Tim Duncan

Timothy Theodore Duncan is an American professional basketball coach and former player, an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association. He spent his entire 19-year playing career with the Spurs. Duncan started out as an aspiring swimmer and did not begin playing basketball until ninth grade when Hurricane Hugo destroyed the only available Olympic-sized pool in his homeland of Saint Croix, U. S. Virgin Islands. In high school, he played basketball for St. Dunstan's Episcopal. In college, Duncan played for the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, in his senior year, he earned the John Wooden Award as well as Naismith College Player of the Year and USBWA College Player of the Year. After graduating from college, Duncan went on to win NBA Rookie of the Year after being selected by San Antonio with the first overall pick in the 1997 NBA draft. Regarded as the greatest power forward of all time while playing at center for the majority of his career he is considered one of the greatest basketball players in NBA history, he is a five-time NBA champion, a two-time NBA MVP, a three-time NBA Finals MVP, a 15-time NBA All-Star, the only player to be selected to both the All-NBA and All-Defensive Teams for 13 consecutive seasons.

Off the court, Duncan created the Tim Duncan Foundation to raise health awareness and to fund education and youth sports programs. Tim Duncan was born and raised on Saint Croix, U. S. Virgin Islands, he is the son of Ione, a professional midwife, William Duncan, a mason. He has two older sisters and Tricia, one older brother, who became a film director and cinematographer. Cheryl was a champion swimmer before she became a nurse, Tricia swam for the U. S. Virgin Islands at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. In school, Duncan was a bright pupil and dreamt of becoming an Olympic-level swimmer like his sister Tricia, his parents were supportive, Duncan excelled at swimming, becoming a teenage standout in the 50, 100, 400 meters freestyle and aiming to go to the 1992 Olympic Games as a member of the United States Team. In 1989, after Hurricane Hugo had destroyed the one Olympic-sized swimming pool on the island, Duncan was forced to swim in the ocean instead, where his fear of sharks suffered his enthusiasm for the sport to leave him.

Duncan was dealt another emotional blow when his mother, suffering from breast cancer, died one day before his 14th birthday. On her deathbed, she made Duncan and his sisters promise that no matter what they would graduate from college having obtained a degree, going a long way in explaining Duncan's refusal to leave his college early for the NBA. Duncan never swam competitively again. Duncan had difficulties adapting to the game he thought would help relieve his pain and frustration. Nancy Pomroy, the athletic director of the St. Croix Country Day School, explains, " was so huge. So big and tall, but he was awfully awkward at the time." He overcame his awkwardness to become a standout for the St. Dunstan's Episcopal High School, averaging 25 points per game as a senior, his play attracted the attention of several universities, despite his having picked up the game only in ninth grade. Wake Forest University basketball coach Dave Odom, in particular, grew interested in Duncan after the 16-year-old played NBA star Alonzo Mourning to a draw in a 5-on-5 pick-up game.

Odom was searching for a physical player to play near the basket. Given the weak level of basketball in the Virgin Islands, Odom was wary about Duncan at first after first meeting him and thinking him to be inattentive. However, after the first talk, Odom understood that this was just Duncan's way of paying attention and discovered that he was not only a talented athlete but a quick learner. Despite scholarship offers by the University of Hartford, the University of Delaware, Providence College, Duncan joined Odom's Wake Forest Demon Deacons. In the year before Duncan's arrival at Wake Forest University, the Demon Deacons reached the Sweet 16, but lost leading scorer Rodney Rogers, who entered the 1993 NBA draft. In the 1993–94 NCAA season, Coach Dave Odom was considering redshirting Duncan, but was forced to play him after fellow freshman big man Makhtar N'Diaye violated NCAA rules and transferred to Michigan. Duncan struggled with early transition problems and was held scoreless in his first college game, but as the year progressed, he and teammate Randolph Childress led the Deacons to a 20–11 win-loss record.

Duncan's style of play was simple yet effective, combining an array of low-post moves, mid-range bank shots, tough defense. He was chosen to represent the U. S. in the 1994 Goodwill Games. Meanwhile, Duncan worked towards a degree in psychology and took classes in anthropology and Chinese literature. Despite his heavy focus on basketball, Wake Forest psychology department chairperson Deborah Best said, "Tim was one of my more intellectual students. Other than his height, I couldn't tell him from any other student at Wake Forest." Duncan established his reputation as a stoic player, to the extent that opposing fans taunted him as "Mr. Spock", the prototypical logical, detached character from Star Trek. In the 1994–95 NCAA season, the sophomore was soon called one of the best prospects among the eligible for the NBA, along with peers Joe Smith, Rasheed Wallace, Jerry Stackhouse. Los Angeles Lakers general manager Jerry West suggested that Duncan might become the top pick in the 1995 NBA draft if he went early.

Constitution Square (Kiev)

Constitution Square is a square restricted to pedestrians only and located in the center of Kiev city, Pechersk neighborhood of the Pechersk Raion. The square is elongated stretching from vulytsia Mykhaila Hrushevskoho towards the Dnieper's sloping banks. On a northern side of the square is located an ensemble of two government buildings consisting of Verkhovna Rada building and Mariyinsky Palace, while on its southern side is located Mariinsky Park. Just pass the Palace, the Constitution Square ends; the square was known since building of the Palace back in 1750. Until 1854 here were located administrative buildings, taking place military parades, etc. In 1847 next to it was established Mariinsky Park. In 1869 appears the first recorded name for the square - Dvortsovskaya ploshchad. Sometime in 1930s the square changed its name to TsVK USSR Square, while in 1940 it was renamed into the October Square. After the World War II it was known as the Verkhovna Rada Square, and in 1977 the square reached its apotheosis in naming as the Soviet Square.

After the fall of the Soviet Union, the authorities were not in a hurry to get rid of such name. It was not until 2012 when the square was and renamed to its current name, the Constitution Square. Syhalov, A. Kiev streets, handbook. Ed.2. "Reklama". Kiev 1979. Muzhylko, O. Kiev streets: old and new names. "Buzhany". Kiev 2010. ISBN 978-966-2135-01-5. Kudrytsky, A. Kiev: Encyclopedic handbook. "Ukrainian Soviet Encyclopedia". Kiev 1982

The Good Samaritan (The Blacklist)

"The Good Samaritan" is the eleventh episode of the first season of the American crime drama The Blacklist. The episode premiered in the United States on NBC on January 13, 2014. Red remains missing and conducts his own investigation to hunt down those who betrayed him during the Anslo Garrick incident; the entire FBI team is under investigation. Aram is suspected, but Red is able to prove he was set up. Meanwhile, a serial killer from Liz's past, "The Good Samaritan", strikes again. Elizabeth is allowed to join the hunt for the killer, as Cooper knows Red will realize how much this unsolved case means to Elizabeth and reach out to help her. Soon Elizabeth discovers the victims are all linked through abusing a family member, that the killer was an abuse victim himself. Though she kills the Good Samaritan, she gives the man's final near-victim a warning to treat his wife better or she'll make him regret hurting her. Red confronts a financier named Henry Krueger for betraying him and shoots him, forcing the wounded Kreuger to give up the name Newton Phillips, in fact Red's aide.

Red confronts Phillips for leaking his location to Garrick and kills him via suffocation though he asked him to make it look like an accident. Red visits Elizabeth to tell her that "his house is clean" now, but hers isn't, explaining that Phillips couldn't have pulled this off by himself and that there's another mole inside the unit. "The Good Samaritan" premiered on NBC on January 2014 in the 10 -- 11 p.m. time slot. The episode garnered a 2.5/7 Nielsen rating with 9.35 million viewers, making it the highest rated show in its time slot and the eleventh most watched television show of the week. Jason Evans of The Wall Street Journal praised James Spader's performance as Raymond Reddington, stating: "This was another tour-de-force by James Spader, he has so much fun playing bad Red and we saw a lot of bad Red tonight." However, he said "the story of the Samaritan was a bit of a yawner" and thought "it just did not matter to the overall plot". Jodi Walker of Entertainment Weekly gave a mixed review of the episode, stating: "The Blacklist may be a little over the top, it may just be a showcase for one great actor, but I continue to be impressed by its ability to balance a serialized mystery and mythology with week-to-week storytelling and narrative arcs."

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