MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine men's national basketball team rose three spots in the FIBA World Rankings after their inspiring run in the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain.
Gilas Pilipinas is now ranked 31st in the world and fifth in Asia.
Gilas returned to the world stage after nearly four decades when they competed in the group stages of the World Cup in Seville.
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- LeBron James had some business to take care of before rejoining the Cleveland Cavaliers for training camp.
He was at Nike's corporate headquarters Tuesday for the unveiling of his new shoe, the LeBron 12. It is his first new shoe with Nike since he returned this summer to the Cavs.
"I would like this shoe," he joked. "But I love it because it has my name and logo on it."
This was probably the happiest bunch of 1-13 guys in UAAP men’s basketball annals.
Despite losing a bunch of players to graduation and three-fourths of their starting unit, not much was expected from a team of bench players and rookies. Their opponent for the day, the UP Fighting Maroons, as early as the summer, penciled in two wins over the Adamson Falcons (three in fact as they figured they’d pull the rug from underneath another team).
“Hindi kami papayag ma-bokya,” promised Jansen Rios before the match. “Gagawin natin lahat. Maging pisikal man o magpalitan ng mukha. Basta hindi pwede matalo.”
With restricted free agent Paul Lee expressing an interest in staying with mother club Rain or Shine, his coach Yeng Guiao is finally able to think about the formation of the team for the upcoming PBA season.
Guiao told InterAksyon.com that as soon as the team is able to sign the Philippine national men’s basketball team member to a contract, they will begin to study which moves will be necessary for the guard-heavy Elasto Painters to balance out their roster although he made it clear that Lee isn’t likely to be among those traded.
“Hindi siya kasama because ayaw kong pahinain yung guard lineup natin dahil OK na siya,” the coach said.
Rain or Shine’s restricted free agent Paul Lee is back on the same page with his coach, Yeng Guiao, after the player expressed his willingness to stay on with the franchise although he still has to make peace with ownership and management following a messy contract dispute, according to the fiery mentor.
Lee attended Rain or Shine’s practice for the first time since arriving from the Philippine national men’s basketball team’s campaign in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain and he finally made true on his promise to his coach of speaking personally upon his return.
“OK na, he has decided to stay on,” Guiao told InterAksyon.com in a telephone interview.
CLEVELAND -- A 10-story tall LeBron James could tower over downtown again.
Sherwin-Williams Co. has asked the city for approval to hang a new banner of James on its headquarters across the street from Quicken Loans Arena, the Plain Dealer reported Tuesday.
The banner is similar to the iconic one that was in place for years before being taken down after James signed with the Miami Heat in 2010.
MANILA – Although expansion team Blackwater Elite doesn’t see themselves winning a PBA title right away, they believe their competitors will have a tough time against them.
Blackwater coach Leo Isaac said some of his players will be motivated to play against their former teams and this makes for an exciting match each time.
“I have players who can provide the hustle and players na natanggal sa ibang teams who will play hard,” he said in the PBA website. “Eh may kasabihan nga, bilog ang bola, but we will give other PBA teams a run for their money.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Sacramento Kings are planning to retire Peja Stojakovic's No. 16 jersey.
The Kings announced Tuesday that Stojakovic's jersey will be retired when they host Oklahoma City on Dec. 16. He joins Vlade Divac (21), Chris Webber (4) and Mitch Richmond (2) as the only players to have their jerseys retired by the Kings since the franchise moved from Kansas City in 1985.
Sacramento drafted the Serbian-born Stojakovic 14th overall in 1996. In eight seasons with the Kings, he averaged 18.3 points and five rebounds and made three All-Star teams.
MANILA, Philippines – With a mix of youth and experience, the Blackwater Elite hope they can put in their share of competitiveness and excitement against the old powerhouse teams and fellow newcomers Kia Motors and NLEX in PBA Season 40 that fires off next month either at the Smart Araneta Coliseum or the newly built Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.
As a new team with players recruited from the dispersal draft, the rookie draft and the trade market, team owner Dioceldo Sy targets Top Eight finishes in their initial season in the pro league.
“It’s not just about going for a win against Kia. We’re hopeful we can be a Top Eight performer in our first year in the PBA,” said Sy in introducing his team in a press launch at Tao Yuan restaurant in Ermita, Manila Tuesday.
(Reuters) - The driver's license of Houston Rockets eight-time All-Star center Dwight Howard has been suspended in Florida for his failure to pay a fine for running a red light, court records show.
Howard, who played for the NBA's Orlando Magic from 2004 to 2012, racked up 10 tickets for running red lights while in the Orlando area.
He also has on his Orlando court record four speeding tickets, 12 citations for failing to pay highway tolls and one for failing to change his address on his license, all civil traffic infractions.