Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Chandler has played 30 of 32 possible games since landing in Los Angeles 10 games into the season. The 36-year-old does have a substantial injury history, failing to top the 50-game mark in either of the two previous seasons in Phoenix.Going against Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin, the Lakers leaned a little harder on JaVale McGee and Ivica Zubac to help control the glass by boxing the Pistons bigs out and allowing guards to get rebounds. Six different Lakers had at least five rebounds as the home team topped Detroit 47-34 on the glass. Griffin had zero rebounds – something that’s never happened before in his career.“That was the focus,” second-year forward Kyle Kuzma said. “I tried to make sure he wasn’t supposed to get rebounds. The game plan was to limit Drummond and him on the boards, because those guys are beasts, so make sure to block him out, and the guards did a great job of flying in and getting rebounds.” Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThere’s nearly no precedent for James missing 11 games in a regular season: He’s only missed more once, during the 2014-15 season in Cleveland. In 13 other non-lockout seasons, James has played in at least 74 games. In the lockout season in 2011-12, James played all 62 games of the regular season.Despite his injury, James is still the leading vote-getter in the West for the upcoming All-Star game. It’s a reminder of how much the Lakers could use their injured marquee player, who was in the midst of another statistically brilliant season before going down Christmas Day against the Warriors.At the very least, the Lakers have cobbled together back-to-back wins without James, or Rajon Rondo (sprained finger) who is out likely until at least later this month. The team has also become more cohesive on defense, ranking sixth in the league (104.4 defensive rating) during the last eight games. After a 113-100 win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday, Coach Luke Walton said he was encouraged by the progress.“I thought our team showed a lot of growth in the – whatever you want to call it, post-LeBron injury, LeBron and Rondo injuries,” he said. “There were times in that game tonight where in previous games we would’ve just split and gone down and taken quick shots. But I thought our guys did a really nice job staying composed, continuing to share the ball, continuing to make plays and ultimately, winning by competing on the defensive end.”Walton said Wednesday that James would not travel with the Lakers to Utah. LOS ANGELES — The latest injury stint for LeBron James is marching toward unprecedented territory.The 34-year-old Lakers star was medically evaluated on Thursday for his strained left groin, which has already caused him to miss eight games. James is progressing to limited on-court work, but he still is expected to miss at least the next three contests, butting his potential return up against one of the most challenging portions of the Lakers’ schedule.The latest timeline makes James (27.3 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 7.1 apg) an almost-certain scratch for Friday’s road game at Utah, as well as home games against the woeful Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls, both in the basement of the Eastern Conference. The Lakers said Thursday that James will be re-evaluated on Jan. 16.That is an important deadline: The Lakers (23-19) travel that day for a two-game trip against Oklahoma City and Houston, two Western Conference contenders, before returning home for a marquee game against the Golden State Warriors. The Lakers, who are 3-5 without James, would face an uphill challenge to win any of those games if he can’t suit up. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years CHANDLER GETS NIGHT OFF; LAKERS STILL DOMINATE GLASSOne of the team’s biggest presences remained on the bench Wednesday night, as veteran center Tyson Chandler did not enter the Pistons game despite suiting up. According to Walton, that was the plan.“I’ve been looking to try and rest Tyson,” Walton said. “We’ve been leaning on him pretty heavy. It was one of those things where if we needed him, he was going to be ready.”Related Articles
By Kathy MieleIt was after dinner and my son Alex and I were taking a walk around the neighborhood.We didn’t have to go far before the fragrance of our neighbors’ grill seemed to fill the air. I inhaled deeply. “I have to say I love the smell of a steak cooking on the grill,” I said to Alex as we were busy walking off our dinner of hamburgers that I’d cooked on the stove.“It does smell good,” Alex agreed. We walked a little further when he turned to me and asked, “Why don’t we barbecue anymore?”“That’s a good question.” We’d made it to the end of the block when a new smell overwhelmed us. “Wow, whatever they’re cooking, it sure was marinated with a lot of garlic! It smells great!”As we walked further along I tried to think of when we’d used our grill last. It had been so long ago that I couldn’t even remember if we had any propane left in the tank. We hadn’t grilled this season and I’m pretty sure we didn’t last summer either.“Your dad’s not big on grilling.” I explained.“Why does Dad have to be the one at the grill?” Alex asked. “You could do it.”“Are you kidding? I’m busy getting everything ready in the kitchen!” I argued. “I can’t be walking outside every 5 minutes checking on a piece of meat! It’s easier for me to just cook it inside with everything else!”“O.k.,” Alex sounded wary. “I didn’t mean to get you upset.”“I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to snap at you,” I apologized. “I’m just not big on grill cooking.”We walked a few blocks more in silence until we came across a new smell. “Someone’s cooking with charcoal.” I said. “I have to say I love the smell of lighter fluid.”“Isn’t lighter fluid like gasoline?” Alex asked. “It can’t be good for you.”“I’m sure it’s not good for you but nobody really thought about that when I was a kid.” I had to smile when a favorite memory popped into my head. “My dad would use so much lighter fluid you could actually taste it on the burger,” I told Alex.“I think I’d rather skip the charcoal grill and stick with the propane,” Alex said as he kicked a stone down the road.“You know I could teach you how to cook on the grill,” I said.“Why would I want to do that?” Alex asked.“It’s a great skill to learn.”“Let’s see,” Alex said then thought for a moment. “You don’t cook on the grill and neither does Dad but somehow you think I’m going to like doing it?”“I didn’t say you’d like doing it. I really can’t think of anyone who likes standing outside during a heat wave and cooking over an open flame. It’s really all about the flavor you get when you cook on a barbecue.”“You know what I like the flavor of?” Alex said. “The cheeseburger you made tonight. It was perfect!”“I’m getting the feeling that I’m not going to be able to talk you into manning the grill this summer.”“Nope.” We were coming around the corner of our block and our walk was almost over. Alex gave me a quick pat on the back. “But, that was a really great try.”
By Jay Cook |HIGHLANDS – Still recovering from damages caused by Super Storm Sandy five years ago, the borough is taking steps to possibly upgrade a pair of forlorn properties within town lines: one in the hills and another along the bay.The Highlands Land Use Board announced on July 12 that they received bids for two different requests for proposals (RFP) to look at designating both Captain’s Cove Marina and Shadow Lawn Trailer Park as official “areas in need of redevelopment.”Both sites have been regular agenda items at Borough Council and Land Use Board meetings throughout the past decade, whether it be from plans to change zoning ordinances or for infrastructure upgrades in the post-Sandy era.“Last year, it was one of the priorities of the council to really do something with these two properties,” said Highlands Borough Council President Carolyn Broullon.Mobile homes like these cover nearly 8 acres of the developable land in Shadow Lawn Trailer Park.The council sent a recommendation to the Land Use Board in December 2016 for the committee to look at how the two properties could potentially be redeveloped through the Local Redevelopment and Housing Law.By meeting one of seven associated criteria, the designation is designed to supersede existing municipal zoning laws, a move that potentially greases the skids for cleaning up blighted areas. Per county tax records, the property was valued at over $2.2 million this year.Broullon concurred, saying “if (Shadow Lawn) is deemed to be an area in need of redevelopment, it opens up a wide scope for the property owner, as well as the borough.”The other parcel under discussion is Captain’s Cove Marina, located at 2 Washington Avenue in the downtown section of town.Per Captain’s Cove’s website, the marina has called Highlands home for more than 110 years. It has 92 boat slips for boats up to 38 feet long, six slips on floating docks, and three self-operating boat lifts, as stated on the webpage.According to meeting minutes, Fred Rosiack, the property owner, said at a November 2016 Land Use Board meeting that his marina had been almost 50 percent destroyed after Sandy.Captain’s Cove in HighlandsHe noted that he had two potential buyers for the parcel who backed out when learning the property was zoned in a residential area and not for a marina use. Rosiack also said he has been looking to reinvigorate the café located near the bulkhead, yet would need a variance to do so.Damages from Sandy are still visible today at Captain’s Cove Marina. Pilings along the Washington Avenue side are snarled and deteriorated. Only a few slipholders have steps to reach the ladders in their slips. The café, as Rosiack had said to the Land Use Board, is virtually unusable – much of the siding is ripped off, showing a previous coat of weathered red paint beneath.Rosiack also did not return calls for comment by press time.Broullon said the borough is in its ver y early stages going for ward with the redevelopment area designation, and bringing on planners for each site moves that process forward.Broullon added that Highlands “could do so much more” with the two properties.“If they’re developed in a way that brings in more for our residents, that’s a bigger tax base that can help the whole borough,” she said.This article was first published in the July 20-27, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times. Both the ordinance change and development project led to longstanding litigation spanning over four years. Pauline Jennings, a resident fighting the ordinance change, sued the borough and Highlander Development over the change, and eventually won when her case reached state Superior Court. That decision threw out the zoning update and Highlander Development’s building application.Representatives with Highlander Development did not respond to requests for comment by press time.Recently, borough documents show an impetus to redevelop the Shadow Lawn property. Per a 2016 Master Plan Reexamination Report, the mobile home park “is one of the few tracts of land remaining in the borough.”The report promotes redevelopment of the property through mixed use, considering “its proximity to Route 36 and multifamily home districts and its location at the top of the hill.” The future of Shadow Lawn Trailer Park has bounced around borough meetings for at least the past decade.According to a Housing Element and Fair Share Plan report adopted by Highlands last year, Shadow Lawn is an approximately 120-unit mobile home park on 13 acres of developed and undeveloped land. It sits in the hills along Route 36, between the highway and the Eastpointe Condominium complex, a 14-story residential apartment building.The only ingress to the mobile home park is directly across from the QuickChek rear exit on Ocean Boulevard, near where Route 36 splits westbound, traveling towards Middletown. The main road through the development is Laurel Drive.According to court documents, the Highlands Borough Council looked to change zoning ordinances at Shadow Park in 2007 to allow for uses other than just a mobile home park, its current zoning. There were residents concerned over potential high-rise development at the site, yet the ordinance was ultimately approved in December 2007.Highlander Development Group, the property owner, came to the Land Use Board two years later with a plan to build three high-rise residential buildings with 282 units, a swimming pool, clubhouse, a multistory garage and other associated site improvements. The plan was ultimately approved in October 2010, per Land Use Board documents.