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Alejano takes police to task on IRR for subpoena powers A LAWMAKER has taken the Philippine National Police (PNP) to task and urged it to come up with implementing rules and regulations (IRR) on the performance of its subpoena powers. In a statement on Tuesday, Magdalo Party-list Representative Gary C. Alejano said: “I urge the […] The post Nationwide Round-Up appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource: bworldonline bworldonlineMar 14th, 2018

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Ex-PCSO GM Uriarte cleared by Sandiganbayan ANTI-GRAFT court Sandiganbayan has dropped the P365.9-million plunder charges against former Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) general manager Rosario C. Uriarte. The ruling came a year after the Supreme Court (SC) acquitted former president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and former PCSO budget and accounts manager Benigno B. […] The post Nationwide Round-Up appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 17th, 2018

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PNP signs deal with Samsung for emergency app THE PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) signed on Wednesday a memorandum of agreement with Samsung Electronics Philippines, Inc. to develop a mobile application that would allow users to contact the police easily during emergencies. Samsung 321, an application already embedded in Samsung devices, contains the emergency contact numbers […] The post Nationwide Round-Up appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 16th, 2018

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Transport group doubts gov’t can find jeepney drivers alternative jobs A TRANSPORT group leader said the government’s recent statement that agencies are working to find alternative jobs for jeepney drivers confirms their position that the modernization program will ultimately leave many of them without livelihood. “It only proves our assumption that the jeepney phaseout is […] The post Nationwide Round-Up appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsApr 29th, 2018

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PNP maintains drug war within the law THE PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) maintained its operations against illegal drugs are lawful after Human Rights Watch issued a statement yesterday saying outgoing Police Director-General Ronald M. dela Rosa “will leave behind a police force with a sordid human rights record unmatched since the Marcos dictatorship.” PNP spokesperson […] The post Nationwide Round-Up appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsApr 18th, 2018

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Palace questions choice of Facebook fact-checking partners MALACAÑANG ON Monday, April 16, raised the possibility that pro-administration Facebook users may shift to another platform following the social network’s decision to enter into a fact-checking partnership with Rappler.com and Vera Files. “My advice is for the Facebook users to make their wishes known to Facebook and, […] The post Nationwide Round-Up appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsApr 16th, 2018

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CIDG given until April 30 to submit more evidence vs Espinosa​, others THE DEPARTMENT of Justice (DoJ) on Thursday gave the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and the Office of Solicitor General (OSG) until April 30 to submit any additional evidence in the reopened investigation against several high-profile drug suspects. The original complaint against […] The post Nationwide Round-Up appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsApr 12th, 2018

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New DoJ chief Guevarra vows: ‘We’ll get back on the right track’ NEWLY APPOINTED Justice Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra had a brief message to the public as he settled down this week for his new post: “We’ll get back on the right track.” Mr. Guevarra made this statement in a text message to BusinessWorld when sought… link: Nationwide Round-Up.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsApr 11th, 2018

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New DoJ chief Guevarra vows: ‘We’ll get back on the right track’ NEWLY APPOINTED Justice Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra had a brief message to the public as he settled down this week for his new post: “We’ll get back on the right track.” Mr. Guevarra made this statement in a text message to BusinessWorld when sought […] The post Nationwide Round-Up appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsApr 11th, 2018

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Senator vows ID system to be passed before impeachment trial SENATOR Panfilo M. Lacson on Tuesday assured that the proposed national identification (ID) system would be passed into law before the Senate tackles the anticipated impeachment trial of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P.A. Sereno. “I will say with certainty that it will be enacted into […] The post Nationwide Round-Up appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsApr 3rd, 2018

Kings support protesters marching over man shot by police

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The struggling Sacramento Kings find themselves in the national spotlight and it has nothing to do with another disappointing NBA season in their sparkling new two-year-old arena. Instead of looking ahead to the draft lottery as they wind down their 12th consecutive losing season, the Kings — like many nationwide — have turned their attention to demonstrators who have joined hand-in-hand on game nights to block entrances to the building. The wave of protests stem from the March 18 fatal shooting by police of Stephon Clark, a 22-year-old unarmed black man. Kings are at the center of the demonstrations but they have embraced their role in the situation and have been supportive of both the Clark family and the protesters. “This organization has really stepped to the forefront and I wanted to use my voice as much as I could to say to try to say what I believed was right and true,” Kings player Garrett Temple said. “There are a lot of different perspectives and a lot of different things to take into account but it’s been a pretty hectic week.” The demonstrations at Kings’ games have brought heightened attention to the protests and could grow in numbers this weekend. Sacramento police shot Clark eight times — seven from behind, according to autopsy results paid for by the family that were released Friday. The Kings play host to the Golden State Warriors on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time). The protests have resonated around the country as large crowds have held demonstrations and marches throughout the city, at one point blocking nearby freeways and surrounding streets in their call for action. Owner Vivek Ranadive made an impassioned pledge of support for the protesters and the community at large following the first round of demonstrations on March 22 after first consulting with his players. The NBA team has partnered with Black Lives Matter Sacramento and the Build. Black. Coalition to create a multiyear partnership that supports the education of young people and to help workforce preparation and economic development efforts in the community. “To see the Kings step up as an organization and start backing other local organizations, that means a great deal,” Temple said. “It shows you that what Vivek said after the game wasn’t just talk, that we really want to step in and help the community with this problem.” Temple, Vince Carter and former Kings player Doug Christie will also join community activists as part of an open forum at a church in south Sacramento on Friday night to discuss the situation and possible solutions. “That’s what it’s all about, raising awareness,” Carter said after a recent game. “Regardless of this being a professional basketball game, the bigger picture and what really matters is what was going on outside and the reason they were out there.” Temple has been one of the most outspoken Kings players since the protests began. “When I was kid being able to listen to an NBA player or see an NBA player, your eyes light up and your ears open,” Temple said. “We have to use that influence that we have in a positive manner.” The protests have been mostly non-violent. Beyond blocking traffic, the demonstrators have created a few problems for businesses in downtown Sacramento. They’ve come at a financial cost for the Kings, too. Protesters have twice blocked entrances to Golden1 Center, forcing the arena into a lockdown mode. Only 2,400 fans made it inside for the March 22 (Mar. 23, PHL time) game against the Atlanta Hawks. Three days later the demonstrators stayed away as the Kings hosted the Boston Celtics but they returned on March 27 (Mar. 28, PHL time) when they took on the Dallas Mavericks and forced another lockdown of the arena and prevented all but 4,000 fans from entering. For a team that has drawn an average crowd of 17,500 this season, the lost revenue from ticket sales alone is more than $1 million by conservative estimates after refunds were offered to those fans who didn’t get in. That doesn’t include lost income from concession stands and merchandise sales. But Ranadive, the first person of Indian descent to own an NBA franchise, said after the Hawks game, “We stand here before you, old, young, black, white, brown, and we are all united in our commitment.” Warriors coach Steve Kerr watched Ranadive’s speech on television in awe. He said, “I was very proud of the way the Kings handled it and the way the NBA handled it.” Other players around the league who have played in Sacramento since the protests began expressed their concerns over the situation while praising the Kings for getting involved, including Harrison Barnes and Dirk Nowitzki of the Mavericks and Terry Rozier of the Celtics. Former Kings players DeMarcus Cousins and Matt Barnes offered to pay for Clark’s funeral. Barnes, a Sacramento native who spent part of last season with the Kings, was also a pallbearer at the funeral and has organized a march prior to Saturday’s (Sunday, PHL time) game against the Warriors. “The beauty of the game is that we have this platform to be able to speak about these things and to be able to speak about police brutality, citizen-police relationships, disproportionate amount of African-Americans getting killed,” said Barnes, who spent his first four seasons playing in Oakland about 90 minutes south of Sacramento. “It’s important that we use that platform to talk about these things “Our hearts and condolences go out to the families of those of both sides that have been affected.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 31st, 2018

Nationwide Round-Up

No peace talks until NPA attacks stop, says Palace MALACAÑANG ON Tuesday reiterated its conditions — primarily a cessation of hostilities — for the resumption of peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA). “As before, we reiterate that there must be an enabling […] The post Nationwide Round-Up appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMar 27th, 2018

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Malacañang accuses HR groups of drug ties THE PALACE said on Monday that human rights groups’ “vicious and nonstop” attacks against President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s nationwide campaign against illegal drugs could be sign that they are being funded by drug lords. “The attacks against the President’s war on drugs have been vicious ad nonstop. We […] The post Nationwide Round-Up appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMar 26th, 2018

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Without affidavit, arrest order on ex-Comelec head stays SENATOR FRANCIS G. Escudero on Monday said the arrest order against former Commission on Elections (Comelec) chief Andres D. Bautista would only be lifted upon the submission of the latter’s affidavit answering the corruption allegations hurled against him. “I will recommend the lifting of the warrant of […] The post Nationwide Round-Up appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMar 19th, 2018

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Without affidavit, arrest order on ex-Comelec head stays SENATOR FRANCIS G. Escudero on Monday said the arrest order against former Commission on Elections (Comelec) chief Andres D. Bautista would only be lifted upon the submission of the latter’s affidavit answering the corruption allegations hurled against him. “I will recommend the lifting of the warrant of… link: Nationwide Round-Up.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsMar 19th, 2018

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Alejano takes police to task on IRR for subpoena powers A LAWMAKER has taken the Philippine National Police (PNP) to task and urged it to come up with implementing rules and regulations (IRR) on the performance of its subpoena powers. In a statement on Tuesday, Magdalo Party-list Representative Gary C. Alejano said: “I urge the […] The post Nationwide Round-Up appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMar 14th, 2018

Pasay ‘Digmaan’ finals today

MANILA, Philippines — The PFGB National Digmaan 11-Stag Derby, a nationwide stagfest with P60 million at stake, enters its final round today at Pasay City Co.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 10th, 2017

1500 Filipino coaches now ready for March Madness-like NBTC League

The sixth annual MVP Sports Foundation (MVPSF) Coaches Convention is over. And all of the 1,500 coaches are all ready for what’s next for them – much wiser from the words imparted by Gilas Pilipinas shot-caller Chot Reyes and undefeated Ateneo de Manila tactician Tab Baldwin. Now, those 1,500 coaches turn their attention to provincial tournaments that will determine whether or not they will be competing in the SM National Basketball Training Centre (NBTC) League in March of next year. The upcoming NBTC League will be bigger and better as it adopts a new format. Under it, 32 teams are set to go at it. The champions and runners-up of the UAAP, NCAA, CESAFI, and MMBL as well as the top eight cities from last year’s NBTC League get outright berths. The remaining 16 berths will be determined in the regionals with North Luzon, South Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao counting for four apiece. Once the seedings are in place, the top-seeds will then be crisscrossed with the bottom-seeds (e.g. 1 v 32, 2 v 31, 3 v 30, and so on). The winning 16 from that first round will comprise Division 1 and will continue with the knockout bouts until a champion is crowned. The same will go for the losing 16 which will then make up Division 2. Up to 80 cities and between 800 and 1,000 schools are part of the nationwide competition. In the last two years, the NBTC League Division 1 was made up of big city schools while Division 2 was comprised by small city and provincial schools. This time around, the new format gives an equal chance to all schools, whether they be from big cities, small cities, or provinces. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 8th, 2017

Clashes in Syria’s Damascus after surprise rebel attack – Al Jazeera

Heavy clashes rocked eastern districts of the Syrian capital on Sunday after rebel fighters launched a surprise assault on government forces, a monitor and state television said. Steady shelling and sniper fire could be heard across Damascus on Sunday as rebel factions allied with former al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat Fateh al-Sham launched an attack on government positions in the city's east. The clashes centered on a government-held gap between two besieged opposition enclaves, the Jobar and Qaboun neighborhoods. The Ahrar al-Sham rebel group said fighters had &'8220;liberated&'8221; the area. Tahrir al-Sham &'' a umbrella group of rebels formed by Jabhat Fateh al-Sham last month &'' and the independent Failaq al-Rahman group also participated in the attack. Syrian state media said the military had repelled an attack by one group after &'8220;terrorists&'8221; infiltrated through tunnels in the middle of the night. Rebels detonated two large car bombs at 5:20am on Sunday close to the Jobar neighborhood. Tahrir al-Sham claimed responsibility for the attack. Rebels then advanced into the nearby Abbasiyn Square area, seizing several buildings and firing a barrage of rockets into multiple Damascus neighbourhoods, according to Rami Abdelrahman of the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Government forces responded with nearly a dozen air strikes on Jobar, he added. Al Jazeera's Mohamed Al Jazaeri, reporting from near Damascus, said that at least 15 civilians had been killed after government forces shelled residential neighborhoods in Eastern Ghouta, but that the fighting had since become less intense. &'8220;This advance is the largest for opposition groups in over a year and a half,&'8221; Al Jazaeri said. &'8220;Military operations have not stopped in the area but it has calmed down. There remains sniper shooting from both sides and regime forces are shelling Jobar neighborhood, as well as other areas controlled recently by the opposition.&'8221; Control of Jobar &'' which has been a battleground district for more than two years &'' is divided between rebels and allied fighters on one side, and government forces on the other. It is one of three pockets in the Syrian capital still in opposition hands. The recent fighting has resulted in rebel control of industrial areas in Al-Qaboun in addition to parts of Abbasiyn breaking a siege on the area and linking it to Jobar neighborhood, which is connected to Eastern Ghouta, Al Jazaeri said. Joshua Landis, an expert on Syria at the University of Oklahoma, told Al Jazeera that the offensive had taken the government by surprise and that its response was likely to be very significant. &'8220;I don't think it's going to change the trajectory of the war, which has been seeing the regime make important gains and the opposition getting increasingly restricted. But it shows the opposition is far from dead. It shows also that this new combination led by [Tahrir al-Sham] is very potent,&'8221; Landis said. &'8220;The regime is going to realise that it cannot allow these two areas to linger there because they are beachheads for this Tahrir a-Sham group to make inroads into the Damascus area,&'8221; he said, adding the government would likely withdraw some forces from areas such as Homs and Hama to refocus on Damascus. &'8220;It means that the fight is still on, there are many fronts to this war, and the opposition remains powerful.&'8221; Syrian state TV aired footage from Abbasiyn Square, typically buzzing with activity but now empty except for the sound of shelling. Residents said artillery shells and rockets were landing in the heart of the city. The Observatory said rebel shells hit several nearby districts in Damascus, including Bab Touma, Rukn al-Din and the Abbasiyin area. Several schools announced they would close through Monday, and many civilians cowered inside in fear of stray bullets and shelling. According to the Observatory, the Faylaq al-Rahman group and the Fateh al-Sham Front &'' known as al-Nusra Front before it broke ties with al-Qaeda &'' were present in Jobar. &'8220;This neighbourhood is the most important front line because it's the closest rebel position to the heart of the capital,&'8221; said Abdel Rahman. Government forces have long sought to push the rebels out of the district because of its proximity to the city centre in Damascus. But with Sunday's attack, Abdel Rahman said, &'8220;rebels have shifted from a defensive position in Jobar to an offensive one&'8221;. &'8220;These are not intermittent clashes &'' these are ongoing attempts to advance,&'8221; he said. One rebel commander told the Associated Press news agency they launched the assualt from Jobar as a way to relieve allied fighters in the nearby districts of Barzeh, Tishreen, and Qabun from government attacks. &'8220;This is to relieve the pressure on rebels with the regime not stopping its bombardment and artillery shelling,&'8221; said Abu Abdo, a commander from Failaq al Rahman. The attack on Damascus comes just days before a fresh round of UN-brokered peace talks in Geneva aiming to put an end to Syria's six-year war. Rebels and government troops agreed to a nationwide cessation of hostilities in December, but fighting has continued across much of the country, including in the capital. Rebels said the army had advanced in the last two days after weeks of bombardment and aerial strikes aimed at regaining control of strategic areas inside the capital, a few kms away from President Bashar al Assad's seat of power. The army had advanced towards a road between Qaboun and Barza, whose capture severed the links between the two besieged rebel districts where tens of thousands of [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsMar 20th, 2017

Trump admin sets stage for mass deportations – CNN News

The Department of Homeland Security Tuesday laid out the Trump administration's plans for aggressive enforcement of immigration laws, including a potentially massive expansion of the number of people detained and deported. But the Trump administration also emphasizes that it is leaving intact the DACA program &'8212; President Barack Obama's protections for so-called DREAMers &'8212; even if the new rules chip away at protections for undocumented migrants overall. DHS officials told reporters Tuesday that while the guidance memos expand the federal government's ability to empower state and local law enforcement agencies to perform the functions of immigration officers, no National Guard troops will be deployed to round up immigrants in the US. The fundamental shift in US policy will likely continue to provoke fear in immigrant communities of a vast expansion of the government's use of its enforcement powers to potentially deport undocumented immigrants who have lived in their communities for years, and may have family members who are legal US residents or citizens. DHS officials say the policies mostly enforce existing law and won't lead to an immediate massive round-ups of undocumented immigrants. &'8220;We're not going to start changing this today, it's not going to start happening tomorrow,&'8221; the official said of an expansion of who is eligible for expedited deportation. &'8220;You will not see folks rounded up or anything of the sort.&'8221; The memos, which were obtained and reported on by CNN over the weekend, serve to expand upon the orders, which are unrelated to the controversial travel ban currently tied up in the courts and being re-written by the White House. The guidance explains how the administration plans to put in place the goals dictated in Trump's executive orders, including vastly increasing the resources to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Customs and Border Protection, building a wall along the southern border and taking a hard-line position on undocumented immigrants. DHS officials repeatedly tried to emphasize that the policies are not an expansion of existing law. &'8220;We're just simply trying to execute what Congress and the President has asked us to do,&'8221; an official said. &'8220;We're going to do so professionally (and) humanely &' but we are going to execute the laws of the United States.&'8221; Language was included explicitly saying Obama's executive orders protecting young undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children and undocumented parents of US citizens would be an exception to a mandate that &'8220;the Department no longer will exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement.&'8221; A DHS official briefing reporters on the orders made note from the top that the policies would not be affected. &'8220;No. 1: None of this affects DACA. No. 2, none of this affects DAPA/expanded DACA,&'8221; the official said, adding that the latter policy is currently being blocked by the courts either way. The guidance is still unclear in many respects. It rescinds Obama executive orders besides the deferred action for children and parents of citizens &'8212; but notes that only &'8220;to the extent of the conflict&'8221; with new guidance, meaning some policies will remain in place. For example, a fact sheet released by the department says that rules keeping churches and schools as off-limits from enforcement actions remain in operation. Asked about the confusion over which policies do and do not remain in place, an official said, &'8220;There are a lot of internal policies and memoranda and procedures that have to be worked out individually and analyzed by the legal departments. &' That's a very deliberate project that will be conducted.&'8221; But the official emphasized the &'8220;sensitive locations&'8221; policy remains in place, and a second official said the rescinding of previous guidance largely applies for now to policy about prosecutorial discretion. Through the memos, Kelly expands the government's immigration enforcement by instructing agencies to implement unused parts of existing law and by clarifying standards for certain protections, which add up to having sweeping implications for the processing of undocumented immigrants in the US. While DHS officials stressed that the agency will use its limited resources to target &'8220;criminals,&'8221; as Trump has said, they also acknowledged that people who were not targeted for deportation under Obama could be eligible in this administration &'8212; giving broad latitude to agents in the field and regional offices to make decisions. &'8220;The fact that you are not a priority does not exempt you from potential enforcement,&'8221; an official said, adding that people with crimes like DUIs and status violations, or noncriminal histories but a final order of removal could be subject to deportation. The Trump administration has set new enforcement priorities that could apply to virtually every undocumented immigrant in the US &'8212; whereas the Obama administration had focused on serious and violent criminals &'8212; sending fear through immigrant communities about indiscriminate arrests. Stepped-up ICE enforcement earlier this month, which netted nearly 700 arrests nationwide, only amplified fears. While similar enforcement actions were conducted under the Obama administration, anecdotes spread of nonthreatening undocumented immigrants being caught up amplified fears. The memos reinforce giving broad leeway to immigration officers to make immediate decisions about whom to arrest and says officers should begin actions against individuals they meet in the course of their official duties. The goal is to free immigration officers and law enforcement to make decisions, after critics of Obama's policies described them as having their hands tied. But the administration also explicitly reserves the right to expand and prioritize targets, such [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsFeb 22nd, 2017

Hawks could turn deep supply of picks into draft-day trade

By Charles Odum, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — As the only general manager holding three first-round picks in Thursday night’s (Friday, PHL time) NBA draft, including No. 3 overall, Atlanta’s Travis Schlenk has been a popular target for trade talk. Overall, the Hawks have four picks in the top 34. That’s more than enough depth to attract interest, but the rebuilding Hawks are even more attractive trade targets because they also have about $20 million in salary cap space. That creates more attractive options for a team needing to unload a contract in a trade. Schlenk says he is answering every call and considering all options — including the possibility of trading up or down from the No. 3 spot. It’s an exciting time for Schlenk, who never held such a high draft pick in his previous job as assistant GM with the Golden State Warriors. “This is the highest pick that I’ve been a part of,” Schlenk said last week. “At Golden State, the highest pick we had was six. So it’s exciting. Having the four picks, along with the third pick, we get a lot of phone calls, which is exciting as well, and we’re going to go through all the options that are presented to us and make the best decision, hopefully.” He says he’s comfortable with the idea of opening the 2018-19 season with four rookies. Schlenk is planning the Hawks’ future with a new coach. Former Philadelphia assistant Lloyd Pierce was hired on May 11 to replace Mike Budenholzer, now the Bucks coach. Schlenk might use his first pick to select a forward-center to pair with 2017-18 rookie John Collins. Among players who could be available are Duke’s Marvin Bagley III, Michigan State’s Jaren Jackson and Mo Bamba of Texas. Guards Luka Doncic of Slovenia, Trae Young of Oklahoma and forward Michael Porter of Missouri could be alternatives for Schlenk. Pierce stressed defense in his first news conference in Atlanta. Schlenk said it’s important to land players with balanced offensive and defensive skills. “Obviously when you look at the best teams in the league, the majority of the time they’re good defensive teams,” Schlenk said. “But at the end of the day, if you’re not scoring 100 points you’re probably not winning, so we’re going to look for guys that are two-way players, who can play defensively, but also we’ve got to be able to score the ball on the other end.” Bagley qualifies as that two-way talent, but he could be drafted at the No. 2 spot by Sacramento. “I put a lot of work into this and I think I’m the best player in the draft,” Bagley said after his draft workout in Atlanta last week. “I mean that in the most humble way possible, not to be cocky.” Phoenix is projected to select Arizona center Deandre Ayton with the top pick. Jackson is an accomplished shot blocker with less polish on the offensive end. He is regarded by many to have the potential shooting skills to develop into a well-rounded NBA big man. With point guard Dennis Schroder’s future in Atlanta uncertain, the Hawks can look for talent at any position. Their wealth of picks could make it easier to take a chance on Doncic, who has the skills to play multiple positions even though his ability to create space in the NBA has been questioned by some critics. “I’ve maintained all along, and I honestly believe this, we’re going to take the best player,” Schlenk said. “We’re in a situation where we’re looking to add the most talent we can, and we’re going to get a good player at the third pick.” The No. 3 spot is the Hawks’ highest since 2007, when they selected Al Horford at No. 3. Atlanta also has the No. 19 and No. 30 picks in the first round and No. 34 early in the second round. Those selections give Schlenk a wealth of options, including a deal for a higher pick next year. Schlenk said he has considered if the possibility to “trade back to collect more assets would be advantageous.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News10 hr. 51 min. ago