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Heisler: Warriors just another contender in loaded West

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first_imgNow, infuriatingly, all the Warriors hear are congratulations on their rare good fortune, a form of condescension, as if patting children who were allowed to stay up past their bedtime — last season — on the head.“I kind of want to just say, I apologize for us being healthy,” said Steph Curry at practice last week.“I apologize for us playing who was in front of us. I apologize for all the accolades we’ve received as a team and individually. I’m very truly sorry. We’ll rectify that situation this year.”Steph, of course, is their waif-sized superstar who can joke about it.“It’s like a bitter female,” said Draymond Green, the rough-and-tumble Warrior with the attitude. “Like, you ever dealt with a bitter female that’s just scorned?“God! That’s rough. When you’re dealing with a bitter female that’s scorned, that’s one of the worst things in the world.”Of course, if insults are where you find them, that seems to be everywhere the Warriors look.Take Houston, where newly arrived Ty Lawson noted that Curry “was just chillin’ on defense” in the West Finals victory over the Rockets — which, of course, wouldn’t have happened with Ty there, according to Ty — and James Harden’s continuing insistence he deserved the MVP that went to Curry.With a preseason West Finals replay last week in Oakland, the Rockets left Harden, Lawson, Dwight Howard, Trevor Ariza, Jason Terry and Donatas Motiejunas at home.Of course, before everyone decided that they were a bunch of cocky big-talking newcomers, opposing teams said the same thing about the Clippers.What opposing teams really don’t like is that Golden State won, and they didn’t.As for real issues, the Warriors don’t have any, so they don’t figure to be going away.If they were in the East, they could coast in from opening night, but they’re in the West where they’ll have to beat out the reloaded Spurs with LaMarcus Aldridge; the revamped Clippers with Paul Pierce, Josh Smith and Lance Stephenson; the rehabbed Thunder with Kevin Durant back, the 56-win Rockets, the 55-win Grizzlies and any other teams that put it together.If everything went right a year ago, Steve Kerr, who presided over this miracle as a rookie coach, will miss the preseason following back surgery.With his No. 1 lieutenant, Alvin Gentry, now coaching New Orleans, that puts even less experienced Luke Walton in charge.The Warriors were so impressive in last fall’s preseason, even Rivers, their nemesis, said he knew they had something lasting.This fall they started 1-2 and Green noted, passionately if not arithmetically, “We’ve had three games and I don’t think neither one of them has been us.”It’s just the preseason so no biggie, but the real deal looms when heaven’s gift to last season is just another West contender. All the Warriors accomplished was yesterday, but yesterday’s gone. “You need luck in the West. Look at Golden State. They didn’t have to play us or the Spurs.”Not that the Clippers were the Spurs, either, but they did beat them in last spring’s first round.Unfortunately for the Clips, they blew that 19-point lead when they were about to close out the Rockets in six games and went down the drain in Game 7.If the Warriors were a rude shock to the old elite teams, they were also a breath of fresh air, or a gift from heaven.They put on a nightly fireworks show with their deadeye backcourt of the ages, finishing No. 1 in offense at 110 points a game, 3.3 more than the No. 2 Clippers; went 67-15 to win the West by 11 games, then helped draw the highest Finals TV ratings since Michael Jordan’s Bulls while polishing off the wounded Cavaliers in six games. Uneasy is the head that wears the crown, especially in the NBA’s Western Conference, where crowned heads like those of the Warriors are often soon lopped off.Aside from the Spurs and Lakers, no team has come out of the West draw in back-to-back seasons in 20 years.The Lakers, of course, haven’t done it lately and, as people keep telling the Warriors, they’re not the Spurs.As Clippers coach Doc Rivers told Grantland:center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Sharks commence 25 milliondollar construction of Mantra Hotel

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first_imgSource = Southport Sharks – Mantra Hotels Sharks commence $25 million-dollar construction of Mantra Hotel Southport Sharks CEO, Dean BowtellSharks commence $25 million-dollar construction of Mantra HotelOne of the largest clubs in Queensland, Southport Sharks, has joined forces with leading Australian hotel and resort operator, Mantra Group, to launch a new hotel on the Gold Coast.Featuring 120 rooms and 209 carparks, construction of the estimated $25-million Mantra at Sharks commenced this week, with an opening scheduled for early-2018.After an extensive due diligence period, Southport Sharks recently engaged leading South East Queensland companies, McNab and GroupGSA.“We are very excited to partner with Mantra, and engage market-leading construction and architectural firms in McNab and GroupGSA. The decision sends a strong message that we’re serious about partnering with local business and investing locally. This project will benefit the economy of the Gold Coast, not only through the construction phase, but for years to come,” said CEO of Southport Sharks, Mr Dean Bowtell.Mantra Group Chief Executive Officer, Bob East said the Group is thrilled to partner with Southport Sharks – one of the Gold Coast’s strongest and most recognisable businesses.“Mantra at Sharks will provide a market-leading hotel offering, well positioned to become a premier corporate, meetings and leisure hotel, and its opening is well timed to coincide with strong market conditions in the lead up to and during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games,” Mr East said.“The new hotel will complement our existing portfolio of 127 properties across Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and Hawaii.”Mathew Kemp, Gold Coast Construction Manager for McNab stated “one of the appealing aspects of working with the Southport Sharks is that they are very focussed on the local community. We take the same ethos when constructing buildings, with our Gold Coast office currently prioritising local subcontractors and suppliers for the build so that the local community benefits from the construction of this important project”.GroupGSA’s Queensland Design Leader, Mr Alex Hoffmann said they were delighted to be working together with Southport Sharks to design an authentic hotel experience where guests stay, are inspired and become an integral part of the club for the duration of their visit. “The design is inspired by the undulating site topography and the Southport Sharks identity, creating a striking entry statement for both club and hotel. The reception and foyer are conceived as a contemporary take on the Queensland verandah forming a shady cool connection between the new hotel and the existing club main entry” said Mr Hoffmann.Southport Sharks will utilise the services of Australia’s first, and oldest bank, Westpac, and have engaged one of Australia’s leading providers of project management services, RPS to project manage the development of the hotel.RPS Project Management General Manager, Ben Rayward said “RPS Project Management is privileged to be working with the Southport Sharks in the delivery of this landmark project. The high calibre project team includes leading firms Group GSA, Zone Planning Group, Napier & Blakeley, ADG, BRW Enterprises, Energy Air, McKenzie Group, Precise Power, and now with the recent engagement of McNab as the building contractor we are looking forward to moving into the construction phase of the project. Delivery of this project with the Sharks adds to our experience with other leading Gold Coast properties including Pacific Fair, Australia Fair, Jupiters Hotel and Casino, GOLDOC, John Flynn Hospital and the Gold Coast Airport.”The hotel provides a unique offering to the area, in addition to resolving the club’s accommodation demands from existing markets, including weddings, business events, and the growing North Gold Coast region.“We would like to thank our 50,000 members and 250 staff, who continue to contribute to our club and assist us in creating a diversified service offering. Upon completion of the hotel, Southport Sharks will become the complete entertainment and sporting destination,” said Mr Bowtell.The hotel forms a part of the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct which already boasts Gold Coast University Hospital, Griffith University, Gold Coast Private Hospital and of course the Commonwealth Games village.“As a stakeholder of the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct, we anticipate many medical professionals, interstate business executives, and families visiting will make use of the hotel and general club facilities,” said Mr Bowtell.“We are confident in our capability to also tap into sports tourism, combining the hotel with our modern fitness facilities and conference capabilities.” Mr Bowtell said.last_img read more