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Humble One: Mourinho says he’s emotionally stronger at Spurs

By Rob Harris, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — After touting his humility and willingness to learn from past mistakes, Jose Mourinho couldn’t resist a flash of the old familiar cheekiness. Even after opening his first comments as Tottenham manager by praising his predecessor Mauricio Pochettino, Mourinho couldn’t resist a one-liner that reminded everyone — however unintentionally — that Tottenham had replaced a coach who never landed a title with a serial trophy winner. It came when he was asked how much of Spurs’ current struggles in the Premier League was a result of the disappointment of the Champions League loss to Liverpool in the final in June? “I don't know,” Mourinho flashed back, “because I never lost a Champions League final.” He has, however, won two of them. With Inter Milan in 2010 and Porto in 2004 — the signature success that set Mourinho on the path to managerial superstardom, sprinkled with a heavy dose of feuds and divisive bravado. It’s 15 years since Mourinho first arrived in England at Chelsea, calling himself a “Special One” in a swaggering introduction. The message Mourinho tried to portray at his Tottenham presentation on Thursday was that he is meeker now. “I'm humble enough to try to analyze what I did in my career,” Mourinho said. “The evolution, the problems, the solutions. “The principle of the analysis was not to blame anyone else.” Asked if he was no longer as brash, Mourinho responded: “I was always humble but you didn’t understand that.” This was a more introspective Mourinho, reprising the charm seen at Chelsea (twice), Real Madrid and Manchester United before he grew irritated with the club and too often his own players. “I'm stronger,” Mourinho said. “When I say I’m stronger … from the emotional point of view. I’m relaxed. I’m motivated. I’m ready. I think the players felt that in two days.” By the time he was fired by Manchester United in December 2018, it became clear Mourinho’s relationship with the players had fractured. Being out of work gave Mourinho time to contemplate on his own style. “You never lose your DNA. You never lose your identity,” he said. “I had time to think about many things. Don’t ask me what are the mistakes. But I realize during my career I made mistakes but I won’t make the same mistakes. I'm going to make new mistakes.” It is the first time Mourinho has been hired by a team in mid-season since 2002 when he was hired by Porto. Mourinho’s first game is a London derby at West Ham on Saturday, with Tottenham 11 points from the four Champions League places. What Mourinho won’t get necessarily at Tottenham is the type of lavish spending he enjoyed at Chelsea and Madrid. “I don't need (new) players, I'm so happy with the players I have,” Mourinho said. “I just need time to understand them better, to know everything about them because I always say you only know a player when you work with them. “Of course, how many times I watched these guys, how many times I played (managed) against them. I know them well but you never know them well enough until you work with them. And my gift is this squad, the squad is very, very good.” Just one that has never won titles. The club’s last trophy came through the 2008 League Cup and the championship hasn’t been won since 1961. “We can’t win the Premier League this season,” Mourinho said. “We can ... next season.”.....»»

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Steelers QB Rudolph denies report he used racial slur

By Will Graves, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph is denying an anonymous report alleging he used a racial slur shortly before his confrontation with Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett. ESPN, citing anonymous sources, reported Garrett told the NFL during the appeal of his indefinite suspension Rudolph used the slur just before a confrontation between the two players that included Garrett ripping off Rudolph’s helmet and then hitting the quarterback in the head with it. The NFL upheld Garrett’s indefinite suspension on Thursday, though the accusation added another complex layer to an already emotionally charged rivalry. Rudolph was scheduled to speak to reporters on Thursday but declined shortly after the ESPN report surfaced. Steelers spokesman Burt Lauten said Rudolph “vehemently denies” the report. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league investigated Garrett’s claim and “found no such evidence.” Rudolph, who has not yet been disciplined for his role in the fight, spoke about the incident on Wednesday, saying there was “no acceptable excuse” for his behavior during the fight while adding he “definitely didn't say anything that escalated” the situation. Cleveland coach Freddie Kitchens said he supports Garrett “in every way possible” but did not comment when asked if Garrett told Kitchens about the slur in the aftermath of the fight. Pittsburgh defensive lineman Cam Heyward said Rudolph approached him as practice ended on Thursday when both players saw the report on a television while walking past the team’s weight room. Heyward, a captain and the longest-tenured defensive player on the Steelers, said he believes Rudolph and questioned why Garrett would wait until the appeal to bring up potentially damaging information. “I thought it would have been brought up right after (the game), there would have been multiple guys speaking up about it,” Heyward said. “You know, I don't condone racial slurs ever and Mason, dealing with that, he's going to be labeled for it. That's just not right. I don't appreciate that." The trouble began in the final seconds of Cleveland’s 21-7 victory on Nov. 14 when Rudolph flipped a short pass to running back Jaylen Samuels. Garrett hit Rudolph immediately after Rudolph released the ball, twisting Rudolph to the ground as play continued downfield. Rudolph took exception to Garrett wrapping him up, calling it “late.” Rudolph said he was trying to get away from Garrett — who was not flagged on the play — when he briefly grabbed the back of the 6-foot-4, 272-pound Garrett’s helmet. Garrett responded by tugging Rudolph’s helmet off and holding it high while Steelers guard David DeCastro attempted to separate them. Rudolph scrambled to his feet and gave chase. Garrett swung Rudolph’s helmet at the quarterback, striking him on the right side of the head. Pittsburgh center Maurkice Pouncey ran in and kicked and punched at Garrett. The NFL initially suspended Pouncey for three games before reducing it to two on appeal, meaning he will not play when the Steelers and Browns meet at Heinz Field on Dec. 1. Heyward said there were “mistakes made by both people” but worries that Rudolph will be forever scarred by the allegation. “I know he's not going to talk about it because he's being villainized by it but he said, 'I'm going to be labeled as (a racist),” Heyward said. “And I just don't think that's right. That's my teammate. I'm going to fight for him. Do what's best for him. But, that kid made a bad mistake but he never crossed the line talking about racial slurs." Rudolph’s agent Tim Young called the allegation “a lie” and “an assault on Mason’s integrity.”.....»»

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Isaac Go exceeded expectations of Coach Tab

Isaac Go is a surefire top three pick in the oncoming 2019 PBA Draft. That is quite a rise for a player once called "big, fat kid." Back in 2016, Go was challenged by then first-year head coach Tab Baldwin to get fit. "I told Isaac, 'You're not gonna eat rice anymore.' He said to me, 'But my mom will get upset with me if I don't eat rice,'" Coach Tab shared then. "And I told him, 'I'm already upset with you that you're telling me that." Still, the 6-foot-7 did what his mentor had asked of him and, slowly but surely, began harnessing his potential. And for Baldwin, seeing how far Go has come is nothing but a pleasant surprise. "I didn't expect a lot from George in the beginning. All I knew was he was intelligent," he said. The now 23-year-old never stopped working, however, and little by little, opened the eyes of his American-Kiwi mentor. "He has respect from everybody on our team because he is a person who gives everything he has to give. We want more athleticism, we want more speed, we want more quickness, he tries," the latter shared. He then continued, "He gives everything he's got." The foundation of how Go did all that was his mind. "The one thing that we all depend on is his intellect, his basketball IQ, and his calmness under pressure," Coach Tab said. And so, there may very well be yet another Blue Eagle going in the top three of the rookie selection process - a Blue Eagle who always tried his best to respond to whatever challenge put in front of him by Tab Baldwin. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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PBA: Losing skid worries coach Yeng as no. 1 NLEX enters playoffs

Despite being the no. 1 seed in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup playoffs, NLEX’s road to the quarterfinals is not exactly inspiring. The Road Warriors lost their last two games of the elimination round and no. 8 Northport was one of the teams that beat up NLEX. “Hindi ko rin alam nangyari eh. We’re just playing badly. The last two games were our worst games,” head coach Yeng Guiao said. “It’s kind of worrying to me kasi we should be peaking at this point, but pababa yung laro namin. I think that’s a reason to worry,” he added. Still, not all is lost for NLEX. Being the no. 1 team means that the Road Warriors have been pretty good all tournament long. Being no. 1 also comes with a twice-to-beat advantage. That playoff bonus should come in handy for NLEX. “I guess it’s also good for us to have lost the first game. We know we have a twice-to-beat advantage, we know that false sense of confidence that we probably had the last time is going to be erased because they beat us,” Guiao said. “We know we have a hard game because they already know they can beat us so we will need all the intensity and preparation to beat NorthPort. Of course, even if you have a twice-to-beat advantage, your mentality is you only have one chance,” Coach Yeng added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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PBA: With suspension of players, “silly” things banned at SMB

Even with a shot at a Grand Slam, San Miguel Beer will not tolerate its players doing anything “silly.” The Beermen slapped Arwind Santos, Kelly Nabong, and Ronald Tubid with indefinite suspension following a fight in practice that also included former import Dez Wells. [Related: PBA: SMB suspends Arwind, Nabong, and Tubid for fighting] San Miguel announced its official update hours before taking on TNT in a crucial game to wrap up the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup elimination round. The Beermen ended up taking the loss and they will start the playoffs in a do-or-die situation against Barangay Ginebra. San Miguel’s shot at a second Grand Slam is officially in jeopardy. “We have to accept the reality because we cannot tolerate the incident that happened to us,” head coach Leo Austria said. “Although it’s internal, we have to do something that could give us some reminder, a strong signal, that nobody’s above the policy of the company,” he added. Despite the incident, morale is high on the part of the Beermen says Austria. Despite once again facing an opponent with a twice-to-beat advantage in the playoffs, the Grand Slam chase is still pretty much on. However, suspending three players, including a former MVP, is a stern reminder for the Beermen to not do anything that will harm the team. “Maybe a minor setback, but moving forward I think it will help us a lot because it’s a strong signal for everybody in the team na they cannot do something silly, okay?” Austria said. “And supposed to be every one should think of the team bago yung sarili nila. It’s a strong signal for everyone,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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Von Tambeling etches his name in Marikina hoops lore with a daring game-winning basket at home.

The hard-luck Marikina Shoemasters nicked Bacolod Master Sardines 67-66 in dramatic fashion in the Maharlika Pilipinas basketball League Lakan Season on Thursday with a game-winning lay-up from Von Tambeling. The win delighted Marikina's home crowd at the Marist School Gym and brings Shoe City to 4-17, a half-game away from second-to-last-place Rizal. The finish was unforgettable. After a pair of free throw misses from Bacolod's Ben Adamos, Tambeling gathered the rebound and had 10 seconds to salvage the game, with his team down 66-65. The former Letran and PCU guard seemed to take an age to bring the ball downcourt. Then with mere seconds left he barreled through the left flank, blowing past a hesitant Bacolod defense, and laying in off the glass with his left hand just before zeroes flashed on the clock. "Nagtiwala lang kami sa isa't isa. At nag focus lang para manalo sa game na ito," said Tambeling after the game. He finished with a team-high 16 points, 6 rebounds and 3 steals. The Shoemasters showed their intent early, finishing the first quarter with an 11-2 run sparked by a Tambeling triple to lead 23-9. In the second quarter Marikina led by as much as 20, with Shoe City eventually up 43-29 at the half. But the third quarter belonged to Bacolod, with Paolo Javelona spearheading a 13-2 run that squared the game at 47-47 with 2 minutes left in the quarter. But the period did end with the Mariquenos reestablishing their lead, 54-48. The fourth quarter was back-and fourth, with Alfred Gayosa tying the game with a stunning banked three-pointer with three minutes left. The final minutes were tense, with Daryl Pascual flubbing twice from the line and Adamos matching the feat, which set up Tambeling's heroic finish. Javelona topscored for the Negrenses with 17 points while Mikee Reyes chipped in 12. Bacolod's slim playoff hopes dim even further as they fall to 6-15, 12th place in the South. In the first installment of the night's doubleheader Richard Escoto provided the clutch baskets as the Iloilo United Royals shut down a pesky Imus Bandera Khaleb Shawarma team 73-69 in overtime. Escoto picked up 22 points and 9 rebounds as the Royals extend their win streak to four. Also delivering the goods for Iloilo was Rey Publico, who served up a double-double, 11 points and 12 boards. Iloilo Coach Eric Gonzales wins despite seeing his charges shoot a horrid 28 percent (26/91) from the field. It was a remarkably close game all throughout until Khaleb Shawarma's Justin Arana and JayJay Helterbrand combined for a 6-0 Imus run for a 64-57 lead with four minutes left. Iloilo responded with a 7-0 surge including a triple from Escoto to tie the game at 64. Both sides had numerous attempts to win the game but fired blanks, forcing OT. The Ilonggos displayed more composure in the extension, with Escoto nailing another three-ball. The Cavitenos scored just one field goal and missed four free throws in overtime. Imus failed to make new coach Raymond Valenzona a winner on his debut and loses for a fifth straight game. Arana led Imus with 17 points......»»

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Tabora, Tan stay alive in BWC

Filipino pintopplers Krizziah Tabora and Merwin Tan rallied Wednesday to keep their qualifying hopes alive in the 2019 Bowling World Cup international finals in Palembang, Indonesia.....»»

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Forget politics for the moment

With a week to go before the official start of the Southeast Asian Games, the Philippines appears to be shooting itself in the foot as some quarters are publicly questioning budget appropriations in hosting the biennial competition to take away the focus of showcasing the country’s ability to stage an event of this magnitude with efficiency, grace and typical Filipino hospitality......»»

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Spectators advised to bring clear bags

The organizers of the 30th Southeast Asian games have advised spectators to bring clear bags when watching any event to avoid inconvenience......»»

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Rugby teams eye podium finish

Ranged against regional powerhouse Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore, the country’s rugby teams set out for the 30th SEA Games wary but confident of their respective chances when the Rugby 7s are played Dec. 7-8 at Clark, Angeles City Parade grounds in Pampanga......»»

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Navarro/Brobio pair rules Fore by Four

Constantino Navarro and Bong Brobio shot a four-day total of 199 to emerge as the overall low gross team champion in the recently concluded 2019 Fore by Four Invitational tournament of the Eagle Ridge Golf and Country Club in General Trias, Cavite......»»

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Big Event 6-Stag Derby all set Monday

An impressive cast of cockfight champions converges at the Pasay City Cockpit to compete in the Sandy and Palito Big Event 6-Stag Derby Monday, with at least P1.5 million at stake......»»

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Fil-foreign tankers bright hopes for elusive gold

Swimming, which went without a gold medal in the last four SEA Games, hopes to finally deliver on a team built around a crack crew of Fil-foreign tankers ready and raring to stamp their class when the 30th edition of the biennial meet is unwrapped on Nov. 30 at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan......»»

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Harris says PBA’s no cakewalk

NLEX import Manny Harris said yesterday he knew from the onset, it wouldn’t be a cakewalk playing in the PBA Governors Cup and even as the Road Warriors topped the eliminations heading into the playoffs to start Sunday, the race to the throne continues to be a grind......»»

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Jack doubtful for UAAP, not for SEAG

Jack Animan suffered an injury in a FIBA Asia-Oceania match with South Korea last week, but coach Pat Aquino is hoping his ace center would be good to go as Gilas women go for a breakthrough win in the 30th SEA Games......»»

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Thirdy carves own niche

Bong Ravena, Mozzy Ravena and Kiefer Ravena are the first names that usually go over someone’s mind when the popular surname pops out in a sports conversation.....»»

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ONE Championship: Mark Sangiao lauds Eduard Folayang s mental toughness after recent win

Team Lakay pulled off a 3-0 sweep at ONE: Masters of Fate in Manila last November 8th, with ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua Pacio successfully defending his title against fellow Pinoy Rene Catalan in the main event, and former champs Eduard Folayang and Geje Eustaquio both getting big wins as well.  It was a good way to close out the year for Team Lakay, who had absorbed quite a number of consecutive setbacks prior to ONE’s final card in Manila for 2019.  Pacio was dominant in his title defense, while Eustaquio successfully avenged a 2016 loss to Finland’s Toni Tauru with a spectacular third-round body-kick KO.  Folayang’s win however, didn’t come in the way that they would have hoped, earning a Technical Decision win after being ruled unable to continue due to a cut caused by an accidental headbutt from Mongolian opponent Amarsanaa Tsogookhuu.  Folayang was dominating the opening round with his superior striking, and was well on his way to doing the same in the second round, right before the accidental clash of heads which opened up a nasty gash on the former lightweight king’s right cheek.  With the cut too big to allow Folayang to continue, the match went to the judges’ scorecards, giving the Filipino MMA hero the decision win.  While it was the result they wanted, it was definitely not how they would have wanted to get there.  “Oo siyempre, kasi dino-dominate na niya eh, pero ang lakas nung impact nung sumalubong yung headbutt, pero knowing Eduard kasi, kahit sabihin mong nahilo yun, 'Hindi' ang sasabihin niya pa din,” said Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao. “Kilala ko na 'yan, ever since nung bata pa 'yan, nakita ko yung mental toughness nun, kaya sinabi kong hindi na pwede 'yan.” “Mabuti nakita nung doctor. Magaling yung doctor ng ONE, nakita naman nila na talagang hindi pwede, so inistop nila,” Sangiao continued.  The Team Lakay mentor states that he agrees with the decision to stop the fight because the former champion was clearly rocked from the accidental headbutt.  “Agree, kasi nakita ko na rin na nahilo si Eduard,” Sangiao explained. “Nung pumunta na sa gilid, hilo na siya, pero siya, napaka-lakas pa nung isip niya, sabi niya 'Okay pa ako.' pero yung paa niya, wobbly na. Dun mo makikita kung gaano kalakas yung isip ni Eduard. He's really a champion.” Sangiao believes that if it were up to Folayang, the fight would have continued on.  “Yung sa kanya, gusto pa niya eh, pero sabi ko no. Buti si Kevin [Belingon] andun din, pina-upo siya, kasi nakikita niya na wobbly na yung paa niya,” he explained.  Perhaps what exacerbated the situation was that the official didn’t immediately see that it was indeed an accidental headbutt that stunned Folayang. As a result, Tsogookhuu was able to pounce on Folayang and land a few more punches before being halted.  Sanguiao says that he understands the situation, given that the official did not have the perfect vantage point to make a call at the moment.  “Professional naman yung referee, nakita kasi sa video na nasa blind side siya. Nung nakita niya lang yun, doon lang niya sinabi, tapos sinisigaw namin, tapos nung brineak niya, sabi niya sa akin, sinenyas niya na headbutt. Doon niya na-realize siguro.” “Bakit ang laki ng cut? Hindi naman ma-ccut ng ganun kung sa suntok, sobrang laki nung cut,” Sangiao added.  Folayang’s drive to continue fighting, Sangiao explained, comes from a sense of urgency in that, coming off back-to-back losses, a third straight loss would have been a serious setback to his dreams of regaining his spot atop the division.  “Alam na niya yun, at alam ko rin na kapag natalo pa siya dito, bababa yung career niya, I mean lalayo siya sa title shot,” Sangiao detailed. “Siya na mismo, sabi niya, kaya doon sa mga interviews niya, very hungry siya para bumalik. Kaya nga kanina, isa yun, yung isang motivation niya kaya kanina, kahit nag-wowobble na yung paa niya, hindi pa raw siya hilo." “Ako na yung nagsabi na upo ka muna, mag-rest ka, kasi kita mo, pero yung isip niya, ang lakas,” Sangiao concluded. .....»»

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Ateneo went wherever Matt Nieto took it, says Coach Tab

Matt Nieto started his stint in Ateneo de Manila University's Seniors squad as the third point guard behind the likes of Jerie Pingoy and Hubert Cani. He closed his career with the Blue Eagles, however, as their undisputed court general. The younger of the Nieto twins put up per game counts of 7.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.3 steals in his fifth and final year in blue and white - all while being at the controls of their historic undefeated run through 16 games in the tournament. For head coach Tab Baldwin, Matt was able to go through all that and then do all that because of one thing - his winning attitude. "You can just put a W on the top of his head. He's a winner. He wins all the time," he said. It's hard to argue with that as in the last six years, Nieto has won three titles in the Srs. and one championship in the Jrs. He has also never missed the playoffs. More than all those wins, though, it's how the 6-foot guard responds to losing that makes him special. "Losing hurts him more than anybody else. He takes it personal and carries it onto the next event so he doesn't lose that one," his multi-titled mentor said. With that, Ateneo just followed the lead of its undisputed court general all the way to a three-peat - the last one of which was via a season sweep. "All of our guys give us a lot of character, but a lot of time, as Matt goes, we go," coach Tab said. He then continued, "He's a special human being." As he moves on to the next step of his young career, Nieto made quite the mark in Katipunan - and more personally, its brilliant tactician. "This guy right here, he's something between a brother and a son to me. Certainly, he's a friend," Baldwin said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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ONE Championship: No excuses for Pinoy Ramon Gonzales in his transition to strawweight

Ramon "The Bicolano" Gonzales may have come up short in his latest outing, but the loss allowed him to gauge how he would fare in the talent-rich strawweight division of The Home of Martial Arts.   The Filipino Karateka dropped a unanimous decision loss to "Wolf of the Grasslands" Hexigetu at ONE: AGE OF DRAGONS last Saturday, 16 November at the Cadillac Arena in Beijing, China.   It was the first time that "The Bicolano" went the full three rounds in his professional mixed martial arts career, and it was not much to remember as he saw his three-match winning streak snapped.    Still, Gonzales remains optimistic about his future.    “This is my first time in strawweight and the first time I went all three rounds. In my first few matches, all of them ended in the first round,” Gonzales said.    “Even though I got dominated, I saw that I can hang in all three rounds. I know I can end a match, so now it’s all about improving and I’ll get used to it.”   Gonzales never found his rhythm the entire evening as Hexigetu’s ground game proved to be too much for the 32-year-old.    Though overmatched, the Albay City native kept going, but in the end there was no question about the result.    “I was always staying positive. It never crossed my mind that I’m going to lose and I’m going to give up. I know every second, every minute, there’s always a chance,” the three-time Philippine Karate National Champion said.    “I knew I was getting close, but I don’t question the decision. No excuses, I have no excuses in that loss.”    In the end, Gonzales discovered that it will take time to get used to his new weight-class. But now that he was able to test the waters, he finally knows the adjustments that he needs to get done as he treks through the loaded strawweight division.    “There may be an effect but that’s no excuse. I lost, so now I have to get used to competing in this division next time.”.....»»

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Isaac Go exceeded expectations of coach Tab

Isaac Go is a surefire top three pick in the oncoming 2019 PBA Draft. That is quite a rise for a player once called "big, fat kid." Back in 2016, Go was challenged by then first-year head coach Tab Baldwin to get fit. "I told Isaac, 'You're not gonna eat rice anymore.' He said to me, 'But my mom will get upset with me if I don't eat rice,'" coach Tab shared then. "And I told him, 'I'm already upset with you that you're telling me that." Still, the 6-foot-7 did what his mentor had asked of him and, slowly but surely, began harnessing his potential. And for Baldwin, seeing how far Go has come is nothing but a pleasant surprise. "I didn't expect a lot from George in the beginning. All I knew was he was intelligent," he said. The now 23-year-old never stopped working, however, and little by little, opened the eyes of his American-Kiwi mentor. "He has respect from everybody on our team because he is a person who gives everything he has to give. We want more athleticism, we want more speed, we want more quickness, he tries," the latter shared. He then continued, "He gives everything he's got." The foundation of how Go did all that was his mind. "The one thing that we all depend on is his intellect, his basketball IQ, and his calmness under pressure," coach Tab said. And so, there may very well be yet another Blue Eagle going in the top three of the rookie selection process - a Blue Eagle who always tried his best to respond to whatever challenge put in front of him by Tab Baldwin. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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