43-year-old makes case to become oldest PBA rookie (October 28, 2016)
Camille B. Naredo [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

At 43, Charles Caluya is the oldest rookie hopeful this year. @camillenaredo

MANILA, Philippines – Charles Caluya, at 43 years old, is not letting go of his PBA dream.

He is the oldest and shortest player to declare for the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft, and he showed up to the Draft Combine on Wednesday and Thursday determined to prove to PBA coaches that he has what it takes to play at a professional level.

A graduate of University of the East, Caluya is a long shot to even be included in the final list of potential draftees. The PBA said that he is "not fit to play" based on the results of the tests conducted in Day 1 by Focus Athletics, as he scored low in the various agility and athleticism tests.

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UP rookie Gomez de Liaño continues to surprise Perasol (October 28, 2016)
Camille B. Naredo [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

UP's Javi Gomez de Liano (22) scores a lay-up against the defense of NU's Michael Pate. Josh Albelda, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines – University of the Philippines (UP) rookie Javi Gomez de Liaño does not often get heavy minutes, but whenever he is sent in to games, he makes an immediate impact for the Fighting Maroons.

The rookie out of UP Integrated School has the height and wingspan of a collegiate power forward, but he already has a smooth perimeter game and a solid handle. He can bring the ball down court whenever the UP guards are pressured, and he spaces the floor with his shooting ability as well.

Gomez de Liaño flew under the radar at the start of the UAAP Season 79 tournament, but as UP began to rack up victories in the second round, more and more fans have started to take notice of the lanky forward.

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James Harden has 'monster game' in debut as Houston's point guard (October 28, 2016)
Calvin Watkins [ Source: ESPN ]

James Harden had a game-high 34 points and 17 assists to go along with eight rebounds. Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports

LOS ANGELES -- In his debut as the "point guard" for the Houston Rockets, James Harden was fantastic

He played on another level while everybody watched. It was a thing of beauty as he finished with a dazzling 34 points, a career-high 17 assists, and was only two rebounds shy of a triple-double in a 120-114 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Harden had zero assists in the fourth quarter and tired when the Lakers' Nick Young and Metta World Peace got in his face and forced him to make passes under duress.

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Kings keep Ty Lawson, release Jordan Farmar, Isaiah Cousins (October 25, 2016)
Marc Stein [ Source: ESPN ]

Despite some preseason incidents, the Kings have elected to keep guard Ty Lawson on their roster. Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Ty Lawson claimed the Sacramento Kings' last available roster spot Monday, after the team announced the release of fellow guards Jordan Farmar and Isaiah Cousins.

Lawson won the duel for the Kings' 15th roster spot and is expected to open the season as the stand-in point guard for suspended Sacramento starter Darren Collison, despite the fact that Lawson showed up late for one morning shootaround and missed a team flight ‎the following day earlier this month‎.

New Kings coach Dave Joerger has been a big backer of Lawson, ‎insisting in recent days that there is "no situation" with Lawson and repeatedly praising the veteran guard's play throughout the preseason.

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The Pistons have claimed veteran guard Beno Udrih off waivers. He played part of last season with the Heat. Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Detroit Pistons have claimed guard Beno Udrih off waivers from the Miami Heat and released guard Ray McCallum.

Detroit made the moves Monday, two days before opening the season at Toronto.

Udrih is entering his 13th NBA season. He has averaged 8.5 points and 3.4 assists in his career. He played for the Heat and Memphis Grizzlies last season, averaging 4.7 points and 2.6 assists.

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Although he's just 28, San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills has long been a source of pride for Australians.

After honing his basketball skills at the Australian Institute of Sport, he made a name for himself in the United States as a collegian at Saint Mary's. He was selected in the second round of the 2009 NBA draft by the Portland Trail Blazers and spent two seasons in the Pacific Northwest. He joined the Spurs in 2011 and won an NBA championship in his third season in San Antonio.

Now heading into his eighth NBA season, he's moving into elite company in terms of longevity, with only two Australians having played more seasons in the league -- Andrew Bogut (11 and counting) and Luc Longley (10). We recently caught up with Mills to discuss his homeland, the upcoming season, the Rio Olympics, footy and more.

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

Terrence Romeo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

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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