Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (right) poses with Kobe Bryant, joined by his family and city officials after Bryant was honored at a city council meeting with "Kobe Bryant Day" on Wednesday. Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images

LOS ANGELES -- Even as the Los Angeles City Council paused to honor Kobe Bryant and reflect on everything he has done since he arrived in the city 20 years ago it was evident that Bryant's mind was elsewhere, looking ahead, consumed with what comes next.

Wednesday was "Kobe Bryant Day" in L.A., by official proclamation. And after some awkward bits of democracy -- when citizens used the open microphone to decry city expenditures, say "Go Lakers!" and hurl expletives and racial slurs -- the council got down to honoring Bryant's basketball accomplishments and civic contributions in his two-decade career with the Los Angeles Lakers as purple-and-gold clad fans filled council chambers chanting "Ko-be" and "M-V-P."

"When Kobe Bryant and the Lakers were playing well we were all Angelenos, united and watching greatness," council member Jose Huizar said.

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Phoenix, Tanduay in KO duel (August 25, 2016)

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“Most have written us off already,” said Tanduay coach Lawrence Chongson, whose Rhum Masters also stunned No. 1 Racal in the semifinals. “But this is a testament that as long you’re fighting, there’s always a chance.”

Game 3 of the best-of-three Finals series is set at 5 p.m. today at Alonte Sports Arena in Biñan, Laguna.

Although the Rhum Masters forged a do-or-die duel by winning Game 2, 89-75, last Tuesday, Chongson wouldn’t exactly say that momentum shifted in their favor.

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NCAA Season 92

MANILA, Philippines – Arellano U guns for a share of the lead with San Beda, clashing with Emilio Aguinaldo in the 92nd NCAA basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City on Thursday.

The Chiefs blasted the Blazers, 78-69, Friday to nail their sixth straight victory and ninth overall in 11 outings, and a victory over the Generals in their 4 p.m. encounter would catapult the former straight to the top alongside the Lions (10-2).

"This is an opportunity for us to get to the top and we'll try to cash in on it," said Arellano U coach Jerry Codinera.

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Teytey Teodoro leads JRU. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

Jose Rizal University head coach Vergel Meneses is convinced his prized guard Tey Teodoro can make it to the PBA.

But Meneses’ praise also came with a challenge to the third-year player.

“I always tell him, maniwala ka sakin makakapunta ka ng PBA. Most of the coaches in the PBA ay fan niya,” Meneses said after Teodoro’s heroics lifted the Heavy Bombers over the Letran Knights, 75-68, in overtime Tuesday.

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Gigi Kamus, IPEA department secretary of UST, said an Olympic-style opening ceremony will be staged in a separate date unlike in the previous years where the festivities are held the same day as the men’s basketball tournament opener.

“In the previous years, the players who will be playing in the first day are a bit tired after participating in the opening and the waiting time in between the ceremony and the games is just too long,” Camus told reporters Tuesday during the UAAP Season 79 media briefing held at Multimedia room of the Quadricentennial Pavilion at UST.

Apart from making sure the athletes are well-rested before plunging into action, Camus said launching the latest season at UST’s shores is also a way of showcasing the beauty of the school.

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Jim Boeheim coached Carmelo Anthony to an NCAA title at Syracuse, but the veteran college coach says Melo is unlikely to be a champion in the NBA. AP Photo/Al Goldis

Carmelo Anthony made men's Olympic basketball history on Sunday when he won his third gold medal. Two days later, Anthony's college coach offered a sobering prediction for the remainder of the veteran's NBA career.

"He's unlikely to win an NBA title,'' Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said, according to the Syracuse Post-Standard. "He's never been on a team that even had a remote chance of winning an NBA title. As a player, all you can do is try to make your team better, and every team he's been on he's made them a lot better. Denver hadn't done anything prior to him getting there and he took them into the playoffs. They weren't going to beat the Lakers or the Spurs. In those years, they won the championship most of the time."

Anthony, 32, made the playoffs in each of the first 10 seasons of his career. But he has advanced past the first round just twice. Anthony's New York Knicks have missed the postseason for the past three years.

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John Wall and Bradley Beal, the young stars of the Wizards, are still looking to meet in the middle despite having been together since 2012. Ned Dishman/NBAE/Getty Images

Familiarity doesn't always breed friendship, and that's something Washington Wizards stars John Wall and Bradley Beal are hoping to finally smooth over heading into this season.

Though they've been paired together since Beal's rookie season of 2012, Wall and Beal admit they haven't exactly found common ground yet.

"I think a lot of times we have a tendency to dislike each other on the court. ... We've got to be able to put that to the side," Wall, the 2010 No. 1 overall pick, told Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic. "If you miss somebody on one play or don't have something go right ... as long as you come to each other and talk. If I start arguing with somebody I'm cool. I'm just playing basketball."

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