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Jordan Clarkson during one of his practices with Gilas Pilipinas. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/

Philippine men’s national basketball team head coach Tab Baldwin on Saturday took a swipe at Fiba for not giving Jordan Clarkson the clearance he needed to play for Gilas Pilipinas in the Olympic qualifying tournament in July.

Clarkson has been very vocal in expressing his willingness to suit up for the national team and the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas has pushed for the Los Angeles Lakers guard’s inclusion in the Gilas lineup since the 2015 Fiba Asia Championship.

However, eligibility issues posed by Fiba have prevented the Fil-American Clarkson, whose mother Anette hails from Pampanga, from wearing the country’s colors in the international stage.

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DeMar DeRozan told reporters Saturday that he wants to return to the Raptors, downplaying the buzz that he could sign with his hometown Lakers as a free agent. Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images

TORONTO -- DeMar DeRozan expressed a desire to stay with the Toronto Raptors one day after his team was eliminated from the playoffs.

DeRozan, who will become an unrestricted free agent July 1, has been with the Raptors for his entire career. He was asked specifically if he can find a better situation than Toronto

"I don't think so," DeRozan said Saturday. "My mindset has always been Toronto. I've always preached it. I was passionate about it when we were losing, when we were terrible. I said I was going to stick through this whole thing, and I want to be that guy who brings this organization to where it is now. I definitely don't want to switch that up after we win."

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Clarkson says PH can book Rio slot (May 29, 2016)
[ Source: Inquirer ]

Jordan Clarkson. FILE PHOTO/Tristan Tamayo

JORDAN Clarkson is optimistic Gilas Pilipinas can claim the lone Rio de Janeiro Olympic ticket at stake in the coming Fiba Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT).

The Filipino-American NBA player is in town and shared his thoughts on the Philippine men’s basketball team’s chances in the final qualifier set July 5 to 10 at Mall of Asia Arena.

“I think we have a really good chance. In basketball, anything can happen,” said Clarkson during yesterday’s interview at Kerry Gym inside Shangri-La at the Fort at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.

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E-Painters want McKines (May 29, 2016)
Waylon Galvez [ Source: Manila Bulletin ]


If Rain or  Shine (ROS)  can have its way, coach Yeng Guiao said he would want to see import Wendell McKines put on the Elasto Painters jersey in the season-ending PBA Governors’ Cup slated on July 15.

However, with the 6-4 forward under contract in Korea, ROS is looking for other possible options to help them in their bid for back-to-back championships after they won the Commissioner’s Cup.

“Of course, we’d want to see Wendell play for us, but he’s under contract in Korea,” Guiao said. “We don’t know if we can get him there, medyo malaki kasi ang sweldo nya dun eh.”

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Home crowd a boost for Gilas – Clarkson (May 29, 2016)
Waylon Galvez [ Source: Manila Bulletin ]

International Basketball

Fil-American guard Jordan Clarkson of the Los Angeles Lakers believes the solid crowd support will be a big boost for Gilas Pilipinas’ bid to qualify for the Rio Olympics through the Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT) set July 5 to 10 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

“I think it will work in our favor (home court advantage),” Clarkson said during the unveiling of Gilas’ new Nike uniform at the Kerry Gym in Bonifacio Global City. “We can qualify here. Everybody will come to support the team for sure.”

Gilas fans, however, won’t be seeing Clarkson in the OQT as the second-year NBA guard has yet to get clearance from FIBA to represent Gilas as a local and was left off the 24-man provisional roster the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) submitted to FIBA.

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The Washington Wizards are expected to offer Bradley Beal a five-year max deal when the free-agent negotiating period begins July 1, sources told the Washington Post on Friday.

Beal has repeatedly said he deserves a maximum contract, and that he'd like to stay with the Wizards. However, he also has said that he'd look elsewhere if they didn't offer a max deal.

"I want to be valued the right way," Beal told the Post earlier this week. "I feel like I'm a max player and that's what I'm looking for. If Washington can't meet that requirement then I may be thinking elsewhere. I'm pretty sure that they probably won't (let me go). At the end of the day, that's where I want to be. I think a deal will probably get done but you just never know."

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 Kevin Ferrer (right) guards an attacking Thai player. Photo from

The Gilas Cadets unleashed a massive run in the fourth quarter to break away from Thailand and snare the gold at the finals of the 2016 SEABA Stankovic Cup on Saturday.

The Filipinos had it 97-80 against their Thai rivals, who had to settle for silver in front of the home crowd at Stadium 29 in Bangkok.

Unlike in the neck-and-neck elimination round, the Filipinos dictated the tempo in the second half where they led by as much as 15 points.

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Romeo leaves lasting impression on Clarkson (May 29, 2016)
Mark Giongco [ Source: Inquirer ]

International Basketball

One of the most memorable plays during Gilas Pilipinas’ campaign in the 2015 Jones Cup was Terrence Romeo putting his Chinese Taipei defender on skates before hitting a contested lefty layup.

That spellbinding move also got Jordan Clarkson out of his seat, prompting a priceless reaction from the Los Angeles Lakers guard, who gestured like he was stirring a pot a la James Harden after what Romeo just cooked up.

During his availability with the media, it was evident that Romeo left a lasting impression on Clarkson, who immediately remembered the GlobalPort star and mentioned his name first as he talked to reporters.

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LeBron James said "there's definitely a different feeling" to this year's Finals with the Cavaliers at full strength and that he's appreciating the moment. Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP

TORONTO -- A jubilant, emotional LeBron James celebrated his sixth consecutive trip to the NBA Finals as if it was one of his first couple of trips. He even got choked up when asked about it Friday night.

Moments after the Cleveland Cavaliers won the Eastern Conference finals with a 113-87 Game 6 victory over the Toronto Raptors, James' voice began to crack when asked what he is most proud of with his six straight trips to the championship series.

"I don't know," James said on the court as he marveled at the remaining Toronto fans chanting their appreciation for the Raptors. "I have heard all the questions, and that right there is a stumper. Um, I am just very humbled and gracious that the man above has given me the opportunity to play the game that I love. And I get to go out here and do it every single night in front of my fans.

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Philippines’ big man Andray Blatche. Photo from

The last time with a month to go before the 2015 Fiba Asia Championship, Andray Blatche reported for duty as part of Gilas Pilipinas nowhere near in tiptop shape.

Blatche, who was still instrumental in leading the Philippines to a silver medal finish after losing to host China in the final despite being overweight, is back in town and unlike that night in August of last year when he showed up out of shape, he seems to have lost several pounds this time around in his return.

Gilas head coach Tab Baldwin also noticed a different-looking Blatche on Saturday when the team welcomed the former NBA veteran.

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