Toomey looking forward to experimental rule change

first_imgThe ‘mark’ will be one of three experimental rules to be trialled in the Leinster minor football league, which gets underway next month.A maximum of three consecutive hand-passes will be permitted while there will be no back-passing to goalkeepers allowed. The competition is used by minor managers in the province to finalise their squads and to prepare for the championship. The rules are being trialled to encourage high-fielding and to curb hand-passing which Tommy Toomey says is a good thing.last_img read more

Jamil Wilson, C.J. Williams leave Clippers with difficult roster decisions to make

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jamil Wilson’s days are numbered. They always were. Thanks to the NBA’s new two-way contract he signed before the start of the 2017-18 season, he had only 45 days to play with the Clippers. He must spend the rest of the season with their G League team in Ontario.Too bad.Related Articles Clippers forward Blake Griffin ‘could’ be back in the lineup as soon as Friday So, what will the Clippers do with Wilson and fellow two-way player C.J. Williams?They could sign them to standard NBA contracts, but they don’t have two open roster spots.“It’s going to be tough,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “I won’t tell you our plans, but they’re not going to be great, I can tell you that. That’s all I can tell you. You’ll see. No, we just don’t have a lot of good options. We have to play them right now because we need them, and they’re playing great.”Wilson has played in 15 games with the Clippers, starting 10, and averaged 7 points and 2.1 rebounds in 18.3 minutes. Williams has played in 21 games while filling in for injured small forward Danilo Gallinari, starting seven, and averaged 4.5 points and 1.5 rebounds in 16.4 minutes.Under other circumstances, either or both could shift to a reserve role once Griffin and Gallinari are sound enough to play. But since the Clippers don’t have roster spots available for either of them, they’re ticketed for a return to the G League when their 45 days come to an end next month.“The fact that you could lose them would hurt, and that could possibly happen,” Rivers said. Wilson has played very well in an unexpected role, filling in for the injured Blake Griffin as the Clippers’ starting power forward. Griffin could return to the starting lineup Friday, after sitting out for 14 games because of a sprained left knee. Wilson could be sent back to the G League.Griffin was set to practice Wednesday with the G League team in Ontario, then rejoin his Clippers teammates for Thursday’s workout before the coaching and medical staffs determined whether he would play Friday against the Lakers. Or whether they’d hold him out for another game. Meanwhile, Wilson didn’t want to go back to the developmental league. After all, he’s been something of a savior for the Clippers, proving he belongs in the NBA with a breakout performance in which he scored a career-high 17 points on 6-for-9 shooting Tuesday against the Sacramento Kings.Wilson, a 27-year-old rookie from Marquette, didn’t expect to become a starter with the Clippers after spending two seasons in the developmental league. Now, he admits to feeling worried about his future in the NBA.“I’m not going to lie to you, he said. “Some days I wake up and you just don’t know what’s going to happen. Sometimes that can make you timid and kind of put you in a funk. But then you just kind of embrace the moment. Being around these guys, it’s a great feeling.“They don’t let you feel sorry for yourself or anything like that. It a little nerve-racking, but at the same time you’ve still got a job to do. At the end of the day, it’s still basketball. The ball is still orange. The goal is still 10 feet. You try to use that to bring you back down to earth.”The Clippers don’t want to lose him from their roster for the second half of the season, but they have no choice. The NBA created two new roster spots this season, but with the caveat that the 16th and 17th players could only spend 45 days with their team then they must return to the G League. Clippers’ role players make their marks in blowout victory against Kings last_img read more