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Ginebra players remember late ex-teammate Jackson Vroman (July 01, 2015)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

Jackson Vroman. INQUIRER Photo

The passing of former PBA import Jackson Vroman caught the Philippine basketball scene by surprise early Tuesday morning.

And for his ex teammates in Ginebra, he was one of those professional guys who always gave his all on the floor.

“It was surprising to hear of his demise because he’s very young,” said Ginebra team manager Alfrancis Chua, who was the team’s coach when Vroman saw action with the crowd favorites.

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NBA

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- A half hour before D'Angelo Russell was introduced to local media at the Los Angeles Lakers' practice facility here Monday, the team's No. 2 overall pick in last week's draft stood in the second-floor office of team president Jeanie Buss.

There, the former Ohio State standout marveled at the 10 Larry O'Brien Championship trophies lining her window that overlooks the practice court, each one from a title the organization has won since it moved to Los Angeles.

The promising 19-year-old guard stared at them, touched them and posed for pictures alongside them, at one point stretching his nearly 6-foot-10 wingspan across seven of the glistening gold trophies as he smiled for the cameras.

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Kyle Korver to have elbow surgery to remove loose bodies (July 01, 2015)
Kevin Arnovitz [ Source: ESPN ]

NBA

Atlanta Hawks shooting guard Kyle Korver will undergo surgery Tuesday, his second in about a month, this time to remove loose bodies in his right elbow.

Korver underwent surgery on his right ankle May 27 in New York to repair ligament damage after Cleveland Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova rolled into him while the two players were pursuing a loose ball in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals.

The 34-year-old is still wearing a boot. He said last week that he expects to be ready by training camp, but the team said Monday that it's too early to set a timetable.

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Dwyane Wade decides not to pick up option with Heat (July 01, 2015)
Ramona Shelburne [ Source: ESPN ]

Dwyane Wade is reportedly seeking a deal worth an average of at least $16 million over the next three seasons. Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports

Dwyane Wade, a perennial All-Star and three-time NBA champion, has decided not to pick up his option with the Miami Heat for next year.

Wade, who was scheduled to make $16.1 million next season, announced his decision through a representative. He will automatically become a free agent Wednesday.

The Heat and Wade were at a contractual crossroads as the 33-year-old veteran faced a midnight Monday deadline on whether to opt into the final year on his contract.

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January kickoff for D-League’s fifth season (July 01, 2015)
Jasmine W. Payo [ Source: Inquirer ]

D-League

The kickoff of the next PBA D-League season has been pushed to January next year as the developmental tournament adjusted its schedule to the new UAAP calendar.

Since its inaugurals four years ago, the D-League got going just right after the end of collegiate basketball action in late October.

But with most universities shifting their academic calendar, the UAAP decided to move the season opener from July to September starting this year.

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D-League

Former Barangay Ginebra import Jackson Vroman was found dead in his Los Angeles residence on Monday (Tuesday, Manila time).

Vroman, who played for the Gin Kings in 2012, was found in a pool, according to The Des Moines Register.

He was 34.

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Fil-Ams in PBA D-League hoping to get second look from PBA scouts (July 01, 2015)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

(From L-R) RJ Dilay, Abel Galliguez, Simon Enciso, Alli Austria. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

Scorching heat engulfed the metro, and the competition was just as  inside the Ynares Sports Arena, the crowd was swelling.

The atmosphere was comparable to that of a championship game. It was, after all, a match up that would eventually be the championship duel of the Aspirants’ Cup. But for today, it’ was just an elimination round meeting between Cagayan Valley and the powerhouse Hapee.

For pint-sized guard Abel Galliguez, with the game on the line, he knew this was his shining moment.

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Letran rips erratic St. Benilde (July 01, 2015)
Mark Giongco [ Source: Inquirer ]

NCAA

Letran was relentless in its pressure defense from the get-go and College of St. Benilde was left searching for answers in an 82-53 blowout in the NCAA Season 91 men’s basketball tournament Tuesday at Filioil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

The Knights forced a ton of turnovers and scored most of their points off of it, building leads as large as 29.

“We won it the hard way. We don’t want to relax. Before the game, I told the boys I want them to feel tired after,” said Letran head coach Aldrin Ayo. “We don’t want the conventional way of basketball we want it chaotic. We want to mess up the other team’s offense and defense.”

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NCAA

Perpetual Help opened its 91st NCAA campaign with a 70-61 win against Lyceum on Tuesday.

Altas coach Aric del Rosario believes they have the best chance of winning the title in years, now that he has completed what he needed in the team.

"Ang masasabi ko lang sa mga fans, wag silang mainip, kasi hindi mo naman agad makukuha ang kelangan mo e... Bago ko nabuo ang team na ito, pang-apat na taon na," Del Rosario said in an interview on The Score.

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Thompson, Perpetual Help scrape past Lyceum (July 01, 2015)
Mark Giongco [ Source: Inquirer ]

Photo: Scottie Thompson. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

Scottie Thompson took over in the crucial stretch to tow University of Perpetual Help past a gritty Lyceum side, 70-61, in the NCAA Season 91 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

The reigning MVP scored eight of the Altas’ 10 points in a key span in the fourth quarter that put his team ahead for good to hold off the Pirates, who made their debut under new head coach Topex Robinson.

Thompson hit a triple, converted on a three-point play and made two free throws that put the Altas in front, 64-57, with 1:46 left.

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