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The San Miguel Beermen aim to move within reach of completing another “Beeracle” run as they try to stretch their best-of-five Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinal series against Rain or Shine in Game Four on Sunday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Tip-off is set at 5 p.m. live on TV5.
The Beermen, despite playing without the explosive Tyler Wilkerson, stunned Rain or Shine in Game Three, 104-98, to extend their tournament lives.
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Golden State Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton said it was a difficult decision to take over as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers but one he was prepared to make.
"It was a tough decision, but I didn't have to sleep on it because I already kind of thought it out," said Walton, who addressed the media for the first time since news of the hire broke Friday. "Obviously, I love that the past two years, the players here are incredible, not just talent-wise, but the people they are. I love the coaching staff I work with here."
NBA coaching sources told ESPN's Marc Stein that Walton landed a five-year deal with the Lakers -- four years of which are guaranteed -- at an annual salary believed to be between $5 million and $6 million, depending on incentives.
TORONTO -- Two years after Kyle Lowry got blocked by Brooklyn Nets veteran Paul Pierce at the buzzer, the Toronto Raptors are back in Game 7 again.
And this time, they’re hoping to finally advance past the first round of the playoffs for the first time since May 4, 2001.
"That Game 7 felt like life or death. I only experience it from a losing aspect, and that feeling sucks," DeMar DeRozan said Saturday, recalling Toronto’s heartbreaking 104-103 loss to Brooklyn.
The only thing that will not change for San Miguel’s import is the jersey no. 32 on the back.
Moving on from the Tyler Wilkerson drama, the Beermen hope to sustain their intensity and inch closer to another memorable comeback with the returning Arizona Reid in tow.
But the dreadlocked dynamo admitted that he’s not in the usual shape he is normally in.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Paul George says he packed for a week in advance of Sunday night's Game 7 against the Toronto Raptors. The Indiana Pacers superstar believes his team has the momentum after Friday's Game 6 win and feels confident his team will go to Toronto and win the series.
"If we're serious about extending our season and going on to the next round, then this is a must-win," George said after Saturday's practice. "It's 3-3. It's no one more game after the game [Sunday]. That's the motivation right there. It's win or go home."
The reason George packed so many extra clothes is because if the Pacers do win, they'll be headed to either Miami or Charlotte to face the winner of Sunday afternoon's Game 7 in the Heat-Hornets series.
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Alvin Gentry was hired as the New Orleans Pelicans head coach while he was still a Golden State Warriors assistant, embroiled in the NBA Finals. At the time, Steve Kerr joked about the advantage of having "two head coaches" at once. Now, another Warriors lead assistant is off to greener (as in money) pastures, this time with Luke Walton taking the Lakers job.
Kerr was instrumental in Walton’s advancement. Not just because Kerr hired him, but because he backed him when faced with organizational pressure.
Ownership was more than open to replacing Gentry with an experienced coach, but Kerr used his political capital to invest in a 35-year-old Walton. It retrospect, this doesn’t seem particularly bold, or even a big deal. At the time, it was huge bet. It was also an especially scary proposition for the Warriors when Kerr had to take a health-induced leave of absence. Quickly, though, it was apparent the wager on Walton would pay off handsomely. That 24-0 start quelled critics within and outside the organization, and attracted attention from teams in need of a coach.
Even coach Norman Black couldn’t hide his frustration with the lack of effort in Meralco’s 92-72 Game 3 defeat to Alaska.
Black even went on to say the performance wasn’t worthy of a win.
“The first half was OK. We played pretty well and we played competitively. The second half was horrible and lazy. We didn’t get back on defense and turned the ball too much,” he said. “If you’re going to play basketball like that this late in the season, you don’t deserve to win.”
WALTHAM, Mass. -- Evan Turner is admittedly intrigued by his impending foray into unrestricted free agency, but he's not necessarily excited. If he had his druthers, he would simply sign somewhere on July 1 and be done with it. It won't be that simple, particularly if Turner gives strong consideration to returning to Boston, and he might have to exercise some patience with the process.
But there is one thing that Turner is sure of with free agency: "It's going to be way better than two years ago, right?" deadpanned Turner.
Two years ago, Turner barely registered on the free-agency radar. The former No. 2 pick had been dealt to the Indiana Pacers at the 2014 trade deadline, but the top-seeded Pacers bowed out in the Eastern Conference semifinals and Turner was criticized for being unable to make an impact.
The news that Luke Walton will become the next Los Angeles Lakers coach drew lots of praise throughout the league.
However, the biggest praise came from his father, Hall of Famer Bill Walton. And he did so in typical dad fashion, tweeting a picture of Luke as a young child.
Interestingly, as Luke's name was being suggested for a number of coaching jobs, Bill had suggested he stay with the Golden State Warriors, saying on ESPN's First Take last month: "It doesn't get any better than what he's got right now ever in life, and money will not make that happen again. It's there now. Head coaching jobs, they're open for a reason, and what he's got, just stay there."
Even with Alaska just a win away from a return trip to the Finals, Calvin Abueva still is not guaranteeing a semifinals triumph over Meralco.
“Syempre hindi pa tapos yan,” he said after the Aces’ 92-72 Game 3 win over the Bolts on Friday. “Hindi pa kami naninigurado dito kahit 2-1 na yung series o malaki yung lamang namin. Syempre magpe-prepare naman din sila.”
The energetic Kapampangan forward unleashed an all-around performance of 23 points, 12 rebounds, two assists, two steals, and a block to pull Alaska on the hill.