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Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, left, has moved on from his agents at Relativity Media following an eventful summer. Kirby Lee/USA TODAY SportsLos Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan has split with his representatives at Relativity Media, Dan Fegan and Jarinn Akana, according to a report by the Los Angeles Times.

Jordan told the agents of his decision a few days after the NBA fined the Clippers $250,000 for violating league rules while trying to re-sign him last month, the L.A. Times reports.

A league investigation found that the Clippers had made a presentation to Jordan, who was then a free agent, on July 2 that improperly included a potential third-party endorsement opportunity. League rules prohibit teams from arranging for others to provide compensation for a player unless it is included in a contract or is otherwise permitted by the collective bargaining agreement.

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Philippines’ Terrence Romeo (middle) continues to dazzle in the 2015 Jones Cup. Romeo’s game-high 23 points however, weren’t enough to lift Gilas Pilipinas, which dropped an 82-70 decision Monday night at Xinchuang gymnasium in Taipei. Photo from the Chinese Taipei Basketball Association

The Philippine national men’s basketball team seeks to quickly recover from a loss as it takes on Russian club Spartak Primorye in the 37th William Jones Cup on Tuesday at the Xinchuang Gymnasium in New Taipei City, Taiwan.

Gilas Pilipinas tangles with the still-unbeaten Spartak at 1 p.m. live on TV5.

When they face the Russians in the early tip-off, the Filipinos are going to be just less than 24 hours removed from an 82-70 loss to Asian rival South Korea on Monday in a game where Gilas Pilipinas failed to catch up with their opponents in the second half.

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Abueva shows worth with Gilas, proves Baldwin wrong (September 01, 2015)
Musong R. Castillo [ Source: Inquirer ]

Calvin Abueva. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

TAIPEI – Tab Baldwin wanted Calvin Abueva to be a bit hungrier before offering the undersized power forward his first stint with Gilas Pilipinas.

As it turned out, Abueva has been so famished all these years that he’s been ready to eat everyone up alive.

“I thought Calvin (still) has some growing up to do, some learning to do,” Baldwin said on Monday morning during practice, a night after Abueva proved his worthiness with a 15-point, six-rebound effort in a 77-69 win over Chinese Taipei-A in the Filipinos’ Jones Cup debut here.

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Shaquilee O'Neal and Kobe Bryant. Nathaniel S. Butler/Getty Images

Constant clashes ultimately led to a bitter breakup between Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant, but the two stars addressed their relationship on O’Neal’s “The Big Podcast with Shaq,” which was made available Monday.

“It’s time to clear the air,” O’Neal said, “because I’ve said many times that we were the most enigmatic, controversial, most talked-about, dominant one-two punch. I just want people to know that I don’t hate you, I know you don’t hate me. I called it today a 'work beef,' is what we had.”

Said Bryant, “Here’s the thing -- what we did, our disagreements, what made those things special is we said them to each other’s face. We didn’t go behind each other’s back and whisper to our teammates about this, that and the other, because that does nothing but create friction and it’s cancerous to the team.

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Gilas veteran De Ocampo feels like rookie again (September 01, 2015)
Alder Almo [ Source: Philippine Star ]

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MANILA, Philippines -- Ranidel de Ocampo feels like a rookie again in the international game.

De Ocampo, who has been with all the three Gilas iterations, is set to play his first international game since the Asian Games last year when they return to the court against South Korea at 5 p.m. Monday. The Talk n Text big man has recovered from a hamstring injury that forced him to miss the Estonia pocket tournament.

"Excited ako," De Ocampo told after Gilas 3.0's scintillating debut in the William Jones Cup on Sunday night. "Ang bilis ng laro."

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After Abueva, Romeo showing, Baldwin worries revealing too much (September 01, 2015)
Musong R. Castillo [ Source: Inquirer ]

Gilas Pilipinas guard Terrence Romeo introduced himself to the international scene in style. Tristan Tamayo/

TAIPEI – After the way Calvin Abueva and Terrence Romeo played in Gilas Pilipinas’ Jones Cup debut on Sunday night, coach Tab Baldwin’s belief of not playing in this tournament was reinforced even more.

“They gave away things we didn’t want to give away,” Baldwin told reporters on Monday morning after the Filipinos’ one-hour practice to get ready for a 5 p.m. clash with South Korea at Xinchuang Gymnasium here.

“I think from a policy standpoint, it’s better to avoid this tournament on a big year, in a qualification year,” he went on when asked to confirm initial reports that he didn’t want to play in this event right after he formed the pool of candidates earlier this month.

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Terrence Romeo; Calvin Abueva. Sports5/Pranz Kaeno Billones

The Philippine national men’s basketball team scored its first victory under new coach Tab Baldwin after turning back Chinese Taipei in the William Jones Cup.

And Gilas Pilipinas got a huge boost from two of the team’s newcomers: Terrence Romeo and Calvin Abueva.

Romeo wowed the crowd with his spectacular moves all game long. In one breathtaking play that perhaps was the most memorable, he blew past a phalanx of defenders with a killer crossover and before sinking a hangtime layup that sent the Filipino crowd to its feet.

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Utah Jazz: Reviewing Rudy Gobert's FIBA Performance So Far (September 01, 2015)
Karthik Narayanan [ Source: PurpleandBlues ]

Rudy Gobert. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Summer is long for NBA fans. Unless you enjoy following childish Twitter feuds–see Hassan Whiteside and Draymond Green–the hoops news cycle leaves something to be desired in late August. Thankfully, international play and FIBA tournaments are here to keep us busy.

Like the San Antonio Spurs, the Jazz have a cadre of players with international connections. The summer started with fans having great expectations for Dante Exum, Tibor Pleiss and Rudy Gobert in their FIBA exploits. Although Exum suffered an ACL tear, the Stifle Tower continues to do his thing with the French national team.

Gobert came to fore last year during the FIBA World Cup, when he dominated Spain’s much-vaunted frontline, including the Gasol brothers. The confidence he exuded carried over to the regular season last year when Gobert made the litany of teams that passed on him in the 2013 NBA Draft look foolish.

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TAIPEI – Gilas Pilipinas suffered a crucial offensive breakdown in the fourth quarter and went down in defeat to old nemesis South Korea, 70-82, in Day Three of the 2015 Jones Cup Invitational Basketball Tournament at the Xinchuang Gymnasium here Monday night.

Coming off a 77-69 win over the home team, the Nationals engaged the Koreans in an exciting, seesawing game before hitting the wall, going on a five-minute scoreless spell in the fourth quarter to yield the contest.

The Koreans ran a 13-to-nothing attack to pound the Gilas breakdown, taking command at 69-58 and holding on to break into the win-column following back-to-back losses to Iran and Spartak-Primorye of Russia.

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Star slowly transitioning from triangle to new offense (September 01, 2015)
Camille B. Naredo [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

Justin Melton (L) of the Star Hotshots and Stanley Pringle of the GlobalPort Batang Pier attend the 2015 NBA 3X Philippines. Photo by Jonathan Cellona,

MANILA, Philippines – High-leaping guard Justin Melton revealed that it has been a "slow transition" for the Star Hotshots as they learn a new offensive system for the upcoming PBA season.

Melton and the rest of the Hotshots are moving away from the triangle offense that has been the backbone of the team in the past four seasons, as new head coach Jason Webb wants to put his own stamp on the franchise.

"A lot of running," Melton told on Sunday when asked about their preparations so far in the off-season.

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