Hospital Foundations 2nd annual Firefly Glow Run Sold Out

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Hospital Foundation 2nd Annual Firefly five-kilometer Walk/Run is this weekend.The event has sold out for the second year in a row, as participants will be showing their “glowing” their support towards the Foundation, raising funds and bringing awareness to the Endowment Funds.When donating to the Fort St John Hospital Foundation Endowment, you are creating a legacy and investing in the future of our community. The donations are placed in a secure investment, and remain untouched. It is the annual interest from that investment which provides the Foundation with an ongoing sustainable income which allows the Foundation to purchase equipment for the Fort St John Hospital and Peace Villa Residential Care.- Advertisement -Participants will receive a medal, with proceeds going towards the Hospital Foundation’s Endowment Fund.The event will be starting at the Surerus Ball Diamonds to the scenic path behind the Hospital and back to the ball diamonds, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.last_img read more

Premier League managers as players: Ranking the 20 top-flight bosses

first_img 13 @SpheraSports @futbolquotes @OldSchoolPanini Gracia con el Lleida la 93/94, aunque sólo jugara cedido la 92/93— Josep Marfull (@sastrecoix) March 19, 2016His 12 goals helped Lleida return to La Liga in 1993 after a 40-year absence. He went on to spend six years in La Liga with Real Valladolid and Real Sociedad before returning to the second tier to win promotion with Villarreal.Gracia ended his career with Segunda Division club Cordoba.6. Claude Puel (Leicester)Playing honours: Ligue 1 1981/82, Coupe de France 1980/81, 1985/86, 1991/92, Trophee des Champions 1985/86His 17-year playing career was spent at Monaco in France. Playing as a defensive midfielder, he made 601 appearances.Despite his success as a footballer, Puel never played for his country.You can watch Puel in action, in the 1989 Coupe de France final, below…5. Chris Hughton (Brighton)Playing honours: FA Cup 1981/82, 1982/83, UEFA Cup 1984/85, Charity Shield 1981/82, Division Three 1991/92 13 RANKED Nuno has an impressive CV of clubs including Porto, Dynamo Moscow and Deportivo La Coruna, but made a combined total of just 29 appearances as a second-choice goalkeeper.He had more playing time in loan spells at lower league Spanish clubs Merida and Osasuna, though.While at Porto, Nuno’s manager Jose Mourinho allowed the glovesman to take a penalty, which he converted, in their 7-0 thrashing of Varzim SC in 2003.3. Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham)Playing honours: Argentine Primera Division 1990/91, Copa del Rey 1999/2000, 2005/06, Clausura 1992/93 huge blow Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade 13 13 13 The Chelsea manager never played football professionally.With a lack of experience in the game, Sarri made his name managing clubs in the lower Italian leagues before getting his big break at Napoli in 2015.19. Jose Mourinho (Manchester United)Playing honours: NoneDespite his success as a manager, the Portuguese coach had an uneventful playing career. He primarily spent time with Portuguese sides clubs Belenenses, Sesimbra and Rio Ave.The midfielder-turned-defender ended his career as a footballer at Comercio e Industria, making just 27 appearances, in his early 20s.Mourinho can be seen in the below video, around one minute in, taken during the 1981/82 season while he was playing for Rio Ave.18. Roy Hodgson (Crystal Palace)Playing honours: NoneHodgson featured prominently for Crystal Palace’s youth teams but failed to make the step-up to the senior side. After being released in 1966, he spent several years in non-league football with clubs such as Tonbridge, Gravesend & Northfleet, Maidstone United and Carshalton Athletic.He worked as a PE teacher while playing for Ashford Town. BEST OF Everton are making steady progress under Marco Silva Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Chris Hughton won two FA Cups with Tottenham His 22-year trophy-laden career started with Manchester United after coming through their renowned academy.His form for the Red Devils earned him a move to Barcelona for two years, before being brought back to United for a then club-record £1.8million fee.He went on to play for Chelsea, Southampton, Everton and Blackburn, while winning 72 caps for Wales. MONEY Dyche was known as a no-nonsense centre-half who raked up more than 500 appearances in England.He spent seven years with Chesterfield, winning the Division Three play-offs in 1995 and reaching an FA Cup semi-final two years later. He tasted more success in his career as he won promotion to Division One with Bristol City and Millwall before moving to Watford and Northampton Town.He did all this despite claiming a broken leg suffered early in his career held him back.9. Manuel Pellegrini (West Ham)Playing honours: Copa Chile 1979/80 Mauricio Pochettino was a tough centre-half Nuno Espirito Santo in action for Porto Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REPLY shining Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars ADVICE Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 13 Campbell, along with managerial rookies Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard, will hope to coach a Premier League club one day.All three men enjoyed glorious trophy-laden careers, and have instantly become some of the most decorated coaches based on their playing days.But not all bosses have tasted success as a player.Below, ranks every current top flight manager based on their playing career – from worst to best. The Argentine started his career in his homeland with Newell’s Old Boys, winning one league title. He spent most of his playing days at Espanyol, making more than 250 appearances across two spells, while also taking in spells at Paris Saint-Germain and Bordeaux.He won 20 caps for his country, featuring in all three group games in the 2002 World Cup.2. Pep Guardiola (Manchester City)Playing honours: La Liga 1990/91, 1991/92, 1992/93, 1993/94, 1997/98, 1998/99, Copa del Rey 1996/97, 1997/98, Supercopa de Espana 1991/92, 1992/93, 1994/95, 1996/97, European Cup 1991/92, UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup 1996/97, UEFA Super Cup 1992/93, 1997/98Guardiola enjoyed consistent success at Barcelona after progressing through La Masia. A defensive midfielder, the Manchester City boss played as a pivot in Johan Cruyff’s Barcelona ‘Dream Team’, going on to captain the club between 1997 and 2001.He had spells at Brescia, Roma and Al-Ahli before retiring in Mexico with Dorados.1. Mark Hughes (Southampton)Playing honours: Premier League 1992/93, 1993/94, FA Cup 1984/85, 1989/90, 1993/94, 1996/97, Football League Cup 1991/92, 1997/98, 2001/02, Charity Shield 1990/91, 1993/94, 1994/95, UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup 1990/91, 1997/98, UEFA Super Cup 1991/92 Neil Warnock is trying to keep Cardiff in the Premier League Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Silva spent his entire playing career in Portugal, and aside from two Primeira Liga games, he plied his trade in the second and third divisions.The right-back ended his 15-year career at second division club Estroli, amassing over 300 appearances as a footballer, representing Trofense, Rio Ave, Braga B, Salgueiros and Odivelas.16. Rafa Benitez (Newcastle)Playing honours: Tercera Division 1981/82The Spaniard joined Real Madrid when he was 13 and played in various youth teams until the age of 20, winning the Spanish Youth Championship in 1978.A series of injuries ruined his chances of playing at the highest level. He joined Spanish minnows Parla where he won promotion to the second division. But a recurrence of knee problems forced Benitez into retirement. David Wagner celebrates winning the UEFA Cup Mark Hughes played under Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United Warnock never played in England’s top-flight, spending his 11-year career in the lower leagues with Rotherham, Hartlepool, Scunthorpe, Aldershot, Barnsley, York City and Crewe.He cut his career short to focus on becoming a coach.12. Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool)Playing honours: None Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Sol Campbell is the latest former football great to take the plunge into management.The former England, Arsenal and Tottenham star penned an 18-month deal with League Two basement boys Macclesfield Town earlier this week. Unai Emery only made five La Liga appearances 13 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 13 Sean Dyche captained Chesterfield Eddie Howe during his Bournemouth playing days 13 Klopp spent his whole career in Germany, most notably playing for Mainz in an 11-year spell.He started his playing days as a striker but transitioned into a defender, scoring 52 league goals for Mainz.11: Claudio Ranieri (Fulham)Playing honours: Four promotionsThe Tinkerman started his playing career with Roma, but made just six appearances in two years. He spent most of his career at Catanzaro, winning two promotions, and tasted the same success with Catania and Palermo.Playing as a defender, he made over 350 appearances with the four Italian clubs. When young Claudio RANIERI looked like Jon Snow !U.S Catanzaro 1979-80#GOT— Old School Panini (@OldSchoolPanini) January 12, 201810. Sean Dyche (Burnley)Playing honours: Second Division 1995/96, 1997/98, 2000/01, League Two 2005/06 Campbell has joined former England team-mates Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard in becoming a manager The Spaniard spent most of his playing career in his homeland’s second division and retired at the age of 32 with third-tier club Lorca Deportiva.He was a left-sided winger and came through the ranks at Real Sociedad, but chalked up just five league appearances.14. Eddie Howe (Bournemouth)Playing honours: None The Terriers’ manager spent four years playing with Klopp at Mainz, which is where their friendship began. Wagner was a striker, and earned a move to Schalke in 1995, where he won the UEFA Cup.Wagner, who was born to an American father and German mother, won eight caps for the USA national team.7. Javi Gracia (Watford)Playing honours: Segunda Division 1992 13 Jurgen Klopp (right) fights for possession 20. Maurizio Sarri (Chelsea)Playing honours: None Manuel PELLEGRINI – Universidad de Chile— Old School Panini (@OldSchoolPanini) February 4, 2017The Chilean made over 500 appearances for Universidad de Chile in a 13-year spell, his only club as a professional footballer.He was a regular in the heart of their defence and won 28 caps playing for his country.8. David Wagner (Huddersfield)Playing honours: UEFA Cup 1996/97 no dice 13 REVEALED The before-they-were-managers #EURO2016 edition is here : the good Roy HODGSON 😉— Old School Panini (@OldSchoolPanini) April 18, 201617. Marco Silva (Everton)Playing honours: None Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 13 Latest Football News Maurizio Sarri has enjoyed a good start to life at Chelsea 13 Much like his managerial career, Howe spent most of his playing days at Bournemouth. After playing for local teams in Dorset, he signed his first professional deal with the Cherries. After impressing on the South Coast, he was selected for England’s Under-21 team for the Toulon Tournament.He was Harry Redknapp’s first signing as Portsmouth boss, but a serious knee injury shortened his playing career and he retired during a second spell at Bournemouth.13. Neil Warnock (Cardiff)Playing honours: None REVEALED The full-back was a consistent presence in Tottenham’s defence, making more than 300 appearances in 13 years for the north London club.He is regarded as one of Spurs’ greatest full-backs. His career came to an end after two-year stints with West Ham and Brentford. He appeared 53 times for the Republic of Ireland national team.4. Nuno Espirito Santo (Wolves)Playing honours: UEFA Champions League 2003/04, UEFA Cup 2002/03, Intercontinental Cup 2004/05, Copa del Rey 2001/02, Primeira Liga 2002/03, 2003/04, 2007/08, 2008/09, Taca de Portugal 2002/03, 2008/09, Supertaca Candido de Oliveira 2003/04, 2004/05, 2009/10 And by the way : Rafael BENITEZ – Real Valladoid 1995-96— Old School Panini (@OldSchoolPanini) May 15, 201315. Unai Emery (Arsenal)Playing honours: Nonelast_img read more

Bringing home the bacon

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It’s official: I am in the wedding season of my life. In the past five months, I’ve been to six weddings. I was talking to Bob, the dad at the August wedding. He asked if I was a wedding crasher or how I came to be invited. With the quick wit I don’t have, I explained my friendship with the mother of the groom. With the slow wit I DO have, it popped into my head 10 minutes later that I should have claimed to be a wedding crasher investigating my next story for OCJ on wedding food. The following week, an obsession grew for finding a recipe for the candied bacon chicken appetizer served at that very wedding. A desperate Pinterest and Google search began. The sweet salty bacon — all I can say is yum!Bacon has taken the food world by craze. The Pork Council reports that 62% of restaurants have something bacon on the menu. Recipes, chef shows, novelties, apparel as well as websites are centered around bacon. Bacon tops sandwiches, salads, veggies and even desserts. And who doesn’t love Jim Gaffigan’s skit about bacon? Be sure to check it out on YouTube if you haven’t seen it.Combos of bacon and ingredients you wouldn’t put together are tantalizing taste buds everywhere. Paul makes liquid nitrogen ice cream with the local chemistry class and the kids bring in the fix-ins for the ice cream. To this day Paul says the best ice cream he has ever tasted was a pancake batter ice cream with maple syrup and bacon. The chemistry teacher, Dr. U, explained to me the two flavors (sweet plus salty) create a yummy chemical reaction on your tongue but no one really knows the reason why we think it is so delicious. Dr. U shared an article with me from In this article, they use a star to illustrate how flavors compliment and enhance each other. Sweet (such as honey/brown sugar/maple syrup) and salty (such as bacon) bring out the flavors of each other. No wonder a tad bit of sweetness makes an unforgettable bacon experience.The National Pork Board stats show that the average American eats nearly 18 servings of bacon a year. The big question is what is a serving? Modern healthy diet preaches moderation and bacon can fit that mold with two slices of bacon providing only 73 calories and 6 grams fat. The problem is not many people can stop with two slices. My son Luke can pound down a pound of bacon himself! I’m guessing he is not alone. The huge shrinkage of weight after bacon crisps up makes it easy to indulge in the crispy, salty treat.Good news to Ohio pork producers is that over 50% of Americans report always having bacon on hand in their fridge. In 2015, Ohio ranked 8th in pork production with a commercial inventory of 2.4 million pigs. states 20 pounds of bacon (13%) comes from a 215-pound live hog. So quick calculating tells me that Ohio producers could produce close to 48 million pounds of bacon a year. That is a lot of bacon!This October celebrate the oink by pigging out on bacon. Start your day like Jim Gaffigan, with the “applause” of frying up some bacon. Enjoy lunch by topping off your salad, baked potato or veggies with Gaffigan’s “fairy dust” of bacon, bacon bits. Wrap up the end of your day in bacon too, just make your day a little bit better than it already was.Eat well and Healthy,Shelly Smokey Bacon Mac and Cheese Molly Yeh“if I’m really feeling decadent, I’ll let the dish of mac and cheese cool overnight in the refrigerator, cut it until squares, and then bread it and deep-fry it.” 8 ounces medium shells12 ounces applewood-smoked bacon1/4 cup flour3 cups whole milk6 oz. smoked Gouda cheese, chopped3 oz. pepper jack cheese, chopped1 ounce Parmesan cheese, grated1 1/4 teaspoon sweet paprika1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepperKosher salt and black pepper1/2 cup panko breadcrumbsKetchup, for serving  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease an 8 x 8-inch baking dish.2. Cook pasta according to the package directions, reducing the cooking time by 1 minute. Drain and set aside.3. In a large pan, cook the bacon until crispy. Chop the bacon and set aside. Pour off all but 1/4 cup of the fat in the pan. Heat it over medium-high heat and add the flour, whisking until combined, and then cook for 1 minute. Add half the milk, whisking continuously until thickened, about 5 minutes and then repeat with the other half of the milk. Add the Gouda, pepper jack, and all but 2 tablespoons of the Parmesan and stir until the cheese melts. Stir in the paprika, cayenne, and salt and black pepper to taste.4. Fold in the shells and bacon and transfer to the greased baking dish. Top with the panko, a pinch of salt, a few turns of pepper, and the reserved 2 tablespoons Parmesan. Bake until the top is browned, about 25 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes and enjoy with ketchup, if desiredTechnique Tip: This recipe uses the fat from the bacon to make a roux that will thicken the sauce.Swap Option: You can swap out the bacon for turkey bacon, pancetta, another type of salty meat, or simply omit it. If you omit the meat, you can substitute butter for the bacon fat in the roux. Jalapeno Popper Wonton Cups Cathy Trochelman  12 wonton wrappers4 oz. cream cheese, softened½ c. sour cream12 oz. bacon, cooked & crumbled1 c. shredded cheddar cheese (reserve 2 Tbsp.)3-4 jalapeños, seeded and chopped  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray muffin pan with cooking spray.Place one wonton wrapper in each muffin cup; bake 8 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven and cool slightly.In a medium-sized mixing bowl, stir together cream cheese, sour cream, bacon, cheddar cheese, and chopped jalapeños. Save 2 Tbsp. of cheese and bacon.Spoon filling into wonton cups, then sprinkle with reserved bacon and cheese.Return to oven and bake for an additional 8-10 minutes, until wontons are golden brown and cheese is melted. Serves 12 Beer, Bacon & Potato Chip Cookie Bars Cookie Ingredients:3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature 3/4 cup dark brown sugar 1/4 cup sugar 1 egg 2 tsp. vanilla extract 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 tsp. baking soda 3/4 cup of chocolate chunks or chips 2 pieces of bacon, chopped 2 tbsp. beer Topping:8.5 oz. caramels (about 27 caramels) 1/4 cup cup beer 3/4 cup potato chips, broken into pieces 1/4 cup pretzels, broken into pieces 2 pieces of bacon, chopped 1/2 cup peanut butter chips 1/2 cup chocolate chips Chocolate drizzle 1/4 cup chocolate chips 2 tsp. milk  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9 x 9 pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil that sticks up above the edges. Grease the paper or foil.Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Mix in egg and vanilla extract. With the mixer on low speed, add flour and baking soda.Stir in chocolate chips, bacon and beer. Dough will be thick. Press cookie dough evenly into the bottom of the pan. Bake for 22-25 minutes or until the edges are slightly golden. Remove from oven and allow to cool in the pan.While bars are cooling, melt caramels and beer together in a pan over medium heat. Allow caramel to cook on low for about 5-10 minutes. Pour caramel mixture over cookie bars and spread evenly. Pour potato chips, pretzels, bacon, peanut butter chips and chocolate chips evenly over caramel before it cools and hardens.Microwave chocolate chips for chocolate drizzle and milk in a small bowl in the microwave until the milk begins to boil. Whisk chocolate until smooth Allow chocolate mixture to cool for about 2 minutes, then drizzle over top of bars. Once bars are cool, use parchment paper or foil to lift them out of the pan and cut into squares. Bacon Jalapeno Deviled Eggs 12 large eggs, hard-boiled and peeled1 cup mayonnaise1 1/2 teaspoon rice vinegar3/4 teaspoon ground mustard1/2 teaspoon sugar6      jalapenos, seeded and diced6 pieces bacon, cooked, crisp, and crumbledPaprika, for garnish  Slice the hard boiled eggs in half, lengthwise. Remove the yolks and put them in a mixing bowlMash the egg yolks with a fork. Add the mayonnaise, rice vinegar, ground mustard, and sugar to the mashed egg yolks and stir until well combinedMix in the jalapenos and bacon. Put the mixture in a Ziploc bag and cut a small hole in the corner of the bag. Fill each egg hole with the mixture. Sprinkle with paprika. Chill until ready to serve. Serves: 24 deviled eggslast_img read more

Sorry Mr. Timberlake, But There’s No Reason To Care About Myspace

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#digital music#music#MySpace#social networks nick statt Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditcenter_img Myspace may have picked a bad day to open up its redesigned site to the public. While the dethroned social networking giant quietly opened its gates Tuesday morning, everybody in the tech world was busy preparing, and then dissecting, Facebook’s announcement of Graph Search.But let’s not bury Myspace just yet. Called the New Myspace, the redesign, which entered beta last July, is not aimed at yanking anyone away from Facebook or Google+. Its goal, under the wing of pop singer/actor/Sean Parker-playing co-owner Justin Timberlake, is to do what Myspace did best in the waning days of the site’s mid-2000s popularity: give musicians, both professional and aspiring, a better way to interact with fans and help fans discover new music.In some ways, though that means Myspace is now competing with music streaming services like Pandora and Spotify, and that’s not going to be easy, even with Timberlake’s music industry clout.Fresh Look, But No Groundbreaking AdvancesAnyone who was interested last September got a look at the new Myspace when Timberlake tweeted a vimeo link to a preview of the redesign. Not much has changed since then.To recap, the site jettisoned the vertical flow used by most other social networks, opting instead for a horizontal stream that naturally lays out status updates, shared songs and photos. All interactions also hinge on Myspace’s version of Facebook’s “Like” and Google’s “+1,” called Connect. Symbolized by a Venn diagram that unites when you decide to subscribe to a musician or find a friend, the Connect option is logical and looks nice, but it’s nothing you haven’t seen before.The true innovation – in the minds of Timberlake and Specific Media, who co-purchased the site from News Corp. in 2011 for $35 million – is the black bar running across the bottom of the site.While it resembles the ‘Now Playing’ bar at the top of iTunes and other streaming sites, Myspace’s implementation is meant to make playing and sharing music a central aspect of the experience. It puts the Home button, your Profile link and your Notification Center right alongside it, with Discover and Search options as well. Discover is the key to exploring Myspace, letting you see what’s trending and listen to custom radio stations and mixes.Myspace’s music discovery service comes together in the interactions between the artist profiles and your own. Essentially, users connect to an artist, get updates from that artist, and can stream shared tracks – or even whole albums – while interacting with other fans, amateur musicians, DJs, producers, etc. To help facilitate this music-based interaction, new Myspace subscribers are asked to put themselves into one of a handful of categories, ranging from musician or venue to fan or promoter.Early experimentation yields some interesting results. For instance, pulling up the Search tab next to the Discover button lets you type in the name of a band, and yields a list of streamable and sharable tracks, band info. Presumably as time goes on, the service will add actual updates from bands that agree to hop back on the Myspace bandwagon.That’s the key, of course. The New Myspace looks and works fine. But the revived social network’s biggest, and most likely insurmountable, obstacle is that it’s a ghost town right now, and it will probably stay that way.What Good Is Myspace In A Facebook/Spotify World?The problem is that it’s simply too late for Myspace to capture any ground from its competitors.Spotify, with its ever-increasing library of available music, Facebook-anchored sharing and playlist making, and tiered accounts for mobile and offline use is not going to lose users to Myspace, despite Justin Timberlake’s enthusiasm.And that brings up another issue. Timberlake’s face plastered on Myspace’s homepage has been getting a lot of flak, and for good reason. Debuting his new single, “Suit & Tie,” on the homepage of the social network he co-owns may be good marketing, but could also be seen as a cheap, self-promotional move.Myspace may have once been the king of social networking, but those days are gone forever. If Timberlake is able to convince fellow musicians to partner with the site, it’s likely to hang around for at least a while, but that’s about it. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…last_img read more

For Bulls, blockbuster trade is all about direction

first_imgThey are counting on LaVine to work his way back from a torn ACL in his left knee, for Dunn to improve on a disappointing rookie season after being drafted No. 5 overall and for the 7-foot Markkanen to make a smooth transition to the NBA with his sweet shot.“I’m feeling really good,” said LaVine, who was averaging 18.9 points when he was injured in February. “I’m attacking this injury like I do everything in life, working my butt off for it every day, in the gym and doing as much as possible. There’s always that base timeline of 9-12 months with it. I feel like with my ability I’m able to come back early. But I really haven’t set a timetable for that. I’m very confident that I’ll come back better.”Agent Bill Duffy said LaVine is “definitely ahead of schedule” and called him the “consummate workaholic.”“But on the other hand, you’ve got to kind of mitigate his progress because he’s eager to be at the (practice) facility,” he added. “We’re going to have to put the brakes on at some point.”Dunn, meanwhile, acknowledged a difficult rookie season under coach Tom Thibodeau. He didn’t live up to the hype that accompanied him from Providence. He gets another chance with the Bulls, who tried getting him and LaVine a year ago for Butler.Dunn described last season as a “roller coaster ride.” But he also credited Thibodeau, the former Bulls coach.“He helped me become a professional,” Dunn said. “He loves players that love to work. He made sure all his guys are always in the gym working hard, attacking every day, trying to improve each day. Just keep learning the game. Tom really helped me be a pro.”Markkanen, who shot 49.2 percent from the field and 42.3 from 3-point range in his lone season at Arizona, sees his offense translating to the NBA. His defense needs work.“I’m going to work on that,” he said. “I know I’m going to get better when I put the work in.” What ‘missteps’? Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games PBA Finals ‘far from over,’ says Beermen’s Austria Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Chicago Bulls seventh overall draft pick Lauri Markkanen, left, Kris Dunn, center, and Zach Lavine, pose for a photo at the NBA basketball team’s training facility, Tuesday, June 27, 2017, in Chicago. Dunn and Levine was acquired by the Bulls from the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Jimmy Butler and this year’s No. 16th overall pick, Justin Patton. (AP Photo/G-Jun Yam)CHICAGO — The Chicago Bulls set a clear direction by trading All-Star Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves on draft night last week.The Bulls had plenty of people talking after they traded one of the NBA’s top two-way players for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and No. 7 overall pick Lauri Markkanen, three newcomers who were introduced at a news conference on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken “I’m excited about what the environment in this building is going to be like going forward,” Paxson said. “I’m not worried about perception. We understand this could take time, it’s a process. But as long as these kids can play hard and compete our fans will appreciate them, and we’ll get better.”There was plenty of room for the Bulls to improve after last season.They made the playoffs on a tiebreaker after missing out the previous season, then put up a fight against Boston before bowing out in the first round.Only once since the Michael Jordan era has Chicago advanced to the Eastern Conference finals, losing to LeBron James and the Miami Heat in 2011. Derrick Rose tore the ACL in his left knee in the playoff opener against Philadelphia the following year, and the Bulls haven’t been a serious championship threat since then.The Bulls sorely needed more shooting and athleticism if Hoiberg’s offense was going to work the way they hoped, and they believe they are on their way.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage 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 View comments World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bulls vice president of basketball operations John Paxson said debating which team got the better end of the deal is “the wrong way to look at it” at the moment.“We’ve defined our direction,” he said. “We made the playoffs (eight of nine) years. Wasn’t good enough. We have to now reset what we’re about.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Bulls added three players to the mix who are 23 or younger. They believe they are starting to build a team that fits coach Fred Hoiberg’s pace-and-space offensive system as he heads into his third season.They see a promising core that can help lay the foundation for bigger things. And they’re not too concerned about what others think.last_img read more