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Timberwolves win NBA draft lottery to gain top overall pick

The Minnesota Timberwolves snagged the number one pick in the upcoming NBA draft on Thursday, winning the lottery ahead of the Golden State Warriors......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: SportsAug 21st, 2020Related News

Timberwolves win NBA draft lottery to gain top overall pick

The Minnesota Timberwolves snagged the number one pick in the upcoming NBA draft on Thursday, winning the lottery ahead of the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors, just one season removed from a run of five straight finals appearances that yielded three titles, garnered the second overall selection. The Warriors finished last in the Western Conference […] The post Timberwolves win NBA draft lottery to gain top overall pick appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsAug 21st, 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

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

Giannis Antetokounmpo, D Angelo Russell join anti-racism protests

Reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and Minnesota Timberwolves' D'Angelo Russell are two of the latest NBA stars to join demonstrations against racism in the United States......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsJun 7th, 2020Related News

Muzzle Mr. Met? Mascots wonder why they re banned from MLB

By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Phillie Phanatic had stories of his favorite adventures -- from the Galapagos Islands to the cobblestone streets of Philadelphia -- read to him most weeks from his very best buds. The Philly furball was tucked in with a bedtime story from Bryce Harper. Andrew McCutchen and manager Joe Girardi stopped by as guest readers to entertain fans and unite the Phillies community. But should the Phillies play ball this year, well, the book will close on the Phanatic. MLB wants to ban the birds -- sorry, Pirate Parrot -- and Bernie Brewer, Blooper, Bernie the Marlin, heck, all costumed creatures great and small from the ballpark this season. Firebird, Paws, the Oriole Bird, all face extinction -- at least this season, should baseball resume. Not even a muzzle on Mr. Met or a mask on Mariner Moose would help the cause. Gasp! Baseball’s furriest and funniest fans are forbidden from entering a ballpark. And that’s not cool. “Every mascot should be essential because of its ability to connect and distract with fun,” mascot guru Dave Raymond said. Raymond should know as well as any performer, as the first person to take on the 6-foot-6, 300-pound, 90-inch waist frame of the Phanatic. He’s since become a mascot consultant to the stars and helped create, brand and train the next generation of hundreds of stadium characters. Mascots are as much a ballpark staple as hot dogs and the long ball, and each fuzzy fist bump or chance concourse encounter hooks the youngest fans on the game. As baseball prepares for a summer slate without fans, Raymond wonders: What’s a game without a mascot? “You don’t have to convince me of that,” Raymond said. “It’s the powers that be that don’t understand that simple truth.” There’s already a blueprint MLB could follow that explains why mascots fit in barren ballparks. Take a look across the globe. Mascots remained a staple of baseball games in Taiwan and the KBO League in South Korea. American fans who stayed up late (or is it, woke up early?) to watch KBO games on ESPN were mesmerized by mascots gone wild in empty stadiums. The LG Twins mascots -- twin robot boys named Lucky and Star -- wore masks. So did cheerleaders and a drum section that provided the soundtrack for an otherwise dreary atmosphere. The Chinese Professional Baseball League barred spectators over concerns of spreading the new coronavirus in a crowded space, but the league decided it was safe to let in cheerleaders and costumed mascots. “This is the most important time to leverage fun, when people are sick and dying and dealing with the brutality of life,” Raymond said. “That is the time that you find a way to distract people and entertain them.” Philadelphia Inquirer cartoonist Rob Tornoe drew the Phanatic (wearing a mask) sitting atop the dugout with his phone and on hold with the unemployment office. “This is life or death now for a lot of characters, a lot of performers,” former Timberwolves mascot Jon Cudo said. It’s not that dire for most MLB performers who often have other duties within the organization or remained active in the community with food drives, firetruck parades or other feel-good efforts during the pandemic. Raymond had former and current mascots, including Cudo, join this week on his webinar, “What The Heck Should My Mascot Do Now?” The best suggestion to stay connected with fans -- with the ATV temporarily parked -- is engaging through social content. Mascot Mania has gone wild on Instagram and TikTok. Mr. Met cleans windows. D. Baxter the Bobcat taught crosswalk safety. Wally the Green Monster records virtual messages for charity. Then again, mascots have problems just like us: Who gives the Phanatic a trim during quarantine? “The Phanatic doesn’t need to get his hair cut,” Raymond said. “It’s actually a positive when it gets unkempt and long.” The Phanatic already underwent one makeover this year — his new look features flightless feathers rather than fur-colored arms, stars outlining the eyes, a larger posterior and a powder blue tail, blue socks with red shoes, plus a set of scales under the arms — because of a lawsuit filed against the team by the creators of the original Phanatic. The creators threatened to terminate the Phillies’ rights to the Phanatic as of June 15 and “make the Phanatic a free agent” unless the team renegotiated its 1984 agreement to acquire the mascot’s rights. Mascots were lumped in with other baseball traditions that would be weeded out under a 2020 proposal. The traditional exchange of lineup cards would be eliminated, along with high-fives, fist bumps and bat boys and girls. “I don’t know of anybody who bought season tickets to watch the bat boy,” Raymond said. “But you can say that in spades for the mascots. We’d be losing one of the draws that brings in people beyond the statistic nerds.” Plus, any fan who attended a Phillies game in the late 1990s at Veterans Stadium knows the Phanatic can play in an empty ballpark. Mascots just want to honk, honk, honk for the home team and they do care if they ever get back. “I’m just imploring them to value the character brands,” Raymond said. “There is a safe way for you to have fun, and frankly, fun is the most important thing you can invest in right now.”.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 31st, 2020Related News

Minnesota Timberwolves Towns, Okogie join in rally in support of George Floyd

Held at the Minneapolis City Hall Rotunda, Towns and Okogie showed their support for Floyd, who died in police custody after pleading that he could not breathe......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsMay 30th, 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

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

How the Bulls 90s dominance reshaped the NBA s Western Conference and the league forever

During their 1990s heyday, Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls took down one top contender after another......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsMay 19th, 2020Related News