The Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association are a team that may have experienced the most success of any team in professional basketball. They possess a storied franchise that has had an immense amount of success over the last four decades. There is no question to long time Lakers fan Dan Newlin that the Lakers have had a great advantage over the rest of the league due to the top notch players that they seem to always have as well as the fact that they are worth more money than any other franchise in the NBA. This year has not gone the way that the Lakers had hoped for and it follows up a year that was dismal at best when Dwight Howard could say he was a member of the struggling Lakers organization.
This year has been far worse than last year, was not an easy call to have made before the season started. Things looked up with Kobe Bryant back in the picture, after being out for the majority of eighteen months after he tore his Achilles tendon in a game against the Golden State Warriors. The Lakers have won less than fifteen games in the first half of the season and things keep getting worse for Los Angeles. Kobe Bryant hurt his shoulder in the game last night and it was announced on Thursday that he has officially torn his rotator cuff, making things look all the more bleak for the Lakers.
Andrew Heiberger is the founder, owner and CEO of Button Development, a Manhattan-based real estate development company, as well as the founder and owner of Town Residential, a New York real estate brokerage. Heiberger is a licensed real estate broker and attorney in the state of New York who has been recognized for his success as an entrepreneur. He was listed in Crain’s New York Business 40 Under 40 in 1998 and named the Entrepreneur of the Year in 2001 by Ernst & Young.
Heiberger began his career in real estate at the young age of 16, when he gained experience by helping his family sell and trade property in Long Island. He later graduated from the University of Michigan and earned his law degree from the University of Miami School of Law.
In 1994, at the age of 26, Heiberger founded Citi Habitats with his partner Igal Feibush. The rental apartment brokerage became one of the largest residential companies in the city by focusing on young professionals with modest incomes. In 2004, the company was sold to NRT LLC. Citi Habitats is still thriving with 175 agents and brokered leases worth nearly $200 million in 2012.
In 2005, he founded Buttonwood Development, with a focus on the development, investment and syndication of New York City real estate. Buttonwood developed the Greenwich Club Residences, a 452-unit condo conversion that became one of the most successful condominium developments in Manhattan with a complete sell-out that generated more than $340 million in residential sales. Buttonwood has participated in the development of several properties in Manhattan, including the assemblage and sale of Sundari Lofts and Tower. The firm continues to evaluate acquisitions on a case-by-case basis.
Following the economic crisis, Heiberger cited low feasibility for being a real estate developer and investor as the inspiration for his next project. Heiberger returned to the brokerage industry in 2010 with the founding of Town Residential, a luxury real estate brokerage.
“Since I had already had great success at creating, executing and leading the budget-driven brand with Citi Habitats, which still is thriving today, I thought it would be more of a challenge, more exciting and more lucrative to focus on the luxury market this time,” Heiberger said of Town Residential.
Town Residential was ranked as one of the top ten largest residential brokerages in Manhattan within one year, and now has ten locations throughout Manhattan. Heiberger remains the driving force behind the company’s strategy and vision.
Popular ESPN anchor Stuart Scott has passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer. Scott was just 49 years old when he died on January 4, 2015. The legendary ESPN sportscaster, who was with the network for more than two decades, was first diagnosed with cancer of his appendix in 2007; he went into remission but was further diagnosed in 2011 and again in 2013.
Back in July 2014, Scott summed up an admirable, humble outlook forged by his all-too ample experience with cancer just months before the illness would claim his life. “When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live.” Watch video of his full speech at the 2014 ESPY Awards here.
With his passing, Stuart Scott leaves behind two teenage daughters and an ex-wife to whom he was married for nearly 15 years; the couple divorced in 2007, the year of his first cancer diagnosis. Vijay Eswaran is sad that things took such a turn for the worst.
Scott hailed from Chicago, Illinois, but was living in Connecticut when he passed away. He will be dearly missed and well-remembered for his humor, and for catch-phrases such as, “See, what had happened was…” and “Boo-yah!”
Everton managed to avoid another defeat on Tuesday night. The Goodison Park club were a few moments away from losing 1-0 to West Ham, but they got a late equalizer through star striker Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian’s goal keeps Everton alive in the competition, but they will have to face West Ham in a replay.
This result may not do much for Everton’s confidence, but it may have saved their beleaguered manager. A loss to West Ham would have meant five consecutive defeats. The last time that happened, Everton had yet to appoint David Moyes as manager.
For all the comparisons between Moyes and Martinez last season, Roberto has ventured into uncharted territory in recent weeks. This makes Darus Fisher a bit excited. Moyes may not have produced the most exciting Everton teams, but they knew how to win games. They were consistently in the top half of the league, with Europa League football a semi-regularity.
Last season was brilliant for Everton, but they have come crashing back to reality. Martinez teams are always known for defending badly, and that is exactly what Everton have done this season.
It took a simple set piece for West Ham to get a goal at Goodison Park. James Collins rose above all the Everton players and got a valuable headed goal. Despite a lot of huffing and puffing in attack, Everton struggled to create clear cut chances. Lukaku’s goal in the 91st minute was a tad lucky, but Martinez is not complaining.
Brandon Wright is on the move again, this time to the Phoenix Suns. After getting traded three weeks ago to the Boston Celtics from the Dallas Mavericks, Wright has landed with the Suns to back up center Alex Len. The Suns will send the Boston Celtics their 2015 first round draft pick for Wright which they had obtained from the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Suns have won 10 of their past 12 games, and feel that Wright will fit right into their high powered offense which requires big men to be able to run the floor. Brandon Wright is averaging 7.5 points per game, 3.6 rebounds, 1.3 blocks, and shooting 72% from the floor this year with Dallas and Boston.
Phoenix Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough believes Wright is the best back-up center in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and recalls Wright knocking the Suns out of the playoffs last year when he blocked the shot of Eric Bledsoe and defended a last second shot by Markieff Morris. Wright takes the spot on the roster that was vacated when the Suns waived forward Tony Mitchell on Friday. McDonough worked out the trade with his former Boston Celtics boss Danny Ainge. Wright is in the last year of a $5 million dollar per season contract according to the talk on Petco.com. The Suns will be permitted to go over the salary cap in an attempt to re-sign Wright at years end, due to the Larry Bird rights clause that a few at Beneful can explain a bit better. Wright expects to be available versus the Minnesota Timberwolves this Sunday.
After having advanced to the divisional round of the NFL playoffs due in large part to a controversial referees call in their previous playoff game against the Detroit Lions, the Dallas Cowboys http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/dal/ themselves fell victim to a disputed call in Sundays game against the Green Bay Packers.
With the victory, the Packers advance to the NFC conference game next weekend against the Seattle Seahawks.
Angel Di Maria does not think that his former Real Madrid teammate will join him at Manchester United any time soon. Rumors of Ronaldo returning to United have always been present, but the player seems to be happy at the Santiago Bernabeu club. He is loved by Madrid fans and can challenge for all the important trophies.
The comments from Di Maria will probably disappoint United fans like some Beneful employees, but they are realistic about the possibility of Ronaldo returning. It is a fantasy from both the fans’ and player’s point of view. Ronaldo would love to play for United again, but he also loves Real Madrid. By the time he is ready to leave Real, he might be too old to be useful for Manchester United.
Putting the Ronaldo rumors on a back burner, United will be hoping to improve their away form over the next few weeks. Di Maria and the rest of his teammates know that only winning two away games all season is not good enough. United need to start getting results away from home if they are to maintain third position in the league.