Back to overview,Home naval-today Russian Armed Forces to Reach New Level in 5-10 Years, Prime Minister Says Share this article View post tag: Armed View post tag: Level Authorities View post tag: to Russian Armed Forces will reach a crucially new level within the next 5-10 years, said Russian Prime Minister and leader of the United Russia party Vladimir Putin addressing the party’s congress on Nov 27.“We must bring our armed forces at a crucially new level in the nearest 5-10 years”, Putin said at the United Russia‘s congress where he was nominated a presidential candidate.According to him, the main objective is to create armed forces and defense industry capable to ensure stable peace without shattering economy.Meanwhile, the premier emphasized all that developments were in need of large-scale financial expenses.“Don’t we realize it? Of course we do. It would be difficult but we must do that if we want to defend dignity of our country, its sovereignty, independence, and protect Russian people”, Putin said.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , November 29, 2011; Image: premier.gov View post tag: says View post tag: reach View post tag: Minister View post tag: Prime Russian Armed Forces to Reach New Level in 5-10 Years, Prime Minister Says View post tag: Russian View post tag: years View post tag: 5-10 View post tag: forces November 29, 2011 View post tag: New
As he’s averaged 23.3 points in the three games since Williams’ defection, Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell made two 3-pointers in the final minute against Charlotte. Lakers guard Nick Young actually made a game-winning 3-pointer against the Thunder on Nov. 22 after stealing a pass directed to Williams. With increased point-guard opportunities amid Williams’ absence, Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson has averaged more points (16.3) and assists (3.3) than his season averages (13.9, 2.1).“Everybody is capable,” Russell said. “We know Lou is clutch every chance he got. We got a lot of players that are the same, but were overshined by Lou. I feel like we can build on it.”Walton said that will hinge on two variables.“One, I want to see who’s playing well that night,” Walton said. “Two, to make big shots, you have to want to take big shots.”But as D’Antoni said sarcastically, ”It’s hard to find a closer when you’re down 20.”“I’ll be nice and quit being an (smart aleck),” D’Antoni said. “They’re going to try to build up the young guys and rightly so. They’re on the right path.”Not as close as Houston, which has launched as a possible NBA championship contender with Williams’ arrival.“Obviously they’re still building for the future,” Williams said of the Lakers. “I was a little anxious to compete at a high level right away being in the latter part of my career. It worked out for both sides.”Paying duesThe Twitter message initially showed Young expressing gratitude to Williams as his teammate. Young then suggested he does not owe Williams for any unpaid bets after the Lakers traded him to the Rockets.“It doesn’t work that way,” Williams said. “When they come to Houston in a couple of weeks, he’s got to pay up.”The Lakers play in Houston on March 15. So, Williams told a reporter to inform Young that he’s “looking for him” to arrive in Texas with enough cash to clear his debt.“Metta (World Peace) owes me money, but I’m not worried about Metta,” Williams said. “Metta’s good at paying. Nick’s always late.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES >> The responsibility mostly fell on Kobe Bryant, who remained intent on taking the last shot through shooting streaks and slumps.Even with Bryant no longer in the shadows for the first time in 20 years, the Lakers, so far, haven’t used the 2016-17 season to develop their next closer. Instead, they leaned on veteran guard Lou Williams, who led the Lakers with 18.6 points off the bench and ranked among the league’s best in fourth-quarter points (7.7).The Lakers can no longer depend on Williams in crunch time after trading him last week to Houston for reserve forward Corey Brewer and a 2017 first-round pick. While the Lakers made the move to develop their young roster, will they also find a definitive closer?“It’s a challenge, but it’s fun to watch those guys out there trying to get to that next level,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “I think we’ll get there.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Lakers (19-42) enter Friday’s game against the Boston Celtics (38-22) at Staples Center mindful that process will take longer than it took for Williams to fit in with the Rockets.Houston coach Mike D’Antoni said Williams is “a lot better player” than he initially thought after entering Wednesday’s game against the Clippers averaging 24 points on 50 percent shooting from the field and from 3-point range. While Williams’ credited D’Antoni’s free-flowing offense that centers on 3-pointers, layups and foul shots, D’Antoni contended the 30-year-old Williams “can do this for another five years.”Meanwhile, the Lakers have lost their three games since Williams’ departure for two reasons. They struggled to make games close in double-digit losses to Oklahoma City and San Antonio. The Lakers folded in the final minutes to Charlotte.“They still have a problem with scoring down the stretch. As a team they’ll have to figure out who is their go-to guy,” Williams said. “A few of them have it. But it’s a matter of collectively who they’re going to put the ball in whoever’s hands and live with that guy.”There are some candidates.