NBA career records

“THEY say it’s your birthday … we’re gonna have a good time” says iconic Beatle Paul McCartney. Okay but don’t tell that New Orleans Pelican Anthony Marshon Davis, who hardly celebrated his 25th birthday last March 11 following his team’s 116-99 home loss to the fast-rising Utah Jazz in a National Basketball Association game. In […]

Lakers to retire 8, 24

A NOSTALGIC moment it will be in the National Basketball Association today (December 18, U.S. time) when the Los Angeles Lakers honor one of their all-time greats, Kobe Bean Bryant, with the retirement of the two jersey numbers he wore during a distinguished 20-year tenure with the only franchise he had played for. To be […]

Loyalty in the NBA

THERE is not much loyalty in the National Basketball Association. That is if we are to believe a pair of battle-scarred superstars in the world’s top professional league. Kevin Durant of the reigning NBA titlist Golden State Warriors opted to leave his original employer for a championship team while German-born Dirk Nowitzki opted to take […]

One-sided loyalty

JUST like love and marriage, loyalty is a two-way street. But that is not happening in the National Basketball Association, where players have been at the mercy of their team ‘owners’ despite free agency and all. Okay, I place the word ‘owner’ in italics because its use is despicable, according to outspoken Golden Warrior Draymond […]

Lonzo Ball’s NBA record

FOR all his much-publicized shooting woes, Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball has already set a new National Basketball Association (NBA) record this early into the 2017-18 wars. Last November 11, Ball became the youngest player in NBA annals to collect a triple-double (double figures in any three of the five major statistical categories) when […]

A change of heart

IN a stunning 180-degree turnaround since he held the National Basketball Association reins from February 1984 to February 2014, former league commissioner David Joel Stern is now in favor of marijuana use by players for medical purposes. The 75-year-old Stern, who is widely credited for the immense popularity of the NBA in the U.S. and […]

First ever NBA game

SEVENTY-one years ago on November 1, the first National Basketball Association (NBA) game was held. To the uninitiated, the professional league was still named the Basketball Association of America (BAA) at the time and it fought the rival National Basketball League (NBL) for the services of the best post-graduate players from America. Established in 1946, […]

Changes in NBA rules

THERE are a number of rule modifications in the 72nd renewal of the U.S. National Basketball Association, which unwrapped a week ago. They include: reducing the total number of timeouts, shortening the length of timeouts, tightening up the halftime break, and restricting how many timeouts can be called in late-game situations. The idea on the […]

A horrific sight on TV

IT was the fourth time that I have witnessed on television a gruesome player injury on a basketball floor, the most recent of which was what happened to All-Star forward Gordon Hayward yesterday during his Boston debut (following seven seasons with the Utah Jazz) and in the opening game of the National Basketball Association’s 2017-18 […]

Memorable NBA moments

THE 72nd edition of the National Basketball Association will unwrap on October 17 (October 18, Manila time). It is the earliest start in 37 years. Two games are on tap on opening day. Best friends LeBron James and Dwyane Wade and the reigning Eastern Conference titlist Cleveland Cavaliers will host ex-Utah All-Star frontliner Gordon Hayward, […]

Topnotch basketball begins

OCTOBER is here and October is the month of topnotch basketball here in our country and elsewhere. Locally, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) will hold its best-of-three Finals late in the month. Perennial titlist San Beda College, the only founding member left in the 10-team league, seeks to retain the crown in Season 93 […]

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