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For fully loaded UP, it s first Final Four since 1997 or bust

HOW’D THEY DO LAST SEASON? 6-8, fifth YES, THEY’RE STILL HERE: Paul Desiderio, Javi Gomez de Liano, Juan Gomez de Liano, Jun Manzo, Gelo Vito WELCOME TO THE FAMILY: Bright Akhuetie, Will Gozum, David Murrell, Jaydee Tungcab GOOD LUCK ON FUTURE ENDEAVORS: Kyles Lao, Ibrahim Ouattara, Noah Webb WHAT SHOULD WE EXPECT FROM UP? This is the year fans of the University of the Philippines have been waiting for – because this is the year it’s all supposed to come together for this long-suffering team. Head coach Bo Perasol has always said that, slowly but surely, the Fighting Maroons will be in contention once more. “Nobody can assure success in terms of winning, but I know we are progressing. From where we were and where we are right now, nag-iimprove from year-to-year, month-to-month. We’re just positive na dapat lang, mas mahigit sa anim yung aming maipapanalo this coming season.” – head coach Bo Perasol And the upcoming UAAP Season 81 is the culmination of all the development, of all the recruitment, and of all the hype. “We anticipated this, we planned this. In everything we improved on, expectations are really high. (That means) that we are doing the right thing.” – head coach Bo Perasol The core of Paul Desiderio, Jun Manzo, and Gomez de LIano brothers Javi and Juan is back and better than ever – with Paul and Juan even getting valuable experience as Gilas cadets. Only now, that core has also welcomed with open arms even more talent in the form of Nigerian powerhouse Bright Akhuetie, NCAA Juniors MVP Will Gozum, former Adamson University slasher Jaydee Tungcab, and versatile Filipino-Amerian forward David Murrell. Hands down, this is the strongest lineup UP has ever had on paper – yes, even stronger than that 1986 championship led by Benjie Paras and Ronnie Magsanoc. Still, that championship team had long proven to be winners before they even got to DIliman. That is yet to be determined for this current crop of Fighting Maroons. WHO IS/ARE THE PLAYER/S TO WATCH OUT FOR FROM UP? Desiderio wants his legacy in UP to be that of the captain who led his team to its first Final Four since 1997 – and its first Final Four of many for the foreseeable future. After a championship in the PBA D-League, the main man is nothing but willing to do it all for more of that winning feeling now in his alma mater. For the first time since the days of Paras, the Fighting Maroons will have a dominant inside presence in Akhuetie who once powered University of Perpetual Help to the Final Four and a near-upset of dynastic San Beda University. the rest of the frontline isn’t too shabby either with Javi GDL, Jerson Prado, and Gelo Vito. The most must-watch aspect of State U’s season, however, has got to be the leap Juan GDL is supposed to make. The former Juniors MVP and reigning Rookie of the Year was always destined for superstardom – the only question is will he be getting there as a sophomore. WHY SHOULD WE ROOT FOR UP? For years, UP has said that there is nowhere to go but up. With just 13 wins in nine seasons from 2007 to 2015, that is indeed the case. The loveable underdogs are no more though, as the Fighting Maroons have the makings of a league powerhouse for years to come. “Wala na kaming excuses. Lahat (training camp, gym, weights room, et al) yan, at par na sa malalakas na programa. Ang kulang na lang is for us to deliver.” – head coach Bo Perasol If they live up to the hype, then a 21-year wait will come to an end and a long-awaited, much-wanted Final Four berth will be theirs to celebrate. “The important (thing) is we believe we can. We believe it’s difficult, but we’re willing to do whatever it takes to achieve it.” – head coach Bo Perasol WHERE WOULD UP BE AT THE END OF UAAP SEASON 81? Ready that bonfire at the Sunken Garden, Diliman. UP’s playoff drought will end – there will be a lot of hiccups on their way there as they are still on the process of learning how to win, but they will get there. “I don’t know where we’re going, but the mere fact that people are trying to pressure us, (that means) we’re stronger now. Before, I don’t think people were expecting people to win. This time, we’re happy and we’re up for it.” – head coach Bo Perasol This team is too talented and Desiderio is too determined for them not to get there. “Hindi (na) lang enough yung fighting, we have to win. Kailangan, iniintindi namin na hindi pwedeng Fighting Maroons kami – we have to be the Winning Maroons.” – head coach Bo Perasol WHEN IS UP’S FIRST GAME IN UAAP SEASON 81? UP is out for a confidence-booster right out of the gates when it is matched up opposite new-look University of the East on September 7. Of course, It All Begins Here on S+A, S+A HD, LIGA, LIGA HD, and livestream. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsSep 3rd, 2018Related News

Jackie Forster dispels rumors she s using her sons; Andre Paras appeals for privacy

Jackie Forster put her foot down on speculations circulating on social media about her motives behind reuniting with her sons Andre and Kobe Paras. ........»»

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Jackie Forster dispels rumors she’s using her sons; Andre Paras appeals for privacy

Jackie Forster dispels rumors she’s using her sons; Andre Paras appeals for privacy.....»»

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Kobe Bryant says never coming back to play basketball, ever

  MANILA, Philippines – On Mamba Day, August 24, US time, Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant clarified a heartbreaker to many of his dedicated fans: "I will never come back to the game, ever," Bryant said, as reported by Bleacher Report. "I am here to show people that we can do ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsAug 25th, 2018Related News

Scalabrine on Garnett: I’ve never met anybody more intense’

Brian Scalabrine had a pretty decent NBA career having played in the league for 11 seasons, suiting up for three championship contending teams. The man fondly called as "White Mamba" has played with and against some of the most talented players of their respective generations like Jason Kidd in New Jersey, Derrick Rose in Chicago and the troika of Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Paul Pierece in Boston. Scalabrine also faced legends in the NBA Finals like San Antonio's Tim Duncan and David Robinson and Los Angeles' Kobe Bryant. Despite sharing the floor with several greats, Scalabrine managed to make a short list of transcendental talents in terms of ferocity and intensity. ...Keep on reading: Scalabrine on Garnett: I’ve never met anybody more intense’.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Aug 25th, 2018Related News

Kobe Bryant not planning to play in BIG3 league next year

NEW YORK --- Kobe Bryant won't be coming out of retirement to play in the BIG3 next year. A spokesperson for the longtime Los Angeles Lakers star said Tuesday that Bryant isn't playing next season in the 3-on-3 league of former NBA players. Speculation that Bryant would play had heated up earlier in the day when league co-founder and entertainment executive Jeff Kwatinetz said during the league's weekly conference call that he "did hear from a credible source yesterday that Kobe says he's playing next year." But Molly Carter, chief marketing officer of Kobe Inc., says the NBA's No. 3 career scorer has no plans to do so. The BIG3 wraps up its second season with the champ...Keep on reading: Kobe Bryant not planning to play in BIG3 league next year.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Aug 22nd, 2018Related News

2018-19 NBA.com Rookie Survey

By John Schuhmann, NBA.com It will be difficult for this year's rookie class to live up to the standard set by the class of 2017. Last season, we saw the debuts of Donovan Mitchell, Ben Simmons and Jayson Tatum, future All-Stars who not only put up good numbers in the regular season, but also impacted in the playoffs as well. De'Aaron Fox averaged more points and assists than 2016-17 Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon and didn't even make Second Team All-Rookie last season. This year's class, at least according to the class itself, has the potential to be just as deep. In the annual Rookie Survey, 20 different players were tabbed as the answer for one -- or both -- of the first two questions: "Who will be the Rookie of the Year" and "Which rookie will have the best career." Big men were taken with five of the first seven picks in the Draft, but a lot of eyes will be turned toward Atlanta, where 6-foot-2 guard Trae Young will hope to make Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk look smart for trading the No. 3 pick (Luka Doncic), picking up an extra pick, and selecting Young at No. 5. For now, Young has the support of his fellow rookies, who named the 19-year-old former Oklahoma star as the class' best shooter and best playmaker. For the 10th time in the last 12 years, NBA.com sat down with the rookie class at the annual Rookie Photo Shoot at the New York Knicks' practice facility. This year's group (of 36) answered seven questions about their class, as well as a few about the current player they most admire and what they're expecting as they make the jump to the NBA. NOTE: Players were asked not to vote for themselves, college teammates or NBA teammates. (Some still did, and those votes were discounted.) * * * Who will be the 2018-19 Kia Rookie of the Year? 1. DeAndre Ayton, Phoenix -- 18%     Collin Sexton, Cleveland -- 18% 3. Luka Doncic, Dallas -- 9%     Kevin Knox, New York -- 9% 5. Mohamed Bamba, Orlando -- 6%     Devonte' Graham, Charlotte -- 6%     Michael Porter Jr., Denver -- 6%     Trae Young, Atlanta -- 6% Others receiving votes: Marvin Bagley III, Sacramento; Troy Brown Jr., Washington; Wendell Carter Jr., Chicago; Hamidou Diallo, Oklahoma City; Harry Giles, Sacramento; Jaren Jackson Jr., Memphis; Lonnie Walker IV, San Antonio Last year: Dennis Smith Jr. – 26% Worth noting: In the first nine years of this survey, at least one player got at least 24 percent of the vote. The only time the rookies got this right was in 2007 (the first year of the survey), when Kevin Durant received 54 percent of the vote. Which rookie will have the best career? 1. Wendell Carter Jr., Chicago -- 13% 2. Kevin Knox, New York -- 10%     Jerome Robinson, LA Clippers -- 10% 3. DeAndre Ayton, Phoenix -- 7%     Mohamed Bamba, Orlando -- 7%     Mikal Bridges, Phoenix -- 7%     Collin Sexton, Cleveland -- 7%     Lonnie Walker IV, San Antonio -- 7% Others receiving votes: Marvin Bagley III, Sacramento; Miles Bridges, Charlotte; Troy Brown Jr., Washington; Hamidou Diallo, Oklahoma City; Donte DiVincenzo, Milwaukee; Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, LA Clippers; Devonte' Graham, Charlotte; Jaren Jackson Jr., Memphis; Michael Porter Jr., Denver; Trae Young, Atlanta Last year: Lonzo Ball, Jayson Tatum -- 18% Worth noting: This is the fifth straight year that a Duke guy has earned the most votes on this question, with Carter joining Jabari Parker (2014), Jahlil Okafor (2015), Brandon Ingram (2016) and Tatum. Which rookie was the biggest steal at where he was selected in the Draft? 1. Keita Bates-Diop (48), Minnesota -- 13% 2. Michael Porter Jr. (14), Denver -- 10%     Lonnie Walker IV (18), San Antonio -- 10% 4. Jalen Brunson (33), Dallas -- 6%     Gary Trent Jr. (37), Portland -- 6% Others receiving votes: Grayson Allen (21), Utah; Mohamed Bamba (6), Orlando; Miles Bridges (12), Charlotte; Bruce Brown (42), Detroit; Jevon Carter (32), Memphis; Hamidou Diallo (45), Oklahoma City; Donte DiVincenzo (17), Milwaukee; Luka Doncic (3), Dallas; Jacob Evans (28), Golden State; Devonte' Graham (34), Charlotte; De'Anthony Melton (46), Houston; Svi Mykhailiuk (47), L.A. Lakers; Jerome Robinson (13), LA Clippers; Mitchell Robinson (36), New York; Mo Wagner (25), L.A. Lakers; Robert Williams III (27), Boston; Trae Young (5), Atlanta Last year: Donovan Mitchell -- 19% Worth noting: This question got the biggest variety of answers, and we'll see if Bates-Diop gets a chance to crack Tom Thibodeau's typically-short rotation in Minnesota. Last year's rookies certainly got this one right. Which rookie is the most athletic? 1. Zhaire Smith, Philadelphia -- 24% 2. Hamidou Diallo, Oklahoma City -- 15%     Josh Okogie, Minnesota -- 15%     Lonnie Walker IV, San Antonio -- 15% 5. Marvin Bagley III, Sacramento -- 6%     Miles Bridges, Charlotte -- 6% Others receiving votes: DeAndre Ayton, Phoenix; Mikal Bridges, Phoenix; Bruce Brown, Detroit; Donte DiVincenzo, Milwaukee; Michael Porter Jr., Denver; Collin Sexton, Cleveland; Robert Williams III, Boston Last year: Dennis Smith Jr. -- 44% Worth noting: We'll have to wait to see just how athletic Smith really is. He just had foot surgery to repair a Jones fracture, the same injury that forced Simmons to miss the season after being drafted. Which rookie is the best shooter? 1. Trae Young, Atlanta -- 47% 2. Kevin Huerter, Atlanta -- 13%     Svi Mykhailiuk, L.A. Lakers -- 13% 4. Gary Trent Jr., Portland -- 9% 5. Grayson Allen, Utah -- 6%     Donte DiVincenzo, Milwaukee -- 6% Others receiving votes: Aaron Holiday, Indiana; Kevin Knox, New York Last year: Luke Kennard -- 49% Worth noting: As usual, this question garnered the closest thing to a consensus. In fact, Young received more votes on this question (15) than any other player received on the first seven questions total. Which rookie is the best defender? 1. Jevon Carter, Memphis -- 29% 2. Mohamed Bamba, Orlando -- 14% 3. Josh Okogie, Minnesota -- 11% 4. Mikal Bridges, Phoenix -- 9% 5. Jaren Jackson Jr., Memphis -- 6%     Collin Sexton, Cleveland -- 6% Others receiving votes: DeAndre Ayton, Phoenix; Bruce Brown, Detroit; Wendell Carter Jr., Chicago; Hamidou Diallo, Oklahoma City; Melvin Frazier Jr., Orlando; Mitchell Robinson, New York; Omari Spellman, Atlanta; Gary Trent Jr., Portland; Lonnie Walker IV, San Antonio Last year: Josh Jackson -- 26% Worth noting: Carter is another rookie who just had surgery. But it was to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb and he's such a good defender that his fellow rookies gave him twice as many votes as any other player despite his absence at the Rookie Photo Shoot. Which rookie is the best playmaker? 1. Trae Young, Atlanta -- 35% 2. Jalen Brunson, Dallas -- 15% 3. Luka Doncic, Dallas -- 9%     Shai Gilgeous-Alexander -- 9%     Collin Sexton, Cleveland -- 9% 6. Troy Brown Jr., Washington -- 6%     Aaron Holiday, Indiana -- 6% Others receiving votes: Devonte' Graham, Charlotte; De'Anthony Melton, Houston; Michael Porter Jr., Denver; Jerome Robinson, LA Clippers Last year: Lonzo Ball -- 72% Worth noting: Young is the first player in the 10 years of the Rookie Survey to get the most votes in both the "Best shooter" and "Best playmaker" questions. He's also one of five rookies – Diallo, Porter, Sexton and Walker are the others – to receive votes on five of the first seven questions this year. Sexton was the only one to receive more than one vote on at least four questions. What will be the biggest adjustment for you, playing in the NBA? 1. Speed or pace of the game -- 31% 2. Schedule/Length of season -- 24% 3. Physicality (size and strength of opponents) -- 19% 4. Travel -- 10% 5. Lifestyle/Time management -- 8% Also receiving votes: Conditioning, Playing NBA defense, Not having the ball as much Last year: Physicality (size and strength of opponents) -- 37% Worth noting: The top four answers on this question have been pretty consistent over the last few years. What is the most important skill you need to develop? 1. Ball-handling -- 19%     Shooting -- 19% 3. Defense -- 14% 4. Playmaking/Reading the defense -- 11% 5. Everything -- 8% 6. Motor/Work ethic -- 6%     Strength -- 6%     Time management -- 6% Also receiving votes: Basketball IQ, Communication, Confidence, Leadership Last year: N/A Worth noting: Good news for coaches: "Defense" got five times as many votes as it did last year. Who is your favorite player in the league? 1. LeBron James, L.A. Lakers -- 29% 2. Stephen Curry, Golden State -- 9%     Kevin Durant, Golden State -- 9% 4. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee -- 6%     Chris Paul, Houston -- 6%     Dwyane Wade -- 6%     Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City -- 6% Others receiving votes: Kobe Bryant; DeMarcus Cousins, Golden State; Anthony Davis, New Orleans; Paul George, Oklahoma City; James Harden, Houston; Jrue & Justin Holiday, New Orleans/Chicago; Kyrie Irving, Boston; Jusuf Nurkic, Portland; John Wall, Washington; Nick Young, Last year: LeBron James -- 31% Worth noting: James has been on a different team each time he has led this category, while Bryant is still getting votes two years after his retirement. John Schuhmann is a staff writer for NBA.com. 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......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 22nd, 2018Related News

DLSU’s Bartlett wins UAAP Hoop Challenge

LA SALLE’s Jordan Bartlett turned back University of the Philippines prized recruit Kobe Paras, 11-8, to rule the UAAP Last One Standing 1-on-1 Hoop Challenge at the SM Mall of Asia Atrium Friday night. Undefeated in five contests, Bartlett pulled all the stops to claim the bragging rights as the….....»»

Source: Journal JournalCategory: NewsAug 18th, 2018Related News

Jordan Bartlett outsmarts Kobe Paras in 1-on-1

La Salle’s Jordan Bartlett stole the thunder from UP’s Kobe Paras with a title-clinching 11-8 win last night in the UAAP Last One Standing One-on-One Hoop Challenge at the Mall of Asia Atrium......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsAug 17th, 2018Related News

Kobe, Jordan rule UAAP preseason showcase

    MANILA, Philippines –  The newest UP Fighting Maroon wasted no time winning a title for his new school. A slam dunk title, that is. Gilas cadet and 6-foot-6 sensation Kobe Paras nabbed the UAAP Slam Dunk title during the UAAP Season 81 kickoff Last One Standing event at the Mall of Asia ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsAug 17th, 2018Related News

UAAP Season 81: Jordan bests Kobe

Jordan Bartlett used his speed and quickness to pull off an upset over taller but obviously tired Kobe Paras of University of the Philippines to rule the UAAP Season 81  Last Man Standing 1-on-1 Hoops Challenge.  The 5-foot-11 De La Salle University guard, who is serving his one-year residency, beat the exhausted 6-foot-6 Paras, 11-8, in the Final inside the Mall of Asia Friday. Bartlett's explosiveness was too much for Paras, who before the championship participated and won the slamdunk contest, to handle.  "That's how I play, I play fast," said Bartlett. "That's my niche is, my quickness. So regardless if he was tired or not that's how I'm gonna play anyway." Paras finished off Robert Minerva of National University, 11-9, in the Final Four. The UP cager was supposed to face University of Sto. Tomas' Brent Paraiso in the semis but the Tiger retired after suffering cramps. Bartlett outplayed Ateneo de Manila University's Quinito Banzon, 5-4, in the other semis pairing.  Paras topped the elimination round after completing a sweep of Pool A. The incoming Maroon outlasted University of the East's Jason Strait, 9-8, crushed Quinito Benson before taking a win by default over Adamson's Ivan Maata, who skipped his last assignment because of an injury following his participation in the slam dunk contest. Bartlett ruled Pool B with wins over Far Eastern University's Cade Flores, 7-4, Robert Minerva of National University, 7-5, and University of Sto. Tomas' Brent Paraiso, 9-3. Banzon advanced in the semis with a 2-1 record beating Maata, 6-3, and Strait, 5-4. Paraiso secured Pool B's other Final Four spot with a 1-2 card and a higher quotient over NU and FEU, who both also tallied 1-2 marks. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

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Another good hope for hoop

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas has named Kobe Paras as the first member of the national 3x3 basketball team it is forming with an eye of making it as far as the 2020 Tokyo Olympics......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsAug 14th, 2018Related News

National 3x3 team will not be at the mercy of ball clubs says chief backer

The team Chooks-to-Go is trying to build will be on-call pretty much anytime as long as it's about representing the Philippines in international competitions. The chief Gilas backer announced Tuesday that it's working on creating a full-time national 3x3 team with the goal of qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. [Related: Plan to form dedicated 3x3 national team already in motion] And when Chooks says full-time national team, it means full-time national team. In light with the persisting issue of Gilas having trouble securing players to play in international tournaments, this dedicated 3x3 team will have no such problems as assured by Chooks' big boss himself. "The whole point of our investment sa sports, hindi lang dahil mahal namin ang basketball. Our primary agenda is to restore our spirit of nationalism na nawala na. If you talk to the UAAP, to the pro leagues, parang hindi na nahihiya yung mga tao ngayon to refuse to represent the country," Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. President Ronald Mascarinas said. "Yung bang local tournament ng collegiate o sa pro is more important than to serve the country? We keep on compromising. Yung compromise natin is hindi na nahihiya yung mga leaders natin to refuse to serve the country. We will be a nation of pasaway if magtuloy pa ito," he added. In a strong message, Mascarinas says he wants to change that culture. In essense he doesn't want the national team to be at the mercy of ball clubs which is why PBA players might not see action in the 3x3 national team, which has Kobe Paras for the time being. "I really take personal offense na ang lalakas ng loob nila na magpaalam ka. Narinig lang nila that we need to send representatives, sana mag-offer sila ng available na player. Pero hindi nangyayari yun. We want to change that culture," Mascarinas said. "We want to full-time engagement. Sa tingin ko if they are full-time PBA players, we will be at the mercy of the clubs again," he added. The national 3x3 team backed by Chooks-to-Go is set to embark on a grand plan of qualifying to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. To complete the pool of players, there will be a series of tournaments and tryouts all across the country. "This is a good opportunity for everybody. Yung tryouts na ito, even yung out-of-school youth in the barangay-level, puwede sila mag-try out. Itong programa na ito will bring out the best among our dreamers," Mascarinas said.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 14th, 2018Related News

Kobe Paras a shoo-in for Philippine 3x3 squad

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas has named Kobe Paras as the first member of the national 3x3 basketball team it is forming with an eye of making it as far as the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and possibly snaring a medal there......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsAug 14th, 2018Related News

Yeng Guiao really impressed with Ricci Rivero: He almost made the team

Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net When Yeng Guiao made the final cut for his team that will fly to Indonesia for the Asian Games, it was almost expected that youngsters Kobe Paras and Ricci Rive.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsAug 13th, 2018Related News

Yeng Guiao ‘really impressed’ with Ricci Rivero: ‘He almost made the team’

When Yeng Guiao made the final cut for his team that will fly to Indonesia for the Asian Games, it was almost expected that youngsters Kobe Paras and Ricci Rivero would be the ones who won't be included in the lineup. Rivero and Paras were part of the 14-man pool that Guiao chose but were ultimately left out in favor of the PBA veterans already familiar with the coach's basketball system. The exclusion, however, did not mean that Guiao did not see any potential from the 20-year-old Rivero. "I'm really impressed with Ricci's talent and skills, he almost made it to the team," said Guiao Friday at Meralco Gym after the team's practice. "I told Ricci that I'm impressed with what...Keep on reading: Yeng Guiao ‘really impressed’ with Ricci Rivero: ‘He almost made the team’.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Aug 12th, 2018Related News

Hindi nasayang ang (pagsama sa) practice -- Rivero

Despite missing the cut in the national men’s basketball team’s final roster for the Jakarta Palembang Asian Games, Ricci Rivero remains thankful for the opportunity to train under head coach Yeng Guiao. Guiao announced the final lineup Friday after the squad’s practice at the Meralco gym. Unfortunately, young talents Kobe Paras and Rivero didn’t make the lineup as well as Talk ‘N Text guard Don Trollano, who sacrificed his spot for Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson despite the eligibility of the NBA player still in doubt pending the petition of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas to the Indonesian organizers to include him in the Asiad roster.        “Actually wala (sama ng loob), nothing against anyone sobrang thankful pa rin ako,” said Rivero. “I talked to coach Yeng sabi ko, “Sobrang thank you for this opportunity.” “Kasi sobrang dami kong natutunan. First, yung mga kuya and then next sina coach Yeng kasi sobrang hands on nila,” added Rivero. “Si coach Yeng kasi nakikita ko sobrang galing niyang mag-develop ng player, in a short time sobrang dami kong natutunan sa kanya. So yun sobrang thank you.” Rivero was present in all the five practice sessions of the Nationals, which started Monday. Rivero rushed into the Meralco gym Monday after landing in Manila following the University of the Philippines’ training in Serbia. In the end, Rivero was thankful for the rare chance to vie for a spot for the tricolors. For me hindi (nasayang ang pag-ensayo), sobrang thankful talaga ako na yun nga naging part ako nito,” he said. “Nu’ng una pa lang naman na narinig ko sobrang thankful na ako, gusto ko siyempreng makasama pero siyempre di ba PBA players na yan and hindi naman sila basta-basta. Sobrang thankful ako, hindi nasayang ang (pagsama sa) practice.” The Nationals that will try to surpass the seventh place finish of Gilas in the 2014 Incheon Asiad will be led by the core of Rain or Shine in Chris Tiu, Maverick Ahanmisi, Beau Belga, Raymond Almazan, James Yap, and Gabe Norwood. Completing the team are JP Erram, Christian Standhardinger, Paul Lee, Stanley Pringle, Asi Taulava and Clarkson.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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

LeBron James works out with Lakers for first time

https://twitter.com/Lakers/status/1027690994437971969 LeBron James showed off his hulking physique as he worked out with the Los Angeles Lakers for the first time on Friday at the team's practice facility inUCLA . In materials posted by the Lakers, James looked in peak shape with still months to go before the NBA regular season opens on October 16. https://twitter.com/Lakers/status/1027585509357309952 James went through drills with members of the staff and Lakers' young stars like Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma. The four-time MVP signed a four-year deal with the Lakers, which was once the stomping ground of his rival Kobe Bryant. Two days ago, James also gave fans a ...Keep on reading: LeBron James works out with Lakers for first time.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Aug 10th, 2018Related News

Almost perfect attendance for first ROS-Pilipinas practice

With time not on their side, Rain or Shine-Pilipinas starts its preparation for the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia. The national team got their first team practice down Monday at the Meralco Gym with head coach Yeng Guiao presiding over everything. Present in Monday's evening session were Rain or Shine's Gabe Norwood, Chris Tiu, Beau Belga, James Yap, Raymond Almazan, and Maverick Ahanmisi. Also in attendance were Asi Taulava, Paul Lee, Stanley Pringle, Don Trollano, and Kobe Paras. JP Erram was also present but didn't up while cadet Abu Tratter joined training despite not being in the lineup. Cadet Ricci Rivero managed to catch up after coming straight from the airport. Rivero was with the UP Fighting Maroons in a training camp at Serbia. The lone absentee was San Miguel Beer's Christian Standhardinger.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 6th, 2018Related News

Kobe Bryant’s wife says Lakers legend not interested in NBA return

Kobe Bryant's wife, Vanessa, squelched rumors that her superstar husband was considering coming out of retirement to play alongside LeBron James with the Los Angeles Lakers. The speculation, fueled by Lakers fans' enduring love for Bryant, was boosted by erstwhile teammate Shaquille O'Neal's podcast prediction that Bryant would return to team with James -- the four-time NBA Most Valuable Player signed by the Lakers in July. Vanessa Bryant, quizzed by a fan in the comments of an Instagram video she had posted of herself on vacation in Mexico, said no way. "Kobe will not be coming out of retirement to play again," she said. "He doesn't want to play again and frankly we reall...Keep on reading: Kobe Bryant’s wife says Lakers legend not interested in NBA return.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Aug 3rd, 2018Related News