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Presidential election winner can’t yet be declared as vote counting continues in key states

first_imgOf course we hoped that Joe Biden would win in such a landslide that the evening would end with the outcome clear, even as counting continued. That is not the case. But as stressful as this is, continued vote counting is not a sign that anything is wrong. The waiting sucks, though. Election night is ending without a clear winner in the presidential race—an outcome we’d hoped to avoid, but knew was a strong possibility. The massive increase in mail ballots combined with laws in some states that prevented those mail ballots being processed ahead of time means that some key states are—as predicted—still counting, and may be counting for days.Arizona’s vote counting has slowed to a crawl. Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan all have large numbers of mail ballots to count, a process that could take days in some cases. Atlanta and its suburbs have significant numbers of votes to be counted, again, not until later Wednesday morning at the earliest. – Advertisement – (COMBO) This combination of pictures created on October 22, 2020 shows US President Donald Trump and Democratic Presidential candidate and former US Vice President Joe Biden during the final presidential debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, on October 22, 2020. (Photos by JIM WATSON and Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo by JIM WATSON,BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

New Lakers GM Pelinka offers romantic view of club’s future

first_img“You spend enough time together,” Pelinka said, “and things happen.”The agent-turned-team executive played his role beautifully at his introductory news conference, even if it was all a bit cloying. But when can you turn up the sap if not on the day you take over the Lakers?While the cameras were focused on Pelinka and a beaming Magic Johnson, the most important piece to the puzzle sat in the front row, nodding her head with each mention of her father, of family, of Lakers exceptionalism.When Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak ran things, Jeanie Buss used to peer down at news conferences from her office above the practice court. It was symbolic of her relationship with the entire basketball operations department.Look, but don’t touch.Those days are clearly gone. Even as turmoil consumes the Buss family, with the ousted Jim fighting to regain control, Jeanie is confidently in charge.Those were her hires sitting up there.When the media event concluded, and folks had begun to scatter, one of the younger Buss sons, Joey, hugged Jeanie and said, “Congratulations.”Step one was complete.Do Magic and Pelinka know what they’re doing?Maybe not.They didn’t offer a roadmap back to contention for the Lakers, they only said they were committed to creating one.And it was clear also that Bryant will have a hand in crafting it. The future Hall of Famer made his first appearance with the Lakers since his 60-point finale nearly one year ago, sitting in the front row while Pelinka sang his praises.“Kobe,” Pelinka said, “what Michelangelo is to art, what Beethoven is to music, what Shakespeare is to words, you are to me as a friend, and the Lakers. So thank you.”He called Bryant “a North star” for the Lakers leadership.“There’s no way to separate Kobe’s impact from the Lakers from everything we do,” Pelinka said. “It’s like the sugar that dissolves in your coffee in the morning. He’s 100 percent behind everything Laker and will continue to be.”Everyone is happy at introductory news conferences. They always say the right things, although Pelinka might have them all beat for flair.But does everyone remember Johnson standing alongside other Lakers greats and free-styling about how Byron Scott was the man to lead the Lakers back to glory?The true test will be whether these two men and whoever else they bring in, with Jeanie Buss guiding them, will have more success luring marquee free agents – which is to say any success at all – than their predecessors.Whether they can successfully navigate the salary cap.Whether they win.Until then, it’s all platitudes.Said Pelinka: “We have a championship heritage, we have championship ownership, we have a championship coach, we have a championship president. We’ve got all the pieces in place.”Literally every part of that statement was true when Jim Buss and Kupchak ran the front office and Scott was the coach. What’s different is the personalities, and the amount of latitude they will be given to chart a new course.One more Pelinka story: When the Lakers were struggling in 2007, and Bryant had one foot out the door, Dr. Buss invited Pelinka and Bryant to his home to discuss the future of his franchise.“We sat around a table,” Pelinka said, “and everyone shared their vision and what needed to change. There was listening, there was collaboration, there was thought exchange.”On Pelinka’s first day at work, the Lakers staff assembled and Pelinka laid out a plan for the future. He charted which free agents would be available in each of the next five summers and how much the Lakers would have to spend. He has been schooling Johnson in the CBA.“We are all going to all come together like Dr. Buss envisioned,” Pelinka said, “and we’re going to collaborate, we’re going to exchange ideas, people’s opinions are going to be shared and respected.”After years of being cut out of the conversation, Jeanie Buss dipped her head and began to nod. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers EL SEGUNDO >> Rob Pelinka offered fair warning.“I’m a little bit of a storyteller by nature,” he said Friday. Introduced Friday as the Lakers’ new general manager, Pelinka shared stories about meetings with Dr. Jerry Buss and quoted scripture. He shared a tale about a little boy in a Syrian refugee camp wearing a Kobe Bryant jersey, about a camping trip to Montana with Bryant – try to picture that – and about the time Kobe and his wife Vanessa met Pelinka at the emergency room after his son hit his head.He compared his joining the Lakers to a great Hollywood romance: “When Harry Met Sally.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more