Big Gigantic Announces New Album ‘Brighter Future,’ Shares Single With Jennifer Hartswick

first_imgCrossover electronic music superstars Big Gigantic have announced the details surrounding their new album, called Brighter Future. The album will drop on August 26th, as the band told Billboard, and will find producer/saxophonist Dominic Lalli and drummer Jeremy Salken trotting out a handful of diverse special guests throughout the record, including GRiZ, Waka Flocka Flame, Logic, Rozes, Jennifer Hartswick, Angele McCluskey (Telepopmusik), and more.Lalli sent a statement to Billboard to explain the meaning behind naming their album Brighter Future:“These words vaulted themselves into my mind one day in a moment when I was feeling like I was unsure of myself, unsure of what exactly I was doing with my life, and unsure about humanity and the volatile state of the world we live in today. I think now more than ever, we need to come together and work towards a Brighter Future for us, for our children and for the human race as a whole. Every single human on this earth, no matter race, skin color, religion or any other difference, bleeds the same color blood. There are so many ways to turn things around by spreading positivity, love, acceptance and understanding. Love yourself, love those around you and be kind. We need each other more than ever and we need to stick together, work together and unite.”The new album is now available for pre-order on iTunes. When you pre-order the album, you’ll automatically receive a download of new single “Got The Love” featuring Jennifer Hartswick, as well as previously-released singles “The Little Things” featuring Angela McCluskey, “C’mon” featuring GRiZ, and “Miss Primetime” featuring Pell.Big Gigantic’s Jeremy Salken Talks Loving Phish And Jamming With Mike GordonCheck out the new single, “Got the Love” featuring Jennifer Hartswick, below!last_img read more

After the inauguration, the celebration

first_imgHarvard has had only 29 presidents since its founding in 1636, 140 years before there even was a United States of America. So the inauguration of a new leader in Cambridge is a special day, replete with rituals, robes, and relics. But it’s also a celebration, so the installation of Larry Bacow was followed by a giant block party in the Old Yard, with the entire Harvard community invited. Here are some moments and details from a pitch-perfect October afternoon.21 Colorful Crimson singsFor Tania Dominguez-Rangel ’21, the inauguration of Larry Bacow as president provided a chance to perform her favorite songs with her musical group during the festive block party in the Old Yard that followed the formal ceremony.A concentrator in Romance languages and literature, Dominguez-Rangel sang with the group 21 Colorful Crimson while people enjoyed the music and sampled the food.“The ceremony was very traditional,” said Dominguez-Rangel, a Mexican flag tied around her waist. “I plan to enjoy the party after our performance and before going to a club meeting.”— Liz Mineo, Harvard Staff WriterPhotos, signatures, and dance moves,Music, poses, and high hopesThe celebration in the Old Yard kicked off as soon as the installation ended and was part carnival, part harvest fest, and part disco. Performers alternated with recorded music while a crowd of thousands snacked on treats such as cotton candy, apple cider, mini-grilled-cheese sandwiches, and popcorn. Attendees also took turns at a giant chess board and Jenga game; some waited to pose in front of a green screen lighted with a range of inauguration slogans.,One partygoer eager for a picture was Harvard Extension School student Tracie Gordon, who posed wearing a red wig and waving a crimson banner with a white H. She also held two signs: one said Larry, the other Adele. A member of Harvard’s Graduate Student Council, Gordon met with the Bacows at a recent council event. She said the couple made sure to greet everyone in attendance and to stop for photos.“They were very open and welcoming and interested in what we were doing,” she said. “I wish them great success, luck, fellowship, and community here at Harvard.”Dressed in his Harvard University Band uniform, tuba player Kevin Kurgat ’22 made his way through the Yard with a caramel-covered apple in his mouth. In one hand he carried a cup of popcorn topped with a doughnut, in the other the remnants of a H-shaped cookie. He was “making the most” of the party, he said with a laugh.As a student from a small town in Michigan, Kurgat has been impressed by Bacow’s drive to make college affordable for everyone. “It’s really inspiring to me,” he said. Bacow’s stories about learning the power of listening from his mother and fourth-grade teacher have been no less inspiring, he said.“The value of good listening is lost in my generation,” Kurgat said, adding that he hopes Harvard’s new leader continues to make the case for listening during his presidency, “for the betterment of society.”— Colleen Walsh, Harvard Staff Writer‘Making Mountains As We Run’,Friends join the festivitiesMany friends of the Bacow family joined the inauguration celebration. Ruth Gold, a graduate of Harvard Chan School, Susan Spitz ’78, and James Arena-DeRosa ’78 relished taking part in the festivities. Like the Bacows, Gold and Spitz are members of Temple Emanuel in Newton.“We enjoyed the ceremony, the speeches, and the poem,” said Spitz as she stood in line at a food tent offering hot pumpkin soup, candy apples, popcorn, and cookies.  “It was fantastic. We’re planning to stay for the party.”— Liz Mineo, Harvard Staff Writer,Worth the waitInauguration-goers needed to have their bags checked and their bodies waved with a security wand before they could enter the Yard, but no one seemed to mind waiting to be part of Harvard history. David Gergen, a professor of public service at Harvard Kennedy School, chatted on his phone as he stood with hundreds of others. Nearby, Jiawei Zhou, whose son, Dylan, started at Harvard this fall, sent pictures to a Facebook group made up of parents of freshmen who couldn’t travel to campus for inauguration.For Zhou, the journey was a short one, from West Roxbury. “I wanted to support Harvard,” he said. “I also wanted to see it. It’s a rare opportunity.” The proud father was dressed for the occasion, clad in a crimson sweater. “It matches,” he said with a smile.— Colleen Walsh, Harvard Staff Writer,Watching Bacow step upTwo juniors arrived before the ceremony and grabbed some of the best seats in the house — the stairs leading up to Widener Library. Adams House roommates Eleanor Blum and Hayley Jaffe said they were both proud to be part of an important Harvard tradition.,Jaffe called the gathering “a pivotal moment in Harvard’s history as an institution.” Both undergraduates said that Larry Bacow’s attendance at local Yom Kippur services and at a student-led Shabbat service signaled his commitment to engaging directly with undergrads. Jaffe welcomes the new president’s efforts to “make sure undergraduates feel like they are heard and are being paid attention to.” Blum said she thought of former President Drew Faust as Harvard’s “spiritual leader,” and looks forward to seeing how Bacow will “take that in his own direction.”— Colleen Walsh, Harvard Staff WriterPresidents, past and present,Fanfare for an uncommon dayLet’s shift for a moment to a different presidential inauguration and a phone call with Quincy Jones. In the fall of 1992, Jones was producing a musical extravaganza to mark Bill Clinton’s upcoming presidential inauguration. While on the phone with Jones, longtime friend Jerold S. Kayden ’75, J.D./M.C.R.P. ’79, mused that the event should open with a fanfare. With Clinton calling for “an American reunion,” Kayden felt inspired by that expansive, celebratory musical form honed by greats like Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland.After they hung up, Kayden went to work and created a mixtape of 14 fanfares that he sent to Jones. But he also sat at his piano to compose one of his own. He finished a handwritten score within a couple of days.“I know you are swamped, and we both know that the world will not come to an end if there is no original piece of music written especially for the Clinton inaugural,” Kayden wrote Jones, with his mixtape and piano score attached. “Still, I can’t help thinking that this is one of those unique moments in history, and no matter how fabulous Copland is, it also would be terrific to have something original composed for the occasion.“Anyway,” he closed, “I was just thinking, and there’s nothing wrong with that.”,Kayden’s piece, titled “Inauguration Theme and Fanfare,” didn’t make it in time for the Clinton inauguration, but it did open the inauguration of Harvard President Larry Bacow. Previously, it was performed at the 2014 opening of the renovated Harvard Art Museums, at the April ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities, and most recently at the dedication ceremony for the Smith Campus Center late last month.“When I consider a fanfare, I think of both a celebration of the moment and a recognition that we stand on the shoulders of giants and are at one point on the longer arc of history,” says Kayden, now the Graduate School of Design’s Frank Backus Williams Professor of Urban Planning and Design. “Every celebratory moment is built of strands from the past.”Accordingly, Kayden’s piece opens with two trumpets answering each other’s melody, a symbol of how this event was built from many prior ones. “History echoes in the present, Kayden reflected, “all building up to and creating the conditions for today’s celebration.”Kayden’s piece, originally scored for a nine-member brass and percussion ensemble (two trumpets, trombone, French horn, tuba, triangle, cymbal, snare drum, and timpani), featured an expanded group of musicians, appropriate for an outdoor performance, drawn from the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra and led by Federico Cortese, senior lecturer in music.Steeped in music since birth (his mother was a noted theater composer and lyricist), Kayden studied the trumpet and piano beginning at age 8. As a Harvard undergraduate, he was president of the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, and performed at dedication ceremonies for Harvard’s Science Center, Gund Hall, and Pusey Library.Kayden’s career has encompassed Harvard degrees from the College, the Law School, and the Graduate School of Design, with a teaching and research focus on law, the built environment, public-private development, and public space.— Travis Dagenais, Harvard GSD Communicationslast_img read more

Springing surprises into the new year

first_imgDell Technologies designs its portfolio of servers to make our customers’ lives easier. We believe that providing strong infrastructure solutions allows our customers to focus on building their best business. By following this philosophy, our customers have made PowerEdge the #1 selling of server in the world.Back in October, we revealed the five groundbreaking servers in our new high-performance Dell EMC PowerEdge with AMD portfolio. Dell Technologies is delighted to announce the PowerEdge R7525 with 2nd Gen AMD EPYC will begin shipping on February 18th.  The surprises don’t stop here. Dell Technologies and AMD will have more news on February 18th for the R7525 as well as the R6515, R7515, R6525, and C6525.With the launch of the PowerEdge R7525, Dell Technologies has a complete rack portfolio of AMD-based servers, which can handle any workload requirements. The R7525 provides powerful performance in its highly flexible 2U rack. To handle workloads like data analytics, all flash software defined storage, and VDI, the dual socket server has configurations of up to 8x Gen4 PCIe, 6x single-wide accelerators, and 24x NVMe direct. The R7525 packs unprecedented performance.Dell Technologies is currently running benchmarks for the R7525 on SAP SD users, VDI and Sparkbench, with results coming shortly. We are confident that the R7525 will share similar success in benchmarking as our other PowerEdge with AMD servers. A production level R6525 completed a world record performance of 62,500 SAP SD users. In addition, the R7515 has 8 world records filed on TPCx – HS V2, including the best price per tpsV.We would like to thank our customers for their patience on this journey to complete our PowerEdge with AMD portfolio. As with every PowerEdge, these five new servers come ready with the OpenManage portfolio, integrated security, and our best in class services. Please don’t forget to check out our Ready Solutions as well.last_img read more

Seven rectors begin new roles amid unprecedented residential year

first_imgSix of Notre Dame’s dorms and the Fischer Graduate Community will be under the leadership of new rectors this year. Fr. Robert Lisowski will serve as Baumer Hall’s new rector. He served as an assistant rector for the Dillon community in Baumer Hall last year. Lisowski, originally from Scranton, Pa., earned his undergraduate degree from St. John’s University in Queens, New York. He entered the Congregation of Holy Cross at Notre Dame in 2014 and completed his Master of Divinity in May.“I am so excited to begin this new role and chapter as rector of Baumer Hall,” he said in an email. “Serving as an assistant rector for the Dillon community this past year was an incredibly rich experience and I am looking forward to continuing and growing in this ministry.”Michael Rossetti will be taking over the newly refurbished Dillon Hall. Rossetti graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 2012. After teaching in Chicago for four years, Rossetti completed a Master of Divinity at Notre Dame in 2019, during which he was an assistant rector in Keough Hall. He then served as visiting chaplain at University College Cork in Ireland. “I wholeheartedly believe we accompany students like no other institution, so I am honored to have been offered the opportunity to return,” he said. Pangborn Hall’s new rector is Daniela De Ciantis, originally from Toronto, Ontario. She graduated from the University of Toronto, after which she taught high school religion and English in Ottawa. De Ciantis came to Notre Dame for her Master of Divinity degree, and she was an assistant rector in Flaherty Hall for two years. “I am thrilled to be serving as a rector at the University of Notre Dame,” De Ciantis in an email. “It is a privilege and gift to contribute to the mission of the University cultivating the hearts and minds of students through communal living in the halls.”Across the quad, Fr. Bill Dailey has returned to serve as rector of Zahm House. From 2013 to 2016, Dailey was the rector of Stanford Hall. He then spent four years in Dublin, Ireland, where he was the founding director of the Notre Dame Newman Centre for Faith and Reason at St. John Henry Newman’s University Church. Dailey earned his bachelor degree in 1994 and his Master of Divinity in 2000, both at Notre Dame, and he graduated from Columbia Law School in 2006.Dailey said he is optimistic in regards to the challenges and opportunities residential life will face during the pandemic.“It will take creativity, but our students have never been lacking in that department, so we’ll see how it is that we can make the semester work in terms of keeping the virus at bay while also building the friendships and enjoying the laughter, engagement and camaraderie that make living on this campus the best undergraduate experience in the world,” Dailey said in an email.South Bend native Fr. Chris Brennan is taking over as rector of Stanford Hall. Brennan attended Old College seminary before earning a Masters of Divinity. During his last year of his masters program, Brennan was an assistant rector in Dunne Hall. Ordained as a priest in 2018, Brennan served in Church ministries all around the world and spent time serving as a parish priest in Portland, Ore. “I am excited to now call Stanford Hall home, and learn from and live with the Men of Virtue,” he said in a email. Fr. Eric Schimmel is the new rector of Dunne Hall. He entered the Moreau Seminary after completing his undergraduate degree at Notre Dame. After earning his Masters of Divinity, Schimmel was ordained in 2002. Since then, Schimmel has worked in parishes across the United States, served as Director of the Andre House, Phoenix, and worked at King’s College, Wilkes Barre, Pa., in its campus ministry. “Having been blessed by Notre Dame’s education focusing on both mind and heart, I feel honored to now serve here, keeping that tradition alive,” Schimmel said in an email. Finally, Michigan native Sara Thoms is taking up the new role as rector of undergraduate community in Fischer Graduate Residences and project coordinator for Residential Life. After graduating from Villanova University, Thoms completed her Master of Divinity from Notre Dame. Thoms then taught high school theology in Phoenix, Ariz.“I hope to build community by connecting these students to each other and to their home halls,” Thoms said in an email. “COVID-19 has brought about many disruptions to our students’ lives, and I hope coming home to Notre Dame ushers in a sense of peace and comfort amidst these uneasy circumstances.”Tags: baumer hall, Dillon Hall, dunne hall, fall semester 2020, Fischer Graduate Residences, new rectors, Pangborn Hall, residential life, Stanford Hall, Zahm Houselast_img read more

Newly-forged fintech vendor relationships could impact credit unions

first_imgNew alliances and acquisitions in the fintech world would appear to have at least some influence on credit union members when it comes to payment processing, onboarding, voice banking and marketing.Tampa, Fla.-based Best Innovation Group, which describes itself as a “credit union innovation catalyst,” and Braintree, Mass.-based fintech and data-driven solution provider Geezeo announced a partnership to bring additional capabilities to BIG’s Financial Innovation Voice Experience platform. The new features allow users of BIG’s FIVE voice banking platform to receive deeper behavioral insights into their financial activities at participating financial institutions by simply speaking to their Amazon Alexa and Google Home devices.“As the leading provider of voice banking skills for financial institutions, BIG will continue expanding the functionality of our FIVE platform to support the needs of our credit union clients and their members,” John Best, founder and CEO of Best Innovation Group, said. 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

‘Ilonggos deserve better Dinagyang experience’

first_imgThe highlight of the festival is onJan. 26, 2020 – the tribes competition. * Festive Parade Sponsors Mardi Gras –Jan. 25 Tourism secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyatwho graced the countdown kick-off said Dinagyang would further boost thecampaign to make Iloilo City a preferred MICE (meetings, incentives,conferences and exhibits) destination. ILOILO City – “With our desire tobring Iloilo City to the next level, we also want to level up your DinagyangFestival experience.” For the ati tribes contest, several barges that can hold spectators may beplaced at the Iloilo River facing the new Freedom Grandstand, the main venue ofthe performances. “Your involvement will mean so much,”he stressed. Addressing Ilonggos and guests fromother parts of the country, Mayor Jerry Treñas led the start of the 100-daycountdown to Dinagyang 2020 yesterday at the Festival Walk Mall, IloiloBusiness Park in Mandurriao district. * Dinagyang 360° – Jan. 26 “We deserve a colorful and excitingcelebration of our religion and rich culture,” Treñas said. * fireworks display – Jan. 24 The IFFI bared the following Dinagyang2020 activities: The city government has partnered withthe Iloilo Festivals Foundation, Inc. (IFFI) for the staging of the 51stedition of Dinagyang. DINAGYANG COUNTDOWN KICKS OFF. Mayor Jerry Treñas of Iloilo City leads the kick-off of the 100-day countdown to the January 2020 edition of the Dinagyang Festival at Festival Walk Mall in Mandurriao district on Oct. 10, 2019. Dinagyang has been voted the “best tourism event” three times in a row – 2006, 2007 and 2008 – by the Association of Tourism Officers in the Philippines. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN * Ilonggo Food Festival – Jan. 23 to26 * Miss Iloilo 2020 – Jan. 24 “The ati tribes’ performances can be viewed 360 degrees, indi lang siya sa atubang, libot na siya. Itwill be more experiential,” said Sarabia. * Tambor Trumpa Martsa Musika – Jan.24 “Dinagyang will be more experiential,(there will be) more people involvement. Indipareho sa una nga gabantay ka lang. I-push ta gid nga experiential Dinagyang,” said former Tourismundersecretary Salvador Sarabia Jr., now the Iloilo City government officerheading the push to make the metropolis the preferred MICE destination. * Iloilo Dinagyang Art Festival – Jan.18 to 25 * Dinagyang sa Calle Real – Jan. 25 Treñas appealed for the cooperation ofall stakeholders to make Dinagyang 2020 better. * fluvial and solemnfoot procession – Jan. 24 Dinagyang has been voted the “besttourism event” three times in a row – 2006, 2007 and 2008 – bythe Association of Tourism Officers in the Philippines. * Floats Parade of Lights – Jan. 24 Dinagyang is the Hiligaynon word for revelryor merrymaking. The festival is known for its participants’ impressivechoreography and striking costumes that reflect Ilonggo ingenuity,craftsmanship and artistry. * religious sadsad – Jan. 25 Dinagyang Festival started in 1967. Areplica of the Santo Niño de Cebu was brought from Cebu to the San Jose dePlacer Church. The image was enthusiastically received by the Ilonggos whodanced on the streets of Iloilo City./PNlast_img read more

Awesome weekend at Ocean adds $4,000+ to DeCarlo’s racing account

first_imgNick DeCarlo was the $3,003 IMCA Modified winner on night two of Ocean Speedway’s Pettit Shootout. (Photo courtesy of Nick DeCarlo)WATSONVILLE, Calif. (Sept. 29) – What Nick DeCarlo called “an awesome weekend” ended with his name on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot and more than $4,000 in the bank.DeCarlo held off Troy Foulger for the $3,003 IMCA Modified Pettit Shootout victory Saturday at Ocean Speedway. He’d started outside the front row and led all 36 laps.Hogge, winner of the Friday feature at Watsonville, Shane DeVolder and 21st starting Ryan McDan­iel completed the top five.Three cautions came out early but a long green flag run preceded the checkers.“Friday I ran the bottom and led most of the way before Hogge passed me on the top,” DeCarlo said. “Saturday we ran the high side, then ran the last eight laps wherever to pass lapped cars.”In addition to the lion’s share of the Saturday purse, DeCarlo took home $700 for his second place showing on Friday, $500 for having the top point total for the two days and the $100 fan favorite award.“This was my highest paying weekend ever and it came against very good competition,” noted DeCarlo. “Now I’ve got money for the Duel In The Desert.”Already on the Fast Shafts ballot, Hogge pocketed $1,000 for the opening night win at Wat­sonville, his Pettit career seventh since 2013.Kevin Johnson, Guy Ahlwardt and K.C. Keller ran 1-2-3 in the Friday feature for Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods.Brent Curran was the Saturday winner, ahead of the 18th starting Johnson, 12th starting Brian Cooper, 19th starting Andrew Peckham and 16th starting Keller.Fifty-nine IMCA Modifieds and more than 40 Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods saw action over the course of the Pettit Shootout Weekend.Friday Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Bobby Hogge IV; 2. Nick DeCarlo; 3. Troy Foulger; 4. Jim Pettit II; 5. Darrell Hughes II; 6. Brian Cass; 7. Cody Burke; 8. Albert Gill; 9. Anthony Copeland; 10. Todd Hermo­sillo; 11. Alex Wilson; 12. Tim Yaeger; 13. Robert Montalvo; 14. Kellen Chadwick; 15. D.J. Shan­non; 16. Anthony Slaney; 17. Jarod Fast; 18. Shane DeVolder; 19. Jeff Streeter; 20. Robert Marsh; 21. Andy Obertello; 22. Tim Balding.Northern SportMods – 1. Kevin Johnson; 2. Guy Ahlwardt; 3. K.C. Keller; 4. Andrew Peckham; 5. Fred Ryland; 6. Cody Parker; 7. Aaron Crowell; 8. Anthony Giuliani; 9. Nick Tucker; 10. Brent Curran; 11. Cale Kanke; 12. Justin McPherson; 13. Chase Thomas; 14. Igor Gandzuk; 15. Mike Medel; 16. Adriane Frost; 17. Trevor Clymens; 18. Patti Ryland; 19. Kenny Shrader; 20. Todd Gomez; 21. Jim DiGiovanni; 22. Danny Roe; 23. Brian Cooper.Saturday Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. DeCarlo; 2. Foulger; 3. Hogge; 4. DeVolder; 5. Ryan McDaniel; 6. Pettit; 7. Clint Reichenbach; 8. Chadwick; 9. Obertello; 10. Hughes; 11. Danny Wagner; 12. Marsh; 13. Gill; 14. Chris Sieweke; 15. Yaeger; 16. Cass; 17. Jeff Decker; 18. Chris Crompe; 19. Brian Pearce; 20. Slaney; 21. Ryan Porter; 22. Wilson.Northern SportMods – 1. Curran; 2. Johnson; 3. Cooper; 4. Peckham; 5. Keller; 6. Crowell; 7. DiGiovanni; 8. Chris Falkenberg; 9. Les Friend; 10. Fred Ryland; 11. Shrader; 12. Kanke; 13. Keith Brown Jr.; 14. Giuliani; 15. Tanner Thomas; 16. Tom Fraser; 17. Patti Ryland; 18. Tucker; 19. Gomez; 20. Parker; 21. Medel; 22. Roe.last_img read more

18th annual Schoodic Scramble raises over $24K for clinic

first_imgWINTER HARBOR — The 18th annual Schoodic Scramble on Saturday at Grindstone Neck Golf Course raised more than $24,000 for the Eleanor Widener Dixon Memorial Clinic.The Gouldsboro outpatient clinic of Maine Coast Memorial Hospital will use the proceeds to purchase new power-lift exam tables and a portable patient monitor.Eighty-eight golfers participated in the outing sponsored by Edith Dixon and Vicki and Alan Goldstein.The winners are listed below:This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textFirst Place Men’s: Jack Martel, Jim Sawyer, Mike Hankins, Matt LaHaye.Second Place Men’s: Charlie Therrien, Jack Bigos, George Draper, Ben Wooten.First Place Women’s: Becky Sargent, Sandy Salsbury, Rhonda Boynton, Roberta Hanscom.First Place Mixed: Curtis Simard, Clyde Lewis, Sara O’Connell, Ken Smith.Second Place Mixed: Melissa Tracy, Samuel Tracy, Gail Belanger; Irvin Belanger.last_img read more

Tim Duncan’s enduring consistency is hallmark of one of NBA’s great all-time forwards

first_img“Amazing. He’s a Hall of Famer, man,” Jordan said. “And he is somebody that I watched when I was growing up. You can’t take anything away from him, but you can definitely try to learn some things.“I feel like with him, he never gets rattled. The same with their team. He’s so smart and he can beat you in different ways. Outside, inside. But the biggest thing with him, I think, is his mental toughness.”To Clippers coach Doc Rivers, Duncan is the ultimate player in many areas.“I think we have all have finally given him credit that he’s the best power forward to ever play the game,” Rivers said. “Or, in my opinion.”It goes so much deeper than that, though. In a nutshell, Rivers believes Duncan is a dream, for his coach, and his teammates.“I wish we would like notice him, how he carries himself, how he’s the ultimate team player,” Rivers said. “He allows Pop to coach him and coach him hard every night. He’s over himself, he’s selfless. I mean, he has so many great attributes for a winner and I think we get lost in just his play. He’ll never ask for it and that’s just the way he is, but he does so many neat things that you see.”Often times when a coach is discussing an opposing player, there is some diplomacy involved. There was no denying Rivers’ sincerity.“He touches a lot,” said Rivers, who explained. “And we talk about touching a lot. Like, you’ll see it all the time. He pats guys on the head and grab a guy and, you know, he’s not a vocal guy, but he does it in that way. I just think it’s really neat.”Here is a classic example of what Rivers is talking about. Duncan had a poor fourth quarter in Game 2 of San Antonio’s 111-107 victory over the Clippers on Wednesday at Staples Center. He had four rebounds in the quarter, but he shot 1 of 5, missed easy shots and committed a turnover.What does he do? He apologizes to his team in the huddle before the overtime period.“Oh, yeah, yeah,” Duncan said, when asked about his gesture. “I was awful. I missed two or three lay-ups, I made two or three defensive mistakes, got out of position and gave up dunks to DeAndre (Jordan). I was awful in that fourth quarter.”Duncan, out of the U.S. Virgin Islands, was funny after that game when a reporter reminded him that Saturday was going to be his 39th birthday.“Is it really? That sucks,” he said, drawing laughter from reporters.He’s still taking care of business, though. He still has that sweet turn-around jumper that gently kisses off the glass before settling into the net. He scored 22 points on 8 of 13 shooting and pulled down 14 rebounds in the Spurs’ 114-105 Game 4 loss to the Clippers at AT&T Center in San Antonio on Sunday.When asked after Game 2 about the method for his contined success after all this time, his response was not surprising.“I’m just trying to keep pace,” he said. “I don’t have a secret. I’m in a great system, I’m on a great team and I’m not asked to do what I used to do. I’m asked to play a role, and I’m happy to play a role.“I’m just trying to be as consistent as I can for my teammates.”Duncan by the numbers5: NBA Championships14th: In all-time scoring39: Age as of last Saturday Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs doesn’t like to talk about his legacy just yet.“No, I’m living in the moment,” said Duncan, who Tuesday night at Staples Center will lead his team into Game 5 of its Western Conference first-round playoff series against the Clippers. The series is tied 2-2. “I’m enjoying and appreciating how I’m playing now and my ability to play now. I have plenty of time after I’m done to sit back, to go back and look at that.”Others have no problem discussing what the all-time great power forward has meant not only to the Spurs, but the NBA as a whole.“He’s one of those iconic figures that all organizations hope that they can be part of their program for a long time,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “His steadiness, his consistency and the class with which he operates really makes everybody look good and that includes the NBA. They know that. “He affects a lot of lives in our community, in our team, he pays my bills for a long time and so he’s beyond special.”Duncan has averaged 19.5 points, 11.0 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.2 blocks over the course of his illustrious 18-year career. He turned 39 Saturday, yet still averaged 13.9 points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.9 blocks during this regular season.Duncan has 25,974 career points, 14th on the all-time list.Most important of all, he has been a part off all five Spurs NBA titles – the first one coming in his second season in 1999, the most recent in 2014. Money player? Including 2015, Duncan has averaged 21.2 points, 11.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.3 blocks in 238 postseason games.Clippers center DeAndre Jordan was reared in Houston, Texas, so he knows all about Duncan.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more