“Employability skills” key for graduates

first_imgLinkedin Advertisement Changes to the Student Support Scheme for people living in Direct Provision TAGSeducationLimerick College of Further EducationPat Maunsell LCFE director News“Employability skills” key for graduatesBy John Keogh – October 30, 2014 859 Twitter Students in Limerick colleges to benefit from more than €1.5M funding to assist with online learning Print Previous articlePremier night party for film festivalNext articleSophie’s legacy John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Facebookcenter_img Applied Social Studies graduates at the recent Limerick College of Further Education graduation ceremony Applied Social Studies graduates at the recent Limerick College of Further Education graduation ceremonyTHIRD level research has emphasised the need for a shift “from skills for employment towards skills for ‘employability’”, according to Limerick College of Further Education director Pat Maunsell.Speaking at the college’s annual graduation ceremony last week, he said: “Today, one has to be a lifelong learner. You must be good at learning. Recent research emphasizes the shift from skills for employment towards skills for ‘employability. Skills such as good communication, interpersonal and ICT skills are crucial for success today because all jobs require them.”Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Mr Maunsell also said that the LCFE can play a key role in the region’s economic recovery.He continued: “This fast-paced world is constantly changing and the future will be challenging for all of us.  We live in difficult economic times where there are financial and other pressures on us all.  The indicators are though that things are picking up.  We believe that LCFE can play an important role in the recovery of the Limerick and Clare region and play a significant role in getting people back to work and onto to higher education if they so wish.”Almost 250 learners received awards in various disciplines and the ceremony, held in The Strand Hotel, was attended by more than 750 guests and graduates. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick schools urged to get involved in STEM challenge Email Consultation process on a new action plan for apprenticeship launched Limerick social entrepreneurs honoured for their work in response to covid-19 Education and Training Board serves up award winning standards WhatsApplast_img read more

How are your credit union employees doing with work life balance?

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr American Workers Shift Focus to their Personal Lives Looking for a Better Work Life BalanceMaybe it’s a sign of an improving economy, but more American workers are shifting their work life balance in favor of life this year.In fact, 54% of workers interviewed recently for staffing firm Robert Half said they have increased their commitment to their personal life over the last year.Only 38% said they were more committed to their career.Younger workers (18-to-34 years old) are showing the greatest increase in commitment across categories. Call it the “get serious” phase of life.But all workers are trying to find the ideal work life balance. continue reading »last_img read more

Giannulli sentenced to 5 months in prison for role in college admissions scandal

first_imgAfter an investigation revealed that Mossimo Giannulli and Lori Loughlin paid $500,000 to secure their daughters’ admission to USC, both parents faced up to 20 years of prison time. Giannulli will serve 5 months and Loughlin awaits her sentencing. (Daily Trojan file photo) Since “Operation Varsity Blues,” USC parents involved in the scheme have faced a range of prison sentences. In late 2019, Devin Sloane, a USC parent who paid $250,000 for his son to be admitted has a fake water polo recruit, was sentenced to four months, and Jeffrey Bizzack, another USC parent who paid $250,000 for his son to be designated as a volleyball recruit, was sentenced to two months. Giannulli pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and honest services wire and mail fraud Friday. After his release, Giannulli must also complete 250 hours of community service and pay a $250,000 fine. He must report to prison by Nov. 19.  Though over 10 universities were implicated, USC was at the forefront of the scandal, having admitted the highest number of students through bribes and having some of the highest profile cases. In the wake of the scandal in March 2019, USC announced a variety of reforms related to increased oversight in the athletic admissions department and promptly fired those directly involved, including former senior associate athletic director Donna Heinel and former head water polo coach Jovan Vavic. The couple paid $500,000 to secure their two daughters’ admission to USC. New documents also reveal that Olivia Jade, their younger daughter and a well-known YouTube personality, had known about the scheme and helped conceal information from her high school guidance counselor. Both daughters no longer attend USC.  Giannulli and Loughlin accepted a plea deal in May and admitted to conspiring with college admissions scandal mastermind and real estate mogul William “Rick” Singer to have their two daughters admitted to USC. For months, the couple denied their role in the scheme, saying they believed the bribe money they paid in installments had been legitimate donations to the University. center_img Fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, who earlier this year admitted to bribing admissions officials and procuring fake athletic recruiting profiles to have his two daughters attend USC, was sentenced Friday to five months in prison for his role in what a U.S. district court judge called “breathtaking fraud.”  His wife, actress Lori Loughlin, will be sentenced Friday afternoon by the same judge, Nathaniel M. Gorton, in U.S. district court for her part in the admissions scandal. Loughlin could face up to 20 years in prison, though federal prosecutors have recommended the “Full House” actress be sentenced to two months as they believe she played a lesser role than her husband.  Loughlin is expected to be sentenced Friday. In March 2019, both parents were arrested after an investigation from the FBI called “Operation Varsity Blues” found that wealthy executives and celebrities paid university officials large sums of money to admit their children to elite schools under false pretenses. In early July, the U.S. Department of Justice approved the couple’s request to reduce their bond from $1 million to $100,000.last_img read more

Tyler Skaggs pitches Angels past Gerrit Cole, Astros

first_imgSkaggs lifted the Angels, who had lost five of their previous six, to a badly needed victory against the team that is still widely considered to be the best in the sport.“That was a great game,” Manager Mike Scioscia said of Skaggs’ performance. “That’s what Tyler can do, a lot of ground balls. He controlled counts. He got a lot of weak contact.”The key to that was Skaggs’ new changeup, a pitch he vowed in spring training to make a bigger part of his repertoire.Skaggs threw 21 changeups — the most of his career — among his 102 pitches. The Astros went hitless in eight at-bats when they put them in play, including a double play. He also recorded one of his three strikeouts on a change. To put that another way, the Astros made 10 outs on Skaggs’ 21 changeups. – “That was an impressive play,” Middleton said of Maldonado’s throw. “It was a little rough, but I got the job done. I just gotta hold the lead and I did that. Next time will be prettier.”Middleton’s performance made a modest offensive performance stand up.Other than Mike Trout, most of the Angels hitters have been in a collective slump for the past week, and Cole didn’t seem to be the elixir for that.Cole, the former Orange Lutheran High and UCLA standout who came into the game with a 0.96 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 28 innings, retired the first 13 hitters before Luis Valbuena broke up the perfect game with a single in the fifth.After a Zack Cozart walk, Kole Calhoun drove in the game’s first run with a single into right. It snapped a career-worst 0-for-20 slump for Calhoun.The Angels got an insurance run in the sixth on a pair of two-out hits. Trout lined a single up the middle, then stole second and went to third on a wild pitch. Justin Upton, who had struck out in his first two trips, then took a 2-and-2 curveball just off the outside corner, close enough that all of Minute Maid Park groaned at the call. The next pitch was a slider, in almost the exact same spot, and Upton drilled it off the center-field fence, for an RBI double. “It was working,” he said. “I was throwing it early and often. I think it’s a huge pitch for me.”When Skaggs’ night was over, Scioscia turned the game over to Justin Anderson – making his major league debut – in the eighth. Anderson found himself in that spot because Jim Johnson had pitched four of the previous six days, including two in a row, and Blake Wood was just placed on the disabled list.“We didn’t have a lot of available arms,” Scioscia said. “It’s one of the reasons why Justin is here. We have a lot of confidence in his upside. He’s got a power arm. Tonight you gotta take the water wings off and throw him in the deep end.”Armed with a fastball that reached 99 mph, Anderson gave up a pair of two-out hits to George Springer and José Altuve. He then struck out Carlos Correa on a slider to escape with the 2-0 lead intact.“I knew we had a two-run lead, but to be honest I wasn’t thinking of that,” said Anderson, who said he could hear the cheers of the dozens of friends and family members who came to see his debut in his hometown. “Just do what you’ve been doing that got you here. You’ve got the stuff. Just do that. Enjoy the moment and have fun, and that’s what I did.”After Anderson’s eighth-inning escape, Keynan Middleton got in another jam in the ninth. He allowed a leadoff hit and a walk, but he came back with two straight strikeouts. The final out of the game was recorded when Yuli Gurriel was called out at third – on review – after trying to take third on a pitch that bounced away from catcher Martín Maldonado. That lead ended up being enough for the Angels to get a victory in their first meeting of the season with the Astros.“We know that team over there is a really good team,” Middleton said. “They are standing in front of us. They are the defending champs. We know that. We have to send a message, and I feel like we did that tonight.”Like finding a prize in the Cracker Jack bag. @PujolsFive pic.twitter.com/2EO7yZFN7S— Angels (@Angels) April 24, 2018 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PreviousLos Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, left, and Mike Trout celebrate the team’s win over the Houston Astros in a baseball game, Monday, April 23, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun, right, hits an RBI-single during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Monday, April 23, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)HOUSTON, TX – APRIL 23: Luis Valbuena #18 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim points down to Kole Calhoun #56 after he scored on a single in the fifth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on April 23, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsThe Astros’ Jose Altuve singles during the third inning of Monday’s game against the Angels in Houston. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Monday, April 23, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Monday, April 23, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)The Angels’ Albert Pujols lines out to Astros second baseman Jose Altuve in the second inning of Monday’s game at Minute Maid Park in Houston. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)The Angels’ Albert Pujols lines out to Astros second baseman Jose Altuve in the second inning of Monday’s game at Minute Maid Park in Houston. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)Houston Astros’ Carlos Correa, left, slides safely into second for a double as Los Angeles Angels shortstop Zack Cozart, right, fields the ball during the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, April 23, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman throws out Los Angeles Angels’ Zack Cozart to end the top of then second inning of a baseball game, Monday, April 23, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve watches his shallow fly ball fall for a single during the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Monday, April 23, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, left, forces out Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun (56) while turning a double play during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Monday, April 23, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout (27) celebrates scoring a run on Justin Upton’s double with Albert Pujols during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Monday, April 23, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Monday, April 23, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)HOUSTON, TX – APRIL 23: Gerrit Cole #45 of the Houston Astros pitches in the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Minute Maid Park on April 23, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani looks on from the dugout during Monday’s game against the Astros at Minute Maid Park in Houston. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)Angels first baseman Albert Pujols, left, catches the foul ball of Houston Astros’ Alex Bregman during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Monday, April 23, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs pumps his fist after Houston Astros’ Evan Gattis fouled out to end the seventh inning of a baseball game, Monday, April 23, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs, right, fist bumps catcher Martin Maldonado before being removed from the game during the eighth inning against the Houston Astros, Monday, April 23, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)Los Angeles Angels’ Luis Valbuena, right, and Keynan Middleton celebrate the team’s win in a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Monday, April 23, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)Los Angeles Angels third baseman Luis Valbuena (18) celebrates tagging out Houston Astros’ Yuli Gurriel at third trying to advance on a wild pitch by relief pitcher Keynan Middleton to end the game, Monday, April 23, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Keynan Middleton celebrates the team’s win in a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Monday, April 23, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, left, and Mike Trout celebrate the team’s win over the Houston Astros in a baseball game, Monday, April 23, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun, right, hits an RBI-single during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Monday, April 23, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)NextShow Caption1 of 22Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun, right, hits an RBI-single during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Monday, April 23, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)ExpandHOUSTON — In case anyone forgot, Tyler Skaggs was once one of game’s better pitching prospects.Years of injuries and inconsistency later, that fact might have been lost on even some of the most optimistic Angels fans.Skaggs, though, provided a reminder on Monday, with a brilliant seven innings in the Angels’ 2-0 victory over the Houston Astros and Gerrit Cole, who had been one of baseball’s best pitchers early in the season.“That’s what you live for,” Skaggs said. “They’re our rival team. They’re where we want to be. I knew (Cole) was pitching well, and I had to pitch better.”last_img read more

Magic Johnson says he’ll quit if Lakers strike out in free agency the next two summers

first_imgStriking out in the pursuit of LeBron James is a possibility.Johnson lost a bit of his earlier swagger.“If guys decide not to come here, it’s not a failure,” he said. “We turn to next summer. Next summer, if nobody comes and I’m still sitting here like this, then it’s a failure. If you judge us on one summer, that’s ridiculous. Then a lot of dudes shouldn’t be in their roles.“If we’re banking on one summer for the Lakers, then we’re in trouble. We’re in trouble. Because you have to give us time. Like I told you when I took the job, it’s going to be a two-summer job. That’s it. Then, if I can’t deliver, I’m going to step down myself. She won’t have to fire me.Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.“I’ll step away from it because then I can’t do this job.”The “she” Johnson referred to is Lakers owner Jeanie Buss.Johnson, Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka and Coach Luke Walton were dressed in tailored suits and seated at a dais, ostensibly to speak to reporters about draft picks Moe Wagner (first round, Michigan) and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (second round, Kansas). Soon enough, though, the conversation shifted to free agency.The league’s tampering rules prohibit teams from speaking about potential free agents such as James, Paul George or even trade targets such as Kawhi Leonard. The NBA fined the Lakers twice in a little more than a year for tampering, so the talk Tuesday was in general terms.Pelinka didn’t wish to address free agency beyond what little he had said after Thursday’s draft.“I think there’s an incredible excitement to get to July 1 and to see what the options are, but we do feel like the road is a flexible road for us,” Pelinka said last week. “If July 1 happens with one or two superstar players, great. If it doesn’t, we love this young core we’re developing.“And we know 2019 could present some amazing opportunities, as well. So, really, any road we go down we’re confident in, but obviously, for Lakers fans, we want to be good, we want to be back in the playoffs, where the Lakers deserve to be, and to compete for the championship.”Johnson continued the narrative Tuesday.“I told the fans we’ve got two summers,” Johnson said. “There’s two great (free agent) classes coming out, right? This summer and then next summer. Then, if I fail, I shouldn’t be in this position, all right? I look forward to staying disciplined. If we can sign somebody this summer, we’ll do that.Related Articles VIDEO: LeBron James and Doc Rivers respond to Donald Trump calling NBA kneeling protests “disgraceful” “If it doesn’t happen, we’ve got to turn to next summer. We’ve been saying that all along. You can’t just put everything in one class. You can’t do that. There’s two classes that are outstanding, this summer, if everyone opts out, and then next summer.”Johnson then repeated his plea for patience from everyone in Lakerland.“You’ve got to give us a couple of years to turn it around,” he said. “We already told you when I took the job it wasn’t going to be an easy turnaround. We’ve already done things to make the trades we’ve made and to bring the people we’ve brought in. Everything is already different.“We’re moving in the right direction. I’m going to try to stay disciplined and patient. I’m not going to try to win you guys (reporters) over or the fans over just by making a stupid deal just to say I did something. I’m not going to do that.“I’m going to still be smart. I know this game of basketball frontwards and backwards. I know who can help us and who can’t. It’s going to be fun, starting at 9:01 Saturday night, and we’ll go from there. I’m ready to go. It’s time to go.” Jubilation, anguish as race for NBA’s Western 8th seed gets as close as ever Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error VIDEO: Watch Kyle Kuzma’s game winner and what he said about it center_img Morning Wrap: Full coverage from Lakers-Clippers thriller; Angels, Dodgers going in different directions; Whicker pays tribute to legendary Mike Gillespie PreviousLos Angeles Lakers president of basketball operations, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, takes questions from the media as he introduces the NBA teams draft picks in El Segundo, Calif., Tuesday, June 26, 2018. Magic Johnson is betting his job on his free-agent recruiting skills for the Los Angeles Lakers. Johnson says he will step down as the Lakers’ president of basketball operations if he can’t persuade an elite free agent to sign with his club within the next two summers. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson, General Manager Rob Pelinka and head coach Luke Walton address the media as the Lakers hold an introductory news conference with two of their three draft picks, Michigan big man Moritz Wagner and Kansas sharpshooter Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk at the UCLA Lakers Training Center in El Segundo on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson, General Manager Rob Pelinka and head coach Luke Walton address the media as the Lakers hold an introductory news conference with two of their three draft picks, Michigan big man Moritz Wagner and Kansas sharpshooter Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk at the UCLA Lakers Training Center in El Segundo on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsT.C.Greene, media relations coordinator, prepares for an introductory news conference for two of their three draft picks, Michigan big man Moritz Wagner and Kansas sharpshooter Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk at the UCLA Lakers Training Center in El Segundo on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson, General Manager Rob Pelinka and head coach Luke Walton address the media as the Lakers hold an introductory news conference with two of their three draft picks, Michigan big man Moritz Wagner and Kansas sharpshooter Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk at the UCLA Lakers Training Center in El Segundo on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson, General Manager Rob Pelinka and head coach Luke Walton address the media as the Lakers hold an introductory news conference with two of their three draft picks, Michigan big man Moritz Wagner and Kansas sharpshooter Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk at the UCLA Lakers Training Center in El Segundo on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson, General Manager Rob Pelinka and head coach Luke Walton address the media as the Lakers hold an introductory news conference with two of their three draft picks, Michigan big man Moritz Wagner and Kansas sharpshooter Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk at the UCLA Lakers Training Center in El Segundo on Tuesday, June 26, 2018.(Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson, General Manager Rob Pelinka and head coach Luke Walton address the media as the Lakers hold an introductory news conference with two of their three draft picks, Michigan big man Moritz Wagner and Kansas sharpshooter Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk at the UCLA Lakers Training Center in El Segundo on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson, General Manager Rob Pelinka and head coach Luke Walton address the media as the Lakers hold an introductory news conference with two of their three draft picks, Michigan big man Moritz Wagner and Kansas sharpshooter Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk at the UCLA Lakers Training Center in El Segundo on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson, General Manager Rob Pelinka and head coach Luke Walton address the media as the Lakers hold an introductory news conference with two of their three draft picks, Michigan big man Moritz Wagner and Kansas sharpshooter Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk at the UCLA Lakers Training Center in El Segundo on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson, General Manager Rob Pelinka and head coach Luke Walton address the media as the Lakers hold an introductory news conference with two of their three draft picks, Michigan big man Moritz Wagner and Kansas sharpshooter Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk at the UCLA Lakers Training Center in El Segundo on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson addresses the media as the Lakers hold an introductory news conference with two of their three draft picks, Michigan big man Moritz Wagner and Kansas sharpshooter Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk at the UCLA Lakers Training Center in El Segundo on Tuesday, June 26, 2018.(Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)Head coach Luke Walton addresses the media as the Lakers hold an introductory news conference with two of their three draft picks, Michigan big man Moritz Wagner and Kansas sharpshooter Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk at the UCLA Lakers Training Center in El Segundo on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)Head coach Luke Walton addresses the media as the Lakers hold an introductory news conference with two of their three draft picks, Michigan big man Moritz Wagner and Kansas sharpshooter Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk at the UCLA Lakers Training Center in El Segundo on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, one of three draft picks, addresses the media as the Lakers hold an introductory news at the UCLA Lakers Training Center in El Segundo on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)Moritz Wagner, one of three draft picks, addresses the media as the Lakers hold an introductory news at the UCLA Lakers Training Center in El Segundo on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)Moritz Wagner, one of three draft picks, addresses the media as the Lakers hold an introductory news at the UCLA Lakers Training Center in El Segundo on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson, General Manager Rob Pelinka and head coach Luke Walton address the media as the Lakers hold an introductory news conference with two of their three draft picks, Michigan big man Moritz Wagner and Kansas sharpshooter Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk at the UCLA Lakers Training Center in El Segundo on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)Moritz Wagner, one of three draft picks, addresses the media as the Lakers hold an introductory news at the UCLA Lakers Training Center in El Segundo on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson, General Manager Rob Pelinka and head coach Luke Walton address the media as the Lakers hold an introductory news conference with two of their three draft picks, Michigan big man Moritz Wagner and Kansas sharpshooter Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk at the UCLA Lakers Training Center in El Segundo on Tuesday, June 26, 2018.(Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson, General Manager Rob Pelinka and head coach Luke Walton address the media as the Lakers hold an introductory news conference with two of their three draft picks, Michigan big man Moritz Wagner and Kansas sharpshooter Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk at the UCLA Lakers Training Center in El Segundo on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson, General Manager Rob Pelinka and head coach Luke Walton address the media as the Lakers hold an introductory news conference with two of their three draft picks, Michigan big man Moritz Wagner and Kansas sharpshooter Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk at the UCLA Lakers Training Center in El Segundo on Tuesday, June 26, 2018.(Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)Lakers president of basketball operations, Magic Johnson smiles as he introduces new draft players Moritz Wagner and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk during Tuesday’s press conference at the UCLA Health Training Center in El Segundo. Johnson is betting his job on his free-agent recruiting skills, saying he will step down as the Lakers’ president of basketball operations if he can’t persuade an elite free agent to sign with his club within the next two summers. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson, General Manager Rob Pelinka and head coach Luke Walton address the media as the Lakers hold an introductory news conference with two of their three draft picks, Michigan big man Moritz Wagner and Kansas sharpshooter Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk at the UCLA Lakers Training Center in El Segundo on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson addresses the media as the Lakers hold an introductory news conference with two of their three draft picks, Michigan big man Moritz Wagner and Kansas sharpshooter Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk at the UCLA Lakers Training Center in El Segundo on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson addresses the media as the Lakers hold an introductory news conference with two of their three draft picks, Michigan big man Moritz Wagner and Kansas sharpshooter Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk at the UCLA Lakers Training Center in El Segundo on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson addresses the media as the Lakers hold an introductory news conference with two of their three draft picks, Michigan big man Moritz Wagner and Kansas sharpshooter Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk at the UCLA Lakers Training Center in El Segundo on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson addresses the media as the Lakers hold an introductory news conference with two of their three draft picks, Michigan big man Moritz Wagner and Kansas sharpshooter Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk at the UCLA Lakers Training Center in El Segundo on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson addresses the media as the Lakers hold an introductory news conference with two of their three draft picks, Michigan big man Moritz Wagner and Kansas sharpshooter Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk at the UCLA Lakers Training Center in El Segundo on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)Moritz Wagner, one of three draft picks, addresses the media as the Lakers hold an introductory news at the UCLA Lakers Training Center in El Segundo on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)Moritz Wagner, one of three draft picks, addresses the media as the Lakers hold an introductory news at the UCLA Lakers Training Center in El Segundo on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, one of three draft picks, addresses the media as the Lakers hold an introductory news at the UCLA Lakers Training Center in El Segundo on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)Los Angeles Lakers president of basketball operations, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, takes questions from the media as he introduces the NBA teams draft picks in El Segundo, Calif., Tuesday, June 26, 2018. Magic Johnson is betting his job on his free-agent recruiting skills for the Los Angeles Lakers. Johnson says he will step down as the Lakers’ president of basketball operations if he can’t persuade an elite free agent to sign with his club within the next two summers. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson, General Manager Rob Pelinka and head coach Luke Walton address the media as the Lakers hold an introductory news conference with two of their three draft picks, Michigan big man Moritz Wagner and Kansas sharpshooter Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk at the UCLA Lakers Training Center in El Segundo on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)NextShow Caption1 of 32President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson, General Manager Rob Pelinka and head coach Luke Walton address the media as the Lakers hold an introductory news conference with two of their three draft picks, Michigan big man Moritz Wagner and Kansas sharpshooter Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk at the UCLA Lakers Training Center in El Segundo on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)ExpandEL SEGUNDO — Tick, tick, tick.NBA free agency begins Saturday at 9:01 p.m. PTTick, tick, tick.Pressure? What pressure? AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersTick, tick, tick.“No pressure on me,” Magic Johnson insisted Tuesday. “I’m going to do my job. I’ve always done that. You know how many (NBA) Finals I’ve been in? So, you think I’m worried about this? I played against Larry Bird in the Finals. I mean, come on, man. I’ve been in nine Finals.”Free agency is a different animal, someone reminded Johnson.“I’m Magic Johnson,” the Lakers’ president of basketball operations said. “I’m still the same dude. I’m not going to change. No pressure on me. I’m going to do my job. That’s what I do. I’m going to do my job. I’m excited. It’s fun. I’m looking forward to it. Let’s go.”Moments later, Johnson cautioned against expecting too much from free agency this summer. Lakers on verge of sealing home court advantage, what does it mean in the NBA bubble? last_img read more