With restricted free agent Paul Lee expressing an interest in staying with mother club Rain or Shine, his coach Yeng Guiao is finally able to think about the formation of the team for the upcoming PBA season.
Guiao told InterAksyon.com that as soon as the team is able to sign the Philippine national men’s basketball team member to a contract, they will begin to study which moves will be necessary for the guard-heavy Elasto Painters to balance out their roster although he made it clear that Lee isn’t likely to be among those traded.
“Hindi siya kasama because ayaw kong pahinain yung guard lineup natin dahil OK na siya,” the coach said.
Rain or Shine’s restricted free agent Paul Lee is back on the same page with his coach, Yeng Guiao, after the player expressed his willingness to stay on with the franchise although he still has to make peace with ownership and management following a messy contract dispute, according to the fiery mentor.
Lee attended Rain or Shine’s practice for the first time since arriving from the Philippine national men’s basketball team’s campaign in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain and he finally made true on his promise to his coach of speaking personally upon his return.
“OK na, he has decided to stay on,” Guiao told InterAksyon.com in a telephone interview.
CLEVELAND -- A 10-story tall LeBron James could tower over downtown again.
Sherwin-Williams Co. has asked the city for approval to hang a new banner of James on its headquarters across the street from Quicken Loans Arena, the Plain Dealer reported Tuesday.
The banner is similar to the iconic one that was in place for years before being taken down after James signed with the Miami Heat in 2010.
MANILA – Although expansion team Blackwater Elite doesn’t see themselves winning a PBA title right away, they believe their competitors will have a tough time against them.
Blackwater coach Leo Isaac said some of his players will be motivated to play against their former teams and this makes for an exciting match each time.
“I have players who can provide the hustle and players na natanggal sa ibang teams who will play hard,” he said in the PBA website. “Eh may kasabihan nga, bilog ang bola, but we will give other PBA teams a run for their money.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Sacramento Kings are planning to retire Peja Stojakovic's No. 16 jersey.
The Kings announced Tuesday that Stojakovic's jersey will be retired when they host Oklahoma City on Dec. 16. He joins Vlade Divac (21), Chris Webber (4) and Mitch Richmond (2) as the only players to have their jerseys retired by the Kings since the franchise moved from Kansas City in 1985.
Sacramento drafted the Serbian-born Stojakovic 14th overall in 1996. In eight seasons with the Kings, he averaged 18.3 points and five rebounds and made three All-Star teams.
MANILA, Philippines – With a mix of youth and experience, the Blackwater Elite hope they can put in their share of competitiveness and excitement against the old powerhouse teams and fellow newcomers Kia Motors and NLEX in PBA Season 40 that fires off next month either at the Smart Araneta Coliseum or the newly built Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.
As a new team with players recruited from the dispersal draft, the rookie draft and the trade market, team owner Dioceldo Sy targets Top Eight finishes in their initial season in the pro league.
“It’s not just about going for a win against Kia. We’re hopeful we can be a Top Eight performer in our first year in the PBA,” said Sy in introducing his team in a press launch at Tao Yuan restaurant in Ermita, Manila Tuesday.
(Reuters) - The driver's license of Houston Rockets eight-time All-Star center Dwight Howard has been suspended in Florida for his failure to pay a fine for running a red light, court records show.
Howard, who played for the NBA's Orlando Magic from 2004 to 2012, racked up 10 tickets for running red lights while in the Orlando area.
He also has on his Orlando court record four speeding tickets, 12 citations for failing to pay highway tolls and one for failing to change his address on his license, all civil traffic infractions.
MANILA, Philippines – For Ateneo coach Bo Perasol, gaining the top spot in the Final Four earned him a measure of relief as it allows the Blue Eagles to avoid any complications while giving them some time to rest before the start of the semi-finals.
Ateneo rallied from a 19-point deficit against the Far Eastern University Tamaraws last Saturday to claim a 68-64 victory in overtime.
"I'm quite relieved," Perasol said when asked how it felt to be the No. 1 seed.
"The way we are playing our players right now, you can see that we need the rest for Kiefer (Ravena) and others who have been playing really long (minutes)," he added.
"It was actually Kiefer who said, 'Coach, let's win this game.' We needed the rest in between going into the playoffs and to avoid any complications, so that was very important for us."
Earning the top seed was another milestone in what has been a bounce-back season for the Blue Eagles, who missed out on the Final Four last year after a run of five consecutive titles.
"It just feels good to be back in the Final Four and having that No. 1 spot," said Ravena, who bucked a poor shooting afternoon to spark Ateneo's rally and finish with 23 points.
At the same time, Perasol acknowledged that despite getting the top seed, they do not truly have a strong advantage over the other Final Four teams outside of the twice-to-beat bonus.
"Kahit sino na basketball aficionado, even if we're number one right now, I don't think they're going to give us a chance against whoever we're matched up with," said the head coach.
"We'll just take it a game a time. That's important. Nakita naman sa game namin na minsan, medyo shaky talaga kami, but when we are at our best, we can beat anybody," he added.
"We just have to look for ways to get to those times that we can be at our best."
Ateneo's Final Four opponent has yet to be determined. As of the moment, the National University Bulldogs hold the fourth spot in the standings, but the University of the East Red Warriors can force a playoff for the last semi-final seat with a victory in their last game of the elimination round on Tuesday.
International basketball's governing body said Tuesday that players will be allowed to wear religious head coverings, such as hijabs or turbans, on a trial basis in some competitions.
FIBA's central board met over the weekend at the men's World Cup of Basketball and voted to allow a two-year testing phase that would let players wear head coverings.
Previous FIBA rules only allowed a player to wear a 5-centimeter headband to control hair and sweat. That drew objections that the group was discriminating against Muslim and Sikh players, who wear head coverings for religious reasons.
MANILA, Philippines -- UAAP commissioner Andy Jao upheld the Ateneo Blue Eagles' 68-64 overtime victory over Far Eastern University (FEU) last September 13 after studying the protest filed by FEU on Monday.
In a letter addressed to FEU head coach Nash Racela, Jao said he finds "no error in technicality with our correction of the two point shot to a three point conversion."
"I am upholding the victory of ADMU in that game," he said.