Thompson trio: Albany’s Thompson Trio Captivated Lacrosse World, And Impact Could Change the Game
Albany’s Thompson Trio Captivated Lacrosse World, And Impact Could Change the Game
The Thompson Trio’s storied run has come to an end and, with it, the excitement that had surrounded the talented Great Danes attack unit.
Senior cousins Miles and Ty Thompson — both recently drafted by Major League Lacrosse’s Rochester Rattlers — saw their college careers finish up on the turf at Hofstra University as Albany’s five-goal lead was eroded in the fourth quarter, and the Great Danes were ousted by Notre Dame in the extra period.
The entire world of lacrosse seemed to be watching them.
“You could take a loss in two ways,” said Lyle Thompson, a junior this season and the youngest of the Thompson Trio. “Either hang your head or look back and think positive. I know I gave it my all. I played my best, and we all did. But playing with Miles and Ty—in the end of the day, I just hate to see our team hang our head. We went out there we did our best. Just like coach (Scott Marr) said, we have to accept the outcome.
While the sting of disappointment will be difficult to shake, what the Thompson Trio did for the Albany program and, on a greater scale, the sport of lacrosse, will never be forgotten.
“I hope there are lots of kids in backyards right now trying to do one-handed shots, and lots of kids on reservations saying ‘I want to play in college.’,” Denver coach Bill Tierney said after seeing the Thompson’s last performance together.
Just a week after making history in the Danes’ dominating upset win over Loyola, Miles and his younger brother, Lyle, added to their accomplishments versus Notre Dame.
Entering the game with 79 goals, Miles needed three more to tie the Division I single-season goals record of 82 held by John Reese, who set that milestone back in 1990 playing at Yale. Miles tied it Saturday, with his 82nd goal coming on a behind-the-back shot.
Lyle took the field Saturday needing just three assists to tie the Division I single-season assists record of 77 helpers set by Steve Marohl at UMBC back in 1992. Lyle got his third of the day to match Marohl’s record with an eye-popping rope of a pass across the Notre Dame defense to his cousin Ty with just three seconds left in the third quarter, putting Albany up 10-7.
With more than 13,500 fans in attendance, the Thompsons put on yet another unforgettable display of lacrosse mastery. Two of Lyle’s goals were electrifying backhand shots as he barely looked at the net. Miles, in addition to his behind-the-back goal, scored another goal as he was falling to the ground with defenders all over him.
An ESPN banner draped near the midfield line featured the popular #SCTop10—a hashtag commonly associated with the Thompson Trio this season as they pulled off numerous plays that ended up on SportCenter’s daily highlights. During the game, #ThompsonTrio was trending on Twitter thanks to lacrosse fans who were apparently swept up in the thrill of it all as they rooted for the three Native American players and their team.
Former Tewaaraton winner Peter Baum Tweeted during the game that he was watching the Thompsons alongside fellow Tewaaraton winner and MLL player Steele Stanwick: “Watching the Thompson bros w/ @steelewick and our jaws have been on the floor for the past two hrs. It’s just plain silly.”
Two of this year’s five Tewaaraton Trophy finalists, Lyle and Miles Thompson in their final college game together each increased their monstrous point production to numbers that might not be touched for years.
Lyle finishes his junior season with 128 points on 51 goals and 77 assists, building on his Division I single-season points record with six more Saturday. His career points total now stands at 279, and with a year of eligibility remaining, he could conceivably set a new all-time career mark in 2015. He trails Rob Pannell’s 354 points by 75 and has averaged more than 120 points over the past two seasons.
Miles pushed his season totals to 82 goals and 37 assists, putting him second on the all-time Division I single-season points record chart. He also set a new career goals record at Albany with 189, passing the 188 goals Merrick Thomson netted in his career. Miles’ 293 career points puts him right above Casey and Ryan Powell, who both finished with 289 points in their careers at Syracuse.
Ty’s 41 goals, 11 assists and 52 points gives him 194 for his career and compiles to give the Thompson Trio a staggering 174 goals, 125 assists and 299 points in 2014. As of Monday, the 299 combined points for the Thompsons represented more goals and assists than 53 entire Division I teams were able to amass so far this season.
“It was the No. 1 scoring offense two years in a row,” Marr said. “It was just is amazing to watch them counteract everything that was thrown at them this season. … These three were the target of everything every team we played was planning to do. When you’re the focus of a defense every week and you still put numbers like that, it’s incredible. You really could not stop them. You might have been able to contain them in a game here or game there, but really you couldn’t stop them from making plays for our team and producing points.”
Garnering attention from the likes of the New York Times, Fortune Magazine, the Associated Press, ABC World News and CBS Evening News, the Thompsons—a family well documented by Inside Lacrosse in the past five years—became the sensation of the sport. Entering the season, Inside Lacrosse dubbed the Thompsons and this version of the Albany squad “The Greatest Danes.”
“They’re just like Paul and Gary (Gait) and Casey (Powell) and all great players,” Marr said. “They didn’t let that stuff affect them and I think these guys stayed really, really humble with all the attention they got.”
Each members of the 2012 Iroquois Nationals U-19 team, the Thompsons’ heritage and cultural background made their story that much more intriguing. The fact they are family members who played on the same attack unit only enhanced their allure.
The national media attention from non-lacrosse outlets on the Thompsons and their eye-popping offensive production might never been seen again in lacrosse. As Marr described early in the post-season, the Thompsons’ story is “unheard of.”
Though the statistical records are what will keep them in the history books, the Thompson Trio’s greater impact might be felt in years to come. As former single-season points record holder Steve Marohl said, the Thompsons have likely left a lasting impression of lacrosse at its best for a young generation of players who are growing up with more access to the sport than what the Thompsons themselves had.
“The next generation may play their style. The kids are going to mimic their style; you’ll see the game become a bit more exciting,” Marohl told Inside Lacrosse’s Matt Kinnear.
Tierney coached an attack group at Princeton regarded as one of the best of all time: Jesse Hubbard, Jon Hess and Chris Massey. But yet Tierney was awed by the Thompsons when his team met Albany in the playoffs last season. He believes the Thompson Trio’s impact is only matched by one of the greatest figures in the history of the sport.
“I think what these guys have done is only matched by Gary Gait,” Tierney said, referring to the acrobatic style the Thompsons have displayed. “When Gary did the Air Gait, it drew all that attention, and people got it because it’s hard to do an Air Gait, but more because of the beauty of the game.”
Tierney, who is coaching another standout Iroquois player this season in freshman Zach Miller, said he believes the Native American population is one of the most maligned and oftentimes forgotten minorities in the country. He said the Thompsons impact should be felt for years to come as young Iroquois players look to follow their lead, applauding Marr for allowing the Thompsons to “play the way they play.”
“It’s a turnover once in a while, but it’s beautiful in the impact it’s hopefully going to have, both from what people see in them and see in the beauty of the game and why they play the game. … Everybody wishes—except for Notre Dame—not because of Albany per se, but for the game itself that they could have seen them one more time next week. ”
There was no shortage of excitement for the Thompsons Saturday at Hofstra. Each time the team entered or exited the field, hundreds of young fans were lined up by the gates to get a look at the Thompsons and try to bump fists with them.
“Throughout the season, I feel like it’s kind of been like that,” Lyle Thompson said. “We’ve got a good crowd wether we were on the road or at home. But today to see that big crowd and a lot of kids shaking our hands and cheering us, going for Albany. That kind of stuff, it just feels good, to know we’re helping change the game and we’re influencing younger kids to do better, or whatever way we’re influencing them, that feels good.”
Marr will remember this team, especially the senior class, for altering fans’ view of the sport.
“I’m very prod of my program my seniors and what they’ve done,” Marr said. “I think we’ve changed they way people look at lacrosse and the style you play with, and I’m proud of them for that. … It’s supposed to be creative and fun.”
Miles Thompson said he, his cousin and his brother were grateful for the opportunity to play lacrosse together the way they’d grown up with it, learning from their family members, including Miles’ and Lyle’s father and their older brothers, Jeremy—who played at Onondaga Community College and later Syracuse—and Jerome Jr., who also starred at Onondaga.
“That’s the style of play we grew up playing,” Miles said. “People want to see that fast-paced game. Coach, he let’s us play that game. And it was fun to play that for him.”
Miles will return to Albany next season as an assistant coach. Marr hopes Miles can help coach the offensive players returning next season to play alongside Lyle as effectively as he did, as new players will fill out the Great Danes attack line.
“The way Lyle plays, he’s still going to draw the attention and he’s going to mesh well with the other guys around him, and they’ll finish for him,” Marr said. He referred to players like like Bennett Drake, a Canadian who played man-up for the Danes this season as a freshman and registered 13 goals and 3 assists, and Will Stenberg, a junior in 2014 who returns after notching 13 points.
Marr pointed out that Lyle showed his ability to operate without his brother last season, when Miles missed six games. In that stretch, Lyle still averaged better than six points a game.
“Lyle’s still a playmaker, and though that same connection won’t be there, I don’t think it will be that much different for him,” Marr said. “Miles coming back to coach will help those guys work with Lyle to get themselves in the right spots and to be prepared for the ball. … Lyle is the guy who makes things go. He’s still going to draw slides, get people open and get it to the right guy. It will just be a matter of guys finishing. … We’re still going to play a fast pace and push the ball and look to score as quick and as often we can.”
While it will certainly will be difficult for the Albany players and coaching staff to forget how close they were to a Final Four appearance this season, one more potential major headline for the Thompsons could come on May 29 in Washington, D.C. at the Tewaaraton Trophy banquet and award ceremony.
With a pair of tremendous performances against two of the nation’s best defenses in the NCAA tournament the previous two weekends, Lyle Thompson most likely solidified himself as the favorite for the award to be given out at the National Museum of the American Indian.
Though the Great Danes missed their chance to put their skills on display at the Final Four on the game’s biggest stage, the program’s first Tewaaraton Trophy — the first ever for a Native American — would be a fitting end to an incredible run led by three players so prodigal with talent that they brought more positive attention to lacrosse than any player or team in the sport’s history.
“You just don’t see a situation like this arising again anytime soon,” Marr said. “The fact they’re Native American and the roots of the game are sewn into the fabric of their entire families. I’m just so incredibly honored to be a part of so many people seeing what this sport is all about.”
9 Reasons To Remember The Significance of The Thompson Trio
The Thompson Trio, undoubtedly one of the best attack lines in the history of NCAA lacrosse has been one of the most exciting lacrosse stories to date and for a number of reasons.
9 Reasons Why The Thompson Trio is Special
- The Thompson Trio consisted of brothers Miles & Lyle and Cousin Ty Thompson.
- Together the Trio had scored more points than the collective bodies of 53 Division 1 teams.
- Miles Thompson tied the Division 1 single-season goals record of 82, a record held by John Reese since 1990.
- Lyle Thompson finished his junior year tying the Division 1 single-season assists record of 77, a record set by Steve Marohl in 1992.
- Miles and Lyle broke the single-season points record individually.
- Lyle is all time single-season D1 points leader with with 128 points.
- Miles is the second all time single-season D1 points leader with 119 points.
- These records, stagnant for over two decades were shattered by brothers, playing for the same school on the same line of attack.
- And what makes this story even more fascinating is the fact that the Thompson Trio comes from a rich heritage of Native American lines, where lacrosse and lacrosse culture is weaved into the very fabric of their DNA.
Born with sticks in their hands, The Thompson Trio belong to the Iroquois Nation, a confederacy of 6 unique tribes that is known as the progenitors of modern day Lacrosse games. With great pride, games of Lacrosse are entwined into the religious structure of the Thompson Trio belief system. To the Trio, Lacrosse is more than a game, it is a way of life, and has been for hundreds if not thousands of years. Known as “The Creator’s Game”, the Iroquois Nation play games of Lacrosse to honor the divine maker of life, day in and day out.
Lacrosse originated from Native American stickball games that were played across the continent by various tribes. In many instances these games of ball & stick were organized by the Medicine Man and played in ceremonial pursuit of healing, a ritualistic meeting to pay homage to the cosmic consciousness.
Miles and Brother Lyle are from the Onondaga Nation while Cousin Ty is from the Mohawk Nation. Together these two nations along with 4 other Nations (Oneida, Cayuga, Seneca and Tuscarora) make up the Iroquois Nation, an alliance formed to end conflict and unify the distinct tribes. Known as the Great Law of Peace, this oral constitution stitched the Iroquois Nation together and proved instrumental in bonding the Onondaga, Mohawk, Oneida, Cayuga, Seneca and Tuscarora together.
Representative of this tradition, Miles, Lyle and Ty of the Iroquois Nation are the modern spokes-trio for Lacrosse and its ascent to center stage as a Native American game. Breaking the stigma of Lacrosse as an “elitist” game, the Thompson Trio may very well be the catalysts for the growth of Lacrosse with the respect, integrity and honor of playing for “The Creator.”
Thompson Trio on ESPN #SCFeatured
ESPN featured their story on #SCFeatured which that debuted on Sunday May 25th. The feature aired several times throughout the day, and Iroquois Stick Maker Alf Jacques narrated the piece.
For readers not familiar with the level of skill of these three, we’ve assembled a playlist of internet videos that demonstrate the incredible achievements of the Thompson Trio for those that are interested in investigating. Oh and looking to snag a little insight to Miles Thompsons’s traditional pocket? Check out LaxAllStars for some tasty tidbits.
Thompson trio proud of lacrosse heritage
The three brothers highlight the importance of Indigenous origins of the game
Growing up as part of the Onondaga Nation, just outside of Syracuse, New York, Jeremy Thompson knew he had different talents than everyone else, especially when it came to lacrosse. The Haudenosaunee people believe lacrosse originated from a game between land and air animals, with each animal using its own strength to its advantage.
“The different animals brought a different perspective [to the game],” Thompson said. “For me, it was important to spend time with the elders in my community to learn the history [of lacrosse] and understand how these gifts came into me.”
Jeremy, 32 years old, was in Montreal with two of his younger brothers, Jerome, 30, and Miles, 28, for a talk as part of First Voices Week at Concordia on Feb. 7. All three play lacrosse professionally, as well as their youngest brother, Lyle, 26, who was not able to attend the event. Lacrosse is a huge part of their community today, and every year, people gather to play a ceremonial game.
“In the spring, to protect lacrosse players, there’s a medicine game between hundreds of people, from kids to elders,” Jeremy said. “It brings the community together, and we get out there to make sure all the lacrosse players have a safe season. ”
From left to right: Jerome, Miles, and Jeremy Thompson. Photo by Gabe Chevalier.
The Thompson brothers were educated in an all-Mohawk elementary school and went to public school in the fifth grade. They didn’t speak English, so Jerome felt out of place when he and Jeremy needed to be taught the language separately from all the other kids. The two played lacrosse right through high school and into university. Jeremy played at Syracuse University, while Miles and Lyle played at the University of Albany. Jerome is the only brother who did not attend university, but he still played while studying at the Onondaga Community College.
“My dad sat all of us down and asked what we all wanted to be when we got older,” Jerome said. “We wanted to be professional lacrosse players. But he wanted us to be educated lacrosse players. He really wanted us to use lacrosse as a vehicle to an education.”
Jerome, Miles and Lyle play together for the Georgia Swarm of the National Lacrosse League (NLL), while Jeremy plays for the Saskatchewan Rush. While playing, they don’t forget about their community.
“When I’m playing and the national anthem is going off, it’s not my song, so I make my own,” Jeremy said. “I think about all the things that have come before me, and that will come after me.”
Miles represents his heritage both in the way he wears his hair in a braid, and in his style of play. “I respect my opponent and the ref, and I’m not going out there to chirp the ref or the other team,” he said.
When each brother turned 18, their father gave them the option of cutting their hair short. All of them chose to keep it in a braid, but Lyle’s was the subject of racism last month. In an away game against the Philadelphia Wings on Jan. 12, the in-arena announcer, Shawny Hill, said “Let’s snip the ponytail.”
“Things like that, I just try to forget about,” Jerome said about the incident. “Deep down, he has no idea what our hair means to us.”
Jeremy, who said his hair has been purposely pulled twice during his NLL career, hopes the incident turns into an opportunity to educate others. Hill was fired from his job, while Lyle released a statement in an effort to teach people that Indigenous people have their “own languages, music, culture and traditions.”
2019 and the @NLLwings arena announcer saying “let’s snip the pony tail” to the whole arena and fans saying they’re going to scalp me…. damn Daniel.— LYLE THOMPSON (@lyle4thompson) January 13, 2019
“The league is trying to educate our opponents,” Miles added. “They’re trying to push more media about where the game came from.”
Main photo by Gabe Chevalier.
Thompson Trio Putting UAlbany Lacrosse On The Map
On a recent day, the UAlbany men’s lacrosse team scored another goal against Capital Region rival Siena, adding to the total of the number No. 1 offense in all of Division I lacrosse.
A big reason behind the team’s scoring outburst in recent years is its three All-American players, who share the same last name: Thompson.
That would be seniors Miles and Ty, as well as the preseason’s Division I player of the year, junior Lyle.
The Thompson trio’s domination began when Miles and Ty decided to attend UAlbany four years ago. Lyle, Miles’ younger brother, followed the next year.
Since arriving in 2011, the Thompsons have taken the Great Danes to another level, including a double-overtime victory over national powerhouse Syracuse last season and the program’s first berth in the NCAA tournament since 2007.
Coach Scott Marr attributes the recent success to his three star players.
“They’re just a tremendous influence on how we play the game, and the level that we play at,” Marr said. “Because they play at such a high level, they really do take our whole team to a next level.”
This year, the Danes finished the regular season with a 9-5 record, going undefeated in the America East conference. The team clinched the top overall seed in the conference tournament by defeating Binghamton 21-7 in the finale. The Thompsons scored 12 of the 21 goals.
Lyle and Miles rank first and second, respectively, in points per game throughout all of Division I. Lyle also ranks first in assists per game, while Miles is first in goals per game.
The brothers have played the sport together since they were born pretty much with lacrosse sticks in hand, and have played with their cousin Ty since they were children growing up on the Onondaga reservation, in upstate New York.
Miles Thompson attributes their success to their chemistry.
“We just know each other’s tendencies so well; that’s what makes us,” Miles said. “Knowing each other’s moves and where we’re going to be at certain spots of the field.”
The players use their Native American heritage to their advantage during games.
“We use our language and other teams don’t know our language, so we can just say anything,” Miles said. “Lyle’s name is Deyhahsanoondey, short for Deyhaus, (meaning “He’s flying over us”) and we use that. That means he’s going to backdoor his defender, because teams are starting to lock us off, where we kind of use that to help us out.”
Against Siena, the three displayed that dominant chemistry, anticipating each other’s moves and passes fluidly, resulting in 15 of the team’s 19 total goals.
After last season, when the Thompsons put UAlbany on the national map, and when Lyle, after finishing one point shy of tying the record for most points in a season, was a finalist for the Tewaaraton Award, for the nation’s top player, there was a lot of pressure on the trio to deliver again this season.
Ty Thompson said the three did not let that affect their game.
“I think there was definitely pressure at the beginning of the season,” Ty Thompson said. “Teams are going to try to stop us, and we just play through that, and play the game how it’s supposed to be played and just have fun.”
And that’s exactly what they did this season. They were responsible for 57 percent of the team’s goals, leading the Danes to average 16 goals per game. All three of the Thompsons scored at least one goal in every game this season.
Their success on the field has drawn national attention to the trio’s heritage, including coverage in the New York Times and ABC News. They have become symbols within the Native American community.
Lyle Thompson says they have embraced that role.
“Being a role model for the Native American community is huge for me, and that’s kind of the role I’d like to go towards,” Lyle Thompson said. “Just helping out our younger generation as much as I can because there isn’t too much kids going off to college.”
The players made a bold decision when they decided to attend UAlbany. Although the program was on the rise, historically, it had not seen as much success as other major programs, like Johns Hopkins, Duke, and nearby Syracuse, where Miles and Lyle’s older brother Jeremy played and other Onondagas have gravitated over the years.
Lyle Thompson has no regrets about the decision to follow his brother and cousin to the state capital, and it has worked out, as UAlbany has become a nationally recognized program, finishing the regular season ranked 15th in the nation, according to the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse ratings percentage index.
“I’m completely satisfied with this decision,” Lyle said. “To be here and be playing it, and competing at a high level and succeeding, it makes me feel like I am at the right place.”
UAlbany Athletic Director Dr. Lee McElroy is also happy with the Thompsons’ decision, and said the university has every intention of furthering the relationship with future Native American athletes.
“Oh, absolutely,” McElroy said. “Coach is already looking at juniors, and rising sophomores already, who are very talented, and they’re looking at us because of the success that Miles, and Ty, and Lyle have had here.”
By finishing the regular season on a six-game winning streak, UAlbany clinched the No. 1 seed in the America East Tournament. McElroy said the program has its sights set on winning the conference title for a second year in a row and making it back to the NCAA tournament.
“Now, our next goal is to win America East,” McElroy said. “After we win America East, anything can happen and that means we can go all the way.”
Lyle Thompson said just reaching the NCAA tournament won’t be enough this time around.
“We want to go into the tournament, and go deep and make it to the national championship, not just get to where we did last year,” Thompson said.
The trio and the rest of the team will begin that journey tonight at 7:30 p.m. when they take on Stony Brook in the semifinals of the America East Tournament on Long Island.
Born and raised in Albany, WAMC News intern Dylan Buckley will graduate from the University at Albany this spring with a degree in journalism.
Terrifying Thompson Trio Attack Line Gearing up for 2014 Lax Season
For the Thompson trio, Ty, Lyle and Miles, it’s always been about playing the Creator’s Game.
The journey has been good and the national acclaim is mounting, but in the end, the University at Albany lacrosse players, Lyle Thompson (Onondaga), his brother Miles (Onondaga), and their cousin Ty (Mohawk) just want to play the game that the Haudenosaunee Six Nations Confederacy have played for centuries.
“It always gives me the chills when they call out the starting lineup at the beginning of the game and the first three names you hear are Thompson,” Lyle, a 21-year-old father of two, told ICTMN. “It’s a huge advantage when you’ve been playing with somebody for so long. We have such a good chemistry and know each other’s movements and what they’re going to do.”
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Last season, the trio combined for 254 points (147 goals and 107 assists) to lead the defending America East Conference champion Great Danes to the NCAA national tournament. The Thompsons have formed one of the greatest attack lines in recent history and they are looking for a breakout season at NCAA Division-I lacrosse’s highest level.
“There’s been other brother combinations over the past 25 years, but there has never been anything like this,” said UAlbany head coach Scott Marr. “With the success Miles, Lyle and Ty have had here at Albany, I’ve met so many Native kids from different parts of state and Canada. The Augasaki (Mohawk) kids, the Conawagas Tribe up near Montreal, all want to go to Albany because of these guys.”
The Thompsons are soft-spoken, respectful young men content to let their accomplishments speak for them. They made the cover of the Inside Lacrosse February 2014 issue and all three go into the 2014 season as preseason All-Americans.
Lyle, who was the first Native American finalist for the Tewaaraton Trophy last year as a sophomore, was selected as the Inside LacrosseFace-Off Yearbook preseason Division I player of the year. He was also named the Lacrosse Magazine 2014 preseason player of the year.
Seniors Miles (Inside Lacrosse third-team selection) and Ty (Inside Lacrosse honorable mention) were both picked by the Rochester Rattlers in the 2014 Major League Lacrosse Entry Draft last week. Once they conclude their senior season, they’re free to join the MLL for the 2014 season.
The ‘Thompson trio’ on the cover of Inside Lacrosse magazine’s February 2014 edition
“I don’t think much about it because I know what we have to do and the work we need to put in,” Miles said about the media attention he’s received. “I love the game and I’m happy to be playing it. I just want to go out there and have fun.”
Ty grew up in the Mohawk Nation. He led the Great Danes in scoring last season with 54 goals and recorded his 100th career goal against the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
“It’s never happened before with two brothers and a cousin on the same attack line,” Ty said. “Growing up, we played with each other on club teams. So to be able to play with each other at the college level is a cool thing. We actually played against each other one time in high school in the state quarterfinals. (The Onondaga) beat us. It’s definitely better to play with them because we know each other so well, and it carries over to the field.”
The Creator’s Game has been a source of direction, medicine, family and cultural pride for the Thompsons for generations.
Last year, The Medicine Game: Two Brothers, One Dream, a documentary by Syracuse filmmakers Lukas Korver and Jason Halpin, featuring Miles and Lyle’s brothers Jerome Jr. , and Jeremy, premiered on national television.
Growing up on the Akwesasne Reservation, both Jerome and Jeremy dreamed of playing at Syracuse University, but only Jeremy played for the Orange. The brothers led Onondaga Community College to two NJCAA national titles. Jeremy transferred to Syracuse as a junior, and was named an All-American in 2010. Jerome continues to play high-level box lacrosse at Akwesasne.
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Jeremy is currently in his third professional season with the Hamilton (Ontario, Canada) Nationals.
“My brother Jeremy was a big influence,” Lyle said. “When he was at Syracuse, he was coming back to the rez and taking language classes. That influenced me a lot. I feel obligated to learn the songs and language and stuff about my culture. Lacrosse is what keeps me wanting to learn more. You can go off to school, but at the same time, you know who you are and can be a part of the culture.”
Of course there was that time when the Thompson clan was divided back in 2011 during the game between Syracuse and Albany. Jeremy was in his final season with the Orange and Miles and Ty were beginning their careers with the Great Danes.
Jerome Thompson Sr., who has never missed any of his son’s collegiate careers games, had the answer.
“He wore a T-shirt with orange on one side and purple on the other,” Miles said.
Miles, Ty and Lyle have one more college season together. The future is bright with professional careers on the horizon, but Marr believes their legacy at Albany goes far beyond the playing field.
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“They put us on the map, that’s for sure,” Marr said. “Kids can see they’re able to play the game at a high level, but we really stress the education part. Overall, they’ve done a really nice job in the classroom. People on the reservation are taking notice of that.”
No. 10 Albany opens the season on February 16 at No. 2 Syracuse in a monster rematch. The Great Danes upset the Orange last season in double overtime.
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The Butch Thompson Trio
The Butch Thompson Trio, (Butch on piano and clarinet, with bass & drums) has earned critical and popular acclaim across the U. S. and around the world for its fresh approach to the classic early jazz tradition.
“The performance Saturday night was a raging success, Butch was charming and the audience loved the trio.” – Vermont Lane Series
Read review of Trio performance from The Indianapolis Star
LISTEN TO THE TRIO:“Nobody’s Sweetheart Now” by Elmer Schoebel “Stardust” by Hoagy Carmichael “The Charleston” by James P. Johnson
ABOUT THE TRIO
Well-known across America from its long run on public radio’s A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, the Butch Thompson Trio has earned critical and popular recognition around the world for its exuberant brand of classic jazz and ragtime. Specializing in the music of Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller, and other heroes of early jazz, the Trio offers concert audiences a closeup of a vital chapter in American music.
A typical concert by the Trio includes jazz, blues, ragtime, and pop songs laced with Butch’s entertaining and informative commentary. His celebrated piano playing is the obvious centerpiece, but the Trio is a true musical partnership based on mutual respect and experience. The Trio’s bassist and drummer are masters of the subtle interplay that is the hallmark of the best traditional jazz, and the sheer pleasure of ensemble music-making is the Trio’s real message. Repertoire ranges from the familiar (Maceo Pinkard’s “Sweet Georgia Brown,” Scott Joplin’s “Maple Leaf Rag”, and W. C. Handy’s “St. Louis Blues”) to the exotic (Jelly Roll Morton’s Latin-flavored “Creepy Feeling”), and the lyrical (Hoagy Carmichael’s “Skylark,” or Butch’s clarinet feature, “Mood Indigo” by Duke Ellington.)
90,000 Big 3 fashion is back in the NBA. Lakers, Nets, Hit – who has the best star trio? – coulters – Blogs
NBA – All-Star League. They dictate terms, win titles and … unite. In recent years, a lot has been hampered by the ability of teams to gather several star players in their lineup.
It seemed that the league had moved away from the triplets, and more and more clubs were content with duets. But now we are again seeing a huge number of big trios – from Los Angeles to Chicago and from Miami to Brooklyn.
The strength of the Star Three is largely a reflection of the strength of the squad as a whole. So which trios are the best? Which constellations have more talent? Where do the stars complement each other better?
In order not to list the top three players for each of the 30 teams, we will introduce a filter. He’s subjective, but otherwise: even the worst player from the trio should be close to the All-Star Game. Perhaps he got there 2-3 years ago and is not too old yet (DeRozan or Thompson), perhaps he was close to being hit in the last season (Holiday / Middleton), perhaps, with little progress, he will compete for a hit in the coming season (Harris, Ayton ).
So Knicks with Fournier, Boston with Smart, Portland with Nurkich, Hornets with Rozier and Pelicans with Valanchunas – by.
Also, if one of the trio’s players must miss a giant portion of the season, the entire trio will be disqualified. So I won’t even be looking for a third star in the Clippers or trying to shove Denver in here with Porter.
The final rating was compiled taking into account the individual talent, the compatibility of the players in the attack (aggregate throwing component, the correspondence of the talent of the players to their roles, the number of creatives) and the defensive potential (the level of performers, the variability of the available schemes).
1. Durant, Harden, Irving – Brooklyn
It is customary to conduct ratings from the bottom up, but in our case the winner is too obvious, so there is no point in keeping the intrigue. Someone may even consider that only “Brooklyn” has a real big trio, and everything else is attracted.
The Nets are the only NBA team with two true superstars. Harden has consistently claimed MVP in recent years, and it is believed that when he was healthy and playing, it was James who was the Nets’ most important player.Durant, on the other hand, played at the level of the best basketball player in the world in the playoffs. This is already stellar potential of an unrealistic scale, and then Kyrie Irving is added here as a third option.
In this case, all three players can throw, which allows you not to run under each other’s feet in the attack. And, there is a feeling that the stars of Brooklyn have quite agreed on the roles – neither Irving nor Durant want to be point guards and carry the ball on a constant basis, so this work without a fight goes to Harden, who loves to tinker with the ball and hold it in his hands the threads of the game.
Of course, the defensive potential of this team is markedly limited. But practice has shown that even without extraordinary support staff, the Nets can still defend themselves. It won’t be a great defense, but Brooklyn are able to play defense well enough to let their attack win the match. However, we must not forget that the worst defencists of the big trio (Harden and Irving) hardly played together against the Bucks.
2. Adetokumbo, Middleton, Holiday – Milwaukee
After last season’s success, the big Bucks trio clearly deserved a reappraisal.In some ways they have changed, in others they have shown that the skeptics were simply wrong.
For example, I firmly believed that Giannis could not lead the team to the title as the first star. First of all, because he needs a cool ballhandler in a pair, and if a Greek has such a partner, then Adetokumbo is unlikely to be the first star. And when in the playoffs Yannis again and again rested on Blake and fought against this wall, it seemed that “well, we still lacked that Griffin would turn you off. ” But something in Giannis clicked.He found ways to be more efficient.
This is partly due to the Greek being used more often as a Rollman, in part due to the fact that he picked up the keys specifically to Blake. But it is also important that by the end of the series with the Nets, Yannis was already a different player mentally. In the first 4 games of the series, he hit less than 40% off the line, in the last 3 games – more than 58%. He started this playoff with a player who asks the home crowd to stop yelling at the MVP during free kicks, a player who doesn’t have time to throw a free kick in 10 seconds.By the final, Giannis was throwing more calmly from the line, and even Sans fans rarely had time to count to 10. And it all ended with the classic 17 out of 19 in the decisive match of the year. Adetokumbo did not stop going to the ring and remained aggressive, he found a way to relax and do what he can, without looking at what he cannot.
I’m not going to scream that “I was right, just Giannis changed” or “I was right, he just got lucky with his injuries. ” I was, of course, wrong, Adetokumbo showed that he is a player of that very level.Even if you don’t believe in the Milwaukee title and consider it a banal luck (not me), it’s impossible to deny the performance of Giannis at the level of a player of the highest echelon.
Adetokumbo in this playoff changed the image of himself and took off a lot of questions.
Giannis doesn’t need a superstar playmaker, he can win with a pair of Middleton Holiday.
Can he play a lot and remain effective? Yes.
Can he adapt to the opponent’s defense? Yes.
Can he play the exchanging center in defense on a regular basis and in the big minutes? Very much yes. Giannis in the top five was amazing and gave some key stops at crucial moments.
By the way, everything is very cool with the trio’s defense. Giannis can play as a spotter or come out in the middle and trade for anyone. Holiday can also either climb over the screen or switch to someone larger. These are elite defensive shots with high variability (here it should be noted that during the playoffs it was not only Yiannis who snapped – Bud, who avoided the obvious exchanges and smallballs against the Nets, from the very first minutes started experiments against the Hawks ).
But the Bucks Trio is of course still imperfectly ahead in terms of compatibility. Holiday with a scratch throws and brings back memories of the bright times of Eric Bledsoe. Middleton is still a controversial candidate for the role of a ballhandler. By the standards of the second and third options, they did not shine in the playoffs, although they kept the level that gave Giannis a chance. Whether this will be enough to repeat the success is difficult to say.
3-4. Paul, Booker, Ayton – Phoenix
In the playoffs, the Sans showed their reliability: they had good shooting potential, and there were no frankly weak defenders at the base.And the Booker-Paul pair looked optimal as a leading attacking force, because both can dribble, one of them is on the floor almost always, and the attack does not sag.
Sans pick-and-rolls ahead have become a weapon to which there is no answer. Both ballhandlers can shoot if the defense is focused on the paint, and Ayton is able to finish well if the opponent’s defense goes to the player with the ball. And all three against most opponents can be punished for the exchange. Only the defense of the “Bucks” with the hypermobile and super-long-armed Yannis on the “five”, who could exchange and work as a safety net, pressed the “Sans”.
There were no special problems in their own half either. Ayton did an excellent job as a safety net, Chris Paul’s defense is still in place, and Booker has already ceased to be a noticeable disadvantage. The only thing that confuses is the inability to fully exchange, even if necessary. Ayton is not mobile enough for such a scheme. Sometimes there was a feeling that Deandre was playing a little better than he should have been: if Ayton hadn’t been that good, Sans would have experimented more often with smallball and more universal defense, but somehow they hadn’t gotten around to that, and only in the NBA Finals Phoenix first started trying small fives.
Confused by the talent of key performers. There are no real superstars here: Booker is not stable enough, Chris Paul is no longer at that age. And Ayton is not played very often in front, in the case of an exchange, the back row players usually aggravate. It is normal practice, almost all teams do this, because you get both the opportunity to shoot from the perimeter, and an increased chance of rebound (the attacking center is fighting for a rebound with a player who is inferior in size). However, Ayton often has an easier opponent, his advantage over the guardian is greater, and an attack through Deandre suggests itself, but we hardly saw this in the playoffs.Compared to the regular season, he lost about half of his attacks from post-ups, and their share of the total number of possessions of the center fell by 13 percentage points.
As a result, sometimes Sans look like a team without pronounced weaknesses, and sometimes – as a team without really strong ones.
3-4.James, Davis, Westbrook – Lakers
The Lakers have the hardest trio to rank. Indeed, in terms of talent, the leaders of the lakesers are ahead of Milwaukee and Phoenix. But in terms of compatibility, everything is hefty pathetic.
All stars are most effective when attacking from under the ring. The regular season super athletes are likely to run over their opponents a lot. But none of the three have an elite throw. Westbrook is shooting at Yannis’ level, Davis has never been an effective shooter (despite the fact that he has shot from beyond the arc only from the receipt). If LeBron is your best sniper, then you’re not doing very well with snipers. And it will be extremely difficult to pass against the class defense.
A separate item is a question with declarer. Westbrook and LeBron must both play the ball. And it’s not a matter of desire, it’s just that both of them are most useful in such a role. But the balls are a little less than necessary.
How this big trio can play together is a mystery.
Maybe they will reign in protection? After all, Davis is amazing and versatile.
And further questions. LeBron may be one of the best staffers in the NBA when he wants to, but there are fewer such stretches.More often, James defends against a weak opponent on the perimeter, where his personal defense is not so useful. And in team defense, he now prefers not so much to help his partners as to stand a couple of meters from where he should be and poke his fingers at the “guilty”.
Westbrook, of course, is a clear disadvantage in defense. Throwing problems won’t let the big trio of center be released once again. The Lakers could try to defend with inadequate size, as in the championship season, but now such combinations will simply stifle the attack in the big minutes.
This trio can look good in the regular season, where the average level of the opponent is lower, the stars can be thrown by the minute, and having two dominant players on the ball is rather a plus. But what is this LeBron team that is being built for the regular season? And in the playoffs, you will have to more often release together leaders who do not fit.
5-6. Butler, Adebayo, Lauri – Miami
In the summer, Hit noticeably renewed their roster, and now they have a powerful base with the backbone of a big trio.
Lauri, Butler and Adebayo give the best defensive potential in the NBA. There are personal skills, an understanding of team defense, and the versatility of performers, which allows you to try different models in your own half. It is the defense that should be the factor that gives Miami a championship chance.
Another important point – Lauri will not just give the Hit another great defencist, he has been very successful in driving fast breaks at Toronto. The Raptors have always been in the top for this indicator (although not all of this, of course, is Kyle’s merit), and the Hit rarely run.It would be very nice for a defensive team to learn how to convert their defensive successes into quick breaks. If Bam runs around like Siakam, supporting Lauri in an early attack, Miami can make life a little easier for themselves ahead.
And with an attacking talent, it doesn’t matter. Adebayo never started to feel comfortable in middle, Butler can’t hit from beyond the arc, it overloads the paint. All Miami stars seemed to have gotten a role higher than they should have. We saw Butler dragging the team to the finals as the first star, and then we saw him completely fail in that status a year later.We understand that neither Kyle, nor Bam at this stage can match the level of an elite “second violin”. And here your first violin does not always look like a superstar, which means that it needs tangible help. The attack is not intimidating.
The team is going to the playoffs. They will try to turn on maximum speed in defense and promptly bring not the youngest Lauri and not the healthiest Butler to the peak of their form. A grenade team that will surely explode, but it is impossible to say who exactly gets hurt.They can be eliminated in the first round if they get a bad seed, or they can crash a couple of serious teams and get into the conference finals.
5-6. Mitchell, Gobert, Conley – Utah
You definitely did not expect this: “Jazz” is one of two teams with three active all-stars in their roster. Besides Utah, only the Nets are on the list. But regalia is one thing, and real talent is another.
This is not the Nets, there are no superstars here. Mitchell is probably somewhere in the top 15, but clearly not on par with the main people in the NBA.Conley is not an ideal candidate for the second option. Especially considering the fact that the third star is not at all capable in front. The trio complements each other well in terms of their playing style, but lacks a sufficient level of aggregate talent. Hence the need for Bogdanovich, Ingles and Clarkson to assist in the attack.
In defense, the trio with Gobert falls short of the top specimens in the NBA in terms of variability. Rudy is great in his defensive role, singlehandedly able to create top defense under the regular season. But as soon as the situation requires a change in approach, the Frenchman is no longer so useful.
Of course, in the fact that Terrence Mann threw a three-ruble note in the decisive match, Gobert is not directly guilty – Rudy’s partners simply started the rivals inward again and again, forcing the center to throw his player on an arc and tighten up for safety net. There, no super-universal Draymond Green would have come up with anything better – not to let out from under the ring. It’s just that neither Conley nor Mitchell are elite defenders, they cannot always keep their player in front of them (although both were not healthy in the playoffs).
But indirectly, Gobert contributed to this failure. Rudy cannot punish the opponent for the exchange and beat someone in front – this allows the opponent to release small fives. In turn, smallball increases the opponent’s throwing potential, and the same Clippers played with 5 shooters, pulling Gobert out from under the hoop (that’s why he stood with Mann on the arc, and not with the Tooth under the hoop). Gobert allowed his opponent to play things in which Gobert was not particularly useful. Over the course of the series, the Clippers sometimes tried to involve Rudy in the episode and use the fact that he would never trade.
Alas, the problems were predictable. And without significant changes “Jazz” will not break out to the next level. Defending the ring against Gobert and having two playmakers with a throw gives Utah an excellent chance to grind the league again in the regular season. But the lack of variability in defense and the lack of talent impose decent restrictions on Utah’s ambitions in the playoffs.
7. Embiid, Simmons, Harris – Philadelphia
Everyone was looking forward to the Simmons trade this summer. Both the player and the team are determined to end cooperation.But the summer is almost over, and there is still no exchange. So let’s take a look at the current Sixers trio.
Embiid played MVP last season and would probably have won the award if he hadn’t missed so many matches. Joel pumped up the throw, became an independent unit in the attack. Harris has started to play pick-and-rolls more often (Tobias generally has great seasons playing for Rivers). Simmons defended amazingly on the perimeter and played well offensively … for a couple of weeks in mid-February. Philadelphia finished the season as first team in the East, and their starting five were the league’s best no-ranked combination.
Something like this, Daryl Mowry will explain to potential partners in the deal why Philadelphia is really in no hurry to exchange Simmons and want no less than half a kingdom for him.
But the squad has a lot of problems. You can pretend Simmons is the point guard as much as you want, but Ben does not create the initial impulse of the attack and does not lead the attack.
There is no point guard at Philadelphia.
Also, Simmons and Embiid must both play under the rim in attack.When Joel goes to post-up, the non-tossing Simmons next to him only gets in the way. Ben himself can handle pick-and-rolls very well, and the Embiid with his refreshed throw could theoretically even give Ben the space he needs (although Embiid on the arc is a completely different level of danger). But who’s going to flirt with Simmons at these pick-and-rolls?
It is unclear if Ben wants to be an option ahead at all, is he ready to give up the ball? Simmons takes on a new role and shines without Embiid, then refuses to quit altogether, is afraid to stand on the line and says that he will be more useful in the draw.In the playoffs, he has less than 12 points per game, and the team’s third option there was Seth Curry.
Simmons and Embiid in attack are essentially two centers that prefer different pace of play and a different attacking model.
In defense, this pair complements each other perfectly. Simmons takes over the perimeter and climbs over the screens, and Embiid meets the opponent under the basket. The toughest sandwich in the NBA. But variability? Joel cannot consistently go upstairs or trade. As a result, Tray Young devours this sandwich – while Simmons climbs over the screen, and Embiid digs into the “paint”, Young gets a gap on the middle one, with which he bombards the Sixers.Young was forced to take on too much, did not shine in terms of efficiency, but he pointed out unambiguously the weaknesses in Philadelphia’s defense. These are the same ring-backed vulnerabilities that plague Utah and have plagued Milwaukee in previous years.
In this big trio, there is no ballhandler, no full-fledged third option in attack, no shooting potential, no versatility in defense. If the Sixers make it to the playoffs again with this, they’ll get the same result.
In general, we are waiting for the Simmons exchange.
8. Towns, Russell, Edwards – Minnesota
Towns and Russell have already attended the All-Star Game. Edwards, if he continues on the same course as at the end of last season, may well make his debut there soon. Now it’s a little easier to call them a big trio than, for example, the Hayward-Ball-Rozier three from Charlotte.
Offensively, the Wolves leaders have it all – a point guard who can punch one pick and roll after another, a “big” who can punish an exchange under the basket, and a wingman who can unwind an opponent on the perimeter.Two have a good shot and an adequate pass. All in all, a great mix to come. Last season, the Minnesota leaders did not shine, but they are able to demonstrate a decent level, even by the standards of the big trios.
In defense, the trinity, of course, will bring in a black way, so it is difficult to expect especially high results (especially considering that the team got rid of all the forwards altogether). But Minnesota are mainly here to demonstrate how pathetic the efforts of Chicago and their dreams of building a Big 3 are.
9. Derozan, Lavigne, Vucevic – Chicago
Few people understand how the big Lakers trio should work. Everyone’s talking about it being … weird. Strange, not hopeless. Because LeBron James and Anthony Davis are there, and no matter how difficult the issue of star compatibility, the level of their talent leaves a chance (and the West is weaker this year than we are used to).
Nobody understands how Chicago can work either. And they do not have a credit of trust so that we subconsciously look for reasons to believe in success.
This is a passage yard in defense. Of the three stars, there is not a single player that gives at least an average level in defense.
This is zero full point guards. Neither Lavigne, DeRozan, nor Wuch are leading the attack. Ball is also not a perfect number one. Apparently, it is assumed that everyone will tinker with the ball in turn, and then a playmaker is not needed. But how to tinker with the ball in turn, if it would be desirable to give this ball to Derozan, because DeMar does not throw from behind the arc, and without the ball there is not enough benefit from him?
Derozan and Vuchevich are generally synonyms for swamps.
The Montenegrin was good in his Orlando, did a lot in attack, but he was never an attacking monster, but he imposed certain restrictions on the defense of the team. Nikola gives a very narrow layer of potential outcomes – his team will be good enough to fight for the playoffs, but not good enough to fight for victory there even in the first round.
Derozan does not shoot from behind the arc and does not defend, he can dribble the ball, but not play number one in a team with a good attack.His clubs almost always had the best plus or minus when Demar was on the bench. He also fell into the playoffs all the time. People rubbed in all kinds of game like Young and Booker are not winning players. Do you know who really cheats basic stats but doesn’t really help their team? Derozan. This is Monta Ellis without a scooter. And the Bulls showered this player with gold. And for the right to shower him with gold, he had to shower with spades and players from San Antonio.
Lavigne is the best player on this team, but he never made the playoffs at all.Zach has the highest potential, but it’s not safe to say that he will easily move to a new level when the team already faces some tasks.
“Chicago” squandered spades, scored a paycheck, and all this – to fight for the playoffs in the East for a couple of years. Further, with the extension of the Avalanche next summer, the team will become too expensive, you will have to sell something you need. And what if Avalanche’s unlimited free agent cannot be re-signed at all?
Out of rating.Curry, Green, Thompson – Warriors
It’s hard to imagine the level of Thompson after two years without basketball, so let’s take the trio of “warriors” out of the brackets.
Steph Curry has once again asserted his claim to being the best attacking player in basketball. In many playing sports, the key skill is the ability to pull two opponents. Because you either open your partner, or – if the necessary safety net is not tightened – you punish yourself. So Steph, with his ultra-long throws and the ability to attack equally successfully both from dribbling and from receiving, can pull two people at any point on the floor, regardless of whether he has the ball or not.It ships 30+ with high efficiency. This effect on attack cannot be surpassed in terms of systemic significance.
Green towards the end of the season, when the Warriors began to simplify the game more often and release small fives, again shot at the level of the NBA’s top defensive player. Here and the ability to exchange for the perimeter, and the ability to work out against the real “big”, and inaccessible to mere mortals understanding of the game on a safety net.
And the devil knows how much this trio plays together and has won the championship more than once or twice.They are not afraid of anyone and understand each other at an inadequate level. The way Curry and Green read each other’s play last season is poetry on the floor.
Three factors confuse.
Firstly, Green in his current state is unlikely to be able to play a lot and it is useful to play a forward (unless the center, leaving with Draymond, has a set three points). Green passes and screens, but almost never throws and finishes so-so under the basket. And for Draymond to be the only player without a shot on the floor, he must play center.And Green is unlikely to be able to play only in the center – he will simply die by the end of the season from the constant crush with people who are head and shoulders above.
Second, there is only one person in this trio with a stable attack. Green is not a threat, he does not draw the attention of the defense, his pass is important as an auxiliary element, not as a leading one. Clay only remembers dribbling attacks in the sixth game of the playoff series. That is, the Warriors have three stars, but no full-fledged second playmaker. And this is generally one of the conceptual advantages of the “Big Three” in basketball – the presence of several creatives, the ability to spread the stars by the minute so that the attack never falls apart.The Warriors don’t have that.
Third, nobody knows what Clay will be like. Will he return to his previous level after two years without basketball? Will he sag in defense? Will he be himself, but only for 25 minutes per match? Thompson’s throw is unlikely to lose, but otherwise there are too many variables.
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The final success of a team is determined not only by the strength and compatibility of the stars. The correct and high-quality environment, coaching ideas and the ability of management to dodge, with several large contracts, decide a lot.
Still, the star backbone plays the main role. And that’s why the top star trio rankings are so similar to the favorites for the 2022 championship race.
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Precursors of Curry and Thompson. Top 5 Long Range Duos in NBA History
Golden State have lost all respect when it comes to attacking from beyond the arc this season.The reigning champions, in particular Steph Curry and Clay Thompson, with special cynicism and accuracy, are ripping holes in the rings of their rivals, sending the truckers to the bins of history in bulk. Sportbox.ru removed the dusty archives and recalled the enchanting duets of snipers who effectively terrorized opponents from a distance even before this “sweet couple”.
But before listing them, it is still worth stating the initial data of the “militant duet” in order to at least look objective.So far Curry and Thompson have scored 640 three-pointers in two, which they hit with an average accuracy of 45.1 percent. Impressive? This is still poorly said.
Steve Nash and Raja Bell
Team: Phoenix Suns (2007/08 season)
Statistics: 355 three-pointers with 43.3 percent accuracyhttps://www.instagram.com/p/6RUaZAg5BN/?taken-by=stephennash
Honestly, that “Phoenix” Mike D’Antoni had enough ill-wishers with his seven-second attack, too.What is this flickering? Where is the protection? This is not basketball, but shuttle running with the ball being thrown towards the hoop! It was like that, it was. But everything came to a common denominator as soon as the name of Steve Nash sounded, whose name possesses the peacemaking magic in the world of basketball. Well, there are no those who have a pronounced antipathy towards this person and player.
In addition to self-irony and leadership qualities, Steve also won over with his generosity. He made 898 assists that season, the best of his career. But the current Curry, even taking into account the remaining games, with his 484th assists the Canadian can not catch up.It was Nash who, no doubt, was the inspiration behind that Phoenix. And if everything was clear for a long time with the talents of Stoudmeier, Marion, the old people Shaq and Grant Hill, then in the place of Raja Bell, with all due respect, any other more or less compliant sniper could have been. Nash himself was a festival, be healthy, and did not forget to write partners in history.
Shane Battier & Luther Head
Team: Houston Rockets (2006/07 season)
Statistics: 334 3-pointers with 43.2 percent accuracyhttps: // twitter.com / PlayersTribune / status / 700034397983084545
There is such a concept in the gambling lexicon – “glue player”, literally – “glue man”, but in terms of meaning, the one who is the very last piece that forms the champion team. At the same time, such a player does not have to be a star. Rather, on the contrary, 9 times out of 10, the “glue player” is never a star. But he simply has to be a competent diplomat, not to conflict because of the playing time, moreover, to be able to resolve the conflicts of each teammate himself.On the court, such players, as a rule, strive to do one thing, but do it perfectly.
No matter your sport, this message from @ShaneBattier is 100% true #wednesdaywisdom #striveforgreatness #getzonedin pic.twitter.com/mx1XStA36N— ZONED Sports Academy (@ZonedSports) February 17, 2016
Shane Battier knew how to do two things: to defend competently and to put three points out of the corners. Therefore, he has trod the path from the Memphis player to the irreplaceable element of the championship Miami. And in between was Houston, who, like their followers, skillfully used Battier’s talents. Jeff Van Gundy was great at combining substitutes Battier and Head with starters Tracy McGrady and Rafer Allston.
As a matter of fact, this couple’s inclusion on this list is already unusual in itself. Both were substitutes and, unlike the same Curry and Thompson, did not receive unlimited credit for playing time and number of shots. These two “missilemen” were just very qualified service personnel, no more, but no less. And this is a reason to appreciate their achievement doubly.
Troy Murphy & Danny Granger
Team: Indiana Pacers (2008/09 season)
Statistics: 343 three-pointers with an accuracy of 42.5https: // www.instagram.com/p/rLlBk4s7UO/?taken-by=grannydanger33
What only did Larry Bird do in his time as general manager of the “pacers” in order to somehow support the team afloat after the retirement of Reggie Miller. I bought a seasoned Serbian shooter Peju Stojakovic, relied on Mike Dunleavy Jr., forced Al Harrington to shoot from behind the arc, but, in the end, found an intermediate solution in the person of the overall third number Danny Granger and heavy striker Troy Murphy.
By the way, the latter had played for the Warriors for quite a long time before.Apparently, they feed them there with something. Murphy often played the role of “point forward”, playing alongside center Jermaine O’Neill. Launching the big man under the ring, Murphy retreated to a distance and, depending on the actions of the defense, either attacked himself, or supplied O’Neill and Granger, guarding the arc, with transmissions.
Everything worked quite smoothly (the 2008/09 season is the most striking confirmation) until Jermaine thundered into the infirmary for a long time. The team didn’t find a “big” with skills equivalent to O’Neill, and the defenders began to play more closely with Murphy and Granger.At first, this affected the percentage of implementation, and then both began to often get injured. Unfortunately, from an epidemic of trauma, this has grown into a habit. Murphy roamed the clubs until the end of his career, and Granger, despite the title of the most progressive player in 2009 and the All-Star Game, still acts as a bargaining chip in various trades.
Eddie House and Ray Allen
Team: Boston Celtics (2008/09 season)
Statistics: 350 three-pointers with an accuracy of 42.4https: // www.instagram.com/p/_kf1T0xfsH/?taken-by=rayn34
The Celts started the post-championship season with 27-2, they all looked as puffed up as they did the year before when the Big Trio was first organized. Garnett turned under the shields, Rondo grew before our eyes, and Ray Allen and Eddie House did what they know best in the world – attacked from beyond the arc. And everything would have been great and, perhaps, even had a wonderful end in the form of another title, if it had not been for Garnett, who broke down in the second half of the season.
It was customary to blame the lack of his points, among other things, on Allen and House, who began to shoot at the finish line with almost manic obsession. The result is remembered by everyone: exhausted snipers, Garnett’s practically drug-induced shortage and Orlando’s loss in the second round with a 3-2 lead in the series. The case when no record and statistics are a joy.
Nick Anderson & Dennis Scott
Team: Orlando Magic (1994/95 season)
Statistics: 329 three-pointers with an accuracy of 42.0https: // www.instagram.com/p/BDHuAtNgBvc/?taken-by=dennis3dscott
If not the forefathers, then certainly the fathers of today’s Golden State, who, ironically, also suffered a lot from their magnificent insolence. To begin with, it was in the 1994/95 season that the partners of Shack and Penny sold 329 three, a year later Anderson and Scott threw 435 bombs, and only the worst hit percentage prevents us from marking that year separately. But it was 435 three-pointers that were the best before Curry and Thompson got it wrong this season.https://www.instagram.com/p/BBsoP0pgBhe/?taken-by=dennis3dscott
Both were not only outstanding snipers, but significant players for Orlando. Anderson became the first official pick of the team, which was organized in 1989, and played for it for ten years. Scott, who gave Magic for seven years, not only earned the honorary nickname “3D”, but also set several league records, including the number of three-pointers in one match and the total number of three-pointers per season. Many were subsequently beaten by others, and now the end of their joint achievement with Anderson has come.You can wipe away a tear nostalgically, or you can bravely throw it away – “Oh, there were people in our time!” Whoever likes it.
Against Zenit | PBC CSKA
CSKA – Lokomotiv-Kuban (Krasnodar) : 91-78 (+13)
CSKA : Lundberg (11 + 2 rp), Shengelia (5 + 2 rp + 2 nx), Milutinov (12 + 9 rp + 5 rp), Grigonis (16 + 2 rp), Shved (14 + 3 rp + 3 rp) – start; Bolomboy (2 + 9 pd + 5 f), Khomenko (0), Ukhov (10 + 3 pd), Antonov (2 + 3 pd), Vogtmann (5 + 5 pd + 5 rp + 2 bsh), Cliburn (9 + 4 pd + 2 gp), Kurbanov (5) …
Lokomotiv-Kuban : Motli (18 + 4 pd + 2 bsh + 3 pt), Kidd (9 + 7 pd + 3 rp + 4 f), Thompson (14 + 2 rp + 3 px + 3 pt), Martyuk ( 2 + 3 pd), Vedischev (0) – start; Shcherbenev (2 + 3 gp), McCollum (20 + 2 bsh), Elatontsev (5 + 2 nx + 2 bsh), Kalinov (0), Dolinin (2), Paunich (0), Emchenko (6) …
As in previous preseason matches, our team immediately knocked down the opponent.The starting five, in which Milutinov shone (7 rebounds and 3 assists in the first segment), pressed on both halves and quickly increased the gap. With the help of Ukhov and Cliburn, who effectively left the bench, CSKA’s advantage reached +18 at the beginning of the second quarter.
Only then did Loko come to its senses. Through the efforts of the athletic trio Kidd – Motley – Thompson, Krasnodar ate more than half of the difference. Dimitris Itoudis had to spend both timeouts in three minutes to get the initiative back into his own hands.The team again rested on defense, Lundberg and Shved hit from a distance, followed by Iffe scored with a foul in the gap – and the Muscovites returned to their previous lines. The coaches had to talk in the locker room about defense: 27 points conceded in the second quarter after six in the first were too conspicuous in the statistical protocol.
The changes were noticeable right after the pause – the army team was marked by an interception, a block-shot, and forced the opponent to take a run. And it became noticeable on the scoreboard – “+21”.The only one who could not be stopped was McCollum – due to him, Loko held on and could even win a quarter, if not for the miracle of Ukhov’s “three” to the siren.
The railroad workers could no longer resist on the final stretch. The advantage of the army team was becoming more and more obvious, and the last 7-8 minutes, the coaches actively used the reservists.
Dimitris Itoudis , head coach of CSKA:
Obviously we had good and bad parts of the match.It was a good opening, we dominated, played well in defense, scored points and created well. After that, our defense surrendered sharply, it was very bad, we allowed them to score 27 points [in the second quarter], despite the fact that Loko was incomplete, many players missed the match due to injury. We again had a good start to the third quarter, we controlled the game to the end in terms of the result. As for the quality of the game, it was obvious that in some situations we had “no legs,” freshness.But this is the preseason, we are under pressure, so we tried to distribute the time. Congratulations to the team on the victory. This tournament is dedicated to the memory of the great coach and man Alexander Gomelsky. Unfortunately, we also lost Dusan Ivkovic, my great friend, great coach and person.
Victory over Zalgiris completing the pre-season training camp in Lithuania
McCollum brings Loko victory in the last seconds.The score of the match in Kaunas 88:87 in favor of the railroad workers
In the last two days of the training camp, Loko changed location, moving after the match with Juventus from Klaipeda to Kaunas. It was there, in the mecca of basketball in the post-Soviet space, that the Lithuanian stage of team preparation should have been put on top of it. With a match against Zalgiris, Yevgeny Pashutin’s team ended their first pre-season training camp abroad.
And today’s match met expectations. Loko, having received good practice in three friendly matches, gained speed and was ready to give a fight to the representative of the Euroleague. Zalgiris, in turn, played at home. Even if it was a friendly match held without spectators, the hosts had to win it, no matter what.
Evgeny Pashutin entrusted the right to start the meeting to Andrey Martyuk, Errick McCollum, Stanton Kidd, Darius Thompson and Jonathan Motley. The result of the first quarter – 22:22 made it clear that the game will be productive, and it would be imprudent to predict its outcome.Confirmation of this is the account for a long break. 46:44 – minimal advantage of the hosts.
In the third quarter, Loko added some chances as a realization. As a result, I won back the gap and came out ahead 71:67. Motley continued to torment the hosts’ defense in paint, the McCollum-Thompson-Kidd trio found solutions to organize spectacular attacks. And yesterday’s Russian youth today has already become a reliable support for the main players. It was thanks to their efforts that the breakthrough was organized, which allowed the team to come out ahead in the third quarter.
The ending of the match was hot. The teams changed leadership in the last minutes several times. “Loko” was ahead by five points, but the hosts realized several unanswered attacks and “Zalgiris” took the lead at the last minute of the meeting 87:86. In the final possession of Loko, as in the last match, Errick again took responsibility for its completion. And he scored, but this time from an average distance. The difference from the last match was that the hosts had no chance to score points in the response attack.Loko put a bright winning point at the training camp in Lithuania. And tomorrow the team will return to Krasnodar.
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SOCHI, 26 September. / Corr. ITAR-TASS Tatiana Polinyuk /. The organizers have chosen an unusual way to present the participants of the Tsar Jazz festival, which opens today in Sochi.The day before the first concert, the Australian jazz trio The Starr Sisters, participating in the upcoming event, fought in a culinary battle with the chef of one of the Sochi restaurants, Dmitry Gikalo.
As reported by the correspondent. ITAR-TASS in the organizing committee of the festival, foreign guests had to prepare their own version of the famous Anna Pavlova dessert – a meringue cake with fresh fruit and whipped cream, which is very popular both in Australia and New Zealand. In each of these countries, the controversy about where the cake recipe was invented continues.According to one of the versions, during Pavlova’s tour, already in 1926, the chef of one of the New Zealand restaurants treated them to a ballerina. The Australians claim that in 1935 the cake was made by the chef Bert Sachet in honor of the dancer’s birthday.
“As airy as Pavlova!”
In addition to her striking appearance, artistry and slim waist, each singer of The Starr Sisters boasts a beautiful jazz voice and the ability to sing in harmony.As the leader of the Australian trio Mirabelle Thompson noted in an interview with ITAR-TASS, the offer of the festival organizers “to work first in the kitchen” did not frighten – the singer loves to cook.
“I was surprised when our team was invited to this show,” Thompson admitted. “But then we realized that we would play with wonderful Russian musicians, together with them we share a passion for jazz music. We are proud that we can represent our culture for it is a great pleasure and honor for us to work with the orchestra of Georgy Garanyan. “
Their colleagues were able to evaluate the culinary skills of the festival participants. According to Mirabelle, the girls from her group were happy to have the opportunity to acquaint jazz lovers not only with their work, but also with the cuisine of their native Australia.
Among the artists of the festival are also famous American jazz vocalists James Davis and Cynthia Scott, virtuosos Sanya Kroytor / Israel, violin / and Leonid Ptashka / piano /, incendiary step singer Polina Butko / Russia /, legendary jazz guitarist Alexey Kuznetsov and an equally talented team ” Black square”.The ensemble “Melodiya” – Georgy Garanyan’s Big Band under the baton of the conductor from Finland Antti Martin Rissanen will act as the host of the stage.
In Sochi, jazz performers will give two concerts, the first will be held as part of the Sochi-2013 investment forum that opens today, and the next day everyone will be able to enjoy the sounds of jazz in the Festivalny concert hall.
The festival is named after Georgy Garanyan / 1934-2010 / – a brilliant soloist-improviser, conductor, composer and arranger, a popular jazzman of the major league, a man who became a legend during his lifetime.”Tsar Jazz” was conceived by the maestro himself, and this idea was embodied in memory of Garanyan by his wife Nelly Zakirova, together with colleagues, friends and fans of the musician.90,000 Results of the stage of the “Diamond League” in the USA
The strongest track and field athletes in the world did not manage to lose their champion form, gained in preparation for the Olympic Games in Tokyo. This is the main takeaway of the one-day prestigious start of the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon on August 21. The Hayward Field Stadium, which will host the World Athletics Championships in less than a year, has seen a range of top-notch results.
The Jamaican trio again left no one a chance for women in the 100-meter race: the top three were similar to the Olympic one. The winner of Elaine Thompson-Hera at the same time showed the second result in history and set the Diamond League record – 10.54 seconds (only five hundredths slower than the world achievement of Florence Griffith-Joyner). Shelly-Anne Fraser-Price, , finished second, ran out of 11 seconds for the tenth time in a row, while Sherika Jackson, , finished third, with a personal best of 10.76 seconds.
Olympic champion in the 200m race André de Grasse from Canada won a landslide victory in the men’s 100m race. Eight out of nine sprinters ran out of 10 seconds, but the tailwind was slightly stronger than the norm (2.9 m / s), so no one was able to update the records. In de Grasse’s favorite discipline, the Canadian has twice as many rivals by the name of Lyles : Noah won, and his younger brother, Josephus , took third place with a personal record.
The most prestigious race in Eugene is the one mile (1609 meters) run for men, bearing the name of the legendary coach Bill Bowerman , who also worked with Steve Prefontein , whose memorial is the entire stage of the League. The status four-lap race was the best for the Olympic champion at a distance of 1,500 meters Jakub Ingebrigtsen . Faster than the Norwegian (3 minutes 47.24 seconds) in the season, the history of the “Diamond League” and the stadium, no one has run a mile.Silver medalist Tokyo Kenyan Timothy Cheruyot lost almost 4 (!) Seconds to his main rival and took only third place.
The reigning Olympic champions won in women at distances of 800, 1500 and 5000 meters: Eting Moo set the USA record in running two laps (1: 55.04), Face Kipiegon from Kenya crushed rivals with a six-second advantage, setting a competition record (3: 53.23), and Sifan Hassan won the top five even more convincingly than in Tokyo – the closest rival lost almost 15 seconds to the runner from the Netherlands.
The absence of neutral athletes from Russia was especially acute in technical disciplines. Without the silver medalist of Tokyo in pole vaulting Angelica Sidorova no one could compete with the Olympic champion Katie Nagiott . And the women’s high jumps were generally held in Eugene without the three strongest Olympians: the champion Maria Lasitskene , the Australian Nicola McDermott lives and trains in Switzerland, and therefore prepares for the stage of the “Diamond League” in Lausanne, which will be held on August 26, and the Ukrainian Yaroslava Maguchikh is restoring her strength at home.Without world leaders, compatriot Maguchikh Irina Gerashchenko was enough to win a modest result of 1 meter 98 centimeters.90,000 Rita Ora was caught kissing her lover Taika Waititi and Tessa Thompson
Rita Ora, Taika Waititi and Tessa Thompson
Not so long ago, a change occurred in the personal life of 30-year-old British singer Rita Ora – the star began dating 45-year-old director Taika Waititi, who won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for Jojo Rabbit.
Now the couple spends a lot of time together in Australia – there they are working on their projects. They sometimes prefer a company to solitude – the other day they found lovers together with 37-year-old actress Tessa Thompson (“Avengers: Endgame”, “Thor: Ragnarok”). They were relaxing together at Waititi’s house after a late night party.
Rita Ora, Taika Waititi and Tessa Thompson
The trio continued their nightly fun on the veranda of the director’s house – they settled comfortably at a table and drank drinks in the fresh air.Ora and Waititi were kissing not only each other, but also with Tessa. At the same time, it seems, no one experienced feelings of awkwardness – everyone was in high spirits and a relaxed state.
According to insiders, Ora has already moved to her lover’s house in the suburbs of Sydney and is now very happy.
Late last month, Rita and Taika appeared together at the premiere of RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under at the Sydney Opera House. On the red carpet, they did not pose together, but in the hall they sat side by side.The lovers did not advertise their romance, but they did not hide it either – their famous friends and colleagues were aware of their relationship. Now they can often be found together on the street in Sydney.
Rita Ora parted ways with French director Romain Gavras earlier this year, and Waititi divorced his wife Chelsea Winstanley more than two years ago, with whom he lived for seven years. Waititi has two children.Mariana Pankina
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