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«We make fun of ourselves and try to laugh and keep it light

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The father looks down as they navigate the sea of fans exiting Pauley Pavilion. «The expectations,» he says, «are a little higher than that.»

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The boy sure listened to his father that Saturday night, when the basketball legend of Steve Kerr began: In the four decades since, he has airjordanhot.com won enough championship rings to necessitate a second hand and compiled the most successful start to a cheap yeezys coaching career in the NBA like, ever. No hype here. Just facts: Since Kerr took over the Golden State Warriors in 2014, his team has won an unprecedented 67 or more games in three straight seasons. A seventh finger awaits its bling.

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But looking for panic in Kerr’s face is a waste of time, because there’s that comforting squint around the edges of his eyes when he smiles at you. No desperation here. Just the gospel: «We make fun of each other,» he says. «We make fun of ourselves and try to laugh and keep it light.»

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This is who Steve Kerr is: Driven by anger and ebullience, with good humor to spare, in one of America’s most high pressure professions, his life has been defined by impossible choices every which way. But he continues to thrive by merging contradictions into his own kind of equilibrium and letting the results speak for themselves. His 15 years playing in the NBA now seem miraculous, even if you ignore the miracles and the groin kick, and the 3 1 choke that would follow. Armstrong, who played two seasons in Chicago with Kerr. «But the more time you’ve spent around Steve, you began to see things.»

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It’s a box every infantry unit wishes to check

India has lost 900 soldiers at Siachen

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Why did Thursday’s tragic news, of the death of 10 soldiers and an officer on the Saltoro crest line in Siachen, bring this old scene back to me and persuade me to draw what may look like a stretched parallel (though it isn’t)? Because this is the way Siachen has been cheap air force for exactly 32 years now since our army made it its proud home.

In the very first expeditions, we lost an entire platoon of about 30 just swallowed by a large crevice that opened up under their unsuspecting feet. Then the Pakistanis tried, unsuccessfully, to catch cheap nike shoes up and lost their own to crevasses, avalanches and high altitude sicknesses like pulmonary oedema.

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But the Indian side has by now lost about 900 lives in Siachen; the Pakistanis probably a similar number, if not more, as they used to launch desperate assaults in the past. But both sides say that more than 90 per cent of these casualties were caused by the elements, rather than by enemy fire.

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If anything, India captured the one crucial point they owned on the Ridge, the Bana Post close to which this tragedy struck. So, if the Pakistanis are hurting more, let them sue cheap jordans china for peace.

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Just as there was zero appreciation of the Pakistani offer last week to help with search cheap jordans on sale and rescue. A bland no thanks was the response but what remained unspoken (with a smirk!) was, look who’s talking. From where you guys are, you can’t even see the glacier!

I have a personal claim to make on the Siachen story, and also a disclosure. I broke it for the first time in April 1984, in India Today magazine; though, in fairness, I should mention that Joydeep Sircar, in a 1982 article in The Telegraph, had talked in detail about the contest that had broken out between the two sides in the high Karakoram. But the blows exchanged until then were either cartographic or of rival mountaineering expeditions.

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I am afraid it is no longer so. And I say this even as I deeply mourn the loss of our soldiers’ lives and salute their bravery. Until a few years back, I would have said, see, this is why we must settle Siachen. Today, I won’t because between 1989 and now, the trust between the two sides has completely disappeared.

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