CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 27: Dwyane Wade #3 of the Chicago Bulls reacts to a three point shot late in the fourth quarter against the Boston Celtics at the United Center on October 27, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

CHICAGO -- Dwyane Wade got the ball in the corner, took a dribble to his left and stepped back for the dagger 3-pointer.

He made a throat slashing gesture with his right hand after the ball swished through the net and started jumping around as the crowd roared.

Wade scored 22 points in a triumphant Chicago debut, Jimmy Butler had 24 and the Bulls won their season opener, beating the Boston Celtics 105-99 on Thursday night.

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ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 27: Dwight Howard #8 of the Atlanta Hawks grabs a rebound against Markieff Morris #5 of the Washington Wizards at Philips Arena on October 27, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

ATLANTA -- Dwight Howard was everything the Hawks were hoping for in his hometown debut.

Tim Hardaway Jr. in a starring role?

That was a major surprise.

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Warriors' Kevin Durant fuels practice by yelling at himself (October 28, 2016)
Ethan Sherwood Strauss [ Source: ESPN ]

Kevin Durant and the Warriors look to bounce back against the Pelicans after their season-opening loss to the Spurs. Noah Graham/Getty Images

NEW ORLEANS -- Soaked in sweat, Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant's yells echoed throughout an empty Smoothie King Center, home of the New Orleans Pelicans.

"They say I ain't hungry!"

"I'm out here!"

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Just a few years ago, NBA commissioner Adam Silver had a hard time envisioning seeing this day come.

He stood outside Sacramento's new, state-of-the-art downtown arena Thursday and welcomed Kings fans to the home opener for a franchise many believed was on its way out of town just over three years ago.

"I think it's a borderline miracle from where we were in 2013 to be here in 2016, a year earlier than they originally pledged to have an arena done," Silver said before the Kings hosted San Antonio in the first regular-season game at the Golden 1 Center. "To be done, to be here on opening night with the building completely finished with strong local ownership, it's everything a league could hope for."

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Can Matthew Wright actually play in the PBA? (October 28, 2016)
Paul Lintag [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

    Matthew Wright was an absolute star in the ABL last season, but can he do it in the PBA? (Photo courtesy of Kuk Thew)

The mystery guy in this year's PBA Draft as well as on the actual Gilas Pilipinas Cadets pool has to be Matthew Wright.

His credentials include winning the 2016 Asean Basketball League championship with the Westports Malaysia Dragons and was even named ASEAN Heritage MVP.

However, the Fil-Canadian sniper's true talents are yet to be fully revealed to Filipino eyes.

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The Philadelphia 76ers fan who was ejected for flashing double middle fingers at Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook has apologized for his actions.

"As a part-time comedian I realize that my words and actions are sometimes inappropriate," Richard Harkaway said in a statement to issued by a personal representative.

"In this instance, after standing up to boo and being provoked by Russell Westbrook calling attention to my being overweight, my action in response was clearly inexcusable and I am embarrassed. I sincerely apologize to my fellow Sixers fans, the Sixers organization, my colleagues and patients, and to Mr. Westbrook for my behavior," the statement said.

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No room for complacency for top Gilas pick Belo (October 28, 2016)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

Gilas cadets Mac Belo, Jio Jalalon and Roger Pogog. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/

Despite being the unanimous choice for the top selection in the Gilas section of the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft, Mac Belo is not resting on his laurels.

Belo, who was picked by Blackwater at no. 1 according to Inquirer’s Musong Castillo, still went hard at the 2016 Gatorade PBA Draft Combine like the other hopefuls.

“Ayoko rin makampante,” said the soft-spoken forward from Midsayap, North Cotabato. “Nanonood yung mga coaches, go hard din yung mga kasabayan ko kaya kailangan ko din magpakita.

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PBA Board makes Gilas selections ahead of Draft (October 28, 2016)
Camille B. Naredo [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

 Blackwater is already "locked in" on Mac Belo with the first pick of the Gilas draft. Photo courtesy of PBA Media Bureau

MANILA, Philippines – The PBA Board of Governors have already decided on where the members of the Gilas Pilipinas cadet pool will end up, three days ahead of the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft.

The league initially decided to follow the natural order of the draft when making the selection for the Gilas players, but those plans were changed Thursday during a meeting at the PBA head office in Libis, Quezon City.

"In a lengthy meeting held October 27, the PBA Board has decided on the procedure for the drafting of Gilas players in the coming PBA Rookie Draft," the league said in a statement.

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Coach Joel Banal's son hopes to make it to PBA (October 28, 2016)
Camille B. Naredo [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

 Ael Banal (second from left) pose with his winning team. Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA, Philippines – Once a promising guard for the Mapua Cardinals, Ael Banal played only one season in the NCAA before moving to the United States where he competed for the Hope International University in California.

After five years, the son of highly regarded coach Joel Banal is back in the local basketball scene and is now hoping to make it to the PBA. He played for Racal in the D-League Aspirants Cup, helping the Tile Masters reach the semifinals, and was one of the standouts of the PBA Draft Combine.

Playing alongside Jiovani Jalalon, Joseph Eriobu, and Jammer Jamito, Banal showcased his shooting touch, draining a three-pointer in overtime that helped secure a 55-51 victory for his team.

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Dwyane Wade feels confident that LeBron James will lose their wardrobe and wine World Series bet. Getty Images, NBAE via Getty Images

CHICAGO -- Dwyane Wade is confident that he's going to win a World Series bet he has with his good friend, Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James.

Wade, who will play his first regular-season game as a Chicago Bull on Thursday night, bet James the Chicago Cubs would defeat the Cleveland Indians in the World Series. Wade revealed the first part of the bet on Tuesday night in a video posted on Uninterrupted, saying the loser of the bet had to show up to the winner's home arena in a full uniform of the winner's team. If the Cubs win, James would have to show up to the first Bulls-Cavs game in Chicago wearing a full Cubs uniform. If the Indians win, Wade would wear an Indians uniform to the first Bulls-Cavs game in Cleveland.

"I feel very good about being 1-1," Wade said after Thursday's shootaround. "It was tough because we made the bet and they was up 1-0 right away. But we're in a good place right now."

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