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LeBron James on owning NBA club: Right fit, right city

    CHARLOTTE, USA – LeBron James says that following fellow NBA superstar Michael Jordan into owning an NBA club is "more of an aspiration" than dream as he prepares for a 15th NBA All-Star Game. The 34-year-old Los Angeles Lakers playmaker will captain Team LeBron against Team Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee ........»»

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Paulino Alcntara: Barcelona s Filipino icon who blazed a trail for Messi

Paulino Alcntara: Barcelona's Filipino icon who blazed a trail for Messi These Football Times Long before a short, shy forward by the name of Messi came from afar, another diminutive figure in Pa.....»»

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Fewer excuses for pols to ‘sing and dance’

Horrified at seeing candidates sing and shake their booty shamelessly on the campaign trail to endear themselves to voters?   A new law signed by President Rodrigo Duterte last week hopes to elevate political discourse over the candidates' cheap "vote-for-me" antics by specifying bigger discounts on political advertisements on TV, radio and print.   Sen. Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III said the law would benefit all candidates, especially those with fewer resources, as they would have a better chance of reaching a wider audience through mass media ads.   'Elevate culture of politics'   "We want to elevate the culture of politics in the country, so...Keep on reading: Fewer excuses for pols to ‘sing and dance’.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Feb 17th, 2019Related News

2019 NBA All-Star Diary: Day 1

5:20 A.M. – For some reason, I woke up 10 minutes before the alarm on my cellphone was scheduled to ring. Maybe it was jetlag. Maybe it was excitement. It didn’t matter, I had to get up from bed to prepare for the 2 hour and 30 minute drive from Durham to Charlotte. Me and my colleague, TJ Manotoc had taken a detour from our planned schedule to visit Duke University. Now, that we were done with that, it was time to revert back to our primary task of covering the 2019 NBA All-Star Game. During our drive back to Charlotte, I looked out the window to the sight of clear skies telling me that it was going to be a good day. 8:50 A.M. – The first task for journalists covering the NBA’s mid-season event is to secure a media pass. This is basically an ID that gives one clearance to all events that are happening throughout All-Star Weekend. After parking our rented car and walking to the designated hotel for the media credentials pick-up, we were ready to head to our first activity of the day. 9:35 A.M. – Hosting the best young players in the league was the Bojangles Coliseum where the first media availability session was about to take place. The Mountain Dew Rising Stars is first major event of All-Star weekend and we were given the opportunity to see the players from Team U.S. and Team World up-close to field in questions. Rookie sensation Luka Dončić drew the biggest crowd of reporters from all over the world. Because it would be tough for me to ask the Slovenian a question, I decided to go to another podium where this year’s number on overall pick, Deandre Ayton was sitting. “Deandre! Who’s the toughest center you’ve played against so far in your rookie season?” I asked. “Uuuhhh… nobody. Not yet. All the centers I’ve played against so far haven’t really went at me yet. I think they were just playing though the rhythm and not really going at me,” replied Deandre. I saw another player drawing a huge crowd and realized it was Ben Simmons, who is currently my second favorite NBA player behind Blake Griffin. After waiting for a little while, I pounced on the opportunity to field in a question. “Ben, with the current Sixers lineup, what do you think are the weaknesses that you guys need to improve on so that you can win the championship this year?” The 6’10” point guard from Australia looked right at me and said, “Offense. Defense.” Honestly, I was a little bit disappointed because I was expecting a more thorough answer but I guess that’s how it is sometimes. These athletes are asked a million questions and it might be a struggle for them to stay consistent with regards to being accommodating to people. Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young and LA Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma were two other players I visited. With so many players on both rosters, it would be extremely difficult to get to converse with all. But, seeing them right in front of you and having an opportunity to talk to them was an amazing experience. 11:00 A.M. – All media had been requested by the organizers to clear the court so we could witness Team World practice for the night’s event. Even though I got a very short answer from Simmons, I still observed him. Watching him dribble the ball up the floor and make long strides to the basket for dunks was a sight to behold. He could even knock down three-pointers. 11:45 A.M. – It was now the turn of Team U.S. to take the floor for practice. Donovan Mitchell and Jayson Tatum looked like they could be the best players on the squad but I was particularly looking at Young and his ability to shoot the ball and handle it exceptionally well. Kuzma was also taking every drill seriously. Just like he would the Rising Stars. 1:06 P.M. – After gathering content, TJ and I decided to have a late lunch at Denny’s. We looked at the schedule and realized that our next activity would not be happening until nine in the evening. More time to sleep, I thought. 2:23 P.M. – TJ dropped me and our luggage off at Springhill Suites, our hotel for the next three days. He left me there to check-in while he returned the rental car to the airport. But, as I went to the counter, I was told by the front desk that our room would not be available until 3:00 P.M.. That’s when I decided to look around. 2:45 P.M. – I went to the Hornets Fan Shop to look at the NBA All-Star merchandise and saw an interesting selection of hats, jerseys and all kinds of memorabilia. And then, I noticed a man carrying a box which contained a pair of Nike Adapt BBs, the shoes I tested last month in New York. I asked him where he got them and told me to check out the “Jordan pop-up shop” across the Spectrum Center. 2:55 P.M. – While walking on the street, I saw a long line outside a building. It turns out, this was where that man got his Nike Adapt BBs. It was a Foot Locker – House of Hoops pop-up shop which sold various sneakers that were scheduled to be released specifically during the NBA All-Star weekend. Because of my unforgettable experience in Manhattan, I decided to join the line for a chance to get my own pair of the most futuristic basketball shoes Nike has ever made. Thankfully, I was given a wristband with a number, allowing me to leave the line to check into the hotel. 3:15 P.M. – I checked into our hotel room and felt thankful that it had such a great location. Springhill Suites was right across the Spectrum Center, the venue of NBA All-Star weekend and of course, just down the block from the pop-up shop. As soon as TJ arrived, I left to resume my quest to buy the shoes. 4:46 P.M. – Finally, I was a proud owner of my very own Nike Adapt BB. I felt like my trip to the New York was given more meaning now. Also, I felt like this was one of the reasons my journey has taken me to Charlotte. But, there was still more work to be done. 8:30 P.M. – Less than an hour before tip-off of the Rising Stars game, TJ and I did a Facebook Live discussion right outside the Spectrum Center to update fans back at home about what has happened so far at the All-Star event and what we should look forward to. 8:55 P.M. – We couldn’t believe it. Our assigned seats were located high up in the bleachers. On the very last row. I was breathing heavily after making the climb up the arena. All of a sudden, the players looked more like ants compared to the giants that they were during our morning sessions with them. 10:54 P.M. – Team U.S. defeated Team World behind the 35 points and 6 rebounds of Kuzma, who was named MVP of the Rising Stars. Kuzma was also one of the easiest players to talk to among his peers. 11:05 P.M. – Just when I thought we were given a lot of access to the players, we were given more. There was another media session which commenced right after the game! 12:11 A.M. – Another thing the NBA is very generous with is food. TJ and I ended our long day at a restaurant and bar that the league booked for us international journalists. As we chomped down our food, we talked about how the NBA All-Star weekend would take a lot of our time from us, including our sleeping hours. TJ has been covering this annual event since 2011. He’s used to the grueling schedule. Me, I’m just soaking it all in. I have a few hours left before I have to get up and work again. As always, I’m going to try to have as much fun as possible. After all, it’s the NBA All-Star. It’s supposed to be fun......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 16th, 2019Related News

WATCH: Lakers Kuzma dazzles to win NBA Rising Stars MVP

MANILA, Philippines – Kyle Kuzma electrified the Rising Stars Challenge of the NBA All-Star Weekend on the way to crowning himself Most Valuable Player in Charlotte on Friday, February 15 (Saturday, February 16, Philippine time). The Los Angeles Lakers sophomore scattered a game-high 35 points and 6 rebounds as ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 16th, 2019Related News

Kerr fined $25,000 for ref rant

OAKLAND, United States — Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Thursday following his rant at officials during his team’s defeat to the Portland Trail Blazers. Kerr needed to be escorted from the court at Portland’s Moda Center on Wednesday after angrily objecting to a flagrant foul called against […].....»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsFeb 15th, 2019Related News

Enes Kanter signs with Trail Blazers - Inquirer Sports

The Portland Trail Blazers gave their Western Conference playoff push a boost by signing veteran centre Enes Kanter on Wednesday. The 26-year-old Turkish big man became available after being waived by.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsFeb 15th, 2019Related News

Currys excited for mini family reunion at All-Star weekend

By Steve Reed, Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Dell Curry looks forward to those nights when he can open a bottle of wine, take a seat on his recliner in front of the fireplace alongside wife Sonya and watch their NBA sons play basketball simultaneously on two large-screen television sets in his living room. Those are the nights he has to pinch himself realizing how blessed his family is. Everyone in the Curry clan has been pinching themselves lately; the family has been downright giddy about NBA All-Star Weekend. “It’s going to be incredible,” said Curry, a former NBA player and color commentator for the Hornets TV network who still lives in Charlotte. “It’s going to be a mini family reunion.” There will be plenty of fellowshipping in Charlotte, including family dinners and group outings. Of course there also will be a little basketball. Stephen and Seth Curry will be returning to their hometown for the festivities. Stephen, a two-time league MVP, will join younger brother Seth in the 3-point shootout Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time) at the Spectrum Center and then play in his sixth straight All-Star game Sunday (Monday, PHL time). “This just has the feel of the Curry family All-Star weekend,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. The fact that Seth is involved makes it extra special. Stephen said that the family group text was “buzzing” when everyone learned Seth was invited to compete in the 3-point contest. The Currys have been prepping for this weekend for months. Sonya is taking care of the family’s logistics, including tickets, travel plans and hotel reservations. On top of the invite list are the boys’ grandmothers, who haven’t been to an All-Star weekend since Dell competed in the 3-point shootout in Orlando in 1992. “It was very important to us that they were here to see this,” Dell said. Former coaches including Davidson’s Bob McKillop and other family friends will be there, too. The NBA is accommodating the Currys with extra tickets, knowing how big of a weekend it is for the family. Stephen has his own guest list — separate from the rest of the family — and hopes to limit it to 30 people. “I want you to write that loud and clear so you can help me keep the list small,” Stephen said with a laugh. Most of the out-of-towners will be staying in a downtown Charlotte hotel, and Dell and Sonya are considering bunking there, too, so they can be close to everyone and not miss a minute. “I want to see my grandchildren as much as possible,” Dell said. Stephen and Seth arrived Thursday (Friday, PHL time) together in Charlotte after Seth’s Trail Blazers hosted Stephen’s Warriors on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time) in Portland, Oregon. Their families came here, too. Stephen is married to Ayesha and the couple has three children. Seth has a child with Callie Rivers, the daughter of NBA coach Doc Rivers. And the players’ sister, Sydell, who recently married Stephen’s Warriors’ teammate Damion Lee, a two-way player with Golden State, will be in town, too. The Curry family has a community event planned in Charlotte in association with Stephen’s partnership with Under Armour. “We want to give back and remind people, hey, this is where they were raised,” Dell said. “We want to make this a special weekend.” One of the highlights of the Curry family reunion weekend might be the 3-point shootout where the highly competitive brothers will square off against each other on a national stage. Trash talking is almost sure to be part of the event. Dell doesn’t know what to expect once his sons take the floor. He said both are equally competitive, whether it’s on the golf course or at family get-togethers. “At my daughter’s wedding we played Liar’s Dice for about two hours and that was the most competitive thing I have seen in a long time,” Dell said with a laugh. “Anytime there is a game that somebody has to win or lose, you can’t give anyone the edge as to who is more competitive. We all are competitive.” Added Seth: “I’m trying to win it, so I’m going to target everybody. It should be very entertaining to watch us both shoot out there. But I gotta beat everybody, not just him, to win it.” Warriors All-Star guard Klay Thompson said he decided not to participate in the 3-point shootout this year simply so he could just sit back and “be a fan” and watch the Currys go at it. For Stephen, the whole idea of the amped-up circus-like atmosphere that is looming has him excited about the weekend. “It will be a packed house with our family supporting us for sure,” Stephen said. “It’s rare when we are all together during basketball season,” Seth said. “So to have everyone there, it’s always fun. It’ll be a good weekend.” ___ AP Sports Writer Janie McCauley in San Francisco, California, and Anne Peterson in Portland, Oregon, contributed to this report......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 15th, 2019Related News

Warriors coach Steve Kerr fined $25,000 for ref rant

    OAKLAND, USA – Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Thursday, February 14 (Friday, February 15, Manila time) following his rant at officials during his team's defeat to the Portland Trail Blazers. Kerr needed to be escorted from the court at Portland's Moda Center on ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 15th, 2019Related News

Giannis dominates: Dubs lose cool, yield to Blazers

Giannis dominates: Dubs lose cool, yield to Blazers.....»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: SportsFeb 15th, 2019Related News

LeBron not enough for troubled Lakers

LOS ANGELES — LeBron James produced a 28-point triple double but it was not enough to prevent the Los Angeles Lakers from sliding to a National Basketball Association defeat against the lowly Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday. At the end of the day we lost the ball game, I don’t care what I did individually A […].....»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsFeb 14th, 2019Related News

No tampering, says NBA

LOS ANGELES — The National Basketball Association said Tuesday it had found no evidence of tampering following an investigation into remarks involving Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons and Los Angeles Lakers president Magic Johnson. The league announced on Monday it was probing reports of possible contact between Simmons and Johnson. Simmons had reportedly requested talks […].....»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsFeb 14th, 2019Related News

LeBron triple-double fails to lift Lakers

LeBron triple-double fails to lift Lakers.....»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: SportsFeb 13th, 2019Related News

Hawks fans taunt Lakers’ LeBron: ‘Kobe’s better’

  LOS ANGELES, USA – LeBron James produced a 28-point triple-double but it was not enough to prevent the Los Angeles Lakers from sliding to defeat against the lowly Atlanta Hawks in the NBA on Tuesday, February 12 (Wednesday, February 13, Manila time). A stony-faced James marched quickly off the court at ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 13th, 2019Related News

LeBron James tops NBA rich list

    LOS ANGELES, USA – LeBron James remains the top-earning player in the NBA while an increasing number of stars have boosted their income through off-field activities, a Forbes survey revealed Tuesday, February 12 (Wednesday, February 13, Manila time). Forbes said that Los Angeles Lakers star James was the highest-paid player in ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 13th, 2019Related News

WATCH: NBA game recap and highlights

MANILA, Philippines – Here's the day's recap and other game highlights in the NBA! LeBron James' fifth triple-double of the season goes to waste in a sorry 113-117 Los Angeles Lakers loss to the determined Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday, February 12 (Wednesday, February 13, Philippine time). Elsewhere, the Golden State Warriors and ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 13th, 2019Related News

Jordan: 6 NBA titles tougher than Harden, Westbrook streaks

By Steve Reed, Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Michael Jordan says James Harden’s streak of 30 straight 30-point games and Russell Westbrook’s 10 straight triple-doubles are both impressive and tough to accomplish. But the Charlotte Hornets owner said Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) — flashing a big grin — that there is one accomplishment tougher than both those feats: “Which is harder from the player’s standpoint? Six championships by all means.” Michael Jordan’s response to what is tougher to achieve - James Harden’s streak of 30 straight 30-point games OR Russell Westbrook’s 10 straight triple doubles... Classic Jordan. pic.twitter.com/upR8Xj1g07 — Steve Reed (@SteveReedAP) February 12, 2019 Jordan praised both players for what they’re doing, noting that both streaks are hard to accomplish. Jordan said the milestones show “the talent that we have within the league.” “It shows progression in the league,” Jordan said during an interview at his Hornets facility while discussing the upcoming All-Star weekend . “I am very proud of how both guys have done because they are making a mark for the league and I think it really helps grow the league.” Harden needed a late scoring spree on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time) to extend his streak to 30 games, scoring 11 points in the final 100 seconds as the Rockets defeated the Dallas Mavericks 120-104. Harden, who is playing with a strained left shoulder, reached the 30-point mark by swishing a 30-foot pull-up jumper. Westbrook finished with 21 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists to notch his 10th straight triple-double in the Thunder’s 120-111 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers, breaking a tie with Wilt Chamberlain for the most consecutive triple doubles. Both players will be in Charlotte this weekend for the All-Star game......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 13th, 2019Related News

Thunder roll over Blazers

Paul George had a 47-point triple-double, and Russell Westbrook set an NBA record for consecutive triple-doubles as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Portland Trail Blazers 120-111 on Monday night......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsFeb 12th, 2019Related News

Healthy Rose, Teague lead Timberwolves past Clippers 130-120

By Joe Ziemer, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Derrick Rose and Jeff Teague gave a beleaguered backcourt a needed boost and lifted the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 130-120 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time). Rose scored 22 points and Teague added 19 for the Timberwolves, who played without the ill Andrew Wiggins. Rose and Teague both have missed significant time with injuries recently. Karl-Anthony Towns had 24 points and 10 rebounds for Minnesota, while Dario Saric had 19 points. Lou Williams scored a season-high 45 points off the bench for the Clippers, making a season-best 16 free throws while going perfect from the line. Montrezl Harrell added 18 points off the bench for Los Angeles, part of an 89-point effort from the reserves. The Clippers came in leading the league in bench scoring at 51.6 points per game. Minnesota had lost its previous four games and six of its previous seven while struggling with injuries at the point guard position. On Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time), the Timberwolves had both Rose and Teague on the court at the same time for the first time since Jan. 20 (Jan. 21, PHL time) against the Phoenix Suns. Teague returned to the lineup Friday (Saturday, PHL time) in New Orleans. He had missed the previous eight games with soreness in his left foot. Rose played Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) after missing six of the previous seven games with soreness in his right ankle. The Timberwolves had played nine games without having both Teague and Rose available. Neither team led by more than eight points in the first half. The Timberwolves closed the half on a 10-2 run to take a 63-55 lead into the locker room. Rose scored 12 of his 22 points in the first half, including a difficult layup just before the halftime buzzer. Minnesota then scored the first 10 points of the third quarter to open up a double-figure lead. The Timberwolves would go on to lead by as many as 23 points. TIP-INS Clippers: Williams scored a team-high 11 points in the first half and made only one field goal. His first nine points came from the free-throw line, where he was 9-for-9. Coach Doc Rivers remains close friends with former Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau, who was fired on Jan. 6 (Jan. 7, PHL time). "We talk a lot," Rivers said. "I tried to get him today a lot to get the scouting report, but he wouldn't give it to me." ... Los Angeles is currently on a 12-day, six-game roadtrip that will cover 6,659 miles. It's the fifth-longest road trip in the NBA this season. ... F Wilson Chandler (right quad strain) and F Luc Mbah a Moute (sore left knee) were sidelined. Timberwolves: Luol Deng started in Wiggins' place. It was Deng's first start since Oct. 19, 2017, the first game of last season, when he was a member of the Lakers. That was his only appearance of the season. ... The Timberwolves were still without F Robert Covington (bone bruise in right knee) and G Tyus Jones (sprained left ankle). ... G Isaiah Canaan was signed to a second 10-day contract Sunday (Monday, PHL time). UP NEXT Clippers: Host Phoenix on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). Timberwolves: Host Houston on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time)......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 12th, 2019Related News

Westbrook sets new triple-double record in Thunder win

By Cliff Brunt, Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook set an NBA record with his 10th straight triple-double, Paul George scored 47 points, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Portland Trail Blazers 120-111 on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time). Westbrook broke a tie with Wilt Chamberlain, who had nine straight triple-doubles in 1968, by finishing with 21 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists. He clinched the record on an assist to George for a three-pointer with 3:52 remaining in the fourth quarter. It was his 23rd triple-double of the season and the 127th of his career. George had 12 rebounds and 10 assists for the third triple-double of his career. Rookie Deonte Burton had a career-high 18 points and Raymond Felton added a season-high 15 for the Thunder. Damian Lillard scored 31 points and Jake Layman added 17 for Portland. The Thunder shot 56 percent in the first half to lead 68-49 at the break. George scored 21 points and Felton added 15. The Trail Blazers started the second half on a 7-0 run to make things interesting, and they trimmed Oklahoma City's lead to 87-82 by the end of the third quarter. Westbrook had five assists heading into the fourth, and he re-entered the game after a rest with 9:36 remaining. He got his first assist of the quarter with 6:54 left, but was up to his ninth with 4:57 to play. TIP-INS Trail Blazers: CJ McCollum was called for a technical in the second quarter. ... McCollum shot 4-for-15 and Lillard 1-for-10 in the first half. ... Portland shot 33.3 percent in the first half. Thunder: Forward Jerami Grant (right ankle sprain) and guard Dennis Schroder (personal reasons) did not play. ... George scored 17 points in the first quarter. ... Burton hit a three-pointer at the first-quarter buzzer. ... Forward Patrick Patterson got his fourth start of the season in Grant's place. UP NEXT Portland hosts Golden State on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). Oklahoma City plays at New Orleans on Thursday (Friday, PHL time)......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 12th, 2019Related News