Marcio Lassiter. Sports5/Pranz Kaeno Billones

Marcio Lassiter, the San Miguel Beer gunner whose silky perimeter touch helped the Beermen notch their 21st franchise title in the recent PBA Governors’ Cup, is reportedly not available for national team duties, sources told the Inquirer Tuesday.

Lassiter, a source said, is in the US to attend to his ailing mother.

It wasn’t yet clear if national coach Tab Baldwin has been informed of the Lassiter situation.

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Assembly approves Bucks arena deal at $250M cost to taxpayers (July 29, 2015)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

Under the agreement, current and former Bucks owners will pay $250 million toward the cost of the arena. Gary Dineen/NBAE/Getty Images

MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin State Assembly voted Tuesday to spend $250 million in public funds on a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks, a deal that both Republicans and Democrats lauded as good for the state and city.

No one spoke against the measure, which passed on a bipartisan 52-34 vote as Bucks coach Jason Kidd and team owner Peter Feigin watched from the gallery. They made the rounds before and after the roughly hourlong debate, posing for pictures with both lawmakers and members of the public.

"The Bucks will not only remain home in Wisconsin, but we'll soon begin a transformative economic development project that will help revitalize our community and region," Feigin said in a statement issued by the team.

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Asi Taulava (center). Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

Asi Taulava may not just be the oldest player suiting up in the PBA – he might also become the most senior member of the Philippine national men’s basketball team in the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship.

On Tuesday night, NLEX team manger Ronald Dulatre confirmed to InterAksyon.com that the 41-year-old veteran center has received an invite to join the Gilas Pilipinas pool that will prepare for the Asian tournament, which also serves as an Olympic qualifier, in China this September.

“Na-invite siya eh. Nagpaalam siya kanina so okay naman sa amin,” Dulatre said in a telephone interview.

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Mikhail Prokhorov had promised to get married if the Nets didn't win an NBA championship in his first five years as owner, but now he has changed his tune and is remaining a bachelor. Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images

His five-year championship plan failed, yet Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov remains a bachelor.

That was the biggest takeaway during his two-minute message to fans, which appeared on the team's official website Tuesday.

After taking control of the Nets in 2010, Prokhorov had promised to get married if the Nets did not win a title by 2015.

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Globalport welcomes Romeo to Gilas pool (July 29, 2015)
Joaquin Henson [ Source: Philippine Star ]

 Terrence Romeo. Philippine Star photo

MANILA, Philippines - If ever Terrence Romeo is picked to join the Gilas pool, Globalport governor Erick Arejola said yesterday the franchise will welcome the inclusion as it could only make the PBA’s leading local scorer a better player.

“Every conference, Terrence is showing more maturity,” said Arejola. “He’s learning how to play within the team concept. I think playing with Gilas will make Terrence mature even faster. There’s no doubt that he’s a skilled player. The exposure with Gilas will give him an opportunity to test himself against new competition. For sure, when he returns to Globalport, Terrence will be much improved and we look forward to that. But at this point, we still don’t know if he’ll be named to the pool.”

Romeo, 23, will see action with KG Canaleta, Aldrech Ramos and Rey Guevarra on the Manila West squad in the Manila Masters leg of the FIBA 3x3 World Tour at Robinson’s Place Manila this weekend. Manila West is the defending Manila Masters champion. Two other Manila selections will participate in the 12-team tournament. Manila North is made up of Calvin Abueva, Vic Manuel, Karl Dehesa and Troy Rosario while Manila South is composed of Jair Igna, Carlo Ortega, Lucky Ecarma and Joshua Sinclair who won the Talk ‘N’ Text national “tatluhan” championship representing Cebu.

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Al Horford. NBA.com photo

Al Horford announced on Twitter Tuesday that he will not play for the Dominican Republic in the upcoming FIBA Americas qualifying tournament later this summer.

In a letter written in Spanish, the Dominican-born Horford thanked his fans and wished the team good luck in the tournament.  He said he'll focus on recovering after the long NBA season and continuing to improve his game.

Dominican Head Coach Kenny Atkinson, who is on Hawks Head Coach Mike Budenholzer's staff, said at NBA Summer League that he thought Horford was "50/50" on playing.

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Andray Blatche. AFP

With speculation swirling about the final lineup of the Philippine national men’s basketball team, also known as Gilas Pilipinas 3.0, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) executive director Sonny Barrios said that he could confirm one thing prior to the official announcement of the national team pool – and that’s the availability of naturalized player Andray Blatche.

“Ang sigurado dyan is Andray Blatche. He will definitely play for us because naka-kontrata siya sa atin and ako mismo yung pumirma sa kontrata,” Barrios told InterAksyon.com in a telephone interview.

Blatche, the former Brooklyn Nets center who played for Gilas Pilipinas in last year’s FIBA World Cup, is tentatively set to arrive on August 1, but according to Barrios, Gilas team manager Butch Antonio is still looking for accomodations for the American player and his entourage.

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Calvin Abueva. Sports5/Pranz Kaeno Billones

Alaska has agreed to allow Calvin Abueva to represent the Philippines in the FIBA 3×3 World Tour leg in Manila starting August 1.

Dickie Bachmann, Alaska’s representative to the PBA Board, told InterAksyon.com that the Aces’ management has given ‘The Beast’ the go-signal to suit up for the Manila North squad in the Masters event.

Abueva will team up another Alaska player, Vic Manuel, as well as Kia/Mahindra guard Karl Dehesa and up-and-coming PBA Draft hopeful and Gilas Pilipinas cadet Troy Rosario.

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Gilas Pilipinas pool for Fiba Asia to be announced Monday (July 29, 2015)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

FIBA Asia Championships

The new pool for the men’s basketball national team is set to be announced on Monday, less than two months away from the 2015 Fiba Asia Championship.

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) executive director Sonny Barrios said on Tuesday that the committee is still conferring with the PBA regarding which players will be lent to Gilas Pilipinas.

“We’re still talking with the PBA. It’s not yet final, but the PBA, under Comm. Chito Salud, is helping us very much to get the players that we want,” he said during the weekly PSA Forum at Shakey’s Malate.

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Kobe Paras no go for Fiba 3×3 in Manila (July 29, 2015)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

Kobe Paras. Screengrab from FIBA3x3 YouTube

Youth basketball star Kobe Paras won’t participate in this year’s FIBA 3×3 World Tour Manila Masters.

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) executive director Sonny Barrios said that despite the association’s relentless efforts to bring the 17-year-old to the country, his coaches feel that it’s better for him to stay in the training camps in the US.

“Unfortunately, according to Kobe’s dad Benjie, the coaches would rather have him attend the Adidas Training Camp,” said Barrios at the weekly PSA Forum at Shakey’s Malate. “We’re all looking forward to seeing him, but we tried as hard as we have done.”

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