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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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NBA super-max deal

WHILE National Basketball Association (NBA) teams have been negotiating with veteran free agents and reaching trade agreements since the free-agency derby began last July 1, no contract signing can be consummated until noon of July 6 (or July 7, 12:00 a.m., Manila time) when the league-imposed moratorium ends and the league’s team salary cap for […]

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All eyes on Fultz, Simmons

AFTER acquiring four days earlier the No. 1 overall selection in this year’s National Basketball Association draft from the Boston Celtics in exchange for their own No. 3 pick and another future first-rounder (2018 or 2019), the Philadelphia 76ers expectedly corralled University of Washington’s much-coveted freshman Markelle Fultz with the first pick during the annual […]

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1st time in NBA draft history

IT has never happened before in NBA draft history but there could yet be a first in this year’s point guard-stacked grab-bag at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on June 22 (June 23, 7 a.m., PH time). History will be made if the teams that own the first three overall selections in a […]

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Record-breaking NBA season

WHAT a 71st National Basketball Association renewal it was! “This is why we play” was the season’s slogan and it resulted in several league records broken, including one that had stood for more than half a century. Hard-hat star Russell Westbrook, the meal ticket of the Oklahoma City Thunder, took the American pro league by […]

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Must-win for Cavaliers

DOWN 0-2 in the National Basketball Association Finals, the reigning league champion Cleveland Cavaliers seek some solace in the comforts of their home when they host Game 3 of the best-of-seven championship series against the 2015 titlist and playoffs-unblemished Golden State Warriors on Thursday, June 8 (Manila time, 9:00 a.m.), at the Quicken Loans Arena. […]

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Cleveland Cavaliers in six

“GAANO man kahaba ang prosesyon sa simbahan rin ang tuloy.” What most prognosticators had declared prior to the start of the 71st renewal of the National Basketball Association in late October has finally come to fruition. Yes, it will be the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers against the unblemished Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals […]

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Golden State eyes 12-0 mark

NO one team in National Basketball Association playoff history has reached the championship round with an unblemished record of 12 consecutive victories, let alone both qualifiers to the Finals. The Golden State Warriors, the 2015 NBA titlists, have an opportunity to enter the Finals at 12-0 if they defeat the injury-riddled San Antonio Spurs today, […]

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