By Dialogo June 01, 2011 Developed by the Brazilian Mint to crown the winners at the Rio 2011 Games, the prize medals will be presented (in gold, silver, and bronze) on June 1st, starting at 2:30 p.m., at the POUPEX Theater in Brasilia (address: Av. Duque de Caxias, S/Nº – Setor Militar Urbano). Designed by visual artist Luiz Henrique Peixoto Ferreira, the medals display on the obverse the symbol of the CISM (International Military Sports Council), and on the reverse, the logo of the 5th Military World Games Rio 2011, as well as the name of the sport. The official musical theme of the Games will also be presented at the same event. In celebration of the fifth edition of the CISM Military World Games, a commemorative medal will also be introduced. This medal will be produced in limited quantities, and as a consequence, it is necessary to deface the original molds, in order to prevent the production of new copies. This will be done during the release ceremony, by Defense Minister Nelson Jobim. The Brazilian Mint manufactured the medals, with support from the Savings and Loan Association (Associação de Poupança e Empréstimo – POUPEX). Theme of the Games Honors Overcoming Obstacles Engagement, dedication, and overcoming obstacles served as inspiration to Sgt. Ricardo Cesar Ferreira, of the Music Company of the Military Police of the State of Rio de Janeiro, in composing the theme for the 5th CISM Military World Games. The theme will be presented by the Symphonic Band of the Presidential Guard Battalion, at the conclusion of the event. Armed Forces teams interested in covering this event should send their names/media (Armed Forces radio, TV, print, institutional website) to [email protected], so that we can set aside the press kits.
Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed “For us, anything short of a championship is not success.”That’s been the Lakers’ bar for years, of course, and 16 championships in franchise history speaks to that expectation. But as Rob Pelinka laid out in explicit terms to reporters during a conference call on Friday morning, the Lakers’ goal is not simply to qualify for the playoffs. It’s not to win their first-round series.It’s to hang a banner. And anything less is not good enough.That line underscored Pelinka’s half-hour remarks about a summer that has almost completely reshaped the Lakers’ roster, flipping nearly all of the team’s young assets and draft picks for All-Star big man Anthony Davis, and signing veterans, many of them with playoff and even championship experience. If it works out, it will be a validation of the general manager who has found himself on the pointy end of offseason stories that have cast him in a harsh light. If they fail again, Pelinka could feel his critics tightening around him. “I think we want to have a diversity of tools to give Coach Vogel and his staff what he needed to win,” Pelinka said.Some of the players have suggested they were recruited by James, Davis, Rondo and others. Pelinka declined to say whether he consulted his stars on specific signings but he acknowledged James’ and Davis’ insights were “valuable” to him.Pelinka views Cousins in particular as the “X-factor” signing of the offseason. The Lakers are hoping he returns to health, and Pelinka said reports on Cousins were that he is already in excellent shape. While Cousins has struggled since a January 2018 Achilles injury and a torn quadriceps in this year’s playoffs, Pelinka opined that “sometimes hope comes out of brokenness,” and thinks that can apply to the other big man newcomer.“If he can come back to playing in All-Star-caliber form, it really raises the bar of our team and what we can do. I’m just excited with his commitment. He knows that actions speak louder than words and he is going to show us with those actions.”The Lakers’ decisions to re-sign Rajon Rondo, McGee and Caldwell-Pope are already a sticking point for some fans, particularly given a production letdown last season during January, February and early March, as the Lakers’ playoff hopes faded. But Pelinka said he thinks those players will fit well into the updated roster.The Lakers valued Rondo’s experience with both Davis and Cousins on the Pelicans. They thought McGee’s promising season last year was marred by pneumonia and wanted his versatility back. They believed Caldwell-Pope’s strong finish to the season is more indicative that better things are still to come for the 26-year-old guard.“It is almost like the spokes on a wheel,” he said. “You just can’t focus on one spoke and see that the wheel is going to work. But the way that those players in particular fit with the other pieces makes sense. That is just chemistry in sports.”THE KAWHI LEONARD PITCHTampering rules prevented Pelinka from even mentioning Kawhi Leonard by name, but he outlined the offseason strategy he called “adding a third star path” which was the reason the Lakers waited for five days before making any major moves that would bite into their salary cap space. But Pelinka said it wasn’t “waiting,” per se, “but the process of being prepared.”Even though the Lakers pushed their chips in to try to get Leonard, they had to create a backup plan for missing on him – which eventually became the team’s strategy. Pelinka said there was “a lot of strategic planning” on either premise. That took the shape of asking free agents to wait on Leonard with them: Pelinka used Danny Green as an example, saying that he reached out to his agent Joe Branch to ask him to hold on for a potential offer – the two sides agreed to a two-year, $30 million deal less than an hour after news broke of Leonard choosing the Clippers.“I could go through every player with their representative,” he said. “Staying in close touch with them, and kind of going into the process together, made it actually easy. I think it was transparent, it was open, it was direct.”Regarding Leonard, Pelinka declined to give much insight into the Lakers’ actual pitch, saying the team wanted to maintain discretion. But he did say he was confident that the Lakers had done their best to get him“I think of course when superstars are available, you put your best foot forward,” he said. “I’m just so thankful for the work that Jeanie (Buss) did, and I think we had a great effort. But then when a decision is made, you move on.”Reports linked former team president Magic Johnson – who notoriously accused Pelinka of “backstabbing” on television in May – to meetings with Leonard and his representatives. Johnson was unable to be a part of the Lakers’ formal presentation by the NBA’s request. Pelinka artfully sidestepped a question as to whether a leak about Johnson’s involvement helped or hurt the Lakers’ case to land Leonard.“We know he’s pulling for the Lakers, he’s made that very clear,” Pelinka said. “And we’ve just appreciated the support he’s shown from the outside.”MANAGING THE CAPFor about a week following the Davis trade, it was unclear whether the Lakers would even have the salary cap space to pursue a third max-contract free agent. NBA observers dissected the viability of assorted cap-saving strategies, including waiting until July 30 to execute the trade. The salary slot wasn’t available until the trade was expanded to include the Washington Wizards, who received Moe Wagner, Isaac Bonga and Jemerrio Jones from the Lakers. The team also convinced Davis to waive his roughly $4.1 million trade kicker – Pelinka called it “showing sacrifice.”Pelinka didn’t answer whether or not the trade expansion was always part of the strategy or a late adjustment. But he did say that delaying the trade until the end of the month would never have worked for the other trade partners, who wanted to introduce their new draft picks (Atlanta ended up with the Lakers’ No. 4 pick, taking DeAndre Hunter).“There was constant war-gaming about creating the most flexibility we could have,” he said. “It was very clear from the Pelicans’ front office they didn’t want the fourth pick to be encumbered from a timing standpoint. Those picks have value if they’re traded. Teams want to draft players, they want to hold press conferences, they want their players to participate in summer league. That was just a non-starter in our discussions.”Pelinka said the Lakers will keep their 15th roster spot open going into September’s training camp. There’s already a robust market of unsigned veterans, but Pelinka said the strategy will be to wait and see what the team’s needs are.Every signing the Lakers made this offseason was either a one- or two-year deal. That lines up with the end of LeBron James’ contract (though he has a player option for the 2021-22 season).Related Articles Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions “I think it worked out ideally for us as you look at our roster construction to have most of the free agents we signed with a two-year window so that the only salaries we have on the books going forward in that third year are LeBron and Anthony Davis,” he said, presuming Davis re-signs with them next summer. “And it gives us the ability to not only contend in the short term with the players we wanted but also add a superstar or max player in that July of 2021 if that’s something we want to look to do.”While Pelinka could not mention who might be in that crop, it’s already gaining steam as the next big free agency summer, with reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo as its potential main star.But it’s clear that going forward, Davis is the main cog. While Davis and his agent Rich Paul have given signs that they intend to stay in Los Angeles for the long haul, the six-time All-Star is also expected to hit free agency next summer, and the re-recruiting process is already on. Pelinka said twice in his opening comments that the Lakers intend to build around Davis.The call ended with Pelinka declining to comment on an ESPN story that painted him in an unflattering light. But his message seemed meant to reach a wider bandwidth of his critics.“If I focus time on responding to individual criticism, any minute or five minutes of time I spend on that is a minute or five minutes of time away from building the team and putting this team in a position to win championships,” he said. “That’s been my focus, has just been in the work, really not responding to the critics.” Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersIt was also clear that the star the Lakers are building around is shifting. Davis has yet to play a game for the franchise, and he only has one year left on his contract, but Pelinka suggested that the future will be more structured around the 6-foot-11 forward, who is just 26 years old.The Lakers will officially introduce Davis on Saturday at noon, but here’s how Pelinka tackled some of the other big issues of the summer:FREE AGENT SIGNINGSDid the Lakers learn from last summer’s foibles? There are signs that they did, even beyond the blockbuster acquisition of Davis as a second star to pair with LeBron James.Around them, the Lakers prioritized shooting: Pelinka mentioned Danny Green, Quinn Cook, and Troy Daniels as “elite” shooters who can play a catch-and-shoot game suited to James’ talents. He also talked about the defensive toughness of players such as Avery Bradley and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, the craftiness of a veteran like Jared Dudley, and the differing skill sets of DeMarcus Cousins (interior scoring and rebounding) and JaVale McGee (defense and rim-running) which could give the frontcourt varying looks depending on what’s needed.The idea, Pelinka suggested, was to give Coach Frank Vogel the maximum amount of flexibility in determining what he wants from his lineups, be it shooting, defense, size or otherwise. Vogel now can swap in players he needs by situation. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error