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Blackwater ready to give Parks max rookie contract amid trade rumors

Dec 18, 2018 - 6:14 PM

Elite governor Silliman Sy, on the other hand, confirms that team has let go of star center Poy Erram and Paul Zamar

ROOKIE-VET. Considering his experience playing overseas, Ray Parks is expected to make a splash in the PBA. Photo from PBA Images

LIVE UPDATES: Magnolia vs Alaska - PBA Finals 2018 Game 6

Dec 18, 2018 - 5:11 PM

The Magnolia Hotshots seek to close out the series, while the Alaska Aces ache to stay alive in Game 6 of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup on Wednesday, December 19, at 7 pm

Durant, Curry lead Warriors over Grizzlies

Dec 18, 2018 - 2:55 PM

Stephen Curry eclipses his 15,000 career points, becoming the 5th player in Warriors franchise history to reach the milestone

MILESTONE. Steph Curry eclipses his 15,000 career points in the regular season record with a win over Memphis. Photo from NBA Twitter

WATCH: Bulls, Thunder engage in shoving, shouting match

Dec 18, 2018 - 2:17 PM

The near-fight involves Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook and Jerami Grant and Chicago's Robin Lopez and Kris Dunn

LAST LAUGH. Russell Westbrook and the Thunder get the last laugh after destroying the Bulls. Photo from

Aldridge records double-double as Spurs thrash Sixers

Dec 18, 2018 - 2:06 PM

LaMarcus Aldridge spearheads a fine all-round offensive display from San Antonio

Pacers name Krauskopf as first female NBA assistant GM since '70s

Dec 18, 2018 - 11:57 AM

She spent nearly 20 years as the chief of the Indiana Fever in the WNBA

BIG ACQUISITION. Kelly Krauskopf follows the footsteps of Nancy Leonard, who was hired to the same job by the Pacers in 1976. Photo from Twitter (@Pacers)

Rockets release China's Zhou Qi

Dec 18, 2018 - 10:18 AM

Zhou Qi fails to establish himself in Houston playing just a handful of games from the bench in 2017-2018 with no starts

RELEASED. Zhou Qi's NBA career with the Houston Rockets ends abruptly after he failed to establish himself. Photo from Houston Rockets Facebook

No pressure for MJ Ayaay as Alaska picks him in 1st round

Dec 17, 2018 - 6:32 PM

The former Lyceum Pirate is one of the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft's surprises as the Alaska Aces select him with their 9th overall pick

TAILOR-FIT. MJ Ayaay says he will work hard to earn his spot at Alaska. Photo from Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Overlooked Bong Quinto ready to improve and learn in Meralco

Dec 17, 2018 - 6:16 PM

The Bolts acquire Letran's triple-double machine as the 14th pick after teams passed up on him in the first round of the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft

MORE TO PROVE. Touted to get selected in the first round, Bong Quinto slips to the second round of the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft. Photo from Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Chris Banchero fined by PBA for landing elbow on Ian Sangalang's face

Dec 17, 2018 - 2:18 PM

The Alaska guard joins Magnolia's Mark Barroca as the two players fined in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup finals

FINED. Chris Banchero's budget for the holidays has been slashed. Photo from PBA Images

Nuggets topple NBA-best Raptors, Wizards roll past Lakers

Dec 17, 2018 - 1:04 PM

John Wall drops 40 to power Washington over Los Angeles as LeBron James scores a season-low 13 points

SPOILER. John Wall and the Washington Wizards make easy work of the Los Angeles Lakers. Photo from Twitter (@NBA)

Sixers rout Cavs in Jimmy Butler's return

Dec 17, 2018 - 11:27 AM

Philadelphia rebounds from back-to-back losses that saw Butler sidelined due to a groin injury

DO-IT-ALL. Ben Simmons registers another triple-double. Photo from Twitter (@NBA)

Desiderio raring to play amid trade rumors: 'Kahit saan mapunta'

Dec 16, 2018 - 11:52 PM

Whether or not Paul Desiderio stays with NLEX, the former UP star is all set to bring that fighting heart to the pros

Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Robert Bolick eager to show NorthPort he's a winner

Dec 16, 2018 - 11:18 PM

The spitfire guard may be the player the Batang Pier – a team that reached the semifinals only once in franchise history – has been looking for

HIGH EXPECTATIONS. Robert Bolick welcomes the challenge of being Stanley Pringle's new backcourt partner. Photo from PBA Images

Alab survives CLS Indonesia in rematch for 2nd straight win

Dec 16, 2018 - 11:01 PM

Needing an extra period this time, Alab Pilipinas leans on Renaldo Balkman to dispose of CLS Knights Indonesia in the Asean Basketball League

MONSTER DOUBLE-DOUBLE. Renaldo Balkman drops a huge double-double of 36 points and 12 rebounds to power Alab Pilipinas to back-to-back wins. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Blessing in disguise for Matt Salem as he lands in Ginebra

Dec 16, 2018 - 9:30 PM

The former La Salle and NU marksman gets picked late in the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft, but it hardly matters as he heads to the league's crowd darlings

MORE TO LEARN. Matt Salem (left) looks forward to learning more from coach Tim Cone and Ginebra's bevy of veterans. Photo from Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

CJ Perez to Columbian as No. 1 pick in PBA Rookie Draft 2018

Dec 16, 2018 - 5:26 PM

(UPDATED) The former Lyceum Pirate edges Ray Parks and Robert Bolick for the top draft selection

BIG EXPECTATIONS. Columbian seeks to get out of the cellar its has dwelled in for years with CJ Perez on board. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Pistons roll to snap Celtics' streak

Dec 16, 2018 - 3:20 PM

The Detroit Pistons halt the Boston Celtics' league-leading winning streak to 8 games

BACK AT IT. Blake Griffin and the Pistons clip the Celtics to arrest their own six-game skid. Photo from NBA

Tough guy Mike Calisaan credits Baste system in PBA bid

Dec 16, 2018 - 1:28 PM

Notorious for his physicality in the NCAA, San Sebastian's Mike Calisaan feels he’s ready for more body-banging in the pros

PHOTO FINISH. Michael Calisaan sinks a crucial free throw that solidified the win for the Stags. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

PBA Draft: Bong Quinto hoping to get picked by Rain or Shine

Dec 16, 2018 - 12:54 PM

The former Letran Knight sees himself as a good fit with the Elasto Painters

REUNION. Bong Quinto will be reunited with former Letran coach Caloy Garcia if he gets selected by Rain or Shine. Photo from PBA Images

LeBron, Lonzo triple-doubles fuel Lakers

Dec 16, 2018 - 11:59 AM

Los Angeles superstar LeBron James and Lonzo Ball become the first Lakers duo to record a triple-double in the same game since 1982

POWER PAIR. LeBron James and Lonzo Ball join the elite pair of  Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the Lakers record books. Photo from the NBA

Kai Sotto stands tall as undisputed leader in juniors MVP race

Dec 15, 2018 - 9:15 PM

Not surprisingly, the 7-foot-1 Ateneo superstar emerges as the runaway statistical leader in the UAAP juniors basketball tournament

Tab Baldwin wants Ateneo to dominate PBA Rookie Draft 2019

Dec 15, 2018 - 8:06 PM

Ateneo head tactician Tab Baldwin hopes to see 6 Blue Eagles in the top 10 draft picks

BACK-TO-BACK. The Ateneo Blue Eagles will remain intact for Season 82. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

All-around guard Alejandro aims to be like Cabagnot, Fonacier

Dec 15, 2018 - 7:24 PM

Expect former NU Bulldogs captain and Gilas cadet JJay Alejandro to be a stable addition to any team

HOPEFUL. PBA aspirant JJay Alejandro heads into the draft as a potential late first-round pick. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Pacers spoil Sixers star Joel Embiid's 40-20 night

Dec 15, 2018 - 6:50 PM

The Indiana Pacers rally from a double-digit deficit to clip Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers

STEADY CLIMB. Darren Collison and the Indiana Pacers outlast the Sixers to hike up their record to 19-10. Photo from Indiana Pacers

Gilas experience Tratter's edge in PBA jump

Dec 15, 2018 - 5:31 PM

The former La Salle Green Archer wants to play like Marc Pingris with a mix of Gabe Norwood

TOP PICK. Abu Tratter is expected to land in the top 5 of the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft class. Photo from PBA Images

Adamson's Rob Manalang eager to prove 'complete' skills in PBA

Dec 15, 2018 - 4:01 PM

The Fil-Am D-League record-holder thinks he's more than just a 'pure point guard'

HOPEFUL. PBA Draft aspirant Rob Manalang hopes to get a chance to showcase his wares. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Warriors rally late to stun trolling Kings

Dec 15, 2018 - 2:57 PM

Steph Curry gets a lot of pregame ribbing, but the Warriors respond with a blistering finish to steal the game from the Kings

Mocon wants to emulate De Ocampo, Newsome in PBA

Dec 15, 2018 - 10:23 AM

Draft hopeful and former San Beda star Javee Mocon may just have the tools to replicate the two Meralco players' style of play

CHAMPIONSHIP PEDIGREE. Javee Mocon says his championship experiece with San Beda is his edge heading into the PBA. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Suns spoil Nowitzki's record-setting season debut

Dec 14, 2018 - 5:46 PM

Dallas talisman Dirk Nowitzki becomes the first player in NBA history to suit up for 21 seasons for the same team

RECORD-SETTING. Dallas veteran Dirk Nowitzki high fives Maximilian Kleber after checking out of the first half. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

LOOK: Harden sets record in triple-double show

Dec 14, 2018 - 1:42 PM

Reigning MVP James Harden makes history as the first NBA player with 4 career 50-point triple-doubles

Two months after brawl, Rockets maul Lakers

Dec 14, 2018 - 12:20 PM

James Harden erupts for 50 points in a triple-double show as the Houston Rockets tear down LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers

SENSATIONAL. Reigning MVP James Harden powers the Rockets to a repeat victory over the Lakers. Photo from NBA

Raptors' Valanciunas out at least 4 weeks after surgery

Dec 14, 2018 - 11:09 AM

After a recent game injury, Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas undergoes surgery to repair a dislocated left thumb

SIDELINED. Toronto Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas grimaces in pain after hurting his thumb against the Golden State Warriors last Wednesday. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

LOOK: NBA playoff teams get Earned Edition uniforms

Dec 13, 2018 - 7:56 PM

The new gears are given only to the 16 NBA teams that pulled through the regular season grind to clinch a coveted postseason spot

NEW KITS. Nike unveils NBA Earned Edition uniforms. Photo from Nike

HIGHLIGHTS: Magnolia vs Alaska - PBA Finals 2018 Game 5

Dec 13, 2018 - 7:01 PM

The Hotshots and the Aces break a 2-all deadlock in the best-of-seven series at 7 pm on Friday, December 14

Ray Parks to skip PBA Draft ceremony for Alab game

Dec 13, 2018 - 6:22 PM

A consensus top 3 pick, the 25-year-old has decided to fly to Indonesia and suit up for Alab Pilipinas in its Asean Basketball League game this Sunday

DELAYED DEBUT. Ray Parks will likely see action in the PBA in May or June next year. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

New baby added motivation for CJ Perez in PBA jump

Dec 13, 2018 - 5:45 PM

The 'Baby Beast' welcomes his first baby just days before he's tipped to be a top 3 pick in the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft

LEVEL UP. CJ Perez wants to prove he belongs in the big league. Photo from PBA Images

Minus Kawhi, Raptors roast Warriors

Dec 13, 2018 - 4:49 PM

The Toronto Raptors crush the Golden State Warriors at home for the first time in 14 years

Barroca slapped hefty fine for low blow on Banchero

Dec 13, 2018 - 3:03 PM

The Magnolia guard, though, evades suspension in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup finals after hitting the Alaska cog in the groin

NO SUSPENSIONS. Mark Barroca is set to play in Game 5 of the best-of-seven finals series. Photo from PBA Images

Irving shines as Celtics trip Wizards to win 7th straight

Dec 13, 2018 - 2:26 PM

Boston star Kyrie Irving caps a 38-point outburst with a clutch triple as the Celtics outlast the Washington Wizards in overtime

NLEX gets No. 4 pick, trades Mallari, Marcelo to Phoenix

Dec 13, 2018 - 1:26 PM

Phoenix Fuel Masters head coach Louie Alas gets his wish of acquiring a point guard and a big man

NEW SQUAD. Alex Mallari will play in his fifth PBA team after 6 years in the league. Photo from PBA Images

Sacramento Kings welcome 'swift action' by FBI over fraud case

Dec 13, 2018 - 10:54 AM

A former executive accused of defrauding the NBA club has reportedly accepted a plea deal

EMBEZZLEMENT. The Kings are hoping to recover $13.4 million that former executive Jeff David diverted and spent on beachfront homes in Southern California. Photo from Sacramento Kings

Steph Curry says moon landing conspiracy comments a joke

Dec 13, 2018 - 9:25 AM

The two-time NBA Most Valuable Player says he's still accepting the invitation from NASA to tour its facilities

SURPRISED. Steph Curry says he didn’t expect that causal comment on the lunar landings in the podcast will spark so many reactions. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Mike Harris tops Romeo Travis for Best Import plum

Dec 12, 2018 - 7:34 PM

The 35-year-old reinforcement has stamped his mark this season, leading Alaska to its first PBA finals appearance since 2014

Paul Lee bags first PBA Best Player award

Dec 12, 2018 - 7:25 PM

The Magnolia star emerges as the runaway winner of the coveted plum

Ray Parks enters PBA like a vet: 'I don't really consider myself a rookie'

Dec 12, 2018 - 6:15 PM

Finishing his collegiate career in 2013, the 25-year-old has already experienced playing professionally in multiple parts of the globe

TOP PICK. Ray Parks is expected to land in the top 3 of the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft. Photo from PBA Images

UAAP juniors: Blue Eaglets cruise past winless Junior Warriors

Dec 12, 2018 - 5:14 PM

Kai Sotto delivers another stellar outing as the Ateneo Blue Eaglets grab a share of the top spot in the UAAP juniors basketball tournament

DOMINANT. Kai Sotto leads the way again for the blue and white. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

TNT looking for Castro backup amid Romeo trade rumors

Dec 12, 2018 - 3:46 PM

As rumors of a Terrence Romeo trade swirl, TNT head coach Bong Ravena hopes to get a diamond in the rough in the PBA Rookie Draft

DIFFERENT STORIES. Terrence Romeo is rumored to be headed out of TNT, while the KaTropa are reportedly searching for a Jayson Castro backup. Photos from PBA Images

Rockets blast Blazers, Spurs eclipse Suns

Dec 12, 2018 - 12:48 PM

James Harden fires 29 and Chris Paul tallies a triple-double as the Houston Rockets snap a three-game slide

HOT SQUAD. Chris Paul and 6 other Rockets players wind up in double figures against the Blazers. Photo from Houston Rockets

Steph Curry's moon theory leaves NASA baffled

Dec 12, 2018 - 10:20 AM

NASA invites NBA superstar Steph Curry to a tour of its facilities after the two-time MVP said the lunar landings may have been an elaborate hoax

CONSPIRACY THEORY. In one interview, Steph Curry doubts that a man landed on the moon in 1969. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP