Heart of a Lion: Alex Rosenberg leads Columbia in his return from a Jones fracture before last season

first_imgIn his home in Short Hills, New Jersey, Alex Rosenberg lay on his back, an uncomfortable position for someone who is normally a side sleeper. He couldn’t get up and go to the fridge or cook. He could only dress himself sometimes, when his foot would cooperate.When he wasn’t trying to sleep on his back, he was facing the ceiling, slinging a basketball up toward it. That was the closest he could get to the gym at Columbia, where he had played college basketball for the last three years.The littlest things, to take a shower, I had to take baths … for about four weeks. … The simplest things you do every day, you need help with.Alex RosenbergA Jones fracture in his right foot forced Columbia’s leading scorer from the 2013-14 season to elevate his leg for “90 percent” of the time. Rosenberg didn’t shoot a basketball for four months, the longest stretch he can remember because typically he shoots each day.Rosenberg not only missed last season but also withdrew from school. He maintains that it would have been too difficult to get around Columbia on crutches. Had he stayed in school, he would’ve lost a year of eligibility because of Ivy League rules, which do not allow players to redshirt.“The decision was primarily from an academic standpoint,” Rosenberg said. “… It would have been completely unreasonable. I can’t go to class, I can’t compete as an athlete, too, so I had to withdraw.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRosenberg stopped, pivoted and planted as he guarded a teammate in practice on Oct. 24, 2014. He felt a crack in his right foot and pain rushing from the middle of it. Rosenberg had ankle sprains in the past, so he knew this wasn’t the case.Initially he thought he would miss a month of classes in the second semester, the rest of the first semester and most of basketball season. He talked to Columbia head coach Kyle Smith and his parents about withdrawing from Columbia, and they OK’d the move.“I’ve been coaching 23 years and there’s only a handful of guys that care as much as he does,” Smith said.About two weeks prior to Rosenberg’s foot fracture, NBA star Kevin Durant suffered the same injury. Rosenberg saw the Thunder rush Durant back, he said, and he didn’t want to do the same with his own injury.Doctor Jonathan Deland at the Hospital for Special Surgery gave Rosenberg deadlines to meet for rehab. Slowly, Rosenberg progressed from having his ankle elevated to walking around. The forward started doing upper-body lifts with a trainer when he couldn’t walk around.By the end of Columbia’s season, Rosenberg wasn’t even off his crutches, but he didn’t miss a single home game. He sat about 15 rows behind the Lions’ bench for each game. His dad would drive the hour-long trip because Rosenberg couldn’t and that meant his dad had to leave work early sometimes.Chloe Meister | Presentation Director Comments “Even when I was feeling down and just wanted to stay home,” Rosenberg said, “(My dad) was like, ‘Listen, let’s go,’ and he really got me trying to feel in a better mindset.”Because he had withdrawn, he was not allowed to be involved in team activities, but would wait for his teammates after games to talk to them. When he was healthy enough to be off crutches, Rosenberg started rehabbing and started interning at a wealth management firm in Midtown Manhattan.Rosenberg returned to the team once he enrolled again. His calf muscle had deteriorated from being in a boot and being elevated. It took another two to three months after he got off crutches to fully get back his jump shot back.Now, Columbia has a player back that has grown with the program. Four seasons ago, Rosenberg started molding into the player Smith wanted and expected. Columbia had amassed a 21-point lead against Yale at home, who went on to finish fourth in the Ivy League. The Bulldogs started pressing Columbia about midway through the second half.As one of the guards in a “press break,” he corralled a pass as a second defender trapped him. He tried lobbing the ball over the trap and it flew out of bounds. The next Yale possession started a run that ended with a 59-58 loss for the Lions.Smith reamed out Rosenberg in the locker room after the game for the mistake.He basically said, ‘Either it’s you’re all in or you can go somewhere else.’ You never expect to hear that from a coach, so when I heard that I’m not gonna lie, I broke down a little bit.Alex RosenbergThe chewing out pushed Rosenberg to start watching more film so he could read the game better.After the game, Smith said Rosenberg became more of a “team player.” That’s what Columbia missed out on in addition to the 16 points and 3.7 rebounds he averaged two seasons ago.Rosenberg’s return will help take pressure off of senior guard Maodo Lo, a potential NBA draft pick and scored 18.4 points per game to lead the Lions last season.“Yes (it takes pressure off me),” Lo said. “Now we have a low-post player with Alex who is able to score.”Now, Rosenberg can sleep on his side and dress himself. He’s been able to get back to class work. And on Nov. 13, when Columbia takes on Kean in its season opener, he’ll be suiting up for the first time in a year.center_img Published on November 12, 2015 at 8:19 am Contact Chris: [email protected] | @ChrisLibonati,“Even when I was feeling down and just wanted to stay home,” Rosenberg said, “(My dad) was like, ‘Listen, let’s go,’ and he really got me trying to feel in a better mindset.”Because he had withdrawn, he was not allowed to be involved in team activities, but would wait for his teammates after games to talk to them. When he was healthy enough to be off crutches, Rosenberg started rehabbing and started interning at a wealth management firm in Midtown Manhattan.Rosenberg returned to the team once he enrolled again. His calf muscle had deteriorated from being in a boot and being elevated. It took another two to three months after he got off crutches to fully get back his jump shot back.Now, Columbia has a player back that has grown with the program. Four seasons ago, Rosenberg started molding into the player Smith wanted and expected. Columbia had amassed a 21-point lead against Yale at home, who went on to finish fourth in the Ivy League. The Bulldogs started pressing Columbia about midway through the second half.As one of the guards in a “press break,” he corralled a pass as a second defender trapped him. He tried lobbing the ball over the trap and it flew out of bounds. The next Yale possession started a run that ended with a 59-58 loss for the Lions.Smith reamed out Rosenberg in the locker room after the game for the mistake.He basically said, ‘Either it’s you’re all in or you can go somewhere else.’ You never expect to hear that from a coach, so when I heard that I’m not gonna lie, I broke down a little bit.Alex RosenbergThe chewing out pushed Rosenberg to start watching more film so he could read the game better.After the game, Smith said Rosenberg became more of a “team player.” That’s what Columbia missed out on in addition to the 16 points and 3.7 rebounds he averaged two seasons ago.Rosenberg’s return will help take pressure off of senior guard Maodo Lo, a potential NBA draft pick and scored 18.4 points per game to lead the Lions last season.“Yes (it takes pressure off me),” Lo said. “Now we have a low-post player with Alex who is able to score.”Now, Rosenberg can sleep on his side and dress himself. He’s been able to get back to class work. And on Nov. 13, when Columbia takes on Kean in its season opener, he’ll be suiting up for the first time in a year.,Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.last_img read more

Ted Davis is turning 90 and the public is invited to his birthday party at SSB

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down party ideas · 361 weeks ago Public is go to birthday party then i think so have no issue and they celebrate it Report Reply 0 replies · active 361 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Sumner Newscow report — Security State Bank in Wellington is celebrating a birthday! Ted Davis is turning 90 and the SSB is holding a reception for him from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday. There is cake and all the works. Come join in the celebration. Congratulations, Ted! last_img read more

Giants and Athletics broadcasts will sound different Sunday with Kuiper brothers away

first_imgThe Bay Area’s baseball broadcast teams are playing a bit shorthanded this weekend.With Duane and Glen Kuiper back home in Wisconsin for their father’s funeral service, NBC Sports Bay Area has been making use of its deep bench.Henry Kuiper, a farmer and local softball legend in Racine, Wisconsin, died Wednesday at 94.On Sunday afternoon’s broadcast of the Giants’ game at the Diamondbacks, Jon Miller will be working in a two-man booth for NBCSBA along with longtime Giants color analyst Mike …last_img read more

Project Label Shows Corporate Social Responsibility in Easily Digestible Format

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… jolie odell 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#start#startups A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Project Label gathers the data to create these labels from consumers, businesses, and organizations, all of which can contribute, comment on, and vote on articles and research items. Data is parsed for information on topics ranging from product safety and worker treatment to resource management and overall impact on the community. Articles referenced for these scores are included in each company’s profile, along with recent tweets, a general barometer of the tone of sentiments expressed, ratings from a variet of organizations, and a group of related companies for comparison. The site also allows users to see a transparent breakdown of how each label was created based on available information.The articles and data are also viewable on their own, independent of a company’s profile. They can be sorted by topic, date, overall sentiment, and number of user votes; and they can be searched by keyword.The folks at Project Label plan to bring custom reports into their stable of offerings, as well. We don’t know yet if a portable/embeddable widget is in the works, but it might be a good idea to make such a tool available to users.Of course, as with any young site with a primary offering reliant on UGC, Project Label will need a core group of dedicated users who really, really care about CSR to build out the site’s content enough to make it a valuable resource – and one that ranks high for natural search. Corporate social responsibilty has been all the rage – among consumers, at least – for a good long minute already. And a rash of new sites are competing to offer scoring mechanisms for companies.Last week, we reviewed Scryve, a CSR site that combined user feedback along with researched data in a wiki-like system. Today, we’re taking a look at Project Label, a site with a quite different approach and a novel presentation.The site gives each corporation a label much like those you’d see on most packaged foods (at least in the States). The folks at Project Label feel this will lead to more “comparison shopping” and, with any luck, more socially responsible corporations.According to their site, “As with food nutrition labels, social nutrition labels will motivate consumers to learn about social issues in order to make more informed decisions when choosing between product A and product B. The result will be a high demand for socially nutritious products, and thus a greater supply.” Related Posts last_img read more

Cavaliers trade Irving to Celtics for Thomas — source

first_imgJUNE 09: Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts in the second quarter against the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 9, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFPCLEVELAND — Kyrie Irving’s next cross-over will come against the Cavaliers.Cleveland’s All-Star guard, who asked owner Dan Gilbert to trade him earlier this summer, was dealt Tuesday night to the Boston Celtics in exchange for star Isaiah Thomas, forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Zizic and a 2018 first-round draft pick, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The 28-year-old Thomas, taken with the final pick in the second round in 2011, can become a free agent when his contract ends after next season.His reputation in Boston was cemented when he led the Celtics through the playoffs last season despite the death of his sister on the eve of the postseason. He also had a front tooth knocked out during the second-round series against Washington and the hip injury eventually forced the team to shut him down early in the East finals, won by the Cavaliers in five games.Thomas believes he is worthy of a maximum contract and has quoted saying, “They better bring out the Brinks truck.”Cleveland is also getting Crowder, a solid perimeter defender, and a first-round pick that Boston got from Brooklyn. The package could help the Cavs reload if James opts out of his contract next summer and leaves Cleveland for a second time.The Vertical first reported the possible blockbuster deal.ADVERTISEMENT Since Irving made his stunning request, the defending Eastern Conference champions have been looking for a trade partner. They found the perfect one in the Celtics, who will now build around Irving and newly signed free agent Gordon Hayward.Irving’s first regular-season game for Boston will be against Cleveland as the Cavs will host the Celtics on Oct. 17 — a date being circled by fans already.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingIrving, who made the biggest shot in Cleveland history to win the 2016 NBA Finals, is joining a Boston team that lost to Cleveland in last season’s conference finals and has been unable to unseat LeBron James and Co. in recent years.The Cavs were concerned about getting equivalent value for Irving, who has two years remaining on his contract, but in the 5-foot-9 Thomas they are adding one of the league’s most dynamic playmakers. Thomas averaged 28.9 points last season. He missed most of the East finals with a hip injury. MOST READ View commentscenter_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games The Cavs drafted Irving with the No. 1 overall pick in 2011. He struggled in his first few seasons but blossomed in recent years alongside James. However, that didn’t seem to be enough for the 25-year-old, who has wanted to be the prime player and focal point on his own team.He got his wish.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mayweather, McGregor trade verbal jabs as countdown begins LATEST STORIES Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterslast_img read more

15 days agoInside Joao Felix: How teenage whiz bringing hope to Atletico Madrid

first_imgInside Joao Felix: How teenage whiz bringing hope to Atletico Madridby Blair Newman15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid underwent great change in the summer. Antoine Griezmann finally moved on after months of speculation, with Joao Felix arriving as his long-term successor. Felix, at just 19 years old, is widely believed to be one of the finest young players in the world today. While settling into a new team, in a new country, at such a young age hasn’t been plain sailing, he has already shown glimpses of the quality he can offer.Diego Simeone seems intent on evolving the tactical capabilities of his side. As well as Felix, Atletico brought in a ball-playing centre-back in Mario Hermoso as well as two energetic and forward-thinking full-backs in Kieran Trippier and Renan Lodi in the summer window. As a consequence of the personnel changes, Simeone’s side now dominate the ball more than before, averaging 51.9% possession to last season’s 49.3%. But the change has led to teething problems that have affected Felix.Atletico have failed to score in half of their eight La Liga games so far, suggesting their new, more offensive game plan isn’t quite operating at 100%. Naturally, this has reduced Felix’s potency in the final third and has led to debate over where exactly the youngster should play, but he is still one of the team’s most important attacking players.During his only full season of first-team football at Benfica, the Portuguese acted as a second striker within a 4-4-1-1 system. He had license to wander and take up different positions on the pitch, moving between the lines to connect attacks and using his awareness and passing ability to split defences and create chances for teammates. Felix has mostly played in a similar position for Atletico, as seen in the below graphic.Here, the opposition defence and midfield lines are clear, as is Felix’s position between them. These are the areas he is best in. He can drive directly at the opponent’s back line, commit defenders and thread through balls for advancing teammates, or take a shot himself.This is a similar role to the one Griezmann took up at Atletico. The Frenchman usually played off a more traditional striker who would play on the last line, look to attack space in the channels, and use their pace and direct running to drag defenders back (think Diego Costa, Kevin Gameiro or Fernando Torres). In turn, this created space between the lines for Griezmann, who was free to roam, pick up the ball in deeper areas and get more involved in build-up.However, because Atletico are in transition and have a lot of new faces, they are experimenting with their favoured 4-4-2 system. As a result, Simeone has trialled Felix in other positions, notably on both wings. Indeed, it was from a nominal wide berth that he got his first Champions League goal, opening the scoring in the 2-0 win over Lokomotiv Moscow.Playing on the right of the midfield four, Felix would tuck inside while attacking right-back Santiago Arias (in for the equally attacking Trippier) patrolled the flank. An example of this can be seen in the graphic below. This allowed Felix to get into more central positions, where he was better placed to create or shoot. His goal came from a similar situation to the one seen below, except with Alvaro Morata running wide, getting behind and pulling back for Felix to shoot and score.Afterwards, Simeone praised the 19-year-old’s performance. “It was the match in which he was most involved in the rhythm of the game,” the Atletico boss was quoted by AS, before discussing Felix’s new position, saying, “For a player who likes to have the ball and participate in the game of his team, it generates more enthusiasm.”Felix was then deployed on the left side of the midfield four for the 0-0 draw with Real Valladolid last weekend. Again, he was allowed to tuck in and take up a more central position in build-up, with left-back Lodi supplying width down that flank. This only underlines how important it was that Simeone replaced his ageing full-backs, Juanfran and Luis Filipe, with younger options who offer more output in terms of dribbles, progressive runs and crosses.The defensive responsibilities asked of Felix are different on the wing, however. When playing behind the striker, he helps to lead pressing from the front, closing down defenders whilst simultaneously blocking forward passing options. But on the wing, he is expected to drop deeper and remain part of a line of four, blocking the opposition full-back’s forward runs and ensuring compactness in midfield.Felix hasn’t been entirely consistent in his performances, and playing in three different positions so far probably hasn’t helped him adjust. Nonetheless, he is one of Atletico’s key contributors going forward. No player has scored more than his two league goals, no player averages more shots per game than his two, and no player has assisted more than his one.The only concerning statistic is that he is opening up defences less frequently now. Last season, with Benfica, he averaged 1.1 key passes to this season’s 0.3. He also averaged 0.2 through balls, while this season he is averaging a big fat zero. However, Simeone will expect these numbers to revert once the youngster has adapted properly to a tougher league, new teammates and has sorted his best position.Felix is young and inexperienced at the highest level, but he has established himself as Atletico’s key attacking player. The Griezmann comparisons are unhelpful and, in the short term, unrealistic, but – given time – he is on course to fill the void left by the Frenchman.All data supplied by WhoScored.com. TagsOpinionAbout the authorBlair NewmanShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more