It's basketball time once again! All the basketball fans are celebrating because NBA and PBA is back with new season.
As I am writing this post, PBA, Asia's first pro league is having it's opening ceremony. The NBA meanwhile is currently on it's pre-season games. There's a lot to look forward to in this two leagues because of the player movements during the off-season.
In the PBA, Purefoods, Ginebra, Coca-Cola and Burger King made major tweaks in the lineup. Of course, the off-season is highlighted by the issue involving 2009 overall first pick, Japeth Aguilar of Burger King. Aguilar, initially refused to sign a 3-year 8.7 million pack from Burger King because of his intention to play for the Smart Guilas National team composed of amatuers and import CJ Guiles under coach Rajko Toroman. However, just last week, things were sorted out and Aguilar is set to play with Burger King for at least a year.
Over at the NBA, La Lakers is still highly favored to go for back to back crown because the team is basically intact. They only lose Trevor Arize but got a solid defender and decent scorer in Ron Artest. Boston is looking to regain it's throne by having a healthy Kevin Garnett for the season and veteran all-star Rasheed Wallace on their bench to lead their 2nd unit. Not to be neglected, is Lebron James and the Cavs. Cavs just got bigger with the Big Diesel, Shaquille O'neal on their roster. Other recruits include Jamarion Moon from Miami and Anthony Parker from Toronto.
It's gonna be a blast of basketball starting this October. So better have your choose the best among Direct TV Packages to enjoy full basketball action. There are plenty of Direct TV Offers to choose from. Direct TV Deals have become affordable for everyone.
Enjoy basketball at it's finest!
Reblog this post [with Zemanta]
The long wait is finally over. The final cast has been settled and it's time to for some serious ball.
(1) LA Lakers vs (8) UTAH Jazz
(2) DENVER Nuggets vs (7) NO Hornets
(3) SA Spurs vs (6) DALLAS Mavericks
(4) PORTLAND TrailBlazers vs (5) HOUSTON Rockets
(1) CLEVELAND Cavaliers vs (8) DETROIT Pistons
(2) BOSTON Celtics vs (7) CHICAGO Bulls
(3) ORLANDO Magic vs (6) PHILADELPHIA Sixers
(4) ATLANTA HAWKS vs (5) MIAMI Heat
Here's the full schedule of the games.
Cleveland vs. Detroit
Game 1 - Sat April 18 Detroit at Cleveland 3:00PM ABC
Game 2 - Tue April 21 Detroit at Cleveland 8:00PM TNT
Game 3 - Fri April 24 Cleveland at Detroit 7:00PM ESPN
Game 4 - Sun April 26 Cleveland at Detroit 3:30PM ABC
Game 5 * Wed April 29 Detroit at Cleveland TBD TBD
Game 6 * Fri May 1 Cleveland at Detroit TBD TBD
Game 7 * Sun May 3 Detroit at Cleveland TBD TBD
Boston vs. Chicago
Game 1 - Sat April 18 Chicago at Boston 12:30PM ESPN
Game 2 - Mon April 20 Chicago at Boston 7:00PM TNT
Game 3 - Thu April 23 Boston at Chicago 8:00PM TNT
Game 4 - Sun April 26 Boston at Chicago 1:00PM ABC
Game 5 * Tue April 28 Chicago at Boston TBD TBD
Game 6 * Thu April 30 Boston at Chicago TBD TBD
Game 7 * Sat May 2 Chicago at Boston TBD TNT
Orlando vs. Philadelphia
Game 1 - Sun April 19 Philadelphia at Orlando 5:30PM TNT
Game 2 - Wed April 22 Philadelphia at Orlando 7:00PM NBATV
Game 3 - Fri April 24 Orlando at Philadelphia 8:00PM ESPN2
Game 4 - Sun April 26 Orlando at Philadelphia 6:30PM TNT
Game 5 * Tue April 28 Philadelphia at Orlando TBD TBD
Game 6 * Thu April 30 Orlando at Philadelphia TBD TBD
Game 7 * Sat May 2 Philadelphia at Orlando TBD TNT
Atlanta vs. Miami
Game 1 - Sun April 19 Miami at Atlanta 8:00PM TNT
Game 2 - Wed April 22 Miami at Atlanta 8:00PM TNT
Game 3 - Sat April 25 Atlanta at Miami 6:30PM TNT
Game 4 - Mon April 27 Atlanta at Miami TBD TBD
Game 5 * Wed April 29 Miami at Atlanta TBD TBD
Game 6 * Fri May 1 Atlanta at Miami TBD TBD
Game 7 * Sun May 3 Miami at Atlanta TBD TBD
L.A. Lakers vs. Utah
Game 1 - Sun April 19 Utah at L.A. Lakers 3:00PM ABC
Game 2 - Tue April 21 Utah at L.A. Lakers 10:30PM TNT
Game 3 - Thu April 23 L.A. Lakers at Utah 10:30PM TNT
Game 4 - Sat April 25 L.A. Lakers at Utah 9:00PM ESPN
Game 5 * Mon April 27 Utah at L.A. Lakers TBD TBD
Game 6 * Thu April 30 L.A. Lakers at Utah TBD TBD
Game 7 * Sat May 2 Utah at L.A. Lakers TBD TNT
Denver vs. New Orleans
Game 1 - Sun April 19 New Orleans at Denver 10:30PM TNT
Game 2 - Wed April 22 New Orleans at Denver 10:30PM TNT
Game 3 - Sat April 25 Denver at New Orleans 1:00PM ESPN
Game 4 - Mon April 27 Denver at New Orleans TBD TBD
Game 5 * Wed April 29 New Orleans at Denver TBD TBD
Game 6 * Fri May 1 Denver at New Orleans TBD TBD
Game 7 * Sun May 3 New Orleans at Denver TBD TBD
San Antonio vs. Dallas
Game 1 - Sat April 18 Dallas at San Antonio 8:00PM ESPN
Game 2 - Mon April 20 Dallas at San Antonio 9:30PM TNT
Game 3 - Thu April 23 San Antonio at Dallas 8:30PM NBATV
Game 4 - Sat April 25 San Antonio at Dallas 4:00PM TNT
Game 5 * Tue April 28 Dallas at San Antonio TBD TBD
Game 6 * Fri May 1 San Antonio at Dallas TBD TBD
Game 7 * Sun May 3 Dallas at San Antonio TBD TBD
Portland vs. Houston
Game 1 - Sat April 18 Houston at Portland 10:30PM ESPN
Game 2 - Tue April 21 Houston at Portland 10:00PM NBATV
Game 3 - Fri April 24 Portland at Houston 9:30PM ESPN
Game 4 - Sun April 26 Portland at Houston 9:00PM TNT
Game 5 * Tue April 28 Houston at Portland TBD TBD
Game 6 * Thu April 30 Portland at Houston TBD TBD
Game 7 * Sat May 2 Houston at Portland TBD TNT
All times are ET.
* IF NECESSARY
The current NBA season is highlighted with perhaps one of the tightest MVP race ever. Leading the pack are NBA All-star and Olympic gold medalists, Kobe Bryant (LA LAkers), Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat) and Lebron James (Cleveland Cavaliers). The three are having their best season ever.
24 Despite good numbers, Kobe Bryant is said to be less-favored in terms of winning the crown-crowd wise, including myself. I think Kobe is a certified go-to-guy however I'm putting into consideration the roster that the Lakers have. With Gasol, Odom, Bynum (injured) and a veteran point guard in Derek Fisher, Kobe has the core to make him a better player. With a loaded line-up, the Lakers are definitely title contenders. I don't think Kobe has to be at his best in order to pull a win for the Lakers. But the "Black Mamba" comes up big in clutch time.
3 Dwyane Wade is the best comeback story of the year, player wise. After a miserable record last season, the Heat is in solid position for the playoffs this year. Thanks to no less than, Dwyane Wade. After an early exit last year due to injuries, Wade started to make noise of his comeback during the Olympics. Wade had a stellar stint in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Yet, it was only a glimpse of what he's about to do in Miami this year. With improved shooting, Wade has been unstoppable offensively. He's explosiveness has improved a lot-no shades of his past injuries. What makes Wade story sweeter is the fact that Miami is a shallow team plus a rookie coach in Erik Spoelstra. Wade has carried the load for Miami. I hope this team stays long in the playoffs although I don't expect them to be in the conference finals. But "Kudos" to D-Wade!
23 If Cleveland makes it to the NBA finals, hands down it'll be Lebron James. I've seen most of Cleveland games this season and I can say the entire team anchored on King James have vastly improved. No wonder why they hold the best record in the league. James has been "Mr. Everything" for Cleveland, registering triple-doubles. On the side, it has been Cavs point guard and new recruit Mo Williams who have made Cleveland a better squad and made James a stronger player. Mo brings a lot of new dimensions to Cleveland especially on the offensive end.
To answer the title. I would say it's Lebron James but I certainly wouldn't mind Wade winning it.
Dwayne Wade has shown no signs of slowing down after being sidelined last year for several injuries. After being a part of the USA team in the Olympics, he has continued his brilliant performance in the NBA. Despite a relatively weak line-up, Miami is in good position for the NBA playoffs. All thanks to Dwayne Wade. Wade has gone into a rampage. He's logging MVP numbers every game.
Boston is the latest team to bow down to Wade and the rest of the Heat, 99-107. Wade exploded for 32 points, 4 rebounds, 4 steals, and 4 assists. With a depleted lineup, Boston struggled to keep up with the Heat's offense. Boston played minus Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo, Glen Davis, Tony Allen and Brian Scalabrine.
Miami has also been performin well after acquiring Jamario Moon and Jermaine O'neal form the Toronto Raptors in exchange for forward Shawn Marion. But certainly, Dwyane is the heart and soul of this squad. In their last 7 outings, check out Wade's numbers:
Last 7 Games (5 wins)
FG % 56.9
Diagnosed with the big C disease (nasopharyngeal cancer) 2 years ago, Rommel Adducul went through several medications including chemotherapy in order to win his battle against cancer. Rommel's battle was closely looked after by his fans, basketball community, and the media. Rommel is a product of San Sebastian College and first made noise in the MBA (Metropolitan Basketball Association) where he played for the Metro Manila Stars. The General is back!
Rommel is back in the active roster of Purefoods. He played for the first time since being sidelined last Saturday against Rain or Shine. He saw 11 minutes of action and able to score 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds, 3 on the offensive end.
Rommel lacked quickness, lateral movement and grip for the ball. In his game, the ball slipped off his hands several times. But all these are understandable. More importantly, he can definitely work on these things. There's always room for improvement for a guy who is more than willing and determined to learn.
I'm just glad to see "THE GENERAL" back in action.
Looking for a clear streaming? You're in the right place. WATCH IT LIVE HERE!
Francis "Kiko" Magalona
This ain't basketball related but I just wanted to post this because I felt sad after hearing his death.
Known as "Master Rapper," Francis M. is considered one of the most influencial icon in the industry of rap/hiphop music. Francis M. was diagnosed with leukemia and was trying to get a bone-marrow transplant.
Condolences to the family of Francis Magalona and to all the Filipinos who recognizes Francis M. While having this post I'm playing Francis M's Kaliedescope World. *sad.
Check this video from youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoKlCGgciLw
RIP Francis M.
The Chicago Bulls visited US President Barack Obama today. The President Obama is an avid fan of basketball-the Chicago Bulls to be precise. He has attended several NBA games and had a lot to say about the game.
Read the full article here. Meanwhile, I'll be leaving you with this tube of President Obama (still a senator during this video) playing basketball with some high-school kids.
I wouldn't be surprised to see the President appearing in next year's NBA-All Star. He can play. *wink
BasketballChat: Am I good looking now? ^_^
Wasted 2 hours of my day just to give this blog a bath. *wink Hope this will be the final layout unless.. unless I change my mind again. hahaha I'm not yet done with some tweaks. Some links are still missing but hopefully I can get everything done this weekend.
I'm also undecided if I should add a "Read more" option for my posts. hmmmm. I've done it in my other blog.
That's about it for now.
Just when everybody thought that this year's trade deadline would be world-rocking, things went the other way around. Big names like Amare Stoudemire, Vince Carter, Shaq, and other players stayed with their respective teams.
Global financial crisis is the said to be the main culprit for the inability of the teams to move these big names. All teams in the NBA are trying to avoid exceeding allowed team salary cap to avoid further financial damages (NBA luxury tax). It was very hard to shop for teams who are willing to snatch star players because these players are coupled with luxurious contracts.
The Chicago Bulls is on of the few teams that made some trades just before the deadline to beef-up their roster and clean-up their finances. The team acquired Brad Miller and John Salmons from the Sacramento Kings in exchange for Drew Gooden, Andres Nocioni, and Cedric Simmons. The Bulls also parted with injury-prone guard Larry Hughes who was sent to New York in exchange for Tim Thomas, Jerome James, and Anthony Robertson.
This trade gives the two teams some salary relief. Hughes makes $12.8 million this year; James and Thomas make $12.2 million combined.
Another interesting trade, or should I say a supposed trade was the between the Oklahoma Thunders and New Orleans Hornets. Hornets' center Tyson Chandler was headed to Oklahoma for Cris Wilcox and veteran Joe Smith. Still a financially-driven trade especially on the part of the Hornets. However, Oklahoma retracted from the trade after Tyson Chandler had his physical tests with the Thunders. The deal was then cancelled. Eventually, Oklahoma moved Cris Wilcox for Malik Rose of the New York Knicks. Chandler remains in New Orleans.
Days before the trade deadline, Jermaine O'neal and Jamarion Moon of the Toronto Raptors were traded to Miami for "The Matrix" Shawn Marion.
Rafer Alston to Orlando - Kyle Lowry, Bryan Cook to Houston
Cris Mihm to Memphis - Conditional draft pick to LA
Sam Cassell signed with Sacramento Kings
Sources: nba, espn
Talk N Text owner Manny V. Pangilinan (third from right, standing) joins the Texters in their celebration after they won the PBA Philippine Cup crown last night. JUN MENDOZA
Mac-Mac Cardona scored 23 points for the second straight game and Jason Castro broke out of his rookie cell and nearly showcased a triple-double effort as Talk 'N Text turned back Alaska, 93-89, in Wednesday's Game Seven to capture the KFC Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Philippine Cup at the jampacked Araneta Coliseum.
Cardona was named as the Mighty Bond Finals most valuable player, snatching the award after losing the best player of the conference to close buddy Willie Miller, who was not essentially in a groove at a time when the Aces needed him most down the stretch.
Instead, it was Talk 'N Text, which clinched its only second title after winning the 2003 Philippine Cup, that played as if it was the more veteran ball club.
But there were others, too, who sparkled.
Jimmy Alapag sealed the title-clinching free throws with three seconds left for the final count, and Harvey Carey, before that, hit a crucial side jumper that broke the last deadlock at 89 with 1:29 remaining in the game.
TNT coach Chot Reyes, who nailed down his fifth championship as a coach and became only the first man to win three titles with three teams in a tournament without imports, couldn't be happier.
"Barely 16 or 18 months I was in the lowest of coaching depths," said Reyes, referring to the debacle he suffered in the Tokushima FIBA-Asia Championships.
"So for me this is really a validation that I made the right decision to continue coaching, it reinforces my love for the game, and erases somewhat the pain of that Tokushima debacle."
For Alaska, it was one of its most painful losses in a Finals.
They missed four free throws in the last 26.9 seconds, and Miller muffed a baseline drive that could have tied the game at 91. After that, Carey pulled down the rebound that led to a duty foul.
As a result, Alaska blew a 2-0 lead in a best-of-seven series for the third time. The incident, too, was only the sixth time in PBA history that the unwanted outcome occurred.
Moreover, Cone was denied of surpassing Virgilio "Baby" Dalupan as the mentor with the most number of wins. He is currently tied with Dalupan with 601 victories, and he surely would achieve that next conference, the Fiesta Cup.
Miller only scored two points in the fourth period and had 22 overall, and Hugnatan, who single-handedly brought the Aces back into the game in the final period after trailing by as many as 13 points (76-63), pumped in 13 of his 17 points in the fourth period. - GMANews.TV
TALK 'N TEXT 93 -- Cardona 23, Castro 19, De Ocampo R. 12, Alapag 10, Peek 10, Ritualo 9, Carey 7, De Ocampo Y. 2, Dillinger 1, Aljamal 0.
ALASKA 89 -- Miller 22, Hugnatan 17, De Vance 14, Tenorio 10, Fonacier 10, Ferriols 6, Thoss 4, Dela Cruz 4, Cariaso 2.
Quarters: 20-23, 47-41, 73-63, 93-89
TalkNText defeated Alaska Aces to claim the KFC PBA All Filipino Cup Crown. And so, all teams are now looking forward for the upcoming import-plague conference, the Motolite PBA Fiesta Cup.
Most of the teams are recalling former imports. Teams settling for tried and tested imports are Burger King (formerly Air21) with Shawn Daniels, Coca-Cola Tigers with JJ Sullinger but is said to be replaced by James Penny by March, Rain or Shine with Charles Clark, and the Gin Kings with hotshot Rod Nealy. Parading new imports are Sta. Lucia Realtors with Arthur James Jackson, and the TJ Giants with high-flyer Reggie Larry.
San Miguel Beermen, Alaska, Bull Barakos and recently crowned TalkNText Tropang Texters have yet to name their imports.
This will definitely be a run and gun conference. Games will certainly be high-scoring with the imports providing offensive firepower for their respective ball clubs. Meanwhile, cancer survivor, Rommel Adducul is reported to be in very good shape. According to Purefoods governor Rene Pardo, Adducul undergoes heavy training to regain and even improve his strength. Mr. Pardo assured the Adducul's fans that "The General" will be seeing action this Fiesta Cup.
Courtesy: Boise State Sports Information
Forward - F
Height: 6-6 Weight: 225
College of Southern Idaho
Following the major player movements of the Gin Kings, Purefoods, and Air21 which is now Burger King, teams are certainly busy reshaping, tweaking their rosters. Aside from getting the best import, player movements are very crucial.
Purefoods added offensive threats to address their problem of having Kerby Raymundo and James Yap as their go-to-guys, which made the team's offense so predictable. The new acquisitions also add muscle and experience to the team as both Allado and Canaleta has been in the league for a while now. Canaleta certainly has the potential to be McGrady or Kobe type of player. He's agile, quick, can dribble, shooot, basically can score. I really hope he can finally bloom with Purefoods. Allado, the role player that he is, I'm sure he'll fit in Purefoods.
The Kings get young blood in Intal, Kramer and point guard Lanete. Burger King gets Belga, Alonzo and future draft picks of Ginebra. Well, they already stole Celino Cruz and Cyrus Baguio earlier this season so they are loaded at the guard positions. Belga will fit in.
As of now players are busy watching NFL TV as most team are to start their dirty work by February. NFL TV package, NFL Sunday ticket are up for grabs.
THREE-WAY TRADE SENDS ALLADO, CANALETA TO PUREFOODS
Monday, 26 January 2009
Seven players will be wearing new uniforms when the PBA’s Fiesta Conference opens shop next month.
Purefoods TJ Giants, hampered by injuries to players expected to deliver on offense this season got two talented players in Don Allado and Nino Canaleta from Air21. The Giants had to let go of Beau Belga, Chad Alonzo, Chico Lanete and their 2013 draft pick.
“We have acknowledged identified our weakness in the last conference which is scoring. Those two will definitely help us to more or less address our choke point because they are known as good offensive players,” said coach Ryan Gregorio when contacted by SportsNews.ph.
Gregorio said his team has become predictably a Kerby Raymundo-James Yap team especially down the stretch and now feels his new recruits will help a lot in addressing that problem.
"It will definitely alleviate our problems in relying too much from James and Kerby in scoring. One thing certain is that we will play according to their strengths. KG is probably the best finisher in the open court,” said Gregorio “You give him the ball, he knows what to do with it. We will try not to make things complicated. With them on board it will open up the paint for us.”
The Express meanwhile immediately shipped Lanete along with JC Intal and Doug Kramer to Barangay Ginebra for the Gin Kings 2012 and 2013 draft picks.
“For me it’s not really a blockbuster trade because we feel it will just fill in our injured spots. It’s not really a trade that will turn the team around. It will help the team but it’s more on answering the need to fill in our injured spots,” said Ginebra coach Jong Uichico.
Uichico said Junthy Valenzuela recently underwent operation which the multi-titled mentor refused to divulge. Uichico however said Valenzuela will be out of commission for about six to eight weeks.
Uichico added that they have no idea when superstar Mark Caguioa will be back. Caguioa also underwent knee operation late last year by Los Angeles Lakers team physician Steve Lombardo.
Uichico hopes his two new additions will help solve their needs sooner than expected.
“Doug is young but we’ll see what he can do. For sure it will help our frontline. We really have more five’s than we have four’s,” said Uichico “JC and Doug have good potentials but potential is potential. We still have to see if they will be able to do what I want them to do.”
Meanwhile Gregorio said management have already reached an agreement with their import Reggie Larry, a former Boise State standout who had a short stint with the Golden State Warriors during the league’s summer tournament last year.
In one of the best sudden-death match-ups in the PBA, San Miguel Beermen managed recovered from 21-point deficit in the 3rd to snatch a 98-93 victory over the crowd-favorite Brgy. Ginebra Kings.
Ginebra controlled the game right at the tip-off especially when Olsen Racela was called for a flagrant foul penalty 2 as he placed his foot on the landing lot of Jayjay Helterbrand gunning for a 3-pointer. Racela's ejection led to Helterbrand's rampage scorching SMB from the rainbow country. Helterbrand finished with 30 points but was held down to only 10 in the 2nd half. SMB haunted BGK in the 3rd with their fullcourt press and Dondon Hontiveros turned on his hot shooting. Rookie Bonbon Custodio also stepped up especially in the 4th, tricking Ginebra with his daredevil drives to the hoop.
It's a sour defeat for Ginebra. I could only imagine the misery of the Ginebra fans who were already celebrating in the 3rd when the Gin Kings established huge lead and had their shots falling from everywhere. Then, there came the San Miguel juggernaut.
SMB advances to the semis facing well-rested Talk n Text Tropang Texters. This only shows that the two teams made the right moves during the off-season. Recall that the two got involve on a draft day trade which sent Jay Washington to SMB for SMB's 3rd draft pick. TnT then selected spitfire pointguard Jason Castro.
San Miguel 98 -- Hontiveros 34, Custodio 13, Tugade 11, Seigle 9, Washington 8, Villanueva 7, Pennisi 5, Pena 4, Pingris 3, Baguion 2, racela 2, Gonzales 0.
Ginebra 93 -- Helterbrand 30, Salvacion 17, Menk 9, Mamaril 8, Tubid 7, Pacana 6, Artadi 6, Wilson 6, Valenzuela 4, Escalona 0, Cabatu 0.
Quarterscores: 14-22, 36-49, 67-70, 98-93
"Crab Dribble" is the hottest buzz in the NBA today. Lebron James strongly asserted that his move against the Wizards wasn't a travel. However, the world says otherwise.
I would like to show you this video which shows a similar move by King James which wasn't called for a travelling violation. In fact, the commentators had all praises for the move. Check it out, and compare.
QUARTERFINALS (Best of 3)
(1) Sta. Lucia Realtors vs Rain or Shine Elasto Painters
(2) San Miguel Beermen vs Brgy. Ginebra Kings
SEMIFINALS (Best of 7)
Alaska Aces vs WINNER of (1)
Talk n Text Tropang Texters vs WINNER of (2)
Winners of the semis moves on to the best of 7 finals showdown.