Narangba Valley home less than one year old

first_imgThe kitchen at 1 Monarch Ave, Narangba.The kitchen has a 900mm freestanding stove with gas cooktop, ducted rangehood, stone benchtops with waterfall ends and a plumbed butler’s pantry. There is also a separate media room with airconditioning and internal sliding doors off the dining area. More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019The master bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe and a luxurious ensuite with floor to ceiling tiles, shower and cleverly tucked away toilet. Two of the remaining bedrooms have built-in wardrobes and the third could be used as a home office. The home at 1 Monarch Ave, Narangba.THIS bespoke family home, on the market in the Narangba Heights estate, is less than a year old. With a modern layout, open-plan living and an outdoor entertainment area, the home at 1 Monarch Ave is perfect for families. The home has an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area that opens through stacker sliding doors to the outdoor entertaining area. The living area at 1 Monarch Ave, Narangba.The family bathroom has a bath and shower, the toilet is separate and the laundry has external access. The home is on a 581sq m block with established lawns and gardens and a double lockup garage.There is already concrete piering and electrical provisions in place for a swimming pool. The property is NBN and reticulated bulk gas ready. center_img The outdoor area at 1 Monarch Ave, Narangba.It is walking distance to schools, shops, cafes and parks. The home is within the Narangba Valley Primary School and Narangba Valley Secondary School catchments, and is 200m from Carmichael College. Marketing agent Chris Clifton said the Narangba Heights estate has more than 50 acres of parkland, including playgrounds, lakes, bikeways and hiking trails.last_img read more

Lakers ‘Breakfast Club’ workouts aim to shape culture

first_imgMost of their bodies still felt sore from a physically taxing season. The adrenaline rush from participating in Kobe Bryant’s final game had not fully worn off.Even if the Lakers ended the 2015-16 season with their worst record in franchise history, the players deserved a break for numerous reasons. Some needed to rest. Some needed to get away from basketball so they could love it again.For Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. and Anthony Brown, it took only six days for them to feel antsy. So they texted Lakers strength and conditioning coach Tim DiFrancesco with a simple question about offseason workouts.“When do we start?” the messages asked. “They really couldn’t wait,” DiFrancesco said. “Those guys were the first to start banging the door down and get the party started.”The reasoning seemed simple.“I was feeling eager to get going,” Nance said. “Last season left a bad taste in our mouth, and I wanted to get started again.”The simple gesture significantly shaped the Lakers’ culture with their young core heading into training camp that begins Sept. 27. Other key members of that group, including D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson, also cut their vacations short to begin training.“For the long run, it will help us build,” Brown said. “We’re going to have ups and downs, obviously. But having a young core working together and making mistakes together, it’s going to help us.” The Lakers needed to make their practice facility available for pre-draft workouts through most of June. To ensure uninterrupted access, the young Lakers group arrived to work in the morning. That prompted Nance and Brown to call those sessions “the Breakfast Club.” With a group that DiFrancesco described as “hungry,” the quintet lived by the motto: “We eat a healthy dose of iron in the morning.”The players spent their mornings from Monday through Thursday in the weight room. Plenty of them returned to the Lakers’ practice facility at night to work on their game. So much that Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak spent his late evenings looking out the window of his office that oversees the practice court. Kupchak called it a “good feeling” as he saw the lights turned on before players began their shooting sessions.“These are the guys that want it,” Russell said. “You don’t have to be there. But guys that show up like that, they really want to be there.”Russell tried to show his want to be there in different ways.DiFrancesco visited Russell in his hometown of Louisville, Ky., to help him with workouts. Russell soon returned to Los Angeles and spent most of his time strengthening his hips and lower body. Russell believed that regimen made a “major difference” in his improved post presence in the Las Vegas Summer League, where he averaged 21.8 points on 47.7 percent shooting, 6.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game.Russell also left differing impressions than what former Lakers coach Byron Scott and some of his staff harbored about his work ethic. Some disliked some of Russell’s habits that included taking half-court shots at the end of practice. They offered mixed reviews about Russell’s reception toward their instruction.Yet, DiFrancesco reported Russell “always had this impressive appetite for work” during their training sessions. DiFrancesco also became impressed with Russell’s request for more feedback and workouts.“He knows and understands more what it takes to reach the potential he has,” DiFrancesco said. “What may have been interpreted by some as he didn’t understand what it takes to work, I’d argue in some cases that it was him getting his head above water in an overwhelmingly new environment.”Russell smiled at DiFrancesco’s assessment. Russell shook his head and offered a dismissive evaluation toward those who questioned his work habits.“The people that say that about me don’t really matter,” Russell said. “I know I’m in the gym. I know I’m asking for more and trying to get better. So people that are there witnessing it and putting me through the workouts, those are the people that matter.”The rest of the Lakers’ young core matters, too. It appears all of them also left a positive impression.Randle often arrived at the Lakers’ practice facility between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m to work out and play basketball. That was usually an hour before most teammates arrived. Randle also returned in the evening for more basketball drills.“It’s just a mental thing,” Randle said about his early morning routine. “It’s not a jab at my teammates or anything like that. It just helps me get in the zone.”The same logic applies to Clarkson, who also often arrived at the facility as early as Randle. Clarkson has focused on maintaining the 10-15 pounds of muscle he gained last year, while devoting his on-court workouts toward improving his ball handling and perimeter shooting.DiFrancesco said Clarkson showed improvement in his dietary and sleeping habits.“Jordan can’t sit still. His motor is always going,” DiFrancesco said. “That’s a good problem to have.”Randle and Clarkson mostly completed those tasks without fanfare. So did Brown, who spent his early offseason healing the stress reaction in his right foot, while also strengthening his hips so he could defend bigger forwards.The vibe often became festive in the Lakers’ weight room as players sweated out their competitive juices. The room often mirrored that of a Staples Center crowd with “Let’s go Larry!” chants whenever Nance lifted weights off a bench press.“Of course, I’m sitting there furious with them as I’m struggling to get this weight up,” Nance said, laughing. “That’s the type of atmosphere we have to get better.”The Lakers carried that atmosphere beyond summer league.With the exception of Nance being sidelined with a sprained right wrist, DiFrancesco said the Lakers’ young core returned to the practice facility about a week after summer league play ended.Nance received full medical clearance to resume training in mid-August. Meanwhile, Randle was sidelined temporarily in late August after needing seven stitches to treat a cut between the middle and ring fingers of his right hand. The Lakers also made efforts to cement their bond away from the court.Russell, Anthony and Nance message each other on a group text exchange that Nance said showed how “we’re just messing with one another.” Clarkson treated the Lakers’ summer league team to dinner shortly after signing his four-year, $50 million contract. Randle, Russell and Clarkson attended the movie premiere of “Jason Bourne,” and Russell and Clarkson have played paintball together. The Lakers also plan to host more team dinners this season on the road. “That’s something we didn’t do enough of last year,” Nance said. “It’s a better atmosphere this year. The guys are buying into it and we’re all coming along closer.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Nash, Kidd, Hill, Allen eligible for basketball Hall of Fame

first_imgHood scores 29 points as Jazz beat Spurs AP FILE PHOTOSPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts — Two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash, fellow star point guard Jason Kidd, Grant Hill and Ray Allen are among six first-year candidates for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.The Detroit Pistons backcourt of Chauncey Billups and Richard Hamilton also became eligible after the Hall changed its rules to allow players to reach the ballot after three years of retirement.ADVERTISEMENT The candidates eligible for enshrinement in 2018 were announced Thursday (Friday Manila time) by the Hall on the anniversary of James Naismith’s invention of the game.Coaches on the ballot for the first time include Steve Fisher, who won a title at Michigan and later coached its Fab Five, and West Virginia’s Bob Huggins.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe women’s committee nominated former WNBA stars Becky Hammon, now a San Antonio Spurs assistant coach, as well as Tina Thompson and Katie Smith.Finalists from the North American and women’s committees will be announced at NBA All-Star weekend on Feb. 17 in Los Angeles. The entire class will be unveiled during the NCAA Final Four in San Antonio. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourscenter_img LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more