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June Mar in 'high spirits' amid fear of missing entire PBA season

Feb 21, 2020 - 6:17 PM

San Miguel coach Leo Austria says June Mar Fajardo assured him that he will be 'back soon'

BIG LOSS. June Mar Fajardo will be greatly missed by San Miguel in the upcoming PBA Philippine Cup. Photo from PBA Images


Alaska keeps San Miguel winless in pocket tournament

Feb 21, 2020 - 4:35 PM

Robbie Herndon and Alaska build a lead big enough to stave off a comeback by San Miguel, which wraps up the mini tournament with a 0-3 card

HIGH NOTE.Vic Manuel and Alaska end the tourney with a 2-1 record. Photo from PBA Images


Trae Young erupts for 50 points as Hawks down Heat

Feb 21, 2020 - 3:33 PM

Just days after his NBA All-Star debut, Trae Young unleashes a career-high performance

Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFP

NBA-best Bucks continue dominance of sputtering Pistons

Feb 21, 2020 - 2:55 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo returns after a two-game absence as the Bucks roll to a league-best 47th win

Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Romeo hurts ankle in San Miguel-Alaska tuneup game

Feb 21, 2020 - 2:09 PM

Terrence Romeo trips on a workout equipment right after hitting a buzzer-beater

ACCIDENT. Terrence Romeo says he heard a pop on his ankle. Photo by Delfin Dioquino/Rappler


NLEX trips Phoenix to sweep mini tournament

Feb 21, 2020 - 1:10 PM

Stars Kiefer Ravena and Poy Erram didn't see action due to their commitments to Gilas Pilipinas, but NLEX hardly felt their absence

SWEEP. JR Quinahan leads the balanced attack for NLEX. Photo from PBA Images


Kyrie Irving to undergo surgery, miss rest of NBA season

Feb 21, 2020 - 11:06 AM

With Brooklyn star Kyrie Irving out, the Nets' playoff push takes another hit

epa07944703 Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving runs up court during the second half of the NBA basketball game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, USA, 23 October 2019. EPA-EFE/JASON SZENES SHUTTERSTOCK OUT

Bulls without Dunn for up to 6 more weeks

Feb 20, 2020 - 4:55 PM

Kris Dunn, the 5th pick of the 2016 NBA Draft, remains sidelined as the Bulls continue to struggle in their playoff push

Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFP

Kuala Lumpur blasts Alab Pilipinas as Brownlee debut delayed

Feb 19, 2020 - 10:33 PM

Alab Pilipinas absorbs a one-sided loss to Kuala Lumpur in what was supposed to be Justin Brownlee's comeback game in the ABL

NOT ENOUGH. Nick King paces Alab Pilipinas with 28 points in the losing effort. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Gilas 3x3 quartet gets to work as Stojacic replaces Magsanoc

Feb 19, 2020 - 10:01 PM

PBA players CJ Perez and Mo Tautuaa team up for the first time with the country's top-ranked 3x3 players Joshua Munzon and Alvin Pasaol

PREPPING. Mo Tautuaa and CJ Perez suit up for several tune-up games as Gilas 3x3 prepares for the Olympic qualifiers. Photo release

Thirdy Ravena, Nietos relish historic Ateneo GS jersey retirement

Feb 19, 2020 - 7:49 PM

Back to where they all started, Thirdy Ravena and Nieto twins Matt and Mike earn an unprecedented Ateneo honor

Chicago Bulls deputy says Kai Sotto ‘quite right on ready’ for NBA

Feb 19, 2020 - 3:13 PM

'At his size, to be able to take down a dribble and make a move for himself, it's really impressive,' Bulls assistant Karen Umlauf says of the 7-foot-2 Filipino teen

HIGH HOPES. Kai Sotto showcases his wares at the Basketball Without Borders Global Camp in Chicago. Photo by Paul Mata/Rappler

Hungry Lakers, Bucks pace NBA title chase

Feb 19, 2020 - 1:42 PM

Weeks after Kobe Bryant's shocking death, there's extra hunger for LeBron James and the Lakers to go for the NBA crown

FACE OFF. After leading their teams in the All-Stars, Giannis Antetokounmpo (left) and LeBron James resume their title quest. Photo by Nuccio Dinuzzo/EPA-EFE

Kai Sotto expects more Filipinos to pursue NBA dream

Feb 18, 2020 - 8:45 PM

Kai Sotto served as the sole Filipino representative in the Basketball Without Borders Global Camp organized by the NBA and FIBA

LESSONS. Kai Sotto has learned to also have fun while competing in the Basketball Without Borders Global Camp. Photo by Paul Mata/Rappler


Kai Sotto glad to have pursued U.S. stint: 'Dami kong natutunan'

Feb 18, 2020 - 7:09 PM

Kai Sotto, who seeks to become the first Filipino-born player to reach the NBA, has come a long way since deciding to train in the United States

BIG ACHIEVEMENT. Kai Sotto is the only Filipino in the 64-player selection in the Basketball Without Borders Global Camp in Chicago. Photo by Paul Mata/Rappler


Erram set for TNT reunion in 3-team trade

Feb 17, 2020 - 11:15 PM

NLEX is expected to part ways with Poy Erram as he reunites with TNT, the team that drafted him in 2013

BIG BOOST. Poy Erram will beef up the TNT frontcourt unit for the upcoming PBA season. Photo from PBA Images


Parks stays with TNT after signing one-year deal

Feb 17, 2020 - 10:18 PM

With Ray Parks on board, TNT eyes to capitalize on the absence of June Mar Fajardo and Greg Slaughter in its bid to end a five-year title drought

DONE DEAL. Ray Parks and TNT finally come into an agreement. Photo from PBA Images


Kawhi dedicates All-Star MVP to Kobe: 'This one's for him'

Feb 17, 2020 - 9:34 PM

Kawhi Leonard wins the first-ever Kobe Bryant All-Star Game MVP award after helping Team LeBron topple Team Giannis

MAIDEN. Kawhi Leonard captures his first NBA All-Star Game MVP plum. Photo from Instagram/@nba


NBA stars agree: New All-Star Game format 'pretty damn fun'

Feb 17, 2020 - 8:35 PM

The new format, which pays tribute to late NBA icon Kobe Bryant, sets up a highly competitive match that is decided by one possession

CELEBRATE. LeBron James and Team LeBron are all smiles after beating Team Giannis for back-to-back years. Photo by Nuccio Dinuzzo/EPA-EFE

WATCH: Team LeBron beats Team Giannis in All-Star Game to remember

Feb 17, 2020 - 4:45 PM

The NBA All-Star Game becomes more than just a showcase of dunks and long bombs with its format tweaked in honor of the late Kobe Bryant

FALLING SHORT. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Team Giannis still could not get over the hump against LeBron James and Team LeBron. Photo from Twitter/@NBA


Padrigao has 'no regrets' in skipping NBA camp for UAAP semis

Feb 17, 2020 - 2:59 PM

Forthsky Padrigao decides to stay in the country and play for the Ateneo Blue Eaglets instead of joining Kai Sotto in the Basketball Without Borders Global Camp

ELIMINATED. Forthsky Padrigao and the Ateneo Blue Eaglets crash out of the UAAP Season 82 semifinals. Contributed photo


Team LeBron nips Team Giannis in All-Star Game honoring Kobe

Feb 17, 2020 - 1:34 PM

A tweaked format paying homage to the late NBA icon Kobe Bryant turns the All-Star Game into an ultra-competitive match

REPEAT. LeBron James and Team LeBron frustrate Giannis Antetokounmpo and Team Giannis anew. Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFP


LOOK: Team Giannis, Team LeBron chill in All-Star practice

Feb 16, 2020 - 6:25 PM

NBA superstars head to the Windy City all bundled up as they gear up for the All-Star spectacle

NBA loses 'hundreds of millions' in China over Hong Kong tweet

Feb 16, 2020 - 4:34 PM

Months after the fallout between the NBA and China over a tweet, commissioner Adam Silvers expects the league to lose 'less than $400 million'

Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Justin Brownlee returns to Alab Pilipinas

Feb 16, 2020 - 2:51 PM

Fresh from another title romp with Barangay Ginebra, Justin Brownlee looks to lend Alab Pilipinas the same winning magic

COMEBACK. Alab Pilipinas gets a big boost with the arrival of Justin Brownlee. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

WATCH: Derrick Jones tops All-Star dunk delights

Feb 16, 2020 - 1:26 PM

Heat forward Derrick Jones bags the Slam Dunk crown while Kings guard Buddy Hield emerges as Three-Point king

INSANE. Derrick Jones Jr soars and finishes through the legs in the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk competition. Photo by Nuccio Dinuzzo/EPA-EFE

NBA names All-Star MVP award in honor of Kobe Bryant

Feb 16, 2020 - 11:30 AM

Reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo describes Kobe Bryant as the 'Michael Jordan of our generation'

ICONIC. The NBA continues to pay tribute to league legend Kobe Bryant. Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images/AFP

Zion Williamson caught in first All-Star whirlwind

Feb 15, 2020 - 5:36 PM

Teen sensation Zion Williamson rocks the Rising Stars game, quite literally, as his rim-rattling dunk bends the backboard

BIG JAM. Pelicans star Zion Williamson puts on a dunk show. Photo by  Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFP

No missing Trae Young in busy All-Star action

Feb 15, 2020 - 4:42 PM

It isn't exactly an All-Star break for young Hawks star Trae Young as he sees action in all 3 days of the annual NBA spectacle

HAMMING IT UP. Trae Young shares a laugh with fellow sophomore sensation Luka Doncic. Photo by Nuccio Dinuzzo/EPA-EFE

Team USA rallies past Team World in Rising Stars contest

Feb 15, 2020 - 3:13 PM

Team USA overpowers Team World in the NBA's Rising Stars showdown that virtually turns into a dunk contest

WORLD'S TARGET. Team USA star Zion Williamson (center) gets ganged up on by Team World's (from left) RJ Barrett of Canada, Rui Hachimura of Japan and Brandon Clarke of Canada. Photo by Nuccio Dinuzzo/EPA-EFE

LOOK: NBA young guns gear up for Rising Stars duel

Feb 15, 2020 - 10:41 AM

Mavs hotshot Luka Doncic banners the World Team going up against the US Team of Pelicans rookie sensation Zion Williamson

HOTSHOT. It's going to be a busy weekend for Mavs sensation Luka Doncic as he sees action in both the Rising Stars and All-Star games. Photo by Paul Mata/Rappler

Kobe Bryant among 8 finalists for 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame

Feb 15, 2020 - 9:51 AM

The late Kobe Bryant may join NBA icons Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett in this year's Hall of Fame class

LEGACY. Kobe Bryant is likely to be inducted among the sport’s all-time greats. Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images/AFP

NBA All-Stars, rookie phenom Zion marvel at fan Obama

Feb 15, 2020 - 9:27 AM

'He said I was playing great. I kind of zoned out after that,' says 19-year-old star rookie Zion Williamson after meeting former US President Barack Obama

STARSTRUCK. Zion Williamson says he's surprised that Barack Obama follows his games. Photo by Sean Gardner / Getty Images North America/AFP

Viernes dazzles in MPBL All-Star Game, Carlos rules Dunk Contest anew

Feb 14, 2020 - 5:08 PM

Jeff Viernes puts the South All-Stars on his back to win the All-Star MVP for the second straight year

DETERMINED. Jeff Viernes' competitive nature takes over even in the All-Star Game. Photo from MPBL


Tatum powers Celtics over Clippers in double overtime

Feb 14, 2020 - 2:13 PM

'This was a tough one,' says Boston star Jayson Tatum as the Celtics needed two extra periods to dispose of Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers

STREAKY. Celtics' Jayson Tatum flirts with a career-high performance against Landry Shamet and the Clippers. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Kobe tributes abound at NBA All-Star Game in Chicago

Feb 14, 2020 - 10:54 AM

Tributes to 18-time All-Star Kobe Bryant take center stage as the annual league spectacle honors the late NBA icon

Photo by Larry W. Smith/EPA

Booker to replace ailing Lillard in All-Star Game

Feb 14, 2020 - 9:25 AM

Suns star Devin Booker gets a last-minute All-Star call-up as streaky Trail Blazer guard Damian Lillard suffers an injury

Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

NBA fines Paul George $35,000 for ripping refs

Feb 14, 2020 - 8:38 AM

Clippers star Paul George gets fined for saying there's 'homecourt cooking tonight' following his team's loss to the Sixers

Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images/AFP

Red-hot Lakers outlast Nuggets in overtime

Feb 13, 2020 - 3:40 PM

LeBron James records a season-best 12th triple-double as the Lakers trip the Nuggets in a showdown between two top West teams

DENVER, COLORADO - FEBRUARY 12: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers puts up a shot against Torrey Craig #3 of the Denver Nuggets in the first quarter at Pepsi Center on February 12, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

Pacers snap losing skid against Giannis-less Bucks

Feb 13, 2020 - 2:32 PM

The Pacers take advantage of a Bucks side playing minus MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo for the second straight game

SIZZLING. There's no stopping TJ Warren as he pours in 35 points against the league-leading Bucks. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFP

Lakers, Warriors join Knicks at $4 billion value

Feb 13, 2020 - 10:55 AM

Three NBA teams land in the Forbes' list of top 5 most valuable North American sports franchises

POWERHOUSE. Lakers’ LeBron James and Warriors’ Steph Curry bring in the star power. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

No bull! D-Rose, LaVine didn't get nod but show must go on

Feb 12, 2020 - 10:31 PM

This season’s All-Star showdown heads to Chicago minus resident Bulls star Zach LaVine and hometown hero Derrick Rose

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - OCTOBER 23: Derrick Rose #25 of the Detroit Pistons dribbles the ball against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on October 23, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFP

LOOK: Another court mural done to remember Kobe Bryant

Feb 12, 2020 - 8:55 PM

A massive mural showing Kobe Bryant with angel wings and a halo is painted on a hardcourt in Sta Ana, Manila

MAMBA OUT. This massive Kobe Bryant mural in Sta. Ana, Manila took almost a week to finish. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler


Adamson stuns Ateneo in UAAP juniors semis turnaround win

Feb 12, 2020 - 6:10 PM

Rookie MVP Jake Figueroa takes over as the Baby Falcons oust the Blue Eaglets in the UAAP boys’ basketball stepladder semifinals

TURNAROUND WIN. Jake Figuerao (center) lifts the Baby Falcons out of a double-digit hole. Photo release

Jermaine Byrd leaves La Salle, pursues other coaching options

Feb 12, 2020 - 5:28 PM

La Salle's American consultant Jermaine Byrd turns down the school's offer to work as a skills coach under new mentor Derrick Pumaren

EXIT. Former La Salle basketball consultant Jermaine Byrd decides to return to the United States. File photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Zion Williamson firing on all cylinders puts away Trail Blazers

Feb 12, 2020 - 3:27 PM

'I don't really think he's comparable to anyone that I have seen,' Portland's Melo Anthony says of Pelicans star rookie Zion Williamson

HULKING. Zion Williamson pumps in a career-high 31 points. Photo from NBA

Simmons drops triple-double to power Sixers past Clippers

Feb 12, 2020 - 2:39 PM

Sixers star Ben Simmons unleashes his sixth triple-double of the season against Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers

Dwyane Wade reveals his 12-year-old a transgender child

Feb 12, 2020 - 10:06 AM

Former NBA superstar Dwyane Wade proves to be an All-Star father as well

UNCONDITIONAL LOVE. Dwyane Wade recalls how his child Zion, now called Zaya, came out to him. Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFP

LOOK: Giannis Antetokounmpo welcomes son as Bucks stay on top

Feb 11, 2020 - 6:05 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo misses the Bucks game for the birth of his son Liam Charles

MVP FATHER. Reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo becomes a father.  File photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Without Giannis, Bucks roll to 46th season win

Feb 11, 2020 - 4:37 PM

Even without reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks rally past the Sacramento Kings

'BEST TEAM'. Khris Middleton believes that the Milwaukee Bucks can manage with or without star Giannis Antetokounmpo. Photo from Khris Middleton's Instagram