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Dylan Ababou. Sports5/Pranz Kaeno Billones

The Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters added another important piece to their roster after acquiring Dylan Ababou from Barako Bull in exchange for a future second round pick.

“He’s with us already,” Talk ‘N Text head coach Jong Uichico confirmed to in a text message.

Talk ‘N Text has tinkered with its lineup in the offseason, adding several key pieces like rookie big men Moala Tautuaa and Troy Rosario as well as veteran Denok Miranda.

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Matt Barnes: I was checking on my sons, not confronting Derek Fisher (October 09, 2015)
Ramona Shelburne [ Source: ESPN ]

Matt Barnes said Thursday he went to his ex-wife's home last weekend to check on his 6-year-old twin sons, and not to confront New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher. Andrew Bernstein/Getty Images

Memphis Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes said Thursday he went to his ex-wife's home to check on his 6-year-old twin sons and not to confront New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher.

Barnes told ESPN that he was at his home in Marina del Rey around 10 p.m. Saturday when he got a text from his son Carter that immediately concerned him.

"I'm like, first of all, why are you still up? It's like 10 o'clock at night?' " Barnes said. "So I text back, 'I love you and I miss you, too.' Then I FaceTimed him. I'm just like, 'Hey, what's up buddy?'"

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What can Bulls expect from Gasol-Noah tandem in 2015-16? (October 09, 2015)
Nick Friedell [ Source: ESPN ]


CHICAGO -- Despite what it might have looked like on the court, the numbers don't exactly back up the notion that Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah were a dysfunctional pairing on the floor last season. Out of all the two-man lineup combinations for the Bulls that played at least 100 minutes together last season, the pair ranked 33rd in points per 48 minutes, 32nd in plus-minus, 31st in field goal percentage and 13th in rebounds per 48 minutes, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

When new coach Fred Hoiberg was asked recently why the pair didn't seem to work well together on the floor last season, he was quick with a rebuttal.

"I wouldn't say it didn't work," Hoiberg said. "I thought they had a lot of great moments out there together."

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Manny V. Pangilinan. file photo

Basketball’s most valuable patron is ready to pass on the leadership of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas.

SBP president Manny V. Pangilinan announced Thursday he would step down early next year, paving the way for a new breed of leaders to take over the management of the country’s most prominent sport.

“It signals a new change of leadership and it’s a development I think we should welcome,” said Pangilinan in a press conference held at the PLDT offices in Makati City.

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Pelicans' Omer Asik to miss 3 weeks with calf strain (October 09, 2015)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]


METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Pelicans say center Omer Asik is expected to be sidelined about three weeks with a right calf strain.

The club says the 7-footer strained his calf in practice on Wednesday.

Asik is entering his second season in New Orleans. He appeared in 76 games for the Pelicans last season, averaging 7.3 points and 9.8 rebounds per game.

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Rockets offense improving after two games (October 09, 2015)
Calvin Watkins [ Source: ESPN ]


HOUSTON -- After just two preseason games, the Rockets' uptempo offense is getting better.

It’s the same offense the Rockets used last season to win 56 games and advance to the Western Conference finals, but with the addition of a new point guard, Ty Lawson, and with a goal of pushing the pace faster than last season, adjustments are needed.

In the first preseason game, the Rockets received plenty of open looks against Memphis but shot a dismal 5-for-30 from 3-point range and 36 percent overall. The ball movement was just okay and resulted in 17 assists in the 92-89 loss.

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MVP legacy: PH return to World Cup (October 09, 2015)
Nelson Beltran [ Source: Philippine Star ]

Under MVP leadership at SBP, the country saw its return to the FIBA World Cup last year after a long absence. FIBA photo

MANILA, Philippines -- Manny V. Pangilinan’s term as president of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas has expired, and fresh faces are coming in to run the national cage federation early next year.

The SBP, under the leadership of Pangilinan for two four-year terms, has set a special general assembly to elect a new set of officers in January.

Ricky Vargas, Bernie Atienza, Pete Alfaro, Danny Soria, Fr. Paul de Vera, Nick Jorge and Raul Alcoseba are seven other SBP board members whose terms of office have expired. They will serve on holdover capacity until January.

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LeBron James has decided to leave guaranteed endorsement income on the table for a potentially much bigger piece of the pie down the road.

James has decided not to renew his option with McDonald's; he will lend his name and marketing power to fast-casual pizza franchise Blaze.

In 2012, James became an original investor in the parent company, which is one of the stronger players in the assembly-line pizza concept.

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International Basketball

Victor Oladipo has quickly gotten himself pegged as one of the rising stars in the NBA. Everyone is expecting big things from Oladipo this summer.

The second overall pick from the 2013 Draft has taken a while to come into his own, but the end of his season last year foretold big things. Now it is up to Oladipo to make good on it.

He began doing that when Team USA invited him to their camp this summer in Las Vegas. At the Team USA Showcase, Oladipo led the game with 25 points. It was a glorified scrimmage, but it kept Oladipo on Team USA’s radar.

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International Basketball

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) president Manuel V. Pangilinan announced on Thursday that he was stepping down from his post due to his reaching the term limit set for the position.

“The Constitution of the SBP stipulates an 8-year term limit for directors and for the President. I am caught by that rule, which I had in hand in drafting way back in 2006,” Pangilinan said.

“Having been present at the creation and with no desire to bend, staple or mutilate that rule, it is my conviction that I that I should not be an exception to it. That would create a dangerous precedent. Further, as a practical matter, I believe it is needed to refresh and revitalize the organization.”

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