Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission LATEST STORIES The contract extension followed the Rockets’ trade for nine-time All-Star point guard Chris Paul late last month, giving Harden another superstar to help chase Houston’s first title since the Rockets won two in a row in 1994-95.There have been questions about how the two will fit together in Houston after Harden had the finest season of his career while playing point guard in first-year coach Mike D’Antoni’s system. But Harden isn’t worried about that.“I don’t think anybody’s ever seen anything like this before,” he said. “Two guys that can create and facilitate and just do things with the ball that nobody’s done from the one position and the shooting guard position. So it’s going to be fun. I’m excited to be a part of it.”Harden finished second in MVP voting last season behind Russell Westbrook after ranking second in the league with 29.1 points per game and first with 11.2 assists. He had 64 double-doubles last year after combining for just 67 in the first seven seasons of his career, and notched 22 triple-doubles after getting just nine total before last season.“I’ve coached a lot of people and watched a lot of games and the stuff that he did day in and day out was incredible,” D’Antoni said. “Now I’m just so excited that he’s going to be here for a long time.”ADVERTISEMENT LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Houston Rockets’ James Harden yells after a Oklahoma City Thunder turnover during the second half in Game 1 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, April 16, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON — James Harden never wants to leave Houston and is intent on bringing another NBA title to the city the Californian now considers home.And the Rockets are doing everything possible to make sure the Beard gets exactly what he wants.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Berchelt retains WBC title against proud Miura The clearest evidence of that came a week ago when they signed him to the biggest contract in league history: a four-year, “supermax” extension that guarantees $228 million over the next six seasons.“I know where I want to retire ultimately and I know where I want to win a championship,” Harden said Saturday. “Everything is going to happen in Houston and that’s the reason I’m here forever.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Since orchestrating the trade that brought Harden to Houston from Oklahoma City in 2012, general manager Daryl Morey has known he had a cornerstone player to build a team around. To him, shelling out that much money to keep the 27-year-old off the free agent market until the 2022-23 season was a no-brainer.“Some of our decisions are hard. This one’s easy,” Morey said. “We’d do more if we could. This was the most they allow us to do.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Harden’s brilliant season ended with a thud when the Rockets were eliminated by the San Antonio Spurs in a 39-point loss in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals. Harden didn’t attempt a shot until halfway through the second quarter of the blowout and finished with 10 points to tie a season low.That loss still weighs on Harden, who shouldered the blame for the defeat in the hours after the game.“For sure it motivates me,” he said. “Of course it wasn’t how we wanted it to end … but that’s what life is about. You get tested and you go through certain things where things don’t happen your way … you have to sit back, look at how you can be better and go out there and just be better at it. And if you fail, do it again.”Harden is excited about his new deal and humbled to have signed the richest contract in NBA history. However, he insists that all those zeros in his bank account will be hollow if he doesn’t take the Rockets to the next level.“Money is cool … but it doesn’t really mean anything without holding that championship up,” Harden said. “So that’s what we’re working toward. 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A fire of unknown origin has destroyed the home of an Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) family.Reports are the fire at Second Street, Richmond Housing Scheme, Essequibo Coast started about 19:30h on New Year’s Day. The couple who live in the house were not at home at the time of the blaze.The Richmond Housing Scheme house on fireReports are neighbours saw flames coming from the house and called the Fire Service, which is located at Anna Regina. A resident told Guyana Times that when the call was placed to the fire service, they were told that there was no driver available to take the fire tender to the location. It took the fire service 30 minutes to arrive at the scene which is one village away. However, this newspaper was told by that time the house was completely destroyed.Residents in an effort to render assistance formed a bucket brigade to save the house that was in close proximity to the blaze.When this publication visited the scene, residents were very critical of the Guyana Fire Service’s response. One neighbour told this publication that the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) personnel arrived on the scene in quick time and disconnected the electricity.This publication was unable to speak with the couple who lived in the home, but neighbours said that the house was completely furnished.The Guyana Fire Service has since launched an investigation.
Rory Kavanagh wins another ball in midfield for St Eunan’s today.Pic Brian McDaid/Cristeph StudioCOUNTY Champions captain Rory Kavanagh has led praise to his club veteran John Haran and St Eunan’s manager Maxi Curran after today’s title victory over Glenswilly.Kavanagh had a superb game himself, popping up when needed despite tight marking – and his catch in his own square at the death prevented a Glenswilly goal chance, and led to a ninth point for Eunan’s at the other end.The Scoil Cholmcille teacher said Man of the Match Haran had been immense again this season, despite planning to retire from the game a year ago. “He has been absolutely wonderful and I’m delighted that John was awarded Man of the Match. He fully deserved it today,” said Rory.On the manager, he went on: “I know there were a few people who questioned the appointment of Maxi to the club management, bringing in an outsider.“Well I can tell you he has been fantastic with us. He has brought in a new level of preparation for games and he has opened the eyes of players young and old at the club from everything he does.” Man of the Match John HaranCAPTAIN FANTASTIC RORY KAVANAGH HEAPS PRAISE ON MAXI AND HARAN was last modified: November 2nd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:John HaranMaxi CurranRory KavanaghSt Eunans