Kelly Olynyk Agrees to 4-Year, $50M Contract with Heat After 4 Years on Celtics

The Miami Heat and free-agent center Kelly Olynyk agreed to a four-year, $50 million contract Thursday.

Agent Greg Lawrence confirmed the deal, which includes a player option for the fourth season, to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Olynyk, 26, spent his first four seasons with the Boston Celtics. He averaged 9.0 points and 4.8 rebounds per game in 2016-17, shooting 51.2 percent from the floor. The Celtics renounced Olynyk’s rights after they came to terms with Gordon Hayward.

A first-round pick in 2013, Olynyk has developed into a fine offensive big. He’s good enough from three-point range that defenses have to respect him on pick-and-pops, and he has a propensity for random flashes of brilliance. His 26-point outburst in Game 7 against the Washington Wizards almost single-handedly propelled the Celtics to the Eastern Conference Finals.

“Just control what you can control,” Olynyk told reporters. “Whatever happens, happens. However the cookie crumbles, it does. But you just control what you can control. You can’t worry about things that aren’t in your control.”

“Just getting better. Getting better as a player every single day, physically, mentally, studying the game, whatever it is. But just trying to get better every single day.”

Olynyk will fit in either next to Hassan Whiteside in the Heat’s starting lineup or as their first big off the bench Either way, he might get some additional shot opportunities that weren’t available in Boston. The Celtics’ logjam of talent and need to get everyone minutes limited Olynyk’s time to around 20 minutes a night in each of his first four seasons.

If he can get increase that to 25-28 minutes, this could look like a good contract if his splits continue over the increase in minutes.   

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A Little Trash Talk Among Co-Workers Could Boost Productivity, Study Finds

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Trash talk is no longer exclusive to sports.

A new study revealed that talking trash in the workplace actually improves job performance.

As CBS2’s Steve Overmyer reported, Wharton School of Business just released a study that said there’s an increase in productivity when workers trash talk one another.

“I worked in politics for a couple years, so that’s the norm,” one New Yorker said.

It’s not NFL level trash talking, but verbally igniting the competitive juices in a friendly manner.

“I think it’s 100 percent true. I think a joke-y environment promotes laughter,” one salesman said.

The study showed that effort is boosted by 57 percent when trash talk is involved, but it has a negative effect.

“It makes the person getting trash talked feel bad, and drives them a little bit to outperform the other person so they can hit em back,” one worker said.

Taunting inspires anger, which motivates the victim to do anything to win, including stretching ethical boundaries.

“It’s really important and critical for people in the office space to know how this effects their ability to get along with colleagues, to share and collaborate. And it could be really defining in terms of people separating and not willing to work together,” Dr. Leah Lagos said.

At work, ‘trash talk’ is called competitive communication, but it’s really just busting chops.

The Wharton study warned not every environment is suitable for competitive conversation — for instance in the creative world, trash-talking has a negative effect.

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Ick! Every Aspiring Actress Needs To Read This!

Much like her Game Of Thrones character, Lena Headey is a badass who isn’t afraid to tell it like it is.

And, like Queen Cersei, she’s always on the wrong end of a sexist double standard…

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In a talk for The Edit, interviewer (and fellow Iron Throne competitor) Maisie Williams asked her costar about being judged on her looks as woman in Hollywood.

Lena told her something every young actress should hear — and be wary of. She revealed:

“When I was in my twenties, and doing a lot of audition tapes in the States, a casting director told me: ‘The men take these tapes home and watch them and say, ‘Who would you fuck?””

Ick! That’s supposed to be advice? Like that nugget should inform how she acted in future sessions? And not just make her completely disgusted??

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Thankfully, Lena didn’t take it:

“I’ve never played the game of going in [to auditions] and flirting; I’ve never done it.”

No, because when you play the game of flirting, you win or your dignity dies. Sorry, we couldn’t resist.

Maisie then asked:

“Do you think taking that stance has ever stopped you from getting the job?”

To which Lena responded:

“Yes, and I’m very happy I didn’t.”

Yass, kween!

Ch-ch-check out more highlights from the interview HERE!

Buffett’s Berkshire Nears Deal to Buy Electric-Grid Giant

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway is nearing a deal to buy one of the country’s biggest power-transmission companies, which would cement electricity as one of the conglomerate’s largest businesses. All images and written content is property of the listed RSS FEED if you would like more on this story and images please click the listed feed. http://www.wsj.com/xml/rss/3_7014.xml

Video Download Professional for Edge is now available in the Windows Store

It looks like Microsoft’s Edge extension program is starting to pick up steam. After last week’s release of GetThemAll and Enhancer for YouTube another popular extension is now ready for the masses.

Video Download Professional for Edge – which is ported over from Chrome and has amassed 136,322 reviews – is now ready to grab videos from YouTube, Vimeo and more.