Maraming basketball superstar man ang piniling huwag lumahok sa 2019 FIBA World Cup, tadtad pa rin ng mga sikat na pangalan mula sa NBA ang kompetisyong magbubukas ngayong Sabado, Agosto 31, sa iba-ibang siyudad sa China. Bukod sa Team USA, na binubuo ng 12 NBA player at pinangungunahan ni NBA All-Star Kemba Walker, maipagmamalaki ng Australia, France at Serbia ang ilang NBA talent sa kanilang lineup. Nariyan ang NBA champions na sina Patty Mills (Spurs) at Matthew Dellavedeova (Cavaliers) para sa Australia, Defensive Player of the Year na si Rudy Gobert (Jazz) para sa France, at All-NBA First Team member Nikola Jokic (Nuggets) ng Serbia. Ayon sa NBA.com, 6 sa player ng France ang kasalukuyang may kontrata sa mga NBA team, kasunod ang Serbia (5) at Australia (4). Parte rin si NBA champion Andrew Bogut (dating Warriors) ng Australia. Kahit di kasing star-studded ang kanilang koponan, kabilang naman sa Greece si reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo (Bucks). Lalaro naman si NBA champion … [Read more...] about Sino sinong NBA player ang lalaro sa FIBA World Cup?
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The San Antonio Spurs said Friday they will retire Tony Parker's Number 9 jersey on November 11, when they host the Memphis Grizzlies in an NBA regular-season game. Parker will become the 10th player in Spurs franchise history to have his number raised to the rafters, joining Bruce Bowen (12), Tim Duncan (21), Sean Elliott (32), George Gervin (44), Manu Ginobili (20), Avery Johnson (6), Johnny Moore (00), David Robinson (50) and James Silas (13). France's Parker played 17 of his 18 NBA seasons in San Antonio, helping the Spurs capture four titles. He was the 2007 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player, becoming the first European player to claim that honor. Originally selected by San Antonio with the 28th overall pick in the first round of the 2001 NBA Draft, Parker is the Spurs leader in assists (6,829), while ranking second in games played (1,198), fourth in points (18,943) and steals (1,032), fifth in free throws made (3,309) and sixth in rebounds (3,313). He announced his retirement … [Read more...] about NBA’s Spurs to retire French great Parker’s number
WASHINGTON: Teen center Bol Bol, the Sudanese-American son of the late NBA star Manute Bol, is confident and excited to begin his own NBA journey with the Denver Nuggets.The 7-foot-2 (2.18m) 19-year-old has an amazing 7-foot-8 (2.37m) extended fingertip reach, impressive outside shooting and dribbling moves to match his formidable shotblocking skills and is back to full strength after a left foot fracture cut short his US college career."I still can't believe it, that I'm in the NBA," Bol told AFP. "I'm very excited. Time has flown by. I can't wait to get going."Bol averaged 21.0 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.7 blocked shots a game in nine appearances for the University of Oregon, connecting on 56.1 percent of his shots, including 52 percent from 3-point range."I can just do a lot of things that people my size can't do," Bol said after the draft. "I can dribble pretty well, can shoot from anywhere pretty well and my passing is pretty good."He was touted as a top-five talent for the NBA … [Read more...] about Basketball: Big man Bol excited for NBA debut with Nuggets
Gregg Popovich, the longest-tenured coach in the big four sports in the U.S., hinted Monday he's in negotiations to return to the San Antonio Spurs for a 24th season. "I've never talked about my contract in all these years. I've never had an agent. I've never talked about the contract," Popovich said seriously before ending the discussion of his contract with a joke. "My contract is basically my business, but I'll break the rule this time. I'm currently in negotiations, and I could very well end up with the Portofino Flyers or the Positano Pirates. I think it's one-third Positano, one-third Portofino and one-third San Antonio." Popovich's contract expired after Saturday's 90-86 Game 7 loss to the Denver Nuggets in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. But in speaking with reporters Monday, he sounded like a coach very much looking ahead to next season. The Spurs hired Popovich, now 70, 18 games into the 1996-97 season. San Antonio has made the playoffs every season but … [Read more...] about News NBA: Spurs coach Popovich hints he’s negotiating a new contract
The Denver Nuggets just finished a grueling, hard-fought series against the San Antonio Spurs. Less than 48 hours later, they have to flip the switch and play the Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference semifinals. Denver survived an intense Game 7 on Saturday night to advance past the first round for the first time in 10 years. It was the first Game 7 win for the organization since 1978 and the first winner-take-all victory in the playoffs since the Nuggets as an eighth seed beat No. 1 Seattle in Game 5 in the first round of the playoffs. Denver's quest to reach the Western Conference finals begins Monday at home against the rested and confident Trail Blazers. "We're prepared, we've been prepared for them all year," forward Paul Millsap said after the Nuggets' 90-86 win over the Spurs on Saturday night. "I think we've got a pretty good scout on them. Damian Lillard's on a tear right now. Try to cut his water off and calm him down is going to be key for us." READ: Durant's 35 … [Read more...] about News NBA: Nuggets face quick turnaround to host Trail Blazers