Marc Pingris of Gilas Pilipinas. Sports5 file/Paul Ryan Tan

Philippine national men’s basketball team defensive ace Marc Pingris is looking forward to facing the visiting Team Fibr All-Stars in the PLDT Home ‘Last HOME Stand’ charity event, which begins Tuesday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

But there’s one player in particular that he’s hoping he gets a chance to pit himself against – and that’s Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard.

“Syempre yung MVP. Siya yung gusto ko makaharap,” Pingris told InterAksyon.com in an exclusive interview.

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LeBron James begins tour of China (July 22, 2014)
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BEIJING -- LeBron James began his tour of China on Monday by exchanging gifts with another former child prodigy.

The Cleveland Cavaliers star was greeted by pianist Lang Lang at the Wukesong Sports Center in Beijing in front of hundreds of basketball fans.

The two exchanged gifts, with Lang Lang receiving a pair of basketball shoes and James getting an album of Lang Lang's music and a CD with the FIFA Brazil World Cup music.

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PHOENIX -- Isaiah Thomas says he considers himself a starting point guard in the NBA, but he's willing to sacrifice that to play for a winning team.

Thomas, acquired by the Phoenix Suns in a sign-and-trade deal with Sacramento, spoke at a news conference Monday.

"I value myself as a starter, but when it comes down to winning, I'll do anything it takes to win," he said. "I want to be on a winning team."

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Sacramento Kings rally late to claim summer-league title (July 22, 2014)
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LAS VEGAS -- Ray McCallum had a few big moments toward the end of last season for the Sacramento Kings.

After a summer like this, he might have shown he's ready for plenty more.

McCallum scored 29 points and helped key a big Sacramento rally in the final minutes, as the Kings topped the Houston Rockets 77-68 Monday night to win the NBA Summer League championship game.

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Ateneo's Kiefer Ravena smiles while dribbling the ball against La Salle. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com

MANILA, Philippines – Ateneo guard Kiefer Ravena has been named the UAAP Player of the Week after he torched arch-rivals De La Salle University for a career-high 29 points to lead the Blue Eagles to a 97-86 victory against the Green Archers last Sunday.

Ravena has been a man on a mission early in the Season 77 men's basketball tournament as he seeks to bring back the Blue Eagles to the Final Four after missing the cut last year.

Ravena dropped four triples in the final period as Ateneo, which trailed by nine points in the first frame, pulled away with an 85-71 lead with 2:09 remaining in the contest.

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Nick Young, Ryan Kelly signed by Los Angeles Lakers (July 22, 2014)
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The Lakers officially signed Nick Young to a four-year, $21.5 million deal on Monday. Soobum Im/USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers took care of some unfinished business on Monday, officially signing both Nick Young and Ryan Kelly to contract extensions.

The signings were merely a formality, as the team had already reached agreements with both Young and Kelly in the last several weeks while general manager Mitch Kupchak attempted to fill out the roster for next season through free agency.

"When Nick became a free agent in June, I expressed hope that we would be able to bring him back on a contract that was in the best interest of both the Lakers and himself, and I am proud to say we were able to do so," Kupchak said in a statement. "Nick was a bright spot for us last season, and we are happy to retain such a skilled player who is committed to being a part of what we are building as a franchise."

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Evan Turner, Boston Celtics agree to terms (July 22, 2014)
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The Boston Celtics have agreed to terms with free-agent swingman Evan Turner, sources confirmed to ESPN.com.

According to the Boston Herald, which first reported the deal, Turner will sign for a portion of the midlevel exception.

Boston is adding the 2010 No. 2 draft pick. The 25-year-old Turner will be looking to revitalize his career in Boston.

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Marvin Williams introduced by Charlotte Hornets (July 22, 2014)
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Marvin Williams feels like he's coming home.

Nine years after leading the North Carolina men's basketball team to a national championship, Williams returns to the Tar Heel state as a member of the NBA's Charlotte Hornets.

"North Carolina has always been like a second home to me," Williams said Monday at an introductory news conference after signing a two-year, $14 million deal.

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Maverick Carter, LeBron James' business partner, says he didn't push James to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, nor did anyone else in the NBA superstar's inner circle.

"This was a decision that LeBron made in his heart," Carter told ESPN.com's Jason Whitlock on the Real Talk podcast. "We didn't push him to do it. We don't push him to do anything. If he asks our opinion or what did we think about the pros and the cons, we help him think through it. We don't push him."

James decided to return to the Cavaliers on July 11 after spending four years with the Miami Heat. He opted out of his contract with Miami and signed a two-year deal to return to Cleveland, where he spent his first seven seasons in the NBA.

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Carmelo Anthony already has a good grip on basketball and is now trying his hand at being a venture capitalist. Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Signed to the New York Knicks for another five seasons, Carmelo Anthony is already looking to life after basketball.

On Monday, Anthony announced the creation of M7 Tech Partners, a venture capital firm whose only partners are Anthony and Stuart Goldfarb, the former CEO of Bertelsmann, the world's largest direct marketer of music, video and books.

"For as long as I can remember, I've been interested in technology," Anthony said in a statement. "We are actively looking for ventures with strong leadership that resonate with consumers."

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