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NBA Restart Team Overview: Phoenix Suns

RECORD: 26-39, 13th-place, two games behind 12th-place San Antonio, 2 1/2 games behind the three teams virtually tied for ninth-place (Portland, New Orleans, and Sacramento), and six games behind eighth-place Memphis. OVERVIEW: The Suns are having their best season since 2014-15 as they seek their first playoff appearance in 10 years. All-Star Devin Booker, 2018 No. 1 overall pick Deandre Ayton, and the emerging Kelly Oubre Jr. form a promising young core. NUMBER TO KNOW: Phoenix averages an NBA-leading 27.2 assists per game.  SEEDING GAMES: vs Washington Wizards (8/1) vs Dallas Mavericks (8/3) vs Los Angeles Clippers (8/5) vs Indiana Pacers (8/7) vs Miami Heat (8/9) vs Oklahoma City Thunder (8/11) vs Philadelphia 76ers (8/12) vs Dallas Mavericks (8/14).....»»

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NBA Restart Team Overview: Washington Wizards

RECORD: 24-40, ninth-place, 5 1/2 games behind eighth-place Orlando and six games behind seventh-place Brooklyn OVERVIEW: The Wizards were playing their best basketball of 2019-20 when the season was suspended, posting a 14-16 record in their last 30 games. Rui Hachimura of Japan is the fifth-leading scorer (13.4 ppg) and top rebounder (6.0 rpg) among qualifying NBA rookies. NUMBER TO KNOW: Bradley Beal ranks second in the NBA in points per game at 30.5. KEY ABSENCES: Bradley Beal, Davis Bertans, John Wall (out for season) KEY ADDITIONS: Jerian Grant SEEDING GAMES: vs Phoenix Suns (8/1) vs Brooklyn Nets (8/3) vs Indiana Pacers (8/4) vs Philadelphia 76ers (8/6) vs New Orleans Pelicans (8/8) vs Oklahoma City Thunder (8/10) vs Milwaukee Bucks (8/12) vs Boston Celtics (8/14) .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 9th, 2020Related News

Suns coach hopes they can be bright spot for our world

With the National Basketball Association set to restart its season, Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams is upbeat that his team will be a bright spot in the way they play the game......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: SportsJun 5th, 2020Related News

Michael Jordan: 'Truly pained and plain angry”

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Michael Jordan is “deeply saddened, truly pained and plain angry.” With protesters taking to the streets across the United States again Sunday, Jordan released a statement on George Floyd and the killings of black people at the hands of police. “I am deeply saddened, truly pained and plain angry,” the former NBA star and current Charlotte Hornets owner said in the statement posted on the Jordan brand’s social media accounts and the team's Twitter account. “I see and feel everyone’s pain, outrage and frustration. I stand with those who are calling out the ingrained racism and violence toward people of color in our country. We have had enough. “I don’t have the answers, but our collective voices show strength and the inability to be divided by others. We must listen to each other, show compassion and empathy and never turn our backs on senseless brutality. We need to continue peaceful expressions against injustice and demand accountability. Our unified voice needs to put pressure on our leaders to change our laws, or else we need to use our vote to create systemic change. Every one of us needs to be part of the solution, and we must work together to ensure justice for all. “My heart goes out to the family of George Floyd and to the countless others whose lives have been brutally and senselessly taken through acts of racism and injustice.” Floyd was in handcuffs a week ago when a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into his neck as he pleaded that he couldn’t breathe. Derek Chauvin was charged Friday with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 1st, 2020Related News

When We Were Volleyball Queens (Part 1)

(This story was originally published on March 23, 2015) "Pinays down Thais, bag Southeast Asian Games gold medal." This headline or anything close to it made the sports section of newspapers as one of our contingent’s shining moment in the 1993 biennial regional meet held in Singapore from June 12 to 20. Though given smaller treatment than the meteoric romp of the then Asian sprint queen Lydia De Vega in the century and 200 meter dash events, it gave pride to local volleyball.  Days before the birth of this generation’s most popular volleyball player, our national women’s team stood tall and proud as they wore their gold medals around their necks. Stepping on a platform higher than the region’s powerhouse team. It has been 22 long years since, and three months before the 28th SEA Games starts its fourth staging in the tiny island in the southern tip of the Malayan peninsula on June 5, Rosemarie Prochina recalled the campaign that brought Philippine volleyball to its highest peak. Talking with the Mane ‘N Tail coach during the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference launch, ABS-CBN Sports was taken back in time when the likes of Thelma Barina-Rojas, Zenaida Ybanez, Arlene Apostol and Leonora Escolante were the darlings of volleyball much like what Alyssa Valdez, Ara Galang, and the Santiago sisters, Dindin and Jaja, Denden Lazaro of today.    She said that their road to the SEA Games gold started when she and five other tall players from Cebu were brought to Manila for the national pool of the Philippine Amateur Volleyball Association headed by Victorico Chavez and Secretary-General Ramon “Tats” Suzara. “Ano kasi yun e, 1991 kinuha kami from Cebu. Mga tall players, tall na kami dati, may 6-foot-2, may 5-foot-10,” said the 5-foot-10 Prochina, who was recruited as a middle blocker from Southwestern University. “Pagdating namin sa Maynila parang ano, total makeover kasi galing kaming probinsiya ganyan,” she added. “Anim kaming dumating sa Maynila.” “Pagdating namin ang program nina Sir Tats hindi kami magtsa-champion agad kasi magte-train pa kami tapos may mga (nauna) sa amin sa Maynila na mga seniors na. May kasama kaming taga-FEU, at UST kasi sila yung mga darling dati,” said Prochina.     Sharpening the saw  Once under the program of PAVA, Prochina said they went through rigorous training under the tutelage of Stanislav Lyugaylo, who was part of the then Union of Soviet Socialist Republic national team that won gold in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and was tapped to handle the team in 1993.  “That time training kami ng training. Nagkaroon kami ng Russian coach tapos nu’ng SEA Games ng 1991 nag-bronze medal kami,” she further explained. “Yun lang ang aim nu’n dati ganoon lang muna kasi bago lang kami e. So yun itinulu’y-tuloy lang yung programa.” The national team was given the much needed support and were even sent overseas for international exposure.  “Marami kaming pinuntahan para mag-training. Nag-Japan kami. Noong 1992 yun maraming competitions abroad, yun tulu’y-tuloy kahit maraming nag-tryout-tryouts na ganyan still yung team dinadagdagan lang,” Prochina continued. “Noong 1993 yun na yun may Russian coach kami tapos nag-training kami for one month sa Japan.” Prochina said that their Japan stint was through the initiative of Chavez and Suzara. The Filipinas were pitted against the best squads from the land of the rising suns.  “Sila yung instrumental sa team namin na pinadala kami sa Japan for one month,” she said. “Umikot kami sa mga club teams sa Japan. One month yun, rigid training yun kaya pagdating namin ng Maynila mapuputi kami na payat, as in talagang (fit).”    Adversities at home and in Singapore Prochina recollected that the team had a share of doubters and haters.    “Sa laro namin sa Singapore, dito pa lang sa Manila may mga (nagi-expect) na baka mag-champion or baka ma-disappoint lang,” she said. Some believed that it’s improbable that a group of girls can topple the Thais, who that time were aiming for a three-peat.   “Kasi nga alam mo naman, siyempre may mga detractors din kami talaga,” according to Prochina. The team proceed with their mission armed with optimism that they are ready and more prepared than in 1991. “Pagdating namin dun (sa Singapore) ang (gusto) ko lang sa team namin ay sobra kaming mag-teamwork. Kasi kaming mga baguhan tapos half naman ng team mga seniors, sina Thelma Barina, ganyan,” she said. “Magaling silang magdala ng juniors. So kaming mga bago talagang sumusunod sa kanila.” But they had a rude awakening. “Pagdating sa laro doon, actually sa first na laban namin sa Thailand talo kami e. Under four sets yata or something basta ganoon, parang marami kaming naging (pagkukulang),” she recalled. Though suffering an opening game loss, the coaching staff were solid in their faith with the team. “Pero ang coaches namin very positive sila,” Prochina said. The team got up to their feet running over their next opponents to take a finals berth. “Pero after (ng talo), panalo na kami nu’n against Singapore, Myanmar, Vietnam kasi hindi rin sila ganoon kalakas,” she added.   Shopping, seriously? Prochina said that though the team racked up victories, they still felt the sting of their loss against the Thais. They were even demoralized going to the championship with Thailand, who was then lording over the competition. “Bago kami mag-champion hindi kami ganoon kapursigido, yung nag-eensayo kami pero ensayo lang,” she said. Sensing his team’s low morale, Lyugaylo asked his wards something that nobody expected.   “The day before the championship sinabihan kami ng Russian coach namin na “O you go shopping”, Prochina continued. “Kami naman “Ah, shopping lang. Bakit ganito ‘to?” she said. The day of the finals, there were no pre-game preparations, the Russian mentor asked them to go in deep meditation and after that just dance. “So nung umaga ng championship, kasi hapon yung championship against Thailand, ang sabi niya, “You go into one room and then you dance. Be happy,”” Prochina recalled. “Pero before noon pala may mga meditation na rin kami. Malaking bagay yun,” she said. “Yun yung isang nakakatulong sa team naming talaga. Yung relaxation sa mind kasi nga fit na (ang katawan namin).” And dance they did. “That morning pinasayaw niya lang kami. So kami naman walang KJ (kill joy) sa team namin kahit may mga edad na yung iba,” Prochina further related. “Sayaw-sayaw kami.” After that as they say the rest is history. “Tapos nu’ng hapon nangyari na yung nag-champion kami,” the PSL rookie mentor said. “Four sets yun at ang Thailand nun malakas, as in sobrang lakas.”   (to be continued)  .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 3rd, 2020Related News

Biyombo makes hefty donation

LOS ANGELES (AFP) — Charlotte Hornets player Bismack Biyombo donated $1 million in surgical masks and hazardous materials suits through his charity to his native Democratic Republic of Congo. The supplies include four containers filled with 10,000 face masks and 780 protective hazmat suits to help in his country’s battle against the worldwide new coronavirus, […] The post Biyombo makes hefty donation appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsApr 16th, 2020Related News

Hornets star donates medical supplies to Congo

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Charlotte Hornets player Bismack Biyombo has donated $1 million in surgical masks and hazardous materials suits through his charity to his native DR Congo. The supplies include four containers filled with 10,000 face masks and 780 protective hazmat suits to help in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s battle against the worldwide new coronavirus, The […].....»»

Source: Tempo TempoCategory: NewsApr 16th, 2020Related News

NBA 2K Players Tournament to air on S+A and iWant

Missing the NBA? Well, Filipino fans will finally get some “NBA action” as ABS-CBN Sports brings the first-ever NBA 2K Players Tournament to free TV on S+A this Thursday, April 16, with livestreaming on iWant.  Headlining the inaugural 2K20 tournament organized by the NBA Players Association (NBPA) in partnership with videogame company 2K and the NBA were erstwhile champion and MVP Kevin Durant from the Brooklyn Nets, ice-cold scorer Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks, All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell of Utah Jazz, former Los Angeles Lakers' big man DeMarcus Cousins, and Phoenix Suns' hot shooter Devin Booker.  Booker emerged victorious in the event for a cause, which brought players and fans together, albeit only online, as the global pandemic caused suspension of sporting events, including NBA games. His $100,000 cash prize went to a charity of his choice.  Watch NBA stars try to replicate their winning ways in the court in the popular video game starting with the first round match-ups at 1:30 p.m. featuring Kevin Durant against Derrick Jones Jr. followed by Patrick Beverley and Hassan Whiteside’s showdown. At 4:00 p.m., it’s Rui Hachimura taking on Donovan Mitchell followed by DeMarcus Cousins against Andre Drummond. The quarterfinal round on Friday at 1:30 p.m. features Hachimura vs. Booker and Jones Jr. vs. Harrell, followed by Ayton vs. Young then Beverley vs. Drummond at 4:00 p.m.  The semifinals match between Booker and Harrell will be on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. followed by Beverley and Ayton clash for the last Finals seat at 4:00 p.m.  The championship round between teammates Booker and Ayton will air on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. The games will also be on replay every weekday at 11:00 a.m. beginning April 23 after “The Score.” .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsApr 14th, 2020Related News

Devin Booker wins NBA 2K20 Players in all-Phoenix Suns final

Devin Booker won the NBA 2K20 Players Tournament on Saturday night (Sunday morning in the Philippines), sweeping Phoenix Suns teammate Deandre Ayton in the best-of-three final. “I played a lot growing up,” Booker said. “It's all about timing and eye coordination.” ESPN broadcast the three-day, 16-player Xbox One competition. The last NBA games were played March 11, the day Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus. Booker’s Houston Rockets topped Ayton’s Los Angeles Lakers 72-62 in Game 1 and the star guard directed the Denver Nuggets to a 74-62 victory over thee Milwaukee Bucks in the second. “Anyone who thinks they can play 2K, let's get it,” Booker said. Booker earned a $100,000 donation to a coronavirus-related relief effort of his choice. Seeded fifth, he beat Denver's Michael Porter Jr., Washington's Rui Hachimura and the Los Angeles Clippers' Montrezl Harrell to reach the final — also sweeping those matchups. Ayton topped Chicago's Zach LaVine, Atlanta's Trae Young and the Clippers' Patrick Beverley, using his own Suns to top Beverley in the semifinals. “I said in the beginning that it was going to be Deandre and I in the championship — and that's the way it ended up,” Booker said. The players were seeded by their NBA 2K player ratings......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsApr 12th, 2020Related News

Phoenix s Booker wins players-only NBA 2K tourney, donates $100K to coronavirus relief

Booker swept fellow Suns teammate DeAndre Ayton, 2-0, in the best-of-three finals series to take home the championship and $100,000 donation to his name to the Direct Relief and Arizona Food Bank Network......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsApr 12th, 2020Related News

Betancourt says Remy will play in NBA

The former Charlotte Hornets foreign consultant/scout who attempted to bring Johnny Abarrientos to the NBA in 1997 said yesterday Fil-Am guard Remy Martin of Arizona State will make it to the majors and advised 7-1 center Kai Sotto to build his game like Kristaps Porzingis for the chance to play in the big league......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsApr 2nd, 2020Related News

Cone picks 5 who could’ve played in NBA

Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone was in a meeting with Johnny Abarrientos when Charlotte Hornets scout Joe Betancourt came to Manila and brought up the possibility of the Flying A playing in the NBA in 1997......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsMar 29th, 2020Related News

Recalling Johnny’s close NBA call

It was in 1997 when Charlotte Hornets foreign consultant and scout Joe Betancourt met with Johnny Abarrientos, his Alaska coach Tim Cone and his adviser Anton Montinola at a suite in the Manila Peninsula Hotel to discuss the possibility of signing the Flying A to a 10-day contract during the NBA season or bringing him over to summer training camp......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsMar 27th, 2020Related News

U.S. indicts Venezuela leader Maduro for narco-terrorism

WASHINGTON DC, USA – The US Justice Department announced the indictment Thursday, March 26, of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and offered a $15-million reward for information leading to his capture.  The Justice Department called Maduro the head of a cocaine trafficking group called "The Cartel of the Suns" ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsMar 26th, 2020Related News

Milwaukee Bucks, wagi kontra Charlotte Hornets sa NBA playoffs

  YNA MORTEL   PATULOY ang pamamayagpag ng Milwaukee Bucks kahit pasok na ito sa NBA playoffs matapos tuluyang pabagsakin ang Charlotte Hornets, sa iskor na 93-85. Bumida sa panalo ng Bucks ang NBA MVP na si Giannis Antetokounmpo na nagtala ng 41 points, 20 rebounds at anim na assists. Sa iba pang laro, muling minalas ang […] The post Milwaukee Bucks, wagi kontra Charlotte Hornets sa NBA playoffs appeared first on PINAS......»»

Source: Pinasglobal PinasglobalCategory: NewsMar 9th, 2020Related News

Hornets shoot down Rockets

Los Angeles, United States—Terry Rozier scored a team high 24 points as the Charlotte Hornets used a red-hot start to defeat the Houston Rockets 108-99 on Saturday (Sunday Philippine time)......»»

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

Rozier, Hornets deal Rockets third straight loss

LOS ANGELES, USA – Terry Rozier scored a team-high 24 points as the Charlotte Hornets used a red-hot start to defeat the Houston Rockets, 108-99, on Saturday, March 7 (Sunday, March 8, Manila time). The Hornets scored the first 20 points and maintained a double digit lead for most of the ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsMar 8th, 2020Related News

Harden has dubious quadruple-double

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Terry Rozier scored a team high 24 points as the Charlotte Hornets used a red-hot start to defeat the Houston Rockets, 108-99, on Saturday. The Hornets scored the game’s first 20 points and maintained a double digit lead for most of the second half in front of a crowd of 19,100 […].....»»

Source: Tempo TempoCategory: NewsMar 8th, 2020Related News

Antetokounmpo dominant as Bucks stretch win streak

LOS ANGELES, USA – Giannis Antetokounmpo poured in 41 points and grabbed 20 rebounds as the Milwaukee Bucks notched another dominant NBA victory, a 93-85 triumph over the Hornets in Charlotte. The Bucks pushed their league-leading record to 52-8 with their sixth straight win since the All-Star break on Sunday, March ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsMar 2nd, 2020Related News

Warriors snap 8-game skid, beating Suns 115-99

Warriors snap 8-game skid, beating Suns 115-99.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMar 1st, 2020Related News