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Pacers Oladipo opts out of NBA restart for health reasons

However, Oladipo will still travel to Orlando with the Pacers to support his team in the sidelines......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsJul 4th, 2020Related News

Pacers Oladipo to sit out restart of season

By The Associated Press The Indiana Pacers will finish this season without Victor Oladipo after the two-time All-Star decided to sit out because of the risk of re-injuring his right knee. Earlier this week, Oladipo told reporters he was still debating whether to join his teammates in Orlando. “We totally respect and understand Victor’s decision to not play in the restart of the NBA’s season,” Pacers president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard said Friday in a statement. “The first priority for our players is, and always will be, their health, whether that be physical or mental health. Victor has looked great in workouts, but the timing of the restart and lack of 5-on-5 activity makes it difficult to for him to commit to playing at the high level he expects with regards to further injury.” On Wednesday, coach Nate McMillan said he anticipated having Oladipo in the NBA’s “bubble,” working out with his teammates and a final decision would be made at a later date. But Oladipo didn’t wait that long. After spending almost a full year rehabbing his right quadriceps tendon, the guard returned to the court Jan. 29. Oladipo played in 13 games before the season was suspended by the COVID-19 pandemic. He was averaging 13.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists while shooting 39.1%, and appeared to be rounding into form. His contract expires after next season. “His future health is the No. 1 priority and we look forward to having him back at full strength for the 2020-21 season,” Pritchard said. “This is not a unique situation for our team, playing without key players like Victor and Jeremy Lamb. This team has shown great resolve in responding to adversity and we fully expect this will be no different. We remain excited about what they can accomplish in Orlando.".....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 4th, 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

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

Stars send love from their homes

Star Magic artists Piolo Pascual, Jericho Rosales, Maja Salvador, Vina Morales, and Jake Cuenca were joined by younger  members of the talent management like Donny Pangilinan, Diego Loyzaga, and Maymay Entrata in a zoom conference on June 20 to launch “Love From Home.”.....»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: MoviesJun 24th, 2020Related News

Tambalang Andre-Mikee may kakaibang magic; Katrina super loyal sa GMA

MANANATILING loyal si “Prima Donnas” star Katrina Halili sa GMA Network dahil sa walang-sawa at buo nitong pagsuporta magmula nang pumasok siya sa showbiz industry. “Alam naman po nating lahat na sa GMA po ako nagsimula at hanggang ngayon, buong-buo po ang pagtitiwala nila sa akin sa bawat project po na ibinibigay po nila.  “Sobrang […] The post Tambalang Andre-Mikee may kakaibang magic; Katrina super loyal sa GMA appeared first on Bandera......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsJun 19th, 2020Related News

BATCH CLASH: Do you agree? Season 76 Lady Eagles will beat Season 81 Lady Eagles?

Remember when we did a Batch Clash piece pitting the Ateneo de Manila University Lady Eagles champion team of Season 76 against the title squad of Season 81? ABS-CBN Sports laid down the statistics, team composition, strengths and the competition faced by the two Ateneo teams and let the readers decide who would fare better if they were to square off in a match.    [Related story: BATCH CLASH: Season 76 Lady Eagles vs. Season 81 Lady Eagles] It would really be interesting to see these Lady Eagles go at it, right? But again, who will emerge victorious between the two batches of UAAP champions? Without batting an eyelash, Ricky Palou, former Ateneo athletic director and one of the brilliant minds behind turning the struggling Lady Eagles into one the best women’s volleyball programs in the UAAP, gave it to the breakthrough Ateneo squad.     “I’d go for Batch 76,” Palou said during his interview on the Crossover podcast. The chief of Sports Vision, which is the organizer of the Premier Volleyball League, backed up his claim by pointing out that Batch 76 went through a tougher journey to the throne. Batch 76 was in a rebuilding stage that year after the departure of the Fab Five and under a new system with the arrival of Thai coach Tai Bundit. For him, the Lady Eagles of Season 76 are tougher. The heartstrong Batch 76 will definitely win.         “I saw how they, Coach Tai that was his first year here. He worked them really very, very hard. I was looking at some of these players and some of them were thinking of quitting because training was tough. Most of them held on,” recalled Palou, who together with the amiable and media savvy former team manager Tony Boy Liao, is the architect of the successful Ateneo volleyball program. “I figured the training that they went through and the games that they went through, even competition that they went through. So, I’d go for Batch 76,” he added.   HEIGHT vs. MAGIC Man-to-man both Alyssa Valdez and libero Denden Lazaro-Revilla agreed that Batch 76 is at a disadvantage in terms of height.         “Advantage ng Season 81 is really height,” said the three-time UAAP Most Valuable Player. “We don’t have that nu’ng Season 76.” “Talo kami sa height,” Lazaro-Revilla echoed. Batch 81 boasts of a pair of 5-foot-10 and very skilled middles in Bea De Leon and Maddie Madayag and a 6-foot-2 wing spiker in Kat Tolentino.   “Our middles are Amy (Ahomiro) and Aeriel (Patnongon) and Marge (Tejada) and Ana (Gopico). But Marge and Ana got injured. So we have like two lang so parang hindi namin alam. Libero kami lamang,” said Valdez. “Lamang sa height. Sa setter Jia (Morado) and Deanna (Wong)? Deanna’s taller I think,” Lazaro-Revilla said. But what they lack in ceiling, Batch 76 compensates with its superb and versatile wing spikers and solid floor defense. “I think (for Batch 81) it’s Jules (Samonte) and Ponggay (Gaston). So our open hitters would be me and Ella (de Jesus). Kay Ella pa lang, alam mo na,” Valdez said with confidence. “Tiwala kami kay Ella. Utility namin would be Mich (Morente) or Kim (Gequillana). And they have Kat.” “It’s really height vs. magic?” added Valdez. Anchored behind the consistency of the Iron Eagle Denden Lazaro and with the support of Morente and De Jesus, Batch 76 will give Batch 81 a hard time scoring. “I think lamang namin is floor defense. May tiwala ako sa teammates ko,” said Lazaro-Revilla, a two-time Best Receiver winner and Season 76 Best Digger. In which Valdez chimed in: “Si Den, si Ella and Michifu (Morente) kasi ako wala talaga kong ginagawa na floor defense.” “Hindi ka lang rume-receive pero dumedepensa ka naman,” quipped Lazaro-Revilla. “Binabawi mo naman sa mga palo mo and serves.” Looking back, Palou stressed that Batch 76’s Cinderella run is a feat that is tough to beat. Besides, that Lady Eagles team made a miracle when they survived a string of do-or-die games before toppling the four-peat-seeking and thrice-to-beat powerhouse De La Salle University in the Finals.   “But you know, you look at the competition then, look at the team of La Salle, it was a powerhouse, Aby Marano, Kim Fajardo, you look at NU they have the Santiago sisters (Dindin and Jaja), they have Myla Pablo. You look at FEU they have (Bernadeth) Pons, (Toni) Basas, all those good players,” Palou said. “So even competition-wise, the competition they fought then was better and stronger than what they had in the other group.” “I agree,” said Lazaro-Revilla. “I mean the competition that we went through nu’ng time na yun. It was tough for us because given na we were a rebuilding team. So for us it was really tough.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 18th, 2020Related News

Plania stuns American Foe, boxing world

With little fanfare, Mike “Magic” Plania of the Philippines introduced himself to the boxing world yesterday with a stunning victory over American Joshua Greer Jr. in Las Vegas......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsJun 17th, 2020Related News

‘Magic Mike’ Plania stuns top bantamweight contender, wins majority decision

Plania, a +275 underdog, won over Greer via majority decision (96-92, 97-91, 94-94) and snapped the American's 19-bout winning streak......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsJun 17th, 2020Related News

Plania vows to defy odds

It will take a $550 bet to win $100 if WBO No. 1, IBF No. 2 and WBC No. 9 bantamweight Joshua Greer Jr. beats Filipino Mike (Magic) Plania in a 10-round bout at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas this morning (Manila time). That makes Greer a 5-1 favorite. But Plania isn’t fazed......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsJun 16th, 2020Related News

Report: Magic Johnson documentary in the works

According to an exclusive report by Variety, multiple television and film studios are collaborating with "unprecedented access" to the Lakers great......»»

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

Brogdon joins protests vs racial prejudice

Malcolm Brogdon, the Indiana Pacers’ 6’5” combo guard, won’t rejoin his squad until a week before his team’s scheduled game at the resumption of the 2019-2019 National Basketball Association......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: SportsJun 10th, 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

Pinoy pug in Vegas return

Boxing is back in Las Vegas this month after the Nevada State Athletic Commission shut down the staging of combat sports last March 14 due to the pandemic, and superbantamweight Mike (Magic) Plania of General Santos City is set to become the first Filipino fighter in the ring anywhere in the world since the lockdown......»»

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

The Last Dance Chronicles: The Bulls-Pacers rivalry

The Indiana series was one of the most difficult the Chicago Bulls had to play during their dynasty in the 1990s......»»

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

ABS-CBN blame game

Back in January this year, I said that ABS-CBN needed no less than magic to get out of a real tight fix with the expiration of its franchise to operate. Expire it did, and the blame game has begun......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsMay 10th, 2020Related News

Harry Potter and Sorcerer s Stone now on Spotify

The latest exciting new addition to Harry Potter At Home, the collection of free initiatives designed to help bring the magic of Harry Potter to children, parents and carers in lockdown, was announced last May 5......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: TechMay 7th, 2020Related News

WATCH: Eddie Redmayne, David Beckham join Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter At Home

The latest exciting new addition to Harry Potter At Home, the collection of free initiatives designed to help bring the magic of Harry Potter to children, parents and carers in lockdown, was announced yesterday, May 5......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsMay 6th, 2020Related News