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Grizzlies rookie Brandon Clarke named Summer League MVP

Memphis Grizzlies rookie forward Brandon Clarke has been named 2019 NBA Summer League MVP, the league announced, Tuesday (PHL time). The @memgrizz's @brandonclarke23 named 2019 @NBASummerLeague MVP! #NBASummer pic.twitter.com/fEIisTCZ8t — NBA (@NBA) July 15, 2019 The 21st overall pick of the 2019 NBA Draft missed the early part of the Las Vegas tournament as he waited for a trade from the Oklahoma City Thunder to become official, but he put up 14.6 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks in five games, leading Memphis to the title game. ???? 2019 @NBASummerLeague First Team ????@TheReal_NAW1 @_bigjayy_ @brandonclarke23 @nunnbetter_ @23savage____ pic.twitter.com/k7UDjYnJhk — NBA (@NBA) July 15, 2019 Joining Clarke in the NBA Summer League First Team are Nickeil Alexander-Walker of the New Orleans Pelicans, Kendrick Nunn of the Miami Heat, Jarrett Allen of the Brooklyn Nets, and Mitchell Robinson of the New York Knicks. ???? 2019 @NBASummerLeague Second Team ????@chrisboucher @rui_8mura @hayes_jaxson @AnferneeSimons @lonniewalker_4 pic.twitter.com/7KLpWpoX02 — NBA (@NBA) July 15, 2019 The NBA Summer League Second Team is comprised of Chris Boucher of the Toronto Raptors, Rui Hachimura of the Washington Wizards, Jaxson Hayes of the New Orleans Pelicans, Anfernee Simons of the Portland Trail Blazers, and Lonnie Walker IV of the San Antonio Spurs. The Grizzlies take on the Minnesota Timberwolves later today for the 2019 Summer League title......»»

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PBA: Terrence Jones new tropa wants to send him back to the NBA

Over the last couple of seasons, the PBA has seen its share of super imports. Ginebra’s Justin Brownlee immediately comes to mind. Meralco’s Allen Durham and Phoenix’s Eugene Phelps fit in that mold too. Alaska’s Mike Harris is in that list as well. The uber-talented Glen Rice Jr. could have made it if he just got it together. But for the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, TNT brought not just any other import. Tired of underperforming for the past few conferences, the KaTropa went ahead and signed former Houston Rockets forward Terrence Jones for the mid-season joust. With Jones, TNT went the super — SUPER — import route and it has been worth every penny for the KaTropa, at least so far.   ROCKET MAN Many former NBA players have played in the PBA before, that’s not a new thing. But what makes Jones special is that he’s at his peak of his powers now as he plays his first stint in the PBA. Jones is a former first-round pick and was a legitimate NBA contributor. In his best NBA season, in 2013-2014 for Houston, Jones started 71 games and had career-high numbers of 12.1 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. This dude is legit. “Oo iba, iba siya talaga,” guard RR Pogoy said of Jones. (Yes, he’s really different). In just one conference, Pogoy and Jones have clicked as teammates. Terrence has admitted that RR is one of his favorite local targets when he’s trying to spot an open teammate when opposing teams double on him. Pogoy admits that Jones is one of the best, if not the best, import he’s ever played with. “Pwedeng-pwede pa siya talaga sa NBA eh. Iba yung skills niya,” he added. (He could still play in the NBA. His skills are just different).   THE DIFFERENCE TNT has ran pretty much the same system for years. Whether you like this team or now, they know what style they want to play andd they identify players that fit that system well. The KaTropa have dominated the PBA without a traditional big man. Ask other teams, they’ve been blindsided and bamboozled by a TNT offense led by diminutive point guards like Jimmy Alapag and Jayson Castro. However, the KaTropa have hit another rough patch. The team hasn’t made it to the PBA semifinals since 2017. Their 2018 campaign was a lot like the horror 2016 year with the only difference being three seasons ago, they actually made it to the semifinals of the Governors’ Cup as a no. 1 seed. Last year, they won zero playoff games and missed the playoffs altogether once so in essence, 2018 was a worse nightmare for the KaTropa. It didn’t help that in the previous All-Filipino, they were practically a missed 24-second violation away from ending the San Miguel Beer Philippine Cup dynasty. The winning formula no longer works for TNT. Or at the very least, it’s not as effective. Enter Terrence Jones. “Malaking tulong talaga siya sa team namin. Kung ano yung kulang samin, parang fit na fit talaga siya eh. Napa-dali na lang yung mga buhay namin sa basketball,” Pogoy said of Jones. (He’s a big help to our team. What we lack, he fits right in. Our basketball lives are easier with him). “Yung rebounding tsaka yung pagka-shot blocker niya [malaking tulong]. Naiilang din yun kalaban namin eh, sa rebound naman naco-control namin kasi may malaki na kami, yun naman talaga kulang namin,” Pogoy added. (His rebounding and his presence as a shot blocker is a huge help). In 10 games so far, Jones is averaging 14.9 rebounds per game. That may not seem much for an import but he’s never had fewer than 10 in a game and has hit a high 22 rebounds. His shot blocking has helped TNT shore up its overall defense as well with Jones averaging 2.9 rejections a game with his three best performances coming against Columbian (7 blocks), Ginebra (6 blocks), and San Miguel (5 blocks). The last two teams feature perhaps the two best frontlines in the league today by a wide margin. Aside from his defensive presences, Jones is a force on offense as well, averaging 34.5 points on close to 50 percent shooting. He’s hit over 30 points eight times and over 40 points four times. Scoring will be a given for a player of his caliber but what sets him apart is his ability to locate open teammates and willingly pass the ball to them. Jones is good for at least four assists in every game and he’s topped out at 16 dimes so far. In 10 games, he’s rounding up to 7.7 assists per outing which leads all imports, and the whole league actually. “Talagang willing passer siya, hinahanap din niya talaga yung mga kasama niya. Kumbaga di niya inaako lahat yung scoring load,” forward Troy Rosario said of his new frontcourt tandem in Jones. (He’s a willing passer. He really tries to find his teammates and he’s not trying to shoulder all the scoring load). “Kami ready pa rin kami lagi. Syempre yung experience niya sa NBA talagang pinapakita niya dito, natutulungan din niya kami kung saan kami dapat lumugar sa plays kasi advanced na siya eh, kahit di na sabihin ni coach alam na niya dapat gawin,” he added. (We’re just ready as locals. He’s really showing his NBA experience here, he’s helping us to where we need to be on plays because he’s so advanced he knows what to do even before coach tells us).   THE LEADER Aside from putting up big numbers across the board, there’s one underrated factor about Terrence Jones that has led to him making a positive impact on TNT. Jones made an effort to be a leader for the KaTropa and his teammates have rallied behind him for sure. The result is in the way they play and the way they win in the Commissioner’s Cup. “I think it’s come to them [TNT locals] listening and understanding that I have a little experience on what it takes to try to win and be a good teammate,” Jones said of his leadership role with the KaTropa and how it worked out. “They listened and understood that and we’ve been having fun ever since,” he added. TNT is full of alpha-level players but Jones’ NBA resume has certainly helped in making them line up behin their import and provide support. The the KaTropa have been running like a well-oiled machince with that set up. “Leadership pa lang niya ang laking tulong na samin. As locals, ginagawa lang namin kung ano dapat namin gawin para maka-contribute din and para matulungan din siya,” Rosario said. (His leadership alone is a big help for us. As locals, we just try to do what we need to do to contribute and to help him out). “Magaling siya, isa talaga siya mga leader namin ngayon. Talagang nili-lift up niya kami, di lang sa salita pati sa gawa,” Pogoy added. (He’s great, he’s one of our leaders now. He really lifts us up not just with words but with action as well)   THE LONG ROAD BACK TO THE ASSOCIATION It would be incredible if TNT ends up having Terrence Jones as a resident import the same way Ginebra has Justin Brownlee or Phoenix has Eugene Phelps or Meralco having Allen Durham. However, the KaTropa know that their super import still has a good shot of returning to the NBA and they plan on helping him get back there. “Syempre goal namin makapasok sa playoffs, nagawa na namin yun. Ang susunod na step is next round sa playoffs. Malaking tulong din yun sa kanya kasi yung pangalan niya bumabango ulit,” Rosario said. (Our goal is to make the playoffs and we did that. Now the next step is to get to the next round of the playoffs. That’s a big help for him to get his name out there again). “Preparation na rin kasi alam namin na after dito, meron siyang invites sa mga training camps,” he added. (It’s also good preparation because we know after this, he has some invites to camps). With TNT at 9-1 and a top-2 seed in the playoffs, the team is certainly favored to win in the Commissioner’s Cup. And perhaps one of Jones’ best ways to once again get some traction is to put up great numbers for a championship team in a big league like the PBA. There’s a big check mark on the numbers part and while he can’t win a title by his lonesome, Jones has an entire tropa that has his back. “Lalo na kung mag-champion kami, mabango yung pangalan niya di ba?” Pogoy said. (If we win the championship, that’s good for his name, right?). “Marami naman nags-scout diyan, nakikita siya and maganda pinapakita niya. Feel ko [kaya bumalik sa NBA],” he added. (There’s people that scout him, seeing him and how good he’s been performing. I feel [he can make it back to the NBA]). Of course, winning a PBA championship does not directly award Jones and NBA roster spot. However, he appreciates that his team backs him up in that regard. Right now TNT’s super import is just concerned about playing well with his team and winning more games. “I appreciate it, I wish nothing but the best for all my teammates as well,” Jones said. “I hope you guys see that while we’re playing, we’re smiling and enjoying one another when anybody scores. It’s just like a family atmosphere,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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PBA (July 17 - 21): With top seed in sight, TNT is the team to watch late in Commissioner’s Cup

The 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs is almost set, with just one more team missing to complete the post-season puzzle. But while the top-2 seeds have been decided for a good amount of time now, the no. 1 team in the conference is yet to be finalized. TNT holds the key and that’s why the KaTropa are the team to watch in the PBA’s set of games for July 17-21. At 9-1, TNT will decide which team enters the playoffs as the number one seed. If the KaTropa beat Magnolia for the very last game of the elimination round, they keep first place. If they lose, Northport takes over as no. 1 and TNT drops to second place. It’s that simple. The top-2 seeds then see action in the playoffs on Sunday, win there once and it’s on to the semifinals. Jul 17 @ Smart Araneta 4:30 p.m. San Miguel vs. Meralco 7:00 p.m. TNT vs. Magnolia July 19 @ MOA Arena 7:00 p.m. Playoff for 8th place July 20 @ MOA Arena Quarterfinals for 3 vs. 6 and 4 vs. 5 (Game 1 of best-of-3) July 21 @ TBA Quarterfinals for 1 vs. 8 and 2 vs. 7 (Top-2 seeds hold 2x-to-beat)   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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PHISGOC out as SEAG organizer?

The alleged irregularities attributed to the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) Foundation may have prompted President Duterte to bar the group from organizing this year’s Southeast Asian Games, Malacañang said yesterday......»»

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Mighty keeps rampage versus British Columbia

Mighty Sports Apparel-Phl drubbed University of British Columbia, 116-87, to stay perfect in four games in the 41st William Jones Cup yesterday at the Changhua County Gymnasium in New Taipei City, Taiwan......»»

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Differently abled bet makes Philippine SEA Games chess pool

Sander Severino isn’t letting his disability stop him from achieving his dream of winning a Southeast Asian Games gold medal someday......»»

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Summer League winds down, and now, maybe, some NBA rest

By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press They'll hand out T-shirts to the Summer League winners following the championship game between Memphis and Minnesota in Las Vegas on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time), and then things will finally slow down a bit in the NBA. Maybe. And probably not for long. It's been a hectic month since Toronto won the NBA championship and the so-called offseason commenced. Already this summer, 18 current and former All-Stars have changed franchises, and that number will rise to 19 if Vince Carter finds a new home for his final season. Recent NBA Finals MVPs Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant and Andre Iguodala all were among those on the move. And another three past finals MVPs — Dwyane Wade, Dirk Nowitzki and Tony Parker — all retired. So when next season begins, very little will look the same. "I think there's going to be a lot of parity," Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson said. "That's my gut." NBA Commissioner Adam Silver expected this summer to be loaded with player movement, and wasn't complaining about so many big names — Durant, Leonard, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, Anthony Davis, Paul George, Kyrie Irving, Al Horford, Jimmy Butler and many more — needing to file change-of-address cards. "At the end of the day, it's positive for the league," Silver said. "I will say, though, I'm mindful of this notion of balance of power, and I think it applies in many different ways. An appropriate balance of power between the teams and the players ... at the end of the day, you want to make sure you have a league where every team is in a position to compete." There were some clear winners in free agency: Brooklyn (who got Durant and Irving), the Los Angeles Clippers (who got George and Leonard) and the Los Angeles Lakers (who got Davis) were among them. It could be argued that the Oklahoma City Thunder won as well — no, they won't be as good this season as they were this past season after trading George and Westbrook, but general manager Sam Presti has enough draft picks now to enjoy flexibility for years. The losers are clear as well: Toronto lost Leonard and Danny Green and Golden State lost Durant, so last season's finalists certainly aren't favorites to be this season's finalists. It's also easy to say that New York lost after coming up empty on the big-name free agents, but the Knicks got plenty of good players on deals that ensure the team will have money again next summer. A lookahead at what's coming, and some notes on what's gone down: SO NOW WHAT? Any NBA withdrawal will really only last about three weeks, until roughly three dozen players return to Las Vegas for USA Basketball's training camp leading up to the FIBA World Cup in China that starts on Aug. 31. San Antonio's Gregg Popovich is coaching the Americans, assisted by Golden State's Steve Kerr, Atlanta's Lloyd Pearce and Villanova's Jay Wright. Zion Williamson, knee permitting, may take part in camp as one of the young players brought in to help the more-established pros get ready. If Williamson impresses, he may get a shot at joining the varsity club. Also, this season's NBA schedule is likely to come around the second week of August, if recent years are any indicator. WHO'S LEFT? Plenty of free agents remain unsigned, and that'll still be the case even in September as training camps get ready to open. It's still hard to see the Thunder keeping Paul, acquired in the Westbrook trade to Houston, so expect at least one more blockbuster trade before too long. Or can a player who is owed $121 million over the next three seasons be bought out? Stay tuned. Carter wants to come back for a 22nd NBA season, which would be a league record. If he gets into a game after Jan. 1, he'll also become the first NBA player to appear in four different decades. Jamal Crawford remains out there as well, and contenders should be calling him. LOADED WEST Philadelphia, Boston, Brooklyn, Indiana and Miami all likely got better in the East. Milwaukee kept most of its team that won an NBA-best 60 games. The East will be good. The West might be bloody. The Clippers, the Lakers, Houston, Golden State, Denver, Utah, Portland and San Antonio could end up as the eight playoff teams in the Western Conference. It's plausible; they're probably the most realistic eight picks right now. But at least four of those teams — most of them with superstar duos that are all the rage now — won't be in the second round of next season's playoffs. LONGEVITY AWARD For now, Golden State's Stephen Curry is the longest-tenured player under contract to one team. He's entering his 11th season with the Warriors. With Nowitzki (21 seasons with Dallas) retired, Mike Conley (12 seasons with Memphis) traded to Utah and Westbrook (11 seasons with Oklahoma City) traded to Houston, no current player has had a longer uninterrupted run with one team than Curry. But if Udonis Haslem re-signs with Miami, it'll be his 17th season with the Heat. THE NUMBERS Including the $196 million extension for Portland's Damian Lillard, a $170 million extension for Denver's Jamal Murray and another in-the-works $170 million extension for Philadelphia's Ben Simmons, NBA teams have committed to spend roughly $4 billion in new deals that were struck in the last three weeks alone. And that's with 100 more signings to come, at least. That $4 billion figure is twice what the total payroll was a decade ago for every team in the league, combined......»»

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NCAA 95 s must-see matchups for July 16 to 19

These are the NCAA 95 Men's Basketball Tournament games from July 16 to 19 all of us just CAN NOT miss! TUESDAY, 2:00 p.m., Mapua vs San Sebastian Mapua pushed Perpetual to the limit in its season opener before just falling short. The Cardinals look to do the same against another playoff hopeful in San Sebastian – but that’s easier said than done with both RK Ilagan and Allyn Bulanadi back in full strength for the Golden Stags. The Cardinals and the Golden Stags do battle and y'all can watch on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, and iWant as well as livestream. TUESDAY, 6:00 p.m., Jr. Altas vs Jr. Blazers Perpetual lived up to its hype by dominating defending champion Mapua to start the season. Up next in the Jr. Altas’ quest to legitimize themselves is runner-up CSB-LSGH which itself is out to prove that its youth may very well be served sooner than later. The Jr. Altas and the Jr. Blazers do battle and y'all can watch VIA LIVESTREAM. THURSDAY, 4:00 p.m., San Beda vs EAC San Beda, with back-to-back wins to open its title defense, travels to San Marcelino to take on EAC, fresh off an upset of LPU, right in its very own home court for Season 95’s very first NCAA on Tour. The Red Lions and the Generals do battle and y'all can watch on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, and iWant as well as livestream. FRIDAY, 10:00 a.m., Jr. Pirates vs Red Robins LPU is, at long last, poised to make a breakthrough in the NCAA Jrs. Mac Guadana, John Barba, and the rest of the Jr. Pirates are eyeing to make their biggest statement yet when they challenge defending champion Mapua. The Jr. Pirates and the Red Robins do battle and y'all can watch VIA LIVESTREAM. FRIDAY, 12:00 p.m., Perpetual vs Letran It will be a battle between playoff teams from last season as well as title contenders for this season when Edgar Charcos and Perpetual wage war with Jerrick Balanza and Letran. The Altas and the Knights do battle and y'all can watch on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, and iWant as well as livestream. FRIDAY, 2:00 p.m., LPU vs Mapua LPU is coming off the first shocker of the season, sinking to EAC. Of course, the Pirates want nothing more than to bounce back, but will have to do it against a Mapua side seeking to make noise with its youthful lineup. The Pirates and the Cardinals do battle and y'all can watch on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, and iWant as well as livestream......»»

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Gray comes to play as Mighty-GFG Philippines stays spotless in 2019 Jones Cup

Jeremiah Gray has been spreading his wings in the 2019 Jones Cup and on Monday inside Changhua Gym in Taiwan, he was in full-fledged flight mode, leading the Mighty Sports-Go for Gold Philippines to a 116-87 whipping of Canada's University of British Columbia. The Filipino-American swingman waxed hot with 25 points built on a 6-of-8 mark from threes to go along with six rebounds and four assists. It was also him who had a third of the Philippines 33-point third quarter that turned a close contest into a blowout win. This more than made up for the fact that a day ago, Gray went scoreless against Japan-B. Renaldo Balkman was right there with him with 22 points, nine rebounds, six assists, and four blocks while Eugene Phelps contributed 22 markers, nine boards, and six dimes of his own as the Filipino side registered yet another rout, their fourth in as many games in the tournament. Up next for them is South Korea on Tuesday. BOX SCORES MIGHTY-GFG PHILIPPINES 116 - Gray 25, Balkman 22, Phelps 20, N'Diaye 15, Williams 9, Yeo 7, Banal 7, Adams 4, Graham 3, Black 2, Wongchuking 2, Brickman 0. UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA 87 - Browne 25, Simon 25, Shepard 14, Cruz-Dumont 8, Rosebush 5, Audu 5, Bourcier 3, Wallack 2, Morrison 0, Familia 0, Clair 0. QUARTER SCORES: 26-27, 65-36, 98-58, 116-87......»»

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Calls to replace Cebu Sharks coach ‘normal’ according to hoops personalities

Cebu City, Philippines—With the Cebu Sharks-Casino Ethyl Alcohol losing consecutive games in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Cup, calls for the ouster of head coach Titing Manalili are getting louder on social media as seen on comments on CDN Digital as well as during the livestream of Cebu’s MPBL games. The Sharks are currently […] The post Calls to replace Cebu Sharks coach ‘normal’ according to hoops personalities appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

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PH Ice Hockey, Tennis Teams for 30th SEA Games Get Support From Kaspersky

The country’s hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian Games get additional boost as pledges of support keep pouring in. On Thursday (July 11), cybersecurity company Kaspersky signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the national teams in ice hockey and lawn tennis pledging a financial incentive project for the athletes’ participation in the SEA Games […].....»»

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Kaspersky Pledges Support to Philippine Ice Hockey and Tennis Reps at 30th SEA Games in Manila

Kaspersky signed yesterday a memorandum of understanding with the national teams in ice hockey and lawn tennis pledging a financial incentive project for the athletes’ participation in the 30th edition of the Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Manila this year. The Philippines will host this year’s SEA Games slated on November 19 to December […].....»»

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Agawan sa P6-B SEA Games fund… Digong tsinugi PHISGOC ni Cayetano

HINDI awtorisado ni Presidente Rodrigo Duterte ang Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) Foundation para patakbuhin ang 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games). Sa isang interview sa kanya noong Huwebes, sinabi ni Duterte na hindi niya pinapayagan ang PHISGOC na kunin mula sa Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) at Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) ang pagho-host ........»»

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Report: Nets agree to deal with David Nwaba

NBA.com staff report The Brooklyn Nets have signed free agent guard David Nwaba, according to a report from Shams Charania of The Athletic. Free agent guard David Nwaba has agreed to a two-year deal with the Brooklyn Nets, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. — Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 14, 2019 The 26-year-old has risen from undrafted rookie to consistent contributor during his three-year NBA career. He played with the Cleveland Cavaliers last season and averaged 6.5 points and 3.2 rebounds in 19.3 minutes over 51 games. Prior to the Cavaliers, he played with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers. Get your first look at the NBA’s top Rookies during NBA Summer League LIVE on NBA League Pass! Nwaba likely will be one of the final moves for the Nets after a busy offseason headlined by their deals with Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Deandre Jordan......»»

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Giannis tells Bucks fans: Please don t call me MVP

NBA.com staff report The Milwaukee Bucks gave their hometown fans the chance to celebrate the Kia MVP season of Giannis Antetokounmpo at a rally in downtown Milwaukee on Sunday (Monday, PHL time). Get your first look at the NBA’s top Rookies during NBA Summer League LIVE on NBA League Pass! The 24-year-old Antetokounmpo spoke at the celebration and asked that the fans stop calling him MVP so he can remain focused on bringing a championship to Milwaukee. “After today, please don’t call me MVP... until I win it again next year!” - @Giannis_An34 pic.twitter.com/vNv5qc7Nwa — Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) July 14, 2019 "After this day -- July 14 -- please, please, please do me this favor so I can be a better player, lead this team to a championship: please don't call me MVP," Antetokounmpo told the crowd of thousands in Milwaukee. "Please, after this day don't call me MVP until I win it again next year." Antetokounmpo -- who averaged career-highs with 27.7 points, 12.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.3 steals over 72 games last season -- said on Saturday he believes he is only at "60 percent" of his potential. He finished his speech by saying, "Let's go get the big trophy now!" Ready for the MVP!! pic.twitter.com/blShyuiYOL — Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) July 14, 2019 ???? @Giannis_An34 is presented with the MVP Trophy!! pic.twitter.com/BEvAFLtX0G — Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) July 14, 2019 “I want to thank God... for blessing me with this amazing talent and allowing me to get drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks.” - @Giannis_An34 pic.twitter.com/gVrWVOVcsQ — Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) July 14, 2019 “Let’s go get the big trophy now!!” - @Giannis_An34 pic.twitter.com/vWLmcOs3Ha — Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) July 14, 2019 MVP! MVP! MVP! pic.twitter.com/mHE7WVhjLG — Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) July 14, 2019.....»»

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Despite exit, NLEX hopeful

The Road Warriors ended with the league’s worst record at 3-8 but were able to win two of their final three games to gain some momentum before the season-ending conference......»»

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Mighty rolls to third win, blasts Japan

Mighty Sports Apparel-Phl extended its unscathed run to three games after scoring another rout, this time at the expense of Asian force Japan, 94-59, in Day 3 of the 41st William Jones Cup yesterday at the Changhua County Gymnasium in New Taipei City, Taiwan......»»

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Balkman-led Philippines too mighty for Japan in 2019 Jones Cup

Mighty-GFG Philippines is yet to find its match in the 2019 William Jones Cup as it won big for the third game in a row, this one a 94-59 waylaying of Japan, Sunday inside Changhua Gym in Taiwan. Just like their first two games in the tournament, the Filipinos followed the lead of reinforcements Renaldo Balkman and Eugene Phelps, but also got a much-welcome breakout from Filipino-Americans Mikey Williams. Team captain Balkman celebrated his birthday by turning in his strongest showing thus far with 27 points, 12 rebounds, and two blocks while Phelps muscled his way into 19 markers, seven boards, and two steals. Williams then dropped 17 points, his tournament-high, to go along with three rebounds and three steals while Jason Brickman also added eight markers, six boards, and three assists. The Japanese were actually ahead in the earlygoing until Balkman and Phelps joined forces for a 13-1 run that erased a seven-point deficit and erected a 18-13 advantage. The Philippines would never look back all the way to its biggest win of the tournament. Up next on the list for Mighty-GFG Philippines is Canada's University of British Columbia on Monday. BOX SCORES MIGHTY-GFG PHILIPPINES 94 – Balkman 27, Phelps 19, Williams 17, Brickman 8, Moore 8, Adams 6, Black 4, Graham 3, N'Diaye 2, Gray 0, Banal 0. JAPAN-B 59 – Koh 10, Ogawa 10, Ando Sh. 8, Schafer 8, Hashimoto 8, Hoshino 6, Ando Se. 4, Williams 4, Toews 1, Hiraiwa 0, Nakamura 0, Harimoto 0. QUARTER SCORES: 22-17, 38-26, 69-49, 94-59......»»

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PBA: Blackwater pounces on third-seed after piling onto Alaska s woes

Blackwater will continue its best campaign in franchise history as the third-seed in the 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup by virtue of a well-earned 112-104 win over Alaska, Sunday at Araneta Coliseum. As always, super rookie Ray Parks Jr. and American reinforcement Staphon Blair showed the Elite the way to victory with the former finishing with 25 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists, and three steals and the latter ending with his own 14-marker, 10-board double-double. With those two at the head of the attack, the upstart squad has now risen to its best-ever finish in the elimination round. However, it was Allein Maliksi, Mac Belo, and Roi Sumang who got together in the 9-3 run that broke open a tied tally of 93-all and built up a 102-96 advantage for Blackwater inside the last four minutes. The Aces wouldn’t quit just yet as Simon Enciso and Jeron Teng pulled them within a solitary point, 101-102. Only, Sumang had the quick counter for Blackwater and scored all but three points in their 9-3 finishing kick that eventually ended as their seventh win in 11 games. Prior to this, the Elite's best record at the end of eliminations was as the fifth-seed back in the 2018 Governors' Cup. Sumang wound up with 18 points in this one while Maliksi and Belo also added 15 and 13 markers, respectively. They now await how the bottom half of the seedings shake out, but their next matchups may be opposite Magnolia, San Miguel, or Rain or Shine. Also awaiting the results of the last three games in the eliminations is Alaska which suffered its fifth setback in a row and now stands at 4-7. Fronting their effort is American reinforcement Diamon Simpson who had 24 points on top of 18 rebounds, eight assists, and two blocks. BOX SCORES BLACKWATER 112 - Parks 25, Sumang 18, Maliksi 15, Blair 14, Belo 13, Al-Hussaini 12, Digregorio 6, Desiderio 4, Cortez 3, Sena 2, Alolino 0. ALASKA 104 - Simpson 24, Banchero 18, Thoss 15, Manuel 15, Teng 11, Enciso 9, Casio 6, Racal 4, Pascual 2, Exciminiano 0, Cruz 0. QUARTER SCORES: 27-32, 56-55, 80-78, 112-104. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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Finally, Blackwater stands among PBA s elite

Before the 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup, Blackwater only had one winning record to show in the 13 conferences it has seen action in. With a well-earned win over Alaska, Sunday at Araneta Coliseum, however, they finally got to celebrate another winning record. Not only that, their seventh win in 11 games clinched for them the third-seed for the next round - by far, the upstart team's best-ever finish in the eliminations. For the players, making franchise history was all the extra fuel they needed for their already burning fire. "Basta gusto lang talaga naming manalo para maka-stay kami sa third kasi ngayon lang din nangyari sa amin na third kami," Roi Sumang said after dropping eight of his 18 points in the last four minutes. He then continued, "Lahat, masaya. Lahat, gusto maglaro." Of course, Blackwater is only cherishing the fact that, for the first time in its five-year history as a franchise, its fate is in its own hands. "Masarap sa feeling yung ganitong number three kasi 'di katulad before na lagi lang kaming umaasa sa kung sino yung mananalo (sa taas ng standings). Ngayon, kami yung may hawak kung aonng pwedeng maging spot namin," Sumang said. In three of the four times it has qualified for the playoffs, it was the lower-seed and was booted out right away. Now, the Elite are the third-seed - and are the ones watching the likes of Magnolia, Rain or Shine, and San Miguel fight over playoff positioning. For this breakthrough, they are nothing but grateful. "We all know that we were dead-last last conference and we thank our proud owners, Dioceldo Sy and Silliman Sy for their unwavering support. Also, the players, congratulations to them for really sticking with each other," head coach Aris Dimaunahan said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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