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The Northern Territory news Wed 3 May 2017



The Northern Territory news Wed 3 May 2017

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WEDNESDAY MAY 3 2017 SPORT 43 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Bird pulls pin on role with Pacers THE Indiana Pacers have officially announced that Larry Bird is stepping down as president of basketball operations. Kevin Pritchard, the teams vice president of basketball operations/general manager, will assume Birds position. Bird will remain with the Pacers in an advisory role. I felt it was time to step away in a fulltime capacity, Bird said in a statement. This has nothing to do with my health or our team. Im 60 years old and I want to do other things away from basketball. I will do some scouting for the Pacers, NBA, college, international, do some appearances and stay in a capacity to advise senior basketball management. I want to thank the fans for their support throughout my career. The Pacers finished this season with a 42-40 record before being swept in the Eastern Conference first-round playoffs by Cleveland. Melbourne steps into the Dragons lair MELBOURNE United will play an exhibition game in China as part of the NBLs surge into the basketball-mad Asian market. It has been revealed Majok Majok, Tai Wesley and Kyle Adnam will lead Uniteds touring party against Chinese Basketball Association franchise Jiangsu Dragons in Nanjing on May 17. Ex-AFL rookie turned exciting United prospect Craig Moller is likely to make his debut during the four-day tour. The exhibition game, played three days after the AFLs historic clash between Port Adelaide and Gold Coast in Shanghai, is part of the NBLs bid for greater relevance and expansion. United sharpshooter Chris Goulding, 28, is going on the tour. But he remains unlikely to play, having only just started light duties from post-season ankle surgery. Jackson tells of drugs battle FORMER Australia and Seattle Storm star Lauren Jackson has spoken of her nightmare as she weaned herself off painkillers and sleeping pills when injury forced her retirement from basketball last year. The 35-year-old Jackson, who had 12 years in the Womens NBA, three world championships and four Olympic campaigns for Australia, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation she resorted to using medication to meet the demands of her professional career. Jackson told the Four Corners current affairs show on Monday that one of her knees turned to mush by the end of the career and she needed pills to sleep and painkillers to stay on court. Because of the injuries that I had, there are high stakes, Jackson said. Youre getting paid a lot of money to perform and when youre a franchise player or someone that is expected to perform day in, day out you do what you have to do to get by. For me that was painkillers and sleeping pills generally. Jackson declined to go into specifics about the medication. She retired last year after almost two decades as a professional, and said overcoming her dependence on drugs was a nightmare. Having to get off everything was really, really, really hard, she said. Jackson also spoke of her difficulty in adjusting to life after basketball. She began college studies late in her career and took an interest in human rights but was still largely identified as a basketball player. Once your career is over, youve got to recreate yourself in a way that other people just dont have to, said Jackson, who gave birth to a son, Harry, in February. Ingles mocks Warriors nightlife woes JAZZ larrikin Joe Ingles mocked Golden States Matt Barnes after the former Clipper complained about the lack of night-life in Utah. Barnes was hoping the Warriors would face his old team in LA. Instead, they will have to travel to Utah in the Western Conference Semi-Finals after the Jazz defeated the Clippers in the first round of the playoffs. Theres no night-life in Utah, Barnes said. Obviously as players, you want to be able to have a little bit of a nightlife, but the main focus is winning games. Me personally, I want to get out there because I want to beat the Clippers. Thats my former team, and my kids are out there. But as far as night-life, theres no comparison to night-life in Utah and LA. Aussie forward and emerging cult hero in Utah, Ingles (pictured), shot back at Barnes comments in a press conference at Jazz training. They can still go to LA in between the games if they want, he said. Theyve got enough money to pay for a jet to go over for the night and come back on game day. If they want the entertainment they can drive to Vegas. In his third year with the Jazz, Ingles is currently in career-best form this season. MELANIE DINJASKI LeBrons happy hour LEBRON James had a party as Cleveland made the perfect start to the NBA conference semi-finals but for Patty Mills and San Antonio, it was a night to forget. James considered swigging a beer while scoring 35 points, Kyrie Irving added 24 and the Cleveland Cavaliers picked up where they left off following a long lay-off and throttled the Toronto Raptors 116-105 in the opener of their Eastern Conference semi-final. The Cavs hadnt played since April 23, when they completed a four-game sweep of Indiana. But the defending champions didnt show signs of rust and were well-prepared to face the revenge-seeking Raptors, who lost to Cleveland in last years conference finals. Toronto dropped to 1-12 in playoff openers ahead of Game 2 tomorrow morning. Kyle Lowry scored 20 and DeMar DeRozan 19 for the Raptors, who were within seven in the third quarter before James dropped a 3-pointer, converted a three-point play, drained another trey and then considered washing down a brew. After drawing a foul on a missed layup, James playfully hopped toward the sideline, where a courtside server was passing by. The three-time champion reached and grabbed a beer bottle from her tray and brought it toward his lips before putting it back . I wasnt going to run over our beer lady, he said. She had one and I grabbed it. Im not a beer guy. If she had some red wine I would have probably taken a sip. Meanwhile, Mills had a quiet game on a dreadful night for Spurs on their home court, contributing seven points and one rebound in 16 minutes off the bench during the 126-99 loss to Houston. Trevor Ariza scored 23 points, James Harden added 20 points and 14 rebounds, and the Houston Rockets stormed past San Antonio 126-99 in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals. LeBron James drives past Torontos DeMarre Carroll during Clevelands dominant Game 1 win in their NBA basketball playoff series Picture: TONY DEJAK TODAYS GAMES NBA PLAYOFFS Boston Celtics vs Washington Wizards, Game 2 (Celtics lead 1-0), 9.30am Golden State Warriors vs Utah Jazz, Game 1, 12pm

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