first_img The Foxes pulled off a surprise transfer coup this week in attracting former Argentina international Cambiasso to the King Power Stadium. Manager Nigel Pearson is confident the big-name signing will not upset the team harmony he has worked hard to nurture during his time at the club. “Certainly if somebody comes with the wealth of experience he has, I will probably – if I’ve an open enough mind – continue to learn from people like him. “I don’t see that as being anything other than positive. Managers learn as much from players, as players do from managers and coaches. “I’ve always had that sort of view, and hopefully I’ll continue to learn from my players as well.” Aside from the prospect of Cambiasso making his debut, Pearson has midfielders Marc Albrighton and Danny Drinkwater and striker Jamie Vardy available again following injuries, but midfielder Matty James (shin) and defender Matthew Upson (foot) are definitely out. Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey returns from suspension. Midfielder Mikel Arteta continues to be sidelined with an ankle problem and s triker Olivier Giroud (tibia), full-back Kieran Gibbs (hamstring) and winger Theo Walcott (knee) are also in the treatment room. Boss Arsene Wenger recalls his visit to the Foxes in 1997 early in his Gunners reign when Dennis Bergkamp scored a hat-trick in a remarkable 3-3 draw. “I remember the first sensational goal with Dennis Bergkamp. Many times I have said that that goal is one of the greatest goals I’ve seen in my career,” Wenger said. “It was also my first experience with Ian Wright – he didn’t understand why I took him off. “I wanted to spare him some minutes at the end of the game, but Wright was always keen to play.” Cambiasso has made clear, even at the age of 34 and after winning numerous trophies during his previous 10 years with Inter Milan prior to his release this summer, he is eager to make history with City. But, as has been witnessed at numerous clubs in the past, such a stellar acquisition can often have an unsettling effect on those around them. Pearson, however, has no doubt about the type of player and character Cambiasso is, especially after seeing how well he was received by his new team-mates on Friday. “He’s been welcomed into the group, as you would expect him to be,” Pearson said of the 52-times capped international. “The players have been quite excited about the prospect of having somebody of that stature in the game being alongside them. “But Esteban will view himself as one of the players, one of the squad, which is a very positive thing.” Pearson also believes Cambiasso will be able to teach him a trick or two given the player’s “world-wide experience”. “I, like anybody, have a capacity to keep learning,” Pearson added. Esteban Cambiasso could make his Leicester debut against Arsenal if he receives international clearance in time. Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgKey stats: 16.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.6 apg, 47.6 3-point percentageGarland will have some mystery surrounding him because he suffered a season-ending meniscus injury just five games into his college career and has reportedly already pulled out of the NBA Combine (welcome to the world of top-five picks). But his available tape shows a crafty and confident playmaker who can hit shots from all over the court. That’s something the Lakers need, particularly if his 3-point shooting holds up at the NBA level. The team will need to evaluate if Garland can contribute early scoring without being ball-dominant – he’s not going to usurp LeBron James or Lonzo Ball as a primary ball-handler as a rookie.JARRETT CULVER6-foot-6 forward, Texas TechKey stats: 18.5 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.4 spgIn Texas Tech’s stunning run to the NCAA championship game, Culver was a do-it-all lynchpin. He might not be that kind of star in the next level, but his length and versatility and work ethic suggest a fit in almost any system and an asset to any defense. Culver’s playing style has a blue-collar toughness indicative of a player who has had to prove himself, but he’s also comfortable being the pressure performer for his team if need be. His shooting percentages (last season: 46.1 percent field goals, 30.4 percent 3-pointers, 70.7 percent free throws) leave more to be desired, but he’s hit big shots in critical moments.DE’ANDRE HUNTER6-foot-7 forward, VirginiaKey stats: 15.2 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.0 apg, 48.3 3-point percentageAnyone who watched the national championship will know this name: Hunter had arguably his best career game at the best possible moment with 27 points to push the Cavaliers to a title. He’s made his name as the best defender for Tony Bennett’s defense-first squad, with the versatility to guard multiple positions and the shooting to knock down long-range attempts. He might be more of a role player at the next level – a 3-and-D prospect as they say – but his skills suggest he can step in early and contribute.CAM REDDISH6-foot-8 forward, DukeKey stats: 13.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.6 spgOf the three-headed monstrous recruiting class for Duke last year, Reddish was the least imposing. While he has the body and the occasional look of a future star, his production and his more reserved bearing on the court (at least compared to the all-out explosion of Williamson) was more deferential. There’s a lot of physical talent and even shooting polish in Reddish’s game, but the right team will need to maximize it over time – that might not exactly fit with the Lakers’ desire to win next season.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers COBY WHITE6-foot-5 guard, North CarolinaKey stats: 16.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.1 apg, 35.2 3-point percentageWhite’s speed and voluminous hair created the impression that the Tasmanian Devil was on the court for the Tar Heels last season. He’s got zip and fearless scoring ability, something that was on display in marquee matchups in the ACC last season. What he lacks against the rest of the class as a playmaker and long-range shooter is made up for with his size and ability to get buckets. On the Lakers, however, he’d be an awkward fit on a team that already has several players who need the ball. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersEven the seven spots that separate where the Lakers thought they would pick to where they will pick is significant to the team’s evaluation prospects.Picks in the teens are often home to prospects who are working out and testing as they try to improve their draft position; top-four picks generally withhold information in the interest of not hurting their stock (two possible top-four picks, Vanderbilt’s Darius Garland and Virginia’s De’Andre Hunter, have already pulled out of the NBA Combine this week).Players such as Lamar Odom, Chris Paul, Chris Bosh, Russell Westbrook and Kristaps Porzingis have been selected fourth. On the less successful end, so have Tyrus Thomas, Wesley Johnson, Cody Zeller and Dragan Bender.Based on available prospect evaluations – and obviously pending important information coming from this week’s combine in Chicago – here’s an early look at whom the Lakers could pick fourth overall should they choose to keep their selection:DARIUS GARLAND6-foot-3 guard, Vanderbilt Shortly before Tuesday night’s NBA draft lottery, Rob Pelinka met with Jesse Buss and the rest of the Lakers scouting department to strategize for the NBA Combine. The discussion focused on pick No. 11, which the Lakers had a 77.6 percent chance to land, and which player might be in range to select.So much for all that.“Now it’s a shift: what we can get at four,” Pelinka said, less than an hour after the Lakers had defied the 9.4-percent odds to jump into the top four of the draft. “I will say there are some incredibly talented impact players there that we are going to study deeply.”The June 20 draft in Brooklyn will be headlined by New Orleans’ expected selection of Duke forward Zion Williamson. Two other heralded prospects – Murray State’s Ja Morant and Duke’s R.J. Barrett – are expected to be taken in the top three. Still, the Lakers will be in position to select one of the draft’s most exciting talents – or flip their pick to someone who wants a shot at No. 4.center_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years last_img read more