International Basketball

The NBA on Wednesday released an official statement addressing why a planned exhibition series featuring some of the league's stars against the Gilas Pilipinas national team fell through.

"Under the terms of the NBA's Collective Bargaining Agreement, players are allowed to participate in offseason basketball games or exhibitions when requirements for those events are met, including ensuring that appropriate safeguards be in place, and the promoter seeks the proper exemptions from the NBA and the player’s team," the league said in the statement.

"The promoter of this proposed event, East-West Private LLC, was informed of this process several months ago but did not take the required steps."

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LeBron James wants to make sure he's in the good graces of his neighbors now that he's back in Ohio.

So, on Tuesday night, James sent a team from a Fairlawn, Ohio, bakery around his immediate neighborhood in Bath Township to deliver cupcakes to apologize for the traffic jams caused by the interest in James' return earlier this month.

"Dear Friend," read a card that came with the treats. "We know things have been hectic in our neighborhood these past few weeks and we are sorry for the chaos. We are so thankful to live in this wonderful community and we are so blessed to have understanding neighbors like you."

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Isaiah Austin was diagnosed with a career-ending medical condition after averaging 12.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.4 blocks in two seasons with Baylor. Cooper Neill/Getty Images

The NBA will take its affiliation with former Baylor Bears star Isaiah Austin a step further than the ceremonial pick they extended him in this year's draft if all goes according to plan.

Austin, whose career was cut short when he was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder that affects the heart, has been promised a job by commissioner Adam Silver with the stipulation he complete his undergraduate degree from Baylor, he told

"Right now he's going to have me do a little stuff with NBA Cares, just off-and-on right now until I get a full job," Austin told the website, referring to the league's charity outreach group.

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The Dallas Mavericks will host free agent Jameer Nelson on a recruiting visit Thursday, as part of ongoing negotiations with the former Orlando Magic point guard, according to sources close to the situation.

Sources told that the Mavericks are bringing Nelson to town in hopes of finally closing a deal with him, as Dallas continues to pursue a veteran point guard to help fill the void created by Jose Calderon's exit in June.

The Mavericks had to part with Calderon to reacquire center Tyson Chandler in a trade with the New York Knicks. Since then, they have been chasing Nelson and fellow veteran Mo Williams to give coach Rick Carlisle another trusted ballhandler.

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Danny Ildefonso: Lakay comes home (July 23, 2014)
Rick Olivares [ Source: Philippine Star ]

 Danny Ildefonso (middle) is flanked by the author and NU guard Gelo Alolino.

The new gym wasn’t built because he won a bunch of championships or put the school on the map of college basketball. His teams didn’t win any trophies but by God, they sure put the fear of God into more fancied opponents.

Suddenly, from the elevated track oval, chants of “Lakay!” – from the old warhorses who have stayed on as coaches or from those players who came after him – reverberate across the gym on a cold and rainy Tuesday afternoon, disrupting the video shoot for a new Gatorade campaign.

The conquering hero was home, and even the young guns acknowledged it.

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Thomas Robinson of Portland Trail Blazers has thumb surgery (July 23, 2014)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]


PORTLAND, Ore. -- Portland Trail Blazers forward Thomas Robinson has undergone surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb.

Robinson hurt his thumb last week during NBA Summer League play. He is expected to return in time for the Blazers' fall training camp.

The 6-foot-10 forward averaged 4.8 points and 4.4 rebounds in 70 games last season with the Blazers.

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Undermanned La Salle seeks first win vs. NU (July 23, 2014)
Camille B. Naredo [ Source: ABS-CBN News ]


MANILA, Philippines – An undermanned De La Salle University squad will look to finally claim its first win of the UAAP season when they face off against the unbeaten National University (NU) Bulldogs Wednesday at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

The defending champions Green Archers are off to a 0-2 start after losing to rivals Ateneo last Sunday, a game that also saw them lose starting point guard Thomas Torres due to a foot injury.

"There were some instances where it showed that we knew what we were doing, but there were also some instances wherein it seemed that we were lost," La Salle coach Juno Sauler said of their performance against Ateneo.

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DALLAS -- Forward Rashard Lewis, who signed a one-year contract with the Dallas Mavericks for the veteran's minimum last week, needs knee surgery, agent Tony Dutt confirmed.

Dutt said they aren't certain yet about the severity of the injury or how long Lewis will be sidelined.

The Mavs signed Lewis, 34, a 16-year veteran, to back up Dirk Nowitzki at power forward. The two-time All-Star averaged 4.5 points and 1.8 rebounds in 16.2 minutes per game for the Miami Heat last season, primarily coming off the bench.

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LOS ANGELES -- The interim CEO of the Los Angeles Clippers testified in state court Tuesday afternoon that coach and team president Doc Rivers has told him on multiple occasions that he doesn't think he wants to continue as coach if Donald Sterling remains owner of the team.

Dick Parsons said he's talked to Rivers, several players and key sponsors who are troubled by Sterling's continued ownership of the franchise, which is being adjudicated in a California probate court.

At issue is whether Shelly Sterling acted properly in selling the franchise for a record $2 billion to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, without her husband's expressed consent. Parsons was called as a witness in the trial Tuesday to discuss the impact the continuing uncertainty over the ownership situation has had on the Clippers franchise.

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Brooklyn Nets sign Bojan Bogdanovic to three-year contract (July 23, 2014)
Ohm Youngmisuk [ Source: ESPN ]

Bojan Bogdanovic averaged 14.8 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 30.6 minutes per game during the 2013-14 season in the Euroleague while playing for Fenerbahçe Ülker. Huseyin Caglar

The Brooklyn Nets' long wait for Bojan Bogdanovic is over.

The team officially signed the Croatian forward to a three-year deal on Tuesday. The contract is worth $10 million, according to league sources.

The 6-foot-8 forward was drafted 31st overall in 2011 by Miami before having his draft rights dealt to the Nets.

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