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NBA spurns Philippines bid to tap Cavs player

A Philippines bid to have Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Jordan Clarkson play for their Asian Games team has been dashed after the National Basketball Association refused to release him.Clarkso.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: News10 hr. 6 min. ago Related News

San Miguel boss Ang to sponsor Brownlee s naturalization

MANILA, Philippines – If Barangay Ginebra's Justin Brownlee truly wants to be a naturalized Filipino, he has San Miguel Corporation honcho Ramon Ang's full backing. Ang said he will sponsor the do-it-all import's naturalization, during the Gin Kings' second victory party for their PBA Commissioner's Cup championship at the San Miguel ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: News20 hr. 19 min. ago Related News

Art Dela Cruz set to make long time coming Ginebra debut

After months of recovery, Art Dela Cruz is projected to finally debut for Barangay Ginebra in the upcoming PBA Governor's Cup. As per Dela Cruz and head coach Tim Cone, they are looking into fielding him starting around October. "Sabi ni Coach [Tim Cone], middle of the conference. My goal is October, second week of October. But my focus right now is rehab nga, and then sabi rin sa akin ni Coach na this time, i-sure mo na 100% ka na. And loaded naman yung team so there's no hurry," said Dela Cruz Sunday afternoon during Ginebra's victory party with fans for their latest championship. "He's due back maybe in October, but we'll see. We'll play it by ear by that time, we're not gonna push him," added Cone. Dela Cruz first ruptured his Achilles tendon during a Gilas Pilipinas practice in March 2017. He was still a player of Blackwater Elite then. When he was shipped to Brgy. Ginebra in a trade that involved Chris Ellis, Raymond Aguilar, and Dave Marcelo in August 2017, he re-injured his tendon before he had his Ginebra debut. It has been 17 months and counting since Dela Cruz last played a game in the PBA. "Medyo matagal na. Talagang maging patient lang ako, iniisip ko din 'yung long-term eh, hindi lang itong conference na ito," he said. In those long months, Dela Cruz focused on his injury's rehabilitation and understanding the sophisticated system of Cone's triangle offense. "Learning na rin yung triangle sa akin. Actually, bago lang ako sa triangle, most of my career is run and gun sa college [San Beda] eh. Ito slow ball kaya maganda rin pag galing ka sa injury, di ka masyadong masusunog," explained the former NCAA star. Interestingly, the versatile forward is also trying out the point guard role. "Actually, nagpa-practice na ako tapos ang position na nilalagay sa akin ni Coach, point guard. Ang laking bagay na noong sa college naumpisahan ko na. Pero ngayon, primary na eh. Primary na na point, kaya point going from power forward," said the 6-foot-4 player. As the Kings still celebrate their latest conquered land now - the Commissioner's Cup, there is no rush for Dela Cruz. After all, Ginebra seems to have long term plans for him in the pipeline. "After a second Achilles surgery, we do not want to rush him back. He's only 25, so he's got a lot of basketball ahead of him. And I keep telling him: it's not about this conference, it's about the next 8-10 years, that's when we want him for. We want him ready for the next 8-10 years," Cone shared. This is not a surprise given Cone's high regard on the do-it-all forward. He considers his game as a marriage of Scottie Thompson's and Joe Devance's. "We were choosing between him [Dela Cruz] and Scottie [Thompson] when he came out of the [2015] draft, and we chose Scottie which was obviously a great pick. But Art was a close second, just because we thought that his skills were very unique, similar to what Scottie does, but in a bigger version," Cone explained. "Art to me is kind of like the in-between Scottie and Joe, kind of right in between those two guys." Dela Cruz has so far posted norms of 12.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.7 steals in the PBA. Aside from Dela Cruz, Cone also targets to line-up new acquisition from Globalport Julian Sargent who is recuperating from a shoulder injury......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 13th, 2018Related News

Andrew Bogut debuts for Sydney Kings

NBA star Andrew Bogut has made a short but strong debut for the Sydney Kings in a pre-season match ahead of Australia’s National Basketball League season......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsAug 11th, 2018Related News

Andrew Bogut debuts for Sydney Kings

SYDNEY --- NBA star Andrew Bogut has made a short but strong debut for the Sydney Kings in a pre-season match ahead of Australia's National Basketball League season. The center, who started his NBA career with the Milwaukee Bucks and ended with the Los Angeles Lakers, played 15 minutes against the Japan national team Friday, scoring four points, claiming six rebounds and providing a match-high six assists. Sydney, who won 77-57, conceded 19 points in the first half but 38 in the second when Bogut was on the bench. "I was always just trying to ease into it," Bogut said. "I haven't played a game since January. "When I played with the Lakers, I wasn't getting a lot of minute...Keep on reading: Andrew Bogut debuts for Sydney Kings.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Aug 11th, 2018Related News

Why Barangay Ginebra’s 2018 Commissioner’s Cup victory is more special than usual

The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel’s victory in the 2018 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup finals is sweeter than the typical PBA conference championship, for many reasons. The crowd-favorite Gin Kings’ took home the coveted title after a 93-77 victory over sister team San Miguel Beermen in Game 6 of their finals series on Wednesday night. […].....»»

Source: Interaksyon InteraksyonCategory: TopAug 10th, 2018Related News

Gin Kings find their Jordan

Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net Justin Brownlee has shown he can thrive in a conference where imports are way taller than him. It surely won't be stunning if Brownlee marshals Barangay Gi.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsAug 10th, 2018Related News

PBA: Brownlee will be in Ginebra for a long, long time

Coach Tim Cone has jokes on his Best Import Justin Brownlee. After Brownlee helped lead the Gin Kings to a third PBA title, Cone was asked how long he plans to keep Justin with Ginebra. "He's done," Cone answered. "We don't want him anymore. Ayaw ko na, bad attitude na," he added. The greatest head coach in PBA history as kidding around of course. He doesn't want Brownlee out. In fact, he plans to keep him in the barangay as long as humanly possible. "He is special, and we're gonna keep him as long as he can stay healthy and as long as he can continue to play," Cone said of Brownlee. "I think he's the measuring stick of all the other imports at this point," he added. Since arriving in the 2016 PBA Governors' Cup, Brownlee has now won three titles for Ginebra in four conferences. He's owned the Governors' Cup, where the height limit is 6'5". Now, Brownlee has a title, and a Best Import award, in the Commissioner's Cup, where PBA teams are free to bring in reinforcements of all shapes and sizes. For his part, Justin wants to be a ka-barangay for a long time too. "I wish forever," he said when asked how long does he see himself repping the Gin Kings.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 10th, 2018Related News

Cone: We re the Gin Kings but Beermen still PBA kings

Barangay Ginebra foiled San Miguel's bid to repeat as Commissioner's Cup champion but head coach Tim Cone said the Beermen still sit atop the PBA mountain.........»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsAug 10th, 2018Related News

Brownlee wishes he can play for Ginebra forever

Brownlee made his debut for the Gin Kings in the 2016 Governors' Cup where he immediately led the franchise to its first championship in eight years.........»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsAug 10th, 2018Related News

Complementary league to PBA, MPBL tipping off on August 25

A new regional league has been formed to stand behind and provide support for both the PBA and the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League. The National Basketball League will feature 12 teams ranging from Central Luzon to Bicol, all of which will be parading fully homegrown players. The NBL aims to be another venue for lesser heralded players to be able showcase their skills on a national stage. “We are focused on grassroots development. It is our dream that our players will be noticed by professional and semi-professional leagues,” chairman Celso “Soy” Mercado said in the preseason press conference on Thursday in Mandaluyong. As such, organizers are hoping that the league will be a “complementary league” for the PBA, Asia’s first pay-for-play league, as well as the MPBL, the country’s fastest-growing regional league. The dozen squads making up NBL’s inaugural season are the Bataan Elite, Bulacan Makabayan, Camarines Sur Express, Dasmarinas Monarchs, Laguna Pistons, Marikina Shoemakers, Nueva Ecija Bespren, Pangasinan, Paranaque Aces, Quezon City Rising Stars, Rizal Spartans, and Taguig Generals. All 12 teams will have 18 fully homegrown players and will host home games – giving their respective communities a chance to watch their very own players up close and personal. Being fully homegrown is the greatest promise the league has – if commissioner Nandy Garcia is to be believed. “My life in basketball has gone full circle in now being the commissioner of the NBL. I’m looking forward to seeing new potential talents from our member teams,” the former pro said. The NBL’s inaugural season is scheduled to tip-off on August 25 in either Paranaque or Taguig. After the single round robin elimination round, the top two teams will automatically advance into the semifinals and the bottom two teams will be eliminated. The third to 10th ranked teams will then match up in the quarterfinals. At the end of it all, the first-ever champion will be crowned and will set a date opposite the kings of the Vietnam Basketball Association......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 9th, 2018Related News

Ginebra slaughters June Mar Fajardo, San Miguel

For this fortnight, Barangay Ginebra proved to be a better mix than San Miguel Beer, a potent group that ended the Beermen’s dominant run in PBA Finals the last four years and heralded another return of the Gin Kings to the pinnacle of glory......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsAug 9th, 2018Related News

Ginebra slaughters Fajardo, San Miguel

For this fortnight, Barangay Ginebra proved to be a better mix than San Miguel Beer, a potent group that ended the Beermen’s dominant run in PBA Finals in the last four years and heralded another return of the Gin Kings to the pinnacle of glory......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsAug 9th, 2018Related News

Cone: We’re the Gin Kings but Beermen still ‘PBA kings’

Dethroning San Miguel Beer is one thing but taking its place as the best team in the PBA today is a different case altogether. Barangay Ginebra foiled San Miguel's bid to repeat as Commissioner's Cup champion but head coach Tim Cone said the Beermen still sit atop the PBA mountain. READ:Ginebra dethrones San Miguel, cops PBA Commissioner's Cup title "I think they see us as a threat to their perennial crown. They are, perennially, they're the king," said Cone after winning his third title with Ginebra on Wednesday night. "Even though, we're the Gin Kings, they (Beermen) are the PBA kings." READ:Finals setback will only make San Miguel 'hungry,' says Lassiter San Miguel hadn't been...Keep on reading: Cone: We’re the Gin Kings but Beermen still ‘PBA kings’.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Aug 9th, 2018Related News

Despite foiled Grand Slam bid, Beermen can still enjoy successful year

The moment Leo Austria commandeered the San Miguel's ship and the Beermen won the Philippine and Governors' Cups in 2015, talks of a Grand Slam season have always stuck with the team. That Grand Slam, however, still remained elusive when the Beermen lost their Commissioner's Cup to Barangay Ginebra in 2018. It will take another year of games before San Miguel could get another crack at the slippery triple crown but for Chris Ross, their season didn't end when their Grand Slam campaign did. "The Grand Slam was a huge goal for us and it ended tonight," said Ross after their 93-77 Game 6 loss to the Gin Kings Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena. "But we have one championship which ...Keep on reading: Despite foiled Grand Slam bid, Beermen can still enjoy successful year.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Aug 9th, 2018Related News

Scottie Thompson named PBA Finals MVP

Thompson displayed his all-around brilliance in the grandest stage of the PBA Finals, playing an instrumental role in helping the Gin Kings dethrone the San Miguel Beermen to win the 2018 Commissio.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsAug 9th, 2018Related News

PBA: Marcio knows he wasn’t super in Game 6

Marcio Lassiter was a non-factor as San Miguel surrendered the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup championship to Ginebra on Wednesday. The veteran sharpshooter was off the mark all game long, going scoreless after missing each and every one of his 12 shots. Of course, Lassiter himself was the first to admit that he needs to do better. “Obviously, you want to do better than this,” he told reporters post-game Giving credit where credit is due, though, the Beermen’s swingman said that the Gin Kings’ defense made it a point to shut him down. As he put it, “Credit to Ginebra. They played good defense tonight and they were able to win.” And so, all that’s left for Lassiter is to get to gearing up for redemption in the upcoming Governor’s Cup. “We’re gonna be working hard, we’re gonna be playing how we need to play because we want to make it to the Finals. That’s the goal, every conference, make it to the Finals,” he shared. He then continued, “That’s what we need to do in the next conference – make it to the Finals and then win it.” Chris Ross, who himself went missing with no points in 0-for-5 shooting, could only agree. “Just because we didn’t win the Grand Slam doesn’t mean our season’s not a success. Not every team wins a championship and we’ve already won one,” he said, talking about the Philippine Cup championship they won last conference. He then continued, “We’re looking forward to try to win another one.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 9th, 2018Related News

PBA Finals By the Numbers: Ginebra dynasty in the making?

They actually did it, the Gin Kings took down the Death Star to win the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup, dethroning San Miguel Beer. Ginebra completed a sensational 4-2 series win Wednesday, capping the performance with a masterful 93-77 victory in Game 6. The Gin Kings are starting to position themselves as a dynasty that rivals that of SMB but before we get way ahead of ourselves, let's take one final look at Ginebra's latest title run before we move on to the next one.   5 Number of losses for Ginebra in its first six games of the conference. Losing back-to-back games when they got Justin Brownlee back, the Gin Kings were in trouble with a 1-5 record. Then they won five straight to make it to the playoffs where they only lost one, to no. 1 Rain or Shine, before meeting the Beermen in the Final. The Gin Kings were down 1-2 following a 38-point loss in the championship series before they pulled off three straight wins to take the title from the Beermen.   3 Number of PBA titles for import Justin Brownlee. Brownlee has been around for four PBA conferences and he has won three titles in three Finals appearances. His only loss was last year in the 2017 Commissioner's Cup when the no. 1 seeded Gin Kings lost in the semis. Still, Brownlee's magic is still as effective as ever and the newly-crowned Best Import shows no signs of slowing down. Is he Ginebra's GOAT Import?   21 Total PBA Championships for head coach Tim Cone. #GOAT   1 Number of Finals losses for San Miguel head coach Leo Austria. His undefeated streak finally came to an end with this 4-2 loss to Ginebra. Coach Leo is now 6-of-7 in the Finals and this is also his first best-of-7 series loss with the Beermen. Ouch.   2 Number of seasons where San Miguel's Grand Slam bid ended at the hands of Ginebra. Last year, the Beermen got eliminated in the quarterfinals of the Governors' Cup. This year, San Miguel couldn't even win two titles in a row as they fall to the Gin Kings again, this time in the Commissioner's Cup.   11 Total combined points for Alex Cabagnot, Arwind Santos, Chris Ross, Marcio Lassiter, and Christian Standhardinger in Game 6. Ross, Lassiter, and Standhardinger went scoreless. In Game 5, the Death Star showed signs of crack and malfunctioned. In Game 6, San Miguel's vaunted weapon of mass destruction completely shut down.   31 Total points for Justin Brownlee in Game 6, 20 in the second half. Brownlee scored 10 points each in the third and fourth quarters of Game 6 and he led Ginebra's pivotal third-quarter run where they outscored San Miguel, 27-8. That was pretty much the game as the Beermen never recovered.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 9th, 2018Related News

Scottie Thompson takes home Finals MVP

MANILA, Philippines – Scottie Thompson played beyond his size as he nabbed the Finals Most Valuable Player award after Barangay Ginebra dethroned San Miguel for the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup title. The 6-foot-1 guard played the perfect backup for Justin Brownlee in the Gin Kings' championship-clinching 93-77 Game 6 win ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsAug 9th, 2018Related News

Twitter erupts as Barangay Ginebra reigns supreme

MANILA, Philippines – The crown is back with the Kings. Over 20,000 basketball fans were cheering at the Mall of Asia Arena but social media users who were not able to score tickets to the game were just as loud as Barangay Ginebra dethroned defending champions San Miguel Beermen for ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsAug 9th, 2018Related News