Governor Wolf Orders Commonwealth Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Firefighter Erik Hirner

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Flag Order,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf has ordered the Commonwealth flag at the Capitol Complex and at all Commonwealth facilities in the counties of Lehigh and Berks to fly at half-staff to honor fallen firefighter Erik Hirner.Erik Hirner, a resident of North Catasauqua, Northampton County, and an 11-year veteran of the Reading Fire Department, Berks County, died from injuries after his vehicle was struck by another while en route to work on Sunday, May 27, 2018.The Commonwealth flag shall be lowered immediately, Thursday, May 31, 2018, through sunset on the day of interment. All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute.The United States flag shall remain at full staff during this tribute. May 31, 2018center_img Governor Wolf Orders Commonwealth Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Firefighter Erik Hirnerlast_img read more

Why Magic Johnson doesn’t think he’s putting too much pressure on Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball

first_imgEL SEGUNDO >> The smile disappeared from Magic Johnson’s face. The Lakers’ president of basketball operations did not exactly like a reporter depicting him as someone who is prone to hyperbole.“I’m not a hypeman,” Johnson said. “I just tell the truth.”Hence, Johnson refused to hold back when he gushed about Lonzo Ball’s potential in his rookie season.“If he’s getting triple-doubles in the summer league,” Johnson said, “he is going to get triple-doubles in the regular season.” Set an exampleThe question made Johnson and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope laugh. Could Caldwell-Pope, 24, who has played only four seasons with the Detroit Pistons, be a mentor to the Lakers’ young roster?“That’s funny. I’m laughing,” Johnson said before looking at Caldwell-Pope. “You’re old at five years in the league. That’s crazy to me.”Yet, that partly explains why the Lakers signed Caldwell-Pope to a one-year, $18 million deal.“It’s about anywhere I can help my teammates be better,” Caldwell-Pope said. “I bring my energy every night and be consistent and just try not to do too much.”The Lakers believe Caldwell-Pope can exert that energy notably on defense. Though he likely will start at shooting guard, Caldwell-Pope will often defend the opposing team’s top point guard. The Lakers believe Caldwell-Pope’s defense will elevate Ball’s.“It’ll definitely rub off,” Johnson said. “He’s a no-nonsense guy. He’s already a proven guy.”Johnson said that hinges on the Lakers both making stops and playing at a fast pace.“I’m good for running. I run everyday. That’s me. I like to run,” Caldwell-Pope said. “We get the rebound, I’m already going down the court. We get a stop, I’m gone. I’m so excited just to get ready for this season.”No regrets on RussellJohnson said he did not enter the offseason planning to trade D’Angelo Russell by whatever means necessary.After four teams offered various trade proposals involving Russell, Johnson finally heard one that fulfilled his goals. The Brooklyn Nets would accept Timofey Mozgov’s contract (three years, $48 million) and Russell for center Brook Lopez and the No. 27 pick that was used to select Kyle Kuzma.“They got a great player in D’Angelo and we got what we wanted,” Johnson said.Johnson insisted he has no regrets.“I’m not one of them dudes,” Johnson said. “When I say ‘bye,’ that’s it. I can’t get caught in emotions. That’s not who I am. We moved and kept moving. After that trade, we went onto the next thing.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersDespite missing two games with injuries to his groin and right calf, Ball became the Las Vegas Summer League MVP by averaging 16.3 points, a summer league-leading 9.3 assists and 7.7 rebounds. Ball also had two triple-doubles, the first time that has happened since the Las Vegas Summer League formally started keeping statistics in 2008.Because of those performances, Johnson does not think he has set expectations too high for the Lakers’ No. 2 pick.“The great ones want pressure,” said Johnson, who cited the pressure Ball overcame at Chino Hills High School and at UCLA. “The great ones eat pressure for breakfast. Just like me, when I got here, there was pressure. I was the No. 1 pick (in 1979). I didn’t care about that. I was going to play my game. And Lonzo’s going to play his game. The great ones do.”Johnson has already seen Ball do just that in Las Vegas.“Lonzo is special; no question about it,” Johnson said. “He makes everybody better. He does something you can’t teach. He gives you a scoring pass. Very few point guards in this league can do that.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more