The absence of Maruja Banaticla from the lineup of the UST Golden Tigresses has made ripples in the volleyball world.read more
While we don't espouse violence, one can't help get more adrenaline watching the game when you see players go at each other at all costs.read more
Jessy Mendiola's time is here. Patiently waiting for her turn in the spotlight, she is proof that good things come to those who wait.read more
Get a chance to win advanced screening tickets to The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug!read more
The Meralco Bolts relied on speed and heavy defense to shock the Barangay Ginebra squad and win 100-87.read more
Bakit hindi ba kasama sa pre-draft measurements mo w/shoes? LOL
Based on what I've read online, DH12 stands at 6'9 (barefoot), 6'10 with shoes on. The NBA tends to add an inch or so to their height when it's listed on their website, probably to make the players look better. What he does with his frame should be the more important concern; Howard plays much taller than his real height which I can't say for a lot of the real 7 footers out there.
Sa PBA nga eh simula nung nagkaroon sila ng PBA Draft Camp eh puro without shoes na yung nakalista sa website Kaya nga akala nung ibang posters eh undersized yung mga players natin.
Kagaya na lang ni Rabeh Al Hussaini na legit 6'7" pero kung gagayahin natin ang NBA eh magiging 6'8"or 6'9" siya.
welcome to LA LA LAND D12!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- Will the Heat be able to contain D-Ho down low knowing that you have Pau on the weak side, Nash on the outside and Kobe cutting in?
- Will Nash be able to orchestrate LA's plays with Chalmers hounding him no end?
- Will Gasol become a more potent offensive threat now that the burden of defending the paint is shared with Howard?
- Will LBJ be able to do damage inside with D-Ho and Pau manning the paint?
or it could be these?
- Will the Lakers be able to get past the Thunders to face the Heat eventually?
if the Purple and Gold play their cards right, I would say that it's game over for the West and that the a win over the Heat should be just around the corner....that is, if Nash and D-Ho are able to mesh with Kobe and Pau in a Princeton offense......
Winners and losers in the Dwight Howard Saga
Dwight Howard is now a Laker. Andrew Bynum a Sixer. And Andre Iguodala, a Nugget.
Orlando can finally move on from the baggage known as Dwight Howard who will be following closely in Shaquille O’Neal’s footsteps in his exodus to Hollywood.
To recap, the Los Angeles Lakers are sending All-Star center Andrew Bynum to the Philadelphia 76ers, who will also pick up Jason Richardson from the Orlando Magic. The Lakers will get the center of attention, Howard, with Chris Duhon and Earl Clark in tow. The Magic receive their favored young assets and draft picks with Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, Nikola Vucevic, rookie swingman Moe Harkless and three first-round draft picks from the 76ers and Nuggets. The Magic are also expected to get additional second-round picks. The Denver Nuggets pluck swingman Andre Iguodala from the Sixers with little to no sweat at all.
Originally, this was only planned between Orlando, Philadelphia and Los Angeles. That is until Masai Ujiri, general manager of the Denver Nuggets, decided to swoop in when there were no takers for Iguodala and his contract. Also reported to be involved is the Lakers’ other big, Spanish star Pau Gasol, but his agents have been reassured by the Laker camp that he’s not included.
So who wins this one and who loses? Some consider it a stroke of genius by Mitch Kupchak and the incapability of the other GMs in succumbing to this trade. But is it really the genius of Kupchak? I beg to differ. If all else, I only have praises for Denver’s GM, Masai Ujiri. On a team-by-team analysis of the trade, here’s what we are looking at:
The Sixers get a much-needed post presence in Andrew Bynum and some scoring punch from Jason Richardson after they let Lou Williams and Elton Brand walk away. Doug Collins will have his hands full in trying to discipline the mercurial Bynum and make him a much more better player, attitude-wise. I do not know how much Richardson will fit in since officially, the Sixers are now Thaddeus Young’s and Evan Turner’s team. The jury is still out whether Bynum wants to make right his, but until he stops his antics and concentrates on basketball alone, this is Turner’s and Young’s team. J-Rich can go off-the-pine to relieve Turner and provide the lost 15 to 16 points a night by Lou Williams, last season’s leading scorer who signed with his hometown team, the Atlanta Hawks. But again, the attention will be turned to Andrew Bynum who will be more than an upgrade with regards to Elton Brand. He’ll be starting alongside Spencer Hawes, whose midrange game can provide him all the space he needs inside.
Los Angeles Lakers
The Lake Show has reloaded. But Mitch Kupchak just swapped a pain in the bum with another, more serious pain in the bum. Howard is a star, I get that. But come on. His attitude totally dragged the Magic off the map. And how will he fit in with the guy the offense has gone through for most of the new decade? He wants to be an offensive option. But in reality, he can only rebound and dunk at this point of his career. This is in no disparage to Mr. Howard but his midrange and low-post games alone need so much work he needs to hire more than Hakeem Olajuwon. The guy doesn’t position very well for a guy who demands to be a focal point. Heck, I’ll go on a stretch and say Anthony Davis knows how to get post position more than him. Or yegads, DeAndre Jordan for that matter. And then there’s Kobe. How will he handle the criticism the superstar guard likes to throw to his teammates. Pau Gasol has been the best eample of how to respond to Kobe’s challenges while former teammate Andrew Bynum was the opposite. Skill-wise, Gasol is still my man to man the pain for the Lakers, no matter how soft he may go. But these are the Lakers. Who knows?
Grade: B+ for Mitch Kupchak’s bravado; C+ in expectations
The Magic get what they wanted in exchange for Dwight Howard. Draft picks, young talents. That’s what was in the itenerary. But who among Aaron Afflalo, Nikola Vucevic and Moe Harkles to do you build around? Al Harrington? He’s serviceable but on the tail-end of an good-but-not-so-great career. Moe Harkles would be the sure bet. The young gun from St. John’s has proved that enough to be included in Doug Collins’ plans before being shipped off. He can score, he can defend and he can rebound. Best of all, he’s barely hitting 20 years old. Afflalo can be that steadying presence now that Jameer Nelson’s wheels are near to busting off and JJ Reddick still hasn’t translated his terrific college game to the pros. The huge amounts of draft picks however, are the gems of the haul. There will be a surefire first overall draft pick that is a no-brainer like the LeBrons, the Blakes and the Anthony Davises. The Magic have hit reboot, and mayhap, it’s the best maneuver they pulled off lately, post-Otis Smith era.
The Nugs lacked an athletic wing defender. It was obviously shown in the last Playoffs. Putting Danillo Gallinari on Kobe is just downright hopeless. I’m not saying Gallo’s bad defensively, but come on. You need someone better than that. Aaron Afflalo? You gotta be kidding me. That’s Dahntay Jones Redux at best. Let me correct my first statement. The Nuggets lacked a super athletic wing dwefender who can stuff stat sheets and be an alpha-male.
Say hello to Andre Iguodala, Nuggets fans. Delivered to you, yourst truly by Masai Ujiri. No takers for Iguodala was the snag of this trade. Enter Ujiri. Not only is he one of the best young GMs in the NBA, I’ll borrow Adrian Wojnarowski’s words: He’s one of the best GMs. Period. Without moving a squat and compromising the future, Ujiri swooped and arguably won this trade. Now the Nuggets can go 4-“small”-1-big with Ty Lawson, Iguodala, Wilson Chandler, Gallo and JaVale McGee. That would be a super-athletic nightmare with Chandler, Iguodala and McGee with Gallo filling the wings for a clean shot and Lawson revving up the motor. One problem, one solution without ever compromising the make up for the future. That. Is. Pure. Genius.
The Lake Show will once again be in discussions for a record win-loss card, which puts into perspective the failed Malone-Payton-O’Neal-Bryant “era.” They have Steve Nash and Antawn Jamison with a Metta World Peace to boot. Philly has a legit post presence and rely on more than just being a bunch of athletic young legs. But the Nuggets, man oh man. They’ll be hanging around deep in the playoffs this time around with Iggy-D leading not through offense and stats but by defense and intangibles.
I sure hell am.
i don't know the grading system in USA can anyone teach me what this
is this the same as excelent,very good,good or satisfactory here in the philippines..
the buttomline there is magic the real losser...
F 59% and below
+ in a letter meaning you're in the upper, and - is your in the lower, for example, B- meaning your in the lower 80's. B is on the average 80's probably around 83-87, and B+ is around upper 80's. Unlike in the Philippines, 75 below is considered failed in most cases, passing grade in the US is D/D- (60%) and above.
All teams got better, aside from the Magic. This is nowhere near the deal that Houston was offering. But at the end of the day, Alex Martins was said to have done it as a promise to Dwight. The Dwight Trade wasn't purely a business move for the Magic, it had an emotional tie that came with it.
Harkless better be a star!
is it true that ray allen left miami without signing the heat contract?