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New Knicks point guard Derrick Rose has said it will take some time before he's used to the triangle offense. AP Photo/Seth Wenig

NEW YORK -- To pick up the portions of the New York Knicks' offense he missed during his civil trial, Derrick Rose will have to "learn by fire" this weekend, head coach Jeff Hornacek said.

Rose missed five preseason games and seven practices during his civil trial in Los Angeles over the past two weeks. A jury on Wednesday found Rose and his two friends not liable in a civil lawsuit that accused them of gang-raping Rose's ex-girlfriend when she was incapacitated from drugs or alcohol.

Rose missed Thursday's preseason finale against the Brooklyn Nets. He is expected to meet with Hornacek and other Knicks coaches on Friday to go over aspects of the Knicks' offense that were implemented during his absence.

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There’s more to come, vows Kings coach Cone (October 21, 2016)
Francis T.J. Ochoa [ Source: Interaksyon ]

Ginebra coach Tim Cone. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/

One championship down, more to come.

That’s the harsh reality that other PBA teams will now face after Ginebra shed eight years of futility to finally win a PBA crown.

Coach Tim Cone, who has established championship runs in every franchise he has coached, now hopes to do the same for the Kings after Wednesday night’s 91-88 conquest of Meralco for the Governors’ Cup.

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 The Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings pose after winning the 2016 PBA Governors' Cup championship. | Toledo IV

MANILA, Philippines – To be back as champion and effectively end a long eight-year title drought was not the be-all and end-all of Barangay Ginebra’s quest.

The Gin Kings want to join the league of the Crispa Redmanizers, the Toyota Tamaraws, the Great Taste Coffee Makers, the Alaska Milk Aces, the San Mig Coffee Mixers and the TNT Texters with their own dynastic PBA reign.

The Gin Kings’ desire and longing to win a championship wasn’t quenched by that incredible title run punctuated by Justin Brownlee’s amazing buzzer-beating three-pointer at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Wednesday night.

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"I'm winning. Of course I'm happy," LaMarcus Aldridge said of talk surrounding his future with San Antonio. "That's why I don't buy into the rumors." Ronald Cortes/Getty Images

Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge has heard the reports that he's unhappy playing second fiddle to Kawhi Leonard and the speculation that he might not finish the season in San Antonio.

He isn't buying into it.

"I talk to [coach Gregg Popovich] daily and he's always telling me that I'm doing great," Aldridge said Thursday on the Jim Rome Show.

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There was something missing after Barangay Ginebra’s PBA Governors’ Cup title win against Meralco on Wednesday night.

The balloon drop has somewhat become a tradition in every championship win in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

But after Justin Brownlee’s game-winning triple that ended the Gin Kings’ 8-year title drought, not a single balloon fell from the ceiling of the Araneta Coliseum.

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Jaworski sees bright future ahead of young guard Thompson (October 21, 2016)
Mark Giongco [ Source: Inquirer ]

Ginebra rookie Scottie Thompson. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/

Even Robert “Sonny” Jaworski sees a bright future ahead of Barangay Ginebra rookie Scottie Thompson.

Jaworski, Philippine basketball legend, was in attendance to watch his former team clinch the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup championship on Wednesday night.

The 70-year-old Jaworski also got to see Thompson in the flesh and he had nothing but praise for the 23-year-old guard and the Gin Kings squad.

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Tenorio: Everyone deserved to be MVP (October 21, 2016)
Camille B. Naredo [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

 Ginebra's LA Tenorio addresses the fans after being named Finals MVP. Photo courtesy of the PBA Media Bureau

MANILA, Philippines – Ginebra point guard LA Tenorio gave full credit to his teammates after they won the 2016 PBA Governors' Cup championship – the team's first PBA crown in eight years.

Tenorio earned Finals MVP honors after averaging 17.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game in the best-of-seven series.

Though other players had their shining moments – notably import Justin Brownlee, rookie Scottie Thompson, and the "Fast and Furious" pair of Mark Caguioa and Jayjay Helterbrand – there was no doubt that Tenorio was the most consistent player for the team, and a stabilizing factor for the Gin Kings.

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Andray Blatche. FIBA photo

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas is now preparing for life without naturalized player Andray Blatche.

SBP president Al Panlilio confirmed they are now looking for backup options in case Blatche won’t be available for Gilas Pilipinas in the future.

“We don’t know what’s the commitment of Andray. He wants all the time to make it to the NBA and he’s playing in China. We would like to start looking for other options. Of course, we want yung mas bata,” Panlilio said.

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Greatest of all: Tim Cone (October 21, 2016)
Musong R. Castillo [ Source: Inquirer ]

Ginebra coach Tim Cone. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/

To fully grasp Tim Cone’s greatness, one has to start at how he shrugs off the label. It has never been about him, he will say. He dismissed credit when he won his first title in the Philippine Basketball Association. He did the same thing again Wednesday night—repeatedly—eighteen championships later.

“Sometimes players overcome bad coaching,” Cone said. “I wasn’t a great coach tonight.”

The deadpan tone that contrasted the celebration that refused to die down on the Big Dome floor was all too familiar. As truthful as he sounded, his latest conquest begs a revisiting of that self-deprecating nonchalance.

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Durham rues crucial miss: I thought it went in (October 21, 2016)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

Allen Durham vs Justin Brownlee. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/

Allen Durham thought for a second that his shot in the final seconds had found the bottom of the net.

As he landed on his feet at the baseline after going up for the shot with Japeth Aguilar on his way, he heard cheers.

Turns out, the jubilation wasn’t meant for the Bolts.

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