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GAME NOTES: UWF Christmas Classic Share PENSACOLA, Fla. – The University of West Florida Argonauts will take on Saint Augustine’s College Friday and Virginia State on Saturday in the UWF Christmas Classic, both games are scheduled for 6 p.m. UWF now sits at 7-4 after taking down Shaw University and can match last season’s nine game win total with a pair of victories this weekend.2011-12 UWF Men’s Basketball Game Notes:- Games 12-13: St. Augustine’s and Va. State- Games 10-11: Ark.-Ft. Smith and Ark. Tech- Game 9: Shaw- Game 8: Ga. Southwestern- Games 6-7: Auburn Mont. and North Ga.- Game 5: Southeastern- Game 4: Ga. Southwestern- Game 3: Montevallo- Games 1 – 2: Lynn and BarryMOORE WINS SECOND GSC AWARDSenior Jamar Moore won his second GSC Player of the Week Award as he averaged a double-double behind 22.0 points and 12.5 rebounds, while also averaging 4.5 assists per game and shooting 53.1 percent from the field. Moore led UWF to an 88-70 victory over Arkansas-Fort Smith, netting 16 points and grabbing a game-high eight rebounds in 32 minutes. The Coolidge, GA native saved his best for last as the Argonauts nearly upset No. 24 Arkansas Tech, 89-85. Moore led all players with 28 points, 17 rebounds and seven assists in 36 minutes. He set a season-high for points in a game and a career-best effort on the boards.MATHIS GOES PERFECTUWF senior Marquis Mathis had a perfect night from the field during the Argo’s 88-70 win over Arkansas-Fort Smith. Mathis went 11-of-11 from the field, tying an NCAA record as well as a school record. Mathis is the first Argo to go perfect from the field after attempting more than nine shots.FIRST DECEMBER LOSSUWF’s loss to No. 24 Arkansas Tech was the first loss for the Argos in the month of December for both the men’s and women’s teams. The Argos were 2-0 until losing to the Wonder Boys this month while the women remain perfect at 3-0.GEARING UP FOR THE GSCThis weekend’s UWF Christmas Classic will wrap up the non-conference portion of the Argo’s schedule. Starting on Jan. 5, West Florida will kick off GSC play with Christian Brothers. UNO is the only remaining game on the schedule that will not count towards the Argo’s GSC record.LAST TIME VS. SAINT AUGUSTINE’SThe Argos defeated Saint Augustine’s, 86-77, on Dec. 30, 2005 in Pensacola, Fla. Maurice Thomas led the way with 24 points and 10 rebounds.LAST TIME VS. VIRGINIA STATEWest Florida took a 76-68 win over Virginia State two seasons ago on Dec. 30, 2009. Max Hoggard was good for 26 points while current Argo Peter Connole grabbed five rebounds and three assists.Print Friendly Version
He created the third goal for Karim Benzema but was unable to get on the score sheet and some sections of the home crowd were disappointed with his performance. CET The former Manchester United manager masterminded a win over Barcelona earlier this month, but he was unable to follow it up with another miracle in the Spanish capital. “We had that platform [through the early goal], but we couldn’t keep it. I know we lost but I really enjoyed my experience against one of the top sides in the world.” “On another day he will score because he is such a good player. He has nothing to worry about, he’s an exceptional player. Madrid didn’t need his goals today, but when they do need them he’ll be there.” Finally, Moyes revealed that Carlos Vela had to be taken off in the first half due to a “medial meniscus” problem, adding that a scan will determine how long the Mexican striker will be out for. David Moyes said the current crop of Real Madrid players may be the best side he has ever come up against after his Real Sociedad side were beaten 4-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday afternoon. 01/02/2015 “The way [Madrid] played in the first half may be as good as I’ve come up against,” he said in his post match press conference. Sam Marsden But while crediting Los Blancos, Moyes also admitted some frustration towards the way his side defended. “I was a little disappointed with my defenders,” he continued. “We needed to be more aware, but we were up against top quality players and that quality was able to shine through in the end. Moyes wasn’t the only British interest around the game, with Gareth Bale playing 90 minutes for Madrid. “Bale’s a top player,” Moyes continued. “You know the important thing when you have those players is that you encourage them. However, Moyes doesn’t think the Welshman should overly concerned with a bit of criticism. Upd. at 00:48 La Real had taken a shock second minute lead, although it didn’t last for long as James Rodriguez headed in Marcelo’s cross almost instantly to level the scores. “They forced us wide, they were difficult to get close to and they made it really hard for us.”
South Africans, on the whole, have a high level of social cohesion and good active citizenship. To boost levels further, young people and marginalised groups in particular need to be targeted, according to Brand South Africa’s Domestic Perceptions Survey. Matjididi Mokono (centre) is an example of active citizenship in motion. She opened up an orphan centre in 2002 to feed and educate children in the village of GaMagoa in Limpopo. Active citizenship in South Africa has risen in recent years. (Images: Shamin Chibba) Shamin ChibbaMore than 10 years ago, when Matjididi Mokono was a primary school teacher, she looked at her community in GaMagoa, Limpopo, and saw its children struggling to live. They were not being fed well enough, many lived with their grandparents, and they were trying to get by in an environment rife with crime, alcoholism and drug abuse.Mokono did something about it. She left her post as a teacher and started Mponogele Le Iterele Orphan Centre under a tree. The initiative was meant to feed and educate the local children. “I wanted to help the children and support their family members who feel overloaded too,” she said.So successful was the project, Mokono started receiving support from the likes of Eskom, Brand South Africa and even overseas funders. Today, the centre has moved from the tree to a property with a small hall, a kitchen and even a computer room.It is people like Mokono who are pushing up South Africa’s score on the active citizenship index, which currently sits at 68%.The index forms part of Brand South Africa’s Domestic Perceptions Survey, which measures both active citizenship and social cohesion. It also contributes to developing an understanding of how South Africans perceive the nation brand based on national pride, attitudes, values and beliefs. On the whole, the survey found South Africans to be positive and optimistic about the future of the country.“South Africans tend to speak badly about themselves,” said Brand South Africa’s research manager Judy Smith-Höhn. “There’s a general tendency to say things are terrible. But what we are able to do is tell the positive story. We’re not looking to cover up challenges.”Active citizenshipWhile the active citizenship score was considered good, Smith-Höhn said there was still a lot of work to be done to take it to a level that was considered strong.The score implies that more than half of South Africans participate actively in their respective communities. But the study sample showed that 29% were involved community members who were always willing to contribute to their communities. The bulk of the sample, 53%, would like to be involved members but did not always have the time or money to do so.Level of involvement by percentage. (Images: Brand South Africa) The above graph shows the extent of the respondents’ involvement in their communities. (Images: Brand South Africa)Social cohesionSouth Africans were starting to feel they belonged to the country and that they wanted to be here, said Smith-Höhn.The country’s social cohesion score was 73 out of 100, which was a healthy sign, she said. “We have a very high social cohesion index, which is surprising if you think of where we come from as a country.”Based on questions posed to all respondents, research findings revealed that almost half of South African citizens had a strong feeling of cohesion (45%) while 21% had a good sense of cohesion.A breakdown of the social cohesion index. (Images: Brand South Africa)Social cohesion in the Brand South Africa context refers to the degree to which people are integrated in society. Furthermore, it looks at how society’s solidarity finds expression among individuals and communities.In a country with diverse histories, cultures and religions, people feel their living environments are improving. There are fewer feelings of inequality, exclusion and disparity. More than half the respondents felt they were always part of the bigger South African community, and only 10% felt they were always excluded. The remaining 36% said they were sometimes excluded.The above graph indicates the respondents’ feeling of inclusion as a South African citizen. They had to pick one of the above three statements that best described their feelings as an individual living in South Africa. (Images: Brand South Africa)Despite the good vibes South Africans were emanating, the Domestic Perceptions Survey noted that lower income earners were showing some frustration. “The slight dissatisfaction among South Africans around the feelings of inclusion are, in fact, the reason why social cohesion is ‘good’ and not ‘strong.’”According to Brand South Africa, social cohesion improves a country’s economic performance because a more equal society and environment correlate with positive outcomes such as good health, child development and labour market adjustments.The above graph broke down the feelings of inclusion by income levels. A high level of respondents (57%) felt they were part of the bigger South African community. (Images: Brand South Africa)Social cohesion forms a large part of the social sustainability element in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index. Even Mo Ibrahim, the billionaire Sudanese-British mobile communications mogul, emphasised the importance of social cohesion at the 11th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in 2013.The National Development Plan (NDP) has made social cohesion one of its priorities for the 2014-2019 electoral mandate. According to the NDP, its objectives are to reduce inequality of opportunity and enable the sharing of common space.Active citizenry linked to unityThe Domestic Perceptions Survey linked active citizenship and social cohesion. It found that an active citizenry was a key component of a more socially cohesive society. “Citizens need to help shape the development process and hold the government to account for the quality of services it delivers.”The report offered two recommendations: promote youth participation as a way to enhance active citizenship and promote inclusiveness among marginalised groups to enhance feelings of cohesiveness.
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Other Features & ConclusionAsk.com also says it does social search, but rather than rely on user tagging – whichthey say is only popular in niche tech circles (e.g. del.icio.us and Flickr) – Ask.comlets its algorithm do the work. It does this by breaking terms down into groups andpresenting the results to the user. If you do asearch on gardening for example, you’ll see how it is broken down into multiplecategories.Ask.com also has the usual search portal (circa 2006) features – mobile, maps, news,blogs, binoculars (page preview), etc. There are subtle differences in all of thosefeatures when compared to Google, Yahoo and MSN. But ultimately I have to ask (pardon thepun): is Ask.com ‘next generation’ enough to challenge the big 3 plus AOL?I do like the concept of ExpertRank and their willingness to get as much useful infoon the first page of search results as possible. It seems like an innovative approach andcertainly differentiates Ask from Google.But when it comes down to it, the results I see aren’t sufficiently differentto make me want to change. I suspect a lot of Google’s 50%+ market share of users feelsthe same. Ask.com is still a successful business though, even if they don’t manage tomake great inroads into the market. I’m sure Ask is not crying into its milk about being5th. I was told that currently over 20% of Ask’s entire search terms – and hundreds ofcategories – have a Smart Answer.Comparison of Ask with GoogleIf you compare Ask.com to Google, there are immediately some noticeable differences.An obvious one is that Ask.com puts its advertisements within the main content pane,instead of in a separate right-hand pane like Google does. So when you do a generalsearch in Ask, the right-hand pane is sometimes occupied by advanced search options. AlsoAsk often has their ‘smart answers’ (see above) at the top of the main pane. The effectof all this is to give the user more immediately useful information – and drill downoptions – on the first page of results. This is what Jim Lanzone meant at Web 2.0 Summitwhen hesaid that “Ask.com enables users to do more, faster.”Below are a couple of screenshots, showing a search on “new zealand” in Ask, followedby the same query in Google: A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… During the Web 2.0 Summit, I got a chanceto sit down with the team at Ask.com and find out moreabout their search engine. This was straight after a Summit session entitled ‘DisruptionOpportunity: Beating Google at Their Own Game’ – in which Ask CEO Jim Lanzone and SeniorVP of the Online Services Group at Microsoft (and ex-Ask CEO) Steve Berkowitz discussedwith John Battelle how they are competing with Google. R/WW’s coverage of thatsession ishere.Letting the stats do the talking…Whenever I talk to or meet Ask.com people, I always get the feeling they are a littlepissed off at the lack of attention they get from blogs. To compensate, out come thestats to prove how big they are. For example, they often make a point of saying thatAsk.com is the 5th biggestsearch engine in theUS – behind Google, Yahoo, MSN and AOL. Also, Jim mentioned during the Summit sessionthat Ask is the 7thbiggest web property in the US – ahead of the likes of Amazon, NY Times andApple.So there’s no doubting that Ask.com is a significant player in the Web business – andI agree they don’t get their due for that. But what about the actual product – theAsk.com search engine. How does it stack up? I spoke to the team and took the searchengine for a test drive to find out…What really differentiates Ask from Google?I asked this of the Ask.com team, in our hallway meeting at the Summit. They told methat Ask’s technology “looks at the Web differently”. Whereas Google’s PageRank ranks itssearch results by popularity, Ask has something it calls “ExpertRank”. Essentially thisis an automated search algorithm (like Google has), but on top of that results areordered using topic communities and the editorial functions that create ‘Smart Answers’.While the ExpertRank formula is a secret sauce that Ask.com won’t divulge, they do saythat the top results in searches are determined by expertise – and not popularity. As itstates on their helppages:“Identifying topics (also known as “clusters”), the experts on those topics, and thepopularity of millions of pages amongst those experts — at the exact moment your searchquery is conducted — requires many additional calculations that other search engines donot perform.”Smart AnswersI was curious to know how ‘smart answers’ are determined. For a start, they don’t popup on every search result – for example a search for “richard macmanus” displays myprimary RSS feed at the top of the page, instead of a smart answer. The Ask team told methat smart answers are editorially done – and is a reminder of their natural languagepast. If you recall, Ask Jeeves (as it used to be known before the butler was fired, er Imean de-commissioned) started out as a search engine where you could ask a naturallanguage question – e.g. “what the heck is web 2.0?” – and get back a good answer. SmartAnswers is an extension of that philosophy of providing a natural language answer to auser’s search query. It does this by a combination of automated data mining and humaneditorial. But the human editors don’t physically write the answers, I was told – ratherthey act as aggregators and filters. richard macmanus Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#search#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Juventus winger Douglas Costa “has no reason to envy Kylian Mbappe”, according to former Shakhtar Donetsk boss Mircea Lucescu. Costa scored a stoppage-time winner for Juve against Lokomotiv Moscow in style midweek, dribbling past three defenders, completing a give-and-go and beating another two men before nutmegging the goalkeeper. After watching that goal, Lucescu likened the 29-year-old in terms of ability to Mbappe, who is considered the world’s best player under the age of 21. “Douglas Costa, in terms of quality, has no reason to envy Mbappe at PSG,” he told Tuttosport. “The other day he scored a beautiful goal in the Champions League, but he’s got the quality to score goals like that every game. “Trust me, I know,” added the 74-year-old, who brought the Brazilian to Europe during his successful tenure at Shakhtar. Costa has netted just eight times in three seasons with the Bianconeri, although he did provide 12 assists in Serie A during his first campaign. “He’s a very generous player, he prefers to make an assist than score himself.”
Finance minister Arun JaitleyThe government on Wednesday passed the key economic reform Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime in the Lok Sabha amid a walkout by the Congress. However, the Modi government will face the Opposition hurdle when the legislation will be taken up in Rajya Sabha on Thursday.The Bill was passed in the Lower House where the government has a brute majority, despite the Congress staying away from voting and the AIADMK voting against the legislation.But the government managers are keeping their fingers crossed knowing well that the Opposition might force it to refer the Bill to Select Committee for further consultations in the Upper House.However, the Opposition Trinamool Congress and BJD are supporting the Bill. Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley are talking to the Opposition parties to enlist their support for the legislation which proposes a uniform tax regime across India. “We hope the Opposition parties would have the same view in the Rajya Sabha. We are talking to the parties,” Naidu said.Congress member M. Veerappa Moily said the party supports the Bill in principle as it was pushed by the previous UPA also. However, Congress wants that some new clauses added by the government should be consulted in a Select Committee of the upper house.The government managed the mandated two-thirds majority to pass the constitutional amendment Bill in the lower house. But carrying it forward in the upper house would be a big challenge where the NDA lacks strength.advertisementThe Constitution Amendment Bill to implement GST, originally mooted by the UPA, was passed by 352 votes against 37 after the government rejected the Opposition demand of referring it to a Standing Committee.Noting the Bill would make India a single market, Jaitley rejected the Opposition demand for referring the Bill to the Standing Committee, saying the panel has already examined various provisions of the new legislation and several of its suggestions have been incorporated. “GST is not a dancing instrument that it will jump from Standing Committee to Standing Committee.”Jaitley said he would compensate states for any revenue loss. “I straightaway concede that 27 per cent (revenue neutral rate) would be very high. We have decided to keep petroleum out, and every state finance minister is not interested in imposing higher taxes on its own people, and neither the Central government,” he said.Jaitley said the proposal to reform the indirect taxes has been pending for the last 12 years and his predecessor P. Chidambaram of the Congress had also mooted it during the UPA rule.Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was not present in the Lok Sabha when it passed the GST bill. Modi’s absence in the Lower House was conspicuous as he has been particular about MPs’ attendance and has often made them explain their absence from the House.
Beautiful, ain’t it? Americans’ interest in soccer is about three times higher during the World Cup than it usually is, judging by how often they search for the sport on Google. But that isn’t true for other countries. In England, where the English Premier League will kick off its season on Saturday, club play is followed almost as enthusiastically as international competition. The same is true in Spain, Italy, Brazil and Mexico.What accounts for the international appeal of soccer? One factor may be the comparative simplicity of its rulebook. Product designers have long appreciated the value of simplicity, which offers a gentler learning curve and fewer opportunities for mistranslation.I downloaded the FIFA Laws of the Game along with the rulebooks for the NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball. Then I counted the number of words in each one, excluding indices. This is a simple proxy for the complexity of each sport.Soccer is doing more with less; FIFA’s rulebook has just over 20,000 words. By contrast, the NBA’s has 30,000, MLB’s is close to 50,000, the NHL’s is nearly 60,000 and the NFL’s is 70,000.The correlation between the simplicity of a sport’s rulebook and its global popularity is almost one to one. Soccer, with its simple rulebook, is followed in almost every country. Basketball increasingly is, too. The more complex sports have less global appeal. Baseball is popular in the Americas and Japan but not yet elsewhere. Hockey fans are almost exclusively concentrated in the U.S., Canada, Northern Europe and Russia. American football has few fans outside America itself.Philosophers have also long recognized a connection between simplicity and beauty (indeed, long before soccer came to be known as “The Beautiful Game,” it was known as “The Simplest Game” instead). This June, when I attended a couple of World Cup matches at the Maracanã, in Rio de Janeiro, I was struck by how rich the experience was with so few frills. There was no 60-yard-long Jumbotron — there were hardly any scoreboards. There weren’t many words spoken, on or off the pitch.Soccer can get away with this minimalist presentation because of the simplicity of its rulebook; you don’t need Ed Hochuli to come out and explain the difference between offsides and encroachment and a neutral zone infraction.Instead, when Chile scored against Spain in their Group B match, it sounded something like this (sorry about my shaky camera work):
Who’s Going Where As The NBA Trade Deadline Approaches? Related: Hot Takedown The Novak trade and the move away from 3-pointers are just two of the many examples of New York cutting experiments short when patience and cultivation might have eventually yielded a positive outcome, or at least prevented a negative one.Take Jackson’s 2015 signing of center Robin Lopez, which, outside of drafting Kristaps Porzingis, might stand as his best acquisition to date. After a solid season in New York — Lopez was arguably the most consistent player on the team in 2015-16, and he improved considerably after the all-star break when he got a better grasp on the offense — the Knicks dealt him away for Derrick Rose, who, because he’s in a contract year, may end up being just a one-season rental.Had the Knicks stood pat with Lopez, it would have spared them the pain of what replaced him: Joakim Noah’s four-year, $72 million contract, which, combined with his age and injury history, makes him seem untradable. (The signing looks borderline disastrous, given that Porzingis should be able to play Noah’s position full time within the next year or so anyway.) When Carmelo Anthony joined the New York Knicks at the trade deadline six years ago, the team feted his arrival. Just before Anthony, who was born in Brooklyn, was introduced at Madison Square Garden as a Knick for the first time, the team played Diddy’s “Coming Home,” featuring Skylar Grey. The club, formerly led by Amar’e Stoudemire, was now armed with a second star, one who was supposed to change the trajectory of the long-suffering franchise and make it a contender. And for a time, at least on paper, it was hard to argue with the results: After a decade of mostly awful basketball, the Knicks reached the playoffs in each of their first three seasons with Anthony.Fast-forward to today, though, and the team seems to be unraveling with every passing minute. The Knicks keep making headlines for the wrong reasons, whether it’s because their big-name point guard has gone AWOL, their president is putting his foot in his mouth or a fan favorite is being hustled out of the Garden in cuffs.1NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a Monday statement that he and Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan, a longtime friend of Charles Oakley, the former player who was arrested, spoke with Oakley and Knicks owner Jim Dolan in hopes of the two men moving past the incident. Like last year, when New York fell off the map after a surprising 22-22 start, this year’s team put up a decent record early in the season only to see the wins have dried up and the club fall out of contention.To figure out how the Knicks could be so terrible — it looks likely that they’ll miss the playoffs for a fourth straight year despite having a future Hall of Famer on the roster — look to what the franchise lacks: continuity. Even when it makes the most sense to keep things as they are, the status quo is often upended in New York.The vast majority of that upheaval stems from failures in the front office, but before analyzing that mess, it’s important to note that Anthony isn’t blameless here either. The 32-year-old has shown an unusual degree of loyalty to the city and team he forced a trade to, despite being subjected to the team president’s subtweets and critiques every other month. But he hasn’t exactly been the easiest player to build around. People in the Knicks organization2I was a Knicks beat reporter at The Wall Street Journal for four years. will tell you that Anthony’s never been happy about the physical toll that comes with playing power forward, especially on defense, even though power forward is his most productive position. He also didn’t see eye-to-eye with his first Knicks coach, Mike D’Antoni (who’s now nearly a lock for coach of the year in light of what he’s doing in Houston), though D’Antoni’s quick-trigger, pick-and-roll-based offensive principles should, in theory, have fit Anthony’s game well.But most of the dysfunction is rooted in the Knicks’ front office. Perhaps the most maddening thing about its moves in recent years has been its inability to gauge the direction of the NBA as a whole.It’s hard to picture it now, but the Knicks were once exemplars of the NBA’s push toward more 3-pointers. The 2012-13 Knicks thrived using a two-point-guard system with Anthony at power forward en route to breaking a league record for 3-pointers made and attempted in a single season. They won 54 games — their most in 15 years — and earned the East’s No. 2 seed as Anthony won his first NBA scoring crown.Then, strangely, the Knicks dealt away Steve Novak, their best 3-point shooter (along with a first-round pick and two second-rounders3Marcus Camby and Quentin Richardson were also sent to Toronto as throw-ins, but they never actually played for the Raptors following the trade.), for Andrea Bargnani, who couldn’t really shoot anymore. Later that offseason, owner Jim Dolan axed Glen Grunwald, the team’s general manager, who’d finished tied for third in Executive of the Year voting just months earlier.Then, when Phil Jackson took over as president, he was adamant about using his beloved triangle offense. Teams throughout the NBA borrow from the triangle system, but it’s likely too antiquated to work when used in its entirety because it relies heavily on midrange and post-up shots that have fallen out of favor in today’s efficiency-obsessed NBA. At the same time, Jackson and his first coaching hire, Derek Fisher, seemed to downplay the importance of the three ball in today’s league. And by breaking up a team that was at the forefront of a larger leaguewide trend, the Knicks might have missed an opportunity to develop into an annual playoff contender. For years, episodes like the Lopez-Rose swap4The trade also included the Knicks sending guards Jerian Grant and Jose Calderon going to Chicago in exchange for swingman Justin Holiday and a second-round pick. — where an element of the team’s continuity is sacrificed in pursuit of a win-now gamble — have clearly been causing problems at the Garden. Since 2000, the Knicks have gone through more coaches than any other team, according to information provided by Elias Sports Bureau. Since the start of the 2008-09 season, they’ve suited up more players than any club. Anthony alone has had five coaches and 79 teammates during his time in New York. Jackson, who’s hired three coaches and cycled through 45 players in less than three years, has done little to slow the game of musical chairs down since becoming team president.Only now does the team seem to be grasping some of the nuances of the collective bargaining agreement and the importance of youth. New York’s front office, which hasn’t re-signed one of its first-round picks to a multi-year deal since Charlie Ward in 1999, deserves credit for having held onto its future first-round selections these past three seasons. The team’s foreign scouting has been solid for years. And the Knicks seem to have learned from past mistakes, signing unheralded free agents to longer, cheaper deals very different from the risky one-year pacts they agreed to with Jeremy Lin and Chris Copeland, who outplayed expectations, then left for bigger paydays elsewhere.Still, none of these relatively straightforward improvements absolve Dolan or Jackson of the mistakes they’ve made, since the team still lacks a clear direction years after this power structure was put in place.Though Dolan finally had the right idea in removing himself from basketball operations and handing those duties over to someone who can guard against Dolan’s urges to meddle with the team, it’s become painfully clear that Dolan should’ve turned to someone who’d done this job before, especially since the job now comes with a $12 million salary.Hopefully Jackson will view his tenure with the Knicks as an education on how vastly different this job is from coaching, but in the meantime, he has faced almost too many challenges (including setting a clear organizational agenda, giving a new coach room to experiment, and building a rapport with his players) to mention.The 71-year-old dealt Tyson Chandler, J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert but has little to show for them. He has awkwardly straddled the line between trying to win now and trying to reload for the future, and he has made choosing a path harder by including a no-trade clause in Anthony’s contract.For too long, he micromanaged the club’s style of offense as if that was the problem, even though the Knicks are likely to field their 11th bottom-10 defense in the 15 seasons since Jeff Van Gundy resigned. And Jackson’s efforts to motivate his star player by criticising him in the media — which might have worked in the past, when Jackson was a coach and winning rings left and right — have fallen flat, and perhaps made players around the NBA less likely to want to play in New York.A simple dose of normalcy, along with a moment’s pause to take stock of how the rest of the NBA is operating, would go a long way in leading New York back to success, whether Anthony remains a Knick or not.Check out our latest NBA predictions.