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Rodman’s impact

“You got the great Michael Jordan, the great Scottie Pippen, the great Phil Jackson. But if you take me away from this team, do they still win a championship? I don’t think so.”

Third strike?

In baseball, when one incurs three strikes at bat it means you are out.

RDO calls it a career

One of the best “stretch fours” in the Philippine Basketball Association has called it a career after Ranidel de Ocampo announced his retirement from pro basketball on Monday.

Making its presence felt

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has effectively shuttered all sporting activities in the country but the sports community is finding ways to make its presence felt, stepping up and doing its share in the fight against the pandemic.

Big decisions to make

Will the 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan push through on its original scheduled date or not? That is the question the global sporting community is waiting to be answered amid the ongoing and serious concern over the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

Missing out

The University Athletic Association of the Philippines already cancelled Season 82 over the ongoing and concerning threat of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). And while it still provided a glimmer of hope of resumption of collegiate play, including the marquee volleyball tournament, albeit with a reconfigured format if the situation improves, at this point nothing is definite yet.

The rookies are here

After some delay the volleyball tournament in Season 82 of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines finally got under way last week. It was a start that was much anticipated because, among other things, of the group of talented rookies, particularly in women’s play, that was set to embark on their collegiate journeys.

Detours

When the season-opening PBA Philippine Cup unfurls later this week do not be surprised if as it progresses it makes detours in the cities of Manila and Pasig.

COVID-19-hit

There is no denying that the ongoing outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has impacted the sporting world, particularly how the disease, which originated from Wuhan, China and has now affected different parts of the world, has forced stakeholders to adjust their calendars of events worldwide.

Two towers less

When Season 45 of the Philippine Basketball Association unfurls on March 8 the landscape will be different as two of its “towers” are not around. And I mean that literally.

All-time list

If you happened to be active on Facebook like this writer, you might have come across a thread on your feeds asking to name your favorite players of all-time from each of the 30 National Basketball Association teams and after which copy and repost them for others to give theirs.

All-Star reserves

The starters for this year’s edition of the Midseason Classic National Basketball Association All-Star Game were announced last week with little contention about their makeup as those selected were deserving of their spots.

A changed man?

Ultimate Fighting Championship superstar Conor McGregor made it a triumphant return to the Octagon on Sunday (Manila time) at “UFC 246,” defeating Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in the headlining welterweight fight in just 40 seconds (!).

What a decade it was (conclusion)

As the Year 2019 dropped the curtain a fortnight ago, so did the decade of the 2010s, a stretch that proved to be a solid one for Philippine sports with a number of feats and achievements notched as well as landmark events that enhanced the local sporting scene for the now and the future.

What a decade it was (part 1)

As the Year 2019 dropped the curtain last week, so did the decade of the 2010s, a stretch that proved to be a solid one for Philippine sports with a number of feats and achievements notched as well as landmark events which enhanced the local sporting scene for the now and the future.

Making things happen

“If you build a team with talent, the wins will come.”

Standouts

The 30th Southeast Asian Games is about to end its two-week run here and it has surely been an eventful one, filled with standout moments to take away from.

Blistering start

It has been a blistering start for Team Philippines in the 30th Southeast Asian Games with gold medals, and medals in general, steadily flowing from different sources.

What a collegiate hoops season

Last week the men’s basketball season in the country’s biggest collegiate leagues -- University Athletic Association of the Philippines and National Collegiate Athletic Association -- drew to a close, and, boy, what a season it was.

PYH retires

On Monday night the local football community was caught by surprise when popular Philippine Azkals member and legend Phil Younghusband announced his retirement from the game at the age of 32.

Could have helped

The Philippine women’s national volleyball team set to see action at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games beginning later this month here receive a not-so-good news recently with Filipino-American player Kalei Mau rendered ineligible to play in the biennial regional sporting meet.

Recent trades

The last few weeks have been a busy one in the Philippine Basketball Association for trades with a number of players finding themselves in new homes as the ongoing season hits the homestretch.

Waiting game

And so the waiting game continues.

NBA Fantasy League bid

The 2019-2020 season of the National Basketball Association rolls out today and for fans engaging in NBA Fantasy League tournaments it marks start of another stretch of pitting one’s “managerial skills” and enjoying the new NBA year in added light.

Other sports

Last weekend proved to be a good one for Philippine sports in international competitions with Filipino athletes collaring top prizes in tournaments they competed in.

Coming along

In the first two conferences of the ongoing season of the Philippine Basketball Association the NLEX Road Warriors had it rough, failing to advance to the playoffs and unable to win more than four games each time.

End of an era

As my wife and some of those who know would attest, I am not too big on abrupt or last-minute changes. If such would alter my “patterns,” be it on schedule of activities with family or work, or change on how I would have to go about things, I am not really a fan.

National team coach Cone

Had itself knocked off big time in the recently held FIBA Basketball World Cup in China, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas has begun picking up the pieces to start regaining its footing.

Fortified Milkmen

When the season-ending Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup unfurls later this week, a new-look Alaska Aces will be competing after they made changes during the in-between conference break.

More to keep an eye on

Opening week of Season 82 of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines proved to be an eventful one, highlighted by competitive matches and impressive individual performances.

Eye-opener

Dropping to its second defeat in as many games in the FIBA Basketball World Cup in China on Monday, Gilas Pilipinas has been eliminated from the running and relegated to the classification side of the global hoops spectacle.

Gilas 12

The final composition of Gilas Pilipinas seeing action at the FIBA Basketball World Cup beginning later this week has been announced; an interesting mix of veteran and young players which this space cannot wait to see perform at the much-anticipated hoops spectacle.

To learn from

The best-of-seven Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup finals between the San Miguel Beermen and TNT KaTropa came to an end last Friday with the former taking the title in six games; a championship series that was one of the more exciting and engaging ones in the local pro league in recent memory.

Having a blast

Four games have been played in the best-of-seven Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup finals series between the San Miguel Beermen and TNT KaTropa and so far it has been an engaging and eventful affair, and something I am having a blast watching.

Solid offering

When ONE Championship came here in April I was not able to cover it as I had something going out of town, which was why for the promotion’s most recent event here on Aug. 2 I made sure if I was available I would go.

A restart

Last Sunday the Philippine Olympic Committee held special elections for top officials aimed at setting the house in order after the organization was rocked by leadership issues recently.

Another chance

The last two months have been a tumultuous one for the Philippine Olympic Committee with the body marred in a contentious leadership quagmire.

Expanded pool

The preparations of Gilas Pilipinas for the FIBA Basketball World Cup in China beginning late next month took further form on Monday night with the naming of the player pool from which the team representing the Philippines will be drawn from.

A case for the Baby Beast

Friends of mine on social media would attest that I am one in supporting the inclusion of Philippine Basketball Association rookie CJ Perez in the Gilas Pilipinas roster competing at the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup in China beginning next month.

All that Jazz

National Basketball Association free agency opened frenetically on Monday, July 1 (Manila time), with a lot of players on the move and set to join new teams come the 2019-20 NBA season.

A fair trade

Last week saw a trade in the Philippine Basketball Association which created much buzz over the fairness of it.

Moving on

The long-delayed trade sending National Basketball Association superstar Anthony Davis out of New Orleans finally pushed through at the weekend, with the Pelicans agreeing with a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Import take

Action in the midseason tournament Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup is now in full swing with all competing teams having taken the hardwood.

Fines and more fines

The first two weeks of the Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup have been eventful in more ways than one.

New twist

Relations within the Philippine Olympic Committee had another twist when top leadership decided to make sweeping changes in the organization early this week.