in a way that represents the league?Adam Silver: Well, I would say that there’s lots of different ways of so-called “stepping in.” There’s also cajoling and ongoing conversations that I have with owners, with team presidents, with general managers, where I’m expressing my opinion. Truth to rumors that he intervened with Sixers?Chadwick Matlin: Anonymous reports suggested that [you stepped in and pushed for the hiring of Jerry Colangelo] due to owners who wanted the situation in Philadelphia changed. Are those reports correct?Adam Silver: Those reports are not correct. Josh Harris, who’s the principal owner of the 76ers, decided on his own that he needed to change course. He and I had many conversations along the way about the utility of the strategy that he was following. And he came to the conclusion once this season began, and he saw how his team was performing on the floor, that he needed to change his strategy.Other owners were not pressuring him at all. In fact, it’s a weird dynamic in the league that while all the owners would like to see teams well operated, other owners just want to win (laughter). And so nobody was calling me and saying go call the 76ers and tell them how to beat us.