Celtics’ Ainge: Prepared to stand pat this summer (maybe)

first_imgBoston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum, left, catches the ball in front of Cleveland Cavaliers guard George Hill, right, during the first half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)WALTHAM, Mass. — Danny Ainge tore apart the team that made the Eastern Conference finals last year, and then put together a new roster that came one victory from playing for an NBA title.This summer may present him with an even bigger challenge: standing pat.ADVERTISEMENT China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial With Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving coming back from injuries to join fellow All-Star Al Horford and young stars Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, the Boston Celtics general manager doesn’t really need to do much to give the NBA’s most-decorated franchise a chance at its 18th title.And that’s not really in Ainge’s nature.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I like this group of guys,” he said Monday, a day after the Celtics lost Game 7 of the conference finals to the Cleveland Cavaliers. “We’re not looking to make changes, other than a handful of tweaks.”But he also said: “You never know what opportunities will present themselves.” Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film The Celtics finished with the No. 1 seed in the East in 2017, but the five-game loss to the Cavaliers in the conference finals reinforced what Ainge already suspected: that that team was not going to take the next step.He went after Hayward (and, unsuccessfully, Kevin Durant), then won the draft lottery.It still wasn’t enough.When Irving asked the Cavaliers to trade him, Ainge pounced, giving up fan favorite Isaiah Thomas in a package that left Boston with 11 new players. (He also wheeled the No. 1 overall pick to Philadelphia for a future No. 1 and the right to draft Tatum — the player he says he really wanted.)Despite losing Hayward in the first quarter of the season opener, and Irving in March, the Celtics had home-court advantage for Game 7 and led the Cavaliers with six minutes left in the fourth quarter. But with the Celtics shooters turning ice cold, LeBron James proved to be too much, amassing 35 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists while playing every second of the game.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Unlike Djokovic, past French Open champ Wawrinka loses early “The farther you go in the playoffs, the more difficult it is to lose,” Ainge said. “It was one of those games we lost that we should have won. That’s going to eat at all of us for a while.”But the team’s performance in the playoffs also gave the Celtics reason to believe that this team may be good enough to contend for the title. And with the two injured All-Stars returning, this summer doesn’t have to be like last summer.“Last year, we didn’t know all that stuff was going to happen, but we do feel we have a bright future with this team,” Horford said. “It’s something we’re all looking forward to. We can’t think about ‘what could have been.’ But when Kyrie is on our team, we’re at another level.”The biggest issue for the Celtics this year is holding onto guard Marcus Smart, who is a restricted free agent and expected to draw offers of $12 million to $14 million. Ainge said the team is willing to pay the luxury tax if that’s what it takes to build a contender.And Smart said he wants to stay.“They’re already planning for me to be here,” he said at the team’s practice facility after exit interviews. “I want to be in Boston. I’ve been here for four years. My heart’s here.”Center Aron Baynes is an unrestricted free agent, as are Greg Monroe and Shane Larkin.“I hope we have something special with this group,” said Brown, who in his second year averaged 14.5 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. “But in this league, you never know.”And with Ainge calling the shots, it’s almost impossible to predict the future.“We’re not going to do something unless it makes us better. And there’s no guarantee that those deals are there,” Ainge said. “At this time last year, I didn’t think we would have 11 new players.” Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Names Mitsuis New LNG Carrier

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Mitsubishi Shipbuilding, a part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, has held a christening ceremony for the next-generation LNG carrier currently under construction for Japan-based Mitsui & Co.The new ship, which was named Marvel Crane on February 21, is designed with improvements both to LNG carrying capacity and fuel performance due to the adoption of a more efficient hull structure and hybrid propulsion system.Completion is scheduled for March 2019, after which the 79,000 dwt vessel will be put into service, transporting LNG for the Cameron LNG Project in the U.S., in which Mitsui & Co. is participating.Featuring a length of 293 meters and a width of 48.9 meters, Marvel Crane is the first of two LNG carriers of the same design being constructed for Mitsui & Co. The ship has a total tank holding capacity of 177,000 m3.Mitsubishi Shipbuilding received the order for the new vessel through MI LNG Company, a joint venture for the design and sale of LNG carriers established by MHI and Imabari Shipbuilding.last_img read more