Biyernes, Hulyo 22, 2011

Game Preview: NBA All-Stars Versus PBA All-Stars. Battle of two Oldest Basketball league in the world.

I’m extending my apologies to bright siders if they find this post unfriendly. It’s against my pride to post this article on SS&R(coz of Kobe and Fisher) for whatever unknown reason.
“The biggest weekend of our lives” Filipinos will surely mutter those words. If you are living on a country in which the most popular sport is basketball and haven’t produced a NBA player yet. This will surely mean a lot. We know for a fact we can’t beat the NBA All-stars but who cares? It’s all about fun, a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
MVP one of the most popular executive in the Philippines is the architect of this one of a kind event. He is known for his interest in acquiring the Sacramento Kings. There might be no progress on the acquisition but he proved he can bring the most popular player in our generation.
Some of the NBA's biggest stars are already in Manila for their 2-match exhibition series against Smart-Gilas Pilipinas(National team) and a PBA All-Star selection. The roster will include the perennial All-Star Chris Paul of the New Orleans Hornets, reigning Most Valuable Player Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls, former Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans of the Sacramento Kings, and Washington Wizards high-flying center Javalee McGee.
The reigning NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant and his Oklahoma Thunder teammate James Harden, rookie Derrick Williams of the Minnesota Timberwolves, and veteran Lakers guard Derek Fisher will also play for the NBA All-stars. LA Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant will also join the team.
James Yap and Marc Pingris of BMeg, Mark Caguioa and JC Intal of Ginebra, Arwin Santos and Rabeh Al-Hussaini of Petron Blaze, Ryan Reyes, Jason Castro and Larry Fonacier of Talk N’ Text, Sonny Thoss and LA Tenorio of Alaska, Sol Mercado of Meralco, Gary David of Powerade, Gabe Norwood of Rain or Shine and Danny Seigle of Air21 will comprise the PBA team which will be mentored by Chot Reyes.

For the Rajko Toroman-coached Smart Gilas, it’s the core of the national squad plus the pros who were recruited for the Olympic qualifier this September: Mark Barroca, JVee Casio, Dylan Ababou, Japeth Aguilar, Mac Baracael, Jason Ballesteros, Chris Lutz,  Marcio Lassiter, Chris Tiu, the naturalized player Marcus Douthit, and PBA reinforcements Kelly Williams, Jimmy Alapag, Asi Taulava, Dondon Hontiveros and Ranidel De Ocampo. 

The NBA stars will first take on the PBA selection at 7 p.m. at Araneta Coliseum on July 23 before meeting the Smart Gilas squad at 1 p.m. on July 24.
It will be aired live on AKTV on IBC 13.
So in less than 11 hours history will be rewritten

Biyernes, Hunyo 10, 2011

Ten things Grant Hill will achieve next season.

NBA Finals is heating up, we know it. But if you are a Suns fan or a fan of 27 other teams watching the game. You might be wondering, when will this be over? Can you do me a favor? Just wake me up when October ends.

Today I will feature one great athlete. We knew his story. We knew how good he is. Maybe ten years from now NBA will name an award to honor him. Yes “Grant Hill Oldies Award”. Fila, Sprite, McDonalds what else? He is a superstar back then. Yes he is, for six short years.

It’s not a question that Grant will play next season. The probability that he will play in Phoenix is higher than any other team. Sorry Detroit, sorry New York. Grant Hill recently talked about why he and other NBA stars taped a PSA addressing the use of anti-gay language. Check it out.

What are the ten great things Grant Hill will achieve next season?

·         Grant will tally his 1,200th career steals. That will be 2,065 away on John Stockton’s record and 408 away from Mark Jackson which is 25th all-time. Grant needed 4 games to do this (on my opinion). Grant currently has 1,196.

·         Grant will tally his 6,000th career rebounds. That will be 17,924 away from Wilt Chamberlain’s record and 5,463 on Elgin Baylor which is 25th all-time. Grant needed 13 games to do this. Grant currently has 5,949.

·         Grant will tally his 17,000th career points. That will be 21,387 away from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s record and 5,195 on Clyde Drexler which is 25th all-time. Grant needed 38 games to do this. Grant currently has 16,545.

·         Grant will play his 16th season and he will be the 2nd oldest active NBA player behind Kurt Thomas.

·         Grant will tally his 1,000th game next season. He needed 52 games to reach it. Who would have thought?

·         Grant will have another chance to make the 1st or 2nd NBA All-defensive team. Not just NBA All-Snubbed-team.

·         The greatest is Grant will have another chance on his first ever NBA championship ring.

Do we really need three more things from Grant? It’s only seven but seven is enough to such a great person like Grant.  Ayt?