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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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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Business over loyalty

I’M back after a two-week hiatus from journalistic inking. With much respect to the Celtics faithful, this is simply my two cents’ opinion. Indeed, the Boston Celtics have acquired Kyrie Irving (from Cleveland in a trade) and Gordon Hayward (from Utah in a sign-and-trade free agency) during the National Basketball association (NBA) offseason, but “How […]

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Tallest NBA players

HEIGHT is might in basketball, a game best served to tall men and women. Since Canadian physical education instructor Dr. James Naismith invented the game in mid-December 1891 in Springfield, Massachusetts to keep young students in good physical shape during the cold months (winter) in the United States, international basketball has been dominated by athletes […]

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NBA Summer League

TO most star-caliber veterans and a few topnotch rookies, the various Summer Leagues sanctioned by the National Basketball Association do not mean anything. But for the lesser lights, such as the marginal youthful veterans looking to retain their spot in the lineups of the 30 member clubs when the NBA’s 72nd renewal unwraps in late […]

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Richest NBA contract

MOVE over, Wardell Stephen Curry II, a two-time National Basketball Association Most Valuable Player (2015 and 2016) who on June 30 agreed to a new five-year, $201-million deal with the reigning league titlist Golden State Warriors. That’s because one week and a day later, the record for the richest contract in NBA history no longer […]

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