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June Mar Fajardo of San Miguel Beer battling Kia's Hans paul Thiele underneath. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

As San Miguel Beer opened their Governors' Cup campaign against KIA, the last thing they wanted was to suffer yet another loss to the expansion team that dealt them a humiliating defeat last conference.

But when the scoreboard showed 83-78 in favor of the Carnival after the buzzer sounded, the SMB management had enough of the team's woes and decided to play the trade card.

"Boss Robert (Non) told them na, 'I don't care kung sino ang puwedeng i-trade sa inyo if you continue playing that way,'" head coach Leo Austria told reporters after emerging from the locker room on Wednesday night.

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 Hamady N'Diyae of KIA Carnival (dark) vs June Mar Fajardo of San Miguel (light). PBA IMAGES

It looks like someone finally found the formula to tame the Kraken.

When June Mar Fajardo played against KIA import Hamady N’Diaye Wednesday evening at Mall of Asia Arena, he ran into a defensive machine that stopped him at all cost.

Fajardo finished with 11 points and eight boards, very low numbers for his standard, and shot 27 percent from the field.

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Quincy Pondexter's knee surgery successful (May 07, 2015)
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Quincy Pondexter averaged 7.3 PPG and 5.0 RPG in the Pelicans' first-round playoff loss. Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

METAIRIE, La. -- New Orleans Pelicans forward Quincy Pondexter has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

The Pelicans say the procedure, performed Wednesday, was successful, adding that they will soon be able to project a timetable for Pondexter's return to basketball activities.

New Orleans acquired the 6-foot-7 Pondexter from Memphis on Jan. 12 in a three-team deal that also involved Boston.

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Kia Carnival. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

Kia Carnival gave coach Manny Pacquiao something to celebrate about following his loss to Floyd Mayweather last Sunday - another upset against San Miguel Beer to open their conference.

The expansion team stunned the talented Philippine Cup champions anew in the Governors' Cup, 101-96, replicating their feat in the mid-season Commissioner's Cup.

Pacquiao, who serves as the playing coach for Kia, is sure to be responding positively to the good news as he is currently facing woes with his impending surgery for his shoulder injury and the perjury suit filed against him in Nevada.

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Globalport's Omar Krayem and Kia's Tsung-Hsien 'Jet' Chang. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan and PBA Images

At least on the first two playing dates of the PBA Governors’ Cup, teams that have opted to sign an Asian import have went on the notch wins in their conference openers.

GlobalPort, which has Palestenian Omar Krayem on the roster, and Kia, which played Jet Chang of Taiwan, picked up crucial early wins and it’s no surprise that their new reinforcements have played key roles in their triumphs.

Krayem scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds as he complemented high-scoring guard Terrence Romeo in the Batang Pier’s 92-73 demolition of Meralco on Tuesday.

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Nets GM Billy King said his priority for the offseason is re-signing Brook Lopez (center) and Thaddeus Young to contract extensions. AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Brooklyn Nets general manager Billy King said Wednesday his team's No. 1 priority heading into the offseason is retaining Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young and then building around them.

Lopez ($16.7 million) and Young ($10 million) have player options for next season, but can become free agents if they elect to opt out. The Nets have Bird Rights on both players, which would enable them to pay Lopez and Young more than any other team.

"Internally, the next big step is to keep Brook and Thaddeus here," King said at his annual end-of-the-season news conference. "They both have shown indications they want to be here in their exit interviews, and we want them here, so it's incumbent on us to get that done."

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Alex Nuyles drives to the hoop. PBA Images

Kia took down perennial power San Miguel, 83-78, to start its PBA Governor’s Cup campaign with a shocker Wednesday evening at the Mall of Asia Arena.

It was a fun time for the Carnival as they frustrated the intoxicated Beermen with their stifling defense that fueled their transition offense.

San Miguel shot a dry 33 percent from the field while Kia had its engines running as it went on a 44 percent shooting clip.

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 Before playing basketball, hockey was McMurrow's original sport. KC Cruz  More from:

Experiencing the famous PBA physicality is a rite of passage for imports new to the league, but Barako Bull's Liam McMorrow is not affected at all after his first game against NLEX on Wednesday.

Not surprising, as the 7-foot behemoth played Canada's national winter sport during high school: ice hockey.

"When people wanna get aggressive and stuff, I'm already very used to that. I fought in hockey and hockey is a lot of body checking," said the muscular import, who had a solid debut for the Energy with 33 points and 22 rebounds in their 101-96 win.

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Chris Paul is doubtful for Game 2 Wednesday against the Rockets due to his strained hamstring, according to coach Doc Rivers. Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

HOUSTON -- Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul is doubtful to play in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Rockets on Wednesday because of a strained left hamstring.

"I pretty much doubt it, to be honest, just from talking to him," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said when asked about Paul playing. "We'll see. Right now, I just don't think so... I doubt if he plays."

Paul, who turned 30 on Wednesday, was supposed to shoot around with the team Wednesday morning but didn't have his socks on as he gingerly walked around the court, talking to teammates and coaches.

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New Barako Bull head coach Koy Banal. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

When Barako Bull coach Koy Banal was still a member of Tim Cone’s coaching staff over at the Purefoods franchise, the old deputy cherished every moment he spent listening to his head coach, the winningest in PBA history.

Even now, he’s still using the lessons from those old days to lead his team.

One of the traditions of Cone’s team was the monito-monita exchange gift and one yeara, Banal’s name was selected by the American mentor himself. Cone gave Banal a book authored by leadership guru John Maxwell.

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