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16 schools to compete in 2018 ISSA Meet

SIXTEEN schools in Iloilo City will see action in the 2018 Iloilo Schools Sports Association (ISSA) Meet, which kicks off at the Ateneo de Iloilo (AdI), covered gym on Sept. 17. The games include basketball, volleyball, athletics, swimming, badminton, table tennis, taekwondo, and football. Fr. Joseph Haw, S.J., Ateneo de Iloilo president and ISSA 2018 […] The post 16 schools to compete in 2018 ISSA Meet appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource: thedailyguardian thedailyguardianSep 14th, 2018

ISSA MEET 2018: IDC unseat John B. in tertiary men’s cage

ILOILO Doctor’s College (IDC) unseated defending champion John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University (JBLFMU), 72-58, in the tertiary men’s basketball finals of the 2018 Iloilo Schools Sports Association (ISSA) Meet at the Western Institute of Technology (WIT) last Oct. 23. Jade Bryan Jardio paced IDC after scoring 19 points. His teammate Lorence Nicole Magtolis added […] The post ISSA MEET 2018: IDC unseat John B. in tertiary men’s cage appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsOct 24th, 2018

2018 ISSA MEET: Ateneo wallops SYS to take volley title

VOLLEYBELLES of Ateneo de Iloilo (AdI) used their home court advantage wisely to capture the secondary girls’ volleyball title in the 2018 Iloilo Schools Sports Association (ISSA) Meet at the AdI covered gym, Oct. 22. The AdI Lady Dragons overcame a sluggish start to wallop Sun Yat Sen High School (SYSHS) Blue Lions in three […] The post 2018 ISSA MEET: Ateneo wallops SYS to take volley title appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsOct 23rd, 2018

2018 ISSA Meet: Hua Siong salvages title in elementary basketball

IT’S a back-to-back celebration for Hua Siong College of Iloilo (HSCI) also snatched the title in elementary boys’ basketball of the 2018 Iloilo Schools Sports Association (ISSA) Meet last Oct. 20. HSCI won their second crown after blasting University of San Agustin (USA) at the Western Institute of Technology (WIT) covered gym, 50-41. Jake Andrei […] The post 2018 ISSA Meet: Hua Siong salvages title in elementary basketball appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsOct 21st, 2018

Sun Yat Sen sprinters dominate ISSA athletics

RUNNERS from Sun Yat Sen High School (SYSHS) ruled the secondary girls’ athletics of the 2018 Iloilo Schools Sports Association (ISSA) Meet at the Iloilo Sports Complex (ISC), Oct. 19. The SYSHS wrapped up the annual games with 13 gold, five silver, and one bronze medals. Runner Jackie Tirzah Sabando became a reliable reliever for […] The post Sun Yat Sen sprinters dominate ISSA athletics appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsOct 19th, 2018

Blue Lions versus Blue Dragons in secondary girls’ volleyball

A BATTLE OF BLUES. Sun Yat Sen High School (SYSHS) Blue Lions will try to unseat Ateneo de Iloilo (AdI) Blue Dragons in the finale of the secondary girls’ volleyball of the 2018 Iloilo Schools Sports Association (ISSA) Meet at the AdI gym this weekend. The Blue Lions booked a ticket to the finals after […] The post Blue Lions versus Blue Dragons in secondary girls’ volleyball appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsOct 18th, 2018

2018 ISSA GAMES: Hua Siong dribblers take Game 1 in cage finals

GAME 1 of the Best-of-Three finals series of the secondary boys’ basketball of the ongoing 2018 Iloilo Schools Sports Association (ISSA) Meet on Oct 16, 2018 went to Hua Siong College of Iloilo (HSCI) at the expense of St. Robert’s International Academy (SRIA), 70-69. The game was held at the Western Institute of Technology (WIT) […] The post 2018 ISSA GAMES: Hua Siong dribblers take Game 1 in cage finals appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsOct 18th, 2018

2018 ISSA MEET: Ateneo pocket secondary girls’ crown

VOLLEYBELLES from Ateneo de Iloilo (AdI) are the champions of the secondary girls’ volleyball in the ongoing 2018 Iloilo Schools Sports Association (ISSA) Meet. AdI they captured the crown during the finals on Oct. 15. The AdI Baby Dragons was led by captain ball Adi Via Resano in defeating Hua Siong College of Iloilo Red […] The post 2018 ISSA MEET: Ateneo pocket secondary girls’ crown appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsOct 17th, 2018

2018 ISSA MEET: IDC spikers claim solo lead in tertiary men’s volley

THE tertiary men’s volleyball team of Iloilo Doctors’ College (IDC) claimed the solo lead in the ongoing 2018 Iloilo Schools Sports Association (ISSA) Meet with three wins already tucked in their belt. The IDC spikers maintained their unblemished record in the tournament after disposing University of San Agustin (USA), 25-16, 25-13, 21-25, 25-23. USA now […] The post 2018 ISSA MEET: IDC spikers claim solo lead in tertiary men’s volley appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsOct 12th, 2018

2018 ISAA GAMES: JBLFMU faces Sta. Clarita in Category B cage finals

THE championship game in the secondary boys’ basketball (Category B) of the ongoing 2018 Iloilo Schools Athletic Association (ISSA) Meet will pit John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University (JBLFMU) against Sta. Clarita International School (SCIS) on Oct. 2. JBLFMU reached the finals after eliminating Iloilo Sacred Heart School (ISHS) in the semis, 74-42. Paul Vincent […] The post 2018 ISAA GAMES: JBLFMU faces Sta. Clarita in Category B cage finals appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsSep 30th, 2018

2018 ILOPRISAA Meet: CPU, Ateneo pace taekwondo events

STUDENT-ATHLETES of Central Philippine University (CPU) and Ateneo de Iloilo (AdI) ruled the taekwondo events of the 2018 Iloilo Private Schools Athletic Association (ILOPRISAA) Meet held at the CPU covered gym, Nov. 14. CPU, this year’s ILOPRISAA host, used their home court advantage to capture the titles in secondary girls and boys. Ateneo, on the […] The post 2018 ILOPRISAA Meet: CPU, Ateneo pace taekwondo events appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated News6 hr. 35 min. ago

NOPSSCEA MEET 2018: Tay Tung notches third tiara in volleyball

Volleybelles from Bacolod Tay Tung High School (BTTHS) defended their secondary girls’ volleyball crown in the Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports, Cultural and Educational Association (NOPSSCEA) Meet after besting University of St. La Salle (USLS)-Bacolod, 3-0, at the latter’s court, Nov. 12. The three-time champions easily dismantled USLS Junior Stingers in three straight sets, 25-15, […] The post NOPSSCEA MEET 2018: Tay Tung notches third tiara in volleyball appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated News6 hr. 35 min. ago

CPU tops chess, futsal tourneys

WOODPUSHERS from Central Philippine University (CPU) topped the chess tournament of the 2018 Iloilo Private Schools Athletic Association (ILOPRISAA) Meet at the CPU Educational Media Center on Nov. 12. The Centralians are the overall champion in the elementary boys’ after defeating Iloilo Scholastic Academy (ISA) and Iloilo Doctor’s College (IDC), which settled for second and […] The post CPU tops chess, futsal tourneys appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated News6 hr. 35 min. ago

56 schools to clash in Inter-school Sports tilt

56 TEAMS from different schools in Iloilo will compete in the 1st Province of Iloilo Interschool Sports Competition at the City of Passi Arena today, Nov 10, 2018. The inaugural edition will feature basketball, volleyball, and football which will be played by both public and private schools in the province. Provincial Sports Development Officer Ray […] The post 56 schools to clash in Inter-school Sports tilt appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsNov 9th, 2018

2018 ISSA GAMES: SilverKnights survives SYS to notch second win

CENTERPHIL Montessori Learning Center (CMLC) SilverKnights survived the sand-castle defense of Sun Yat Sen High School (SYSHS), 73-71, in the 2018 Iloilo Schools Athletic Association (ISSA) secondary boys’ basketball at the Western Institute and Technology (WIT) covered gym on Sept. 26. Led by veteran Lester Valn Paraico who exploded with 25 big points, the SilverKnights […] The post 2018 ISSA GAMES: SilverKnights survives SYS to notch second win appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsSep 28th, 2018

PHI paddlers capture two gold medals in world championship

GAINESVILLE, Georgia --- The Philippines quickly snatched two gold medals in record-setting fashion during the opener of the prestigious 2018 ICF World Dragon Boat Championships at the Lake Lanier Olympic Park here. The national paddlers from the Philippine Canoe Kayak Dragonboat Federation ruled the 10-seater senior mixed 500-meter event on Thursday (Friday Manila time), defeating race favorites Hungary and host United States by a significant margin. With drummer Patricia Bustamante and steerer Maribeth Caranto leading the way, the Filipinos clocked two minutes, 7.5 seconds to improve on their bronze-medal finish in the same event during the 2016 world championships in Moscow, Russia. Arriving second were the Hungarians, who timed 2:11.36 in a narrow finish to nip the Americans (2:11.86) for the silver medal in the biennial meet featuring the best 16 countries in the world of dragonboat racing. “They really wanted to prove something out there and they never lost focus despite the strong opposition,” said PCKDF president Jonne Go. The Filipinos struck a second gold medal just a few hours apart after dominating the 20-seater senior mixed 500m race again at the expense of Hungary and the Czech Republic.  They timed 1:52.58, impressively beating their previous race-winning clocking by three seconds two years ago in Moscow. The Hungarians clocked 1:55.09 and the Czech Republic placed third (1:55.14). “We never doubted the team’s ability to win. Once again, they showed the world that we Filipinos are world-class in this sport,” said Go For Gold’s Jeremy Go, who helped bankroll the participation of the PCKDF with the Philippine Sports Commission. It was a rejuvenating feeling for the Pinoy paddlers after they went home without a medal in the recent Asian Games in Indonesia where the organizers veered away from international standards by using shorter but heavier boats. Head coach Len Escollante said the Philippines is on track to capture a third gold medal on Saturday when the national paddlers, led by Hermie Macaranas and Ojay Fuentes, compete in the 10-seater men’s 200 finals. Joining them again are Mark Frias, Reymart Nevado, John Paul Selencio and Oliver Manaig. Women paddlers Raquel Almencion, Rosalyn Esguerra, Rhea Rhoa and Christine Talledo completed the cast in the small boat mixed category along with Bustamante and Caranto......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 14th, 2018

Guimaras schools to vie in reg’l stats quiz

TWO national high schools in the province of Guimaras will compete with schools from five other provinces of Western Visayas in the Regional Statistics Quiz contest in October 2018. The two schools are San Lorenzo National High School (SLNHS) and Simeon J. Jabasa National High School. SLNHS topped the 2018 Guimaras Statistics Quiz provincial elimination […] The post Guimaras schools to vie in reg’l stats quiz appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsSep 13th, 2018

10 schools to compete in EDC Battle of the Brains finals

BACOLOD City – Ten schools are set to face off in the grand finals of the Energy Development Corporation’s (EDC) Positive Energy Battle of the Brains on Sept 14, 2018 at the Foundation University in Dumaguete City. This year’s grand finalist schools are: Dr. Vicente F. Gustilo Memorial National High School and Riverside College, Inc. […] The post 10 schools to compete in EDC Battle of the Brains finals appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsSep 10th, 2018

Heat, Knicks clash in first NBA 2K League Finals

NBA 2K League press release NEW YORK – Heat Check Gaming and Knicks Gaming will make history when they meet in the first NBA 2K League Finals, a best-of-three series that will take place Saturday, Aug. 25 beginning at 4 p.m. ET (4am, Sunday, Aug. 26, PHL time) on Twitch. Below please find numbers related to the inaugural season of the NBA 2K League: NBA 2K League At-A-Glance: 102 – The NBA 2K League, a professional esports league co-founded by the NBA and Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc., launched in 2018 and features the best 102 NBA 2K players in the world selected from 72,000 hopefuls. 132M – NBA 2K League content has generated more than 132 million video views on social media channels. 1.6M – The NBA 2K League and its teams feature more than 1.6 million likes and followers across all league and team social media platforms. 1M – The NBA 2K League awarded $1 million in prize money over the course of its inaugural season, with the largest prize pool reserved for the end of season champions.  The best-of-three NBA 2K League Finals will see the winning team receive $300,000, and the remainder of the $600,000 total prize pool will be awarded to the remaining seven playoff teams. 186 – The NBA 2K League regular season consisted of 186 games. 17 – The 2018 season ran for 17 weeks, beginning in May and ending in August, and featured 12 weeks of weekly matchups, three weeks of in-season tournaments and two weeks of postseason. 10M – NBA 2K18 has sold approximately 10 million copies worldwide and is the best-selling edition in franchise history. NBA 2K League Teams:      90 – NBA 2K League teams have formed more than 90 corporate and marketing partnerships. 21 – Affiliates of four NBA teams – the Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves – will join the NBA 2K League for its second season, bringing the total number of teams from 17 to 21. 8 – Eight teams qualified for the inaugural NBA 2K League playoffs: No. 1 seed Blazer5 Gaming (12-2), No. 2 seed 76ers GC (10-4), No. 3 seed Pistons GT (9-5), No. 4. seed Raptors Uprising GC (8-6), No. 5 seed Cavs Legion GC (8-6), No. 6 seed Heat Check Gaming (8-6), No. 7 seed Wizards District Gaming (8-6), and No. 8 seed and THE TICKET tournament winner Knicks Gaming (5-9). NBA 2K League Players: 677 – Wizards District Gaming’s Austin “Boo Painter” Painter, the league-leader in points scored, tallied 677 points during the regular season. 84 – Grizz Gaming’s Mehyar “AuthenticAfrican” Ahmed-Hassan set the NBA 2K League single-game scoring record with 84 points. 57 – Blazer5 Gaming’s Dayne “OneWildWalnut” Downey, the Most Valuable Player and Defensive Player of the Year, recorded 57 blocks during the regular season. 25 – NBA 2K League players compete as unique characters in 5-on-5 gameplay.  Each position can choose between five different archetypes, creating 25 total archetypes* 15 – New York has produced 15 NBA 2K League players, more than any other state. 9 – There were nine international players on 2018 opening-night NBA 2K League rosters: Yusuf “Yusuf_Scarbz” Abdulla (Raptors Uprising GC; Canada), Mehyar “AuthenticAfrican” Ahmed-Hassan (Grizz Gaming; Canada), Jamie “vGooner-” Bull (Pacers Gaming; U.K.), Ryan “Devillon” de Villon (Mavs Gaming; Canada), Thomas “Speedbrook” Genaj (Celtics Crossover Gaming; Canada), Harry “HazzaUK2K” Hurst (Mavs Gaming; U.K.), Jannis “JLB” Neumann (Mavs Gaming; Germany), Basil “24k Dropoff” Rose (Heat Check Gaming; Canada), and Jomar “Jomar12 PR” Varela-Escapa (Blazer5 Gaming; Puerto Rico). 5 – Five players have recorded triple doubles in the inaugural season of the NBA 2K League: Heat Check Gaming’s Juan “Hotshot” Gonzalez, Raptors Uprising GC’s Kenneth “Kenny” Hailey, Celtics Crossover Gaming’s Ahmed “Mel East” Kasana, Wizards District Gaming’s Austin “Boo Painter” Painter, and Knicks Gaming’s Idris “Idrisdagoat6” Richardson. *An archetype is a preset combination of attributes and skills. For more information about the NBA 2K League, visit NBA2KLeague.com and follow @NBA2KLeague on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 21st, 2018

ASIAN GAMES: Pinoy shooters ready to draw

PALEMBANG -- Will it finally be third time a charm for trap shooter Hagen Topacio when the 2018 Asian Games shooting championships fire off here Monday at the Jakabaring Sports City shooting range here? “The first time when I competed (in the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games) I was leading after four rounds then faded and in Incheon four years ago, I came down with dengue,” recalled Topacio of his forgettable outings in his previous appearances in the continental sports showcase. In his third outing, the shooter buckled down to serious training and trimmed down by at least 12 kilos to improve his balance and coordination. “I have been practicing three to four times a week and doing some serious weight training so I can shoot better,” Topacio, 28, bared. “Hopefully things will be a different this time.” Although wont to say it, the athlete is also seeking redemption after his bid to compete in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games was crushed when the International Sports Shooting Federation decided to nullify the results of the 2015 Asian shooting championships held in Kuwait. Topacio shot a personal best score 122 in the meet to bag the silver medal and earn a ticket to the Rio Games, only to see his Olympic dream dashed when the ISSF voided the outcome after Kuwait barred the entry of an Israeli technical official from the competition in the violation of the world shooting body’s rules. He declined to discuss about his medal prospects, preferring to let his performance to do the talking here after the two-day event. Also seeing action on Monday are rifle shooters Jayson Valdez and Amparo Acuna, a 2017 Malaysia Southeast Asian Games bronze medalist, in the men’s and women’s air rifle events, respectively......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 18th, 2018

LeBron s free agency decision could swing NBA s balance of power

By Steve Aschburner, NBA.com CLEVELAND -- These combo coronation-funerals can be tricky. Imagine the crowning of a new monarch where the royal subjects couldn’t stop chattering about the freshly deposed or deceased predecessor. Where the traditional cry of continuity and succession, “The king is dead! Long live the king!” got flipped, with what was overshadowing what is. That’s pretty much how it went Friday night (Saturday, PHL time) at Quicken Loans Arena, with the Golden State Warriors’ latest NBA championship having to share the stage with speculation, instantly revved up, about LeBron James and the choice he’ll soon make about his next employer. The Warriors are the kings, claiming pro basketball’s throne yet again by completing a sweep of James’ Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2018 Finals. But of course, James is the King, and as so many of us learned in sophomore English – thanks, CliffsNotes! – “Uneasy lies the head (of those who fret and obsess about the future whereabouts of the NBA superstar) that wears a crown.” Long live the kings! The King is ... gone? There was so much energy before, during and after Game 4 Friday (Saturday, PHL time) poured into the last game/next game conjecture about James, the Cavaliers and seismic shifts in the league’s 2018-19 landscape that even the player’s surprise reveal near the end of the night – a bruised and bandaged right hand – couldn’t derail it. Turns out, as James ‘fessed up, the sore shooting paw was an injury he had been playing with ever since Game 1 in Oakland eight days earlier. He had “self-inflicted” it in a fit of pique when he smacked a whiteboard in the visitors’ dressing room at Oracle Arena after Cleveland’s overtime loss in the series-setter, an outcome driven at least in part by some teammates’ mistakes and an arcane wrinkle in the NBA’s replay rules regarding block/charge fouls. Despite the hordes of media people chronicling every waking detail of the Finals, James had kept the injury on the down-low (along with the possibility that J.R. Smith’s nickname amongst his Cavs teammates might be “whiteboard”). The cameras zoomed in and clicked in a paparazzi frenzy of motor drives every time James raised the hand, wrapped in black tape, above the table during his postgame podium remarks. Whether a legit Page-2-the-rest-of-the-story factor in the championship series or a too-late alibi, the contused hand wound up as a sidebar to where James plans to be using it when training camps open in a few months. As of Friday (Saturday, PHL time), it had been 95 months since “The Decision,” the 2010 announcement that James made in a tone-deaf vanity TV production that he was taking his talents from Cleveland to South Beach. Nearly 47 months had passed since he broke the news of his return in a Sports Illustrated ghost-written essay, envisioning much of what actually has unfolded in the four years since. Now savvy insiders and casual observers alike presume James will be on the move again, pushed to leave the franchise he has defined in an urgent search for more and better talent with which he can compete. As in, y’know, some horses, some horses, his kingdom for some horses. James’ free-agency process next month (he can opt out of a $35.6 million deal in the final season of his current contract) is expected to dictate the market of player movement this summer like an oversized domino. It easily could swing the balance of power, if not quite at Golden State’s lofty level then immediately below it. The monster he helped create Dr. Frankenstein eventually was done in by his macabre creation, and it can similarly be argued that James has no one but himself to blame for the predicament in which he again finds himself. He set in motion the machinery of the super team, after all, when he chose to join forces with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami eight years ago. Oh sure, the Boston Celtics in 2007-08 got there first by luring Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen to join Paul Pierce, but that was about knitting together three stars, all age 30 or older, for what would be their last best chance to win in an extremely limited run. That group won one title, went to two Finals in three seasons and was done, Allen leaving to join James & Co. with the Heat while Garnett and Pierce morphed into trade chips for Boston POBO Danny Ainge. When James, Wade and Bosh teamed up, they were in their basketball primes and their initial giddy boasts of “not four, not five, not six” championships turned off fans league-wide as much for its portent as its pretension. That crew went 4-for-4 in Finals, winning two rings before James, nudged by staleness and chafing as well as his grand plan for northeast Ohio, went home. From there, a line can be drawn through the ill-conceived 2012-13 L.A. Lakers of Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol all the way to this season’s Houston Rockets of James Harden and Chris Paul and the talent-gorged Golden State roster. James was the centerpiece as Cleveland replicated the Big Three concept around him with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, two younger, playoff-stymied All-Stars. The new-look Cavaliers went to the Finals in their first season together and clambered atop the basketball world to win the franchise’s first NBA title by the end of the second, becoming the first team in league history to do so after digging a 1-3 hole in the best-of-seven series. In that moment, regardless of the two Finals trips that followed, James’ bill was stamped: Paid In Full. Misguided fans might burn his jersey if he leaves again, but James burned the mortgage after that Game 7 in Oakland in 2016 as far as any remaining obligation to fulfill. “I came back because I felt like I had some unfinished business,” he said after elimination Friday (Saturday, PHL time). “To be able to be a part of a championship team two years ago with the team that we had and in the fashion that we had is something I will always remember. Honestly, I think we'll all remember that. It ended a drought for Cleveland of 50-plus years, so I think we'll all remember that in sports history.” James added: “When you have a goal and you're able to accomplish that goal, it actually – for me personally – made me even more hungry to continue to try to win championships. And I still want to be in championship mode. I think I've shown this year why I will still continue to be in championship mode.” In other words, James intends to sustain his high level of performance. He expects to win. And he presumably will do whatever – and go wherever – is necessary to achieve that. There’s no perfect fit So what does that mean for the NBA’s best player (never mind what the annual MVP balloting says in any given season)? It means this: compromise. There is no ideal situation, certainly no easy answer to the guesswork surrounding James’ looming free agency. He could transform any of the 30 teams, but not without some trade-offs for him, for them or for both. Most of them won’t be in play. Teams in markets such as Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Portland, Sacramento, the Twin Cities and so on can’t scratch James’ itches for either championship-worthy depth chart or spotlight. New York and Chicago, among the biggies, are out of synch with his timeline. Toronto? No way James is resettling his brand north of the border, and given his stated desire for teammates who have not just sufficient basketball skills but also mental toughness, well, the Raptors teams he and the Cavs have dominated do not qualify. The Boston club that stretched Cleveland to seven games in the Eastern Conference finals is built for the long haul and would have to surrender much of that to adjust to James’ career calendar. There’s a little Kyrie problem lurking there and, truth be told, the Celtics look to be on their way and are doing just fine without the 33-year-old heading, one of these years, toward decline. At some point in each of the 2018 Finals’ final three days, James spoke admiringly of the Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs title teams that blocked his path whether in Miami or Cleveland. He was at it again even as the Warriors were dousing the opponent’s locker room at The Q with Moet champagne. “I made the move in 2010 to be able to play with talented players, cerebral players that you could see things that happen before they happened on the floor,” James said. “When you feel like you're really good at your craft, I think it's always great to be able to be around other great minds as well and other great ballplayers. “That's never changed. Even when I came here in '14, I wanted to try to surround myself and surround this franchise with great minds and guys that actually think outside the box of the game and not just go out and play it.” Where might James find that now or recruit that swiftly? Hard to say. There are asterisks and “buts” everywhere: * If he were to sign with the Houston Rockets, James would be hitching his star to Chris Paul, a buddy with an injury history that’s about the mirror opposite of his own. He would be teaming up with an elite coach in Mike D’Antoni, something he’s never had (though Miami’s Erik Spoelstra was just young and unproven, on his way to big things). But it also would require another big ask of James Harden, who had to adapt last summer to Paul’s arrival and need for the ball. * If James chooses the Lakers, he has the chance to hit reset with the league’s glitziest franchise, in a market that can meet his every off-court wish and where he and his family already own one or more ultra-comfortable homes. The Lakers have young talent to help James transition into a lower-usage veteran’s role, favored status as a destination team for other top free agents and the salary-cap space to get it done this summer with the likes of Paul George or his pal Paul. But that roster might not be capable of insta-contending, which could burn a season or two when James’ clock most definitely is clicking. * If it’s San Antonio, James could link up with the elite coach in Gregg Popovich, where the winning culture is in the DNA rather than some acquired taste. The Spurs have talent, particularly if Kawhi Leonard finds happiness again there. But they might not have enough to rattle the Warriors’ cage. And for all their professed admiration, James and Popovich might both fare better by keeping their relationship long-distance vs. the 82-game grind. * If it’s Golden State? Perish the thought. The NBA might have to board up itself if competitive balance were capsized to that extent. And as Draymond Green shrewdly noted on Thursday (Friday, PHL time), if James climbed aboard, it likely would require him and several other Golden State teammates to be dispatched to parts unknown. * If James prefers to stay East, where the winning comes easier, he could pick Philadelphia. The Sixers have two foundational young stars at positions that matter most, center Joel Embiid and point guard Ben Simmons. But Simmons is a non-shooter at the moment, the antithesis of what makes a great complementary LeBron teammate. As for Embiid, James never has had to play off of and service a top center. And Philly might feel like a basketball-only move, with the hungriest and most demanding of any new fan base he would embrace. * If it’s Miami – wait, could it be Miami? Could he go second-home again? The Heat always strive to be competitive and offer a talent base deep enough for the East and lots of familiarity. But they also have players such as Hassan Whiteside and Dion Waiters whose mental approaches don’t seem to fit the model James was cooing about in Golden State and with the Tim Duncan-era Spurs. * That brings us to Cleveland, where it’s possible James might choose to remain. Staying with the Cavaliers, after leading them to four Finals and that heady 2016 title, would be the easiest choice as far as pressure to win. He owes these fans nothing anymore – in fact, had the bargain been offered to them in 2010 (“LeBron will leave and win elsewhere for four years, but will come back and deliver a championship and four Finals trips”), most would have grabbed it. Here, James and the fans who have watched him even through the interruption develop from ridiculously touted high schooler to one of the world’s most famous athletes could grow older together. Then he could partner up and buy the team from owner Dan Gilbert for a long-term future. Certainly, staying has a certain place in his and the rest of the James clan’s hearts. “The one thing that I've always done is considered, obviously, my family,” he said at series end Friday (Saturday, PHL time). “Understanding especially where my boys are at this point in their age. They were a lot younger the last time I made a decision like this four years ago. I've got a teenage boy, a pre-teen and a little girl that wasn't around as well. So sitting down and considering everything, my family is a huge part of whatever I'll decide to do in my career, and it will continue to be that.” It’s worth noting that as James contemplates his options as a modern pursuer of championship excellence, the prospect of him moving again qualifies at some level as a failure. Not just by the support system in Cleveland, where he and Gilbert have their friction and James gets snidely mentioned as the team’s unofficial GM and head coach, but by him too. He’s the one who went off to seek his “college education” in south Florida in what it takes to win, whether on the court, in the front office or in and around the seams 365 days a year, straight out of the Pat Riley handbook. The teams about which James talks so glowingly in Oakland now and in San Antonio then have cultures he covets, stability up and down the flowchart he craves. In Cleveland, for a variety of reasons, his team has been incapable of establishing and maintaining that to a lasting degree. He is part of that missed opportunity and he has to own it, no matter if he goes or stays. James is inseparable from the dynamic of the Cavaliers’ ever-changing and often melodramatic roster maneuvers. Spending big, swapping out draft picks to import current stars and supporting players, and overvaluing secondary guys like Smith and Tristan Thompson are risks the Warriors and the Spurs largely avoided thanks to shrew drafting and laudable continuity. The Cavs’ scrap heap, by contrast, is high with traded picks, scuttled plans, panic deals, short-term patches and folks such as former coach David Blatt and former GM David Griffin. And maybe James could have nurtured a little better relationship with All-Star point guard and 2016 title sidekick Kyrie Irving, enough to have kept Irving from bailing on them all with his trade demand last summer. Now he’s on the verge of casting about again, prioritizing what matters most for however long he continues to play. James is more at peace with it than he was before, particularly in 2010, and surely can enjoy the leverage he wields and the riches it delivers. But there is a burden there as well, one that could be seen as completing a circle. So many of the NBA’s greatest stars have been stuck playing and living in the Age of LeBron, right? Their paths to the Finals blocked, on one whole side of the league, by him and his? Well, LeBron James is stuck now in the Era of the Warriors, freshly swept and anxious to close the gap. What goes around comes around, though the key more pressing of the big W’s now is, where? Steve Aschburner has written about the NBA since 1980. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting......»»

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