Gilas LeBron Lopez turns pro, signs with Overtime Elite League

The inaugural season of OTE will kick off in September and will provide Lopez and other prospects out of high school an alternative path to the NBA......»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarJul 14th, 2021

Former Ateneo Eaglet brings stuff to US

Gilas Pilipinas recruit Lebron Lopez has signed with Overtime Elite League in the United States, becoming the latest Filipino young talent to take his talents abroad......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 14th, 2021

LeBron Lopez last man out of Gilas 12-member roster for Olympic qualifiers in Serbia

The teen was the last to be removed from the 15-man pool that participated in the third window of the FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 24th, 2021

Heat oust depleted Bucks to reach NBA East finals; Lakers down Rockets, up 2-1

Jimmy Butler #22 of the Miami Heat drives to the basket against the Milwaukee Bucks during Game Five of the Eastern Conference semifinals of the NBA Playoffs on September 8, 2020 at The Field House in Orlando, Florida. (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images/AFP) MIAMI (AFP) — The Miami Heat punched their ticket to the NBA Eastern Conference finals Tuesday, beating top-seeded Milwaukee 103-94 as injured Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo watched from the bench. Jimmy Butler and Goran Dragic finished with 17 points apiece as six Heat players scored in double figures and Miami completed a 4-1 series victory in a bruising encounter against the league’s top defensive team. Khris Middleton led the Bucks with 23 points. Antetokounmpo — tipped to scoop a second straight NBA Most Valuable Player award this season — aggravated his sprained right ankle in the first half of the Bucks’ game-four overtime victory over the Heat. The Bucks declared him inactive less than an hour before tipoff on Tuesday. The loss of Antetokounmpo, who averaged career highs of 29.5 points and 13.6 rebounds per game this season, was a huge blow for the Bucks, as they tried to do what no NBA team has done before: come back from an 0-3 deficit to win a seven-game playoff series. It’s the second straight campaign that the Bucks built the best regular-season record only to come up short in the playoffs. In 2019 they fell to the eventual champion Toronto Raptors in six games in the Eastern Conference finals. The fifth-seeded Heat will face either the Boston Celtics or Toronto Raptors for a place in the NBA Finals. The Celtics lead their series against the defending NBA champion Raptors three games to two. Butler, who added 10 rebounds and six assists and was a perfect eight-for-eight from the foul line, said the Heat’s impressive 8-1 record so far in the playoffs means nothing now. “All of that is behind us now,” he said. “We’ll wait and see who we get out of Toronto and Boston and then we’ll lock in on that. “But it’s zero-zero now, we’ve got eight more to get.” The Heat trailed 28-19 after a chaotic first quarter in which they committed six turnovers leading to nine Bucks points. They trailed by as many as 13 in the first period, but settled down in the second, out-scoring the Bucks 33-18 to take a 52-46 lead into halftime. But Milwaukee, with Middleton leading the way, refused to go away. After going scoreless for more than six minutes in the third period the Bucks put together an 8-0 run to pull within five points. Trailing 73-65 going into the final period, the Bucks trimmed the deficit to four multiple times, but the Heat’s depth finally proved too much. “Obviously they missed their MVP,” Butler said. “But we knew we were going to have to get one out of the mud and I think this was the one.” Antetokounmpo said he felt “lost” as he was unable to contribute. “Mentally it was a battle, but at the end of the day you’ve got to trust your teammates and that’s what I decided to do,” he said after the Bucks medical staff persuaded him not to risk further injury by playing. LeBron leads Lakers LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers, left, drives the ball against Ben McLemore #16 of the Houston Rockets during the second quarter in Game Three of the Western Conference Second Round during the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena at the ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on September 08, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (AFP) In Western Conference action, LeBron James scored 36 points and Anthony Davis added 26 as the Los Angeles Lakers powered to the finish in a 112-102 victory over the Houston Rockets. The Lakers grabbed a 2-1 series lead and James notched an NBA record 162nd career playoff win. “It says that I’ve played with a lot of great teams,” said James, who won two NBA titles with the Miami Heat and one with the Cleveland Cavaliers. “It says that I’ve played with a lot of great teammates and some great coaches.” James Harden scored 33 points with nine rebounds and nine assists and Russell Westbrook added 30 points for Houston in a back and forth battle that saw 16 lead changes. The Lakers’ reserves scored 42 points, with Houston’s only points off the bench the 16 of Jeff Green. Rajon Rondo, who scored 21 off the bench for Los Angeles, hit back-to-back three-pointers and came up with a steal and layup as the Lakers surged ahead with a 17-5 scoring run to start the fourth quarter. After putting up 64 points in the first half Houston scored just 38 in the second and the Lakers posted their second straight win of the series. There was a frightening moment in the fourth quarter, as Robert Covington and Davis collided as Davis rose for a rebound. Davis’s elbow appeared to hit Covington in head and he left the court holding a bloodied towel to his face, while Davis was hurting from Covington’s elbow in his side......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsSep 9th, 2020

Lebron Lopez set to take talents to US, test waters for G League

Not long after spreading his wings and taking flight in Ateneo de Manila High School, Lebron Lopez is seeking to do the same in the US. The 6-foot-4 athletic wing is the latest signee of East-West Private (EWP), the sports management guiding 7-foot-2, 17-year-old Kai Sotto and Far Eastern University-Diliman Swiss army knife Cholo Anonuevo.         View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by EWP (@eastwestprivate) on Jul 31, 2020 at 3:39pm PDT EWP is yet to make it official, but has already posted a teaser which states "Yes, he signed with EWP" in one photo and the letters "LL" in the other. Without a doubt, sources have said that "LL" refers to Lebron Lopez. Whenever the announcement is made, it would follow that the 16-year-old would be headed for the US where he would join Sotto and Anonuevo for training. Last March, EWP paved a path for the Philippines' towering teen to suit up for the G League's brand new select squad. That avenue may very well open up for Lopez who made an immediate impact in his first year as a Blue Eaglet. Right after his transfer from La Salle Green Hills, the high flyer wasted no time introducing himself and wound up putting up per game counts of 16.0 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 3.0 blocks. He, Joshua Lazaro, and Forthsky Padrigao were the three-headed monster that made sure Ateneo continued contending even without Sotto. Now, Lopez would be trying his luck following the footsteps of the former Jrs. MVP in the US. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 1st, 2020

No penalty but SBP tells Go and Thiry not to embarrass themselves after viral game

While they ultimately escaped PBA sanctions, Isaac Go and Thirdy Ravena didn't necessarily get off scot-free from their basketball game while Metro Manila is still under quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Last week, a video on social media showed Go and Ravena, among others, engaging in a scrimmage at a gym in San Juan. Go, who is Columbian's top pick from the 2019 Gilas draft, escaped with just a verbal warning from PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial. The same pretty much goes for Thirdy, who is headed to Japan to play for San-en NeoPhoenix in the B.League. [Related: Thirdy Ravena signs with San-en NeoPhoenix in Japan’s B.League] Both players will likewise not any penalties from Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, but they were reminded by the SBP bosses not to embarrass themselves and the national basketball federation by violating government-mandated health protocols. Not only are they both Gilas prospects, both Go and Thirdy are widely seen as key pillars for the national team's future. "Wala kaming iniisip na penalty o fine," SBP Executive Director Sonny Barrios said about Go and Thirdy during the recent Philippine Sportswriters Association forum. "Definitely napag-sabihan sila ni President Panlilio at ni sir Butch [Antonio] na itigil na yung ginagawa niyong hindi ayon sa regulasyon. Nakakahiya tayo," Barrios added. Aside from Go and Thiry, Ginebra star Japeth Aguilar and Rain or Shine rookie Adrian Wong were also seen on video playing in the said viral game. [Related: PBA: Japeth, Wong fined P20,000 for viral basketball game under quarantine] Aguilar and Wong have been fined P20,000 each by the PBA Monday and will be subject to 30 hours of community service. The pair are also directed to undergo swab testing for COVID-19 before and after a required 14-day quarantine period. — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 7th, 2020

Alapag to meet with Sacramento front office after Summer League stint

The former Gilas Pilipinas skipper has been chasing a coaching job in the NBA regular season, having moved back to the US with his family last year......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 21st, 2021

Alapag, Kings vie for crown

Former PBA star and Gilas skipper Jimmy Alapag has a shot at the NBA Summer League championship as a member of the Sacramento Kings coaching staff......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 18th, 2021

Gilas survives Tunisian scare

Naturalized player Ange Kouame took charge as Gilas Pilipinas grinded out a 74-73 overtime win over African power Tunisia Thursday night in the King Abdullah Cup in Amman, Jordan......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 30th, 2021

Sotto assures Gilas: I shall return

Kai Sotto explained his decision to skip Gilas Pilipinas duties for the FIBA Asia Cup, vowing to sport national colors anew after his commitment with Adelaide 36ers in the Australia National Basketball League......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2021

Thirdy rejoins Gilas pool

Japan B. League mainstay Thirdy Ravena led the cast of returnees as Gilas Pilipinas opened its buildup for the coming FIBA Asia Cup......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 18th, 2021

Overseas Filipino ballers

Francis “LeBron” Lopez is going to America to play professionally at 18......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 17th, 2021

United City stuns Beijing for first AFC Champions League win by Pinoy club

The win, which they claimed after going down 0-2 in the opening half of the fixture, marked the first victory by a Philippine club in the elite regional competition......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 9th, 2021

Dominican Republic wins

Coach Melvyn Lopez said the ‘Pearl of the Antilles’ Dominican Republic team gave him a happy result with its 94-67 stopping of Gilas Pilipinas on Friday in the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament at the Aleksandar Nikolic Hall in Begrade......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2021

LeBron blasts NBA as playoff injuries mount

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James slammed the NBA on Wednesday as Clippers star Kawhi Leonard became the latest player forced out of the playoffs by injury. James took to Twitter to offer an angry “I Told You So” to the league, blaming the increase in injuries on the shortest off-season […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJun 17th, 2021

Chooks-to-Go to hold Champions League for MPBL, NBL, VisMin Cup teams

Mascarinas, who backs several hoops tournaments like the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL), the National Basketball League (NBL), and the Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup through Chooks-to-Go, said Saturday during a press conference that they plan on bringing top talents from each of the leagues to a star-studded tournament that pits elite teams against each other......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 12th, 2021

NBA MVP voting: Jokic runaway winner; LeBron continues streak; Rose with surprise vote

Released by the league shortly after the announcement of Jokic's win, some numbers from the voting jump out......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 9th, 2021

Sotto ready for Gilas stints

Kai Sotto assured his readiness to suit up for Gilas Pilipinas “whenever” and in as many tournaments as he can while he is back home before flying to Australia for his National Basketball League debut with the Adelaide 36ers......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 1st, 2021

Gilas-bound Ange Kouame reveals offers from NBA G League, Europe

Kouame went on Tiebreaker Vods' 2OT on Thursday and opened up about the multiple offers he has been receiving with his fine play in the UAAP and, soon, the FIBA stage......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 21st, 2021

Thirdy Ravena signs extension with San-En in Japan B.League

By CARLO ANOLIN It will be year two for Thirdy Ravena with the San-en NeoPhoenix.The NeoPhoenix announced Monday that Ravena has signed a player contract with the team for the 2021-22 season of Japan B.League.“Ravena is a contract player in the Asian special frame established from the 2020-21 season. This contract is for multiple years,” […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsMay 11th, 2021

Thirdy Ravena stays in Japan, re-signs with San-en NeoPhoenix

Thirdy Ravena is staying in the “Land of the Rising Sun” after signing a contract extension with the San-en NeoPhoenix in the Japan B. League......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 10th, 2021