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Gabe Norwood. Sports5/Pranz Kaeno Billones

Jordan Clarkson's presence in Gilas Pilipinas practice on Wednesday night got many basketball fans thrilled at the prospect of the Los Angeles Lakers guard playing for the national team.

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) is still working on his FIBA eligibility, but there is no question about the 23-year-old's sincerity in donning the country's colors.

Filipinos are already looking forward to seeing him in action, especially after he joined some light drills wearing a white Pilipinas uniform with his name at the back.

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Kobe Paras. InterAksyon.com/Mikkel Bolante

Filipino teenage sensation Kobe Paras will no longer be suiting up for his high school squad, LA Cathedral.

His father, PBA legend Benjie Paras, said the reigning FIBA 3×3 Under-18 Dunk king will be skipping his final playing year which was cut short to just half a basketball season due to the difference between the academic calendar of the United States and the Philippines.

Kobe studied and played for the La Salle Greenhills before transferring to the US last year.

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FIBA Asia Championships

The Philippine national men’s basketball team went winless in a four-nation pocket tournament in Estonia last week which left Filipino fans wondering how Gilas Pilipinas is really prepared for the FIBA Asia Championship.

Andray Blatche, the team’s naturalized player, said the squad is still trying to form its chemistry during its European camp, although he added that it will all be fine.

“I think our problem was we’re all “first” together. We’re all new. It was new to a lot of the guys. I feel like once we get back to practice and coach breaks down the films and we go over the scout reports, stuff like that, of other teams we should be all right,” Blatche said.

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The Cavs won't rush Kyrie Irving back from a fractured kneecap and persistent tendinitis -- because the team will be cautious, rather than the injuries not healing. Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images

The "freak play" that fractured Kyrie Irving's kneecap and led to season-ending surgery in June could keep the point guard out for a few more months.

Irving's rehab is going smoothly, sources told The Cleveland Plain Dealer, and the Cleveland Cavaliers will slowly work him back into playing condition, with that process possibly lasting as long as January. Irving previously said on record there was no timetable for his return.

"I'm honestly not putting a date on anything," Irving told the Plain Dealer at his July basketball camp. "People are going to put a date regardless. I'm just continuing to be on the journey I've been on, and that's continuing to get better every single day and rehabbing my leg."

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2 Dubai games in PBA Philippine Cup schedule (August 28, 2015)
Musong R. Castillo [ Source: Inquirer ]

Calvin Abueva (8) and the rest of the Alaska Aces will play two games in Dubai. Crowd-favorite Barangay Ginebra is also scheduled to play as part of the Philippine Cup schedule. Photo from the Alaska Aces’ official website

Two games in Dubai featuring the Mahindra squad of eight-division world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao and crowd-darling Barangay Ginebra will be played on Nov. 6 and 7 as part of the PBA Philippine Cup’s elimination-round schedule.

The two squads will be joined by Alaska on the league’s return to the oil-rich United Arab Emirates.

Two Governors’ Cup games were also held in the emirate two months ago.

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Aquino signs RA 10676, scraps 2-year residency rule (August 28, 2015)
Jasmine W. Payo [ Source: Inquirer ]

UAAP

President Aquino has signed into law the measure that dissolves a controversial residency rule for student-athletes just a week before the UAAP men’s basketball tournament kicks off.

The President signed Republic Act No. 10676, which scraps the UAAP’s two-year residency rule for high school student-athletes transferring to a different school for college.

Sen. Pia Cayetano, the main proponent of the bill, said the “UAAP residency issue will now be put to rest” after the President signed the bill Wednesday.

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D-League

The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters freed up some space in their crowded backcourt after shipping second round draft choice Simon Enciso to the NLEX Road Warriors in exchange for a 2018 second round pick.

The PBA approved the deal on Thursday.

The trade unloaded a guard from Rain or Shine’s backcourt that is already composed of Paul Lee, No.3 pick Maverick Ahanmisi, Chris Tiu and Jonathan Uyloan.

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Saguisag son named UAAP commissioner (August 28, 2015)
Jasmine W. Payo [ Source: Inquirer ]

UAAP

A lawyer will be at the helm of this season’s UAAP basketball action.

Rene “Rebo” Saguisag Jr. has been appointed as commissioner of the league’s three basketball divisions starting with the men’s tournament on Sept. 5 at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

“We wanted somebody who is young and dynamic, and at the same time, qualified,” said UAAP secretary treasurer Ronnie Dizer of Season 78 host University of the Philippines.

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Roi Sumang in UAAP action. InterAksyon.com/Ver Marquez

Could it be destiny?

That’s how GlobalPort Batang Pier owner Mikee Romero described snatching former University of the East standout Roi Sumang in the PBA Rookie Draft.

Sumang was one of the talented guards in the draft, but he surprisingly fell to the third round.

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Legendary dunker Darryl Dawkins dies (August 28, 2015)
[ Source: ESPN ]

NBA

Darryl Dawkins was once summoned in the Philadelphia 76ers' locker room to meet a celebrity who wanted to meet the man known for dunking with backboard-breaking force.

The guest was Grammy Award winner Stevie Wonder. The entertainer is blind, yet even he could tell there was something unique about Dawkins' game.

"A guy who never saw me," a beaming Dawkins said in a 2011 interview, "gave me the name 'Chocolate Thunder.'"

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