Bundall mansion sells for $2.4 million in biggest sale of the week

first_img15 Daimler Drive, Bundall. 15 Daimler Drive, Bundall. 15 Daimler Drive, Bundall.A BUNDALL mansion with a resort-inspired wraparound pool has sold for $2.405 million – the biggest sale on the Gold Coast this week.The waterfront house at 15 Daimler Drive has an open-plan design, floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding doors revealing water views among its standout features.Sellers Tom Snow and his wife Debbie bought the property in 1998 and lived in the existing house before building their dream home seven years ago. 15 Daimler Drive, Bundall. 15 Daimler Drive, Bundall. 15 Daimler Drive, Bundall. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North7 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago15 Daimler Drive, Bundall.The pair looked at many designs before settling on theirs but had a particular focus on creating a seamless connection between the house and canalfront.It comes with all the extras you would expect of a luxurious Gold Coast home – a parents’ retreat, butler’s pantry, media room and jetty.Isaac and Maria Genc of Genc & Co negotiated the sale.last_img read more

As reality sets in for Lakers, how patient can LeBron James be?

first_img“When I got done watching the tape, I was more excited than frustrated,” he said. “Obviously it was a blown opportunity, but it’s a really good team. But I love the pace we played with, loved that we were breaking down and putting pressure on the rim, which is who we want to be.”Walton, of course, has spent the last two years trying to track growth despite losses. James has not.That frustration was evident in certain moments on Thursday night: James pointed to a pair of late turnovers when he expected teammates to make certain moves, but they weren’t in the places he wanted. Another sequence he identified was when JaVale McGee got in the way of a pass from Rajon Rondo to James.While the veterans have praised the younger returning players on the Lakers for good work habits, the younger lineups were vulnerable against the Trail Blazers. Four of the five bench players on the Lakers finished with a plus-minus rating of worse than minus-12 as Nik Stauskas and Evan Turner feasted on the second unit.There’s a difference between good habits and good execution. What stands in the way, James reasoned, is just time.“The more and more opportunities that you have, the best teacher in life is experience,” he said. “A lot of these guys don’t have a lot of experience, so I have to understand that. Rajon understands that. We understand that. But you don’t get a pass for not practicing excellence every day and trying to be great every day. So, that’s the difference.”The Lakers gave a slight tip of their hand into what “excellence” is at the end of a controlled scrimmage on Friday, as Walton broke the huddle by asking for attention to details. In the season opener, that shoddy focus manifested as players leaked out into transition too early instead of trying to get defensive rebounds. It was personified by players standing around watching the ball instead of boxing out. It came through in missed rotations on defense that let an unheralded opponent like Stauskas have one of the best nights of his career.Meanwhile, Portland, which has kept much of its playing rotation aligned for the last few seasons, had small signs of cohesion in its offensive reads. In the Western Conference, the Lakers will face several teams that have built similar chemistry in recent years: Utah, Denver, and of course Golden State. Lacking the same time of investment, the Lakers will simply have to buckle down in practice and be better.“We have to be sharper,” Walton said. “To do that, to pay attention to detail, it sounds easy but that is, mentally, that is coming in and being locked in to the details of the game.”If the Lakers start to get antsy, the ramifications are yet unclear. One simple consequence could be leaning more heavily on James. While the Lakers leadership from Magic Johnson on down has pledged to try to reduce the burden on James, he himself seems to welcome it: “All my coaches want to figure out a way of how to lessen my minutes – I keep telling them I’m strong enough to play most minutes, but they won’t listen to me, so, it’s OK. I like it.”Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“You got to put in the time, you got to put in the commitment and trust the process and if you do that, you do it every single day, you will know when it happens,” he said Friday. “And no one won’t even have to say anything.”The only issue with James preaching patience is that he hasn’t always practiced it. A player who has been to eight consecutive NBA Finals doesn’t easily downgrade ambitions from championship contention. It sets up an interesting season-long question: How long can James’ patience hold out?It’s a battle James has acknowledged through his own admissions. When he first signed with the Miami Heat, he admitted after losing the 2011 Finals that he thought winning a championship would be “easy.” When he went back to Cleveland, he bristled when the Cavaliers got off to a 19-20 start: In Return of the King, a book about James’ second Cleveland tenure, again, he acknowledged that he didn’t think coming back would be as hard as it was.What separates those situations is that James knew this one would be challenging. From his first press conference at Lakers Media Day, the three-time champion suggested that a championship was not the only measure of a successful year. Around him, the messaging has been the same, with Coach Luke Walton talking about going on “a four-year journey” with James and trying to keep from burning him out.Walton stuck to that theme after Thursday’s season-opening 128-119 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, saying he found the film study from the game encouraging. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed center_img But even though more minutes for James in most cases directly translates to better play (he played 82 games for the first time in his career last season), the risk of pushing a player who turns 34 in December to his physical limits carries inherent risk. While James has never had a significant injury history to speak of, the Lakers don’t want to imagine life without him.It also limits the opportunity for younger Lakers to grow into bigger roles: Walton has said he would like the team to be able to play through mistakes without James on the floor rather than simply use him as a crutch in every tight situation.McGee, who won the last two titles with the Warriors, said the young players are doing the right things for the Lakers, but they’ll just need more time.“These young guys are focused, we see it,” McGee said. “We get here, and they’re here before us. They know what can happen this year if we’re all on the same page. They get it. And they’re extremely focused, also. I don’t want to sit here and act like we’re teaching the young guys and they don’t know anything.”Getting James has made the Lakers hopeful that the franchise is headed back in the right direction, but the last few weeks have helped reinforce that competing for a championship is tough, tireless work. James knows the process better than anyone on the roster – the Lakers’ fortunes might rest on his patience as it slowly unfolds. How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years EL SEGUNDO — On one of the first days that LeBron James came to the Lakers’ training facility, General Manager Rob Pelinka spotted him early one morning, sitting alone in the gym.The Lakers’ practice court is surrounded by the jersey numbers of the historical players, and The Larry O’Brien trophies the franchise has won gleam in a second-story window overlooking the gym. Pelinka imagined James was surveying his new home with reverence for the roster of Hall of Famers and the 16 championships the franchise has won.Maybe he was, and maybe he wasn’t, but James has made no secret of his respect for and attraction to the Lakers’ historical legacy. And he might understand better than anyone else on the team just how hard it will be to add to it.After one game in a Lakers uniform, James tried to shift perspective to the long term when discussing the un-rushable process of creating team chemistry. Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs last_img read more

Spurs fan fined after throwing banana skin at Aubameyang

first_imgThe 57-year-old van driver said he threw the banana skin in a “spur of the moment” action but strongly denied there was any racist intent, a magistrates’ court in London heard.But magistrate Mervyn Mandell said: “We find it was a targeted gesture to throw a banana skin after a goal was scored by a black player. We have in the circumstances found the racial element was there.”Panteli was handed a four-year football banning order after pleading guilty to throwing a missile and was also fined £500 ($634).Leila Rasool, mitigating, said Panteli had been going to Tottenham games for 50 years without incident and was of “exemplary character” but had since been banned for life by the club.She told the court: “It was a spur of the moment thing. He picked up the closest article to him and that happened to be a banana skin.“He realised the grave error he had made. He has not been charged for any racially aggravated public order offence.”After the pulsating 4-2 derby win, Premier League joint topscorer Aubameyang posted a picture of himself on social media with the caption: “whysmandoingthis?” accompanied by a banana emoji.The incident triggered a fresh debate about racism in football, with former Arsenal striker-turned-pundit Ian Wright saying it had “embarrassed” the Premier League.Raheem Sterling was subsequently subjected to alleged racial abuse during Manchester City’s defeat at Chelsea — the Stamford Bridge club banned four supporters pending an investigation.Chelsea also condemned anti-Semitic chanting from some of their fans during last week’s Europa League tie with Vidi in Budapest.The Premier League called on supporters to back their teams in the right way and for fans to report any abuse.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000A banana skin was thrown onto the pitch at the Emirates after Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored against Tottenham © IKIMAGES/AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 18 – A Tottenham fan was fined on Tuesday for throwing a banana skin at Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after a court ruled it was a targeted incident with a “racial element”.Averof Panteli admitted hurling the item onto the pitch at the Emirates Stadium after the Gabon striker scored and celebrated in front of Spurs’ travelling support on December 2.last_img read more