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Jazz 2020 playoff preview: Spida's tangled web

Jul 13, 2020 - 9:01 PM

Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert need to settle their differences as the Jazz eye to make a splash when the NBA season resumes

DUO. Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert were two of the first NBA players to test positive for the coronavirus. Photo from Twitter/@NBA

Top PBA stars from each UAAP school

Jul 13, 2020 - 5:26 PM

Each UAAP school has contributed its share of players who established themselves as PBA all-time greats

BIG J. It would be foolhardy not to bestow the honor of the top PBA player from UE to Robert Jaworski. Photo from 1995 PBA Annual

LeBron among NBA stars supporting under-fire ESPN reporter

Jul 13, 2020 - 2:28 PM

Veteran NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski gets suspended by ESPN following his vulgar response to a US senator

SUPPORT. LeBron James joins the #FreeWoj movement. Photo from Twitter/@NBA

LeBron forgoes wearing social justice message on jersey

Jul 12, 2020 - 11:54 AM

‘I would have loved to have a say on what would have went on the back of the jersey, but I'm OK with that,’ says LeBron James

JERSEY TALK. Lebron James decides to keep his family name on the back of his uniform. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP

PBA coaches back training protocols: 'All we have to do is follow'

Jul 10, 2020 - 7:48 PM

The PBA targets July 22 as the resumption date for practices once it gets formal approval from the government

WAITING GAME. Tim Cone and Barangay Ginebra will be chasing a Philippine Cup title when the PBA season resumes. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Rockets 2020 playoff preview: Innovative or insane?

Jul 10, 2020 - 3:49 PM

Riding on the star power of James Harden and Russell Westbrook, the Houston Rockets look to go deep by pushing small-ball style to the extreme

Pacers 2020 playoff preview: Victor-y slipping away?

Jul 09, 2020 - 4:43 PM

The Indiana Pacers brace for a hellish run against topnotch teams, but it doesn’t mean they won’t give hell back

ON A ROLL. All-Star Domantas Sabonis (right) hopes to fuel again the Pacers’ restart campaign. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFP

Spurs guard Mills donates $1M to Aussie social justice causes

Jul 09, 2020 - 3:24 PM

Australian Patty Mills says he’s donating 'every cent earned' in the NBA restart to Black Lives Matter groups in his home country

ADVOCACY. San Antonio Spurs' Patty Mills (right) has long been active in social justice movements. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

Players reach Orlando 'bubble' ahead of NBA training camps

Jul 09, 2020 - 1:22 PM

Some players still feel skeptical of the quarantined games, with some saying likely not everyone will follow the rules

BACK TO WORK. Pelicans star Brandon Ingram (left) and Zion Williamson arrive at the Disney training camp. Photo from NBA

Kawhi Leonard postpones Orlando trip due to ‘family matter’

Jul 09, 2020 - 11:02 AM

The LA Clippers say league star Kawhi Leonard will join the team in a few days

RESTART. Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers look to go deep in the playoffs. Photo from NBA

Depleted Nets sign Jamal Crawford for season restart

Jul 09, 2020 - 9:37 AM

At 40, Jamal Crawford shows no signs of slowing down as he joins a Brooklyn Nets side that lost yet another key cog

STILL GOT IT. Jamal Crawford fires 51 points in a Suns game last season. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Beal out for Wizards in NBA restart with shoulder injury

Jul 08, 2020 - 8:15 PM

The Wizards absorb another major blow as Bradley Beal, the league’s second-best scorer, sits out the rest of the season

TOUGH RESTART. The Wizards face a grueling climb minus Bradley Beal. Photo from NBA

2 Filipino artists featured in Vince Carter tribute

Jul 08, 2020 - 4:15 PM

Jayson Atienza and AJ Dimarucot showcase their artwork in NBA Canada’s tribute to Raptors legend Vince Carter

Howard will play for Lakers when NBA resumes in Orlando

Jul 08, 2020 - 2:49 PM

After initial apprehensions on the league restart, Lakers center Dwight Howard now plans to mix his team goals with his activism

CAMPAIGN CONTINUES. Dwight Howard says he’ll donate his restart salary to charity. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

Nets star Dinwiddie still has virus, to miss NBA restart

Jul 08, 2020 - 1:09 PM

Spencer Dinwiddie won’t join the Brooklyn Nets in the Orlando ‘bubble’ after a second positive virus test

TOP FAN. Spencer Dinwiddie (left) says he’ll be supporting his teammates all the way.  Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

Rappler Sports Timeout: What's up with Jack Animam?

Jul 08, 2020 - 12:21 PM

Rappler catches up with Philippine women's basketball star Jack Animam, who is taking her talents to Taiwan

'Significant' virus spread could thwart NBA restart – Silver

Jul 08, 2020 - 10:24 AM

As teams start to arrive in the NBA 'bubble' in Orlando, commissioner Adam Silver admits a fresh virus outbreak may be more damaging

BUBBLE BATTLE. LeBron James’ Lakers and Kawhi Leonard’s Clippers resume their campaigns in the restart opener on July 30. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

LOOK: Ex-Lakers star Gasol celebrates birthday with Kobe’s kids

Jul 07, 2020 - 9:39 PM

Pau Gasol celebrates his 40th birthday without his partner-in-crime Kobe Bryant

UNCLE PAU. Pau Gasol (right) spends time with Bianka Bryant on his 40th birthday. Photo from Vanessa Bryant's Instagram

7 Women's NBA players positive for coronavirus

Jul 07, 2020 - 12:05 PM

Indiana Fever delays travel to the IMG Academy at Bradenton, Florida, by at least 5 days

Allana Lim: Blazing a trail for Filipina ballers

Jul 06, 2020 - 10:16 PM

Allana Lim has helped open the eyes of scouts that Filipina players have what it takes to excel overseas

COUNTRY IN MIND. Allana Lim says she always wants to perform to the best of her abilities while playing abroad since she is representing the Philippines. Photo from

PBA fines Aguilar, Wong for playing in pickup game

Jul 06, 2020 - 4:38 PM

PBA commissioner Willie Marcial says Japeth Aguilar and Adrian Wong are apologetic after being caught on video playing a pickup game

PUNISHED. Japeth Aguilar will pay a P20,000 fine and undergo 30 hours of community service as a consequence for participating in a pickup game. Photo from PBA Images

Bucks reportedly close practice facilities over virus concerns

Jul 06, 2020 - 1:08 PM

The Bucks close their practice facility after receiving results from coronavirus tests conducted, although it is not clear how many may have come back positive

DROUGHT. The Bucks will chase their first NBA title since 1971 when the NBA season resumes later in July. Photo from Twitter/@NBA

Hoops at home: PBA players deal with challenge of staying fit

Jul 05, 2020 - 10:43 PM

Used to a year-long season grind, PBA players have been limited to shooting hoops and training at their own homes

FITNESS. Kiefer Ravena says not being able to do their usual basketball activities while in quarantine affects players' timing and rhythm. Photo from PBA Images

Thunder 2020 playoff preview: Defying the odds

Jul 05, 2020 - 8:03 PM

Proving all predictions wrong, Chris Paul and the Oklahoma City Thunder plan to pull off more surprises in the playoffs

TRUE LEADER. Chris Paul (center) brings his winning ways to Oklahoma City. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Sixers 2020 playoff preview: Rust the process

Jul 04, 2020 - 10:58 PM

After a heartbreaking end to last season’s run, the Philadelphia 76ers hope to get luckier this time

ANOTHER SHOT. Assured of a playoff berth, Joel Embid and the Sixers look to prove doubters wrong. Photo from NBA

Oladipo to continue rehab, plans to return next season

Jul 04, 2020 - 8:34 PM

'I really want to play, and as a competitor and teammate this is tearing me apart,' says Pacers star Victor Oladipo

TOUGH DECISION. Opting to skip the NBA restart, Victor Oladipo admits he’s not ‘fully comfortable’ playing in the Orlando bubble. Photo by Ronald Martinez/AFP

Heat close practice facility after 2nd virus positive

Jul 04, 2020 - 2:34 PM

The Miami Heat continue to test players before leaving for the NBA 'bubble' in Orlando next week

MOMENTUM. The Heat, led by Jimmy Butler (left) and Jae Crowder, look to stay in the top half of the league standings. Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFP

Mavericks 2020 playoff preview: European invasion

Jul 03, 2020 - 7:25 PM

Slovenian sensation Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks slug it out in the ultra-tough Western Conference

IN THE ZONE. Luka Doncic and the Mavericks try to stay in the playoff mix. Photo from NBA

Sixers’ Simmons at full strength heading into NBA restart

Jul 03, 2020 - 6:05 PM

Months after suffering a back injury, Aussie guard Ben Simmons says he’s ‘back to 100%’ as the Sixers resume their playoff campaign

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 02: Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers looks on against the Toronto Raptors in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at the Wells Fargo Center on May 2, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 76ers defeated the Raptors 116-95. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mitchell Leff/Getty Images/AFP

PBA on 'right track' after getting thumbs up to practice again

Jul 03, 2020 - 5:21 PM

PBA commissioner Willie Marcial says he will meet first with coaches, managers, and the board of governors before players start practicing

HOPE. PBA commissioner Willie Marcial says the government allowing players to resume practice is a 'big thing' for the league. Photo from PBA Images

Zion confident of NBA restart despite 25 positive virus cases

Jul 03, 2020 - 2:40 PM

Rookie sensation Zion Williamson says he trusts the NBA’s bubble environment in Orlando

BACK TO WORK. Zion Williamson (center) and the Pelicans look to crash the playoffs. File photo by Tannen Maury/EPA-EFE

Basketball, football get green light for training resumption

Jul 03, 2020 - 2:07 PM

The IATF approves appeals from the PBA and the PFF to allow their teams and clubs to practice again

HARDCOURT RETURN. The PBA took a big step towards a potential season resumption after getting the approval from the government allowing its players to return to practice. Photo from PBA Images

Davis likes Lakers' title chances when NBA returns

Jul 03, 2020 - 1:02 PM

'Actually I think our chances are higher because we're all rested,' says Anthony Davis as the Lakers resume their finals bid

POWER DUO. The Lakers  try to stay on top of the Western Conference with LeBron James (left) and Anthony Davis. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

25 NBA players, 10 staffers tested positive for virus

Jul 03, 2020 - 10:09 AM

Players and staff members who test positive must remain in self-isolation until cleared as teams head to the Orlando 'bubble' next week

PATIENT ZERO. Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert was the first NBA player to test positive for COVID-19 last March. Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images/AFP

PBA to summon Aguilar, Wong over training video

Jul 02, 2020 - 5:28 PM

Japeth Aguilar of Barangay Ginebra and Adrian Wong of Rain or Shine appear in the video to be playing with other high-profile players

EXPLANATION. Barangay Ginebra star Japeth Aguilar will give his side of the story to PBA commissioner Willie Marcial after he was caught on video playing in an apparent pickup game. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Learning from Lastimosa: Why Jolas let his game do the talking

Jul 02, 2020 - 4:20 PM

'A lot of pros lose sight of why they play the game. Oftentimes, the business side of the game will run over your purpose and desire,' says PBA legend Jojo Lastimosa

ACES AMONG ACES. Jojo Lastimosa proved to be the leader of the Alaska dynasty in the 1990s.

Giannis ready for 'toughest' ever NBA challenge

Jul 02, 2020 - 1:16 PM

'I feel like… this is gonna be the toughest championship you could ever win because the circumstances are really, really tough right now,' says reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo

PACESETTER. Giannis Antetokounmpo and the league-leading Bucks are among the favorites to reach the NBA Finals. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

No Celtics player tested positive for virus

Jul 02, 2020 - 10:20 AM

A full-force Boston Celtics squad heads to Orlando for the NBA season restart

READY. The Celtics try to stay among the top contenders with Jayson Tatum (right) and Jaylen Brown. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Lakers ink JR Smith for NBA restart

Jul 02, 2020 - 9:03 AM

LeBron James and JR Smith reunite after teaming up to win an NBA crown with the Cavaliers in 2016

BACK AT IT. JR Smith (right) and LeBron James team up for another title bid. Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images/AFP

Silver says no risk-free way to play but NBA bubble safest

Jul 01, 2020 - 3:21 PM

'Our best understanding of this virus is that it's not going away anytime soon so we feel we have to find a way to move forward and this is our way,' says NBA commissioner Adam Silver

TOP GUNS. LeBron James’ Lakers lead the Western Conference while Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Bucks pace the Eastern side before the league shutdown. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Pelicans, Nuggets players, staff test positive for coronavirus

Jul 01, 2020 - 12:47 PM

The NBA continues to test players for COVID-19 weeks before the season restarts this month in Orlando

Photo from NBA

NBA plans to paint 'Black Lives Matter' on courts

Jun 30, 2020 - 6:52 PM

US media reports say that NBA is planning to paint the slogan in all 3 arenas at Disney World in Orlando

MAKING A STAND. The NBA is reportedly painting 'Black Lives Matter' on all of its courts in Disney World in Orlando. Photo from Instagram/@lakers

Nets stars Jordan, Dinwiddie test positive for coronavirus

Jun 30, 2020 - 5:16 PM

DeAndre Jordan and Spencer Dinwiddie are set to miss the NBA season restart in Disney World Orlando

TWO MEN DOWN. Spencer Dinwiddie is one of the Brooklyn Nets players who tested positive for coronavirus. Photo from Spencer Dinwiddie's Instagram

NBA rookie star Morant apologizes for anti-police post

Jun 30, 2020 - 2:11 PM

Memphis Grizzlies rookie Ja Morant's post is intended for the police who continue to harass Black Lives Matter protesters

APOLOGY. Ja Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies explains that he did not mean to condemn all police. Photo from Memphis Grizzlies

Evan Fournier backs NBA safety plans despite virus surge

Jun 30, 2020 - 1:37 PM

'The resurgence is worrying, but it doesn't actually change habits,' says Orlando Magic's Evan Fournier

SUPPORTIVE. Evan Fournier supports the NBA's restart plans with regards to the players' health and safety. Photo from Twitter (@NBA)

Ranidel de Ocampo back with TNT – but in a different role

Jun 29, 2020 - 6:57 PM

Retired forward Ranidel de Ocampo reunites with the franchise he won multiple PBA championships with, though now as an assistant coach

NEW ROLE. Ranidel de Ocampo shifts to coaching after retiring from the PBA as a player. Photo from PBA Images

NBA players may be allowed to have social justice messages on jerseys

Jun 29, 2020 - 4:20 PM

Jerseys could carry messages such as 'Black Lives Matter' or 'I Can't Breathe' – two popular rallying cries of the protest movement

SPEAK OUT. NBA superstar LeBron James has been vocal against social injustice. Photo from Instagram/@lakers

Nets ace Chandler to skip NBA restart

Jun 29, 2020 - 1:22 PM

Wilson Chandler joins a handful of other NBA players who have elected to miss the restarted season

PASS. Wilson Chandler (left) will not join the Nets when the NBA season resumes in a bubble setting. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Grizzlies 2020 playoff preview: Ja-mmed road ahead

Jun 28, 2020 - 6:55 PM

For teams up there, it’s foolish to overlook the Memphis Grizzlies’ young guns led by top rookie Ja Morant

THE FUTURE. Top rookie contender Ja Morant gives the Grizzlies a lot to look forward to. Photo from Memphis Grizzlies

SCHEDULE: 2020 NBA seeding games, Philippine time

Jun 28, 2020 - 1:57 PM

NBA action resumes with 22 teams battling for playoff spots in a 'bubble venue' in Florida