Two-time Scoring Champion Romeo wants be better passer, defender (October 25, 2016)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

Terrence Romeo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/

Terrence Romeo is more than willing to pass the rock next season.

Named Scoring Champion for the second straight year, the GlobalPort standout shared he still wants to improve on his passing game and defense as he eyes to be more of a complete player heading into his fourth season in the league.

“Magfo-focus ako sa assists, defense, at pag-lead sa mga teammates ko. Kailangan may isang tatayo para mag-lead sa team at gusto ko maging isa ako doon,” Romeo said Saturday during the 2016 PBA Press Corps Awards.

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Derrick Rose on if he's out to prove this season that he still is an elite point guard: "Yeah, but I know I am." Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Most NBA observers probably wouldn't label Derrick Rose as elite at this stage of his career. But Rose believes he fits that description and that it's only a "matter of time" before he shows it to others.

Rose was asked after Knicks practice on Monday if he wants to show this season that he still is an elite point guard.

"Yeah, but I know I am," he said. "That's no surprise to me. It's only a matter of time until I put it together. All the hard work I put in, everything how I dedicated my whole life to this game, what I sacrificed. It's only a few that did it and that's doing it. So it's all about just putting it together."

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 Meralco coach Norman Black. Richard Esguerra, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines – The Meralco Bolts sorely need a big man to shore up their frontline, but head coach Norman Black does not anticipate any to be available by the time they get around to making their pick in the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft.

The Bolts will be picking seventh in both the special draft for Gilas pool players, as well as the regular in draft. In both instances, they will be selecting the "best player available," according to Black.

"The problem is that by the time we get to the seventh pick, there probably won't be any big man available," Black told reporters Sunday after watching Ateneo de Manila University's game against National University.

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Philadelphia 76ers guard Jerryd Bayless is likely to miss the first month of the regular season while he recovers from a torn ligament in his left wrist, sources told ESPN.

The team announced last week that Bayless will not have surgery on his wrist, but did not put a timetable on the injury.

Bayless signed a three-year deal with the Sixers in the offseason after averaging 10.4 points and 3.1 assists with Milwaukee in 2015-16.

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Belga and Almazan stay with RoS, seal maximum pay deals (October 25, 2016)
Musong R. Castillo [ Source: Inquirer ]

Rain or Shine’s Beau Belga. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/

Rain or Shine is keeping the rest of the nucleus that made the Elasto Painters the most consistent team in the PBA in the last three years.

After letting go of JR Quiñahan and superstar point guard Paul Lee days after coach Yeng Guiao left the team three weeks ago, Rain or Shine management has put its foot down and apparently wants to keep its winning tradition, signing Raymund Almazan and Jericho Cruz to lucrative, multi-year extensions.

Beau Belga also signed the same deal just a few days back, with Gabe Norwood, an Elasto Painter all throughout his career, also close to sealing a new pact, sources said.

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Forward Chandler Parsons will not be cleared to play in the Memphis Grizzlies' season opener as the team continues to exercise caution in his return from the second surgery on his right knee, coach David Fizdale told reporters Monday.

The knee was the primary reason that the Dallas Mavericks did not attempt to re-sign Parsons, who signed a four-year, $94 million maximum contract with the Grizzlies in free agency. Parsons had season-ending surgeries on the knee each of the past two years.

Parsons began full participation in Grizzlies practices last week and hoped to be cleared to play in the opener. He told ESPN over the weekend that he was experiencing "no problems at all with the knee." However, Parsons understood that the Grizzlies would err on the side of caution after making such a major financial investment in him, plus he needs to work his way into basketball shape.

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PBA hopefuls will be put to test in 2016 Draft Combine (October 25, 2016)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]


PBA aspirants take one step closer in achieving their dreams as they participate in the 2016 PBA Draft Combine this week.

The two-day camp, which will be held at Gatorade Hoops Center in Mandaluyong starting on Wednesday, will wage all the hopefuls against each other as they try to make an impression in front of PBA coaches and scouts.

The 55 applicants will be divided into eight teams, composed of six to seven players, for the combine.

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Devin Harris injury may open door for Seth Curry (October 25, 2016)
Tim MacMahon [ Source: ESPN ]

Point guard Devin Harris is unlikely to be available for the Mavericks to start the season, and his absence could be lengthy. Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images

DALLAS -- The Mavericks have yet to receive definitive word on Devin Harris' injury to his troublesome left foot, but they are bracing for the point guard to miss extended time, ensuring that Seth Curry will have a significant role to start the regular season.

Harris, who was limited during training camp while recovering from his second major surgery on a toe in his left foot, injured the foot again when the orthotic in his shoe broke during Dallas' final preseason game. He was being medically evaluated during Monday's practice, and coach Rick Carlisle said Harris is "very doubtful" for Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Indiana Pacers.

Curry, who signed a two-year, $5.9 million contract with Dallas in July, might have been in the Mavs' rotation regardless after leading the team in preseason scoring with 10.7 points per game. Harris' injury provides more opportunity for Curry, the son of longtime NBA sharpshooter Dell and younger brother of two-time MVP Stephen Curry.

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Ginebra import Justin Brownlee and his head coach Tim Cone hug after the Gin Kings clinched the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup championship on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, at Araneta Coliseum. Tristan Tamayo/

Justin Brownlee hasn’t left Manila yet and he’s already raving about coming back.

Brownlee, who went from a replacement import to a celebrated hero after his buzzer-beating triple had Barangay Ginebra celebrating its first PBA championship in eight years, doesn’t see himself playing elsewhere than in the Philippines and wearing colors other than Ginebra’s red and white.

“Honestly, I don’t want to play anywhere else besides the Philippines, especially with the fans, how they embrace me, how great of a team Ginebra is. Coach Tim is probably the best coach I ever played for especially professionally,” Brownlee told reporters during the Gin Kings’ victory party for San Miguel Corporation’s employees at their headquarters in Pasig Monday night.

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Cavs, Indians to make Cleveland center of sports world Tuesday (October 25, 2016)
Dave McMenamin [ Source: ESPN ]

Though a noted Yankees fan, Ohio native LeBron James says he's backing the Indians because he's "a supporter of winners, man." Jason Miller/Getty Images

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- The city of Cleveland will open its doors to the sports world this week when the Cavaliers raise their 2016 NBA championship banner Tuesday on the same night the Indians host Game 1 of World Series.

LeBron James, born about 40 miles south of Gateway Plaza, where Progressive Field and Quicken Loans Arena are located across from one another downtown, said it will be a spectacle unlike any his hometown has ever seen.

"It's a special day for our fans in Cleveland, in Northeast Ohio to be able to live and enjoy for a day," James said after practice Monday. "They get an opportunity to just remember this day, us receiving our rings and our Indians being able to host Game 1 of the World Series, so, it's a day that will go down in history. For anyone that lives here, they will never forget it. So, I'm happy I'm a part of it."

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