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Building the ideal UAAP baller for modern times

There is no perfect player. Each and every one who sees action in the UAAP Men's Basketball Tournament is an unfinished product who needs to realize there remain many, many holes in his game. Improvement and rounding out one's game is a constant for all these talented youngsters. But if we were given a chance to build the ideal baller for modern times, how would he turn out? Well, this is our take on all the physical attributes and skills that he should have: L-JAY GONZALES's vision Far Eastern University's floor leader is a pass-first point guard. L-Jay Gonzales has been a playmaker through and through and has the skill to set up his teammates for the right play. In UAAP 82, he was the league-leader in assists with 4.3 per game and was the engine that drove the young Tamaraws to a pleasant surprise of a playoff berth. CJ CANSINO's nose for the ball CJ Cansino seems to have a knack for being at the right place, at the right time. Whether it be a defensive or offensive rebound, University of Sto. Tomas' do-it-all guard has long had positioning down pat. Because of that, he has, time and again, gotten boards away from bigger opponents as evidenced by his 5.2 rebounds a game - with 1.7 coming from the offensive glass. MIKE NIETO'S voice Born leader is the forever descriptor for Mike Nieto. A co-captain in his third year and skipper in his last two seasons in Ateneo de Manila University, "Big Mike" knows how to take charge all over the court - be it inside huddles or in-game. While he would not be the first to take charge in terms of scoring, it is him who is, without a doubt, the first to make sure the Blue Eagles are in position to make something happen. REY SUERTE's veteran smarts Showcasing his skills for University of the Visayas in CESAFI before moving to Manila, Rey Suerte has seen it all. And that experience proved key as he led University of the East to a respectable showing despite a 4-10 standing. At the end of it all, Suerte's most memorable moment in his one-and-done year is a game-winning dagger straight through the heart of De La Salle University - a play he was able to make thanks to cool, calm, and collected moves that had him inbounding the ball, getting it back, and then firing a cold-blooded triple over the outstretched arms of 6-foot-2 Kurt Lojera. SOULEMANE CHABI YO's size The UAAP 81 Season MVP has the build to be able to take a beating - and he has all of it in a compact 6-foot-6 frame that could viably be put in all five positions. We could go with Ange Kouame's blend of height and length, of course, but that would not necessarily be the perfect fit for the ideal player for the modern times we're building. Position-less basketball is all the rave nowadays and Soulemane Chabi Yo's size is the perfect fit for just that. RHENZ ABANDO's length Limbs for days has been Rhenz Abando's calling card and thanks to those, he now has quite the trademark after just his first year - chasedown blocks. With his long legs never letting him get too far left behind and his long arms granting him greater reach than normal, UST's two-way force is as devastating a rim protector with a 1.3-block average as he is a determined defender. Then at the other end, those same long limbs allow him to launch his long-range missiles from a high point that not many opponents could even contest. ALJUN MELECIO's hands Jerrick Ahanmisi of Adamson University remains the best shooter in the league, but he is more of a catch-and-shoot player compared to De La Salle University's scoring guard who has both the ballhandling and the range to get any shot he wants from anywhere he wants. Aljun Melecio has long been compared to Stephen Curry and that's with good reason as he is a threat from the moment he steps over to their side of the court - as anybody could see in his conversion clip of 32.5 percent from behind the arc. And even when he ventures into the paint, he has the confidence and capability for fine finishes at the rim. KOBE PARAS's legs We could go with Thirdy Ravena from Ateneo here, but the University of the Philippines' shining star just seems to have a bit more explosion in his hops. Of course, Kobe Paras was once known as just a high-flyer and has now rounded out his game. Still, high-flyer, he remains, for sure. MARK NONOY's feet Speed kills and in UST's run-and-gun system, the turbo is always on for their lead guard. In all of the league, perhaps only FEU's Gonzales could come close to Mark Nonoy. And not only is he deadly on the open court, he also has an explosive first step that could leave an opponent in the dust even in the face of a set defense. Taking all of these together, doesn't it look like.. Thirdy Ravena comes close? No? Yes? Well, we would never know for sure. What we do know is we would love to hear your take on this: what is your ideal baller for modern times? --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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

Fans allowed when PGA Memorial, LPGA return

Washington--The Jack Nicklaus-hosted PGA Memorial tournament and the LPGA's scheduled return event from a coronavirus shutdown are reportedly pushing Ohio Governor Mike DeWine to allow spectators to attend the events......»»

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

Bawas pondo sa non-essential expenses ng gobyerno hiniling

SA paglaki ng pangangailangan ng gobyerno sa pondo, iminungkahi ni AnaKalusugan Rep. Mike Defensor na itaas sa 30 porsyento ang bawas sa mga non-essential expenses ng pamahalaan. Ayon kay Defensor mayroong P1.6 trilyong maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE) sa ilalim ng 2020 national budget na maaaring ilipat sa mga programa kaugnay ng paglaban sa […] The post Bawas pondo sa non-essential expenses ng gobyerno hiniling appeared first on Bandera......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsMay 21st, 2020Related News

Pompeo demands China reveal Panchen Lama immediately

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday demanded that China reveal "immediately" the whereabouts of the Panchen Lama chosen by the Dalai Lama, 25 years after the six-year-old was seized......»»

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

Pompeo warns China over US journalists in Hong Kong

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday warned China against interfering with American journalists working in Hong Kong, in an escalating row between the two countries over press freedom and other issues......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: NewsMay 18th, 2020Related News

Holyfield teases fans by releasing own training video

Former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield has released a training video on Twitter, fuelling speculation that he could come out of retirement to face one-time rival Mike Tyson in the ring. Tyson, the first heavyweight to hold the WBA, WBC and IBF titles, has released several training videos of his own in recent weeks, with the […].....»»

Source: Tempo TempoCategory: NewsMay 14th, 2020Related News

Promoter questions integrity of allowing Tyson comeback

Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has questioned whether a return to the ring for Mike Tyson at 53 would be ethical. A video posted on Tyson’s Instagram this week showed the former world heavyweight champion in training and he has said he could make a comeback for charity exhibition bouts. Hearn admitted he had been approached […].....»»

Source: Tempo TempoCategory: NewsMay 14th, 2020Related News

Miron sindak kay Tyson

NAG-IWAN ng marka sa publiko ang pinakalat na video ni retired former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson......»»

Source: Abante AbanteCategory: NewsMay 13th, 2020Related News

Pompeo in Israel for talks on West Bank annexations

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Israel Wednesday for talks on regional security and the country's plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: NewsMay 13th, 2020Related News

Be Like Mike jingle almost didn t happen, says creator

By GARY GERARD HAMILTON Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — “The Last Dance,” ESPN’s docuseries detailing the 1998 and final season of the Chicago Bulls championship dynasty, has served as a reminder to basketball fans of the greatness of Michael Jordan on the court. While it’s showcased Jordan’s dominance between baselines, it’s also shed light on his worldwide marketing allure. Although the Hall-of-Famer starred in many memorable commercials throughout the 1990s for major brands such McDonald’s “Nothing But Net” spot and Nike’s “Failure” ad, one of his most famous may be Gatorade’s “Be Like Mike” commercial. But if it weren’t inadvertently for the Walt Disney corporation, the melodic jingle would’ve never been made. “My whole goal in advertising, I told my wife right when I got into it, was I just wanted to create a little sliver of pop culture somewhere along the line,” said Bernie Pitzel, the advertising executive who created the song. “Everybody knows I’ve been saying that for years. And they go, ‘Well, I think you did it'.” In 1992, Pitzel was working for Chicago-based ad agency Bayer Bess Vanderwarker and tasked with overseeing a spot for Jordan that they had already created. Pitzel thought it was lackluster and too similar to Jordan’s early Nike commercials. But he became inspired as his children watched Disney’s 1967 film “The Jungle Book.” After changing a few lines of the song “I Wanna Be Like You” and presenting a mock-up, all parties settled on his idea. After filming visuals for the commercial, there was one last hurdle to cross: convincing Disney to allow them to use the “Jungle Book” music; Pitzel said they wanted too much money to approve it (a rep for Disney said they could not confirm Pitzel's account as it was decades ago). With the season scheduled to start soon and the agency unsure of the next move, Pitzel went to a favorite restaurant where he frequently brainstormed. He jotted down the lyrics for the jingle on a paper tablecloth, and then faxed a few music production houses while still at the restaurant. He settled on a melody the next day with the music and singing all performed by session singers. “I heard that instrumental opening that I’m like, ‘Oh, my God. We got it,’ Pitzel said. “As it turned out, it was way better that I wrote the song because that’s what people remember. If we’d just done it with the ‘Jungle Book’ music, it would have been a cute little spot, but it never would have resonated like it did.” Now retired in Phoenix, Pitzel had fond memories of working on that project—his kids appear in the commercial and played one-on-one with Jordan during takes. While he thought the spot was great and witnessed it become a pop culture staple, he couldn’t have predicted it would still be discussed nearly three decades later. When asked what goes into a creating an iconic ad, he says it’s not much different than the ingredients of winning a championship. “You just gotta believe in it. You gotta put your soul into it,” Pitzel said. “You gotta put your heart in it, and then you’ve gotta get some luck.” ___ Follow Associated Press entertainment journalist Gary Gerard Hamilton at twitter.com/garyghamilton.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 13th, 2020Related News

LOOK: Especially for mom

ESPECIALLY FOR MOM Even Covid-19 won’t stop Filipinos from celebrating Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 10, as they flock to Dangwa Market in Manila to buy flowers. PHOTOS BY MIKE ALQUINTO.....»»

Source: Manilatimes_net Manilatimes_netCategory: NewsMay 9th, 2020Related News

ABS-CBN urgent concern na ng Kamara

NAGING isang urgent concern ng Kamara de Representantes ang pagdinig sa prangkisa ng ABS-CBN 2 matapos hindi tumupad ang National Telecommunications Commissions sa pangako nito na papayagang magpatuloy ang operasyon ng istasyon. Ayon kay House committee on public accounts at AnaKalusugan Rep. Mike Defensor ang linaw ng usapan ng Kamara at NTC noong Marso na […] The post ABS-CBN urgent concern na ng Kamara appeared first on Bandera......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsMay 8th, 2020Related News

Graft, perjury iba pang kaso ikinakasa vs NTC, SolGen

NAGBABALA si House committee on public accounts chairman at AnaKalusugan Rep. Mike Defensor sa mga opisyal ng gobyerno na hindi palalagpasin ng Kamara de Representantes ang pagsisinungaling at panloloko sa pagdinig nito. Ayon kay Defensor ang babalang ito ay hindi lamang para sa mga opisyal ng National Telecommunications Commission at Office of the Solicitor General […] The post Graft, perjury iba pang kaso ikinakasa vs NTC, SolGen appeared first on Bandera......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsMay 8th, 2020Related News

Pompeo welcomes new Iraq government, extends Iran sanctions waiver

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday welcomed Iraq's formation of a government after months of instability, and extended a waiver on Iran sanctions to ease pressure on the new leader......»»

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

Mga kongresista na naninisi sa Kamara, anong ginawa nyo noon?

NAGPAHAYAG ng pagkadismaya si AnaKalusugan Rep. Mike Defensor sa mga kapwa kongresista nito na mistulang pumapanig umano kay Solicitor General Jose Calida at Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo na ang Kamara de Representantes ang dapat na sisihin kaya hindi na-renew ang prangkisa ng ABS-CBN. At ang malungkot, ayon kay Defensor, wala namang ginawa ang mga […] The post Mga kongresista na naninisi sa Kamara, anong ginawa nyo noon? appeared first on Bandera......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsMay 6th, 2020Related News

SUPER SHOWDOWN Adamson Tungcab-UP Tungcab

Birthday boy Jaydee Tungcab has turned into a two-way talent well worthy of his place in the Gilas Pilipinas pool. Not that long ago, however, he was being looked at as much more than an end-to-end player. In fact, the 6-foot-3 swingman was supposed to be the brand new shining star for Adamson University. Circumstances, however, had other plans and Tungcab took his talents to the University of the Philippines. As a Fighting Maroon, he had quite the run - being a key cog in their breakthrough Season 81 team that ended a 27-year Final Four drought and a 32-year Finals absence as well as their Season 82 squad that seized the second-seed. Still, there was a time when Tungcab was seen slashing the way for the Soaring Falcons' climb back to the mountaintop. If you had your way, which version of the now-24-year-old would you want to have on your team? That is the question we hope to answer in this ABS-CBN Sports Super Showdown. To do just that, we will be weighing between those two versions in five categories (inside game, outside game, ballhandling, role, and defense) with a boxing-style 10-point must system determining the decision. INSIDE GAME Tungcab's calling card has always been that of a slasher. Taking advantage of his long limbs to slice his way into the lane, he can then finish by himself or feed a teammate for a better basket. From being both the engine and the fuel of the Baby Falcons, Tungcab transitioned into becoming the primary playmaker of the Soaring Falcon offense under then-head coach Mike Fermin. As a rookie, he posted his best per game counts of 7.5 points and 1.6 assists to go along with 3.6 rebounds. Unfortunately, those heights wouldn't be reached again as he struggled to hold on to the trust of new mentor Franz Pumaren before transferring to UP and getting lost in the shuffle among all the talent there. The slasher was still there once he was in maroon and green, but he was never able to build on all that promise he flashed as a rookie. Advantage Adamson Jaydee, 10-9 OUTSIDE GAME The inverse, however, was true from the perimeter as Tungcab, once a shaky shooter, slowly but surely expanded his range. Not once in his four seasons in college did he make more than seven triples, but his best mark from downtown came in his last year for UP at 31 percent. Not only did he make good at a higher rate, he also showed much more confidence in his shot as he took it whenever he was open instead of falling back to his tried and tested slashing. Advantage UP Jaydee, 10-9 BALLHANDLING Tungcab was never the best ballhandler. With the ball in his hands for majority of the matchup in his time with the Baby Falcons, he turned the ball over 3.8 times per game. He had the same problem as a Soaring Falcons as he averaged 2.1 errors in his two years there. In UP, he trimmed down his turnovers to less than one each contest - but that was because of his lessened minutes. Still, Tungcab was actually, more often than not, the nominal backup point guard for the Fighting Maroons, meaning he had the responsibility to get the ball over to their side of the court and then get the play going. In that aspect, he has much room for improvement, without a doubt, but all things considered, he has indeed tightened up his handles. Advantage UP Jaydee, 10-9 ROLE Slasher in Adamson. Stopper in UP. That was the adjustment Tungcab had to make thanks to his transfer. While he was solid for the Fighting Maroons as a key reserve who could make an impact on either end, the most snug fit for his game was still with the Soaring Falcons. In his strongest showing, as a rookie at that, he had the tall task of making the plays. Of course, learning on the job and having fellow youngsters at his wings led to many mistakes. Still, when he was playing to his strengths as a slasher, it was easy to see why Tungcab could have been the blue and white’s brand new shining star. Advantage Adamson Jaydee, 10-9 DEFENSE Above all, this is the department where Tungcab took the biggest leap. A disengaged defender most of the time with Adamson, he eventually fell short of keeping up with the demanding Pumaren press. Once he transferred, however, Tungcab changed his mindset and accepted his role in Bo Perasol's scheme - ultimately proving to be capable of a two-way impact. Famously, he helped hold University of the East's Rey Suerte to four points in 2-of-15 shooting to go along with four turnovers. This, after Suerte dropped 31 points, including the game-winner, on De La Salle University the last time around As a Fighting Maroon, Tungcab finally figured out that his long limbs could reach way farther than just the offensive end. Advantage UP Jaydee, 10-9 FINAL SCORE: 48-47 for UP Jaydee.....»»

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

53-year old Mike Tyson still hits really hard

Over the weekend, former heavyweight boxing star "Iron" Mike Tyson posted a clip of himself hitting the mitts and looking every bit as scary as he did during his heyday.  In the clip that went viral and spread like wildfire, Tyson, who was training with famed MMA trainer Rafael Cordeiro, unloaded a six-punch combination with a certain speed and power that no 53-year old man should possess.          View this post on Instagram                   I’m a Bad Boy for Life. Watch #BadBoysforLife now on DVD Blueray @willsmith @martinlawrence #stillthebaddestmanontheplanet A post shared by Mike Tyson (@miketyson) on May 1, 2020 at 12:07pm PDT Tyson, of course, is no ordinary 53-year old man, but how many of you are actually old enough to remember Mike Tyson?  While it was the likes of Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. that ruled the last couple of decades of boxing, during the mid-80's through the late 90's, boxing's biggest star was the man who was widely regarded as "The Baddest Man on The Planet."  Standing at just 5-foot-10, Tyson wasn't the biggest heavyweight in the world when he began his career, but the New York native had the lethal combination of speed and uncanny power that ultimately led him to 19 (NINETEEN) straight wins via KO or TKO in his first 19 bouts. Eight wins and six more knockouts later, Tyson blasted Trevor Berbick in just two rounds to become the WBC Heavyweight World Champion.  In his next nine bouts (six of which would be by knockout), Tyson would proceed to add more gold to his resume, capturing the WBA, IBF, and The Ring Magazine heavyweight championships while improving to a 37-0 professional record.  Tyson would suffer his first loss to Buster Douglas, by knockout, in 1990.  After the loss to Douglas, Tyson won his next eight bouts (six by knockout) and regain the WBC and WBA Heavyweight World Championships in the process.  Tyson's next two bouts would arguably be his most controversial.  In November of 1996, Tyson would suffer just his second career loss, losing to Evander Holyfield via 11th-round TKO to lose the WBA title. In the rematch, Tyson would be disqualified for biting Holyfield in the ears.  Tyson's career after the Holyfield fights can be called rocky, at best, winning five more fights while two went to No Contests.  In his last chance at a world championship, Tyson lost to Lennox Lewis in the eighth round.  In 2005, following back-to-back stoppage losses to Danny Williams and Kevin McBride, Tyson retired from professional boxing.  While Tyson is easily one of the most controversial figures in the world of boxing, his legacy as one of the best heavyweights ever is undeniable. In 2011, Tyson was inducted to the International Boxing Hall of Fame.     .....»»

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

Emergency subsidy bakit natagalan, iimbestigahan sa Kamara

IPINAMAMADALI ng Kamara de Representantes ang pamimigay ng emergency subsidy sa mga mahihirap sa ilalim ng Social Amelioration Program. Ayon kay AnaKalusugan Rep. Mike Defensor noon pang Marso 23 inaprubahan ng Kongreso ang pagbibigay ng P5,000 hanggang P8,000 sa mga mahihirap na pamilya pero hanggang ngayon ay hindi pa ito tapos ipamigay.  “Marami pong nagrereklamo, […] The post Emergency subsidy bakit natagalan, iimbestigahan sa Kamara appeared first on Bandera......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsMay 4th, 2020Related News

US says evidence virus came from China lab as Europe eases lockdown

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday said "enormous evidence" showed the new coronavirus originated in a lab in China, further fueling tensions with Beijing over its handling of the outbreak......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: NewsMay 4th, 2020Related News

PBA Best Imports: Allen Durham, Hulking Thoroughbred

Local players are not the only ones that have become stars over the years in the Philippine Basketball Association. Foreign players reinforcing teams, or those they call imports, can be just as beloved. An import playing in the PBA is expected to deliver big numbers; however, production is not the only criteria that makes one successful in basketball on this side of the world. Winning, charisma, and actual love for the PBA and its fans also heavily go into it. The Best Imports will be recognized in name, but the truly great ones that have made their mark here are more than just one-hit wonders. In this series, we take a look at some of the reinforcements who have truly made a home in the PBA. Let’s continue with the electrifying Best Import, Allen Durham.   Thoroughbred Allen Durham’s PBA career actually started in 2014 with Barako Bull, but he found his true home with the Meralco Bolts. Upon returning to the league for the 2016 Governors’ Cup, Meralco head coach Norman Black described the hulking Durham as a thoroughbred. He was right. Norman Black is not just one of the best coaches in the PBA, he’s also one of the best imports in league history. He knows a great import when he sees one so of course he was right about AD. In Durham’s first full conference in the PBA, he led the Bolts to their first-ever Finals appearance. Meralco took down an upstart Mahindra team and the 10-1 TNT KaTropa on its way to the championship round. If not for a certain shot by another Best Import to be featured in this series, the Bolts would most likely have a championship already. In Durham’s first full conference in the PBA, he averaged a strong 29.4 points, 15.2 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 1.1 steals, and 1.1 blocks when he won his first Best Import trophy.   Best Import x3 It’s quite unfortunate for an import like Durham to not have a championship after multiple stints in the PBA. He just keeps running into Justin Brownlee’s Barangay Ginebra. In four seasons with Meralco, Durham had the Bolts to three Governors’ Cup Finals, each time losing to Brownlee and the Gin Kings. The only time Meralco didn’t reach the Finals with Durham, the Bolts survived six straight knockout games to set up a semifinals series against Best Import Mike Harris and the Alaska Aces.  Save for the Finals defeats at the hands of Ginebra, Meralco’s winning culture is mostly thanks to Durham. The Bolts repeatedly falter in the All-Filipino, but they’re a top-4 team whenever Durham suits up. AD also consistently puts up monster numbers, that and the impact to Meralco’s wins make him an obvious choice for Best Import each and every season. Durham has won the award three times in the Governors’ Cup for the years 2016, 2017, and 2019. Durham is second in the all-time list and only Bobby Parks Sr. has more Best Import wins than him at seven. After his first Best Import win in the Governors’ Cup in 2016, Durham came back stronger in 2017, leading Meralco to the no. 1 seed and to Game 7 of the Finals in front of a record crowd at the Philippine Arena. In between, AD averaged an incredible 25.4 points, 20.06 rebounds, 6.8 assists, and 1.3 blocks to win a second Best Import plum. Durham is also the most recent winner of the Best Import award in the PBA, averaging 29.8 points, 15.4 rebounds, and 6.7 assists in the 2019 Governors’ Cup. Just like in previous years, AD beat Brownlee for Best Import but it was the Gin Kings that took the title. Durham is still pretty dead set on winning a PBA title, whether he returns to Meralco or any other team in the future remains to be seen. Regardless, Allen Durham is a true PBA Best Import, his name already sealed in history. Best Import, Allen Durham: - Five PBA conferences for Barako Bull and Meralco - 3-time Best Import - Second all-time for most Best Import wins behind Bobby Parks Sr.     — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 4th, 2020Related News