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John Wall. ESPN

Washington Wizards star John Wall replied in a video posted online Friday to apparent critics who have voiced concerns over how he is "watching other people's pockets and I'm not worried about basketball and getting better."

"I just wanted to clear the air for all these people," Wall said in a video published to the Twitter feed of the LeBron James media platform "The Uninterrupted."

"Listen, that doesn't matter to me," Wall said. "If I produce like I'm supposed to on the basketball court and take care of myself and image, I'm going to be fine with making money. That's not why I play the game of basketball."

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Dwyane Wade previously called for an end to gun violence when he appeared at the ESPYS, saying, "It has to stop." Kevin Winter/Getty Images

A woman who was fatally shot while pushing a baby in a stroller on Chicago's South Side has been identified as a cousin of NBA star Dwyane Wade.

Authorities say Nykea Aldridge, 32, was killed when two males walked up and fired shots at a third man about 3:30 p.m. Friday. Police say the woman was not the intended target.

Wade's mother, Jolinda Wade, spoke on behalf of the family Friday night while holding her sobbing sister close.

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Terrence Romeo. PBA Media Bureau

The GlobalPort Batang Pier try to push their winning streak to three games as they take on the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in PBA Governors’ Cup out-of-town action Saturday at the Ibalong Centrum for Recreation in Legazpi City, Albay.

GlobalPort and Rain or Shine face off at 5 p.m. live on TV5.

After losing their first four games, the Batang Pier (2-4) finally got their campaign going by registering two straight victories. GlobalPort is hoping to ride the momentum of its huge 98-92 win over defending champions San Miguel.

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Phoenix head coach Ariel Vanguardia. PBA Media Bureau

The Phoenix Fuel Masters were able to outduel NLEX on Friday and a big part of that win was the work they put in defending the Road Warriors’ import Henry Walker.

Walker, the former NBA player, finished with 23 points but shot just 8-for-23 (34%) from the field. His frustration also showed late in the game as lost his temper with the game officials over the calls.

Phoenix coach Ariel Vanguardia credited assistant coach Nic Belasco and the rest of his staff for studying Walker’s tendencies closely.

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SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Jazz have traded center Tibor Pleiss to the Philadelphia 76ers for guard Kendall Marshall in a cost-cutting move. The Jazz announced the deal Friday morning and then waived Marshall.

Two second-round picks were also sent to the 76ers.

Marshall was the No. 13 overall pick in the 2012 draft but spent four seasons with four teams. His 2016-17 salary of just more than $2 million would have become fully guaranteed on Sept. 1, according to Spotrac.com.

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JC Intal of Phoenix. PBA Media Bureau

JC Intal was happy to watch from the sidelines as his team, the Phoenix Fuel Masters, was able to pick up another win – their third win in the last four games.

He’d be happier to be able to rejoin his team and be part of coach Ariel Vanguardia’s rotation, although he will continue to sit out as he recovers from the bone spurs in his ankle.

“I will be joining the practice on Monday,” Intal told InterAksyon.com in an exclusive interview. “I have a timeline for my return, which is two weeks. Of course, ang kailangan ko is magpa-kundisyon dahil kundisyon na lahat ng teammates ko eh.”

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TNT to learn from 1st loss, says Uichico (August 27, 2016)
Bong Lozada [ Source: Inquirer ]

TNT head coach Jong Uichico. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

TNT had the start worthy of envy in the PBA Governors’ Cup when the KaTropa won six straight right off the gate.

On Friday, however, everything fell to the ground when the upstart Mahindra gave TNT its first taste of defeat in a 107-104 squeaker Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

TNT is still atop the standings with a 6-1 record but the Enforcer have dented its once impenetrable armor.

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Tristan Thompson celebrates NBA title at Canada's Tim Hortons (August 27, 2016)
Rachel Marcus [ Source: ESPN ]

NBA

When you win an NBA title, where do you bring the Larry O'Brien Trophy?

For Canadian (and Cleveland Cavalier) Tristan Thompson, the obvious answer is Tim Hortons.

Thompson, whose Cavs won the NBA title in June, took his turn with the trophy this week, and brought it home to his native Canada. He made sure to give a shoutout to fellow Canadian Sidney Crosby, who celebrated his Pittsburgh Penguins title at the Canadian-based chain in July.

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Phoenix outlasts NLEX in overtime (August 27, 2016)
[ Source: ABS CBN News ]

Cyrus Baguio of Phoenix. PBA Media Bureau photo

Phoenix made the most of the extra five minutes to prevail against NLEX, 95-91, at the Araneta Coliseum to remain in contention for the playoffs in the PBA Governors’ Cup on Friday.

Eugene Phelps fired eight of his 29 points in overtime to help the Fuel Masters to a 3-4 slate. “El Destructor” also collared 26 rebounds for a double-double effort.

Mark Borboran also sank several pressure-packed free throws that gave them wriggling room to escape NLEX.

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 Returning LA Revilla (with face mask) plays one-on-one versus Jayson Castro. Photo courtesy of the PBA Media Bureau

Mahindra sent erstwhile unbeaten TNT KaTropa crashing down, 107-104, on Friday to assure itself of a quarterfinals slot at the PBA Governors’ Cup.

The Enforcers, who are having their best conference since joining the league in 2014, snapped the Texters’ winning run at six games.

Mahindra’s James White delivered 24 points and 10 rebounds, and the Enforcers’ bench contributed significant numbers in the victory which moved them to second spot with a 6-2 record.

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