“Her strength. Her courage,” Scott said before the Lakers hosted the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday at Staples Center. “My mom was terrific. I don’t want to talk about it anymore because you’re going to get me (emotional). So let’s just leave it at that.”Scott then politely ended his pre-game session with reporters before walking into the coach’s office. Shortly beforehand, Scott recalled his mother feeling “pretty happy” after the Lakers hired him as head coach last summer.“She was telling me for years that it would happen,” said Scott, who played 11 of his 14 NBA seasons with the Showtime Lakers, winning three championships. “So she was a big basketball fan. She was really excited.”A helping handSteve Nash may not have played in a basketball game for six months. But he has still kept a basketball in his hands, mentoring Lakers rookie guard Jordan Clarkson in a handful of workouts in the past two months. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error His eyes soon filled with tears as he spoke in a stoic tone.Lakers coach Byron Scott will miss two games this week to attend the funeral for his mother, Dorothy, who died last week at age 72. Scott will remain in Southern California when the Lakers visit Oklahoma City (Tuesday) and Minnesota (Wednesday).Lakers assistant Paul Pressey will coach the team before Scott returns Thursday in time to coach games in Toronto (Friday), Brooklyn (Sunday) and Philadelphia (Monday).Scott sounded emotional when reflecting on what he admired about his mother. “It’s meant a lot for him to reach out, open his arms and work with me,” Clarkson said. “It’s been great for my development and my process. So I really thank him for that.”Even with Nash officially announcing his retirement Saturday, Clarkson said he and Nash plan to work out again shortly after the Lakers return from their eight-day trip next week.Scott noted that Nash has mostly helped Clarkson’s passing and pace of play, though those two areas still remain a work in progress.“Steve wasn’t the quickest or fastest guy in the league. But he could always get around you because he has such a quick change of pace,” Scott said. “One of Jordan’s biggest problems is that he goes 100 miles per hour at times. He’s learning to temper it down.”Injury updateNick Young (left knee), Julius Randle (right leg) and Ronnie Price (right elbow) will travel with the Lakers for their five-game trip this week while rehabbing various injuries.Young began upper-body weight-training exercises over the past week, but it currently remains unclear when he can advance his rehab to on-court drills. Young has missed the past 12 games, while Randle and Price are out for the season.
The B&H table tennis women’s representation made a great success at the Balkans Championship U-21 held in Tirana, Albania.The girls won against Romania in the semi-finals and lost in the finals after a great fight from the favourites of the championship, the team of Serbia, with 2:3.The best Bosnian player Emina Hadžiahmetović won both Serbian representatives but it wasn’t enough for the golden medal.Our team consisted of: Emina Hadžiahmetović, Belma Bušatić, Dajana Jojić and Ivona Baškarad led by the coach Amela Hadžiahmetović – Mujezinović. – was stated from the Table tennis federation of B&H.(Source: Radio Sarajevo)