PBA superstar James Yap is currently on vacation in Italy, the home of his girlfriend Michela Cazzola.
But it's not all fun for Big Game James, as he took the opportunity to once again get his back treated by Italian doctor Filippo Mechelli.
According to a translation from his official website, Mechelli is a physiotherapist and osteopath who served on the medical staff of the Italy for the Winter Olympics in 2006 and 2010 and the Summer Olympics in 2012.
Tony Parker is by far the youngest of the San Antonio Spurs' Big Three, a fact that could have complicated things going forward as Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili get closer to retirement.
As they are wont to do, the Spurs made things really easy.
San Antonio signed Parker to a multiyear contract extension Friday, ensuring that the six-time All-Star will be in the fold whether Duncan and Ginobili choose to continue their careers or not.
MANILA, Philippines - The tune-up match between Kia Motors and the squad said to be led by Division 1 players in the US NCAA was called off yesterday.
Kia Motors, one of three newcomers in the Philippine Basketball Association, was to play the US team yesterday at the Unilab Gym in Mandaluyong.
The match was supposed to be part of Kia’s preparations and could serve as a gauge among the players hoping to land positions in the team.
MIAMI -- Forward Shawne Williams, who spent part of last season with the Los Angeles Lakers, has signed with the Miami Heat.
A six-year NBA veteran, Williams has averaged 5.7 points and 3.1 rebounds in 251 career games, including 36 starts. He averaged 5.6 points and 4.6 rebounds last season in 36 games with the Lakers, including 13 starts.
Williams also played last season with the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League. He was the 17th overall pick in the 2006 draft by Indiana.
Even before LeBron James told him he'd be going back to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Dwyane Wade said he could tell his teammate and friend would not be returning to the Miami Heat.
Wade said Friday that he could just tell from James' body language during a flight from Las Vegas that he would not be coming back.
"Yeah, I went to sleep knowing," Wade told reporters. "He called me the next day. But I knew then. Obviously he still had to say the final yay or nay, but I knew. I could tell."
Leo Austria is set to make his coaching return to the PBA after he signed a one-year deal last week to handle the struggling San Miguel Beer squad.
The San Miguel Beer management had expressed high hopes that Austria – with his vast experience – could help turn things around for the once proud franchise.
Despite having some of the league’s marquee players in its fold, the Beermen failed to win a single title last season, extending their woes to three years.
After missing the cut in each of his past two invites to Team USA camp, DeMarcus Cousins is on the verge of learning the third time is definitely not the charm.
And a potential cut ahead of the FIBA World Cup, if it happens, will hurt worse than any before.
Per Sam Amick of USA Today:
These are sharp.
USA Basketball has been sequestered in Las Vegas this week conducting training camp ahead of the 2014 FIBA World Cup, which tips off later this month in Spain. While Team USA has yet to officially announce which players will make up the 12-man roster, we now know those players will look very fresh when the squad takes the court.
These new uniforms are from Nike, and offer a more modern take on the jerseys Team USA wore at the last World Cup, when it was officially called the FIBA World Championship. It's a good reminder that a lot can change in four years. Say, does anyone know what Lamar Odom and Chauncey Billups are up to this summer?
MANILA, Philippines - Defending champion La Salle and last year’s runner-up University of Santo Tomas seek their third straight victories against the cellar-dwellers as they try to close in on the lead pack today in the UAAP Season 77 men’s basketball tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Green Archers have rediscovered their winning ways after a 0-2 start, hurdling their last two assignments to climb to the middle of the standings and they should have little problem in the 4 p.m. setto against an Adamson side (0-4) reeling from an embarrassing 25-62 setback to National U last Wednesday.
Though on a two-game roll after dropping their opening assignment, the Tigers (2-1) went through a wringer in a scary 50-49 verdict over the lowly Falcons last week – something opponent University of the Philippines (0-4) can draw inspiration from in their 2 p.m. encounter.
Saigon Heat used a big first half to stay undefeated following a 97-79 win over Laskar Dreya South Sumatra at Hall Basket Senayan, Jakarta.
Justin Williams scored 17 of his 27 points in the first quarter to help the Heat improved to 3-0. Williams also had 13 rebounds and Dustin Scott added 20 points. David Arnold had a big night for Saigon as he finished with 19 points. Froilan Baguion recorded a double-double with 15 points and 10 assists.
"It was a good win. It is tough to beat a team back to back. Laskar is a young team but they play very hard. I'm proud of the guys' efforts," said Heat's head coach Jason Rabedeaux. "I thought our defense picked up after the first quarter and we were able to rest a couple of guys because we will have 2 games in the next five days."