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Spain is back in the throne

VIVA Espana! Asia on its mind. After winning its first-ever gold in Saitama, Japan in 2006, Spain is back in the 18th FIBA World Cup throne with a masterful 95-75 decision over erstwhile unbeaten Argentina in the finals at the Wukesong Sport Center in Beijing, China. Six players scored in double digits for the Spanish, […]

Accountability is important

THE buck stops with the national basketball federation. Accountability is needed. And this is very far from playing the blame game. We have known in the last three decades that the selection system of national players is not working in its fullest (team chemistry) and the cramming in the training is venomous. But the Samahang […]

FIBA’s humble beginning

SO sad … so sad as days go by. After a pair of blowout debacles at the hands of Italy (108-62) and Serbia (126-67), the Philippines lost for a third straight time in a close one, dropping an 84-81 overtime decision to African power Angola in the 18th FIBA Basketball World Cup in the People’s […]

Go, Team Pilipinas

“DEFEAT is a state of mind. No one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted as a reality.” — Martial arts icon Bruce Lee. With that belief, Team Philippines will run roughshod over the opposition and romp away with the gold medal in the 18th FIBA Basketball World Cup to be held in the […]

3rd Ballout Hoops Challenge

START ‘em young. This was the mindset of Ballout Hoops Challenge founder Cris Bautista as he is organizing the third edition of the basketball tournament set to commence action on Sunday, September 1, at the Blue Eagle Gym at the Ateneo de Manila University campus along Katipunan Avenue in Quezon City that features 10-year-old (or […]

Player empowerment

    PLAYERS now call the shots in the NBA. Top-tier players demanding a trade from their teams while still having a “live” contract seems to be in vogue nowadays. Take for example the cases of Kawhi Leonard, Anthony Davis, Paul George and Jimmy Butler. According to Golden State bench boss Steve Kerr, the trend […]

Players forcing trades

THE trend of NBA players who are not free agents forcing trades to get out of existing contracts — like the cases of Anthony Davis last January, Kawhi Leonard in the summer of 2018, Jimmy Butler in the summer of 2018 and Paul George in both summers of 2017 and 2019 — is not unprecedented. […]

Faith in youngsters

IT used to be “Strength in Numbers” for the Golden State Warriors during their five-year NBA Finals appearances that rewarded the Bay Area unit with three championships. With Kevin Durant, DeMarcus Cousins, Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston and Jordan Bell gone, and Klay Thompson expected to miss the bulk — if not all — of the […]

Shoe-business in NBA

IF the shoe fits, make money out of it. New Orleans Pelicans rookie phenom Zion Williamson, the No. 1 overall selection in last June’s NBA draft, signed a five-year, $75 million shoe endorsement contract with Nike’s Jordan Brand last July 23. It is the richest rookie shoe deal in NBA history in terms of annual […]

Porzingis stays in Dallas

ACCORDING to National Basketball Association (NBA) commissioner Adam Silver, all league press releases from hereon won’t include the term “owner” to describe ownership of an NBA franchise. This move is being taken to avoid any racial or slavery connotations allegedly arising from usage of the word “owner” as once insinuated by Golden State Warriors forward […]

NBA stars ‘evade’ Team USA

WITH the withdrawal of Anthony Davis (LA Lakers), back-to-back National Basketball Association (NBA) scoring king James Harden (Houston), C.J. McCollum (Portland), Eric Gordon (Houston), Bradley Beal (Washington), Tobias Harris (Philadelphia), Damian Lillard (Portland) and DeMar DeRozan (San Antonio) from the training pool, the defending champion United States may be vulnerable to an upset in the […]

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