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Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Lakers did not soak each other afterwards with champagne. Rookie point guard Jordan Clarkson lamented missing a 27-foot 3-pointer with 11.8 seconds left in regulation. Forward Wayne Ellington agreed with Scott’s contention that he was fouled on a 26-jump shot that Victor Oladipo blocked as time expired. Forward Nick Young bemoaned his scoreless night, missing all six attempts in only 16 minutes. Yet, debate rages among Lakers fans about if different statistics matter. The Lakers have an 11.9 percent chance at the first overall pick, but those odds increase for the NBA’s third-worst team (15.6 percent), second-worst team (19.5 percent) and worst team (25 percent).“It’s a bad omen that you try to send a message to lose games to get the very best pick you can get.” Scott said. “To go out there and deliberately try to lose games to get a better pick, that backfires on you.”Instead, Scott told his players to consider it “a slap in the face” that the Magic fired Vaughn and named assistant James Borrego as the interim coach a day before playing the Lakers to “get their new coach off to a good start.” That happened, thanks to Orlando forward Tobias Harris posting a career-high 34 points on 14-of-18 shooting. Meanwhile, the Lakers are on pace to finish with their worst record in L.A. franchise history. But Scott reported Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and vice president of player personnel Jim Buss are promising patience. ORLANDO — The two teams fought to the very end, a Lakers’ 103-97 overtime loss to the Orlando Magic on Friday at Amway Center featuring a blown 14-point lead and the 12th defeat out of 13 contests. But did the Lakers really win in a forgettable game for two teams destined to miss the playoffs?The outcome could influence the Lakers’ standing in the 2015 NBA Draft. The Lakers (13-37) have the league’s fourth-worst record, but they need a top-five pick to avoid trading their draft selection to the Phoenix Suns as part of the Steve Nash deal. The Magic (16-37) currently own the fifth-worst record, their losing streak extended to 11.“The guys in there are not having a party right now because we lost the game because they think it will help us get a better draft pick,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “If I have guys in there that’s partying, they won’t be here next year, anyway.” “They told me, ‘It would take a few years. Are you okay with that?’ My question to them was, ‘I’m okay with that. Are you okay with that?’” Scott recalled when interviewing for the position last summer. “I’m okay with it because I know in due time we can turn it around.”Scott predicted the Lakers could “surprise some people” before they experienced season-ending injuries to Kobe Bryant (right shoulder), Steve Nash (back), Julius Randle (right leg) and Xavier Henry (left Achilles tendon). Scott also expects Hill will not return from a strained right hip flexor until after NBA All-Star weekend on Feb. 15. Scott then added, “this summer will give us an indication on if we’ll turn it around a lot quicker than we even expect.” With Bryant, Randle, Young and Kelly as the only players left with guaranteed contracts, the Lakers have enough cap space to land a marquee free agent. Until then, Scott maintains he will coach both to win games and develop his roster regardless of how it affects draft seeding.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A new national bilingual radio project aiming to help the diverse communities of Australia understand the aged care sector and issues surrounding ageing and geriatric health has been laucnhed in Canberra by Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt.Coordinated by the Ethnic Communities’ Council of NSW Inc, the Speak My Language project is expected to reach more than 50,000 seniors each week covering more than 25 language groups, including Greek.“We owe our older Australians an inclusive aged care system, one that embraces diversity,” Minister Wyatt said, discussing the difficulties Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Australians have in navigating the system.“What they’re looking for is reassurance, understanding and support to ensure their quality of life.”The program will be funded by a $1 million grant and engage 160 bilingual aged care facilitators across Australia, not least among them Fronditha Care.Fronditha will facilitate the Greek language program, which will act as a forum for Greek speaking aged care stakeholders to raise awareness on sector issues and give a platform to Greek Australians to speak about their experiences with aged care.The café conversation podcasts of the project will aim to encourage Greek speakers to share their stories and discuss what is working and what isn’t in aged care services for CALD communities.It will inform people about their rights and the procedures they must follow to qualify for commonwealth supported packages, but also encourage frank conversations on issues like elder abuse, dementia, and ageing with an improved quality of life.Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM MP (C), Speak My Language Program Manager Terrie Leoleos (R) and Fronditha Care’s Community and Media Affairs Officer Odysseas Kripotos.Fronditha Care’s Community and Media Affairs Officer Odysseas Kripotos says the program will be a way to tackle some uncomfortable topics.“Greek Australians struggle with the idea of putting a loved one in a nursing home or asking for help in caring for them,” he said.“It’s hard for people to admit they need help, and this program will try and remove the stigmas associated with aged care and open a more positive dialogue.”The Greek language project is currently being developed and is calling for interested participants to contribute to the discussion, particularly those who are in care or receive services, those who have a loved one in care, those who have experienced dementia or had a loved one suffer with the disease.To participate, please email the facilitator Odysseas.Kripotos@fronditha.org For more information on the project visit speakmylanguageradio.com/