continue reading » While nearly all companies know they need a social media presence, many banks and credit unions have not embraced social media enthusiastically. Consider, as a benchmark, that Twitter launched in mid-2006, over a decade ago. Yet, on average, community financial institutions have been active on social media for just under three years, according to research by Kasasa.Many have — reluctantly — set up social profiles because they don’t want to appear to lag behind their competitors or because consumers expect to find them on social channels. Yet many of these same institutions don’t feel they are leveraging social media channels effectively, nor are they sure about the ROI of social, period.When they become at all active, many banks and credit unions merely use social media to push promotions, which tends to result in very little consumer engagement. That’s because social media is all about connection.When used effectively, social media channels offer banks and credit unions opportunities to foster, strengthen, and celebrate the communities at the heart of their business. An intentional, dedicated, and evolving social strategy has the potential to powerfully engage consumers and differentiate an institutions’ brand. 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Lakers free agency rumors: Kyrie Irving ‘wants to play with’ Anthony Davis NBA free agency rumors: Al Horford draws interest from Lakers, 2 other teams NBA free agency rumors: Lakers, Knicks among 6 teams interested in Bobby Portis The Lakers will enter the draft after reportedly completing one of the biggest trades in NBA history last weekend. They acquired Anthony Davis from the Pelicans in exchange for Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and three first-round picks, including the No. 4 selection in 2019.Los Angeles is also shopping the contracts of reserves Mo Wagner, Jemerrio Jones and Isaac Bonga to other teams in the hopes of clearing more cap space, according to ESPN. Those three players, who combined to average 10.2 points per game last season in limited playing time, are set to earn around $5 million in 2019-20. Related News Lakers are aggressively pursuing the purchase of second-round picks in Thursday’s NBA Draft too, league sources tell ESPN. Those picks will offer two important things for LA: acquisition of inexpensive labor and ability to exceed the salary cap with those minimum contracts. https://t.co/19s9qn8Lbm— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 19, 2019Those moves, however, would leave the Lakers with only a handful of players under contract for next season. So, acquiring picks would help them fill out their roster. The Lakers will reportedly pursue a third star in free agency to pair with Davis and LeBron James. They’ve been linked to Kemba Walker, Jimmy Butler, Kawhi Leonard and Kyrie Irving, among others.The team also reportedly has interest in Bobby Portis, Marcus Morris and Al Horford. The Lakers are hoping to come away from Thursday’s draft with multiple players.Los Angeles is “aggressively pursuing the purchase of second-round picks,” according to a report from ESPN, which cites unidentified league sources.
All new Legendary teams are coming to 2K20 👀 First up, our All-Decade teams dating from the 50/60’s all the way to 2010’s.Who’s your pick for the best squad to run with this #2KDay on 9/6? pic.twitter.com/L1Zox5sl56— NBA 2K20 (@NBA2K) August 13, 2019Considering most of the truly historic teams have been included in previous versions of “NBA 2K,” the latest rosters may stretch the definition of “classic.” However, they do have some intriguing players from the not-so-distant past.”NBA 2K20″ PLAYER RATINGS: Overall numbers for top players2002-03 Phoenix SunsA 44-38 record and a first-round exit isn’t all that impressive, but these Suns featured some great talent in All-Stars Stephon Marbury and Shawn Marion and Rookie of the Year Amar’e Stoudemire.2006-07 Washington WizardsAnother team that barely made the playoffs and lost in the first round, these Wizards are a showcase for Gilbert Arenas, who averaged 28.4 points and 6.0 assists per game that season. Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison each averaged more than 19 points per game, making for a fun, offensive-minded group.2009-10 Portland Trail BlazersAfter winning 50 games in the regular season and entering the playoffs as the No. 6 seed in the West, the Blazers went down in the first round. Their inclusion here appears to be for Brandon Roy. This was the last year in which he was able to perform at a peak level, averaging 21.5 points, 4.7 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game.2013-14 San Antonio SpursAvenging their loss to the Heat in the previous NBA Finals, the Spurs dominated with a 4-1 series win in the rematch. Kawhi Leonard won his first Finals MVP with a line of 17.8 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.2 blocks per game. Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker were the other key figures in the Spurs’ fifth championship.2013-14 Los Angeles Clippers”Lob City” will make its return in “NBA 2K20” with Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan back together on a historic team. They’re joined by sharpshooter J.J. Redick and Sixth Man of the Year award winner Jamal Crawford. The Clippers were knocked out in the second round of the playoffs by the Thunder.2015-16 Cleveland CavaliersCleveland won its first-ever NBA championship with an incredible 3-1 comeback in the NBA Finals against the 73-win Warriors. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving led the charge and were supported by by Kevin Love, J.R. Smith and Tristan Thompson. Since 2010, video game publisher 2K Sports has been integrating historic players and teams into the popular “NBA 2K” franchise. The classic teams stretch all the way back to Bill Russell’s Celtics and Jerry West’s Lakers of the 1960s.With the addition of six new teams for “NBA 2K20,” the total number of classic squads has expanded to 68. There are also All-Time teams for each franchise and new All-Decade teams. Unfortunately, it appears that the two missing legends fans have wanted to see in the game — Charles Barkley and Reggie Miller — will continue to be holdouts. Barkley has publicly stated he’s asked for a donation to the National Basketball Retired Players Association for his rights, but 2K Sports has apparently balked at that request.”NBA 2K20″ will release on Sept. 6 and features Anthony Davis and Dwyane Wade on the covers.Bryan Wiedey posts sports gaming news and analysis daily at Pastapadre.com, is co-founder of the sports gaming site HitThePass.com, hosts the “Press Row Podcast” and can be reached on Twitter @Pastapadre.
LeBron JamesLos Angeles, United States | AFP | Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James reacted swiftly Tuesday to US President Donald Trump’s repeated claim that there was “blame on both sides” in the deadly racial unrest in Charlottesville.“Hate has always existed in America. Yes we know that but Donald Trump just made it fashionable again!” James tweeted shortly after Trump angrily defended his controversial initial response to the white supremacist rally on Saturday that erupted in clashes with counter-demonstrators.A suspected Nazi sympathizer plowed his car into a crowd of anti-racism demonstrators, leaving one woman dead and 19 injured.Trump’s reaction on Saturday, that there was violence “on many sides” provoked a backlash and on Monday he singled out the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis involved as criminals.But in an exchange with reporters at Trump Tower in New York on Tuesday, a clearly irked Trump again said that both groups were at fault in inciting violence and insisted that those who gathered to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate leader Robert E. Lee form a park were not all racist.James, who has long been outspoken about matters of race in America and endorsed Trump’s opponent Hillary Clinton for president, had tweeted his dismay at the events in Charlottesville over the weekend.“It’s sad what’s going on in Charlottesville,” James tweeted on Saturday. “Is this the direction our country is heading?“Make america Great Again huh?! He said that,” added James in a dig at Trump’s celebrated campaign slogan. While James has attempted to use his celebrity to combat racism, his wealth and fame haven’t made him immune.On the eve of the NBA Finals in June his house in an upscale Los Angeles neighborhood was daubed with a racial slur.“Hate in America, especially for African-Americans, is living every day,” James said at the time. Share on: WhatsApp