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Stanley Pringle. Photo by Dennis Gasgonia, ABS-CBNnews.com/File Photo

MANILA,Philippines -- Stanley Pringle, the top pick in the 2014 PBA Draft, continued to impress during GlobalPort's practice sessions.

Pringle, an ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) veteran, is said to be in the mold of PBA star Jayson Castro, in terms of talent and capability to take over games.

“Akala mo pang-NBA eh,” said GlobalPort assistant coach Senen Dueñas in the PBA website.

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The Mavericks' Tyson Chandler called allegations that he disrupted chemistry in the Knicks' locker room last season "a shock." Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY Sports

DALLAS -- Months later, Dallas Mavericks center Tyson Chandler is still mad about insinuations that he caused chemistry issues for the New York Knicks last season.

Knicks president Phil Jackson cited the desire to "change some of the chemistry" of the team as one of the reasons he sent Chandler and point guard Raymond Felton to Dallas in the late-June deal.

Chandler has been portrayed in several media reports since then as a player who caused internal problems for the Knicks last season, much to his chagrin.

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Lee AG-bound, okays P10-M ‘Rain’ pact (September 20, 2014)
Nelson Beltran [ Source: Philippine Star ]

D-League

MANILA, Philippines - Paul Lee leaves for Incheon, Korea today with only the Gilas Pilipinas Asiad campaign to think about after formalizing a fresh two-year contract with Rain or Shine yesterday.

The two parties settled for a P10.08-million pact at the end of a long negotiation nearly botched by interventions of outside forces.

But Lee decided to stayg on with the team where he won the PBA Rookie of the Year honors in 2012.

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Gabe Norwood. Photo from Fiba.com

MANILA -- Former Philippine national team coach Rajko Toroman said Gilas Pilipinas has a strong chance of nabbing the gold medal in the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.

Toroman, who currently coaches Jordan, believes Gilas is up there with Iran, China and Korea as the current best teams in the Asian region.

"They (Gilas) have a big chance now. Just the confidence. Last 25 years, before the Filipinos want to put everything, size and height," the Serbian coach said in a Spin.ph report by Reuben Terrado.

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Fruitless contract talks with the Suns soured point guard Eric Bledsoe's appetite for playing in Phoenix. AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

With just days before the start of training camp, the Minnesota Timberwolves are making a final push to acquire restricted free-agent guard Eric Bledsoe in a sign-and-trade with the Phoenix Suns, sources told ESPN.com.

The Wolves are offering Bledsoe the four-year, $63 million maximum level contract that he has been seeking, sources said, but because of cap restrictions, the only way he can join the team as currently constructed is through a sign-and-trade deal. Bledsoe and the Suns have been in a stalemate all summer after the team offered him a four-year, $48 million deal in July.

This is a renewal of talks that have stretched over the past several months. The teams had discussions involving a Kevin Love trade that would involve Bledsoe but never made serious traction on a deal.

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Coaches to scout Gilas first 2 rivals (September 20, 2014)
Gery Carpio [ Source: Philippine Star ]

International Basketball

INCHEON – Three coaches were expected to arrive last night ahead of the Smart Gilas Pilipinas and the coaching staff to scout the country’s first opponent in the second round of the Asian Games basketball competitions on Sept. 23 at the Samsan World Gymnasium.

Here to do the scouting job are assistant coaches Jong Uichico, Josh Reyes and Tab Baldwin, who were scheduled to take the Philippine Airlines afternoon flight to this city, but their arrival was not confirmed because of the super-typhoon ravaging Manila.

The Gilas team and the coaching staff of head coach Chot Reyes are expected to arrive tonight.

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LeBron James banner approved to hang in downtown Cleveland (September 20, 2014)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

NBA

CLEVELAND -- A larger-than-life LeBron James will again tower over downtown.

The city's planning commission approved artwork on Friday for a 10-story-high banner of the NBA superstar, his arms outstretched and "Cleveland" across the back of his jersey.

It will hang across the street from Quicken Loans Arena, home of the Cavaliers.

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Gilas more concerned with roster’s health (September 20, 2014)
Alder Almo [ Source: Philippine Star ]

International Basketball

INCHEON, South Korea – Gilas Pilipinas team manager Aboy Castro is in high spirits after he met no opposition on Marcus Douthit’s eligibility during the team manager’s meeting on Friday at the Samsam World Gymnasium here.

He was not worried at all with the Douthit issue that resurfaced on Thursday, on the eve of the meeting here. He was more concerned of the Gilas’ health status heading into the tournament, just barely two weeks after the FIBA World Cup.

“That’s the exact reason why they stayed behind for a couple of more days,” said Castro explaining the team’s delaying their arrival and begging off from the joining the Phl delegation’s parade in the Opening Ceremonies Friday night.

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ABL

JobStreet.com Singapore Slingers survived a late rally from Hi-Tech BangkoK City to grab a 66-63 win at the OCBC Arena, Singapore.

Dior Lowhorn led the Slingers with 24 points and 13 rebounds. Wong Wei Long continued to prove himself as one of the best local players this season as he poured in 17 points. Justin Howard added 12 points and 19 rebounds for the Slingers who are improved to a 9-5 record for the third position in the AirAsia ASEAN Basketball League standings.

“It was a very tough game. But I’m very happy that my players continued to work together especially when Hi-Tech tried to make a comeback in the fourth quarter,” said Slingers head coach Neo Beng Siang. “We will continue to build on our teamwork as the Playoffs getting closer. Everyone played great tonight,”

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Nat’l five, Lee off to Korea today (September 20, 2014)
Musong R. Castillo [ Source: Inquirer ]

International Basketball

GILAS Pilipinas leaves for Incheon, South Korea, today for the 17th Asian Games, with crack point guard Paul Lee taking some sense of financial security with him.

The 6-foot guard signed a contract extension with Rain or Shine yesterday to end a long, rocky negotiation that almost got out of hand.

The 40th PBA Season opens Oct. 19 at Philippine Arena in Bulacan.

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