Syracuse Chiefs’ imminent name change sparks community debate

first_imgNave, known by fans and front office members as the Chiefs’ “unofficial historian,” said he still hopes the Mets will keep the name. It means more than baseball, he said — the Chiefs are known in the community for hosting clinics and visiting hospitals.But Sid Hill, the Tadodaho, or traditional leader, of the Onondaga Nation — part of the Haudenosaunee, or Iroquois, Confederacy— said it’s time to move on from names that diminish and appropriate Native American culture.“We’re in this modern world, but we still have our ceremonies, we still have our leadership,” Hill said. “That’s not something that’s for sale. We’re not for sale.”The Chiefs have been in Syracuse since 1961, and although the organization has always had “Chiefs” in its title, change is nothing new. From 1997 to 2006 the team was known as the SkyChiefs, and featured a logo of baseball bat with wings coming out of it. In 2007, the team reverted to the Chiefs and changed the logo to a steam train.“I know that they’ve changed and they’re now referring to the chief of a locomotive,” Hill said. “That’s fine. But when you hear the name ‘Chiefs,’ they still look back at figures with the Sioux war bonnet and that whole stereotype.”Irv Lyons Jr., 61, is a member of the Onondaga Nation and the producer of the “Stage of Nations ECOFest” which is aimed to introduce people in Syracuse to Onondaga food, dance and culture. He said even though the Chiefs don’t use Native American imagery in its main logos, the use of the name still misrepresents the identities of Native American people.“The intent is to honor them,” said Lyons, “but the impact is devastating.”Lyons has lasting memories of having grown up and gone to school surrounded by offensive Native American imagery and names, he recalled.“When you’re marginalized in your own country and made to feel less than you are, it hurts,” Lyons said. “You don’t have to agree with people’s beliefs all the time, that’s naive.“But I’m going to respect your presence. And you’re going to respect mine. Right now we’re not doing that.”CORRECTION: In a previous version of this post, the SkyChiefs logo was incorrect. The logo is a baseball bat with wings coming out of it. The Daily Orange regrets this error.  Comments Published on July 29, 2018 at 8:48 pm UPDATED: August 13, 2018 at 10:32 p.m.Marty Nave and Dave Smolnycki sat at NBT Park for the 45th time this season, where they’ve watched their beloved Syracuse Chiefs play in over 3,000 games over the past four decades.Nave, 65, has come to Chiefs games for 56 years. He said the team’s name has become a part of the dialect of the city.“When you say ‘Chiefs,’ it’s synonymous with ‘baseball,’” Nave said.But for some members of the Onondaga Nation, the Chiefs’ name is synonymous with images and notions other than baseball.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe New York Mets — which bought the team from the Washington Nationals last year — plan to change the name of the team in 2019, which has sparked debate in the Syracuse community. Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Without LeBron James, Lakers fizzle against Rockets

first_img How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Before the game, Coach Frank Vogel described a new starting lineup with Davis at center, Kuzma at power forward and Quinn Cook at point guard as something he “wanted to play around with” after the Lakers’ last loss to the Rockets on Feb. 6. But regular center JaVale McGee was also inactive via a coaching decision, and he cheered from the bench while wearing sweatpants and sandals.The team also had a goal to give Markieff Morris, Dion Waiters and J.R. Smith more foothold with their new teammates. While they certainly played more minutes, it was arguable how valuable those minutes were: They combined for just 4 for 17 shooting.Talen Horton-Tucker, a little-used rookie from Iowa State, earned his first NBA points and finished with 10.Vogel said while his team is shooting the lowest percentage of any of the 22 bubble teams from 3-point range, he believed that a regression to the mean is coming.“I do believe in percentages, I do believe in guys trusting in the work they’re putting in,” he said. “The law of averages plays out. And I’m OK getting all these misses out of the way now.” “They want you to shoot turnarounds,” Kuzma said of the Rockets, “they want you to shoot threes because they’re small, and you just got to pound them inside. It worked for us, but not enough.”Rather than reversing their chilly 3-point shooting trend, the Lakers largely ignored it. They had a 13-minute stretch where they attempted none at all. This was a considerable concession to the Rockets, who knocked down 21 of their 57 attempts from distance.The game was its most interesting during a five-minute stretch that saw the Lakers on a 10-0 run that tightened the game to 94-87. But Harden broke the Rockets out of the jam with a contested run to the rim, and then three unanswered 3-pointers later, the rally was over.The Lakers said James was out with right groin soreness, which has periodically flared up throughout the last year-and-a-half, but has also served as a go-to explanation for an abundance of caution, especially on back-to-backs. Alex Caruso also missed the game with neck soreness. During a hard fall on Wednesday night against the Thunder, Caruso appeared to grab his neck and wince with discomfort.The James-Caruso duo, the Lakers’ chief table-setters, were sorely missed as possessions were often one-man affairs, or wound up with turnovers. The Lakers finished with 24 turnovers to just 18 assists.Related Articles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersPreviousThe Los Angeles Lakers kneel during the national anthem before an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Houston Rockets guard James Harden, center, passes the ball while defended by Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, left, and forward Anthony Davis, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Lakers guard Danny Green (14) shoots in front of Houston Rockets guard Austin Rivers (25) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsHouston Rockets guard James Harden (13) dribbles while defended by Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Lakers guard Danny Green (14) blocks the shot of Houston Rockets guard Austin Rivers (25) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Houston Rockets forward Ben McLemore, right, fouls Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) who makes a basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, right, leaps to shoot while defended by Houston Rockets guard James Harden, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel, center top, gestures to his team during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Lakers’ Talen Horton-Tucker (5) shoots in front of Houston Rockets guard Chris Clemons (3) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)The Los Angeles Lakers kneel during the national anthem before an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) holds the ball while defended by Houston Rockets forward P.J. Tucker (17) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) takes a backward shot against the Houston Rockets during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, center, reacts before an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)The Los Angeles Lakers kneel during the national anthem before an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Houston Rockets guard James Harden, center, passes the ball while defended by Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, left, and forward Anthony Davis, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)NextShow Caption1 of 13Houston Rockets guard James Harden, center, passes the ball while defended by Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, left, and forward Anthony Davis, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Expand“Offensively, we haven’t been great,” Danny Green said. “Everybody knows that.”Rockets guard James Harden starred even without backcourt mate Russell Westbrook (right quad contusion), skating into the lane with relative ease and splashing five 3-pointers. Harden finished with a game-high 39 points and 12 assists.The Lakers attempted to funnel their aggression into the lane, outscoring small-ball Houston in the paint 58-30. But while Anthony Davis muscled his way inside for 17 points and 12 rebounds, he also was swarmed, giving up seven turnovers without James to draw away defensive attention.Davis did not speak to the media following the game.Kyle Kuzma, who was in the starting lineup, finished with a team-best 21 points on 8-for-16 shooting to continue a good stretch of play in the bubble. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed center_img Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — There might come a time when Rockets-Lakers is a playoff series, pitting some of the NBA’s most vibrant stars and two extremely divergent basketball philosophies at odds.Thursday’s game between those teams offered very little insight into what that matchup might look like.Without LeBron James or any discernible sense of cohesion, the Lakers lost a 113-97 match to Houston that brought them closer to the playoffs, but no closer to the team they want to be when the postseason arrives.While the Lakers have talked about trying to sharpen their play in the remaining seeding games, they haven’t built confidence with a 2-3 record in the restart: The Lakers finished Thursday’s game just 2 for 19 from deep, their worst mark yet in five games.last_img read more