Basketball

  • The Pistons are coming. Watch out, East

    ZILLER: Stan Van Gundy delivered. Through some smart roster moves and expected great coaching, he brought Detroit to the playoffs for the first time in a long while. The Pistons were actually quite good overall, finishing with 44 wins and going 17-11 after the All-Star break (a smoking .607 pace). Then they landed one of my favorite sleeper free agents, Boban Marjanovic!

  • The Spurs will retire Tim Duncan’s jersey on December 18

    There will be a ceremony after the Sunday night game against the New Orleans Pelicans.

    Per the official Spurs press release:

    The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they will retire Tim Duncan’s No. 21 jersey on Sunday, Dec. 18 when the Silver and Black host the New Orleans Pelicans at 6 p.m. CST. A special postgame ceremony honoring Duncan will take place on the AT&T Center floor and will be broadcast live on FOX Sports Southwest (also streamed live on FOX Sports GO).

  • The story behind the powerful appearance by LeBron, Chris Paul, Dwayne Wade, and Carmelo Anthony at the ESPY Awards

    The poignant opener of the ESPY Awards that featured Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade speaking about the recent turmoil in America began with an Instagram post.

  • The Trail Blazers are good, but let’s not get carried away with expectations

    FLANNERY: Like everyone else, we undersold the Blazers last season. I don't feel bad about that because no one this side of Damian Lillard thought they were going to be a second-round playoff team last season. But now I get the sense that people are overrating the Rip City crew just a tad.

  • The UAAP is back.

    The 79th season of the collegiate sports league opens on Saturday, September 3, with an opening ceremony at the campus of host school UST.

  • The Warriors will probably give their stars plenty of nights off this season

    If you attend a Warriors regular season game, there’s a good chance you won’t see Steph, KD, Draymond, or Klay.

    The Golden State Warriors had the best regular season in league history last year. They also failed to win the title, in no small part because Stephen Curry suffered a playoff injury and they couldn't close out the Cleveland Cavaliers after going up 3-1 in the series.

  • The Warriors’ system is turning Kevin Durant into a more complete player

    Golden State is asking Durant to do more work off the ball than he ever did in Oklahoma City. So far, so good.

    We’re all waiting to see how Kevin Durant adjusts to playing a different style of basketball now that he's with the Warriors. Based on early preseason returns, it won’t take long for him to fit in.

  • There has been “no movement” in extension talks between Otto Porter and the Wizards, according to report

    Now that the Wizards have locked up the third overall pick from the 2012 draft to a big contract, they have to think ahead to locking up the third overall from the 2013 draft, Otto Porter, to a deal as well.

  • These five NBA players made the biggest splashes this summer

    With Labor Day coming and going, summer is officially over. Summer ending is always a bit sad as the constant warm weather will soon shift to autumn hues and then winter in various parts of the country. Despite the seasonal change, the end of summer also signals that the NBA season is just around the corner.

  • Third quarter explosion puts Warriors over Wolves, 121-107

    After a meh first half, the Warriors found their mojo in the third quarter to secure the win against the Timberwolves, 121-107.

    One day before Steve Kerr infamously sat Stephen Curry, Andre Iguodala, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green (as well as the injured Kevin Durant) against the San Antonio Spurs, the Warriors lost a hard-fought game against the Timberwolves in Minneapolis. The young team, led by rising star Karl-Anthony Towns, seems well-equipped to handle the Warriors’ elite shooting and defensive versatility now and in coming years.

  • THIRTEEN YOUNG PLAYERS TO REPRESENT SOUTH LUZON AT JR. NBA PHILIPPINES 2017 NATIONAL TRAINING CAMP

    Over 600 boys and girls from South Luzon came out to showcase their basketball skills as Jr. NBA Philippines 2017 presented by Alaska staged its second Regional Selection Camp February 25-26 at Manuel S. Enverga University in Lucena City.

  • This James Harden pass made me fall out of my chair. Here’s why

    We must appreciate the genius of this delivery.

    You often see “no-look passes” that aren’t really no-look passes. This is a real no-look pass by James Harden.

    In real time, this made me fall out of my chair. Slow it down, and it gets better. This is a master craftsman at work.

  • Three things from the Dallas Mavericks defeating the Chicago Bulls, 99-98

    We’re going streaking!

    The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Chicago Bulls 99-98 to give the Mavericks their first three game winning streak of the 2016-17 season. Harrison Barnes scored 20 points while old war horse Dirk Nowitzki posted a double double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Jimmy Butler led the Bulls in defeat with a near triple double: 24 points, 12 assists, and 9 rebounds.

  • Thunder forward Mitch McGary suspended 10 additional games, failed to comply with NBA anti-drug policy

    Thunder 3rd year power forward Mitch McGary has been suspended for a second time in the 2016-17 NBA season that has yet to even begin, according to league sources.

  • Thunder vs Kings, final score: Oladipo, Kanter, and Westbrook triple-double lead OKC to 122-118 win

    “I wanted to breathe smoke”

    The Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Sacramento Kings on the road, 122-118. Behind the 20th triple-double on the season by Russell Westbrook (36-11-10, 4 steals, 7 TOs), the Thunder got back in the win column and moved 8 games over .500 once again.

  • Thunder vs Kings, final score: weary OKC falls again with loss to Sacramento, 116-101

    The Thunder looked weary and battered and fell again to a likely lottery team.

    The Oklahoma City Thunder fell to the Sacramento Kings on the road, 116-101. On the second night of a back-to-back, the Thunder looked as weary as they did in their first back-to-back in their underwhelming loss to the Pistons. Once again, OKC fell behind early by double digits, used several runs to make the game competitive, but by the time the end of the 3rd quarter came around, looked as if all of their energy and focus was gone.

  • Thunder vs Pelicans, final score: Westbrook triple-double, Adams double-double fuels OKC win, 114-105

    The Thunder dominated majority in New Orleans and held on for the road win.

    The Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the New Orleans Pelicans, 114-105. Marking their second consecutive road win in a row, the Thunder used a bruising inside game behind Steven Adams (20-11-3 with 4 blocks) and Russell Westbrook’s triple-double (27-12-10) to hold the Pelicans at arm’s length for most of the night. The win brings the Thunder back to 8 games over .500 and an even 6-6 in their toughest month of the season with 3 games to go.

  • Tim Duncan is gone, but the Spurs will be just fine

    They still have Pop, Kawhi, LaMarcus and Parker. They'll be a threat to win the title. Again.

    FLANNERY: I started working in newspapers full-time in the fall of 1997. That was also Tim Duncan's rookie year. (I also skipped my grad school graduation ceremony to watch the lottery, but that's another story). The dude has been playing for literally my entire working life. Now, he's gone and I'm feeling old.

  • Titans clash: Beermen take on Elasto Painters

    THE much-anticipated battle between the top two teams finally takes place as sizzling San Miguel Beer and Rain or Shine collide in a titanic clash in the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup.

    Winners of six straight, the top-ranked Beermen (7-1) are on a roll and they plan on continuing their surge, but the second-running Elasto Painters (5-2) are likewise on a streak.

  • TJ McConnell downs Knicks with buzzer beater jumper

    Timothy John McConnell plays hero for the Sixers against the Knicks.

    Wednesday night’s matchup between the New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers attracted a lot of national attention, as many hoped to feast their eyes on the first of many battles between Joel Embiid and Kristaps Porzingis.

    But in the Sixers 98-97 victory over the Knicks, it was one Timothy John McConnell who ended up stealing the show.