Grocery packaging in a sustainable future

first_imgWhere packaging is concerned, plastic is public enemy number one. Or is it? In fact, when asked to rank what they consider to be the most sustainable packaging material more people chose plastic than tin cans, laminated cardboard or flowrap packaging commonly used for confectionery items. That’s just one of a host of striking insights to emerge from The Grocer Vision and PwC whitepaper, Beyond Plastics: Grocery Packaging in a Sustainable Future.Featuring exclusive insights from a survey of over 1,000 consumers and from key supply chain players like PepsiCo, Iceland, Co-op and TerraCycle this whitepaper moves the debate beyond plastics and sketches out what a sustainable packaging future could like for the grocery sector.Over 30 pages of expert, data-led analysis, you will find:Exclusive insights into the businesses consumers consider to be leading the transition to more sustainable packaging and the trade-offs they are prepared to make to support the switch.Analysis of the responses to-date by businesses and government and whether they have been effectively targeted to tackle the environmental impact of packaging across its entire lifecycle.Advice for businesses on how to navigate the complexity of the packaging agenda and support the shift to a circular economy. The Grocer may use your contact data to keep you informed of its products and services by email or by phone. You can withdraw your marketing consent at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in such email or by sending an email to More information on our processing can be found in our Privacy Notice. By submitting this form, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Privacy Notice.last_img read more

Hoosiers 30th anniversary tour coming to North Vernon

first_imgNORTH VERNON, Ind. — The Hoosiers 30th Anniversary Tour will visit North Vernon next weekend.On Sunday March12, the tour, including members of the 1954 Milan High School Basketball team along with members of the “Hickory Huskers” from the movie Hoosiers, will be in attendance at the historic Park Theater in downtown North Vernon.Activities will being at 1:00 PM with a VIP event where attendees will have exclusive access to members of both teams for photographs, autographs, conversation, and refreshments.At 2:00 PM the movie Hoosiers will play in the theater. Following the movie there will be a meet and greet on the stage.The first 250 people attending the movie wearing the Letterman’s jacket or sweater will receive a special commemorative gift.Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children.last_img read more

KMJ Performance signs on as sponsor for special events in six IMCA divisions

first_imgHe started Assault Race Cars with Randy Havlik in 2017 and bought both Victory Chassis and Zero 1 Shocks last year. “This program is a good way for us to get our feet wet with IMCA and get national exposure,” KMJ owner and long-time Modified driver Tony Hofbauer said. “This will be a good thing for us and for the drivers.” Those certificates will be given at designated specials for IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Late Models, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods and Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods.  Drivers in the same four divisions competing in Assault and Victory cars receive free pit passes when they race this season at Marshalltown. They’ll also receive a 2020 chassis for winning the 2019 track title there.  STORY CITY, Iowa – New sponsor KMJ Performance makes a top five finish pay off even more at 80 IMCA special events in 2019.  KMJ’s initial sponsorship program extends to the biggest event in all of dirt track racing, as a 2020 chassis will be awarded to any Modified, Stock Car, Hobby Stock or Northern SportMod winning the Saturday night main event at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s in an Assault or Victory ride. KMJ now has 32 employees working in Story City. A 45,000 square foot building is home to corpo­rate offices, storefront and aluminum fabricating, with a 40,000 square foot building home to warehousing and a welding shop. Havlik was the 2009 Super Nationals Modified champion; Hofbauer was runner-up in the 2003 event. The Story City, Iowa, chassis and high performance parts manufacturer and distributor gives $200 gift certificates good toward the purchase of any four shock package, or $250 certificates, applicable in the purchase of any Victory or Assault chassis.  “The flexibility of this program will work very well when targeting special events across the country,” noted IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “We are able to give drivers a second option when it comes to the award package and that will really be beneficial at certain events. We are really looking forward to working with Tony and his team at KMJ this season.” Information about both brands of chassis and all KMJ products is available at the website and on Facebook.  Hofbauer started KMJ – the initials of his kids’ first names – at his farm south of Ames in 2005, after selling his interest in Midwest Motorsports. “Randy and I have known each other for a long time but this is something neither one of us ever envisioned,” Hofbauer said of KMJ’s rapid growth. “We ship 4,000-5,000 orders a week and manufac­ture a private line of Assault Racing Products.”last_img read more

Palace rescue point from Magpies

first_imgNeither Alan Pardew nor the travelling Newcastle support could boast victory in their reunion battle as Crystal Palace came from behind to seal a 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park. The Palace boss brought to an end an often-turbulent five-year spell at St James’ Park to take over in south London at the turn of the year and their first meeting since then ended in stalemate. Pardew’s Eagles have made a habit out of falling behind but again showed their resilient nature as Fraizer Campbell came off the bench to earn a well-deserved share of the spoils for Palace. The former Sunderland forward had the ball in the net after glancing Jason Puncheon’s cross past Krul, but he was rightly adjudged offside. Newcastle had soaked up most of Palace’s pressure until that point and showed their own attacking prowess three minutes before the break as Daryl Janmaat broke down the right and dug out a perfect cross to find the unmarked Cisse – who made no mistake in heading past Julian Speroni to open the scoring. The Newcastle fans marked the goal with further taunting of Pardew, while their captain Fabricio Coloccini appeared to be struck by an object thrown from the home support as he joined in celebrating with Cisse. Pardew looked to his bench for inspiration as the second half followed much the same pattern as the first, with top goalscorer Dwight Gayle and the returning Bolasie both introduced just after the hour. And it was Bolasie, home from African Nations Cup duty, who turned provider just minutes later as he swept in a cross for fellow substitute Campbell to sweep home. The DR Congo winger was at it again moments later as he flashed in another ball that landed at the feet of Wilfried Zaha – who could only find the legs of a recovering Newcastle defender as he fired a shot off. Hangeland saw a deflected header land on the roof of the net as Pardew’s side went in search of a winner and the Norway defender came even closer as he drew a smart stop out of Krul. That was the last good chance as Pardew ended the game by clapping all corners of Selhurst Park and enjoying cordial handshakes with former colleagues on the Newcastle bench and some of his ex-players as they departed down the tunnel. It could have been an even sweeter reunion for Pardew had Brede Hangeland’s late header not been tipped behind by Tim Krul, with Newcastle offering very little in the way of their own attempts to win the game. Papiss Cisse’s first goal of 2015 had put John Carver’s side in front but the man who worked as Pardew’s assistant did not see his team work Julian Speroni on any other occasion and the Magpies still only have one win since Pardew jumped ship. The 53-year-old waxed lyrical about his Newcastle tenure in his programme notes and urged the travelling fans to remember the “good times” they enjoyed before the relationship soured. But the away contingent only had unsavoury songs in store for their previous manager – whose misery was compounded when Cisse rose to head his former employers in front before half-time. The visitors were largely on the back foot and, although Palace often lacked a killer final ball, the introduction of the returning Yannick Bolasie sparked them into life as he provided the cross for Campbell to turn home and level with less than 20 minutes remaining. Pardew had won here 3-0 with Newcastle last season but his current side could not find enough quality to seal a comeback victory on this occasion, despite having most of the ball in the closing stages. The game started without the sort of frenetic pace many would anticipate for such an occasion, with Palace quicker out of the blocks – although the recalled pairing of Yaya Sanogo and Marouane Chamakh failed to test Krul in the visitors’ goal. Arsenal loanee Sanogo did not last long before injury forced him off, with Campbell on in his place and instantly posing more of a threat. Press Associationlast_img read more

Cricket News Asia Cup 2018: Manish Pandey to get final nod as BCCI prepares to announce squad

first_imgNew Delhi: The selectors for the Indian cricket team is set to have a meeting shortly as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is scheduled to announce the squad for the upcoming Asia Cup 2018 on Saturday (today). The selectors will have tough time in selecting the final squad for the Asia Cup as most players who had played on the England tour in the limited overs format impressed many including fans and pundits, while, the India A and India B players have also excited the audience with their performances and Manish Pandey is one of the big names to make a case for himself after the Quadrangular A team series.ALSO READ: Asian Games 2018 LIVE Day 14: India look to outclass 1951 Asiad recordPandey have struggled to make a permanent spot for himself in the playing XI since making his debut three years ago. He was denied a spot in the XI for the T20Is against England due to his unimpressive 21 runs in two T20s against Ireland.The Karnataka batsman was left out from the India A squad in the Quadrangular team series but was asked to lead the India B team against Australia A, South Africa A and other home teams and he did the talking with the bat as he scored an unbeaten 95 against the Aussies and was pillar behind India B’s final chase against Australia A with a knock of 73 not out.He remained unbeaten in his last four matches and notched up 306 runs.ALSO READ: NN Cricket Trivia: When Gary Sobers became first player to hit 6 sixesOther possible changes might be the exclusion of Dinesh Karthik in place of the flamboyant Rishabh Pant. However, Karthik has not put a foot wrong in the limited-overs format. But he has just played one ODI in England and his poor form with the bat could be the reason behind his exclusion.Mayank Agarwal is another name that could make the cut in the final squad after his impressive performances for the India B team.The Men in Blue will play the first match in the 2018 Asia Cup on September 18 and will lock horns with arch-rivals Pakistan on September 19. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Still plenty at stake in Big Ten as UW heads to MSU

first_imgYANA PASKOVA/Herald photoThe 2005-06 Wisconsin basketball team has been quite the enigma this season. Night in and night out fans wonder which team will show up to play. Will it be the team that began the Big Ten season with a four game win streak, or will it be the team that proceeded to lose five of its next six games including a loss to unranked North Dakota State?Only time will tell, but with just two remaining games on the Big Ten schedule, it’s gut-check time for Bucky and the Badgers.Before they head to Iowa City for the season finale against the Hawkeyes, UW will take on rival Michigan State Thursday night.This will mark the second meeting of the season as the two teams hooked up in the Kohl Center in early January. On that day, the Badgers protected their home court and blew the Spartans right out of the gym by shooting 51 percent from the field, including75 percent in the second half.While such a shooting performance is not expected to be duplicated, UW guard Michael Flowers believes a similar effort will go a long way.”Most importantly, we got an early lead and just ran with it, and we need to do that on Thursday to give ourselves a good shot at getting the victory,” Flowers said. “We hit a lot of shots, and that’s made things easy, but we were moving the ball well and getting open looks, and those are the kinds of things we need to do again.”Currently, UW is third in the Big Ten with a conference record of 9-5, while Michigan State holds a 7-7 record, despite big wins against Ohio State and Iowa. Similar to the rest of the Big Ten, both Michigan State and Wisconsin have struggled to get victories on the road.”We haven’t done a good job of playing on the road, but I know we can go on the road and get some victories if we just play Wisconsin basketball,” UW guard Kammron Taylor said. “We need to stay focused for the whole 40 minutes, and that has been one our downfalls on the road. We stay focused on our game and block out the crowd.”The Badgers should have their hands full on the defensive end Thursday, as Michigan State brings strength and athleticism to the forefront.The Spartan offense is keyed by the high-flying guard play of Shannon Brown and Maurice Ager, who both average over 18 points per contest while dishing out just over four assists per game.”Those guys are fast and strong,” Flowers said. “It’s not easy to keep players like that in check, but if we stay committed on defense and contest their shots, we should be able to contain them.”The biggest matchup problem for the Badgers will be defending Paul Davis. The preseason All-American is in the top five in the Big Ten in points and rebounds and should present problems for the Badger forwards, who have struggled to defend the post this year.If the Badgers are to steal one on the road, they will have to receive contributions from some of the younger players who have made their presence felt on a depleted UW squad.Together, Alando Tucker and Taylor combine for 34 points, but in order to be successful in Michigan State, a third scorer will likely have to emerge. The Badgers received a needed spark Sunday against Minnesota, as Kevin Gullikson and Joe Krabbenhoft combined for 22 points in the game.”It’s real nice to see the young guys step up at a time like this, with the season winding down and the postseason coming up,” Taylor said. “We need them at this point because it relieves some pressure from the older guys like myself.”And it is no secret that UW head coach Bo Ryan isn’t afraid to use his youngsters.”I’m not afraid to have anybody out there,” Ryan said. “It’s no hocus pocus because if you do the right things, then you’ll play. Guys like Kevin [Gullikson] and Joe [Krabbenhoft] do things that make me think they’re right players for the time.”Regardless of the outcome, the Badgers will truly show what they are made of in these last two road games. Despite the rivalry and the troubles the Badgers have demonstrated on the road, Ryan believes Thursday night’s contest is just another game.”We’ve just got to play like we play at home and stay in sync,” Ryan said. “It seems that there are a lot more grinders on the road, but we’re just going to play ball because you can’t read too much into it. We can’t say do this or do that because of their crowd. We’re just going to play our game and not going to change anything.”last_img read more

Volleyball: Sheffield previews week ahead at news conference Monday

first_imgThe Wisconsin women’s volleyball team continues their two week long Big Ten match slate this Wednesday against Illinois.Head coach Kelly Sheffield and the Badgers are looking to change the way their season has gone so far.The Badgers are coming off of a particularly hard, five-set loss to Ohio State this weekend and a loss to top-ranked Penn State last Wednesday.Wisconsin is looking for its first conference win this week. UW is 0-2 in conference play for the first time since 2010.The team now goes on to face the No. 7 Illinois Wednesday, and Sheffield said he is not counting out the Fighting Illini (11-2, 2-0 Big Ten).“They’re going to be one of those teams that are in it until the very end,” he said.Looking back at Ohio State, Sheffield did not place all of the blame on the players, and admits that some of the chaos from the game falls on the coaching staff.“We’ve got to compete, but there’s also got to be this balance,” he said. “[Ohio State] scored a couple of points and we’re just running all over the place creating mayhem. We were able to calm down a little bit and get back in the fight and it was a really good match from there on out.”While Sheffield did not claim the Ohio State game was perfect, he did admit that some good things did come out of the game, namely the team’s communication.Part of Sheffield’s plan for the next few weeks is getting the ball to his middle blockers more frequently.“Our middles are really starting to play well,” Sheffield said. “We’ve lost three matches, but our middles have been great for those matches.”Sheffield also addressed the hitting errors and ball control issues the team has had, but believes they are making progress and getting better each week.Even though the team did lose Sunday, Sheffield believes this is the kind of thing needed for the team’s plan to start coming together.“That’s kind of my feeling, is that we’re getting closer,” Sheffield said. “And I see that, even though we’ve lost a few.”The match against the Fighting Illini begins Wednesday night at the UW Field House at 7 p.m. and will be televised on BTN. Wednesday night is also the annual Steve Lowe night, which will feature a pre-match recognition of the former Badgers head coach.The Badgers will then play Northwestern Sunday at the Field House at 1 p.m., also on BTN.last_img read more

USC men’s basketball’s NCAA tournament run ends with tight loss to Baylor

first_imgThe Trojans made a name for themselves this week as the comeback cats of March, but it wasn’t meant to be on Sunday night as the men’s basketball team fell to Baylor in the Round of 32, knocking USC out of the NCAA Tournament after two thrilling comeback wins.After overcoming a 17-point deficit versus Providence and a 12-point deficit versus SMU, the 11th-seeded Trojans found themselves in familiar territory, down 10 to the third-seeded Bears. By halftime, USC cut Baylor’s lead to 5 and in the second half led by as many as 4. However, the magic ended for the Trojans after Baylor point guard Manu Lecomte scored 8 points in 46 seconds with just over four minutes to play.His solo run catapulted Baylor to a 73-67 lead. They never relinquished their hold on the game until the buzzer sounded to an 82-78 Bears win.In literal Cinderella fashion, the Trojans’ run came down to a single slipper. With 5:30 to play, freshman guard De’Anthony Melton lost his shoe and tumbled over sophomore forward Chimezie Metu, knocking the big man out of bounds. At the time of the turnover, USC led 65-63, but Baylor closed the game on a 19-13 run.Other than the final minutes, the arc of this game was similar to the Trojans’ previous two. They started hot on offense but struggled on defense and then roared back to life in the second half. Whereas junior guard Elijah Stewart had been the hero on offense last game against SMU, on Sunday the Trojans enjoyed balanced scoring.Metu finished with 28 points, but the team lived and died with sophomore forward Bennie Boatwright. Boatwright scored USC’s first 8 points in the opening 2:30 before quietly not scoring until the second half. He ended up with 16 points for the game, but a couple ill-advised shots down the stretch cost the Trojans key possessions. After Lecomte’s 8-point spurt, Boatwright heaved a 30-footer early in the shot clock. It signaled the start of Trojan desperation time. With seconds to play, he missed another off-balanced 3-point shot which put the final nail in USC’s coffin.In the midst of his offensive woes down the stretch, Boatwright managed to take a charge from Baylor’s leading scorer and rebounder Johnathan Motley. Motley fouled out of the game with 1:39 to play after picking up all five of his fouls in the second half. Nevertheless, his absence did not faze the Bears thanks to Lecomte’s incredible run.Jake Casino | Daily TrojanThe Miami transfer scored all 12 of his points in the final five minutes. After missing his first five 3-point attempts, Lecomte completed a 4-point play, made three more baskets and sank two free throws to steady the Bears.Lecomte was not the only unlikely hero for the Bears. Forward Terry Maston scored 19 off the bench, and guard King McClure added 17 more. A year and a half ago, doctors told McClure he had a heart condition that would keep him from playing basketball competitively, yet 18 months of hard work have gotten him back into the Bears’ starting lineup. While McClure only averaged 4.6 points per game going into Sunday, he led all scorers with 14 in the first half.USC’s bench only scored 4 points — all coming from freshman forward Nick Rakocevic.For the starters, Melton scored 7 points, junior guard Jordan McLaughlin scored 11 and junior guard Elijah Stewart scored 12. Stewart made two timely corner 3-pointers in the first half to keep USC in the game. His third  put USC in the lead with 10:18 to play. It was the Trojans’ first lead since 10-9.Immediately thereafter, Stewart slammed home a dunk and converted the 3-point play. His scoring outburst marked the apex of USC’s March magic — atwo-and-three-quarters game run that put USC basketball back on the national map for the first time in a decade. With a program-high 26 wins this season, no graduates who played significant minutes and a fierce tournament reputation, the Trojans will have a lot of hype around them come next season.last_img read more

Pep talk: Arsenal ask Guardiola to give Emirates Stadium presentation

first_imgPep Guardiola is in line to visit the Emirates Stadium in December as he steps up plans to return to football, can reveal.The former Barcelona manager has been invited to deliver a presentation at a one-day event organised for international coaches and football specialists to share their knowledge.He is set to be one of a series of high-profile speakers at the symposium, which is scheduled to take place at Arsenal’s stadium in mid-December, most likely on December 19.Guardiola, who is living in New York with his family during a year’s sabbatical from the game, has indicated he is keen to be involved if it fits in with his plans to visit London as part of a Europe-wide fact-finding trip.The Spaniard was photographed with Sir Alex Ferguson in the US capital last week, where both attended the US Open tennis finals, as he maintains his links with the game.However, United dismissed suggestions that the pair met to discuss the possibility of Guardiola succeeding Ferguson at Old Trafford. The 41-year-old revealed in late April that he would be stepping down as manager of Barcelona to take a break from football following a glittering four-year spell at the helm in which he steered the club to 13 trophies, including two Champions League titles and three league crowns.Speaking at the time, Guardiola explained: “The reason is simple: four years is enough. I’m drained and I need to fill up. The demand has been very high and a manager must be strong.“Time has taken its toll – I rise each day and don’t feel the same. I am going with the understanding that I have done my duty. You can only recover by resting and getting away from everything.”The Catalan, who speaks good English, has been strongly linked with a managerial post in the Premier League, with United, Chelsea and Arsenal among the clubs said to be keen on hiring one of the highest achieving coaches in the game.last_img read more

Former Laker Jamaal Wilkes believes rebuilding “will take a couple years”

first_imgBut Wilkes’ initial hiccup provides a valuable lesson for the present-day Lakers, presuming they maintain their top-five pick in the NBA Draft lottery on May 19. With the Lakers (21-58) entering Sunday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks (48-31) at Staples Center two losses away from securing the worst mark in franchise history, the Lakers have too many roster needs to address. In order for any draft prospects to make the same impact he made, Wilkes argued that player will need “a blend of humility and confidence.”“You have to have confidence in yourself and in your game. But you need humility, too, in terms of deferring to the veterans until you get grounded,” said Wilkes, who wrote about his rookie season in his recent book, ‘Memoirs of The Original Smooth As Silk,’ a portion of the proceeds helping the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. “Even though the Lakers are down this year, they are still a championship organization. When you come to a team like the Lakers, you can learn a lot by listening and observing.”Assuming that prospect adopts those qualities and the Lakers strike it rich in free agency, Wilkes believed the Lakers “will have a good shot at making the playoffs next season.” Yet, he sounded skeptical the Lakers would immediately turn around their fortunes, arguing persistent injuries and the passing of late owner Jerry Buss in February 2013 still cloud the storied franchise. “He loved the game and respected the game. He hired the best basketball minds he could and he listened to him. It all started there,” Wilkes said of Buss. “We’re all impatient, but it’s a reality. We had the good fortunate of having him for a long period of time. It’ll take a couple of years to turn this around.”That partly explains why Wilkes showed sympathy for Lakers coach Byron Scott, who played with Wilkes during the Showtime Era. He became enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. His retired No. 52 Lakers jersey hangs on the Staples Center rafters. His nickname “Silk” and the “20-foot layup” seem long-lasting.But some uncertainty emerged on whether Jamaal Wilkes would thrive in the NBA even after the two-time All-American helped UCLA to two NCAA men’s basketball national championships. After the Golden State Warriors drafted him 11th overall in 1975, Wilkes spent more time filming the movie “Cornbread, Earl and Me” than worrying about his training. Once he arrived to rookie camp, Wilkes huffed and puffed his way through practice.“I was so disappointed in myself that I was unprepared,” Wilkes said in an interview with the Los Angeles News Group. “Coming out of UCLA with Coach (John) Wooden, you were always prepared. But I was just caught unprepared. Instead of blaming this guy, that guy or the coach, I knew I had to and accepted full responsibility.”Wilkes soon spent his time both in the gym and in martial arts classes to expedite his conditioning. He then turned out fine enough to win the NBA Rookie of the Year award. That provided a foreshadowing of the four NBA championships Wilkes would eventually win in his career (1974-85), including three with the Lakers. “It’s not one of those years where you can point the finger at somebody,” Wilkes said. “It’s one of those years where you play young guys, get a sense of the future of the team and maintain your professionalism. I think Byron has done that.”Still, Wilkes suggested Scott could improve on one thing. With Kobe Bryant set to make his return next season from a third consecutive season-ending injury, Wilkes argued Bryant’s success will largely stem on how he and the Lakers manage his workload. Bryant averaged 22.3 points on a career-low 37.3 percent shooting in 34.5 minutes through 35 games in the 2014-15 season before tearing his right rotator cuff on Jan. 21 in New Orleans.“I’d like to see a situation like in Kareem (Abdul-Jabbar’s) last two years where his minutes were about cut in half and most of them were played in the fourth quarter,” Wilkes said. “I’m confident Coach Scott and Kobe will come to a meeting of the minds that makes sense for all those concerned. I don’t think it’s realistic for him to give him 35 or 38 minutes every night.”Incidentally, Bryant averaged 35.4 minutes per game in the Lakers’ first 27 contests before sitting in eight of the following 16 games for rest purposes. The 19-year veteran then injured his right shoulder in late January. All of that hardly matches what Abdul-Jabbar went through in his 19th and 20th NBA seasons in 1987-88 (14.6 points, 6.0 rebounds) and 1988-89 season (10.1 points, 4.5 rebounds). That marked a decrease from his career averages of 24.6 points and 11.2 rebounds. Yet, Abdul-Jabbar averaged under 30 minutes per game in his last two years after the Lakers acquired Mychal Thompson in a trade in the 1986 offseason.Nonetheless, Wilkes still gave Bryant the “benefit of the doubt” on how he will manage his comeback. Wilkes also added that Scott “feels comfortable that the Buss family and (general manager) Mitch Kupchak will help him get them back on track next season.” All of this uncertainty hardly matches what Wilkes went through with UCLA and the Lakers, two teams that seemingly remained in championship contention every season.“UCLA has the slight edge because we were clearly dominant,” Wilkes said. “Not just our teams, but the teams that played us and came after us. With the Lakers, we were dominant. But there were also a handful of other teams that were vying for that dominant position.”How long it takes for the Lakers to return to that dominant position could become as unpredictable as the initial hiccups Wilkes experienced in rookie camp. Wilkes only hopes the recovery happens as quickly as Wilkes bounced back to win the NBA’s Rookie of the Year award. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more