Demba Ba’s simple close-range finish gave Chelsea a deserved half-time lead against West Brom but could not did stop the home fans booing under-fire interim manager Rafael Benitez.The Spaniard was booed throughout following his midweek criticism of the club and fans, and numerous anti-Benitez banners were also on display.But it did not affect his side’s display as they completely dominating from the outset.Oscar, Juan Mata and Eden Hazard were in scintillating form and the visitors barely gpot out of their own half.Oscar wasted two excellent chances before the hosts went ahead when Ba tapped in from a couple of yards after David Luiz headed back Oscar’s free-kick.And Mata and Hazard had several chances to add to that lead in a one-sided game so far.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Sulaiman PhilipAs a cadet officer at the Gordon’s Bay Naval Academy Dr Michael Jordaan, outgoing chief executive officer (CEO) at First National Bank (FNB) was trained in the art of pouring the perfect glass of port. He was also trained to time his departure from a party perfectly. A useful skill as it turns out for the 2013 Sunday Times Business Leader award winner.Jordaan walks away from a bank that, under his leadership, has been crowned the most innovative bank globally, a pacesetter for using mobile technology in banking. He has also helped grow it into the second-largest retail bank in the country and the largest supplier of mobile devices – smartphone and tablets – in South Africa.Tech-savvy Jordaan is not leaving FNB for a sedentary life on his Stellenbosch wine farm. He has accepted a non-executive position at South African social network and messaging service Mxit. He believes home-grown success stories like Mxit can show the way toward building a more diverse and stronger South African economy. Loathe to handpick industries that will grow in the future he argues, “The market will be the ultimate arbiter of how our economy will grow and diversify, but the kids growing up with companies like Mxit are comfortable with the devices and programming that will drive growth.” Celebrate business achievements Jordaan believes that government, with the assistance of business, needs to build the launch pad to improve South African competitiveness, especially in Africa. South African businesses are world class, as reflected by the recent World Economic Forum’s competitiveness report, and have the potential, he says, to lead Africa into an era of self-sufficiency. This is why he is a cheerleader for the country wherever he goes.“For investors the risk-reward trade-off is good, governance is excellent and we have world-class skills in many industries. However we need to improve our education system to retain our place as the leading economy on the continent. Like every South African I love sport but there are times I wish we got as passionately excited about education as we do about sport.”With more than 36 000 Twitter followers, Jordaan is comfortable sharing his opinion on a variety of subjects without the filter of a corporate communications team. Among his more contentious opinions is that Black Economic Empowerment needs to be amended and refreshed.“Broad-based transformation and skills transfer has been a huge success but personally I am not a fan of those structures that benefitted a few well-connected individuals.”“South Africa is in the unique position of having both high unemployment as well as a critical shortage of key skills so going forward I would like to see greater emphasis on job creation as a category of transformation.”Jordaan served part of his banking apprenticeship under Paul Harris at Rand Merchant Bank where his role model tasked him with establishing an internet-based commercial bank. Without the infrastructure to make it viable the idea evolved into RMB Private Bank. Under Harris’s tutelage Jordaan learnt two valuable lessons; role models are important and business matters.“We need to celebrate business achievement and accept that it can be a huge force for good. Business leaders need to give back by sharing insights and lessons, especially with entrepreneurs because small business is the driver of economic growth.”His advice for entrepreneurs is to find a role model. They are, he says, the best tool for someone starting a business. They are a resource whose ability to help is built on experience. Business success however is built on passion.“Be obsessive about your product or service. Don’t do it for the money. Surround yourself with great people and shower them with credit when they achieve. Leave your ego at home or better yet lose it altogether.” Entrepreneurship and innovation breed success FNB’s CEO describes himself as entrepreneurial at heart, and like all entrepreneurs his mind-set is: find a solution rather than fixating on the problem. This ethos has allowed FNB, in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry, to develop a model that allows a new business to open a bank account and complete the business registration within 24 hours as part of the same process. “Regulations are a way of life and many are well intended but I feel passionately that we should streamline the start-up process as much as possible. Small business can be the engine of growth but we need to remove obstacles, not set up hurdles.”Innovation is at the heart of Jordaan’s success but it’s his management style that has allowed FNB staff to think beyond what is possible. Since 2004 the bank has run the FNB Innovators Programme to encourage lateral thinking. Accepting the BAI – Finacle award in 2012, Jordaan revealed that 8 166 innovative ideas were born as a result of the programme.“The trick in life is to surround yourself with people who are better than you, agree the goal, then get out of their way. People are inherently good and want to achieve. Nine times out of ten they will surprise you with great outcomes as well as new ways of doing things.”Jordaan finds it easier to not micromanage staff, believing that people who are allowed to find solutions without a manager looking over their shoulder helps build a stronger organisation. Interference, as he calls it, does not allow companies to use its employees’ skills.“Mediocre people like being told what to do and exactly how to do it; great people want to work in an empowered environment.” As Jordaan steps away from his high-profile role toward new challenges he feels assured that he will find success. And if he does not, he believes there are lessons to be learnt in failure as well. A lack of success is just a different way of learning a lesson, he has explained in interviews.Jordaan, who took over for one three-hour shift from Talk Radio 702 personality Redi Thlabi, while she was on maternity leave, embraces challenges that remove him from his comfort zone and would encourage every business leader to do the same.“I enjoyed connecting with people who would not otherwise cross my path; things like Twitter break down all organisational boundaries. The most important lesson I have learnt is this: one learns nothing in the ivory tower and everything by connecting with South Africans from all walks of life.”
The only way that closing registers could workThe fundamental problem here is that closing supply registers in your HVAC system changes what comes out in particular locations. It doesn’t change what the blower is trying to do. Nor does it change the amount of heat that the air conditioner, heat pump, or furnace is trying to move or produce.Yes, your system may be fine if you close a register or two in your home, but the results will depend on how restrictive and leaky your duct system is. If it’s a typical duct system with 60% higher static pressure than the maximum specified, closing even one register could send the system over the edge. If it’s a well designed system with low static pressure and sealed ducts, you shouldn’t have a problem — as long as you don’t try to close too many registers.The only way that something like this could work is if closing a register signaled the blower to move less air and the air conditioner, heat pump, or furnace to move or produce less heat. (Properly designed zoned duct systems do this by using variable speed ECM blowers with multi-stage systems.) Otherwise you’re subject to those nine unintended consequences, one of them potentially deadly. What about heat?In addition to moving air, your air conditioner, heat pump, or furnace is also cooling or heating that air that flows through the system. The air passes over a coil or heat exchanger and either gives up heat or picks up heat.In a fixed-capacity system — and most are — the amount of heat the coil or heat exchanger is capable of absorbing or giving up is fixed. When the air flow goes down, less heat exchange happens with the air. As a result, the temperature of the coil or heat exchanger changes.If air flow is low, it’ll dump less heat into the coil in summer, and the coil will get colder. If there’s water vapor in the air, the condensation on the coil may start freezing. You might even end up with a block of ice, as shown in the photo below. And ice on the coil is really bad for air flow.It’s also bad for the compressor, as not all of the refrigerant evaporates and liquid refrigerant makes its way back to the compressor. If you want to have to buy a new compressor, this is a good way to do it.The same thing happens if you have low air flow over a heat pump coil in winter. You could get a really hot coil, high refrigerant pressure, and a blown compressor or refrigerant leaks.Similarly, low air flow in a furnace can get the heat exchanger hot enough to cause cracks. Those cracks, then, allow exhaust gases to mix with your conditioned air. When that happens, your duct system can become a poison distribution system as it could be sending carbon monoxide into your home. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. Check out his in-depth course, Mastering Building Science at Heatspring Learning Institute, and follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. The blower and the blownThe blower in your HVAC system is the heart of the air distribution. It pulls air from the house through the return ducts and then pushes it back into the house through the supply ducts. In high-efficiency systems, the blower is powered by an electronically commutated motor (ECM), which can adjust its speed to varying conditions. The majority of blowers, however, are of the permanent split capacitor (PSC) type, which is not a variable-speed motor. RELATED ARTICLES Return-Air ProblemsDuct Leakage TestingHow Duct Leakage Steals TwiceSealing Ducts: What’s Better, Tape or Mastic?Keeping Ducts IndoorsShould Flex Duct Be Banned?How to Install Flex Duct ProperlyThou Shalt Commission Thy Ducts!All About Furnaces and Duct SystemsStupid Energy-Saving Tips Closed registers increase pressureIn a well-designed system, the blower moves the air against a pressure that’s no greater than the maximum specified by the manufacturer (typically 0.5 iwc). The ideal system also has low duct leakage.The typical system, however, is far from ideal. Although most systems are rated for 0.5 iwc, the National Comfort Institute, which has measured static pressure and air flow in a lot of systems, finds the typical system to be pushing against a static pressure of about 0.8 iwc. Now we’re ready to address the question of closing registers.When you start closing registers in unused rooms, you make the duct system more restrictive. The pressure increases, and that means an ECM blower will ramp up to keep air flow up, whereas a PSC blower will move less air. Most homes don’t have sealed ducts either, so the higher pressure in the duct system will mean more duct leakage, as shown in Image #3 below.The more registers you close, the higher the pressure in the duct system goes. The ECM blower will use more and more energy as you do so. The PSC blower will move less conditioned air. In both cases, the duct leakage will increase further. Your air conditioner, heat pump, or furnace probably uses a lot of energy. Heating and cooling makes up about half of the total energy use in a typical house. For air conditioners and heat pumps using electricity generated in fossil-fuel fired power plants, the amount you use at home may be only a third of the total. A question I get asked frequently is whether or not it’s OK to close vents in unused rooms to save money. The answer may surprise you.The photo on the right shows a typical supply vent for an ducted HVAC system (air conditioner, heat pump, or furnace). On the return side, you’ll typically see plain grilles, but on the supply side, where the conditioned air gets blown back into the house, most HVAC contractors install registers like the one above. It has a lever of some sort that allows you to adjust the louvers behind the grille.You’d think that since it’s adjustable, it must be OK to open or close it to suit your needs, right? A Kickstarter project to avoidI recently wrote about all the IT folks who are trying to follow in Nest’s footsteps and profit from the home energy-efficiency movement. I used the Aros smart window air conditioner as the example of companies that think you can solve problems just by creating a product with a smartphone app.Well, meet a more malignant idea: the E-vent. (You can find it easily enough by searching on the term “Kickstarter E-Vent.”) It’s just a Kickstarter project right now, and maybe it won’t get funded. If it does get funded, however, it will be subject to all the problems I described above. It doesn’t matter whether you close the registers by getting up on a ladder in your home or from the beach in Cozumel. It’s still a bad idea.The E-Vent page on Kickstarter says that the device will monitor the air temperature and open registers if the temperature gets too cold (while air conditioning) or too hot (while heating). Of course, that’s not going to work unless they monitor the temperature right at the coil or heat exchanger. And that still probably wouldn’t work, because there’s a wide range of acceptable temperatures for different systems.This is an HVAC product developed by people who don’t know some very important principles of heating and air conditioning. Let’s hope they don’t kill anyone. Nine unintended consequences of closing registersLet me now summarize the problems I’ve described above that can result from closing registers in your home. The first thing that happens is the air pressure in the duct system increases, which may give rise to these negative consequences:Increased duct leakageLower air flow (with PSC blowers)Increased energy use (with ECM blowers)Comfort problems because of low air flowFrozen air conditioner coilDead compressorCracked heat exchanger, with the potential for getting carbon monoxide in your home Increased infiltration/exfiltration due to unbalanced leakage , as I described last weekCondensation and mold growth in winter due to lower surface temperatures in rooms with closed registers.You’re not guaranteed to get all the problems that apply to your system, but why take the chance? In either case, the system is designed for the blower to push against some maximum pressure difference. That number is typically 0.5 inches of water column (iwc). If the filter gets too dirty or the supply ducts are too restrictive, the blower pushes against a higher pressure.In the case of the ECM, a high pressure will cause the motor will ramp up in an attempt to maintain proper air flow. An ECM is much more efficient than a PSC motor under ideal conditions, but as it ramps up to work against higher pressure, you lose that efficiency. You still get the air flow (maybe), but it costs you more.The PSC motor, on the other hand, will keep spinning but at lower speeds as the pressure goes up. Thus, higher pressure means less air flow, and, as we’ll see below, low air flow can cause some serious problems.The important thing to remember here is that no matter which type of blower motor your HVAC system has, it’s not a good thing when it has to push against a higher pressure. Thanks to Curt Kinder, David Butler, John Semmelhack, Eric Sandeen, and Dale Sherman for suggestions that made this article better and more complete.
By: Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT & David Lee Sexton, Jr.Our March 22, 2018 webinar was facilitated by Dr. Lauren Marlotte of the Division of Behavioral Health and Nathanson Family Resilience Center at the University of California Los Angeles. In this webinar, 3 broad areas of violence that impact youth were discussed- bullying, relationship violence in teens, and school shootings. Dr. Marlotte shared highlights of all three of these types of violence but tied them all together by talking about overall risk and resilience factors, taking a family systems approach, and ways to build resilience in families including some resources. Below are some insights, questions and answers, and resources gained from this engaging and helpful webinar.InsightsHere are some insights that the participants and our team took away from the webinar.Adult logic may not be the best fit when looking for solutions to address and combat bullying. Lauren led us through a series of scenarios, asking for our thoughts on the ways in which we would help our children navigate a bullying situation. Many of us were surprised to find that the adult logic we were applying to these scenarios were not, in fact, the best ways to handle them.1/3 teens experience violence with a dating partner. In addition to sharing this alarmingly high statistic, Lauren shared that girls and women between 16 and 24 years old are experiencing the highest rates of Intimate Partner Violence.There are negative consequences for both the bully and person being bullied. Children who are bullied are at higher risk of experiencing negative physical health, mental health, and school consequences such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, low self-esteem, physical health problems, and more. Children who are bullies are at higher risk for engaging in violence and other risky behaviors later in life such as misusing substances engaging in delinquent behaviors, carrying a weapon, and being convicted of a crime or receiving a citation as an adult.School shootings affect more than just the people at the school. It’s not just the school personnel, children, and families of the school who are affected. Anyone who hears about the shooting on the news is also affected.Questions and AnswersThe participants were highly engaged, asking important and relevant questions throughout the webinar. Below are some of the questions by the participants and the answers supplied by Dr. Marlotte.Participant: Why would bullies engage in sexual activity earlier?Dr. Marlotte: “My best explanation would be that kids who engage in bullying are at higher risk of negative consequences [such as] being negatively influenced by their peer groups [or] having less parental supervision or involvement… teens are still developing the frontal lobe, the centers of their brain important in decision making and thinking things out… they may be more likely to be impulsive and make reckless decisions. This is a guess as to why these things might be correlated.”Participant: If children tend to “freeze” and have trouble with a comeback, what would be good advice?Dr. Marlotte: “When a child is under stress, they may experience fight, flight or freeze… That’s why having some sort of preparation to coach children through using these skills can help them with those fight, flight, and freeze responses. Sometimes just acknowledging that that’s the way our brains and our bodies respond to stress can help children understand why they might experience stress in a certain way. Maybe they silently take a breath and then use one of the teasing comments and walk away from the bully. Practice and rehearsal of the bullying strategies, paired with the practice and rehearsal of some of the emotional regulation strategies, can be paired together to be able to use those strategies to the best of the child’s ability.”Participant: This might be difficult for children with developmental disabilities who have trouble with social skills even in the best situations. How would we advise them to handle the situation? Would a bullying social story be a good option?Dr. Marlotte: “I attended a training by [a professional] who developed a curriculum on social skills for children with Autism and she writes in her manual [that] the nonverbal teasing comebacks, are sometimes the most difficult for kids with developmental disabilities. In particular, she works a lot with kids with Autism… They may not have the same spatial awareness about what an eye roll feels like or looks like, or their face may end up making a face they are not intending to when they are trying to look standoffish. So, absolutely! Doing a role play, a rehearsal… I’d say starting with a social story and seeing if the child is able to apply this to their real life as well to make sure they can make that leap. I also think that this is a wonderful thing to do as a prevention strategy. There are lots of ways to have conversations about bullying even if it’s not an issue that comes up.”Participant: What is a good bullying curriculum that can be utilized in schools? Are there any to train teachers to help with bullying prevention in their classrooms?Dr. Marlotte: “I would recommend the stopbullying.gov website (specifically https://www.stopbullying.gov/prevention/at-school/index.html) to find out more information about prevention and evidence-based anti-bullying programs. I would also recommend that schools adopt a social emotional learning approach or curriculum, such as RULER (http://ei.yale.edu/ruler/) or the Families OverComing Under Stress (FOCUS) Resilience Curriculum (https://nfrc.ucla.edu/FOCUS).” Participant: How often is it is a “lone” bully and how often do they have back-ups in their bullying?Dr. Marlotte: “Since the bully tends to want to get attention and social notoriety, I think there’s typically people around… There might be one kid who’s the instigator or the primary bully, and they may be able to suck other people into what they’re doing rather than having a group of kids decide to be bullies all together. There’s typically a leader with others who are either bystanders or occasionally jumping in.”Participant: Sometimes using the term abusive to a teen doesn’t resonate with them as they do not consider what is going on in their or their friend’s relationship abusive. Possibly breaking it down with some defining- controlling, jealousy, isolating from friends, etc.Dr. Marlotte: “Yes, using specific examples… Sometimes, it lands a little bit better to say healthy vs, unhealthy [or] acceptable vs unacceptable. If there’s other types of words or language that you’re hearing from your teen, using their language can be very helpful. We have a trauma clinic here and we see a wide variety of families… I’ve had families experience some very traumatic situations and they’re saying, ‘Well, I don’t have it as bad as this situation that was in the media’ or ‘I didn’t experience this type of situation’. So they may not actually consider themselves trauma survivors. So then if THEY choose to not identify themselves in that way, I don’t push that. I talk about the stress impact of their experiences that they have had and allow them to use their own language around that while acknowledging that what they’ve experienced is going to have a large impact on them. But if there are certain words that don’t resonate, that is absolutely fine.”Participant: How do we counter the culture of meanness/name calling/bullying that has developed, been promoted, and modeled in our country in the last couple of years? There is a trickle-down effect from what is modeled from adults and what children (and adults) see on the news on a daily basis.Dr. Marlotte: “It’s important to have conversations with clients/children about meanness and name calling that is present in the media. Positive, supportive adults model appropriate behaviors and discuss and address inappropriate behaviors highlighted in the news and popular culture. Don’t read or watch news sources that engage in name calling or are clearly biased. When mean behavior is observed, engage adolescents in a discussion around the behavior and explore other ways of expressing one’s self while being respectful. This helps reminds adults, too, that being mean or bullying behaviors are unacceptable. Point out examples of positive behaviors that are portrayed as well. Just like we ask parents to ‘catch your child being good’ and provide praise, we should also be in tune with when the media is respectful and uses effective communication.” ResourcesThroughout the webinar, Dr. Marlotte and the Family Development Team shared a plethora of resources. There were also a couple of resources mentioned by participants. In addition to the resources listed below, you can find a comprehensive list of additional resources compiled by the Family Development Team on the event page.NFRC HandoutsNational Child Traumatic Stress NetworkResource Discovery for NCTSN School Personnel ResourcesLove is RespectWonder ClassroomIf you are interested in watching this webinar, the archived version and all of the supplemental materials can be found on the event page. If you are interested in obtaining CEUs for the webinar, they will be available until March 22, 2019. Details of how to obtain the CEUs are on the learn event page mentioned above.This post was written by members of the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development concentration on our website, Facebook, and Twitter. You can also listen to our Anchored. podcast series via iTunes and our website.
Lighting a white cyclorama? These tips will help you get the classic look you’re going for in your next film or video projectOne of the most common tasks in video production is lighting a white cyclorama (or “cyc”) — a white backdrop. This timeless look can be difficult to master; however, with a few techniques, you can get the results you need.Let’s take a look.Distance Your SourcesThe first few times I tried lighting a white cyc, I was under the impression that you wanted to take your brightest sources and get them as close as possible to the white backdrop — to essentially blow it out — making it true white. However, I quickly realized that for a better-looking white background, a softer, more evenly cast light looks much better on camera, and you can do this by distancing the light from the backdrop. This approach will give your light a more even and appealing look. Essentially, just walk your light back for a more uniform spread, which will maintain a consistent exposure as the talent moves throughout the scene. Cover image via Marko Poplasen.Looking for more video production tips and tricks? Check out these articles.Stabilizing Your Camera Movement: Gimbals vs. SteadicamsProduction Tips: Working With a Color Checker on Your Next ShootAdd Flavor to Your Footage by Implementing Color ScienceFilmmaking Fads and Trends: Don’t Let Them Bother YouQuick and Easy Compositing Tips for Adobe Premiere Pro Don’t Forget ContrastWhen you’re lighting a white cyc wall, it can very easily turn into a flat image without any contrast. Our first instinct is to usually blast all the light we have onto the stage to see where it puts us. However, by adding contrast back into the image through lighting, you can help lift the scene.One production that did this well was the series of Heineken commercials with Neil Patrick Harris. Although the background is purely white and evenly exposed, the filmmakers still managed to create a nice degree of lighting contrast. All you need to pull this off is some negative fill. Always Use Soft SourcesSoft sources and lighting a white cyc go hand and hand. Shadows can be one of the biggest threats to lighting your white cyc. Shadows can quickly interrupt the infinite feeling and draw attention to the ground — or the background if the shadows appear on the walls. One way to avoid this is to incorporate very soft light sources with diffusion materials. When shooting on a white cyc, you’ll very rarely use raw sources of light.There are many ways you can create a soft source of light — no matter your budget. Whether that means using a soft box, a shower curtain, or even an 8×8 full grid butterfly, there are plenty of options out there to help you create a large soft source on any budget. ExperimentOverall, lighting a white cyc wall or backdrop is an exciting and fun part of the filmmaking process. Through trial and error, you can find the perfect way to create the best lighting for your next production. Then, by incorporating shape and contrast, you can take your project to the next level.
Excuses have been given an entirely new dimension by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). If allowing girlfriend Anushka Sharma to stay with Virat Kohli in England for the first two Tests wasn’t enough to raise eyebrows, the pretext BCCI used to convince the team management is mind-boggling.BCCI told the management that the duo will get married very soon.Speaking to Mail Today, a BCCI official said that while there was a bit of a dilemma as to how the touring Indian media would react, the Board told the officials travelling with the team that it was just a matter of time before the duo ties the nuptial knot.”The team management was slightly taken aback when the BCCI approved Kohli’s plea of letting Anushka stay with him. But they were told there was no reason to worry as the two were planning to get married. And this isn’t the first time such a thing was happening. A captain’s girlfriend had travelled with the team in the past as well,” he said.In fact, the BCCI also told them that Kohli was smart enough to handle the situation and the media wouldn’t even get to know of Anushka’s presence -a definite error of judgment.”When the management enquired on how to handle the media if they questioned her presence with the vice-captain, they were told that Kohli can handle the media attention and wouldn’t let the cat out of the bag,” he said.On the view that Anushka’s presence had nothing to do with Kohli’s poor form, the official said: “Unlike football, Test cricket is played for eight hours. And when the mind is on picking and dropping friends, the result will be visible on the field itself. Off-field activities definitely play on the mind.”advertisementBut another official said that the sole reason behind the ruckus is the relationship status. “If the duo was married, nobody would have said a word. We all know how Indian culture is. And the lack of form ended up serving as fodder for the media. If he had scored runs, they would have ignored the whole issue,” he said.
Check out our NBA player ratings. After the basketball world collectively picked its jaw up off the floor in the wake of the Kawhi Leonard and Paul George news, the spotlight shifted to Russell Westbrook, the Oklahoma City star who may be on the move now that his team appears to be pivoting toward a full-on rebuild.The notion of the Thunder trading Westbrook, who’s been the face of the franchise since Kevin Durant left, is nearly as fascinating as Westbrook himself. The 30-year-old still possesses undeniable talent and value. The former MVP has been incredibly durable the past four years, while averaging a triple-double in each of the last three campaigns. And in a league that seems more wide-open than it has been in years, who wouldn’t want to add a player of Westbrook’s caliber?The problem is that things are almost never quite that open-and-shut. This is especially true when it comes to Westbrook, whose game is permanently stamped with question marks like a mystery box in a Super Mario Bros. game.Chief among those questions: Can the headstrong point guard, after everything we’ve witnessed in recent years, be the best or second-best player on a championship-caliber team? And if it turns out that the answer is no, are there teams that still should roll the dice and deal for him anyway?Most executives around the league probably feel like they have seen enough to answer the former. After all, Westbrook has been teammates with both Durant and George, yet has never quite gotten over the hump to win a ring. The efforts the past few years haven’t even gotten him close, as the Thunder have gotten knocked out in the first round three straight times. Most troubling for Westbrook over that span: He’s shot worse than 40 percent in each postseason, which, with how frequently he shoots,1Sometimes more than a superstar teammate who enjoys far better efficiency, which isn’t ideal. would be enough on its own to torpedo almost any team’s chances of winning a series.The guard’s determination and lack of feel at times become problematic when he plays into the defense’s hands by taking wide-open jumpers, which he had less success with than any other NBA player last season.2Among those who took at least 200 attempts of 10 feet or more, with no defender standing within 6 feet of him. In the first round of the playoffs, Portland defenders were often told to simply back off and let him shoot, a plan that all but neuters his most explosive trait: speed.Sometimes Westbrook’s Sonic-like blurs to the basket get him into trouble and lead to turnovers. But overall, he finds value in barreling his way to the cup more than just about anyone. He shot a career-best 65 percent from inside 3 feet in 2018-19, and he whipped an NBA-high 802 passes that led directly to a 3-point attempt this past season, according to data from Second Spectrum.Those numbers alone show why he’s intriguing. Players who can create for themselves and others will always be important in the NBA, and Westbrook has shown a consistent ability to do that. And it’s fair to argue that he’d perform even better in an offense where — unlike Oklahoma City’s — the players around him can actually shoot, giving him more spacing and driving lanes to work with.3In Westbrook’s 2016-17 MVP season, his Thunder teammates shot an abysmal 30.9 percent on wide-open 3-pointers, an impressively bad mark, given that the league average on threes, open and contested, was 35.8 percent.The Houston Rockets, who launch more triples than any club, are one such team that could benefit from Westbrook’s ability to create looks. As such, it shouldn’t be a shock that Houston is one of the teams interested in him. But there’s also a catch — one that explains why trading Westbrook will be challenging. He makes a whole lot of money4He’s at the front end of a five-year, $206 million deal that will see him earn $47 million in 2022-23. and is on the books for a long time, which gets into questions about how he’ll age, as a high-flying athlete without a reliable jumper (not to mention his defensive effort, which often leaves a lot to be desired). His contract surely gives potential suitors pause and creates logistical challenges, in terms of finding matching salaries to make a deal work.The other two clubs reportedly interested in Westbrook, the Heat and Pistons, have one star player apiece (Jimmy Butler and Blake Griffin, respectively) already and figure to find themselves stuck right in the league’s middle without more roster changes. While Westbrook might not make them bona fide title contenders, he would almost certainly provide a higher ceiling while also giving them a glimmer of hope to win a weakened East. As of now, just two of the NBA’s top 10 teams are in the East, according to FiveThirtyEight’s projection model.It’s easy to see how teams mired in mediocrity would consider making a play for him. But the reality of trading for Westbrook — much like Westbrook himself — is heavily complicated. From ABC News: