Jim Douglas, Governor of Vermont and Chair of the National Governors Association will speak at a National Press Club luncheon on September 17, 2009, to discuss his yearlong NGA initiative, Rx for Health Reform: Affordable, Accessible, Accountable which looks at opportunities for states to contribute to the success of national health care reform.Douglas announced on August 27 of this year, that he would not seek re-election as Governor in 2010.As Governor, he has made health care reform a top priority in Vermont so its citizens have access to high-quality, affordable health care. Less than a year after taking office, the Governor launched The Blueprint for Health to transform Vermont’s health care system and help all Vermonters lead healthier lives and reduce health care costs, and in 2006 signed a comprehensive package of health reforms to expand access to coverage, improve the quality and performance of the health care system and contain costs.Douglas has served the people of Vermont for nearly 40 years, culminating with his election as Governor in 2002. His public service began by being elected to the Vermont House of Representatives just after graduating from Middlebury College in 1972.The National Press Club luncheon will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m. and Douglas’ remarks will begin just after 1:00 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session. Advance reservations should be made by contacting reservations at the National Press Club, (202) 662-7501 or [email protected](link sends e-mail). Cost of luncheon admission is $17 for National Press Club members, $28 for their guests and $35 for general admission.Credentialed press may cover this event with proper ID.The National Press Club is located at 14th and F Streets, NW, one block west of Metro Center. For more information about the Club and its programs visit www.press.org(link is external).ABOUT THE NATIONAL PRESS CLUBThe National Press Club is the world’s leading professional organization for journalists. Founded in 1908, the Club has 3,500 members representing most major news organizations. Each year, the Club holds more than 2,000 events including news conferences, luncheons and panels, and more than 250,000 guests come through its doors. Source: NGA. WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —
“The one thing I think this team couldn’t do on a daily basis against us that they’re doing against everybody else is go small,” Scott said. “You got Magic, James and Kareem as post-up players that demanded double-teams. It would be a whole lot harder. Draymond is a great defender and I have a lot of respect for him. But guarding James Worthy or guarding Kareem? That wouldn’t happen. It would be very interesting.”Both the Showtime Lakers and Warriors play at a frenetic pace. Both excelled on defense. But Scott argued both teams had different identities. “They are volume shooters from 3. We weren’t,” Scott said. “We were definitely inside-out. But James Worthy and Kareem are two of the best post players who have ever played. Magic at 6-9 is unbelievable as well. It would be a very interesting series.”Playful barbsAt first, it sounded liked Kobe Bryant offered a compliment. But as he gushed about former Lakers teammate and Warriors interim coach Luke Walton, Bryant actually delivered a punchline. “I told him he was the next Phil (Jackson),” Bryant said, and the reason had nothing to do with Jackson’s 11 NBA championships. “He was an average player with a messed-up back.”Walton reported that “he got a good laugh” when he learned about Bryant’s comments.“Anytime we had a chance to make fun of anybody, we did,” Walton said. “Kobe was very creative with his jokes. I loved Kobe as a teammate.”Bryant then turned serious, arguing that “Phil saw a lot of himself in Luke.” Jackson stayed sidelined during the New York Knicks’ 1969-70 NBA championship season after injuring his back. Then, Knicks coach Red Holzman made Jackson a de-facto assistant coach. Walton also had back issues during the Lakers’ 2009-10 NBA championship season. So Jackson invited Walton to coaches’ meetings. Walton also charted plays on the sideline.“I was depressed,” Walton said. “Sitting with (Phil), Frank (Hamblen) and Brian Shaw and that whole staff lifted my spirits. I saw right there you still get that sense of camaraderie that you have as a player.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error OAKLAND >> The question caused Lakers coach Byron Scott to offer an incredulous look, suggesting there should not even be a debate. Would the Showtime Lakers beat the current Golden State Warriors?“In a seven-game series? Absolutely,” Scott said before the Lakers played Golden State on Tuesday at the Oracle. “I don’t know in how many (games). But in my mind and humble opinion, we would win a seven-game series against them.”The Showtime Lakers won five NBA championships headlined by a Hall of Fame guard (Magic Johnson), Hall of Fame center (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), Hall of Fame forward (James Worthy) and an elite defender (Michael Cooper). Jamaal Wilkes and Scott were along for part of the ride, too. The Warriors won the 2015 NBA championship with a sharp-shooting backcourt (Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson), a versatile forward (Draymond Green) and an elite defender (Andre Iguodala).