MIAMI -- LeBron James led a title-saving charge, and now his crown will be on the line one more time in Game 7.
James powered Miami to a frantic fourth-quarter rally and overtime escape as the Heat beat the San Antonio Spurs 103-100 on Tuesday night to extend the NBA Finals as far as they can go and keep Miami's repeat chances alive.
Losing his headband but keeping his cool while playing the entire second half and overtime, James finished with 32 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists, making the go-ahead basket with 1:43 remaining in the extra period.
In his playing days for the San Miguel franchise in the PBA, Hector Calma was known as “The Director” for his coolness under pressure.
But as the team manager of the franchise now known as the Petron Blaze Boosters, Calma admits being affected by everything that has been happening to the team.
It will be two months until the next PBA tournament, but rumors are swirling about San Miguel Corporation’s flagship franchise, adding several new chapters to the saga fans have dubbed the Petronovela.
Baylor's Pierre Jackson suffered a minor, acute patella injury to his left knee and won't be able to work out in the final week leading up to the NBA draft on June 27.
Jackson's co-agent, Colin Bryant of Dutt Sports Services, told ESPN.com Tuesday that Jackson needs "nothing more than rest the next two to three weeks. It's unfortunate about the upcoming workouts. He will be 100 percent for summer league."
Jackson led Baylor to the NIT title last March with 17 points and 10 assists against Iowa. He had started to be a strong contender for a first-round spot in the draft. He had already worked out for five teams with first-round picks -- Utah (14), Boston (16), New York (24), L.A. Clippers (25) and San Antonio (28).
Olsen Racela was shocked when InterAKTV called him up late Monday night about reports of his replacement as coach of Petron Blaze.
But the former San Miguel Beer guard confidently answered it, saying he’s still calling the shots for the Boosters.
“As far as I am concerned, I am still the head coach. In fact, ako pa ang nagpaensayo sa mga players.
The Los Angeles Clippers informed the Boston Celtics on Tuesday morning they are pulling out of talks to acquire Kevin Garnett and Doc Rivers, sources told ESPN.com.
The teams have no plans to speak again, the sources said, and the Clippers are preparing to move on and hire a coach this week.
Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge, meanwhile, confirmed to The Boston Globe that the talks between the teams had ended.
MANILA, Philippines - San Miguel Beer hotshot Chris Banchero would like to take another shot at the Asean Basketball League (ABL) title and help the franchise carve a record as the first back-to-back champion in the regional pro loop.
“I wanna win another championship in the ABL,” said Banchero when he guested in yesterday’s PSA Forum at Shakey’s Malate with coach Leo Austria, team manager Rico Meneses, and teammates Asi Taulava, Brian Williams and Justin Williams.
Fil-Italian Banchero had turned in an MVP performance to contribute to SMB’s 3-0 sweep of the Indonesia Warriors in the last week’s finals. The Beermen not only erased the stigma of their heartbreaking 1-2 finals setback in 2012 but also stopped the Warriors’ bid to become the first ABL squad to retain the crown.
THE SAN Miguel Group should make the first move if it really wants Meralco to release Asi Taulava from its grip.
“We’re willing to work out a solution, but they (San Miguel group) should initiate it, ” Meralco PBA board representative Mon Segismundo, referring to the desire of Taulava to make a league comeback in time for the Governors’ Cup in August, told the Inquirer yesterday.
“I think that it is up to San Miguel to decide (on an offer),” Segismundo, the next board chair, replied when asked what the Bolts could possibly want in return for the 6-foot-9 man-mountain.
MANILA, Philippines - The Red Lions kick off their drive for a fourth straight championship with a new coach, facing host the St. Benilde Blazers at 4 p.m. while last year’s runner-up Letran, also handled by a new mentor, takes on a new-look San Sebastian side in the 6 p.m. main game of an explosive twinbill ushering in Season 89 with a theme “Our Stars Will Shine.”
“This year’s theme changes the notion of being a star – from just being a superior athlete to a person who is grounded with integrity, honor and humility,” said league president Bro. Dennis Magbanua, FSC, of St. Benilde in yesterday’s press launch at the MOA Arena.
“We shift the focus from being one star in the dark to a star that enables others to shine. Above all, we wish to emphasize the star that guides and leads people to their dreams and aspirations for the good of all,” he added.
MANILA, Philippines - The UAAP hopes to build on the league’s success the previous year as it looks forward to a competitive and well-attended Season 76, which kicks off action on June 29 at MOA Arena.
“We’re expecting to meet or even surpass the achievements of last year,” said UAAP Season 76 secretary-treasurer Malou Isip of host Adamson during yesterday’s PSA Forum.
The league enjoyed a banner Season 75 with the usual big attendance in crowd-drawer men’s basketball spilling over to women’s volleyball, which saw a record 19,000 in one La Salle-Ateneo game.
MANILA, Philippines – If Ginebra could acquire Asi Taulava to partner with Japeth Aguilar, they will have a dangerous tandem that could create huge problems to opposing PBA teams.
Both Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao and Air21 mentor Franz Pumaren agreed that Alfrancis Chua will be one lucky coach if Ginebra succeeds in adding Taulava to its lineup that already includes Aguilar.
In an interview with Spin.ph’s Snow Badua, Guiao said the presence of Tualava and Aguilar will suddenly spike the Gin Kings’ ceiling.