Advertisements


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: Sports20 min. ago Related News

Most Pinoys see fewer drug users

Six in every 10 Filipinos said that the number of illegal drug users in their areas decreased over the past year, according to a recent survey conducted by Social Weather Stations (SWS)......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: News33 min. ago Related News

FEU weathers scrappy NU squad for first win

Recovering from an opening set loss against the rookie-laden NU, the Morayta squad was able to weather scares of comebacks from the Lady Bulldogs for the rest of the game.....»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: Sports9 hr. 7 min. ago Related News

SWS: Majority of Pinoys see fewer addicts, want drug suspects captured alive

Majority of Filipinos said the number of drug addicts in their area dropped over the past year amid an intense government crackdown on narcotics, adding they want suspected drug traffickers be captured alive, a new Social Weather Stations survey found......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: News13 hr. 33 min. ago Related News

February 16, 2019 Visayas Weather Forecast

VALID BEGINNING: 6:00 AM today until 6:00 AM tomorrow SYNOPSIS: Northeast Monsoon is affecting the whole country. Forecast: Sunny & partly cloudy skies with isolated light rains Winds: 30-40 KPH NE Coastal Waters: Mod (1.25-2.5m) Temp: 23-29°C Maximum Heat index: 34°C PAGASA.....»»

Source: Metrocebu MetrocebuCategory: News16 hr. 6 min. ago Related News

Hackers flock to hunt for cracks in Swiss e-voting system

GENEVA --- Swiss authorities are trumpeting the fact that more than 2,000 would-be hackers from around the world have taken up an invitation to try to find holes in Switzerland's groundbreaking online voting system --- and potentially earn tens of thousands of francs (dollars) if they succeed. The Federal Chancellery and Swiss regions, known as cantons, expressed satisfaction at the high response barely a week after launching a registration for IT experts to help crack a planned update to Switzerland's 15-year-old e-voting system. Among countries in Europe, only Estonia has a similar online voting program, a Swiss official said. As of Friday morning, more than 2,000 had been re...Keep on reading: Hackers flock to hunt for cracks in Swiss e-voting system.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Feb 15th, 2019Related News

February 15, 2019 Visayas Weather Forecast

REGIONAL WEATHER FORECAST (Forecast Areas: Visayas, Palawan, Occidental Mindoro) Issued at: 6:00 AM, 15 February 2019 Valid Beginning: 6:00 AM today until 6:00 AM tomorrow SYNOPSIS: Northeast Monsoon is affecting the whole country. FORECAST: Visayas will have cloudy skies with light rains, while Palawan, and Occidental Mindoro will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with […].....»»

Source: Metrocebu MetrocebuCategory: NewsFeb 15th, 2019Related News

51% of Pinoys very happy with love life - The Manila Times Online

A little over half of Filipinos are very happy with their love life, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released on the eve of Valentines Day. TheREAD The post 51% of Pinoys.....»»

Source: Manilanews ManilanewsCategory: NewsFeb 15th, 2019Related News

No matter the weather

It’s been raining and shining lately in the PBA Philippine Cup as coach Caloy Garcia’s Elasto Painters are on a roll to break away from the pack early this conference......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsFeb 15th, 2019Related News

SWS: Half of Filipinos happy with love life

Half of Filipinos are happy with their love life, according to the latest poll conducted by the Social Weather Stations......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsFeb 14th, 2019Related News

SWS: 51% of Filipinos ‘very happy’ with love life

A little more than half of Filipinos are “very happy” with their love life, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released on the eve of Valentine’s Day….READ The post SWS: 51% of Filipinos ‘very happy’ with love life appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Source: Manilatimes ManilatimesCategory: Feb 14th, 2019Related News

Pinoys split on relationship age gaps

Filipinos are split on whether or not an age gap matters in a relationship, a new Social Weather Stations survey suggests......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsFeb 14th, 2019Related News

February 14, 2019 Visayas Weather Forecast

REGIONAL WEATHER FORECAST (Forecast Areas: Visayas, Palawan, Occidental Mindoro) Issued at: 6:00 AM, 14 February 2019 Valid Beginning: 6:00 AM today until 6:00 AM tomorrow SYNOPSIS: Northeast Monsoon is affecting the whole country. FORECAST: Eastern and Central Visayas, and the province of Iloilo will have cloudy skies with light rains, while the rest of Visayas, […].....»»

Source: Metrocebu MetrocebuCategory: NewsFeb 14th, 2019Related News

Google Maps rolling out update to help Manila cars on coding day

MANILA, Philippines – At the Google for Philippines event on Wednesday, February 13, Google announced an update to Google Maps that would help Metro Manila motorists who need to get around but fall under number coding on a given day. This number coding option on Google Maps will be available ........»»

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

May delay: UK PM asks lawmakers for more time on Brexit

    LONDON --- British Prime Minister Theresa May was urging restive lawmakers Tuesday to "hold their nerve" and give her more time to rework a divorce agreement with the European Union. With Brexit just 45 days away, May was due to update the House of Commons on the state of negotiations, a day earlier than planned to give lawmakers more time to "digest" the remarks before a series of votes on Thursday. Some lawmakers want to use those votes to impose conditions on May's government in an attempt to rule out a cliff-edge "no deal" Brexit and steer the U.K. toward a close relationship with the EU after Brexit. May is seeking to buy time. The prime minister'...Keep on reading: May delay: UK PM asks lawmakers for more time on Brexit.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Feb 12th, 2019Related News

May to ask MPs for more time on Brexit talks

LONDON, United Kingdom – Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday, February 12, will plead with MPs to give her more time for talks with EU officials on her Brexit deal, telling them they must hold their nerve. May is set to update parliament on her latest meetings in Brussels and Dublin ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 12th, 2019Related News

February 12, 2019 Visayas Weather Forecast

REGIONAL WEATHER FORECAST Forecast Areas: Visayas, Palawan, Occidental Mindoro Issued at: 6:00 AM, 12 February 2019 Valid Beginning: 6:00 AM today until 6:00 AM tomorrow SYNOPSIS: Northeast Monsoon is affecting Luzon. FORECAST: Visayas, Palawan, and Occidental Mindoro will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers. Moderate to strrong winds blowing from Northeast will […].....»»

Source: Metrocebu MetrocebuCategory: NewsFeb 12th, 2019Related News

A holiday symphony

"Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful…”.....»»

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

FIBA WORLD CUP: Guiao says Gilas ready for extreme Kazakh weather

It’s something they have no control over but Gilas Pilipinas remains wary of Kazakhstan’s extreme weather conditions. In super simple words, weather in Astana will be freezing. It’s going to be below zero as the Philippines wraps up its 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers schedule in Kazakhstan in less than two weeks time. “We’re trying to condition their minds and bodies na sobrang malamig, it’s something which we usuall do not experience dito sa atin, kahit mag-abroad ka man,” head coach Yeng Guiao said. “It’s our first time to play in such conditions,” he added. Gilas obviously can’t replicate the conditions in Kazakhstan while in Manila, it’s just impossible. So for the meantime, the national team will be doing everything to prepare save for actually playing in a giant freezer. “Pinaghanda lang namin saila, especially with their cold weather gear,” Guiao said. “The heavy jackets, the shoes, yung mga gloves. Baka dalawang araw lang kami dun pero yun nga mahirap yung dalawang araw na wala kang acclimatization. We’ll see,” he added. Whether or not Gilas actually sees a dip in performance in freezing cold weather remains to be seen. Gilas will just have to deal with the weather once they get to Astana. The good thing is that the national team will be ready regardless. “Mahirap sabihin how big a factor it is, since this is the first time we’re going to be in such situation as a team,” Guiao said. “Physically and mentally, I think they’re [Gilas] ready. They have to toughened up and play in a extreme condition,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 11th, 2019Related News

Told of MRT ban on liquids, Chinese woman throws drink at Filipino police officer - ABS-CBN News

Told of MRT ban on liquids, Chinese woman throws drink at Filipino police officer ABS-CBN News MANILA (2nd UPDATE) - Police held a Chinese woman Saturday after throwing a cup of taho (soy bean custar.....»»

Source: Manilanews ManilanewsCategory: NewsFeb 10th, 2019Related News