Andray Blatche. FIBA photo

Philippine national men’s basketball team’s naturalized star Andray Blatche disputed reports that he is being barred by his Chinese club to join Gilas Pilipinas in the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship.

Blatche said that to his knowledge, no one is preventing him from suiting up for the Philippines.

“Lol no way,” Blatche wrote on Instagram in response to a post by TV host Jinno Rufino about the former NBA player not being allowed by his Chinese Basketball Association team, Xinjiang Flying Tigers, to play in the tournament.

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International Basketball

MANILA, Philippines – Three-time NBA champion Brian Shaw believes Pinoy basketball prodigy Kobe Paras has the potential to break through to the NBA.

The former LA Laker and former Denver Nuggets coach, who is currently in Manila for the NBA Fit program, said Paras is getting a lot of buzz in Los Angeles.

“He may be with that next wave of stars or that next star that comes from here who may break through and get to the NBA,” Shaw told ABS-CBN Sports.

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NBA

MANILA, Philippines – Former Denver Nuggets coach Brian Shaw said the LA Lakers' dip in the past season turned out to be a blessing to Filipino-American Jordan Clarkson, as he was given the opportunity to improve himself on court.

In an interview with ABS-CBN's TJ Manotoc, Shaw said Clarkson was provided considerable exposure to high-level competition and this improved his game overall.

“I guess it's been kind of a blessing and a curse. The Lakers obviously have fallen on hard times over the last couple of years especially with Kobe [Bryant] being injured, some of the players have left,” said Shaw, a former Laker himself.

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NBA

A trademark lawsuit filed by NBA legend Michael Jordan against Qiaodan Sports Co. in the Chinese court system for using a name and images similar to those of his own Jordan Brand with Nike reportedly failed Wednesday.

The Agence France-Presse, via Yahoo Sports, reports that after Chinese authorities and a lower court denied his request, he appealed to the Beijing Higher People's Court, which also ruled against him. The report includes a transcript of the verdict courtesy of Chinese outlet Sohu.

"'Jordan' is not the only possible reference for 'Qiaodan' in the trademark under dispute," the court stated in the verdict. "In addition, 'Jordan' is a common surname used by Americans."

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International Basketball

SUZHOU, July 29 (Xinhua) -- Guo Ailun's match-high 18 points lifted Chinese Olympic team of men's basketball over Italy at 72-64 here on Wednesday at the 2015 Internationl Basketball Challenge.

The Italian team, which believes to be the weakest team in the group of host China, Asian Champion Iran and Slovakian national team, is made of players from a training camp of a Italian fourth-division club named Rimini Crabs. Georgi Miadenov, coach of the team, confirmed that in the after-match press conference.

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Alaska: No plan to trade Abueva (July 30, 2015)
Richard Dy [ Source: Philippine Star ]

 Calvin Abueva. Philippine Star photo

MANILA, Philippines – Alaska board governor Dickie Bachmann reiterated that the Aces have no plans of trading flamboyant forward Calvin Abueva to any team, debunking recent reports that management is now getting rid of the former PBA Rookie of the Year.

Bachmann explained that the undersized Alaska forward has improved a lot in his third season as a pro under coach Alex Compton, who puts premium on character and talent.

“Our organization has always tried to help someone in the team change for the better. It’s not just Calvin,” Bachmann confided to Philstar.com on Wednesday.

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FIBA World Cup

MIES (2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup) - On Friday 7 August, FIBA's Central Board will announce who of The People's Republic of China or the Philippines will host the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

In the lead-up to the decision, FIBA.com takes a closer look at the proposals made by both countries, focusing on four key areas:
1. Vision and concept
2. Experience in hosting events
3. Basketball history
4. Cities and venues

Here, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (the basketball federation of the Philippines) provides information about the vision and concept behind its bid.

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FIBA World Cup

MIES (2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup) - On Friday 7 August, FIBA's Central Board will announce who of The People's Republic of China or the Philippines will host the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

In the lead-up to the decision, FIBA.com takes a closer look at the proposals made by both countries, focusing on four key areas:
1. Vision and concept
2. Experience in hosting events
3. Basketball history
4. Cities and venues

Here, the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) provides information about the vision and concept behind its bid.

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ABL

MANILA, Philippines – The Racal Group of Companies on Wednesday announced that it will participate in the upcoming season of the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL), days after another team from the Philippines, the Pacman Mindanao Aguilas, revealed that it is joining the league.

The Racal Group also has a team in the PBA D-League, the Keramix Mixers, and in the FilSports Basketball Association (FBA), Racal Motors.

In a statement, Jonito C. Racal, chairman of the Racal Group of Companies, said the they see the ABL as an avenue to further enhance and broaden their market reach in the region.

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Troy Rosario tunes out pre-PBA draft noise (July 30, 2015)
Camille B. Naredo [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

D-League

MANILA, Philippines – Former National University (NU) forward Troy Rosario has heard rumors about where he will be picked in the upcoming PBA Rookie Draft.

But the high-leaping forward said he won't believe anything until he is actually selected.

"Marami akong naririnig," Rosario told ABS-CBNnews.com on Tuesday at the San Juan Arena, where he watched the NCAA game between San Beda College and University of Perpetual Help. "First pick, second pick, mga ganoon."

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