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Farewell, Coach Aric

RIP Coach Januario “Aric” Del Rosario, who gifted the University of Santo Tomas with several UAAP titles (1993-96 four-peat) during the 1990s. The legendary coach, among the best in local college basketball history (in the same class as Virgilio “Baby” Baby Dalupan at the University of the East) succumbed to cardiac arrest late last night […]

COVID-19 claims Tokyo Olympics

IT’S only right that the Tokyo Olympics were postponed to next year amid the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that has infected more than 150 countries and cost the lives of nearly 20,000. Why it took the International Olympic Committee (IOC) so long (March 24) to come up with this decision remains a mystery. Before that, […]

NBA 30K points club

WITH the National Basketball Association (NBA) in a prolonged game suspension, allow me to bring you to memory lane with some of the most interesting facts in league history. As great as Shaquille O’Neal (28,596), Moses Malone (27,409), Elvin Hayes (27,313), Hakeem Olajuwon (26,946) and Oscar Robertson (26,710) had been during their heyday, none of […]

Profits should take a backseat

THE National Basketball Association (NBA) has been inactive since the American professional league suspended play last March 12 for a minimum for 30 days due to the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that has struck more than 150 countries, including the U.S., which at the moment is being plagued by the virus in at least seven […]

More players infected

  THE American professional league National Basketball Association (NBA) has been without game action since March 12 (March 13, Manila time) due to the global coronavirus pandemic that has so far infected seven players – namely, Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz, Christian Wood of the Detroit Pistons, and Kevin Durant and […]

NBA loses big money

THE National Basketball Association (NBA) took the lead by suspending its regular-season games for at least a 30-day period starting March 12 (March 13, Manila time) amid the global coronavirus disease that has infected three players so far — initially Frenchman Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz and then later Christian Wood […]

Giannis, Khris and AD

PLAYING without their top six scorers, including reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokuonmpo, who was out with a knee injury for a second straight game, the NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks (53-12) dropped a 109-95 road decision to the Denver Nuggets and suffered their first three-game losing streak of the season. The Los Angeles Lakers, who beat the […]

74 and counting

JA-WOR-SKI. JA-WOR-SKI. One of the greatest players in Philippine basketball history, Robert (Sonny) Jaworski, marks his 74th birthday on Sunday, March 8. Greatness came early for The Big J, the son of a Polish father and a Filipino mother who as teenager was already making waves not only in the local cage scene but also […]

Giannis, Bucks on a roll

THE Milwaukee Bucks finished the month of February with a 10-2 record. Bucks franchise maker Giannis Antetokuonmpo became the second player in NBA history to average 25 points and 15 rebounds for a month without losing a single game he played, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who turned in the trick in March 1973 while with the […]

Motor City fire sale

THE Detroit Pistons are now in a full rebuilding mode. A house fire sale it has become for the Motor City squad following the trade of center Andre Jamal Drummond and subsequent buyout agreements with guard Reggie Jackson and forward Markieff Morris. Just minutes before the NBA trading deadline last February 6, the Pistons shipped […]

Robbed again!

  WITH various issues besetting the NBA and in the aftermath of the deaths of former commissioner David Joel Stern (age 77) and all-time Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe bean Bryant (age 41) last month, this was one controversy that the NBA did not need to have – an anomalous manipulation of the scores of […]

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