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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- There’s always plenty of optimism at NBA media day. Every player is in the best shape of his career and every team is optimistic about what’s to come. And then the season starts, and some of the predictions and platitudes end up looking silly. So on days like this, a lot of the rhetoric feels empty.
But Carmelo Anthony said something at the New York Knicks' media day about Derrick Rose that could be worth remembering as the season approaches.
“I’ve never played alongside a guy like Derrick,” Anthony said. “I’ve played alongside other point guards, different style, different type of point guards. To play alongside an explosive guy like Derrick, someone who can pick the pace up, who can push the pace throughout the course of the game, someone who’s a threat at that position -- I think for me, the only thing that I can do is go out there and play basketball and enjoy playing basketball again and having fun with the game.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. –- Before holding media day for the 2016-17 season at their training facility on Monday, the Los Angeles Lakers' coaches and players met to discuss athletes' recent national anthem protests against unjust treatment of African-Americans in the United States, a movement that first gained recognition from San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
"It's obviously a very serious, important issue," said Lakers first-year head coach Luke Walton. "I think something needs to be done. This country is too great to have happen what keeps happening. What that is, we'll decide as a group and continue to talk about what we can do.
"But I think, most importantly, it's what we get behind as an organization, individually and as a team. I know a lot of the media runs with what happens during the national anthem, which is a very big subject, because it's touchy from both sides. But to me, it's about what kind of change can we make. And that comes from getting with organizations that are in action within the community and giving out time, money and whatever else we can to help this problem get fixed."
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Kobe Bryant is gone, sort of.
At their practice facility Monday, the Los Angeles Lakers held their first media day in two decades without their now-retired icon, but questions about Bryant -- about his legacy, his lessons and who now becomes the face of the NBA's glamor franchise -- dominated interviews as they did throughout his historic career.
"I can sense him. He's here," said Lakers swingman Metta World Peace, who won an NBA championship alongside Bryant in 2010. "He's always going to be here. This is the Lakers organization and, yeah, the Mamba is still here."
PLAYA VISTA, Calif. -- Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers is well-versed in the ways of NBA superteams. He led one to an NBA championship back in 2008 with the Boston Celtics.
Accordingly, this year's iteration of a superteam, the 73-win Golden State Warriors team from a year ago that added Kevin Durant as a free agent and just so happens to be the Clippers' main rival in the Western Conference, doesn't scare him.
"I think we can play with anybody, and we don't feel like there's a gap," Rivers said of the prospect of challenging the Warriors this season. "That's all we have to prove, and I think everyone has to prove that.
When veteran mentor Norman Black returned to professional coaching after his five-year stint as Ateneo coach, his first stint was with Talk ’N Text, a team he helped win the Philippine Cup that 2013 season.
One of the players he coached in that squad was guard Jayson Castro, already a household name in the PBA then as he bagged the Best Player of the Conference in that all-Filipino tournament.
Three seasons later, Castro has become even more dangerous.
That’s the concern of Black and the rest of his Meralco Bolts as they start their semifinal showdown against the Castro-led top seed TNT Katropa today in the PBA Governors’ Cup playoffs at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- LeBron James said he will not join San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's protest against the way African-Americans are treated in this country and kneel during the national anthem during Cleveland Cavaliers games this season.
"Me standing for the national anthem is something I will do," James said at the Cavs' annual media day Monday. "That's who I am. That's what I believe in. But that doesn't mean I don't respect and don't believe in what Colin Kaepernick is doing. You have the right to voice your opinion, stand for your opinion, and he's doing it in the most peaceful way I've ever seen someone do something."
James has been outspoken about social issues facing the U.S. for the past several years and recognized the unrest that exists in a speech at the ESPYS this summer, alongside fellow NBA players Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul. His message at the awards ceremony centered on community outreach. Kaepernick started his protest during the NFL preseason, approximately six weeks after the ESPYS speech.
San Miguel coach Leo Austria admitted it was a miscue on his part that he failed to make the most of his bench.
Fielding only eight players on Monday, a fatigued Beermen crew was dragged to a 115-108 defeat at the hands of Ginebra in Game 1 of their best-of-5 semifinals series in the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup.
“We have to include some players in the rotation because tonight we were able to use only eight players. I didn’t notice it because sa game, makikita mo na ayaw kong bumitaw sa rotation ko dahil nagma-match up kami. Maybe next game, it will be a different situation for us,” he said.
With Ginebra’s three-guard combo terrorizing the open court, Scottie Thompson was once again front and center in the rally, orchestrating the Gin Kings’ huge 115-108 victory over the San Miguel Beermen in Game 1 of their best-of-5 semifinals series in the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup.
But the rookie guard shared that just like his head coach Tim Cone, he refuses to settle with the way he and his team is playing.
“Hindi pa ako satisfied kasi sabi ni coach Tim, kung naglaro kami ng maganda ngayon, dapat next game maganda pa rin,” he said.
There will be more to Anthony Davis this NBA season.
Davis, who was listed at 6-foot-10 last season and was measured as 6-10½ in shoes at the 2012 draft combine, said that he is now officially 6-foot-11.
"They measured us like a week and a half ago and they said I was 6-11, which I don't want to be," he told the Pelicans' in-house podcast, The Black And Blue Report. "I think 6-10's like the perfect height for me. It just doesn't sound right; 6-10 sounds perfect to me. 6-11, 7 feet. ... I don't like it.
Not even a late surge and a triple-double from Elijah Millsap could carry San Miguel past Ginebra in Game 1 of its best-of-five semifinals in the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup.
But the returning import made it clear the Beermen are not pressing the panic button yet.
“It’s a series,” he said, as he finished with 29 points, 14 rebounds, and 11 assists. “My team came out electrifying, we came out hitting on all cylinders.”