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  • Barca swoops for Nigerian whiz kid

    first_imgRelatedPosts Kluivert returns to Barca  Liverpool wants Karim Adeyemi  Ghana: Five coaches shortlisted for Black Stars job Barcelona are set “to make January swoop” for 17-year-old Salzburg wonderkid Karim Adeyemi to continue their youth revolution.The youngster, born in 2002, has scored five goals in nine Austrian second division games for the Salzburg side feeder club FC Liefering and has reportedly been personally requested by Patrick Kluivert, academy director of FC Barcelona.The German underage international, who has also assisted on four occasions, has been compared to current Blaugrana prospect Ansu Fati.Reports claimed that Barcelona have confirmed to them their interest in Adeyemi.They say the forward, who is of Nigerian origin, could cost nearly £7million after Salzburg already dished out £3 million to German club SpVgg Unterhaching to secure his services in 2018.The Catalan club view the sum as very high for a young teen but are convinced by his talents after Kluivert made club directors aware of him.Like Fati, he is a centre forward who can also play on the right and left, and has already impressed for Germany at under 16 and under 17 levels, scoring two times and three times respectively, in six and seven games.Despite playing for the feeder club, Adeyemi trains with the senior side before dropping back down to play in the second division.He would fit into the current “operacion futuro” – or operation future –  currently being undertaken at the Nou Camp.Ernesto Valverde has handed debuts to 14 La Masia graduates since taking over as first team coach in 2017 and has ramped up his renovation plan, partly due to injuries, this season.The former Bilbao boss has already deployed the likes of Ansu Fati, 16; Carles Perez, 21; Ronald Araujo, 19; and Jean-Clair Todibo, 19, this season – a clear statement of Barcelona’s intent to bring through top youth talents.Tags: Karim AdeyemiPatrick Kluivertlast_img read more

  • Kobe Bryant embracing ‘green’ for final game in Boston

    first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error BOSTON >> The color disgusted former Lakers player and general manager Jerry West so much that he refused to wear it. The color has also made several Lakers feel nauseous. The color “green” might represent wealth, describe inexperience or suggest renewal and rebirth. But that only means one thing to the Lakers: the hated Boston Celtics, who have won a league-leading 17 NBA championships and beaten them in nine out of 12 NBA Finals. Yet, for some reason, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant claims that green has always been his favorite color.Why?!“I’ve always loved it,” Bryant said. “It’s a little weird, isn’t it?” So, as the Lakers (5-27) visit the Boston Celtics (18-13) on Wednesday at the Garden, Bryant will treat his last regular-season game here with some reverence. He said his wife (Vanessa) and two daughters (Natalia, Gianna) will visit the city for the first time to experience something that apparently has become dear to his heart.“I’m looking forward to them getting a chance to see the city a little bit, and then to experience the green,” Bryant said. “It’s just a different green. I want them to be able to see it.”• RELATED: A look back at Kobe Bryant’s Top 5 games against the CelticsBryant had said earlier this week that the Celtics’ green “glows.” Yet, Bryant admitted he “probably” would not glow about green had the Lakers lost the 2010 NBA Finals to Boston. The Lakers pulled off the victory through a physically taxing seven-game series after losing in six games to the Celtics in the 2008 NBA Finals, punctuated by a 39-point loss in Game 6.Between the two series, Bryant reported listening to Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” and Dropkick Murphys’ “I’m Shipping Up to Boston.” With the Garden playing both songs before and after every Celtics win, Bryant wanted to “remember that feeling” of defeat.center_img “You always have to find something to motivate you,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “Kobe is one of those guys that it doesn’t take much. He’s pretty self-motivated. So if he can take a little snippet here or there to give him that extra edge, that’s something he’ll use.”It apparently worked. The Lakers grabbed a Game 7 victory over Boston in the 2010 NBA Finals after trailing by as many as 13 points. “We had a feeling in the huddle that we were going to win it. We just had no idea how,” Bryant said. “We just kept chipping away and chipping away and chipping away, and all of the sudden, we found ourselves in the game with a chance to kind of steal it.”That started with Bryant, who scored 24 points, albeit on 6-for-24 shooting. He also went only 3 of 14 in the first half, shot through countless double-teams and admitted he overcompensated in the heat of the moment. Yet, Bryant made up for his poor shooting night in other ways. He grabbed 15 rebounds. He attacked the basket and went 11 of 15 from the free-throw line. He nailed a 17-foot fade-away jumper to give the Lakers a 68-64 lead with 5:22 left in the game. He passed the ball to Metta World Peace, who nailed a 3-pointer in the final minute to give the Lakers a six-point cushion. “They caused a lot of problems for me,” Bryant said of the Celtics. “I had to figure out how to beat them another way. That’s the responsibility you have to have. You’ve got to figure out some kind of way to have an imprint on the game, and then if the game is close and you have a chance to make a big shot, then it’s your responsibility to make one. “Fortunately, I was able to make a nice pull-up jumper and give us a little cushion. But it was a tough game.”The stakes are hardly as high leading into Bryant’s last game in Boston; the Lakers have the Western Conference’s worst record.“If we were a championship-caliber team, honestly, I would probably come out and say something extremely controversial just to (tick) everybody off so everybody hates me for one more year,” Bryant said, laughing. “But I don’t need to do that.”Instead, Bryant said he hopes he does not get booed at Boston Garden. Scott predicted Celtics fans will “show their appreciation” since they are “very knowledgeable about the game.” But Bryant usually dismissed such concerns, since he once relished hostile road environments. That partly may have fueled Bryant’s performances through 29 career regular-season games against the Celtics, in which he averaged 25.1 points and posted at least 40 points in five of those contests. “It was just so natural to me for so many years,” Bryant said about facing hostile crowds. “It became something that just felt comfortable. It felt a little awkward at first, to be honest with you, to get this praise, but I’m glad they didn’t do this many, many years ago, because it’s like Kryptonite. It would’ve taken away all my energy and all my strength, because I relied a lot on being the villain. Sometimes, the best way to beat the villain is to give them a hug.”Or perhaps shower Bryant with images of the color “green” while blaring Journey and Dropkick Murphys on the loudspeakers. Quoteable “We had a feeling in the huddle that we were going to win it. We just had no idea how.” — Lakers guard Kobe Bryant on winning Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals against the Boston Celticslast_img read more