WIItnessing History – LeBron's Manila Visit 2013

Once again I have been very privileged to have been able to see yet another NBA superstar, and this time no less than the biggest star of them all, with 2 rings, 4 MVPs, 2 Finals MVPs, and 2 All-Star MVPs, 2 Olympic golds, 2 Bronze, 1 Fiba gold, current NBA Champion and current MVP LeBron James.

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The day started out at Shangrila Makati where all of us media listened to a ten minute interview between him and Boom Gonzales.

Media were unfortunately unable to ask questions ‘due to time constraints’, which was unfortunate not necessarily because I had anything to ask, but because Q&A sessions are almost always a riot. When Kobe came there was a guy who was taking so much time leading up to his question remembering stories of his being a fan of Kareem, Magic and the old Lakers, that I could swear he forgot his question so he ended up rambling about his College days. Continue reading “WIItnessing History – LeBron's Manila Visit 2013”

How To Play Basketball

Just a quick post re how to play basketball. I’ve been running a basketball blog for quite a while now I think I may know a thing or two about it.

So here’s the image I will use to make my point.

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Basically it has all the details you need to know. Here’s a closer look:

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Summing up the lockout: Players or Owners?

When I first heard about the lockout, I knew it was likely if not sure that there wasn’t going to be a season this year. The primary reason being that if there was anything I knew about the NBA, it’s that it’s run by egos. Not money, certainly not basketball, absolutely not the fans, but egos. Large, enormous and constantly yearning for attention. Not that other organizations aren’t. In fact, what I realized after reading so many books and studying players and teams for years, is that the NBA is like any other organization in that sense. Behind a polished facade and a professional stance are two constantly at odds parties – players and owners – who for years hurl things at one another when their backs are turned with everything they can pick up off the floor.

The battlecry for each party is very ego – driven, and it is summed up by the question: ‘Who is more important, the owner or the players?‘ Players will clearly say they are, because they’re the faces that the fans recognize. The fans will always side with players too, because fans know players, not owners. Owners of course, will always negate that, simply because they are the owners, whose money and initiative it was that started the team and formed the league in the first place. Clearly they are the ones who make the rules, right?

The item used to determine who wins this battle as it often is, is money. Money is quantifiable and has specific value. The problem with money however, is that while it can make you materially rich, it doesn’t necessarily mean you are respected, and in the NBA, everyone yearns for respect (I told you this is about egos, remember?). So what do people who earn lots of money but still do not feel respected do? They try to get more money. This is why rich people seem to have a bottomless need for more and more. Money, as it often is, is mistaken as the balm that soothes the ache that is caused by not getting respect.

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LeBron's Frustrated Too

As he should be, considering we should all be getting our NBA fix right now, but instead we’ve got.. nothing.

Wondering if he’s gonna get fined for that though. I doubt it, but you never know with how quick on the trigger the lawyers (of whoever makes those fines) are. I actually have a lot of thoughts about the lockout, including how when I first heard about it it already dawned on me that there wasn’t going to be a season let alone a shorter season for the year. A lot of factors point to that and I’ll write it all up in a post soon as I get the time.

Later!

Fish Coming To Play Here Can Mean 1 of 2 Things

But before I talk about the title of this post I just wanted to show you a screencap of P10,000.00 tickets being sold at Sulit.com.ph, (edited to remove the horrible ads that website puts on its already ugly and convoluted pages).

Ten Thousand PESOSES man. Each. Wow.

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The Kobe Experience Part III – 3 of 5 (Now With Far Better Pics)

Outstanding images courtesy of good friend The Blender, whose photo services I am blatantly plugging and whose other work can be found here and here. I’ll be damned if you can find a better sports photographer imho, in particular with skills that allow him to shoot fast sports action in low light. I first wrote about him here. If you need a photog to shoot a basketball game you’d be an IDIOT to hire anyone else trust me.

So anyway let’s continue our journey, from the Manila Pen we then went straight to Gawad Kalinga at Taguig.

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Biggest Thing To Happen At Araneta Since Ali?

Before I continue on with thoughts during Kobe day, a little sumthin – sumthin evolved from mere rumour to ‘actually gonna happen’, and it just cannot be ignored:

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