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Alex Nuyles; Mike Burtscher. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

The Mahindra Enforcers have finally come to terms with players Alex Nuyles and Mike Burtscher after the coaches and players made their complaints – which included not honoring their contract obligations – public in the past several days.

Nuyles’ one-year contract extension, which Mahindra management had previously told him was invalid, will be honored, according to his manager Ed Ponceja, while Burtscher and Mahindra have reached an agreement on a buyout of his deal as well.

“Nagkaroon lang daw ng miscommunication,” Ponceja told in a telephone interview.

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Hassan Whiteside (calf) hopes to return in another week (October 07, 2015)
Michael Wallace [ Source: ESPN ]


MIAMI -- Hassan Whiteside believes he'll need about another week to recover from a strained right calf that has sidelined the Miami Heat center through the first two weeks of the preseason.

Whiteside, projected to be Miami's starter, will miss his second consecutive exhibition game Wednesday when the Heat face the Orlando Magic in Louisville, Kentucky.

The team continues to officially list Whiteside as day-to-day, but he has yet to practice since training camp opened last week.

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Kia Carnival, now known as Mahindra Enforcers. Sports5/Pranz Kaeno Billones

The Mahindra Enforcers may have begun to settle the contract disputes that have had them all over the headlines in the past several days but not before their players were able to disclose details about their plight with one of the PBA’s newest franchises.

Alex Nuyles, Hans Thiele, JR Buensuceso, Mike Burtscher and former coach Glenn Capacio all revealed stories of empty promises, tricky negotiation tactics, and misleading communication from inside what they perceived to be a disorganized organization.

Nuyles and Thiele both shared how they were convinced to sign contracts with terms that changed from what they were led to believe.

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James Yap of Purefoods Star Hotshots. KC Cruz

MANILA, Philippines – Over a month since beginning its preseason preparation, Star veteran wingman James Yap said everybody remains in "adjustment mode" under rookie coach Jason Webb.

Unlike the past four seasons with Tim Cone where their training centered a lot on the triangle offense, this time, the 6-foot-2 Yap said they have zeroed in on pushing the basketball at every given opportunity.

"Naga-adjust pa rin kami lahat kay coach J-Webb kaya lahat kami focused talaga sa practice," Yap said, shortly after Star squeaked past NLEX, 75-73 in their tuneup match on Tuesday at Ronac gym behind Rafi Reavis' game-winning tip-in at the buzzer.

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Lawyer says Thabo Sefolosha was targeted by cop because he's black (October 07, 2015)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]


NEW YORK -- A white police officer singled out a black professional basketball player as he filed out of a trendy nightclub this year, sparking a confrontation that resulted in the player's arrest and a season-ending leg fracture, a defense lawyer told jurors Tuesday.

"I don't know what he saw," attorney Alex Spiro said of the officer, JohnPaul Giacona, who first told the Atlanta Hawks' Thabo Sefolosha to clear the area early on April 8. "I think he saw a black man in a hoodie."

Sefolosha, 30, has been charged with misdemeanor obstructing government administration, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He pleaded not guilty and refused a plea deal.

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Abueva to lead Manila Masters in Fiba 3×3 World Tour Finals (October 07, 2015)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

Calvin Abueva during the Fiba 3×3 Manila Masters. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/

After his scintillating showing in the 2015 Fiba Asia Championship, Calvin Abueva is representing the Philippines once again as he leads Manila North in the 2015 Fiba 3×3 World Tour Finals in Abu Dhabi.

The energetic forward has been given the green light by Alaska to play alongside Vic Manuel, Karl Dehesa, and Troy Rosario against the world’s best 3-on-3 players on October 15 and 16.

“They were already allowed by their clubs to participate,” said Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas executive director Sonny Barrios in Filipino.

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Romeo on another Gilas call-up: ‘I’m ready for PH anytime’ (October 07, 2015)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

Terrence Romeo against an Iranian defender. Photo from

One of the biggest revelation Gilas Pilipinas’ campaign in the 2015 Fiba Asia Championship, Terrence Romeo expressed his eagerness to once again don the national colors.

“Ready ako anytime para sa Pilipinas (I’m ready anytime for the Philippines.),” the cat-quick guard said in a video taken by Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Musong Castillo in Changsa, China.

Romeo, a newbie in the national team but made heads turn with a fantastic showing in the Jones Cup, is taking the lessons from the defeat to China in the Fiba Asia final by heart.

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FEU, UST try to keep UAAP lead (October 07, 2015)
Jasmine W. Payo [ Source: Inquirer ]

Mike Tolomia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/

Far Eastern University no longer sees National University as a sputtering defending champion when the first round of the UAAP men’s basketball tournament wraps up Wednesday.

“They got their game already,” FEU coach Nash Racela said of the Bulldogs, who are on a three-game roll after a 0-3 start.

“We always believed when they were struggling, they only needed one win and they would get going,” added Racela. “They have the experience, they have good players and the best import [in Alfred Aroga].”

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Gilas cadet can be successful – Uichico (October 07, 2015)
Nelson Beltran [ Source: Philippine Star ]

 Talk ‘N’ Text head coach Jong Uichico (second from right) and (from left) assistant coaches Josh Reyes and Nash Racela, consultant Tab Baldwin, conditioning coach Dexter Aseron and team manager Aboy Castro. Baldwin is also Gilas head coach while Uichico and Reyes are his assistants. Philippine Star photo

MANILA, Philippines – Gilas cadet program with an end goal of qualifying for the 2019 FIBA World Cup is possible or can be successful if started as early as now.

Gilas assistant coach Jong Uichico said cadet players would entail a lot of hard work to gain the needed maturity and competitiveness for the regional qualifier in 2017.

“There’s a lot difference on what PBA players can give. They have a lot of exposure in the PBA. And because they play so many games, they gain so much experience, making them mature players,” said Uichico.

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China with their 2015 FIBA Asia Championships trophy. FIBA photo

Aside from grueling competition in the 2015 Fiba Asia Championship final, Gilas Pilipinas had to endure a whole lot of other things not related to the game in China.

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas executive director Sonny Barrios, fresh off the trip with Gilas Pilipinas, shared some of the experiences of the national team in Changsa, China where the Filipinos stayed for almost two weeks.

From the dangerous ride back to the team hotel after the semifinals victory against Japan where the bus counter-flowed in the opposite lane; the uncharged bus manned by a suspicious driver on the day of the championship; the lack of tickets for Philippine delegation for the final, forcing them to buy from scalpers; and the suspicious changing of the net during the Gilas’ shootaround.

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