Struggling Lakers in need of a break

first_imgEL SEGUNDO – At least the Lakers won’t lose any games this weekend. Of course, the All-Star Game break begins Friday, so after tonight’s home game against Cleveland the Lakers will have five days to rest and ponder what has gone wrong during their four-game losing streak. “It won’t hurt, let’s just put it that way,” coach Phil Jackson said Wednesday. “I told them that they can’t take it off yet. They still have a game to play.” Jackson cut short practice Wednesday and limited it mostly to film review, and that couldn’t have been a fun exercise. As the Lakers try to head into the break with some momentum, there is plenty to correct. In each of the last three games, the Lakers have held the lead with less than five minutes to play but lost. Transition defense continues to be an issue, as does the ineffectiveness of Lamar Odom. With the Cavaliers, a team that handed the Lakers a nine-point loss just five days ago, in town tonight, the Lakers don’t have much time to correct their disturbing habit of losing leads late in games. “I would say it’s just a lack of playing together and finding a way to win,” Jackson said. “Those are the things the team was capable of doing earlier in the year and they’re not now. Sometimes you can throw it out and say it’s bad luck. Sometimes it’s a lack of execution.” In Tuesday’s loss to New York, it was more of the latter. Eddy Curry did the damage in the final minute, but throughout the second half the Lakers were flat-footed on defense while Knicks guards cut through the lane for shots or passes back to the perimeter. Penetration also was a factor in New York getting 60 points in the key to the Lakers’ 34. center_img Twice in Tuesday’s game, as the team huddled during a timeout, Jackson yelled at Odom, once for a quickly taken 3-pointer and once for a defensive lapse. It’s been a tough go for Odom since his return from a knee injury. Odom went scoreless in the first half Tuesday, finished with 12 points and missed a potential game-winning shot at the buzzer. “I’m sure he’s not happy with his game,” Jackson said. “He can play a lot better.” Asked about his physical condition Tuesday, Odom gave a shrug and said, “I’m playing.” (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

TiVo Names Dave Shull Former Weather Channel and Dish Exec Its New

first_img Vevo Partners With Vewd to Bring Music Videos to TiVos, Smart TVs ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Tivo Preps Series 7 ‘Tivo Edge’ DVR Made by Arris After a nearly yearlong search, struggling entertainment tech and DVR company TiVo announced that Dave Shull has been appointed president and CEO.Shull, who also will become a member of the TiVo board, will start in the position effective May 31. Interim president/CEO Raghu Rau will assume the role of vice chairperson.Shull, formerly CEO of the Weather Channel and a longtime Dish Network exec, comes on board after TiVo earlier this month announced plans to split its product and patent-licensing businesses into two independent companies. His appointment comes 11 months after Enrique Rodriguez stepped down as TiVo’s president and CEO just eight months after the ex-AT&T Entertainment Group exec took the job to join John Malone’s Liberty Global cable company as CTO.Rovi, a provider of entertainment metadata and related services, acquired TiVo for $1.1 billion in 2016 and adopted the DVR pioneer’s name. Both Rovi and legacy TiVo have a history of aggressively pursuing licensing deals with — and litigation against — pay-TV and video companies. Currently, TiVo is locked in a patent licensing dispute with Comcast. Popular on Variety On the product side, the company has continued to offer a line of consumer devices, but has built a much bigger business selling software and services to pay-TV operators as well as internet-video providers. About 22 million subscriber households worldwide use TiVo-based TV technologies, according to the company.Jim Meyer, TiVo’s chairman, touted Shull’s “strong track record of driving value creating strategic outcomes and operational transformations, most recently at the Weather Channel and before that at Dish… He also has significant M&A experience and is the right person to lead TiVo’s separation process, which we believe will result in significant value for our stockholders.”TiVo’s 2018 revenue dropped 16%, to $695.9 million, and it reported a net loss of $349 million (which included a $269 million goodwill impairment charge for its product division in the fourth quarter). On Thursday, the company slightly raised expectations for fiscal 2019 versus previous guidance, projecting revenue of $644 million-$660 million (versus $640 million-$654 million) and a loss before taxes of $72 million-$80 million (versus a net loss before taxes of $75 million-$87 million).Shull most recently served as the CEO of the Weather Channel cable network, acquired last year by Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios. While at the Weather Channel from 2015-18, Shull separated the company’s digital assets from its TV business, leading to the sale of the digital businesses to IBM in 2016.Prior to the Weather Channel, Shull worked at Dish and sister company EchoStar for 10 years in various roles, including EVP and chief commercial officer, SVP of programming, managing director of Asia Pacific, and VP of operations. Relatedlast_img read more