The River, Starring Hugh Jackman, Set For Fall Opening on Broadway

first_img The River The River will feature set design by Ultz, lighting design by Charles Balfour, sound design by Ian Dickinson for Autograph and music by Stephen Warbeck. Star Files Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 8, 2015 Jumbo received the Emerging Talent Award at the Evening Standard Awards for her self-penned solo show Josephine and I. Her additional stage credits include Julius Caesar, for which she received an Olivier nomination, A Doll’s House and As You Like It. On screen, Jumbo has starred in the TV series Vera and the film Remainder. Both Donnelly and Jumbo will make their Broadway debut in The River. View Commentscenter_img Jackman won a Tony Award for playing Peter Allen in The Boy from Oz and has also appeared on Broadway in A Steady Rain and Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway. The star’s many film and TV credits include Australia, Swordfish, Kate & Leopold, Real Steel, The Prestige, Les Miserables and the X-Men series, including The Wolverine. The Oscar-nominated star is also planning to channel P.T. Barnum in a long-in-the-works movie musical The Greatest Showman on Earth, featuring a new screenplay by Oscar winner Bill Condon. Hugh Jackman In addition to the Royal Court production of The River, Donnelly has appeared on stage in Judgement Day, Romeo and Juliet, Dancing at Lughnasa and Boston Marriage. Her film credits include Heart of Lightness, Hello Carter, Dread, Insatiable and Right Hand Drive. He’s prepping to host the Tonys, but that’s just the beginning of Hugh Jackman’s return to the New York stage! Dates have now been announced for the previously reported Broadway production of Jez Butterworth’s The River, starring the Tony winner and Oscar nominee. The play will run for a limited engagement from October 31 through January 25 at the Circle in the Square Theatre, with opening night set for November 16. In addition to Jackman, The River will star Laura Donnelly and Cush Jumbo.  Directed by Ian Rickson, The River is Butterworth’s follow-up to the Tony-nominated Jerusalem. The play, which had an acclaimed run helmed by Rickson in 2012 at London’s Royal Court Theatre, tells the story of a man and a woman in a remote cabin on the cliffs on a moonless night.last_img read more

Villa-Boas identifies Suarez threat

first_img Tottenham stretched their unbeaten run to five matches in all competitions on Thursday when they beat Anzhi Makhachkala 4-1 in the Europa League. Memories of the 6-0 drubbing at Manchester City have more or less faded, but Tottenham still have a lot of work to do if they are to gain Champions League qualification. They will face one of their trickiest hurdles this weekend when Suarez comes to White Hart Lane having scored 15 goals this term. With Daniel Sturridge and Steven Gerrard both out through injury, the onus will fall on Suarez to provide the goals for the Reds again this weekend, and Villas-Boas hopes he can keep the former Ajax striker quiet. “He’s a player going through a wonderful individual moment,” the Tottenham manager said. “He’s full of the confidence. We have to be aware of his strengths. “He’s a player that individually can solve the game. “So we have to be aware not only of the people that feed him but the actual individual moments of brilliance that we saw this season, that have been so decisive for Liverpool. “He’s a key player for them and very difficult to stop.” Tottenham’s own first-choice striker Roberto Soldado also goes in to the match full of confidence after scoring a hat-trick in midweek. Press Association The Spaniard tucked away a tidy header and then produced a top-class finish before scoring his fourth penalty for Spurs. Soldado oozed confidence after scoring his first and he swaggered his way through the rest of the match, demanding the ball and bouncing off defenders just like he did on a regular basis for Valencia. Confidence is coursing through the veins of most of the Tottenham players at the moment following their recent unbeaten run. Villas-Boas’ position came under scrutiny a few weeks ago, but now he is glad that things are on the up. “We have had a good recovery and a good response from the team from that setback,” Villas-Boas said. “If we manage to get a win against Liverpool we’re completely back on track with the top teams. “It’s a big, big game for us – we won’t be that far off, even if we don’t win that game.” With Arsenal taking on Manchester City on Saturday, this weekend is a good chance for Spurs to climb into the top four from their current position of sixth. If all goes to plan, Spurs could end the weekend joint third. The Londoners beat Liverpool 4-0 at White Hart Lane last season, but they fell to a damaging 3-2 defeat at Anfield in the reverse fixture. Liverpool have improved immeasurably since, thanks to Suarez’s strike rate. Midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson knows, therefore, that Sunday’s game will be a good barometer for judging Spurs’ top-four chances. “Where we finish this season is more important, but Sunday will be a big test for us,” the Iceland international said. “It’s a very good game for us to win and get three points and push us up the table.” Spurs will give late fitness tests to Danny Rose and Christian Eriksen before deciding whether to include them in the squad. The duo returned to action following long-term toe and ankle injury layoffs in midweek, but Villas-Boas is aware that either player could suffer a relapse if they play in what is expected to be a tough and physical encounter. The other selection dilemma Villas-Boas has is up front. Soldado is full of confidence following his hat-trick, but Jermain Defoe has started the last two league games and looked good at Sunderland. With Jan Vertonghen sidelined because of an ankle injury, Etienne Capoue looks set to continue out of position at centre-half. Andre Villas-Boas knows Tottenham’s top-four chances will take a big blow this weekend if they fail to shackle Liverpool striker Luis Suarez.last_img read more

Could Kobe Bryant and Carmelo Anthony ever work together?

first_imgNEW YORK — The two men have stepped into Madison Square Garden on separate instances, exuding the same qualities that have defined their greatness.Kobe Bryant traveled to the World’s Most Famous Arena five years ago, sparking a partisan Knicks crowd into MVP chants after capping an arena-record 61 points with a 12-foot jumper that entailed spinning off his pivot foot. Friday night, Carmelo Anthony provided temporary relief to the Knicks’ dysfunctional ways by breaking Bryant’s record against Charlotte, a 62-point affair that featured a 45-foot half-court heave and a flurry of jumpers.The Lakers (16-28) enter a matinee Sunday against the Knicks (16-27) with few answers on how to stop Anthony from topping his own record-setting performance. L.A. has lost 15 of its past 18 games, including its last three, while ranking 29th out of 30 NBA teams in total defense (105.8 points). Bryant also can’t steal Anthony’s scoring spotlight, considering the Lakers star remains sidelined with a fractured left knee. But assuming Anthony opts out of his contract this summer to become an unrestricted free agent, could he become the Lakers’ signature piece toward rebuilding? Heat forward Chris Bosh recently called Bryant and Anthony “two of the best scorers the league has ever seen,” even while playing with LeBron James. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni resigned from New York in 2012 after a 121-167 record through four seasons ended with philosophical differences surrounding Anthony’s role. Anthony’s tendency to take a high volume of shots in the post and in isolation sets doesn’t mesh with D’Antoni’s preference for swift ball movement. And the Lakers haven’t offered any indication they would part ways with D’Antoni, with general manager Mitch Kupchak praising him earlier this month on how he’s handled an injury-depleted roster. With Bryant already signed to a two-year, $48.5 million extension, the Lakers would also have little wiggle room to build a legitimate roster with Anthony in the fold. Larry Coon, an independent NBA salary cap expert who works as an IT director at UC Irvine, estimated that the Lakers would have $4.1 million in remaining cap room and $2.7 million to spend on a mini mid-level exception. Those numbers assume the Lakers part ways with Pau Gasol and waive Steve Nash through the stretch provision. Anthony’s arrival would also leave the Lakers without any room to pursue free agents in 2015, which would include Kevin Love, LaMarcus Aldridge, Marc Gasol and Rajon Rondo.“I love Carmelo, but I don’t think putting Carmelo and Kobe together and tying up their cap for the next four years with a huge contract makes sense,” said TNT analyst Steve Kerr. “I can’t imagine they get LeBron, but you never know. Barring that, the wise thing for the Lakers is to get as lean as possible, get picks and resist the temptation for the quick fix.”Of course, there’s also the Bryant-Anthony dynamic, too. Over the years, Bryant and Anthony have shared how they remain the closest among each other in the NBA. Bryant’s wife, Vanessa, and Anthony’s wife, La La, are also friends. Bryant and Anthony have shown equal admiration for each other’s scoring abilities. Bryant related to and stood up for Anthony when he faced criticism for demanding Denver trade him three years ago and for taking a large share of the scoring load both with the Nuggets and Knicks. Anthony helped bring out the lighter side of Bryant’s personality during their time in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.“Can they play together? They are such great players, of course they can play together,” said Pacers associate coach Nate McMillan, a former assistant on the U.S. Men’s Olympic team. “All of those guys made the adjustment. It’s simple basketball. If you’re double-teamed, move the ball. If not, there’s nobody in the world that can stop any of those guys. They made the commitment to pass the ball and play unselfish basketball.”That was in the Olympics. How about the NBA?“The Olympics is a sprint and it’s a honeymoon. This is a grind and a marathon,” Bosh said. “Guys have to give up and do things they normally don’t do. It sounds good. But I know from experience. When it comes down to it, it becomes really difficult and it’s a learning curve. You have to make the curve as short as possible.”Bosh then added one thing to consider before even knowing how Anthony’s arrival would unfold.“He’s got to get there first.”center_img But could such overlapping qualities yield an NBA championship? Could the close relationship Bryant and Anthony forged since playing together on the 2008 U.S. Olympic team lead to a fruitful partnership?“I think it would be fine,” said Lakers forward Wesley Johnson, who’s close to Anthony after both played at Syracuse in separate stints and is also close to Bryant after sharing the same agent, Rob Pelinka. “Everybody says it would be difficult for them to play together. But if they’re on the same team, they would make it work. They’re both pros and know how to play basketball. It’s not going to be difficult.”There’s plenty of skepticism, though.First, Anthony would have to find the Knicks’ lack of a supporting cast distasteful and his standing as the franchise player no longer desirable. To do so, Anthony would have to pass up a five-year contract worth up to $129 million with New York in favor of a four-year deal worth up to $96 million with any other team, including the Lakers. Doubts also persist both inside and outside the Lakers that they’d even want Anthony to suit up in a purple and gold uniform. last_img read more

SA takes the fight to rhino poachers

first_img1 February 2013 While 57 rhinos have been killed by poachers in South Africa this year, 18 suspected poachers have been arrested and three fatally wounded as the authorities step up their enforcement activities. Forty-two rhinos were poached in the Kruger National Park, six in KwaZulu-Natal, six in North West, two in Limpopo and one in Mpumalanga province, according to the latest data released by the Department of Environmental Affairs. The department cited the recent floods in the Kruger National Park, thick summer vegetation, two weeks of a full moon, and aggressive incursions from Mozambique as some of the factors contributing to the spike in poaching. Despite the floods that have left large parts of the park inaccessible to vehicles and rangers on foot, the area was still being patrolled with the assistance of helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. Eleven of the 18 suspected poachers arrested this year were arrested in the park, while three were arrested in Limpopo province following a tip-off about their activities in Kruger, and two were arrested in North West province. Despite increased incursions from Mozambique, particularly in the Limpopo Transfrontier Park region in the north of the Kruger National Park, South African National Parks (SANParks) CEO David Mabunda said their anti-poaching operations were starting to yield results. “We bled in December, but as of January 1 there has been a change in strategy from a conservation management system to greater law enforcement, and this is working,” Mabunda said. “Our operations are more militaristic. The number of poachers arrested has increased inside and outside the park.” Six suspected poachers were arrested and seven rhino horns recovered, along with heavy calibre hunting rifles, ammunition and poaching equipment, during three operations in the Kruger National Park on 18 and 19 January. Since last Friday, a further six suspected poachers had been arrested and two fatally wounded by South African and Mozambican authorities. All were armed. Last week, anti-poaching operatives in the Houtbosrand section of the park were involved in a shootout with two suspected poachers at the site of a freshly killed rhino. One of the suspects was fatally wounded, while the other managed to escape back to Mozambique. A heavy calibre hunting rifle, ammunition and the rhino’s horn were recovered. An intelligence-driven operation on same day resulted in the arrest of two more suspected rhino poachers by the Mozambican authorities inside Mozambique, adjacent to Houtbosrand. The group was allegedly on its way to the Kruger National Park when its members were arrested. A heavy calibre rifle and ammunition were recovered. And this Wednesday, joint forces were again involved in a shootout with armed suspected poachers in the Houtbosrand area. One of the suspects was wounded and arrested, while his two accomplices managed to escape back to Mozambique. A heavy calibre hunting rifle and ammunition were recovered. The Department of Environmental Affairs has congratulated SANParks’ anti-poaching units, the police and the South African National Defence Force for their recent successes. South Africans are urged to report any information or tip-offs that they may have in relation to rhino poaching to the anonymous tip-off lines 0800 205 005, 08600 10111, or CrimeLine on 32211. Source: read more

FFA chapters receive thousands from Ohio Small Grains Checkoff

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Eleven Ohio FFA chapters were chosen to receive a $500 grant to participate in the Ohio Small Grains Marketing Program’s (OSGMP) nutritional-awareness campaign, “Food for Thought Challenge.”Introduced at the annual Farm Science Review, Food for Thought is a statewide competition among FFA chapters to increase awareness about the nutritional value of a diet with whole grains, among other healthy behavior changes, in their schools and communities. Participants will create a campaign that will promote small grains in any way they choose. Participating FFA chapters submitted campaign entries in September and were selected in October based on the originality of their campaign ideas.FFA chapters selected to participate in the Food for Thought challenge include:• Cory-Rawson• Cedarville• Eaton-MVCTC• London• Madison-Plains• McComb• Mowrystown• North Union• Ridgedale• RiverdaleThe selected chapters met on November 10th at the Ohio FFA center to kick off the contest. Participants met past winners who are serving on the Youth Advisory Board, learned about gluten, received their $500 checks and brainstormed creative ideas for this year’s contest.Many chapters have already begun implementing their campaigns, which include tactics such as promoting the use of student food journals, organizing educational fairs with health-related groups and providing healthy snacks between classes.The FFA chapters will present their campaigns to a panel of judges at the 88th Ohio State FFA Convention on May 3 and 4 at the Ohio State Fairgrounds. One chapter’s efforts will also be selected as the winner and they will be honored with the $2,000 grand award.last_img read more

Mobile Phones Will Serve as Central Hub to “Internet of Things”

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#mobile#NYT#Trends At a keynote event during this week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Qualcomm Chairman and CEO Dr. Paul Jacobs talked about how mobile technology could be used to connect non-phone, non-tablet devices and objects to the Internet. This concept is generally referred to as the “Internet of Things,” or, as Dr. Jacobs says, “the Internet of Everything.”In this future where everything is Web-connected, mobile phones will serve as the hub, or the remote control, for all the things around you. It will operate as your 6th sense for the machine-to-machine network of devices.Mobile Phone is Hub of Internet of Things sarah perez Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Dr. Jacobs began his talk by looking back on the history of mobile. “Ten years ago, voice was killer app,” he said. Now voice is less and less important, while data is increasingly so. People expect data everyone – more than phones, tablets, and e-readers – “going forward, everything is going to be connected.”And in this new network, where inanimate objects are Internet-enabled, your mobile phone will sit in the center of this Web of things. It will help you orchestrate the interactions of the things around you and provide real-time access to all sorts of info, including the people you meet, the places you go and the content that’s available there.The phone is the key to authenticating with these connected devices and taking their content with you, wherever you go.Developments NeededBut in order to support this emerging machine-to-machine environment (M2M), there are several things that will be needed. First, there needs to be peer-to-peer support between devices. You should be able to discover the objects in a room with devices that are operating at a very low power level. This technology should even be down to the physical layer of device, he said, and the interactions it enables shouldn’t need to hop on the cellular data network to occur – they should bypass it.That means that modern devices will need to support multiple radios in addition to the cellular radio. They should also have a local radio, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, satellite, NFC (near field communication), etc. End users won’t care how it works – they just expect the phone to connect to the fastest connection available to them at the present time.In this multi-radio environment, radios will become embedded into all sorts of devices, consumer electronics and otherwise. This will lead to an explosion of data on the network. For operators, that means they’ll need to figure out how to make their networks run more efficiently to accommodate the data traffic.By 2014, said Dr. Jacobs, 70% of all consumer electronics devices will be connected to the Internet.Another facet of the development of this Web of things will be the creation of devices with increased capabilities. Devices will have multi-core processors, multi-mode radios, 3D capture and play abilities and other sensors. Augmented reality will come into play, too – that is, looking through your phone’s camera, you can “see” a data layer over top the “real” world.Mobile Sensors & Health One of the major areas of development in this Internet of Things is in wireless health . By 2014, there will be greater than 400 million wearable wireless sensors shipped. Just like the Internet helps you feel more connected with other people, these wearable devices will help you feel more connected to your healthcare professional. You will have a sense that you’re being looked after. There’s an economic incentive here too – the management of chromic disease accounts for three quarters of health care costs, Dr. Jacobs said. Your phone will act as the hub for the wireless sensors around you, connecting you to this information about your health.Initially, emerging markets may see developments in wireless health first, simply because of need, but these developments will come to more developed markets as well.At the end of the speech, Dr. Jacobs said that it’s an exciting time in the mobile industry – it’s as exciting as the beginning of the mobile Internet itself. We can’t help but agree.Disclosure: The author’s travel, hotel and conferences expenses were paid for by Qualcomm. They did not request this coverage, it’s just interesting. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

The Hustler’s Playbook: Success Is Not a Happy Accident

first_imgSuccess is not a happy accident. It isn’t something that one day just occurs. Whatever your definition, however you measure it, success is a matter of intentions and action.Success doesn’t come to those who wait. Those who are passive find themselves hoping, waiting, and wishing that some external force would confer success upon them. But, they wait in vain. Time slips by and, eventually, hope fades. Success cannot be compelled by outside forces. It cannot be wished into existence. It has to come from inside.There is no way to have success with your feet up watching YouTube videos. Success doesn’t come to those who lean back. It ignores those who coast, and it avoids those who avoid labor. A low capacity for hard work is repellent to success. Success is always auditing your effort. It requires a payment of sweat equity.Unless you are intentional about what you want, the success you seek doesn’t know how to find you. If you aren’t madly pursuing your version of success, the lack of intention makes you invisible to success. Everyone wants to be more than they are, but without developing themselves and growing big enough, success is a non-starter. Everyone wants to have more, especially more money. Success knows that money only follows one thing, and that thing is hustling to create value worth paying for. Whatever your scorecard, whether it is being more, having more, doing more, or contributing more, success follows your intentions and your actions, and nothing else.Success, although not a happy accident, is a natural occurrence. When your work tirelessly in pursuit of success, it invariably reveals itself to you. When you pay the price in full, success shows up, as certain as 2 follows 1. When you develop yourself personally and professionally, making the changes necessary to have success, it sprouts from the seeds you’ve planted, without fail. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

Gilas sews up QF berth

first_imgSEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes San Beda, Letran trip foes Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Iraq was held to a paltry nine points in the third as the Gilas defense held its own in the shaded lane and in the perimeter.Gilas clashes with Qatar at 9 p.m. (Manila time) on Sunday, with a win pushing China and Iraq to the qualifying round for the quarterfinals.Defending champion China scored its first win, a 92-67 manhandling of the Qataris, and will close out preliminary round action against Iraq.Australia and New Zealand, world powerhouses seeing action in the Fiba Asia zone for the first time, are both undefeated and set the pace in their own groups after the first four playdates.Ranked 10th in the world, the Aussies first posted anADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next MOST READ With all guns firing in an eight-minute stretch in the third period on Friday night, Gilas Pilipinas sent Iraq crashing face down in their Group B match and bagged an automatic quarterfinal berth at Nouhad Nowfal Sports Complex in Beirut, Lebanon.ADVERTISEMENT 84-68 victory over Japan before blowing Hong Kong off the floor, 99-55.They would be closing out first-round play against the Chinese Taipei dribblers on Saturday seeking a sweep.The Tall Blacks, on the other hand, survived a 33-point, 11-rebound, eight-assist performance from Lebanese legend Fadi El Khatib also on Thursday to pull off an 86-82 win over the hosts and also rise to 2-0.New Zealand, which defeated the Philippines in the World Cup Qualifying’s wild card tournament in Manila last year, also defeated Kazakhstan and will be seeking top Group C ranking with a win over South Korea, also on Saturday.El Khatib, meanwhile, is averaging 24.5 points and is running third in the department, which Gilas Pilipinas’ Terrence Romeo paces after exploding for 26 points in a 96-87 win over defending champion China on Wednesday night.Syria’s Tarek Aljabi, a beefy shooting guard, is in second after scoring 25 points over Jordan.El Khatib is likewise averaging eight rebounds and six assists. Christian Standhardinger joined Terrence Romeo in presiding over a 19-0 tear as the Filipinos broke away from what had been a very tight contest for a 84-68 victory and a 2-0 record that assured them of safe passage into the KO stages.That third quarter spurt climaxed the hard work the Filipinos put in to bounce back from a bum start and it meant that Gilas will, in all likelihood, be avoiding a quarterfinal clash with world power Australia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutStandhardinger, the tournament rookie who took the place of Andray Blatche as the country’s naturalized player at the 11th hour, touched off the crippling run with five straight points before Romeo connected on seven consecutive of his own.It was more than enough for the Filipinos to snuff the fight out of the Iraqis, who, like in their Jones Cup encounter three weeks before, resorted to a lot of physicality. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses View comments WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gameslast_img read more

Suns name 76ers assistant Monty Williams as new coach

first_imgLATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting (FILES) In this file photo taken on December 30, 2011, Head coach Monty Williams of the New Orleans Hornets argues with a referee during the game against the Phoenix Suns at New Orleans Arena in Louisiana. – Williams, an assistant coach for the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers, has agreed to terms to become the next head coach of the Phoenix Suns, the club announced on May 3, 2019. (Photo by Chris Graythen / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)Monty Williams, an assistant coach for the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers, has agreed to terms to become the next head coach of the Phoenix Suns, the club announced Friday.The 47-year-old former NBA forward, who played nine seasons before retiring with the 76ers in 2003 due to nagging knee problems, will take over a team that fired Igor Kokoskov last month after a 19-63 campaign, the Suns’ worst record since their inaugural 1968-69 season.ADVERTISEMENT Trail Blazers outlast Nuggets in record-tying 4 OT playoff thriller Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I’m thrilled to welcome Monty Williams to the Suns family as our next head coach,” Suns general manager James Jones said. “Monty brings a wealth of NBA experience, both as a coach and former player, in addition to being a high-character individual who will infuse basketball wisdom and life lessons into our locker room.”Williams coached the New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans from 2010 to 2015, twice reaching the playoffs only to lose in the first round. He spent five years before that as an assistant with portland and served in 2015-16 as associate coach with Oklahoma City.In 2016, Williams became vice president of basketball operations for the San Antonio Spurs and stayed there until joining the 76ers.“Monty is well respected for his coaching pedigree, leadership and commitment to the community, all of which make him the ideal person to lead our team moving forward,” Jones said.Williams also served as an assistant coach on the US men’s team of NBA stars that won the 2014 Basketball World Cup in Spain and the 2016 Rio Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Williams will be charged with reviving a moribund team that hasn’t reached the playoffs since 2010 and managed only one winning season in that span.The Suns picked first in the NBA Draft last year for the first time in team history, selecting Bahamian big man Deandre Ayton, a college star at the nearby University of Arizona.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe deal reportedly will be for five years but Williams will not start as the Suns’ coach until the 76ers are done with their NBA playoff run.Philadelphia leads Toronto 2-1 in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference second-round series with the 76ers hosting game four on Sunday.center_img PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue View comments As a player, Williams averaged 6.3 points in 456 career games with New York, San Antonio, Denver, Orlando and Philadelphia.The Suns made a fifth coaching change in five years after a season in which they endured a club-worst 17-game losing streak and became the first team in the shot-clock era (since 1954) to score less than 10 points in the first quarter of back-to-back games.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img read more