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James Yap to defend 3-point crown in PBA All-Star Weekend

Mar 28, 2019 - 7:32 PM

It won't be a walk in the park for the Rain or Shine gunner as the league's best outside snipers vie to dethrone him

THREE-POINT KING. James Yap guns for his third Three-Point Shootout title. Photo from PBA's official Facebook page

LOOK: Elbow dunk over Shaq wins Diallo Slam Dunk title

Feb 17, 2019 - 3:05 PM

The Thunder rookie jumps over the 7-foot-1 NBA legend and throws down a slam popularized by dunk great Vince Carter

CHAMP. Oklahoma City Thunder's Hamidou Diallo beats out New York Knicks' Dennis Smith Jr for the crown. Photo from Twitter (@NBA)

LOOK: Joe Harris steals 3-point spotlight from Steph Curry

Feb 17, 2019 - 2:33 PM

The Nets sharpshooter scores an upset over the Warriors superstar to capture the Three-Point Contest crown

STUNNER. Brooklyn Nets hotshot Joe Harris gets one over Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry. Photos by Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP (Curry) and Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFP (Harris)

Heat's Dragic, Celtics' Horford set to coach youth camp with NBA Global Reach

Feb 15, 2018 - 4:08 PM

NBA's Basketball Without Borders Global Camp mentors top high school prospects

COACHING KIDS. Al Horford. AFP Photo

Pistons big man Drummond to replace Wall on Team LeBron All-Stars roster

Jan 31, 2018 - 11:23 AM

Wall is expected to miss up to 6 weeks after treatment for a left knee injury

ALL-STAR. Andre Drummond will be part of the NBA All-Star weekend for the second time. Photo from Facebook

Sixers' Simmons, Embiid picked for Rising Stars game

Jan 25, 2018 - 10:34 AM

Embiid could play alongside Simmons on the World team against the United States in the game for first- and second-year players

ALL-STAR. Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid make it to the NBA All-Star weekend. Photos from Facebook

NBA: Pelicans' Davis grabs All-Star MVP on home court

Feb 20, 2017 - 2:32 PM

The teams combine for 374 points and it is the second straight year the East and West teams broke the combined record

MVP. Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans dunks the ball during the 2017 NBA All-Star Game at Smoothie King Center on February 19, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: Durant lobs to Westbrook for the alley-oop dunk

Feb 20, 2017 - 1:02 PM

Tensions simmer down somewhat for the former teammates at least during the NBA All Star Game

KD-RUSS MOMENT. Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant conspired for an alley-oop dunk in the NBA All Star Game. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

Glenn Robinson wins NBA slam dunk contest

Feb 19, 2017 - 2:18 PM

Robinson s perfect 50 on the winning dunk gave him a two dunk total of 94 in the finals

Glenn Robinson III of the Indiana Pacers poses with the Verizon Slam Dunk Champion trophy after winning the 2017 Verizon Slam Dunk Contest at Smoothie King Center on February 18, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: Impromptu 3-point shootout raises money for Sager Strong Foundation

Feb 19, 2017 - 12:12 PM

A total of 500 000 was raised for cancer research in honor of Craig Sager

Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors takes a half-court shot after the 2017 JBL Three-Point Contest at Smoothie King Center on February 18, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images/AFP

Westbrook-Durant drama sparks All-Star tensions

Feb 18, 2017 - 10:07 AM

Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant have not been on speaking terms in the 7 months since Durant joined the Warriors Now they re teammates again in the All Star game

LIFE COMES AT YOU FAST. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook will be teammates once again in the NBA All-Star Game. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

No Slam Dunk 3-peat for Zach LaVine

Jan 27, 2017 - 12:53 PM

The acrobatic Minnesota Timberwolves dunker won t compete for a third straight Slam Dunk crown at this year s All Star weekend

I BELIEVE I CAN FLY. Zach LaVine says he won't compete in this year's NBA All-Star Dunk Contest but didn't rule out a return in the future. Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images/AFP

PBA targets full All-Star Week with games in Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao

Nov 08, 2016 - 3:30 PM

The PBA says it is deviating from the North versus South game as it holds a first ever All Star regional competition

REGIONAL. The PBA All-Star event is set to go regional and last a full week. File Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

North reigns supreme in PBA All-Star Game

Aug 07, 2016 - 9:36 PM

Alex Cabagnot is named All Star Game MVP after posting a game high 29 points with 5 rebounds and 3 assists

CHAMPS. The North All-Stars triumph once again. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

WATCH: PBA South and North All-Stars get down on the dance floor

Aug 07, 2016 - 8:36 PM

The South wins the PBA All Star dance off for the second straight year

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Sick Calvin Abueva sits out PBA All-Star Game

Aug 07, 2016 - 8:29 PM

Abueva who was named an All Star for the fourth straight year has been confined for two days

SICK. Calvin Abueva sits out the PBA All-Star Game as he is confined in the hospital due to fever. Photo from PBA Images

Women ballers cherish PBA All-Star shot: ‘We can do what men do’

Aug 06, 2016 - 9:54 PM

For the first time the PBA is including a 5 on 5 women’s game in the All Star Weekend’s lineup of events

ALL-STARS. Camille Ramos (L) and Sarah Mercado represent for the women's 5-on-5 event in the 2016 PBA All-Star Weekend. Photo by Jane Bracher/Rappler

Scottie Thompson goes from fan in Davao to PBA All-Star

Aug 06, 2016 - 2:42 PM

Thompson the lone rookie in this year s All Star Game is excited to play alongside the basketball idols of his youth

ALL-STAR. Scottie Thompson is the only rookie in the 2016 PBA All-Star Game. Photo from PBA Images

Narvasa 'disappointed' with low PBA All-Star fan turnout

Aug 06, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Entire sections of Smart Araneta Coliseum were empty during day one of the PBA All Star weekend

EMPTY SEATS. Opening day of the PBA All-Star weekend was sparsely attended. Photo by Jane Bracher/Rappler

Pacquiao mum on ring return against Jessie Vargas

Aug 05, 2016 - 10:11 PM

Pacquiao who played at PBA All Star weekend says he s been busy with his Senate duties and hasn t had time to think about his boxing career

RING RETURN. Manny Pacquiao's "retirement" didn't last very long. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

WATCH: Manny Pacquiao shows off hoops skills on PBA All-Star Weekend

Aug 05, 2016 - 8:40 PM

Manny Pacquiao hits a 3 and a few layups in the Greats vs Stalwarts exhibition game

WATCH: Chris Newsome pays tribute to Manny Pacquiao in PBA dunk contest

Aug 05, 2016 - 7:44 PM

Newsome dons boxing trunks and gloves for a Pacquiao inspired dunk

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WATCH: Rey Guevarra retains PBA Slam Dunk crown

Aug 05, 2016 - 7:18 PM

Guevarra outlasts his Meralco teammate Chris Newsome to retain the Slam Dunk crown

SHOCKER. Meralco Bolts' Rey Guevarra is the PBA's top dunker for the second straight year. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Terrence Romeo repeats as PBA 3-Point Shootout champion

Aug 05, 2016 - 6:31 PM

Terrence Romeo shoots his way to another 3 point shootout crown fending off KG Canaleta and RJ Jazul

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Rain or Shine’s Ahanmisi wins PBA Obstacle Challenge

Aug 05, 2016 - 5:18 PM

Maverick Ahanmisi edges Carlo Lastimosa and Mark Cruz by a few seconds to win the Obstacle Challenge

PBA All-Stars dare coaches to join dance-off

Aug 05, 2016 - 4:20 PM

The All Star coaches don’t usually partake in the annual dance off but this year may be different

DANCE-OFF? Will All-Star coaches Yeng Guiao and Leo Austria join this year's dance-off? Photos from PBA Images

2016 PBA All-Star Weekend schedule and lineups

Aug 05, 2016 - 4:15 PM

See the full weekend schedule plus lineups and participants for all events here

What are Romeo, Pingris, Yap excited about most in PBA All-Star Game?

Jul 25, 2016 - 9:08 PM

Terrence Romeo and Marc Pingris will be playing for the North team while James Yap will be on the South team

EXCITED. Marc Pingris, Terrence Romeo, and James Yap are all excited for the 2016 PBA All-Star Game. Photos from PBA Images

Recovering Greg Slaughter to sit out PBA All-Star Game

Jul 25, 2016 - 6:58 PM

Slaughter underwent surgery in his ankle due to ligament issues during the break between PBA conferences

NO ALL-STAR GAME. Greg Slaughter says he won't be able to play in the 2016 PBA All-Star Game. File Photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

WATCH: LaVine wins thrilling All-Star Slam Dunk contest

Feb 14, 2016 - 3:13 PM

Zach LaVine earns his fifth maximum score of 50 on the night with a through the legs dunk from just within the free throw line to seal the win

DUNK CHAMP. Minnesota Timberwolves player Zach LaVine goes in for a dunk during the Slam Dunk Contest. This is the first time the NBA All-Star game has been held outside the United States. Photo by WARREN TODA/EPA

WATCH: Klay Thompson beats Splash Brother Steph Curry in 3-point Shootout

Feb 14, 2016 - 1:12 PM

Phoenix Suns rookie Devin Booker was also in the finals and finished with 16

Zach LaVine shines as US beats World in NBA Rising Stars Challenge

Feb 13, 2016 - 3:18 PM

Zach LaVine scores 30 points as the US team beats the World to kick off the 2016 NBA All Star weekend

MVP. Minnesota forward Zach LaVine starts off an important weekend for himself with an MVP trophy in the NBA Rising Stars Challenge. Photo by Warren Toda/EPA

The Western Visayas Classic as good as advertised

Apr 26, 2015 - 1:14 PM

Postgame thoughts on Negros Occidental s enthralling 5 3 win the first ever Iloilo vs Negros all star football match

DOMINANT. The Negros Occidental team shows in the Western Visayas Classic that they're the top team down south. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Iloilo-Negros Occidental football rivalry finds biggest stage in the UFL

Apr 07, 2015 - 3:07 PM

The Western Visayas Classic brings together teams from the Philippines two footballing traditional hotbeds in a battle for provincial pride Expect fireworks

Iloilo rising stars Jhan Jhan Melliza (#7) and Noli Chavez (#27) (L). Jayson Panhay (#17) (R) is expected to shine for Negros Occidental. Photos by Bob Guerrero

IN MEMES: The best, and funniest, of 2015 PBA All-Star Weekend

Mar 09, 2015 - 4:28 PM

An eventful 2015 PBA All Star Weekend spawned some hilarious memes online leaving us scrolling endlessly

Salud to stay in PBA as President and CEO

Mar 09, 2015 - 4:51 AM

The CEO will be a management role in charge of according to the PBA corporate communications finance marketing administrative human resources and legal matter

PRESIDENT/CEO. Atty. Chito Salud is going from Commissioner to President/CEO of the PBA. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

WATCH: Joe Devance goes wild at PBA All Star weekend

Mar 06, 2015 - 8:19 PM

Purefoods swingman Joe Devance shows why he s the league leader in video bombing and broadcast trolling

Joe Devance takes the opportunity to show off his abs in Palawan

Terrence Romeo bags PBA 3-point Shootout title

Mar 06, 2015 - 5:53 PM

Romeo scores 18 points in each the first and final round to add another achievement in his growing PBA career

Terrence Romeo showed his marksmanship to win the PBA 3-point shootout contest. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Alapag looking forward to his final PBA All-Star showcase

Mar 05, 2015 - 1:57 PM

It’s a fitting encore for 11 time All Star Alapag who will participate in the All Star Game the Three point Shootout and will have his jersey retired as well

LAST DANCE. Jimmy Alapag will participate in his final PBA All-Star showcase this weekend. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Kevin Durant rips media at NBA All-Star weekend

Feb 16, 2015 - 7:15 AM

You guys really don t know shit the reigning NBA MVP told the press after being asked about the possibility of Thunder coach Scott Brooks being fired

OFFENSIVE PLAYER. Kevin Durant doesn't much care for reporters. File photo by Larry W. Smith/EPA

LeBron on friendship with Wade: ‘It’s going to last forever’

Feb 14, 2015 - 4:13 PM

LeBron James describes his friendship with former Heat teammate Dwyane Wade as bigger than basketball

NO LOVE LOST. LeBron James (L) and Dwyane Wade (R) share a light moment as Wade plays correspondent for the NBA during All-Star Weekend. Screenshot from

Wiggins stars as Team World downs Team USA at All-Star Weekend

Feb 14, 2015 - 2:55 PM

Andrew Wiggins scored 22 points and earned the Most Valuable Player award for the game that showcases first year and sophomore NBA players

Minnesota rookie Andrew Wiggins throws down a power dunk for two of his 22 points. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

Plumlee, Oladipo among participants in NBA Dunk Contest

Jan 28, 2015 - 3:05 PM

Victor Oladipo Giannis Antetokounmpo Mason Plumlee Zach LaVine and others will try to steal the show at this year s NBA Slam Dunk Contest

ABOVE THE RIM. Victor Oladipo (L) and Mason Plumlee are among the young NBA stars who will vie for the coveted NBA Dunk Contest crown. Photos from Wikipedia

IN PHOTOS: Gilas Pilipinas practices for PBA All-Star Game

Apr 05, 2014 - 3:51 AM

Check out photos from Gilas Pilipinas practice to prepare for their showdown with the PBA All Stars

CALM BEFORE THE STORM. Gilas members (from left) Marc Pingris, Paul lee, Jeff Chan and Jared Dillinger standby during layup drills. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

PBA Stalwarts vs Greats game ends in draw

Apr 04, 2014 - 10:32 PM

A game filled with thunderous jams and three pointers by Filipino basketball legends and young stars alike ended in a draw

GREAT PERFORMANCE. Rey Guevarra topped off a night to remember, adding the Greats vs. Stalwarts MVP to his dunk contest co-championship earlier in the night. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Melton, Guevarra named PBA slam dunk co-champions

Apr 04, 2014 - 9:20 PM

One new dunk champion was not enough There was so much high flying talent in this year s PBA All Stars slam dunk competition that the judges couldn’t give just one man the title

DOUBLE HIGH-FLYERS. Justin Melton and Rey Guevarra split the PBA 2014 All Star slam dunk title

PBA: Macapagal ousts Tiu to reclaim 3-point crown

Apr 04, 2014 - 7:23 PM

Globalport Batang Pier’s Mark Macapagal outlasted reigning champ Chris Tiu to regain his Three Point Shootout title

LIGHTS OUT. Mark Macapagal has regained his 3-point title. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

PBA: Mark Barroca is new obstacle challenge champ

Apr 04, 2014 - 7:05 PM

Mark Barroca of the San Mig Super Coffee Mixers is the new obstacle challenge champion in the 2014 PBA All Star Weekend

NO OBSTACLES. Mark Barroca of San Mig Coffee won the Obstacles challenger at the PBA All-Star Weekend. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Larry Fonacier plays down his chances at 3-point shootout

Apr 03, 2014 - 6:30 PM

Humility or setting a trap? Larry Fonacier dismisses Chris Tiu s designation of him as the greatest threat at the PBA three point shootout

MATCHUP TO WATCH. Larry Fonacier (R) may have been playing possum when he said that Chris Tiu shouldn't be worried about him in the 3-point shootout. Photos by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Chris Ellis to pull out new tricks in slam dunk title defense

Apr 03, 2014 - 4:21 PM

Chris Ellis will look to win back to back PBA slam dunk championships this weekend but can he upstage his own performance from last year?

GO HARD OR GO HOME. Ginebra's Chris Ellis will have to upstage himself to repeat as dunk competition champion. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images