Bassist Les Claypool is set to pull double duty at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on May 16th, as he’ll be performing with Primus and special guest, The Claypool Lennon Delirium, for a night of mayhem at the famed Morrison, CO venue. It seems that both bands will be performing throughout 2017, as Claypool now has dates scheduled for each unique act this year.The show will start with the psychedelic style of Claypool Lennon, fusing Claypool’s funky offbeat bass with Sean Lennon’s otherworldly guitar playing. Fans will then get to hear a full set of Primus music, placing Claypool within the outfit that he’s led now for over 25 years. Primus will also hit the intimate Fox Theatre on May 15th, treating fans to an evening of their music ahead of the big Red Rocks event.Tickets and more information about the show can be found here, and you can see the artwork below.
Things started turning around when the Lakers needed KCP to step up. After the wedgie game against Golden State, they were faced with a gaping hole in the starting lineup when Avery Bradley was struck down with an injury. Caldwell-Pope stepped in and responded immediately, hitting five shots in the fourth quarter of a game against Sacramento. From that point, he started humming.The pivotal moment, Kidd says, is when the Lakers finally pulled him back out of the starting lineup: Even so, KCP has still found similar production. His scoring average has ticked up for the third straight month, and his 43 percent shooting from 3-point range is 11th in the league, ahead of snipers such as Kyle Korver and Joe Ingles.“He trusts his talent,” Kidd said. “He’s done what we’ve asked him to do, from coming off the bench to starting, to coming off again. That’s a true pro.”That, ultimately, is what KCP hopes his current path will yield: From some rocky initial steps, he’s trying to reinvent himself as a consummate pro on this Lakers team. In the annals of Lakers history, some of the supporting players are remembered well, too.“My mindset is I don’t need to worry about the noise,” he said. “I got my team and my brothers with me. That will help me get through it.”Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope drives past the Cavaliers’ Dante Exum during a game earlier this month at Staples Center. “I told him once he understands how to use his speed, offensively and defensively, his game will go to another level,” Lakers assistant coach Jason Kidd said. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“It’s been funny, just looking back on it,” he said. “But I felt like, man, at that point, it was all going wrong.”It was going wrong: To that point in the first 11 games this season, Caldwell-Pope was staring at the edge. He was shooting under 36 percent from the field, and under 23 percent from 3-point range. The Lakers had brought him back for a third time, and fans who had been frustrated by another slow start were booing him in his own arena.“It was definitely hard to sleep,” Caldwell-Pope said. “I stayed up many late nights. It was kind of just like hard for me to focus, just like me going through the struggles.”It’s hard to change your story. It’s even harder when that story starts out on the wrong foot, as Caldwell-Pope’s did with the Lakers. But more than halfway through his third L.A. season, he’s surprisingly built a compelling case as one of the best complementary pieces the Lakers have around All-Stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis.In one light, it’s a remarkable turnaround to make in a single season, to pull out of a direct nosedive and realign on the right course. But on a longer timeline, those close to Caldwell-Pope saw this coming after hours and hours spent in gyms. PHILADELPHIA — It was meant to be a putback. An easy shot. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope threw the ball back up toward the rim almost as quickly as he collected the rebound.Then, his heart sank as the ball stuck between the rim and the backboard – an unlikely result that added to his run of misfortune whenever he tried to do something that’s come naturally for so much of his life: score.This was not the plan. Feeling a special season ahead, Caldwell-Pope devoted more time than ever this offseason to training, picking up in the gym just a week after the Lakers’ disappointing 2018-19 campaign ended. It was a summer of getting up at 6 a.m.; of more pick-up games than he’s ever played; of remodeling and fine-tuning his game.All for this? Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Despite the missteps – and missed shots early this season – KCP is now delivering the consistency the Lakers have wanted from him all along.WILLING TO WORK, HUSTLEA recent article in The Athletic detailed pieces of Caldwell-Pope’s shooting form that come as though from a textbook: the snap of his wrist, the height of his arms and his quick release, his feet set apart and his weight balanced.He’s honed that form in marathon sessions with his coaches and trainers, hitting shot after shot the exact same way. Chris Matthews, known as “Lethal Shooter” on social media platforms, once challenged him to hit 60 shots in a row without a miss, or he would have to start again with zero.KCP hit 54, 55, even 59 and had to start over in search of that 60th shot. It took him almost two hours.“When we set goals, he’s strict and strategic with it,” Matthews said. “He’s not one of those guys who is looking to get out of the gym before he’s done it.”In June, the balance of power shifted West as the Lakers executed a trade for Anthony Davis with New Orleans. Among the lesser appreciated trickle-down effects was how supplementary players adjusted their plans. For the 26-year-old Caldwell-Pope, that started almost immediately – particularly as a fellow Klutch client of the two Lakers’ superstars.“I think that his ability to understand who he is and play his role, not have an ego, allows him to play with superstars,” said Rich Paul, his agent. “He’s a quiet storm.”James and Davis take up so much oxygen on offense, the ideal role player doesn’t have to touch the ball often, but scores when he does. That’s Caldwell-Pope: He averages 1.19 points per shot attempt, which stat site Cleaning the Glass ranks as the 90th percentile among combo guards, and he does it with an extremely low usage rate (13.7 percent).He’s markedly improved his 3-point shooting from both the corner (48 percent) and all other spots along the arc (39 percent). His selection has also improved: He’s on pace to shoot fewer midrange jump shots for the first time since his rookie season.Another of his trainers, Chris Johnson, calls KCP’s role “the invisible hand.”“When you have two superstars that he’s playing next to, you have to be super-efficient and complement those players,” Johnson said. “His whole mindset is he wants to win a championship, so he has to be an invisible hand on offense then be a total disruption on the defensive side of the ball.”This is not who KCP has always been. He’s worked hard to banish old tendencies, to learn how to space and operate around his teammates. From being more of a chucker in Detroit, he’s shot the ball less than he has in a long time, but unlocked efficiency.One thing the Lakers appreciate: He hustles, running back on both ends. KCP is a frequent recipient for outlet passes from James or Rajon Rondo (he’s the third-leading Lakers scorer on fast-break points), and he rarely gives up on a play on the other end. Assistant coach Jason Kidd called a chase-down block of the Clippers’ Landry Shamet one of the most impressive hustle plays of the year.“I always thought he puts a lot of pressure on your defense because of his scoring ability, and because he runs so hard and he’s so fast,” Kidd said. “And I told him once he understands how to use his speed, offensively and defensively, his game will go to another level.”Caldwell-Pope built that into his routine this summer, going through two-a-day sessions with Johnson and Matthews, playing pick-up games whenever he could at the Lakers facility or at Johnson’s runs in the Valley. He tried to focus on his competitiveness, on getting game-functional shots in the scrimmages.One of his biggest goals was to work better with James, after slumping for the better parts of last season.“The first year I kind of struggled to find where my shots was coming from, when to cut, where to be,” he said. “But now just playing with him, he makes it easy. When he has the ball, just keep my eye on him getting to my open spots, so he’ll be able to see me and get me the ball.”ISSUE OF OPTICSOne of the most popular ways to characterize KCP from the outside has been to regard him as a pawn in a larger game.Caldwell-Pope has heard a lot of unflattering observations about his relationship with Paul: Some fans regard him as mere flotsam attached to the megadeals of James and Davis, a sweetener signing for Klutch. But that overlooks a longstanding relationship between the two that goes back to when he was in high school before Paul was his agent.Though Paul did not represent KCP when he first turned pro, he wanted to represent him for years, vividly recalling a game in which Caldwell-Pope torched USC as a sophomore guard for Georgia.“Quietness can be taken for granted, he’s hung in there, he’s been through situations,” he said. “They don’t always understand optics of a situation. People see something and say, ‘Oh, that’s automatically true.’ There’s layers to those things.”That’s how both Paul and Caldwell-Pope characterize their break from the Detroit Pistons: It had layers. Though reports at the time cited an $80 million, five-year contract offer from the Pistons (which Klutch would dispute), the franchise eventually parted with Caldwell-Pope, making him an unrestricted free agent after four seasons. The Lakers scooped him up for a one-year, $17.7-year deal in the summer of 2017.When general manager Rob Pelinka went biblical and compared adding Caldwell-Pope to “bread from heaven,” it was probably a better reflection of how desperate the Lakers were for a scorer rather than the player KCP really was. But such a grandiose introduction hurt KCP down the line when it was revealed that he was serving a 25-day jail sentence for a March 2017 incident (when he was in Detroit) in which he was stopped under suspicion of driving while intoxicated.To this day, Caldwell-Pope calls the 2017-18 season “a real test” that he and his family had to endure. But he wonders if he had played to expectations if fans might have embraced him differently.“That incident still roams in the fans’ minds or whatever,” he said. “I feel like the criticism and bad stuff don’t come unless I’m playing bad. … If I started the season how everyone in their minds wanted me to start the season, it wouldn’t be what it is now.”One person he’s always felt supported by is Paul. Even though Paul has his other clients on the Lakers roster, he pointedly makes time midgame to speak to KCP.In the end, KCP has no regrets about leaving the Pistons. With the Lakers, he thinks he ended up where he needs to be.“I am in a better situation here, and I love it here,” he said. “I’m thinking of my family. My family enjoys it. My teammates are incredible. Just to be a part of this organization and this group, it’s amazing with all the history behind the Lakers, I’m just glad to be a part of it.”TRUSTING HIS TALENTIt was the second straight season in a row Caldwell-Pope started slow, but 0 for 11? Lakers fans, already on a short fuse, started booing him almost right away.He finally made a shot in the third game against Charlotte, but he continued to struggle: He blew layups, he missed the 3-point shots he had practiced so rigidly. While Coach Frank Vogel still lauded his defensive effort, the shots weren’t falling.Matthews felt the flak that KCP felt: Many of the same people who unloaded on him on social media tagged him as well, spreading the blame to his shooting coach.“Both of us were keeping each other going,” Matthews said. “People were attacking him and me on Twitter, saying negative things. It was a hard moment.”But for all the criticism he felt outside the locker room, within, he felt supported. Dwight Howard notably came to his defense in an Instagram post, then backed it up in a postgame interview, saying KCP would be needed “to win this championship.” Kidd worked with him on getting back to basics; his trainers kept up positive feedback.Even though he wasn’t making shots, his mechanics weren’t broken. The people who tracked him thought he would bounce back. Paul said Howard’s defense of KCP was a crucial moment. He never understood why people at Staples Center booed him.“It’s like, ‘You think I’m out there trying to miss?’” Paul said. “To me, that’s just a miseducation of someone spectating a sport. Here’s a case when a fan can always boo: a player giving a lack of effort. But when a guy is giving effort, night in and night out, then just missing shots, you’re telling me you’re perfect?”Related Articles Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Apple’s iPhone SE event is going to be a big deal as the Cupertino-based company is expected to launch a slew of new products including a smaller iPhone. The event which starts at 10:30PM IST also happens just a day before the company’s court hearing in the San Bernardino shoot case in which it is up against the FBI over encryption in iOS, the operating system which powers products like the iPhone and the iPad.11:38PM – The event has ended. If you want to read all about the new iPhone then you should check out our story . 11:35PM – Tim Cooks says that this will be the last product product announcement at the Town Hall. Next year Apple will move its spaceship campus. 11:27PM – Apple iPad Pro will start at $599 for the 32GB version. The 128GB version costs $799 and for the first time there’s even a 256GB version model for a iOS device, which costs $899. 11:25PM – The iPad Pro is using the same 12-megapixel camera that’s there on the iPhone SE. It also shoot 4K video and has a 5-megapixel front camera with a retina flash. 11:23PM – Apple has announced a new smart keyboard, which is smaller specifically form-factor. It also supports the Apple Pencil. 11:22PM – Schiller claims that the iPad Pro has more performance than Microsoft’s Xbox 360 console. 11:21PM – “It has a pro audio system. It has four speaker system” 11:19PM – Schiller is talking about a new TrueTone display technology. 11:18PM – It has the same ‘Pro’ display from the iPad Pro. It is 25 per cent brighter than the display on the iPad Air 2. advertisement 11:15PM – 9.7-inch iPad Pro is official. Apple says that it has sold more than 200 million 9.7-inch iPads. 11:14PM – Tim Cook is now talking about the iPad Pro. He’s invited Phil Schiller who is their head of worldwide marketing. 11:13PM – iOS 9.3 will feature new features like nightshift, a password protected Notes app, and enhanced CarPlay support. It is available as a free update today. 11:11PM – Greg Joswiak is now talking about the new features on iOS 9.3.11:10PM – Apple iPhone SE will launch at $399 for 16GB version. It will be available on March 31st in the US and will launch in more than 110 countries by the end of May. 11:07PM – It has the A9 processor, 12-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front camera with the retina flash. 11:05PM – Greg Joswiak announces the iPhone SE, which looks more or less like the iPhone 5S. It is also available in rose gold. 11:03PM – Tim Cook says we’re welcoming a new member to the iPhone to the family. 11:02PM – Apple has added folders, dictation and also Siri for the app store for the tvOS that powers the Apple TV. 11:00PM – Apple has announced a bunch of exclusive content from HBO for the Apple TV. 10:58PM – Apple has slashed the starting price of the Apple Watch from $349 to $299. We don’t know the new pricing for India. 10:57PM – Tim Cook has announced a couple of new bands. A nylon band and new sports band. 10:56PM – Tim Cook is back on the stage and is now talking about the Apple Watch. He says it is the best selling smartwatch in the world. 10:55PM – Apple says that CareKit will be open sourced and will be available in April. 10:48PM – Apple is launching CareKit which is framework to build apps that will help people to care of themselves. An app is being launched for Parkinson’s disease. 10:47PM – Apple COO Jeff Williams takes the stage and is now talking about ‘Research Kit’. 10:44PM – Apple just showed of ‘Liam’ which is robot that reconstructs the iPhone making it recyclable. 10:40PM – Apple says now 93 per cent of its operations are based on renewable energy. 10:39PM – “We built the iPhone for you, our customers, and we know it is a deeply personal device. We need to decide, as a nation, how much power the government should have over our data and our privacy. We owe it to our customers and we owe it to our country. This is an issue that impacts all of us, and we will not shrink from this responsibility,”says Tim Cook. 10:35PM – Tim Cook is addressing the big elephant in the room. He’s talking about privacy and the case against the FBI. 10:32PM – Apple now has more than 1 billion active Apple users in the world. 10:31PM – Tim Cook has taken the stage. He says we’re about to celebrate Apple’s 40th birthday which will be on April 1st.advertisement10:30PM – Apple’s event is a go. They have started the event with video called ’40 years in 40 seconds'”. 10:27PM – An announcement has been saying that the presentation will begin shortly and everyone has been asked to turn their phones to silent mode. 10:20PM – Apple’s live stream has started. Beats One RJ Zane Lowe is speaking in the background. 10:00PM – In the case you’re wondering what all products Apple could launch, checkout this piece which will give a relative idea of what products to expect. 9:50PM – Apple’s ‘Loop us in’ event is less than 40 minutes away. In the case you want to watch the live stream of the event, you should use the Safari browser on Apple’s products or Microsoft’s Edge browser on Windows 10 devices. 9:45PM – Marc Gurman from 9to5Mac has already sounded an alarm stating that the new iPad Pro will disapoint the users of the iPad Pro which launched last year.Going to be some unhappy 12.9-inch iPad Pro users today when they see the 9.7-inch model crushes it in camera specs, across the board. Mark Gurman (@markgurman) March 21, 2016