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Curry out for season?

STEPHEN Curry reportedly is unlikely to return to the Golden State Warriors this season following surgery for a fractured bone in his left hand in a game last November 1. The Warriors may be disputing the Bleacher Report but they could really shut him down for the season if there are no “competitive reasons” for […]

Who is Chuck Cooper?

TO the uninitiated, Charles Henry (Chuck) Cooper was the first African-American to be drafted by a team in the American professional league National Basketball Association (NBA). The Boston Celtics selected Cooper with the first pick in the second round of the 1950 NBA draft – the 14th pick overall – on April 25, 1950. Before […]

Masters of the game

THE blacks – or specifically African-Americans – have become the masters of the game of basketball. Earl Lloyd broke the color barrier in the National Basketball Association (NBA) by becoming the first black man to suit up in the American professional league on Halloween night in 1950. And more historic firsts by African-Americans were later […]

First black NBA player

ONCE a lily-white American professional basketball league, the National Basketball Association (NBA) is now dominated by African-Americans. The NBA, as a matter of fact, owns the highest percentage of black players in any of the four major pro team sports leagues (Major League Baseball, National Football League, National Hockey League and the NBA) in the […]

NBA is here again

HERE we are again — the 74th renewal of the world’s ultimate pro basketball forum that is the National Basketball Association (NBA) that will unveil on Wednesday, October 23 (Philippine time), with a pair of explosive games that will likely not feature one of the league’s top-five stars as well the prohibitive favorite to romp […]

Bill Russell is GOAT

BILL Russell is to the National Basketball Association (NBA) what the late Carlos Loyzaga is to Philippine basketball: GOAT. My choice of Russell as the American professional league’s greatest of all time may elicit violent reactions as many would put Michael Jordan ahead of 1960s star Russell in GOAT conversations. But Jordan was a beneficiary […]

PBA prolific scorers

AMONG the most prolific offensive players in the 44-year existence of the local professional league Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), only 11 “homegrown” Filipino athletes were able to score 50 points or more in a single game during their pro careers. All 11 players are no longer active in the PBA. Five actually broke the 60-point […]

A real energy boost

YOU can take it literally and figuratively, the 30th Southeast Asian Games which we are hosting later this year is getting a real energy boost from MILO as Nestle Philippines has come in as a gold sponsor for the games, announcing it in a well attended press conference at the Conrad Hotel with yours truly […]

Chinese roots to sports

IT is said that sports is a microcosm of society and mirrors life. It is in this aspect that the Philippine Ching Yuen Athletic Association (PCYAA) was established in late 2013 to gear youthful Filipino students with Chinese roots to sports. It’s been six years since the multi-sports league first saw the light of day […]

All set for PCYAA Season 7

GET ready for the opening of Season 7 of the PCYAA on Saturday, October 19, with the start of the basketball festivities in the Developmental 12-Under and Aspirants 14-Under divisions at the tradition-steeped Uno High School gym. Six games – three in each division – are on tap for inaugural day. In the Developmental division, […]

Streaking winning streaks

STREAKING winning streaks is a subject matter that is mind-boggling. In case you have not noticed, the current local college basketball scene has produced a number of winning streaks by school teams that have stretched through multiple seasons. The two-time defending champion and host Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles are unbeaten after the first […]

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