Marc Pingris of Gilas Pilipinas. Sports5 file/Paul Ryan Tan

Philippine national men’s basketball team defensive ace Marc Pingris is looking forward to facing the visiting Team Fibr All-Stars in the PLDT Home ‘Last HOME Stand’ charity event, which begins Tuesday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

But there’s one player in particular that he’s hoping he gets a chance to pit himself against – and that’s Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard.

“Syempre yung MVP. Siya yung gusto ko makaharap,” Pingris told in an exclusive interview.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers star was greeted by pianist Lang Lang at the Wukesong Sports Center in Beijing in front of hundreds of basketball fans.

The two exchanged gifts, with Lang Lang receiving a pair of basketball shoes and James getting an album of Lang Lang's music and a CD with the FIFA Brazil World Cup music.

The two stars also played the piano together -- a "piano dunk" as Lang Lang called it.

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Thomas, acquired by the Phoenix Suns in a sign-and-trade deal with Sacramento, spoke at a news conference Monday.

"I value myself as a starter, but when it comes down to winning, I'll do anything it takes to win," he said. "I want to be on a winning team."

The Suns employ a double-point guard system and envision a rotation among Goran Dragic, Eric Bledsoe and Thomas. Coach Jeff Hornacek calls it "a three-headed monster" at guard, with two of the three on the court all the time.

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After a summer like this, he might have shown he's ready for plenty more.

McCallum scored 29 points and helped key a big Sacramento rally in the final minutes, as the Kings topped the Houston Rockets 77-68 Monday night to win the NBA Summer League championship game.

"It means a lot," said McCallum, as he held the tournament MVP trophy. "I've been trying to put in a lot of hard work this summer."

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Ateneo's Kiefer Ravena smiles while dribbling the ball against La Salle. Photo by Mark Cristino for

MANILA, Philippines – Ateneo guard Kiefer Ravena has been named the UAAP Player of the Week after he torched arch-rivals De La Salle University for a career-high 29 points to lead the Blue Eagles to a 97-86 victory against the Green Archers last Sunday.

Ravena has been a man on a mission early in the Season 77 men's basketball tournament as he seeks to bring back the Blue Eagles to the Final Four after missing the cut last year.

Ravena dropped four triples in the final period as Ateneo, which trailed by nine points in the first frame, pulled away with an 85-71 lead with 2:09 remaining in the contest.

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The Lakers officially signed Nick Young to a four-year, $21.5 million deal on Monday. Soobum Im/USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers took care of some unfinished business on Monday, officially signing both Nick Young and Ryan Kelly to contract extensions.

The signings were merely a formality, as the team had already reached agreements with both Young and Kelly in the last several weeks while general manager Mitch Kupchak attempted to fill out the roster for next season through free agency.

"When Nick became a free agent in June, I expressed hope that we would be able to bring him back on a contract that was in the best interest of both the Lakers and himself, and I am proud to say we were able to do so," Kupchak said in a statement. "Nick was a bright spot for us last season, and we are happy to retain such a skilled player who is committed to being a part of what we are building as a franchise."

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According to the Boston Herald, which first reported the deal, Turner will sign for a portion of the midlevel exception.

Boston is adding the 2010 No. 2 draft pick. The 25-year-old Turner will be looking to revitalize his career in Boston.

Turner has averaged 11.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists over four NBA seasons. He was dealt from Philadelphia to Indiana at the 2014 trade deadline, with the playoff-bound Pacers looking to bolster their bench. Turner played only sparingly as a reserve, and Indiana was bounced in the Eastern Conference finals.

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