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 Rain or Shine Elasto Painters head coach Yeng  Guiao | File Photo

MANILA, Philippines – Coach Yeng Guiao said the Star’s switch from the triangle offense to a fast-paced style under new coach Jason Webb could spell trouble to the rest of the teams because it could draw the best from veteran Hotshots like James Yap, Peter June Simon and Mark Barroca.

Guiao made this observation after learning that Webb has installed his own run-and-gun system into the team to replace the tried and tested "triangle".

The triangle offense produced five PBA championships for Star in the last four seasons under Cone, including the grand slam in 2014.

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Klay Thompson: I wanted to play Clips, 'they couldn't handle their business' (October 10, 2015)
Ethan Sherwood Strauss [ Source: ESPN ]

Responding to recent comments made by Doc Rivers, Warriors guard Klay Thompson said he wanted to play the Clippers in the postseason, "but they couldn't handle their business." AP Photo/Danny Moloshok

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Warriors guard Klay Thompson opened up about an assessment of how lucky Golden State was in winning the 2015 championship -- specifically in regard to comments made by Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers.

In a recent interview, Rivers told Grantland's Zach Lowe: "You need luck in the West. Look at Golden State. They didn't have to play us or the Spurs."

When asked Friday about Rivers' comments, Thompson said, "That sounds pretty bitter to me."

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The NBA has suspended Utah Jazz forward Trevor Booker one game without pay for his altercation with Los Angeles Lakers center Roy Hibbert in a preseason game earlier this week.

Hibbert approached Booker during a stop in play at the 7:14 mark of the third quarter during Tuesday's game. The players got in each other's faces before Booker took an open-handed swing at Hibbert, who was held back by his teammates.

Shortly thereafter, Booker was assessed two technical fouls and ejected from the Jazz's 117-114 overtime win at the University of Hawaii. Hibbert remained in the game.

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Tim Cone. Sports5/Pranz Kaeno Billones

It’s going to be a while before the Star Hotshots get comfortable seeing their old coach Tim Cone on the opposing side.

The team got a first look at Cone at the helm of Ginebra in the Hoop For A Cause benefit game on Friday night but the players and coaches all admitted that it felt strange seeing the American mentor on the other end of the court.

“Yeah, it’s weird, seeing coach Tim on the other side, seeing coach Richard (del Rosario) on the other side. But it’s also nice being beside coach Alex (Compton for the benefit game),” said Purefoods’ new head coach Jason Webb, who was taken in by Cone late in San Mig Coffee’s Grand Slam campaign in 2014 to become one of his assistant coaches, but has now found himself in charge beginning this season.

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NEW YORK -- Atlanta Hawks player Thabo Sefolosha was acquitted Friday in a case stemming from a police fracas outside a trendy New York City nightclub.

A Manhattan jury deliberated for about an hour and found Sefolosha not guilty of misdemeanor obstructing government administration, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

"They were on the side of truth and justice today. ... I'm just happy all this is over now and I can put this behind me, knowing my name has been cleared," the 31-year-old Sefolosha told reporters.

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Charlotte Hornets guard Jeremy Lin has learned to live with mob scenes whenever he visits China. David T. Foster, III


China has been very good to Charlotte Hornets guard Jeremy Lin.

He has millions of followers on Weibo, the Chinese parallel of Twitter. He makes millions off endorsement deals for cars, sports apparel and sports drinks. He draws massive crowds on the mainland for every promotional appearance or basketball camp.

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Ababou eyes elusive PBA title with Texters (October 10, 2015)
Richard Dy [ Source: Philippine Star ]

 4th year PBA cager and journeyman Dylan Ababou during his stint with the Brgy. Ginebra Gin Kings | PBA File Images/Nuki Sabio

MANILA, Philippines – Forward Dylan Ababou hopes his latest team switch from Barako Bull to Talk ‘N Text would lead to championships even as he looks forward to learning from the team’s established stars led by Jayson Castro and Ranidel de Ocampo.

The 6-foot-2 Ababou, who only played a total of 93 games in his first four years in the PBA due to injuries, was shipped by Barako Bull to Talk ‘N Text in exchange for the Energy’s 2016 second-round draft pick.

“Kahapon (Thursday), bale si coach Jong, pina-welcome niya lang ako sa team. Pero sobrang excited ako, lalo na at di pa ako nagcha-champion sa PBA kaya malaking opportunity ito sa akin na makasama sa isang champion team,” Ababou told on Friday.

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Fans knew that Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard was battling a knee injury in last season's Western Conference finals, but according to Howard, the injury was worse than many people thought.

Howard appeared Thursday on the Houston Texans pregame show on SportsRadio 610 and said he played through a torn MCL and meniscus during the five-game series loss to the eventual NBA champion Golden State Warriors in the spring.

"I was basically playing with a torn MCL and meniscus," Howard said. "I never said anything about it. I tried to cover it up saying it was a sore knee. But I was in pain the rest of the series. I just looked at it like, man, you just never know if you will ever make it back to this moment. So just sacrifice your mind, your body and your spirit for your teammates and the city and hope for the best.

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International Basketball

Check out Calvin Abueva’s highlight performances in past FIBA 3X3 games before his team, the Manila North, plunges into FIBA 3X3 World Tour action next week.

The Gilas Pilipinas member is one of the favorite players in the final stop of the World Tour in Abu Dhabi.

Joining Abueva in the Manila North team are Karl Dehesa, Troy Rosario and Vic Manuel.

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Kobe Bryant was seventh in the first edition of #NBArank, following the 2011 lockout. AP Photo/Marco Garcia

ONTARIO, Calif. -- Early in the second half of the Los Angeles Lakers' 105-97 preseason loss to the Toronto Raptors on Thursday, a fan shouted from the stands at longtime star guard Kobe Bryant: "You ain't no 93!"

The fan was referencing Bryant's No. 93 ranking in ESPN's #NBArank project, which counts down the NBA's top players for this upcoming season.

Bryant, a five-time NBA champion and the third all-time leading scorer in NBA history, laughed when asked whether he'd heard such comments from fans defending him.

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