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Jerwin all out for Lakers

IBF superflyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas has been a LeBron James fan since the Chosen One was an NBA rookie with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2003-04......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsSep 9th, 2020Related News

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......»»

Source: Mb.com.ph Mb.com.phCategory: NewsSep 9th, 2020Related News

LeBron James pumps up Goodyear after Trump attacks company

By BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Akron’s best-known native responded to President Donald Trump's attack on his Ohio hometown's iconic company, offering a shout-out of solidarity with the city, company and workers. “Not only has Goodyear been great for my city, for the history of my city, but for the country,” LeBron James told reporters in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, where the NBA is playing during the pandemic. “Unbelievable brand and unbelievable history. So, we stand strong, we always unite, especially my city.” James, who led the Cleveland Cavaliers to their only NBA title during his second stint with the team, has been a steadfast supporter of community improvement projects in Akron. He jumped directly into the NBA from his state-champion St. Vincent-St. Mary's High School team in Akron. Now with the Los Angeles Lakers, James commented Thursday night, a day after Trump called for a boycott of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., which employs more than 3,000 people. Trump inaccurately said the company had “announced a ban” on “Make America Great Again” caps. Leaders of the city of fewer than 200,000 people are worried that a boycott would worsen the struggling economy “We’ve always felt like we’ve been counted out, being a small city,” James said. “And that’s what rallies us even more. It makes us even stronger.”.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 22nd, 2020Related News

UAAP 77 Finals MVP Aroga on Coach E: He s my Phil Jackson

In 2014, Eric Altamirano guided National University to its first championship in 60 years. It may be just one title in his six-season stint there, but for a blue and gold side which has long been suffering, it was an all-important one. And so, coach Eric will remain a beloved figure in Sampaloc for all his life. Apparently, he also remains a beloved figure in Dallas in the US - at least in the house where Alfred Aroga now resides in. Reminiscing about the Bulldogs' historic championship in The Prospects Pod, that year's Finals MVP was asked about what Altamirano means to him. "Coach E, as I've always said, he's my Phil Jackson," he answered. Jackson was the coach for the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls' six championships, the Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant-led Los Angeles Lakers' three-peat, and, finally, the Kobe-led LA Lakers' back-to-back. In terms of rings, Coach Phil has Coach E beat, without a doubt. In terms of life lessons, though, "The Zen Master" is apparently not that far from the always amiable Filipino mentor. "I will call his house 'The Promised Land' because there are a lot of players that went in that house and look where they are today," Aroda said. "In his house, he didn't care where you came from, if you're black, green, yellow, blue. He didn't care about it. As long as you're in his house, there are rules to follow and those rules help you be a better person." Transferring from Cameroon to Manila, the 6-foot-7 big man stayed in the Altamirano household for all of his time in blue and gold. There, he learned all about discipline - something he had formerly failed to grasp. "There's a curfew, first of all. Then there are things you can't do - you can't drink, you don't smoke, you don't womanize, you go to Church, you got to be respectful," he shared. He then continued, "His family really embraced me and I needed that because I remember when I first went to the Philippines, I was like a wild animal, I was so aggressive, I didn't know how to respond to adversities so he had to coach me on that." For all of that, Aroga is nothing but thankful. "Coach E is always there for me. Coach, I would never repay you for everything you did for me so the only thing I can do is be successful and be grateful that I had you," he said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 15th, 2020Related News

Ken Tuffin, Taranaki follow Marcel Jones lead into NZ NBL semis

Ken Tuffin bounced back, Wednesday at the Trusts Arena and so did Taranaki to stay alive and kicking in the 2020 Sal's New Zealand National Basketball League. Tuffin contributed nine points, but it was Marcel Jones' game-long brilliance that propelled the Mountainairs past very game Franklin, 99-90, and into the semifinals. Jones scattered 31 points all throughout, most importantly, scoring 11 of his output in the 24-8 third quarter run that erased a six-point deficit and erected a 72-62 advantage for his side. Tuffin's triple capped off that run, giving Taranaki the lead they would never relinquish. Derone Raukawa joined in on the fun in the final frame and wound up with 28 points, seven assists, seven rebounds, and three steals himself. Jones also collected 10 rebounds, seven assists, and two blocks to make sure the Mountainairs moved on to a semifinals duel with archrival Manawatu on Thursday. Dominique Kelman-Poto paced the Bulls with 31 points, the last three of which even pulled them within three, 85-88, inside the last four minutes. Raukawa and Jones held down the fort for Taranaki, however, as they avenged their bitter 65-92 loss to the very same Franklin team to end the elimination round. With the much-welcome win, Tuffin and company now turn their attention to the Jets in the knockout semifinals still to be streamed live on Smart Sports Facebook. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 29th, 2020Related News

Ken Tuffin, Taranaki fight for right to advance in NBL playoffs

Having lost their last game in the elimination round of the 2020 Sal's New Zealand National Basketball League, Ken Tuffin and Taranaki find themselves in a do-or-die situation. Still, Far Eastern University's captain is nothing but upbeat that the four-seed Mountainairs will come out on top of five-seed Franklin on Wednesday. "Tomorrow is another opportunity to bounce back," he said, talking about his first playoff game in the Kiwi league tipping off at 3:30 PM (Philippine time) to be streamed live on Smart Sports Facebook. "I feel like when I play well, the team reflects my energy as well." Tuffin shone bright in his first nine showings for Taranaki as he normed 10.8 points on 51.5 percent shooting and 5.7 rebounds, but dimmed as of late with averages of 6.5 markers on 32.1 percent shooting and 4.0 boards in the last four games. That includes his most recent outing where he went scoreless as they bowed to the Bulls, 65-92, last Thursday. That loss forced them to settle for the four-seed in the playoffs, leading to a knockout bout with the five-seed for the right to move on to the semifinals. For him, though, this win or go home match opposite the very same squad that had downed them to end the elims is just another golden opportunity for the Mountainairs to send a statement they are for real. "Games are always going to be like that. You have good games, you have bad games," he said. He then continued, "I'm just looking forward to another opportunity tomorrow to bounce back. Hopefully, we can get it done." Even better, the 6-foot-4 versatile forward will be much more energized for his first playoff game as it will be steamed live for the benefit kababayans. As he put it, "That's awesome! Hearing about that makes me want to give that extra, knowing that people will be watching and supporting from the Philippines." Other players to watch apart from Tuffin are Taranaki's Derone Raukuwa, the league's leading scorer, and Marcel Jones, its leading rebounder, as well as Franklin's  Dominique Kelman-Poto and Isaac Davidson. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 28th, 2020Related News

LeBron s rookie card sells for the equivalent of over P90 million at auction

LeBron James is a moneymaker through and through. The latest in the crazy amounts of money involving the King himself is LeBron's Upper Deck rookie Patch Parallel card from the 2003-2004 season. In a report by ESPN's Tom VanHaaren, LeBron's card sold for an incredible $1.845 million at Goldin Auctions to Leore Avidar, CEO for Lob.com. In local currency, that particular LeBron card sold for just over P91 million. It's the most money a basketball card has fetched at auction. James' card was part of the Upper Deck Patch Autograph Parallel set that produced only 23 copies to match LeBron's jersey number when he was a rookie with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The one that sold at auction was one of only two to get a grade of 9.5 mint gem from the Beckett grading service. "There are only two of them, one of them is in private hands and the other was up for auction," Goldin Auctions founder Ken Goldin said in the ESPN report. "So this really was the single best LeBron card that somebody could have hoped to get. It was very active bidding, a lot of bidders, and we're happy with the results," Goldin added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 20th, 2020Related News

UAAP gives green light for Ken Tuffin to make NZ NBL debut

Ken Tuffin will be back for his fifth and final year for Far Eastern University - and he will do so after getting much-welcome experience in a semi-professional league. Tuffin has been officially allowed by the UAAP to play in the New Zealand National Basketball League, which already tipped off its brand new season a day ago. FEU representative to the Board of Managing Directors Mark Molina confirmed the development. With this, the Filipino-Kiwi forward will suit up for the Taranaki Airs for the first time on Wednesday evening (Philippine time) where they will be matched up opposite the Franklin Bulls. Tuffin sat out Taranaki’s season-opener against Nelson last Wednesday as he awaited approval from the UAAP. The Mountainairs triumphed, 112-96, and now try for back-to-back wins with their 6-foot-4 forward in tow. "Didn't play last night. Had to sit out just to be sure," he shared. "But now, I'm looking forward to getting out there and contributing in any way they need me to." After his stint in the NZ NBL, Tuffin has vowed to return to the Philippines where he will lead the Tamaraws in the UAAP 83 penciled in for the first half of 2021. The FEU skipper's debut, as well as the rest of the season, is available for livestream courtesy of the NZ NBL Pass. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 24th, 2020Related News

Bulls, Lavine disappointed for early end of their season

For Zach Lavine, his season with the Chicago Bulls ended as one of the best ever......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: SportsJun 8th, 2020Related News

Former NBA player beats up truck vandal

Los Angeles--Former Cleveland Cavaliers guard JR Smith is seen in video published by TMZ Sports on Sunday beating up a man that Smith said damaged his truck during Los Angeles protests over the death of George Floyd......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: SportsJun 2nd, 2020Related News

Thirdy Ravena shows off new look on Instagram

Three-time UAAP Men's Basketball champion and Finals MVP Thirdy Ravena surprised his social media followers by debuting a fresh, new look, Friday.  The former Ateneo Blue Eagle rocked a buzz cut that was dyed pink, which could be an homage to former Chicago Bulls great Dennis Rodman, who was known for his different hair colors.          View this post on Instagram                   ???? A post shared by Thirdy (@3rd_e) on May 29, 2020 at 12:41am PDT The always-fashionable Ravena has never been afraid to try out new things when it comes to his look and his style, so obviously, a new hairdo isn't out of the realm of his possibilities.  What can you say about Thirdy's new look?  .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 29th, 2020Related News

Coach Sloan

“Like” wasn’t a word many normally associated with Jerry Sloan. Armed with a singular experience growing up in Hamilton County, Illinois, that informed his small-town ethic, he played hard and worked hard. He earned a reputation as a rugged, no-nonsense defender who gave as much as he took. Chosen fourth overall in the 1965 draft, he spent a year as a reserve for the Bullets, and then the rest of his 11-year career epitomizing the Bulls’ leave-everything-on-the-floor style under Red Kerr and Dick Motta. He then applied what he learned from the aforesaid bench tacticians, and more, to carve a path as one of the most demanding to ever pace the National Basketball Association sidelines......»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: FinanceMay 24th, 2020Related News

Filming Last Dance Bulls a challenge on its own

Filming Last Dance Bulls a challenge on its own.....»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: FinanceMay 24th, 2020Related News

Hero or heel?

Jerry Krause has gone down in NBA history as the villain who destroyed the Chicago Bulls dynasty when he declared coach Phil Jackson wouldn’t be signed to a new contract before the 1997-98 season even began, regardless of whether the team won a third straight title and sixth overall under the Zen Master......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsMay 22nd, 2020Related News

The Last Dance producer recalls days in PBA

Andy Thompson, executive producer of storied docuseries on Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls, served as an import for the Tanduay Rhum Masters in the 1986 Third Conference of the PBA......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsMay 22nd, 2020Related News

Ateneo cagers Tio, Padrigao look to gain inspiration from The Last Dance

We spoke to veteran Ateneo Blue Eagle point guard Tyler Tio and Blue Eaglets playmaker Forthsky Padrigao on what they thought of the documentary as it introduced the Bulls and Michael Jordan to them and what their takeaway was......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsMay 21st, 2020Related News

‘Black Jesus’ si Jordan – LeBron

LABIS ang paghanga ni three-time NBA champion sa kinikilalang GOAT ng basketball na si Michael Jordan at kakampi nito sa Chicago Bulls na si Scottie Pippen......»»

Source: Abante AbanteCategory: NewsMay 20th, 2020Related News

Grant on Jordan& rsquo;s Last Dance: 90% untrue

Los Angeles---Former Chicago Bulls player Horace Grant lashed out at Michael Jordan on Tuesday, accusing the NBA legend of providing a skewed version of the truth in the hit documentary series "The Last Dance.".....»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: SportsMay 20th, 2020Related News

Cavs Nance Jr.: Online training at home a challenge

Not all members of the Cleveland Cavaliers are having online practice sessions with their teammates......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: SportsMay 19th, 2020Related News

Jordan: We could have won 7 titles

New York--Michael Jordan believes the Chicago Bulls 1990s NBA dynasty would have stayed together for at least one more season if team chiefs had backed coach Phil Jackson. .....»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: SportsMay 19th, 2020Related News