Pringle assured 1st overall draft pick (July 29, 2014)
Joaquin Henson [ Source: Philippine Star ]

 Stanley Pringle.

MANILA, Philippines - Highly-touted guard Stanley Pringle will be the first overall pick in the PBA draft at Robinson’s Manila on Aug. 24. Globalport team Governor Erick Arejola confirmed the choice the other day as the Batang Pier won the lottery for the top pick.

Although Pringle has never played in the PBA D-League, he will be allowed to enter the draft under the exception rule for Fil-foreigners who are 27 or over. Fil-foreigners under 27 must play at least two PBA D-League conferences to be eligible for the draft. The PBA has confirmed that Pringle has submitted the required Bureau of Immigration and Department of Justice documents to certify his dual citizenship. The documents are requirements for Fil-foreigners to apply for the draft.

Pringle, 27, told The Star in an email from his home in Virginia Beach that he will definitely be in Manila next month for biometrics testing and the draft but couldn’t fix a date of arrival.

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Thaddeus Young, who has two years remaining on his contract, averaged 17.9 points and 6.0 rebounds for the Philadelphia 76ers last season. Al Bello/Getty Images

The Minnesota Timberwolves have expressed interest in Philadelphia 76ers power forward Thaddeus Young as a potential replacement for Kevin Love, according to sources close to the situation.

Sources told that the Wolves, while continuing to discuss trade proposals that would send Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers, have been exploring their options for acquiring Young from the Sixers, either through a separate transaction or as part of an expanded Love trade.

Whether Philadelphia proves willing to part with Young, though, remains to be seen.

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LeBron James is coming back, not only to Cleveland but back into the public's favor.

According to a poll taken this month by California-based E-Poll, Americans like James more than they ever have since he made the "Decision" to leave the Cavaliers for the Miami Heat four years ago.

The company takes the opinions of 1,100 people, ages 13 and up that reflect a representative sampling of the U.S. population, in a poll and uses that data to give the more than 8,000 celebrities in its database an E-Score ranging from 0 to 100, with 100 being the most known, liked and appealing.

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Michael Jordan has no problem with LeBron James returning to No. 23 in his second stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"I'm cool with it,'' Jordan told via text message Monday morning. "I don't own a number.''

Jordan, who now owns the Charlotte Hornets, wore No. 23 during his legendary playing career. James idolized Jordan growing up and wore No. 23 during his first seven seasons with the Cavaliers.

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Byron Scott had to wait nearly three months to learn the Los Angeles Lakers had chosen him to be their next head coach.

Then he had to wait a little bit longer for the team to officially announce him as head coach while "we work through some little details" after he and the team agreed in principle on a four-year, $17 million contract Saturday night.

But for the chance to coach the team he won three NBA titles with as a player, he says it will be worth it in the end.

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San Beda head coach Boyet Fernandez. Marquez

Following his team’s first loss of the season, San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez didn’t waste any time before going back to work.

He spent the next few hours scouting their next opponent – San Sebastian, which was defeated by erstwhile winless squad Mapua on Monday.

Fernandez took responsibility for the team’s upset defeat, though he admitted that the Red Lions were not in their usual mood after only recently losing a dear member of the San Beda community.

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Mapua Cardinals head coach Atoy Co. Marquez

“Mas exciting ang laro sa NCAA kaysa sa UAAP.”

That’s the observation of cage legend and Mapua Cardinals coach Atoy Co following his team’s upset win over San Sebastian on Monday.

A deadshot during his playing days, Co based his statement on the defense teams have been playing in the NCAA.

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John Smith and Chris Ellis. Photo via Indonesia Warriors

After two disappointing games at the start of the 2014 AirAsia ASEAN Basketball League, Indonesia Warriors revamp their roster.

Chris Barnes has been release after averaging 8a modest.5 points and 7 rebounds per game. His replacement is 30-year old Chris Ellis who last played in Germany with NOMA Iserlohn Kangaroos.

The 6-foot-9 forward is also the son of one of greatest shooters to ever play in the National Basketball Association (NBA), Dale Ellis. He played in the NBA Summer League with Denver Nuggets in 2006 and Portland Trail Blazers in the summer of 2007 and 2008. He also played four years at Wake Forest University. 

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Barako Bull head coach Siot Tanquincen. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

Barako Bull is a team that’s rich in first-round picks in the upcoming PBA rookie draft in August.

Whether they end up keeping those picks, though, remains to be seen.

The Energy Cola own the third, eighth and 10th picks of the draft this year. And though Barako Bull coach Siot Tanquincen admitted the team has not discussed what to do with them, he identified a major team need that he hopes to be filled.

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Juan Paolo Taha of CSB Blazers goes up against SBC big man Olaide Adeogun. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

College of St. Benilde seniors Mark Romero and Paolo Taha, who are both playing in their final year in the NCAA, want to leave their school with something to be proud of.

While the entire nation was focused of the President Benigno Aquino III’s State of the Nation Address, the Blazers star duo enjoyed one of the biggest moments of their respective collegiate stints.

The pair was instrumental in leading St. Benilde to a shocking upset win over the mighty San Beda Red Lions.

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