NJCU Satellite College Campus Coming to Fort Monmouth

first_imgBy Laura D.C. Kolnoski |OCEANPORT – Locating an educational institution on the former Fort Monmouth has long been a goal of the state, county and local agency redeveloping the former U.S. Army base.Last week, the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) approved a purchase and sale agreement with KKF University Enterprises, LLC, to buy the fort’s two-story Squier Hall and adjacent complex on Sherrill Avenue in Oceanport, now slated to become a satellite campus of New Jersey City University (NJCU). The school’s main campus is in Jersey City.Developer KKF will pay $2.5 million for the entire parcel, which includes seven buildings on eight acres. The firm will invest a minimum of $10.4 million to renovate approximately 46,000 square feet of the 76,538-square-foot main building and demolish other structures on the property. Space for parking and recreation already exist at the site.KKF is a member company of PRC Group of West Long Branch, a commercial and residential real estate development, property management and construction firm. In business about 60 years, the PRC Group also develops student housing focused on “providing students the opportunity to experience life in a community setting,” according to the company website. Among PRC’s previous projects are Campus Town at The College of New Jersey near Trenton, student housing at The Peddie School in Hightstown and the redevelopment of University Place on New Jersey City University’s (NJCU) Jersey City campus.Following renovations at Squier Hall, built in 1935, the property will be leased to NJCU. Squier Hall, considered a prominent fort building that served as the first permanent Signal Corps laboratory there, is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. The purchaser will take “all necessary measures to ensure the National Register historic preservation covenants are observed,” said Bruce Steadman, FMERA executive director, who added the authority has already made recommendations to the purchaser regarding façade designs.South of the Raritan River, the college’s coursework toward bachelor’s and master’s degree completion programs currently takes place at the Wall Higher Education Center – known as NJCU Monmouth – in partnership with Brookdale Community College. Plans are to relocate programs including nursing, national security studies and business to the fort location. The agreement allows for potential development of a residence hall and additional educational buildings to accommodate a student body estimated at up to 800 students.Opened in 1929 as the New Jersey State Normal School, NJCU was renamed New Jersey State Teachers College in 1935, and Jersey City State College in 1958. It’s current status and name change occurred in 1998.The agreement between FMERA and KKF University Enterprises makes it clear the satellite campus’s completion and opening could be at least three years away. Prior to closing, KKF must complete its due diligence and obtain all necessary approvals to develop the project. Accommodations for extensions to three planned construction phases – each to be completed within three years – are built into the agreement.Approximately 58 temporary construction jobs are anticipated, officials said, followed by a minimum of 70 permanent full and part-time jobs to be created within 48 months of closing. As per FMERA rules, the purchaser will incur a penalty of $1,500 for each permanent job not created. KKF will also be responsible for funding a new 2,200-foot sewer main along Sherrill Avenue.KKF University Enterprises was the sole bidder on the site when it was offered for sale in April 2016. Its proposal was evaluated and scored based on established criteria by a FMERA select committee and found to be compliant. The authority’s original master redevelopment plan called for the Squier Hall complex to be redeveloped for an educational, office or high-tech industry use.All prospective purchasers of fort parcels must adhere to FMERA’s established criteria or present a reasonable alternative supported by copious backup data. While most redeveloped fort parcels have adhered to FMERA’s plans, the authority has accepted “outside the box” proposals, as Steadman put it. An example is the coming redevelopment of six barracks buildings into an active arts community proposed by local businessman and art gallery owner Kenneth Schwartz.According to Dave Nuse, FMERA deputy executive director and director of real estate development, 74 percent of the available parcels at the 1,127-acre fort are sold, under contract, in negotiations or entering the process.“Several projects are ready to break this fall and winter,” Steadman said. “The next six to 12 months will be very exciting around here.”This article was first published in the Oct. 4-10, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

NBA: Warriors to repeat as champs, LeBron to win MVP, GM survey says

first_imgAzkals lose Ott to injury Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ DAY6 is for everybody View comments MOST READ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, center, drives between Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, top, and guard Stephen Curry (30) during the first half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, California, Thursday, June 1, 2017.  (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Less than a week before the highly anticipated opening night of the 2017-2018 NBA regular season, the league’s 30 General Managers have given their predictions for the upcoming tourney.According to NBA.com’s annual GM survey, the defending champions Golden State Warriors are expected to once again hoist the Larry O’Brien trophy—garnering an astonishing 93 percent of total votes from the league executives.ADVERTISEMENT In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award How to help the Taal evacuees OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES A four-time winner of the league’s most prestigious individual honor, James is expected to carry a bigger load for the Cavaliers after the departure of fellow superstar Kyrie Irving.Surprisingly, reigning NBA MVP Russell Westbrook wasn’t even in the top 5 selection for GMs. His exclusion is most likely due to the arrival of two ball dominant stars in Oklahoma City—Carmelo Anthony and Paul George—which could mean less touches and a dip in overall statistical production for the explosive guard.Other categories included “Most likely to have a breakout year” (Karl Anthony Towns), “Best Point Guard in the NBA” (Steph Curry) and “Most Improved Team” (Minnesota Timberwolves), among others.Check out the full list of categories here. /raADVERTISEMENT Coming in at a far second are the team’s bitter rivals, the re-tooled Cleveland Cavaliers, who only managed to score 7 percent from the survey.The result marked the highest margin in the 16-year history of the survey, the report said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogLast year, 69 percent of GMs correctly predicted that the Warriors would capture the title, while 53 percent said the Cavs would win it all, a season prior.Meanwhile, the league’s premier superstar, LeBron James, is still pegged by most executives as the front runner for the 2017-2018 NBA Most Valuable Player of the Year Award. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Boogie Cousins overcomes nerves in 1st game with Warriors

first_img“It was like poetry,” teammate Stephen Curry said.Cousins was called for two fouls in the first three minutes and sat down.“I’m just glad to know I can still dunk,” he said. “That felt good.”Cousins joined the lineup at a time when Golden State has won seven in a row and an NBA-leading six straight on the road. Friday was the start of a five-game trip that will take the team back East, giving players time to bond.“It’s good for him to come in at a time we’re playing well and things are calm,” Kerr said. “It allows for an easier re-entry.”ADVERTISEMENT Durant said: “Hopefully that’s the last time we give him a standing ovation when he fouls out.”Cousins credited his teammates for making his return “as smooth and easy as possible.”“They all love him,” Kerr said. “He’s a really good teammate. He’s an emotional guy but he’s loved because he cares about us.”And the Warriors feel the same way about their new big man.“This is not the end of the story,” Kerr said. “It’s the middle and there’s a long way to go.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, left, pats center DeMarcus Cousins, center, on the chest as forward Draymond Green smiles during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — DeMarcus Cousins was nervous. His stomach felt tight and filled with butterflies. He grabbed his phone and fired off texts to family and friends. He talked to his brother and sister.Golden State coach Steve Kerr and the rest of the Warriors reassured Cousins it wasn’t just about Friday night’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers.ADVERTISEMENT As if the Warriors weren’t potent enough with Curry and Durant, Cousins’ return made them the first team in 42 years to start five All-Stars from the previous season.“We’re not going to drink our own Kool-Aid in terms of understanding that just because he’s back, it’s a totally different team,” Curry said. “We still have things we’ve got to work on. We still have details we have to focus on. These next four games on the road are going to be tough, so it’ll test us right out of the gate with DeMarcus in the lineup.”Against the Clippers, Cousins shot 5 of 11 from the field. He was 3 of 4 on 3-pointers to go with six rebounds, three assists, one steal and a block in 15 minutes before fouling out. He became the first Warriors center to hit at least three 3-pointers in a game since Anthony Tolliver on March 17, 2010, against New Orleans.“This is almost like training camp for him,” Kerr said.Cousins played his first game since Jan. 26, 2018, when he ruptured his left Achilles tendon with New Orleans. He missed the rest of the season, including nine playoff games for the Pelicans. The Warriors signed him in July.“We haven’t even really practiced together, so we’ve got a lot of growing to do,” Cousins said. “I still don’t feel like my rhythm is where I want it.”After getting his fifth foul 30 seconds into the fourth, Cousins hit consecutive 3s, throwing up three fingers as he ran down court.“He does so many things well for them,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “The post game, which he didn’t have because of rhythm, but he made a couple of 3s and he just knows how to play.”When he got his sixth foul a few minutes later, instead of his usual scowl, Cousins smiled and high-fived his teammates, who gave him a standing ovation.“Probably the fakest love I ever received in my life,” he said. It’s about the rest of his career.Making his Warriors debut after being sidelined for nearly a year, the big man called Boogie scored 14 points before fouling out of a 112-94 victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“It’s been a long journey,” Cousins said. “This was probably one of the best days of my life being back on the floor playing the game that I love.”After missing his first shot, Cousins announced his presence with a one-handed slam off Kevin Durant’s bounce pass for the Warriors’ first basket. 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Local Youth Group Dramatizes Ebola

first_imgA local youth group, the Burning Barriers Building Bridges (B4) Youth Theater Incorporated, is expected to host a drama series on Ebola awareness in Gbarnga, Bong County on August 7, 2015 under the theme, “Fight the Stigma.”The B4 is a vocational program that trains young people in art, music and dance. Annually, the group discusses a range of social topics which give talented youth a different meaning to issues that affect the society.According to the national director of 4B Youth Theater, Silas Juaguellie, the upcoming drama will focus on post-Ebola awareness and the ending of stigma against survivors across the country.Mr. Juaquellie said the daylong event will feature the youths using masks to portray expressions made by people who are stigmatized and those who are doing the stigmatizing.The event is expected to be climaxed with reinforcing the Ministry of Health’s preventive measures put in place when the Ebola virus disease (EVD) first appeared in Liberia in March last year.Unfortunately, the director said, several weeks of being declared Ebola free, Liberia has returned to the condition of the other two West African countries.The work of B4 Theater is even more timely, as many citizens who have relaxed on the dangers of the disease will be refocused as the organization’s youth take the stage August 7, said Juaguellie.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

District delays vote on fee hike

first_imgAt a board meeting last week, trustees postponed their decision until March to further discuss the report. The board last fall approved spending up to $2,500 for the consultant to do the study, which would allow the district to increase the levy charged to home-builders from $1.65per square foot to $2.63per square foot, the standard rate set by the state. Hiking developer fees on the few homes built in the district would be one of the initial steps that would need to be taken before the district could pursue a bond or apply for state hardship funding to help pay for school construction projects. District officials have said they need to come up with more than $678,000 in matching funds for a proposed $1.6million modernization of Boron High School. Under a 60-40 match scheme, the state’s share of the cost is $1.01million, and the district’s match is $678,462. Trustees have discussed within the past year the possibility of pursuing a $6million bond measure to build and improve school facilities, but they have taken no action. The district receives about $2,000 a year in developer fee revenue, district officials said. The Boron project has encountered previous hurdles. The district in 2005 challenged a decision by the state to cancel the project because state officials said the district was tardy in sending project plans back to the state. The district last year was given another chance to apply for the state aid and was approved. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORTH EDWARDS – Questions raised about the accuracy of a consultant’s study that justified increased developer fees for schools prompted the board of the Muroc Joint Unified School District to table a decision on the hike. The study indicated that the rate of construction in the district, which covers the communities of Boron, North Edwards and Edwards Air Force Base, is 10buildings a year, or 50buildings in the past five years. “It’s a pretty small town. Most years that wouldn’t be the case,” board President Chuck James said. “We wanted to make sure the report was accurate.” last_img read more

Bills aim to get more teachers in math, science

first_imgAccording to the Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning, more teachers without full credentials are teaching math and science than any other subject. On average, about 23 percent of the state’s teachers do not have full credentials, but a full 40 percent of high school math teachers do not have full credentials. Similarly, more of those unprepared teachers are being assigned to the neediest schools – those in the lowest performing groups on standardized tests. The Los Angeles Unified School District has in recent years created several programs to recruit math and science teachers. One announced last year includes cash incentives that could add up to $15,000 for new fully credentialed math and science teachers who work at low-performing schools and stay there for several years. LAUSD board President Marlene Canter said the district has had a problem recruiting math and science teachers for years. “Math and science is extremely important,” Canter said. “We need to keep our eye on the ball and put our resources there so we can increase kids’ ability to achieve in those areas.” SACRAMENTO – As school districts struggle with a critical shortage of math and science teachers, a Pasadena lawmaker has proposed a package of bills aimed at drawing more educators to the fields and helping California remain competitive in the world economy. State Sen. Jack Scott, D-Pasadena, has proposed legislation to provide cash bonuses for teachers to specialize in math and science; make it easier for midcareer professionals to become teachers; and clear obstacles for retired teachers to return to the classroom. “If we’re going to be competitive globally, we’ve got to have a great deal more graduates in math and science,” Scott said. “Some countries that are developing on the world scene – like India and China – are outstripping us in terms of their production of engineers, mathematicians and scientists.” Former astronaut Sally Ride, who now runs a company that creates science programs for students, said it is shortsighted to do so little to teach those fields in schools. “It’s really critical that we provide good education and preparation in science and math for all of our kids,” said Ride, who appeared at a Capitol press conference with Scott. “And it needs to start early. We need to excite them both about the science and about the opportunities that are going to be open to them when they get through school.” Ride, who grew up in the San Fernando Valley, is now a physics professor at University of California, San Diego, and founded Sally Ride Science, which creates science programs for elementary and middle school students. She was the first American woman in space. harrison.sheppard@ dailynews.com (916) 446-6723160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Minister rescinds new gas plant regulation

first_imgIn an announcement late Wednesday Polak said “I would like to acknowledge First Nations concerns about amendments to the Reviewable Projects Regulation under the Environmental Assessment Act. Our government apologizes for failing to discuss the amendment with First Nations prior to its approval.”First Nations from around the Province are in Fort Nelson for an LNG Summit. When they heard about the change, they barred members of the Provincial Government from attending the conference and said they should have been consulted before the change was made.In a statement late Wednesday Polak said “Our government is committed to a strong, respectful and productive relationship with First Nations. That is why we will rescind the amendment that would have removed the requirement for an environmental assessment for sweet gas facilities and destination- Advertisement -resorts, until we have undertaken discussions with First Nations. The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) has been made aware of this decision, and respects the need for our government to have further discussions with First Nations.”last_img read more

Judge rejects police retrial

first_imgWHITTIER – A Superior Court judge has rejected the Whittier Police Department’s request for a new trial regarding a gender discrimination lawsuit that resulted in an award of $1.25 million to the plaintiff.The court also denied the department’s motion last week for the judge to overrule the jury’s verdict, which was rendered Oct. 28, 2005, in favor of former police officer Gina Zanone.Zanone, who began working for the Whittier Police Department in 1997, claimed in her lawsuit that she was the subject of more than 20 separate instances of harassment after she filed a gender discrimination complaint with an independent investigator in December 2000.According to Zanone’s attorney, Michael Grobaty, police department attorneys filed a motion for a re-trial following the Oct. 28 verdict because they claimed that errors in the trial unfairly prejudiced the department.However, Grobaty said the evidence was strong enough for the jury to rule in his client’s favor.“The court ruled correctly that after a 30-day trial, both sides received a fair trial and that Gina Zanone was a victim of discrimination and retaliation by the Whittier Police Department,” Grobaty said. “Justice was served.”Diana Fields, attorney for the city and police department, was unavailable for comment.However, Jason Zuhlke, spokesman for the police department, said the court’s decision to deny the retrial was wrong.“The decision was in error,” Zuhlke said. “The motion for a new trial had more than sufficient evidence to support the request for a new trial. It is anticipated that the city will appeal the decision.”According to Grobaty, Zanone had received positive evaluations as a patrol officer for the first few years that she worked for the department. By 2000 she had taken a position as a sex crimes detective in Santa Fe Springs – an area patrolled by the Whittier Police Department through a contract between the two cities.Later that year Zanone filed a complaint of gender harassment to an independent investigator. In 2002, Zanone was reassigned to patrol, which she considered a demotion, according to Grobaty.Zanone claimed in her suit that she began receiving hang-up phone calls and threatening pages from other officers after she filed her discrimination complaint.Police Chief David Singer, who was unavailable for comment, testified at the trial that he could not find any evidence of wrongdoing by Zanone’s superiors or fellow officers. pam.wight@sgvn.com(562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

GAA NEWS: ST MICHAEL’S WILL BE PRESENTED WITH LEAGUE TROPHY IN FINAL LEAGUE MATCH AGAINST ST EUNAN’S

first_imgSt. Michael’s GAA News:All County LeagueIn the All County League on Saturday evening last, the seniors who were crowned Division 1 Champions last week were defeated away in Malin on a scoreline of Malin 1-19 St. Michael’s 0-16.  The Division 1 League trophy will be presented to the team at the final home match against St. Eunans in a couple of weeks times.Annual GAA DrawSt. Michael’s club personnel will be coming around with the annual GAA Draw Tickets in the next fortnight.The tickets cost €10 each and you will be entered into three separate draw-club, county and national. The first prize is a car.  Please support your local GAA Club as this is our only fundraiser this year.St. Michael’s Mini Lotto €6000 this weekThere was no Jackpot winner in the St. Michael’s Mini Lotto on Sunday night last; The numbers drawn were 4,5,8,9,14,16.  There were no Match 5 Winners 19 people matched 4 and their names were drawn; the winner of the €100 was John Joe Ferry Magheramena Dunfanaghy. This weeks Jackpot be €6000. The Club would like to thank Brian and Margaret Anne Dolan, Molly’s Bar Dunfanaghy, Seamus Sweeney Kildarragh Construction Philadelphia, Shaun Langan Creeslough Pallets and Michael McColgan Dunfanaghy for their continuing sponsorship of the lotto jackpot, it is very much appreciated.Tickets are on sale in local businesses in Dunfanaghy and Creeslough and at the Bingo Session in Massinass Community Centre Creeslough on Sunday evenings, tickets for the St. Michaels Mini Lotto can now also be purchased on line anywhere at at onlinelotto on facebook .Drive Home in Style From The Bingo in Creeslough You could win a car on every game every Sunday night at the Bingo Session in the Massinass Community Centre Creeslough by winning a house on 45 nos or less.  Check on 45 Numbers or less with the magic number in the panel and the lucky number drawn in the first five numbers of that game, you win the car or €10,000.  The normal Snowball is also in place every night. The Magic Number from 1 to 90 is drawn out every Sunday night before the bingo begins.  The car was in play last Sunday night but was not won. In addition every House winner will receive a free entry to the weekly lotto, this weeks Jackpot is €6000.  The single book is €8. Bingo continues every Sunday evening at 8pm in the Massinass Community Centre. The €150 on the snowball game at the Bingo session on Sunday night last was won by Vera Shiels Blackpool.  This weeks Snowball will be €2040.Club GearMichael Murphy Sports & Leisure is now stocking St Michaels club gear in children and adult sizes.Initials can be embroidered on tops if requested in the shop. St. Michaels Minor BoardScorIf anyone interested in taking part in scor please contact St. Michael’s Scor Officer Nikita Doherty on 0872668252.Scór is a GAA competition that combines all the colour and rivalry of Gaelic Games with the social/fun element of Ireland’s traditional past-times. The competition was established by the GAA in 1969 with the aim of promoting Ireland’s traditional pastimes and culture while offering club members the chance to meet up, have fun and represent their club during the winter months while Football and Hurling had ceased.There are eight events/disciplines in Scór that cover all aspects of Irish culture: Figure/Céilí Dancing, Solo Singing, Instrumental Music, Recitation/Scéalaíocht, Ballad Group, Novelty Act, Question Time and Set Dancing. The competition is divided into two age levels, Scór Na nÓg, for young people under 17 and Scór Sinsear, for those over 17.Just like the All-Ireland Football and Hurling Championships clubs taking part in Scór must first take part in a county championship. The winners go on to the provincial championship and then the All-Ireland Final.It is interesting to note the All Ireland Scór champions are presented with their medals by the President of the GAA, winners are All-Ireland Champions in their own right in the same way as All-Ireland Senior Football or Hurling Final winners!GAA NEWS: ST MICHAEL’S WILL BE PRESENTED WITH LEAGUE TROPHY IN FINAL LEAGUE MATCH AGAINST ST EUNAN’S was last modified: October 20th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Sportlast_img read more

Lakers: Bynum might play in D-League

first_img Under league rules, the Lakers could send their first- or second-year players to the D-League. The Lakers retain rights to those players, who would be paid full NBA salaries, and could assign them to the league up to three times a season. The D-League’s 48-game regular season begins Nov. 19 and ends April 9. The eight-team league is spread across the Southeast and Southwest from Albuquerque, N.M., to Roanoke, Va. “You don’t have a choice,” Bynum said about the D-League, “but if that’s what it’s going to take to get me better, then, yeah, I’d be open to going down there.” Jackson said he has seen progress in Bynum, the youngest player drafted in NBA history, since his early workouts and summer league games. “I think he’s become more aggressive,” Jackson said. “He can hold the post a little better. His body’s changed in the period of four months that I’ve gotten to know him. He’s learning to play hard, that’s one of the hardest things for a young man like him.” The Lakers also would have to consider what Bynum would get playing in a system other than the triangle offense in the D-League. He also was an instant curiosity among fans, with hundreds turned away before his summer-league debut. Also: Lamar Odom took part in some contact drills, with his left shoulder emerging unscathed. Jackson, meanwhile, suggested Odom could be the player he turns to when one of the Lakers’ starting big men gets into foul trouble. “I anticipate playing him sometimes at center and going really small like a Dallas-type team at some level,” Jackson added. Ross Siler, (818) 713-3610 ross.siler@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HONOLULU – Two days of training camp is too soon to tell, but the Lakers appear increasingly open to having 17-year-old center Andrew Bynum, their first-round draft pick, play some in the NBA Development League this season. The NBA’s new collective bargaining agreement created a minor-league system for the first time with the D-League. The Lakers, along with Dallas, Golden State and Portland, are affiliated with the Fort Worth (Texas) Flyers, whose coach, Sam Vincent, is expected to attend camp. center_img It could prove a difficult decision for the Lakers, who would have to decide whether Bynum is better served sitting on an NBA bench or playing in the D-League. The critical factor could be Bynum’s lack of experience; he played only 33 games in all of high school. “I have no idea whether he’s going to be able to play in (an NBA) game or not,” Lakers coach Phil Jackson said Wednesday. “We’ll figure that out during the exhibition season. “We anticipate that with the developmental league; there’s a great opportunity for him to learn the game down there, too. Whether we send him there or not is not a given. But it’s always an opportunity.” Asked where Bynum fit on the rookie playing-time spectrum, from Dwight Howard to Darko Milicic, special assistant Kareem Abdul-Jabbar added, “I’m glad I don’t have to make that decision, but we have the developmental league and he’ll be able to go down and get some game experience.” Bynum is experiencing the overload of training camp, coping with twice daily practices and learning his place in the offense. His mother is flying in later this week and he already is getting the rookie treatment, carrying teammates’ bags and giving up his seat when someone else wants to sit down. last_img read more