Their teams may be on opposing sides in Thursday's NBA Global Games preseason match between the Houston Rockets and Indiana Pacers at the Mall of Asia Arena, but Rockets coach Kevin McHale will always have fond memories of his championship years with Indiana Pacers president Larry Bird when both played for the Boston Celtics in the 1980s.
McHale and Bird formed two-thirds of the Celtics' original Big Three (the other being center Robert Parish) that won three NBA titles, and for McHale, those years were some of the best of his life.
"I ran into him (Bird) [Tuesday]," McHale told Yahoo Philippines. "We talked for a while. It was fun. We had a great team and we had a lot of good guys and we all got along. It was one of those unique situations where everybody's skill level really complemented each other. It was just fun. We had a lot of fun playing basketball. It wasn't like it is now. It wasn't a huge global game. It was us versus the other team. It was a great time, if you ask me, to be
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- Sid Ventura | Yahoo PH Sports – Wed, Oct 9, 2013 12:21 AM PHT
Their teams may be on opposing sides in Thursday's NBA Global Games preseason match between the Houston Rockets and Indiana Pacers at the Mall of Asia Arena, but Rockets coach Kevin McHale will always have fond memories of his championship years with Indiana Pacers president Larry Bird when both played for the Boston Celtics in the 1980s.Read More »from McHale: Playing with Bird, Celtics was fun
- Sid Ventura | Yahoo PH Sports – Mon, Oct 7, 2013 6:33 PM PHT
The player known as Big Shot Rob, Robert Horry, is in town again for the NBA Global Games 2013. Owner of seven championship rings, Horry first visited the Philippines in 2009 as part of a group of retired NBA stars that included Dominique Wilkins, Tim Hardaway, Vlade Divac and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Just a few hours after planing in, Horry sat down with local sportswriters to talk about his memorable clutch shots, his favorite championships, and who he thinks will be the NBA's Most Valuable Player this season. Excerpts:Read More »from Horry talks about his big shots, Hakeem vs. Shaq, and who'll be this season's MVP
On returning to the Philippines
I actually requested this trip. The NBA asked if I wanted to go to Shanghai or to Manila. I enjoyed Manila the last time I was here because there's nothing like being around great basketball fans. It's the no. 1 sport here, and you can just feel the excitement because the fans came out for some old legends (in 2009). Just imagine now with some young guys that can really play. And so I'm excited for the game and how the fans will come out to
- Sid Ventura | Yahoo PH Sports – Tue, Oct 1, 2013 2:52 PM PHT
As many as five teams in the Eastern Conference and three in the Western Conference will be in the mix for the 2014 National Basketball Association (NBA) title, according to Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel.Read More »from Pacers coach sees eight teams vying for 2014 NBA crown
Speaking to local sportswriters in a conference call Monday night, Vogel, whose Pacers stretched the Miami Heat to a Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Finals last season, said the Heat and his own Pacers should be considered strong contenders, along with the Chicago Bulls, Brooklyn Nets, and New York Knicks.
“The Chicago Bulls are getting Derrick Rose back, the Nets have reloaded and the Knicks are coming off a 54-win season,” said the 38-year-old Vogel during the conference call.
In the Western Conference, Vogel picked the San Antonio Spurs, the Oklahoma City Thunder, and the retooled Houston Rockets to fight it out for the top spot.
“The Spurs, they always manage to get around 60 wins no matter what, even if they have injuries,” he said of the team that nearly won the title last June.
- Sid Ventura | Yahoo PH Sports – Sun, Sep 8, 2013 3:15 PM PHT
The San Antonio Spurs’ back-up forward Matt Bonner was in town recently as an ambassador for the NBA Cares program, the official lead-up to the NBA Global Games Philippines 2013.Read More »from Matt Bonner's road to the NBA was anything but smooth
While here, Bonner conducted clinics for under-privileged children and also found time to sit down with the local media to talk about his Philippine experience, his up-and-down NBA career, playing with Tim Duncan, and losing the NBA Finals to the Miami Heat.
Here are excerpts of our interview with him:
How’s your trip been so far?
It’s been great. The people have been wonderful. I got to eat at a Filipino restaurant (Friday) night, and the food was great.
What did you have?
Let me see. Was it kabodo?
Did you like it?
I loved it. And we had some barbecued beef ribs, and some lemon chicken. There was some funky fish soup. I didn’t even try it, to be honest with you. We had awesome dessert with these pastry puffs with caramel sauce.
What had you previously heard about the Philippines before coming over?
- Sid Ventura | Yahoo PH Sports – Thu, Sep 5, 2013 5:52 PM PHT
The UST Growling Tigers fan who proposed to his longtime girlfriend during last Saturday’s epic UST-FEU double-overtime game said he wanted his proposal to be special and unique.Read More »from Fan who proposed at UST game wanted to do 'something unique'
And since he’s a diehard UAAP fan, it seemed only natural that the something special and unique would involve his beloved UST Tigers.
"Before Season 76 started, I already had plans of proposing to her during a UAAP game,” said Whamos Del Rosario in an e-mail to Yahoo Philippines Sports. “I think April pa lang naiisip ko na iyon. I wanted my wedding proposal to be something unique and really special. I want to do it in our ‘happy place’, that is, the UAAP.”
Del Rosario popped the question to his girlfriend, Arcie Abin, during the break between the third and fourth periods of the game, which was fittingly won by UST in double overtime, 79-78. He said he chose this time of the game because it was almost always noisy and exciting.
“I noticed during UST games, the Yellow Jackets try to pump-up the crowd during this
- Sid Ventura | Yahoo PH Sports – Mon, Aug 19, 2013 3:17 PM PHT
Rey Madrid is not yet officially the new UP Fighting Maroons head coach.
This was the clarification made by UP College of Human Kinetics dean Ronnie Dizer in reaction to Madrid's running the team's practice Sunday afternoon following Ricky Dandan's supposed dismissal.
"That was a miscommunication," said Dizer in a telephone conversation with Yahoo! Sports. "If they will have practice today then I will be the one to run it."
Dizer said only CHK in conjunction with UP Diliman Chancellor Cesar Saloma can hire and fire a head coach. In line with this, the dean revealed that Dandan officially submitted his resignation letter early Monday as head coach of the UP men's basketball team.
Dizer, however, also revealed that Dandan will remain with the university's basketball program and serve in another capacity. "In recognition of his expertise, he (Dandan) will help out with the technical aspects of the program."
As to who will coach the Maroons on Wednesday, Dizer said that if Madrid's appointmentRead More »from UP coaching change: Who is Rey Madrid?
- Sid Ventura | Yahoo PH Sports – Sun, Aug 18, 2013 6:10 PM PHT
(UPDATED) After what is shaping up to be another dismal season for the Fighting Maroons, the axe fell on University of the Philippines head coach Ricky Dandan as he was reportedly given his walking papers Saturday morning.
The Maroons, who are languishing in the cellar with no wins to show in eight games, dropped a 64-72 decision to defending champion Ateneo last Thursday in a game where they led by as many as 11 points in the second period before falling apart in the second half.
According to a reliable source, after the game Dandan blasted his players for not following the game plan and reportedly told his players to just pick a new coach among his assistants since they were no longer following his instructions.
The same source said team management met with Dandan Saturday morning, where he was informed that he would be replaced.
The fiery coach, who was on his their year with the Maroons, confirmed to Yahoo! Philippines via an SMS late Saturday night that he would be taking a breakRead More »from Dandan out as UP coach; Madrid steps in
- Sid Ventura | Yahoo PH Sports – Sun, Aug 11, 2013 11:27 PM PHT
For the past year or so, Jayson Castro has quietly taken over the starting point guard chores from veteran Jimmy Alapag in the Talk 'N Text team in the PBA.Read More »from FIBA Asia: Jayson Castro named to mythical five as best point guard
No doubt, the Pampanga native has emerged as one of the best point guards in the local professional league, and his inclusion in the Gilas Pilipinas lineup, while surprising to some fans, validated this.
On Sunday night, at the closing of the FIBA Asia Championship, Castro could now also lay claim to being one of the best point guards not only in the Philippines, but in all of Asia.
For the five-foot-ten spitfire was named to the tournament's mythical five, taking the point guard spot and joining Korea's wonder kid Kim Mingoo (shooting guard), Chinese Taipei's Lin Chih Chieh (small forward), and Iran's Oshin Sahakian (power forward) and Hamed Hadadi (center).
The choice of Castro was hardly surprising, though. Through nine games, he averaged a team-best 11.8 points, to go along with 3.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 21 minutes of action.
- Sid Ventura | Yahoo PH Sports – Sun, Aug 11, 2013 7:04 PM PHT
Korea bounced back from a stinging loss to the Philippines to outplay Chinese Taipei, 75-57, in the battle for third place in the FIBA Asia Championship at the Mall of Asia Arena.Read More »from FIBA Asia: Korea trounces Chinese Taipei, grabs last ticket to Spain
The Koreans led from wire to wire, jumping to a 29-13 lead after one quarter and never letting the lead dip below double digits the rest of the way.
Kim Mingoo, who sizzled with 27 points against Gilas Pilipinas in their semifinal encounter, once again led the way for Korea, notching 21 points, including five triples.
The young Kim, only 19, could very well be the future of Korean basketball, impressing even the opposing coach.
"Their young player (Kim), is incredible," offered Taiwan coach Hsu Chin-Che.
"For a long time Korean has had no good three-point shooters," said Korean coach Yoo Jae Hak. "But now with the arrival of Mingoon we have a very good shooter.
With the win, the Koreans clinched the third and last Asian slot for next year's FIBA World Cup in Spain, joining Iran and the Philippines as the
- Sid Ventura | Yahoo PH Sports – Sat, Aug 10, 2013 7:43 PM PHT
Iran overcame a sluggish start and pulled away in the second half to beat Chinese Taipei, 79-60, and claim the first finals berth in the FIBA Asia Championship at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The Iranians found themselves in unfamiliar territory in the early goings, trailing by nine at the end of the first period at 14-23 as the Taiwanese, still on a high after their 96-78 upset win over China in the quarterfinals, hit every two-point shot they took (7-of-7) and added three triples.
But Iran coach Mehmi Becirovic made adjustments in his lineup, using both of his point guards at the same time, and the result was a 17-0 run to open the second period. Taiwan's first points of the period came with only 3:30 left, a pair of free throws by Quincy Davis.
The Taiwanese scored the last six points of the first half to stay close at 41-35, but Iran, behind a solid defense that produced eight steals and forced 17 Taiwan turnovers, took full control in the third period, outscoring their opponents 19-4Read More »from FIBA Asia: Iran books finals slot with rout of Chinese Taipei