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Rain or Shine, Blackwater aim to bounce back (October 24, 2014)
Cedelf P. Tupas [ Source: Inquirer ]

D-League

Rain or Shine and Blackwater seek breakthrough victories in the PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Elasto Painters are determined to finally get their season going after falling to the San Miguel Beermen, 79-87, Tuesday night in a game where Rain or Shine guard Paul Lee limped off due to an injury.

Although he remains doubtful for today’s game, the Painters’ concerns were eased by Lee, who fell after a collision with San Miguel guard Chris Ross during a fastbreak play, saying the injury isn’t serious as initially feared.

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NBA

WALTHAM Mass. -- Boston Celtics assistant coach Walter McCarty was arraigned Thursday in Framingham District Court court on a larceny charge.

McCarty, who played 10 seasons in the NBA, including eight with the Celtics, is accused of bouncing checks to a contractor putting in $39,000 worth of cabinets in his home, according to WCVB-TV.

McCarty pleaded not guilty. A pretrial hearing was scheduled for Dec. 11.

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NBA

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The adjustment to the triangle offense has been "a struggle" for J.R. Smith, and it isn't just because the system is foreign to him.

A candid Smith admitted that he must alter his shooter mentality and wrap his mind around the team-first concept being preached by Knicks coach Derek Fisher and president Phil Jackson. And it hasn't been the smoothest transition for the former Sixth Man of the Year, who has been trying not to force shots.

"Yeah, absolutely," Smith said when asked if he has had to make a conscious effort to play differently. "I mean, believe it or not, being the type of player I've been, it's a struggle. I'm not going to lie.

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NLEX shoots for win No. 2 vs Talk ‘N Text (October 24, 2014)
Cedelf P. Tupas [ Source: Inquirer ]

D-League

Newcomer NLEX guns for the solo lead today when it clashes with Talk ‘N Text in the PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Fresh from a 101-96 trouncing of Globalport, the Road Warriors face another tough test against the Tropang Texters at 4:15 p.m. before the Elasto Painters square off with the Elite at 7.

With veterans Asi Taulava and Mac Cardona holding the fort, the Road Warriors came up with an auspicious debut, rallying in the last five minutes for their first victory Tuesday night.

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T.J. Warren of Phoenix Suns out with a broken thumb (October 24, 2014)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

NBA

PHOENIX -- Suns rookie forward T.J. Warren has a small crack in a bone in his left thumb.

The Suns said the injury would be treated with a split and rest. The team said there is no timetable for his return.

Warren was the 14th pick overall out of North Carolina State this year. He has averaged five points and 12.2 minutes in preseason games.

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Bobby Phills' jersey heading back to Charlotte (October 24, 2014)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

NBA

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Bobby Phills' retired No. 13 jersey is heading back to Charlotte.

Phills' jersey was originally raised to the rafters at the Charlotte Coliseum on Feb. 9, 2000, following his death in a car accident a month earlier. However, when the Hornets moved to New Orleans, his retired jersey went with the team.

Now that the Hornets name has returned to Charlotte, so too will the jersey. It will be hung at the team's downtown arena Nov. 1 during a halftime ceremony.

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Sangalang badly shaken by injury (October 24, 2014)
[ Source: ABS CBN News ]

D-League

MANILA, Philippines – Ian Sangalang, one of Purefoods' most promising players, was badly shaken by the injury he suffered during the Hotshots' game against the Alaska Aces last Wednesday.

Sangalang landed awkwardly after a battle for the rebound and had to be taken out of the court after something popped in his right knee.

Doctors later found out that the 6’8” former San Sebastian standout suffered a partial tear on the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) on his right knee. This will force him to sit out from basketball action for at least 6 months.

“Naiyak talaga ako kagabi, sabi ko sana panaginip lang ito. Grabe na-feel ko, tapos matagal pa ang recovery, tapos pagbalik ko yun pa … Hindi ko alam kung ano mangyayari,” Sangalang told Spin.ph’s Snow Badua about his uncertain future.

Sangalang was badly devastated by his condition as it was the first time he was hurt so badly.

“First time ko to na ma-injure, pinaka worse na injury ko, tapilok lang eh. Worst na yun, tapilok, tapos wala na," he said.

“Wala na talaga akong ibang magagawa kundi mag-think positive lang. Sobrang hirap eh. Hindi ko magalaw paa ko.”

He is scheduled to return to St. Luke's Medical Center for a second look.

Sangalang’s absence could hurt Purefoods' campaign for a fifth straight PBA title.

Source: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/sports/10/23/14/sangalang-badly-shaken-injury

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NBA

Lakers president Jeanie Buss has a message for any player who doesn't want to play with Kobe Bryant: good riddance.

"Any free agent that would be afraid to play with Kobe Bryant is probably a loser, and I'm glad they wouldn't come to the team," Buss said during a "SportsCenter" interview Thursday.

Buss was asked to comment on an ESPN The Magazine feature published earlier in the week, in which several agents and NBA personnel -- including Lakers insiders -- said that L.A. has been unable to attract top talent in free agency because players don't want to work with Bryant.

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NBA

Michael Carter-Williams and the Philadelphia 76ers have set a target date of Nov. 13 for his return, a source close to the situation told ESPN.com.

Carter-Williams, who won Rookie of the Year honors last season, has been out since May following surgery on his right shoulder. He averaged 16.7 points, 6.3 assists and 6.2 rebounds for the 76ers team that finished with the second-worst record in the NBA.

A source told ESPN that Carter-Williams is optimistic about returning Nov. 13 in Dallas. However, there remains a belief that the team will hold him back, since general manager Sam Hinkie has shown little desire to win games this season and instead remains hopeful of landing another top draft pick in order to rebuild the franchise through high draft picks.

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D-League

MANILA – Newly installed Barako Bull coach Koy Banal believes the team will do just fine despite not having a basketball superstar in their lineup.

Banal said this gives equal opportunity to each member of the team as they work on their chemistry.

“Yun ang maganda sa amin, we don’t have a legit superstar. We want to give everybody equal opportunity. Chemistry ang number one goal namin, to stay together, dapat maniwala kami sa sistema, sa isa’t isa para mag-work yung sistema,” he said in the PBA website.

Banal said it is important for the Energy Cola to improve their chemistry as it will allow the team to adjust even in the most difficult situation.

“Having been a part of coach Tim (Cone’s coaching staff), it’s always the chemistry that will help you in trying times. Kahit saan ‘yun outside basketball, if your family stays together, any problem you can withstand,” said the former assistant coach, who took over the post of Siot Tanquingcen.

Meanwhile, he said he is happy with the way the Energy Cola performed despite losing to Meralco in double overtime, 112-108, on Wednesday.

Banal said their objective against the Bolts was to keep the scores close, and they achieved this by forcing two game extensions.

“The plan was just to make the game close. I’m just thankful that the players gave their best and they made it close,” he said.

Banal said he doesn't plan to change Barako Bull's system right away as they are still in adjustment phase.

“Wala kaming binago. Even if you have one month to prepare, you can only do so much, so we just had some tweaking na ginawa ng konti. The system of coach Siot is still there,” he said.

Source: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/sports/10/23/14/barako-coach-likes-not-having-legit-superstar

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