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Ex-Gin King Greg Slaughter trying out for NBA G League?

Speaking during the recent episode of Tiebreaker Vods' Coaches Unfiltered, Ginebra head coach Tim Cone claimed he had heard talks of Slaughter trying out for the G League after his contract expired with the Gin Kings last February......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: Sports21 hr. 44 min. ago Related News

Cone: Slaughter not responding to calls

From all indications, Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone knows getting Greg Slaughter back is a long shot. “We don’t know if he’s coming back. He has not responded [to calls],” said Cone, referring to Slaughter, who has won four titles with the Gin Kings but ended ties with the league’s most popular club and threatened […] The post Cone: Slaughter not responding to calls appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsJul 3rd, 2020Related News

Kings Parker cleared to end self-isolation after positive test

Sacramento Kings coach Luke Walton says forward Jabari Parker has been cleared to end his self-isolation following a positive test for the coronavirus. Walton also spoke to Parker about handling himself in public after photos surfaced last week of the forward playing tennis without a mask following his positive test. Center Alex Len and guard Buddy Hield also announced they contracted the coronavirus, and Walton says all three are “doing much better” while being tested every other day. No players have told Walton they don’t want to take part as the Kings (28-36) prepare to play their final eight games in Orlando beginning at the end of this month. “This is a grown men’s league,” Walton said on a call Wednesday. “We talk to our guys but you can’t make them do anything. All we can do is encourage them to follow the guidelines that we’ve all been given: Do your best to social distance, wear a face mask when you’re out, wash your hands as often as possible, stay away from shaking hands, those type of things.” One of Walton’s top priorities now is “making sure everyone’s comfortable” — which will mean players bringing their own workout gear and leaving an extra pair of shoes that stay at the practice facility or arena......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 2nd, 2020Related News

Kings Alex Len positive with coronavirus

Sacramento Kings big man Alex Len became the third player from the franchise to contract the virus. His teammates Buddy Hield and Jabari Parker also tested positive for COVID-19......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsJun 26th, 2020Related News

Brogdon, Parker positive for virus but vow to play in NBA restart

Indiana Pacers playmaker Malcolm Brogdon and Sacramento Kings forward Jabari Parker say they've tested positive for COVID-19, but expect to join their teammates when the NBA resumes play in Florida in July......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: SportsJun 25th, 2020Related News

The Unforgettable ONE Championship Debut Of Jomary Torres

There are only a few ONE Championship debuts that can match Jomary “The Zamboanginian Fighter” Torres’ spectacular entry into The Home Of Martial Arts at ONE: KINGS AND CONQUERORS back in 2017. .....»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: SportsJun 25th, 2020Related News

More NBA players positive for coronavirus as return looms

Per Shams Charania of the Stadium and Athletic, Indiana Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon and Kings forward Jabari Parker have both tested positive for COVID-19 but will still join their teams in Orlando......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsJun 25th, 2020Related News

Pacers Brogdon, Kings Parker reveal they have virus

Pacers Brogdon, Kings Parker reveal they have virus.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 25th, 2020Related News

The extreme former life of Ginebra star Scottie Thompson

(This story was originally published on February 23, 2017.) For a guard that stands barely above six feet, Scottie Thompson sure has a knack for gobbling up rebounds as if he's five to six inches taller. Through the elimination round of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup, Scottie averaged 10.4 rebounds per game, good for fourth behind 6'11" June Mar Fajardo (16.0 rebounds), 6'9" Raymond Almazan (11.6 rebounds), and 6'5" Sean Anthony (10.7) rebounds. Again, Thompson stands barely above six feet, and he's a guard. With the sophomore star doing the dirty work down low, among other things, Brgy. Ginebra San Miguel is back in the PBA Finals. And before you accuse of Scottie having special powers or magnets or something because the ball almost always end up in his possession, Scottie does have a strange past that may explain his affinity for the extreme and hauling down rebounds and other stuff for the barangay. We're talking about volleyball, dance, drag racing with motorcycles, and BMX biking. Let Scottie explain for himself. "Varsity ako samin sa basketball pero ang dami kong sports. BMX. Di pa ako mahilig sa basketball nun," Thompson said, recalling his days growing up in Davao del Sur. "Kung ano sinasalihan ko nun—sayaw, volleyball. Kahit ano. Naloko din ako sa motor, sa drag race. Siguro, dun ko rin nakuha yung pagiging versatile ko. Kahit anong nilalaro kong sports dati, ganun kasi sa probinsya kung ano lang uso," he added. Wow Scottie, BMX bicycles? Really? For those who may not be familiar with what those are, BMX bikes are those off-road sports bicycles that people mainly use to do crazy and fancy stunts. Turns out, the typically low-key Scottie was 'bout that life. And he has the scar to prove it. "Dito nga, natusok ako sa manibela," he said, pointing to a scar on his neck. "Wala eh, pinalipad ko. Tapos [inikot] ko yung manibela, pag land ko di na bumalik." "Tapos pag-uwi ko naka [takip damit sa leeg] ako kasi papagalitan ako," he added. After turning his back on the extreme, Scottie has had quite a basketball career, which is good news for Ginebra fans. So far in his young PBA stint, Thompson has been to the Finals in two out of four conferences, hoping to give the barangay back-to-back titles. "Unang-una nagpapa-salamat ako kasi youngest ako dito uli," Scottie said. Panagalawa ko na to, sobrang blessed and sobrang thankful kay God." In the Philippine Cup, the Gin Kings now face two-time defending champion San Miguel Beer, a matchup that hasn't been seen in 10 years or since Mark Caguioa and Jay-jay Helterbrand led Ginebra in a six-game conquest of Danny Seigle and the Beermen. While he was already a basketball fan then, Scottie couldn't even remember if he even watched that series. He was still probably busy with his bike. "Malamang nasa Digos pa ako nun. High School, mga first year pa ako, magse-second year," he said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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

In lockdown: Kings of the road sidelined

“We don’t want aid, what we need is to get our livelihood back. What can we get from the government’s aid? A few kilos of rice and cans of sardines? Those aren’t even enough to feed our family for a day. Our request is to get our livelihood back, we’re not expecting the government to help us, so can they at least allow us to help ourselves?” The post In lockdown: Kings of the road sidelined appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Source: Bulatlat BulatlatCategory: NewsJun 18th, 2020Related News

PBA: Road Warriors test negative for COVID-19

After San Miguel Beer, Ginebra, and Magnolia, NLEX becomes the fourth PBA team to get their results from COVID-19 testing. The Road Warriors all tested negative. Players, coaches, and officials of the Road Warriors took their rapid COVID-19 tests Thursday at the NLEX Balintawak compound. PBA Press Corps President Gerry Ramos of Spin.ph was first to report that team members tested negative. "All NLEX Road Warriors players, coaches, and staff, including utilities and ballboys tested negative for the virus," the team said in a statement. [Related: PBA: Beermen, Gin Kings, and Hotshots test negative for COVID-19] Aside from NLEX, Meralco also had took their COVID-19 tests earlier this week while the TNT KaTropa will have their turn next week. The PBA earlier said that testing will be a must as the league prepares for a possible comeback. [Related: "No test, no practice" for PBA teams] Following a PBA Board meeting Wednesday, the league will implement a "no test, no practice" scheme to all 12 teams. — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 5th, 2020Related News

'No test, no practice' for PBA teams

The PBA will be in communication with the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases for a possible return later this year. Following a Board meeting Wednesday, the league is writing a letter to the IATF to streamline steps as the PBA hopes to continue its season following the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020 PBA Philippine Cup has been suspended since March 11 after playing only one game. “We’re reaching out to them (IATF), and we’re also having a dialogue with representatives from the teams – most probably two players each,” Commissioner Willie Marcial said. As a first step, the PBA will seek clearance to have teams start working out again. Even as Metro Manila is under a relaxed general community quarantine, which has allowed the PBA to resume limited office activities, sports gatherings are still not allowed. “Wala naman scrimmage. It’s a process, dahan-dahan lang. Wala munang games. The proposal is just return to practice, conditioning,” PBA Board vice chairman Bobby Rosales said. With the hopes of restarting team activities, the PBA will implement strict health protocols. Most of them will fall under the order of "no test, no practice." “Checking of temperature; all health essentials, including alcohol; social distancing; apat (players) per session guided by a safety officer and a trainer; pagkatapos ng session alis agad, walang shower. Then the next batch of six individuals hanggang matapos ang buong teams,” Commissioner Marcial said. “Idi-disinfect ang practice venue by hospital standard. Pagdating sa venue, kailangan naka-practice uniform na ang players. After practice, may proper disposal ng uniform. Five minutes lang, alis na sa venue,” Marcial added. [Related: PBA: Beermen, Gin Kings, and Hotshots test negative for COVID-19] The San Miguel Beermen, Barangay Ginebra, and Magnolia Hotshots have taken their respective COVID-19 tests and results were negative. Meanwhile, TNT KaTropa, Meralco Bolts, and the NLEX Road Warriors are set to be tested completely by next week.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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

Kings broadcaster resigns after tweet to Cousins

Kings broadcaster resigns after tweet to Cousins.....»»

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

DO YOU REMEMBER… Jia Morado’s PVL debut?

Creamline is a powerhouse team in the Premier Volleyball League. Boasting of a deep roster of talents led by strong hitters in Alyssa Valdez, Jema Galanza and Michele Gumabao, the Cool Smashers have in their collection a total of three titles in three years including back-to-back Open Conference crowns. And making this star-studded team work and the Creamline players function at their best is setter Jia Morado. Morado joined the pink-clad squad in the PVL’s Open Conference back in 2017 after a short hiatus following Ateneo de Manila University’s runner-up finish in UAAP Season 79. In Creamline, which finished third in the Reinforced Conference during the league's inaugural season, Morado reunited with Valdez after last seeing action together in the UAAP in 2016.    The playmaker’s first official game as a Cool Smasher was on July 1, 2017 when Creamline opened its tournament campaign against the Jema Galanza-led Adamson University-Akari at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Morado got the starting role as the Cool Smashers’ main setter the previous conference Alex Cabanos took a backseat. In front of a very excited 1,205-strong crowd, Morado, who a couple months before announced her decision to forego her final year with the Lady Eagles after losing to archrival De La Salle University in the UAAP Finals, once again wove her magic. Despite still adjusting with her new teammates, Morado sure brought out the best in her spikers. Rosemarie Vargas hammered 16 attacks in her 18-point explosion, Valdez also had 16 kills for 18 markers while Pau Soriano got 11 points as Morado pulled the strings of the Creamline’s offense for an opening-day, 25-17, 18-25, 25-15, 25-22, win. Morado registered impressive numbers in her first action in the PVL. She dished out 36 excellent sets that helped the Cool Smashers nail the bulk of their 49 attack points. Morado also posted six points coming off three spikes, a kill block and two aces. On the defensive end, Morado was as sharp as she put up seven digs. “It feels great to play. It’s a great experience playing with new players naman this time,” said Morado in her first PVL post-game interview. In that first match, Morado also faced off with a young Adamson playmaker in Louie Romero. The then Kings’ Montessori setter held her own against Morado with 34 excellent sets. The Cool Smashers would eventually win their next six games in the single round eliminations. However, with Valdez joining the national team in its training for the Kuala Lumpur Southeast Asian Games, Creamline came up short in the semifinals against eventual champion BaliPure and settled for a third place finish. Morado won her first of five Best Setter awards in her debut tournament.     ---         Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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

Former Laker Brian Shaw will coach Kai Sotto s G League team

Kai Sotto's select team in the NBA G League finally has a coach. First reported by Shams Charania for The Athletic and Stadium, former Los Angeles Laker Brian Shaw will take over as head coach for the G-League select team that has top Fil-Am prospect Jalen Green and the 7'2" Sotto. Brian Shaw has agreed to become the head coach of the new NBA G League elite pro team headlined by Jalen Green, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. — Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 1, 2020 As a player, Shaw was a first round pick for the Boston Celtics but had his greatest success with the Lakers. Shaw was part of the first 3-peat in Los Angeles led by Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal during the early 2000s. After his playing days were over, Shaw stayed with the Lakers as an assistant coach from 2005 all the way to 2011. Shaw spent another few seasons as an assistant and later associate head coach for the Indiana Pacers before he got his first head coaching gig for the Denver Nuggets in 2013. After two season with the Nuggets, Shaw eventually returned to the Lakers as part of Luke Walton's staff until last year. In the G League select team, Shaw will coach Jalen Green, the no. 1 player in the class of 2020, and Kai Sotto, the 7'2" teen phenom that's trying to be the first homegrown Filipino player to play in the NBA. [Related: Meet Kai Sotto's G League teammates] Shaw will also handle five-star prospects in Isaiah Todd and Daishen Nix in the G League select team.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 2nd, 2020Related News

PBA: Beermen, Gin Kings, and Hotshots test negative for COVID-19

The COVID-19 test results are out for all three PBA teams under San Miguel Corp. The flagship Beermen, Barangay Ginebra, and the Magnolia Hotshots all tested negative. SMC had all its players and team officials tested for COVID-19 last week, with the results officially coming out Monday. "Kinakabahan papunta ng hospital and kinakabahan [during COVID-19 test] kasi first time ko lang ma-test," Magnolia's Mark Barroca said. Aside from all three of its PBA teams, SMC big boss Ramon Ang likewise sponsored the COVID-19 tests of PBA employees. All 41 of the league's regular employees were tested at the San Miguel headquarters last week. The PBA has since opened office operations, albeit on a limited capacity, this week as Metro Manila has been downgraded to a general community quarantine.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 2nd, 2020Related News

PBA: MVP teams to undergo COVID-19 tests as well

Following San Miguel, Ginebra, and Magnolia, all three PBA teams under the MVP group will also now undergo COVID-19 tests. Players, coaches, and officials from the flagship TNT KaTropa, Meralco, and NLEX will take the test in order to ensure safety from the coronavirus as the PBA hopes for an eventual return this year following an extended absence. The Bolts were reportedly first to have their COVID-19 tests, taking the procedure Monday during the first day of the general community quarantine in Metro Manila. Up next later this week are the Road Warriors followed by the KaTropa next week. Rivals from the SMC group were already tested for COVID-19 last week, and their results came out negative. [Related: PBA: Beermen, Gin Kings, and Hotshots test negative for COVID-19] Also taking the COVID-19 test but pending official results are all 41 regular PBA employees including Commissioner Willie Marcial.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 2nd, 2020Related News

Jordan breaks silence on George Floyd s death, Clarkson joins protests

Jordan Clarkson is not taking the latest act of racism and police brutality in the US sitting down. The Fil-Am combo guard of the Utah Jazz joined a protest in Los Angeles for the murder of George Floyd. Floyd was an unarmed African-American killed at the hands of Minneapolis police. His death has once again sparked the issue of racism and police brutality in the United States, causing protests all over the country. Clarkson was part of what he said was a peaceful protest in his area. "The time for change has been passed due. Don't forget the message because of the tone that it is projected in," he wrote on his Twitter account. i witnessed a peaceful protest, alot of emotion and unity, the time for change has been passed due..dont forget the message because of the tone that it is projected in!! pic.twitter.com/a0SkOgiT5F — Jordan Clarkson (@JordanClarksons) May 31, 2020 Clarkson is just one of many NBA players voicing their disapproval of the injustice happening in the US. Celtics guard Jaylen Brown drove 15 hours from Boston to Atlanta to lead another protest. “Remember why we’re here!” Protest turns into March lead by @FCHWPO who drove 15 hours from Boston just to be here for a peaceful protest in his hometown #11Alive #bostonceltics pic.twitter.com/uhow5F2Lon — Hope Ford (@hope_iam) May 30, 2020 Several NBA stars like LeBron James and Steph Curry are also using their respective platforms heard. Even Michael Jordan has finally broken his silence on the matter. "I stand with those who are calling out the ingrained racism and violence toward people of color in our country. We have had enough," Jordan said in a statetment.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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

Celtics Jaylen Brown leads march for George Floyd

The Celtics forward drove over 15 hours from Boston to Atlanta to lend his voice for Floyd, who died while in police custody......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsMay 31st, 2020Related News

Sunsparks sweep BREN Esports to reach Mobile Legends Bang Bang Professional League-Philippines (MPL-PH) Grand Finals

With Jaypee leading the way, Sunsparks swept BREN Esports to march to their second straight  SMART Mobile Legends Bang Bang Professional League-Philippines (MPL-PH) Grand Finals, Saturday. After dominating BREN in the opening game of the series, the reigning kings of MPL-PH carried enough momentum in Game Two to hand the league-leaders a 2-0 sweep. The top two squads of the regular season figured in a clash at the top side of the river with Kielvj (Esmeralda) taking down Pheww (Popol and Kupa) to kick-start the blood bath. Though BREN was able to shut Jaypee (Karrie) down in the ensuing play, Greed_ (Selena), Killuash (Xborg), Rafflesia (Lolita), and Kielvj was able to stand their ground even without their hyper carry, killing Ribo (Valir), Lastii (Atlas), and KarlTzy (Wanwan), to completely tighten their grip on the match. BREN tried one last attempt to save the game, but Jaypee and the rest of the men in blue made sure to lock onto the victory en route to their second consecutive finals appearance. “Sobrang synced ng team namin, saka ang ganda ng galaw namin, lahat kami gumagalaw sa team namin na hindi lang sa isa umaasa,” said “Jaypee” Dela Cruz. Jaypee spearheaded Sunsparks’ rally with four kills, six assists, and two deaths while Kielvj displayed another consistent performance with norms of six kills, two assists, and two deaths to send BREN Esports to the lower bracket. KarlTzy, on the other hand, was the lone bright spot for BREN with four kills, two assists, and two deaths. Meanwhile, ONIC PH, who booted out SGD-Omega earlier in the day, ended Execration’s run via a 2-0 sweep to set up a lower bracket final match-up against BREN Esports. ONIC PH team captain OhMyV33NUS (Popol and Kupa) was hailed as the Most Valuable Player in Game Two after finishing with a stat line of two kills and eight assists. Dlar (Uranus) provided four kills and four assists while Wise (Hanzo) had two kills and four assists to deny local MLBB star Z4pnu a shot at the grand finals. Execration, who defeated Blacklist International before facing ONIC PH, tallied only three kills in the match – all coming from Bennyqt (Esmeralda). The lower bracket finale between ONIC PH and BREN Esports will happen Sunday at 6:30 p.m. The winner of the match will take the last seat in the finals and face defending champions Sunsparks at 8:00 p.m. in the grand finals. Catch the MPL-PH on LIGA SKY Cable channel 86 and SKY Cable HD channel 183 with livestream on sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/mlbb, YouTube.com/ABSCBNSports......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 30th, 2020Related News