“It was just a patch of ice,” Radmanovic said. “I had my hands in the pockets, I didn’t have time to pull them out when I was falling down. So I fell straight on my shoulder.” Lakers coach Phil Jackson was dubious at best of Radmanovic’s report and said, “After we get Pinkerton on the case, we’ll get back to you on that. Yet Radmanovic was hoping the All-Star break would offer him a new beginning. Instead, he was left telling reporters his weekend getaway “turned out to be a nightmare.” He never got his cup of coffee, either. Jackson said he hadn’t talked with general manager Mitch Kupchak about the possibility of reuniting with 41-year-old Scottie Pippen, who said over the weekend he would like to come out of retirement and play again. [email protected] (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! EL SEGUNDO – As if Kwame Brown’s cake-throwing incident last month wasn’t absurd enough, the Lakers now have the story of how Vladimir Radmanovic went out for coffee in Park City, Utah, and came back with a separated right shoulder. That was the account offered as the Lakers reassembled following the All-Star break and Radmanovic tried to explain how he slipped on an icy sidewalk Saturday afternoon and wound up with a shoulder injury that will sideline him for eight weeks. “We have to accept that story and go from there,” he added. “We have to believe that our boys are being honest with us in this situation, right? It is a situation that’s a curiosity, for sure.” Jackson later described the time Radmanovic will miss as “filling out the term of his sentence.” Radmanovic was staying at the home of his Serbian countryman and former Lakers center Vlade Divac. He said he didn’t initially realize he injured his shoulder until after he picked himself up and continued walking. He had X-rays taken in Park City, called Lakers trainer Gary Vitti and flew home Sunday to be examined by team doctors. What Jackson was skeptical about was Radmanovic wasn’t doing his best Shaun White impersonation on the slopes. It has been a trying season for Radmanovic, the Lakers’ top free-agent acquisition last summer. He suffered an injury to his shooting hand during warm-ups for an October exhibition game and struggled to find his place in the triangle offense.
zoom The Maritime Union of New Zealand has welcomed the Ports of Auckland’s decision to stop releasing methyl bromide emissions into the air, and called for other ports to follow their example.The move to fully recapture the toxic gas after fumigation, used to kill insects in logs before export, sets a new benchmark for industry best practice, according to the Union.“We will continue the campaign to stop rogue employers exposing people to methyl bromide for another decade if need be,” Joe Fleetwood, MUNZ National Secretary, said.After fumigation is complete the gas can be recaptured and turned into a disposable salt. However, some ports instead release the toxic fumes into the air, endangering workers and nearby communities.“The Government must not allow best practice in some ports to be undermined elsewhere,” Fleetwood said, adding that “if Wellington and Auckland can do the right thing, all ports must.”The Maritime Union continues to call for a total ban on the use of methyl bromide.As part of Ports of Auckland’s ambition to be the most sustainable port in New Zealand, the company earlier said that it will require the total recapture of methyl bromide gas used for container fumigation by September 1, 2017, and for all cargoes by the end of the year.“The intention to move to a full ‘recapture’ system by the end of the year, instead of the current practice of simply venting the gas into the atmosphere, shows leadership and responsibility by Ports management,” Damien O’Connor, Labour’s Spokesperson for Biosecurity, said.“Ports of Auckland’s decision will surely put pressure on the remaining ports around New Zealand which still release methyl bromide,” Damien O’Connor informed.