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Rival Koreas agree to talk on art troupe s visit to Olympics

SEOUL — The rival Koreas have agreed yesterday that their talks next week will address a North Korean art troupe's visit to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics i.....»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJan 13th, 2018

Rival Koreas agree to talk on art troupe s visit to Olympics

SEOUL — The rival Koreas have agreed yesterday that their talks next week will address a North Korean art troupe's visit to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics i.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 13th, 2018

North Korea offers talk on art troupe’s visit to Olympics

SEOUL, South Korea --- South Korea said Saturday that North Korea proposed that their talks next week address a North Korean art troupe's visit to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the South, rather than the participation of the nation's athletes. Pyongyang wants talks on sending its athletes and other officials to the February Olympics to be held at a later date so that next Monday's talks can focus primarily on the North Korean art troupe's participation in the Games, Seoul's Unification Ministry said. Officials from the rival Koreas met earlier this week in the border village of Panmunjom, their first talks in more than two years. At that meeting they agreed to hold mili...Keep on reading: North Korea offers talk on art troupe’s visit to Olympics.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 13th, 2018

S. Korea offers to talk with North on Olympic cooperation

HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Tuesday offered high-level talks with rival North Korea to find ways to cooperate on next month's Winter Olympics in the South. Seoul's quick proposal following a rare rapprochement overture from the North a day earlier offers the possibility of better ties after a year that saw a nuclear standoff increase fear of war on the Korean Peninsula. In a closely watched New Year's address, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Monday that he was willing to send a delegation to the Olympics, though he also repeated fiery nuclear threats against the United States. Analysts say Kim may be trying to drive a wedge between Seoul and its ally Washington in a bid to reduce international isolation and sanctions against North Korea. Kim's overture was welcome news for a South Korean government led by liberal President Moon Jae-in, who favors dialogue to ease the North's nuclear threats and wants to use the Olympics as a chance to improve inter-Korean ties. Moon's unification minister, Cho Myoung-gyon, proposed in a nationally televised news conference that the two Koreas meet Jan. 9 at the shared border village of Panmunjom to discuss Olympic cooperation and how to improve overall ties. Earlier Tuesday, Moon spoke of what he described as Kim's positive response to his earlier dialogue overtures and ordered officials to study how to restore talks with North Korea and get the North to participate in the Olympics. North Korea did not immediately react. But if there are talks, they would be the first formal dialogue between the Koreas since December 2015. Relations between the Koreas have plunged as North Korea has expanded its weapons programs amid a hard-line stance by Moon's conservative predecessors. Last year, North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test and test-launched three intercontinental ballistic missiles as part of its push to possess a nuclear missile capable of reaching anywhere in the United States. The North was subsequently hit with toughened U.N. sanctions, and Kim and President Donald Trump exchanged warlike rhetoric and crude personal insults against each other. Kim said in his speech Monday that North Korea last year achieved the historic feat of "completing" its nuclear forces. Outside experts say that it's only a matter of time before the North acquires the ability to hurl nuclear weapons at the mainland U.S., but that the country still has a few technologies to master, such as a warhead's ability to survive atmospheric re-entry. Talks could provide a temporary thaw in strained inter-Korean ties, but conservative critics worry that they may only earn the North time to perfect its nuclear weapons. After the Olympics, inter-Korean ties could become frosty again because the North has made it clear it has no intention of accepting international calls for nuclear disarmament and instead wants to bolster its weapons arsenal in the face of what it considers increasing U.S. threats. "Kim Jong Un's strategy remains the same. He's developing nukes while trying to weaken international pressure and the South Korea-U.S. military alliance and get international sanctions lifted," said Shin Beomchul of the Seoul-based Korea National Diplomatic Academy. He said the North might also be using its potential Olympic participation as a chance to show its nuclear program is not intended to pose a threat to regional peace. In his address Monday, Kim said the United States should be aware that his country's nuclear forces are now a reality, not a threat. He said he has a "nuclear button" on his office desk, warning that "the whole territory of the U.S. is within the range of our nuclear strike." He called for improved ties and a relaxation of military tensions with South Korea, saying the Winter Olympics could showcase the status of the Korean nation. But Kim also repeated that South Korea must stop annual military exercises with the United States, which he calls an invasion rehearsal against the North. About 28,500 American troops are stationed in South Korea to help deter potential aggression from the North, a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War, which ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 2nd, 2018

Duterte to let military decide on peace talks with Reds

The fate of the peace talks with the communist rebels remains in the hands of the military, President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday night.   Duterte issued the statement three months after the collapse of the peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), and following the visit of Norwegian government officials, the third party facilitator in the peace process.   "So I'm talking to the communists. The Norwegian officials came here to explore the possibility of talking again. I have to consult my military people. Why? Eh sila 'yung namamatay eh, hindi naman ako. Sabi ko, 'I will talk to the military. If you would agree, I might [consi...Keep on reading: Duterte to let military decide on peace talks with Reds.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 20th, 2018

LOOK: Five no-frills 'OOTD ideas for your Valentine s Day date

Have a date coming up soon? Great news for the ladies, as we have the perfect set of styles you can wear in the most romantic time of the year, for whatever type of date you'll have. Whether you’re off to somewhere fancy or a simple date outside, you’ll surely be ready with looks that will make your special someone swoon. Check out this no-frills guide on how to dress for any of your Valentine's Day plan:   Stroll in the Park A day out in the sun is a date well spent. Look and feel carefree as you enjoy your day out with your beau by slipping on your best floral sundress! We suggest adding a denim jacket and a leather satchel for some texture. Finish off your look with the Keds Champion white sneaker for a classic touch to your happy ensemble!   Fancy Dinner Date We can all agree that a candlelit dinner is the quintessential activity for Valentine’s Day. Dress the part by going for the classics: a no-fail little black dress, some tasteful jewelry, and a cute clutch. Spice up your look by adding some glimmer with a pair of metallic Keds Champion sneakers in navy. Talk about chic and comfortable!   Movie Night If you’re up for a lovely night watching the city’s newest theatre and musical offerings, paint the town red with your cherry-and-white coordinates. A crisp blouse and culottes topped with a red jacket should do the trick! Finish your ensemble with Keds’ limited edition Year of the Dog sneaker for a touch of gold in your look. The golden details, luxe dog-shaped charm, and an alternate red flat laces of this sneaker is perfect to wear for a night to remember! Fuss-Free Brunch Feeling something more laidback? Don’t worry because you can always count on your good old jeans! The perfect way to make this closet staple look date-appropriate is to pair it with an eyecatching white top, and an equally attractive white sneaker. If you’re starting your day with a brunch date, make sure to arrive with a kick of lustre on your shoes. Slip on the Kickstart Shimmer in cream and gold for a shiny accent on your chic but very relaxed outfit!   Arcade Afternoon We’re still feeling pink craze! Aside from scoring points in the acrade games, make sure you also score fashion points by donning a stylishly playful look. We’re going with a pink oversized top, an a-line skirt, and the Keds Triple Kick Shimmer in blush pink for added dazzle and height!   - Visit keds.com.ph and Keds stores nationwide to buy the #OOTD that suits your upcoming Valentine's Day plans! .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2018

Two Koreas, Kim’s sister star at freezing Olympic opener

PYEONGCHANG: The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics open on Friday with North and South Korea marching together at a bitterly cold ceremony attended by the first member of North Korea’s ruling family to visit the South since the Korean War. Kim Yo Jong, the influential sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, is among a 500-strong [...] The post Two Koreas, Kim’s sister star at freezing Olympic opener appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2018

Twist of fate: Michael Martinez makes it to the 2018 Winter Olympic

Visit us on Instagram To be You; Facebook: To be You; e-mail inq.tobeyou@gmail.com Talk about a twist of fate---21-year-old Filipino figure skater Michael Martinez confirmed that he will represent the country in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, next month. The Pinoy Ice Prince was shortlisted to compete in the event, but failed to earn enough points in the Nebelhorn Trophy, a qualifying tournament held in Obertsdorf, Germany, in September 2017. When the Swedish Olympic Committee decided not to send skater Alexander Majorov, his slot was offered to Martinez. "According to point F of the Qualification System for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, the Philippin...Keep on reading: Twist of fate: Michael Martinez makes it to the 2018 Winter Olympic.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 27th, 2018

Two Koreas agree to march together at Winter Olympics opening

SEOUL, South Korea – The two Koreas agreed on Wednesday, January 17, to march together under a single flag at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony and field a united women's ice hockey team for the Games in a further sign of easing tensions on the peninsula. North Korea also said it ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 18th, 2018

Koreas to form their first joint Olympic team for Winter Games

South Korea says the rival Koreas have agreed to form their first joint Olympic team and have their athletes march together during the opening ceremony of next month's Winter Olympics in the South. Seoul's Unification Ministry says the Koreas reached the agreement during talks Wednesday at the border village of Panmunjom. It says athletes from the two Koreas will march together under a "unification flag" depicting their peninsula during the opening ceremony and will field a single women's ice hockey team. The measures require approval by the International Olympic Committee. The South Korean ministry says the two Koreas will consult with the IOC this weekend. ...Keep on reading: Koreas to form their first joint Olympic team for Winter Games.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 17th, 2018

North Korea to go to South Korea s Olympics after talks

SEOUL, South Korea — The rival Koreas moved toward easing their bitter animosity Tuesday during rare talks, with North Korea agreeing to take part in next mo.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 10th, 2018

S. Korea offers to talk with North on Olympic cooperation

SEOUL — South Korea on yesterday offered high-level talks with rival North Korea to find ways to cooperate on next month's Winter Olympics in the South......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 3rd, 2018

South Korea s new president willing to visit rival North

SEOUL, South Korea — New South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Wednesday he was open to visiting rival North Korea under the right conditions to talk about.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 10th, 2017

I just love to compete - Team Lakay s Kevin Belingon isn t going to wait for a title shot

With four straight impressive victories under his belt, the popular belief is that Team Lakay’s Kevin Belingon is undoubtedly the number one contender in ONE Championship’s bantamweight division. Heck, even ONE Championship CEO and Chairman Chatri Sityodtong agrees. It just so happens that timing doesn’t seem to be on the Baguio-native’s side. “I agree, I agree a hundred percent. I talked to Kevin a couple of months ago, and I recommended that he wait it out,” Sityodtong said during the pre-fight press conference for ONE: Heroes of Honor. Rather than stay idle and wait for the title fight, Belingon decided that he wanted to fight, whether or not for the championship. “He wanted to fight so Matt Hume gave him a fight.” On Friday at the ONE: Heroes of Honor card at the Mall of Asia Arena, Belingon takes on former title contender Andrew Leone, and Sityodtong bared that the winner will be next in line to challenge ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano Fernandes. If Belingon can pull out a win, he gets his shot at redemption against Fernandes. “For sure, Kevin Belingon is getting the next title shot, after Bibiano is rested and well” Sityodtong said. As it turns out, the longest-reigning ONE world champion is a bit banged up after successfully defending his title against two-division world champion Martin Nguyen just last March.  "Bibiano’s injured right now, I just talked to him last week, his leg is still [hurt], he hasn’t been able to train at all, so I don’t know when he’ll be back in action," revealed Sityodtong.  Belingon and Fernandes have crossed paths for the world title before, in early 2016, with Fernandes handily defeating the Pinoy in the first round. Since then, Belingon has won four straight, and Bibiano has defended his title thrice. A long overdue rematch between Belingon and Fernandes will no doubt show just how much both fighters have gotten better since their first meeting, but before any talk of rematches, the Team Lakay knockout artist will first need to take care of business against Leone, who’s also angling for a rematch against the champion of his own. For Belingon, accepting a fight against someone the caliber of Leone could definitely put his top contender status in jeopardy. A loss could easily send him to the back of the line, but the heavy-handed isn’t concerned about that. It’s simply all about improving. “For me, no worries. I just train hard and keep improving, learning the techniques on the ground and wrestling, and improving my weaknesses to be my strengths in the future, para magamit ko sa mga susunod na laban.” “Sa akin, I just love to compete.” Belingon added.   Kevin Belingon and Andrew Leone square off in the main event of ONE Championship: Heroes of Honor this Friday, April 20th at the Mall of Asia Arena. Catch the action LIVE starting 8:30 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 17th, 2018

Giddy celeb frolics with secret lover in paradise

Talk about living the luxe life. Tongues are going on hyperdrive. Gaudy Rascal was spotted frolicking in paradise with Secret Lover. Well, GR wanted to get away from it all---especially from the prying eyes of rumormongers. GR wasn't exactly successful because word still spread about the scorching summer escapade. But will GR's Avaricious Relatives raise hell about this titillating tryst? Uh-oh. Sabotage Could it be that Luminous Stunner was sabotaged, so that rival, Gorgeous Celeb, would shine all the more? LS was dealt a bum card---a seemingly insurmountable challenge that no one in that bunch could easily pull off. LS was honest enough to throw in the towel ...Keep on reading: Giddy celeb frolics with secret lover in paradise.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 31st, 2018

Two Koreas agree to hold summit on April 27

SEOUL: The two Koreas have set a date for a rare inter-Korean summit, following a high-level meeting that was held days after the nuclear-armed North’s leader Kim Jong Un made his international debut with a surprise trip to China. “According to the will of both leaders, the South and North agreed to hold the ‘2018… link: Two Koreas agree to hold summit on April 27.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsMar 30th, 2018

Beyond volleyball, beauty pageants: Padda celebrates women empowerment

MANILA, Philippines – In her visit to the Rappler office last Thursday, March 22, Adamson head coach Airess Padda was ecstatic to talk about something she advocated so much for a long time: women empowerment.  Coming to the Philippines from Stockton, California in Season 79, Padda was prepared to ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 29th, 2018

UAAP VOLLEYBALL: We deserve that (win) -- Deanna Wong

We deserve that victory. This was setter Deanna Wong’s statement after Ateneo de Manila University pulled off one of the most exciting comebacks in 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament. Who would not agree? The Lady Eagles came back from a seven-point deficit late in the fourth set and needed to thread the proverbial eye of the needle in the deciding frame on Sunday just to repel an upset-conscious Adamson University side, 24-26, 25-19, 21-25, 26-24, 15-12, at the Big Dome to secure at least a playoff for a Final Four berth.      “We concentrated on the team, on ourselves, all we needed to do was like to talk to each other lang and trust talaga, it’s really what brought the team up,” said Wong, who played a superb game as she led Ateneo’s fluid offense. “I couldn’t let that fifth set slip away from us and I knew we deserve that (win).” The third year volleybelle tallied a career-best 63 excellent sets in 140 attempts. Her great setups were converted by the Lady Eagles to 57 attack points including 20 kills from Jho Maraguinot, who finished with 23 points. Her performance came on the heels of her 50-excellent set outing in a four-set win over University of the East last Wednesday.  “Actually, hindi ko napapansin or I really don’t mind,” she said. “All I really had sa head ko lang is how I can chase the ball, how I can set the ball kahit misreceive.” “So like ano it’s a good thing but it’s better talaga if we win kahit anong number ‘yan hindi naman ‘yan magma-matter if we lose,” she added. Ateneo built an 11-6 lead in the deciding frame only to see Adamson tie it at 11 after Jho Maraguinot sent her attack straight to the net. Bea De Leon put the Lady Eagles back on top before Mylene Paat committed a net touch error that gave Ateneo a 13-11 lead. Jema Galanza saved a point the Lady Falcons but Maraguinot answered with a hammer before the Lady Eagles sealed the win with a solid net defense to deny Paat.     The Lady Eagles went down, 15-22, in the fourth frame before mounting a blistering 11-2 rally to steal the set and turn the tide of the battle in their favor.  “We never gave up lang, that’s the thing, it really all boils down to character and what coach Tai (Bundit) always says, heartstrong talaga ‘yung nakapunta sa isip namin eh,” said Wong. “We trusted our teammates lang and we encouraged each other back, we said na no matter what happens just play our best and everything else will follow.” The win was Ateneo’s fourth straight as the Katipunan-based squad improved to 8-3 win-loss record. The Lady Eagles will face University of Sto. Tomas on April 4, University of the Philippines on April 7 before closing the elims on April 15 against archrival two-time defending champion De La Salle University.    “We may have clinched the playoff spot but our goal is the Top 2 or the Top 1 so importante talaga ang twice-to-beat advantage. I think that’s our next goal naman,” said Wong.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 25th, 2018

Koreas to hold high-level talks next week to set up summit

SEOUL, South Korea — The rival Koreas agreed to hold high-level talks next week to prepare for an April summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and So.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 24th, 2018

Experts Say Washington Should Maintain Positive Momentum on Korean Peninsula

As talks between Pyongyang and Seoul start to yield results, experts on Wednesday urged the White House not to rock the boat. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) made a tension-easing gesture earlier this week during a two-day visit by a high-level South Korean delegation to Pyongyang. The DPRK showed willingness to talk “candidly” […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsMar 11th, 2018

Cuban s tanking talk raises key issue for NBA

By David Aldridge, TNT Analyst The NBA fined Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban $600,000 for being honest. Cuban told Naismith Memorial Hall of Famer Julius Erving on Erving’s podcast a couple of weeks ago that he told his players during a recent dinner that “losing is our best option. Adam (Silver) would hate hearing that…(but) we want the players to understand. As a player, you know that even though you may not agree, but at least if you respect the fact that someone took the time to talk to you, and you understood their perspective, you’re going to give me your feedback, but you’re part of the process.” But the league fined Cuban for what it called “public statements detrimental to the NBA” three days later. And Silver sent a memo to all 30 teams last week detailing the league’s position. “Throughout this period,” Silver wrote, “we have been careful to distinguish between efforts teams may make to rebuild their rosters, including through personnel changes over the course of several seasons, and circumstances in which players or coaches on the floor take steps to lose games. “The former can be a legitimate strategy to construct a successful team within the confines of league rules; the latter -- which we have not found and hope never to see in the NBA -- has no place in our game.” Yet Cuban did not in any way, nor has any evidence to the contrary emerged, state the Mavericks were losing games on purpose; that is, players were intentionally missing shots, or not putting forth effort on defense to let the other team score, or anything like that. (Even Silver acknowledged in the memo that the league has “no basis at this time to conclude that the Mavericks team is giving anything less than its best effort on the court, and Mark has assured us that this is not the case.”) So, why the fine? Was what Cuban said so incendiary? ‘’Mark knew his comments were public, so it surprised me that he was so candid, but that's who Mark is,” said one very high-ranking official from another team over the weekend. “To me his comment wasn't indicating tanking as their strategy but more about setting the expectation that playoffs were not a possibility. The only consolation of not making the playoffs is being in the lottery. You can't blame a team from trying to turn the lemon (losing) into lemonade (top 4 pick). The league needs to find a way not to reward losing.” Exactly. What Cuban said was spot on -- losing to improve the Mavericks’ Draft position was, and is, the best and quickest way for Dallas to get better and start winning games again. That doesn’t mean everyone agreed with Cuban being so blunt. “I think it was a totally inappropriate to say that to players,” said another extremely high-ranking team official for another team. “Whatever the team’s strategy may be, I firmly believe that the players should always play to win. The fine is meaningless to Mark; in fact, sometimes I think he enjoys the publicity he gets from the fines.” But. We ask people to be truthful and not lie about their intentions. We tell our kids that no lie is worth telling, and that telling the truth, no matter how painful, is always the best choice. So Cuban is honest and tells the truth, that short-term losing makes more sense for his franchise’s long-term interests, and he’s relieved of 600 large by the league. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia 76ers are lauded -- and revel in their slogan, “Trust the Process,” celebrated by the team’s most ardent supporters -- whose central tenet was to lose, and keep losing, until you could draft a player good enough to build around and win down the road. Which is, exactly, what Dallas is doing now. Indeed, increased tanking is the logical extension of an analytics-dominant league. If three is greater than two -- the reasoning behind the primacy of the 3-pointer in today’s NBA -- then doing anything you can to get more ping-pong balls in the hopper is the correct thing to do. You can’t just embrace the parts of doing it by the numbers that are pleasant. This is the flip side. Burying one’s head in the sand and pretending teams don’t do this doesn’t make sense. Everyone does it in every sport, or don’t you recall “Suck for Luck,” the chant of Indianapolis Colts’ fans before the 2012 NFL Draft? What of Major League Baseball’s Houston Astros losing 324 games from 2011-13? Were they trying to win games, or did we all imagine them going from $102 million in payroll in 2009 to $26 million by 2013? “I resist the word ‘tanking,’ but I’m very pro ‘rebuilding,’ when it’s necessary,” said Los Angeles Dodgers President Stan Kasten, who in a former life ran the Hawks as general manager in the ‘80s and ‘90s, by telephone Sunday. “And, it’s painful,” Kasten said. “You’ve got to explain it to your team, your fans, to your front office, to your coaches, to your wife, to your kids, to the country club. It’s hard. It’s painful. It’s nobody’s first choice. But if it’s necessary, it’s often the quickest way to get the team back to winning. And don’t lose sight of that.” Kasten’s Dodgers lost the World Series to the Astros, who methodically built their team the last four years around young drafted players like Series MVP George Springer, last fall in seven games. But not only is he not angry with Houston for the way management took the franchise’s foundation to the studs -- compared with his high-spending Dodgers -- he admires the speed with which they went from worst to first. “I have real feelings about what they did,” Kasten said. “Because Mark Walter (the CEO of Guggenheim Partners, the global firm that bought the Dodgers in 2012) and I, before we bought the Dodgers, we were looking at Houston. Because they were available. And truthfully, when we looked at where they were, we were going to do the same thing. It had to be done. Because they were not on a track to win. And frankly, I don’t think I could have done it as fast, or as well, as (Astros owner) Jim Crane, or (GM) Jeff Luhnow. Because doing that, to the extreme, takes real intestinal fortitude.” Kasten makes a strong distinction between a team cutting payroll and going young and that winds up losing, and one that’s actively seeking ways to lose more games. “All of these owners are hyper-competitive, and they want to win,” Kasten said. “And truthfully, the quickest way to win, at least if you look at the last three world champions, is to rebuild and get young and get prospects and do it that way. And if you don’t think that’s the better way to go, ask the fans in Houston and Chicago and Kansas City how they feel. You won’t get one fan who disagrees with what is done. It is the quickest way to win.” Please do not misunderstand. I hate tanking. I hate the idea of introducing losing into your shop, even indirectly. It’s like a virus, extremely difficult to get rid of once it gets in a franchise’s bloodstream. A ticket is, in essence, a contract between parties: I pay top dollar, you give me top-dollar product in exchange. When a team tanks, it violates that compact; I don’t recall any team that’s given fans a tanking discount. It is also very difficult to tank effectively in the NBA. The last three teams with the best odds of getting the No. 1 in the Draft going into the Lottery -- Boston (2017), Philadelphia (2016) and Minnesota (2015) -- have indeed won. But prior to that, the team with the best odds didn’t get the first pick for 10 consecutive years, and 22 times out of the last 25 years. And even the teams that did buck the odds and get the first pick often picked wrong, or did I miss Anthony Bennett Night in Cleveland, or the Andrea Bargnani statue outside of Air Canada Centre? “The Draft is often a crap shoot anyway,” the official from the second team said. “So why not give your fans the best product that you can and then draft Donovan Mitchell,” as Utah did this season. The Jazz traded for the rights to the Kia Rookie of the Year candidate, who was taken near the bottom of the Lottery (13th overall by the Denver Nuggets). This came a season after the Jazz went 51-31 and won its first-round playoff series. I agree. Tanking does not reward excellence in team building -- good drafting, good free-agent signings, good player development -- it rewards the exact opposite of that. It’s a Golden Ticket that doesn’t even require you to buy an Everlasting Gobstopper. But, tanking is reality. You can’t pretend it isn’t. And the only way to completely get tanking out of pro sports is to eliminate the Draft in all sports, including the NBA. We don’t want to have that conversation, do we? Personally, I’d love it. Can you imagine the fight that would set up between interested teams -- and who wouldn’t be interested? -- in a certain 7-foot-1 freshman center almost certain to leave school early who currently plays for a school that’s been in the news for all the wrong reasons lately? Would he help the Lakers? The Knicks? The Bulls? The NBA team in the state in which the college player currently plays, which rather desperately needs another star to pair with its one really great player (whose name, if you must know, rhymes with “Nevin Cooker”)? Would he help any team in the league that doesn’t currently employ Anthony Davis, Joel Embiid or Karl-Anthony Towns in the middle? Most assuredly. And if he could control where he wanted to go, and for how much, the process would be must-see TV. Yet, while the real-world implications would be fascinating, I’m not sure how you could eliminate the Draft without loosening the underpinnings of the entire pro basketball enterprise (and, yes, one could make a moral case for doing just that, as it does go against the whole Manifest Destiny thing to artificially bind someone to a company rather than letting them market their services to the highest bidder). If there was no Draft, why would any player with Lottery-level talent go to college? Yes, there would be the occasional Grant Hill/unicorn who wants to go to college to better themselves intellectually and/or embrace the person growth that often comes from being on your own for four years. But, while sad to say, most kids with NBA dreams go to college because that’s the path through which they can ultimately get to the pros the fastest. With no Draft, and few of the top college-age players thus needing/wanting to go to college, you’d have a very different March Madness than you have now. And as that is a multi-billion enterprise, both for the broadcast networks that air it (including Turner Sports, which runs NBA.com) and the colleges that reap the financial deluge it produces, the likelihood of across the board support for a new player acquisition model is slight. Not to mention, you’d have a much different salary structure in the NBA, as there would be no rookie slotting for drafted players. And if you think the game’s superstars would stand idly by and watch more of that cheddar that they helped produce go out the door to guys who haven’t yet done anything … you’d be wrong. So, the Draft isn’t going anywhere. Which means the NBA must decide whether it wants to continue to be shocked, shocked that tanking is going on in its league, or accept the reality that there is not much patience for being in the middle ground in a league where every team is now worth more than $1 billion. There is only, as Pat Riley said a long time ago, winning and misery. Longtime NBA reporter, columnist and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer David Aldridge is an analyst for TNT. 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......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 6th, 2018