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  • NBA star says he wants to play for Philippine national team
    NBA star says he wants to play for Philippine national team AFP News - Thu, Aug 27, 2015 7:52 PM SGT

    Rising NBA star Jordan Clarkson said Thursday he is eager to play for the Philippines' national basketball team despite citizenship concerns from the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). "I want to assure my Filipino brothers and sisters that, if given the chance and everything can be worked out, I sincerely wish to play for Gilas and contribute to the total team effort for flag and country," Clarkson said in a statement released by the Basketball Association of the Philippines (SBP). Clarkson, whose mother hails from the Philippines, is visiting the basketball-crazy Southeast Asian nation and has joined the national team, Gilas Pilipinas, for practice. More »

  • Clippers fined $250,000 for violating league rules
    Clippers fined $250,000 for violating league rules Reuters - Wed, Aug 26, 2015 3:38 AM SGT

    (Reuters) - The Los Angeles Clippers have been fined $250,000 by the National Basketball Association for violating NBA rules prohibiting teams from offering players unauthorized business or investment opportunities. According to the NBA, the violation involved a presentation made by the Clippers to free agent DeAndre Jordan on July 2 that improperly included a potential third-party endorsement opportunity for the player. "While the NBA's investigation ultimately concluded that the presentation of this opportunity had no impact on Jordan's decision to re-sign with the Clippers, the team's conduct nevertheless violated the league's anti-circumvention rules," the NBA said in a statement on Tuesday. More »

  • Kirilenko elected head of Russian basketball
    Kirilenko elected head of Russian basketball Associated Press - Tue, Aug 25, 2015 9:01 PM SGT

    MOSCOW (AP) — Former NBA player Andrei Kirilenko was elected president of the troubled Russian Basketball Federation on Tuesday. More »

  • Former NBA All-Star Kirilenko named RFB chief
    Former NBA All-Star Kirilenko named RFB chief Reuters - Tue, Aug 25, 2015 8:32 PM SGT

    Former NBA All-Star Andrei Kirilenko was named president of the Russian Basketball Federation (RFB) on Tuesday. The 34-year-old Kirilenko, who was unanimously elected by all 215 members who attended the conference, said there was "a deep crisis of trust" within the RFB. Kirilenko, who spent a significant part of his career with the Utah Jazz and helped Russia win the 2007 European championship, announced his retirement as a player in June. More »

  • Shaq picks Jordan over James - but 'Dr. J was best'
    Shaq picks Jordan over James - but 'Dr. J was best' AFP News - Tue, Aug 18, 2015 9:34 PM SGT

    ShaquMlle O'Neal weighed into basketball's great debate on Tuesday when he backed a young Michael Jordan to beat LeBron James one-on-one -- but added that both were outshone by the legendary Dr. J. O'Neal, visiting Hong Kong to promote an energy drink, faced both Jordan and James in their prime and when asked who would win a hypothetical match-up, he didn't hesitate. "Mike," said O'Neal, winner of four NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers (2000-2002) and the Miami Heat (2006). "I think you have to go with a young Jordan every time." O'Neal was addressing an issue which has captured the imagination during the NBA off-season after both James and Jordan insisted they would win if they clashed at the height of their powers. More »

  • Injury-plagued Oden heading to China
    Injury-plagued Oden heading to China AFP News - Tue, Aug 18, 2015 4:27 AM SGT

    Injury-plagued former No.1 NBA draft pick Greg Oden will try to relaunch his career in China after signing for the Jiangsu Dragons, US reports said Monday. Oden, snapped up by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2007 draft, has signed a one-year deal worth $1.2 million, several reports said. The 27-year-old center has played just three seasons in the NBA after suffering a string of knee injuries which have required seven operations. More »

  • Adidas takes new shot at US market with NBA Harden deal
    Adidas takes new shot at US market with NBA Harden deal AFP News - Sun, Aug 16, 2015 2:33 PM SGT

    NBA star James Harden will soon be dribbling the ball with Adidas sneakers on his feet as the German sportswear maker hopes to retake US market share from basketball giant Nike and number two Under Armour. Signing up the Houston Rockets guard in a reported 13-year, $200 million (180 million euro) deal aims to make Adidas trendy in a market where it has been caught flat-footed before. Charismatic Harden, 25, known as "The Beard" to his fans and voted the NBA's second best player last season, will switch from Nike to wear Adidas shoes on the court, and its gear in social settings, from October. More »

  • Nowitzki set for Germany bow after four-year break
    Nowitzki set for Germany bow after four-year break AFP News - Thu, Aug 13, 2015 9:33 PM SGT

    NBA star Dirk Nowitzki is set to play his first international basketball match in four years for Germany on Friday against Croatia, the Dallas Mavericks' power forward has confirmed. Germany then host Croatia in Bremen on Sunday as part of the two warm-up matches for next month's European championships when they face Spain, Serbia, Italy, Turkey and Iceland in Group B. The last time Nowitzki played for Germany was during the 2011 European championships in Lithuania and stepped down from the national team after they missed out on qualifying for the London 2012 Olympic Games. More »

  • A year after George's injury, US set for another exhibition
    A year after George's injury, US set for another exhibition Associated Press - Thu, Aug 13, 2015 6:25 AM SGT

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Paul George's broken leg in a USA Basketball exhibition game here last year shook up teammates and renewed the debate about whether NBA players should even be competing internationally in the offseason. More »

  • Video Game publisher Take-Two's adjusted profit misses, shares slip
    Video Game publisher Take-Two's adjusted profit misses, shares slip Reuters - Tue, Aug 11, 2015 4:50 AM SGT

    The maker of video games such as "Grand Theft Auto V" and "NBA 2K15" reaffirmed its forecast for the year ending March 31, disappointing some investors. "I think overall, it was a disappointing report given how much competitors Electronic Arts and Activision Blizzard beat and raised their guidance," Ascendiant Capital Markets analyst Edward Woo told Reuters. While EA (EA.O) is betting on the launch of "Star Wars: Battlefront" and "Need for Speed" titles, Activision Blizzard Inc (ATVI.O) reported strong sales from "Call of Duty" and "Hearthstone" franchises. More »

  • Video game publisher Take-Two's adjusted revenue surges
    Video game publisher Take-Two's adjusted revenue surges Reuters - Tue, Aug 11, 2015 4:37 AM SGT

    (Reuters) - Take-Two Interactive Software Inc's quarterly adjusted revenue more than doubled, boosted by the successful launch of "Grand Theft Auto V" for PCs and strong demand for titles such as "NBA 2K15". "Grand Theft Auto V" has been a blockbuster release for the company, driving sales for the past year. The game was launched for PCs in April, helping more than double adjusted net revenue from digitally-delivered content to $254 million in the quarter. More »

  • China named 2019 basketball World Cup host
    China named 2019 basketball World Cup host AFP News - Sat, Aug 8, 2015 2:44 AM SGT

    China has won the right to host the 2019 basketball World Cup, beating the Philippines in Friday's vote in Tokyo. The sport's international ruling body FIBA chose basketball-mad China following a presentation by the country's delegation, helped by former NBA giant Yao Ming. "I'm very excited to bring the 2019 World Cup to China," said the one-time Houston Rockets great, who represented China at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. More »

  • LeBron, Curry among 34 stars set for Olympic camp
    LeBron, Curry among 34 stars set for Olympic camp AFP News - Fri, Aug 7, 2015 4:51 AM SGT

    LeBron James and Steph Curry, opponents in this year's NBA Finals, were among 34 NBA players named Thursday by USA Basketball as participants in this weekend's Olympic mini-camp in Las Vegas. Reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Curry led the Golden State Warriors to the NBA title over James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in June's best-of-seven final. More »

  • Kobe drops retirement hint
    Kobe drops retirement hint AFP News - Wed, Aug 5, 2015 2:18 AM SGT

    Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant hinted that next season may be his last on Tuesday after admitting it was "absolutely" possible he may finally call time on his glittering NBA career. The 36-year-old icon's recent seasons have been disrupted by various injuries, but Bryant said he was feeling fit and ready for another campaign with the Lakers, who missed the playoffs last season for only the seventh time. Players I have spoken to say, 'Kobe, you will know.'" Bryant insisted that his body was ready for the rigors of another season despite his recent injury record. More »

  • Women coaches breaking into US sport
    Women coaches breaking into US sport AFP News - Sun, Aug 2, 2015 9:38 AM SGT

    A handful of female coaches are blazing a trail for women after landing jobs in men's professional sport but the jury is out on whether the flurry of appointments represents a tipping point or a statistical blip. San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon made worldwide headlines earlier this month when she guided the NBA team to a summer league championship in Las Vegas, just over a year after being hired by head coach Gregg Popovich. Popovich, the five-time NBA champion, believes it is only a matter of time before Hammon is appointed as a head coach with an NBA franchise. More »

  • NBA's current, former stars put on show in Africa exhibition
    NBA's current, former stars put on show in Africa exhibition Associated Press - Sun, Aug 2, 2015 12:51 AM SGT

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The NBA put on a show in its first exhibition game in Africa on Saturday — starting with a dunk straight from the tip-off by Luc Mbah a Moute. More »

  • Team World win first NBA match in Africa
    Team World win first NBA match in Africa AFP News - Sun, Aug 2, 2015 12:37 AM SGT

    Team Africa included NBA players from Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Senegal and South Sudan and they made the running against opposition consisting largely of American-born stars. There were surprise, brief second-quarter appearances for Team Africa by retired NBA stars Hakeem Olajuwon of Nigeria and Dikembe Mutombo from DR Congo. More »

  • Biyombo expects Africa to benefit from NBA exhibition
    Biyombo expects Africa to benefit from NBA exhibition Reuters - Fri, Jul 31, 2015 3:46 AM SGT

    Congolese center Bismack Biyombo did not grow up playing on gleaming hardwood floors in Africa but hopes today's youth will get that chance after the National Basketball Association's first exhibition on the continent. The former first-round draft pick, who joined the Toronto Raptors earlier this month, is among the glittering array of top NBA talent featured in Saturday's game in South Africa, the U.S.-based league's latest push to reach emerging markets. "We started playing basketball late and obviously we are trying to change that by building basketball courts," Biyombo said on Thursday during a conference call. More »

  • Star athletes pitch for Beijing, Almaty ahead of 2022 vote
    Star athletes pitch for Beijing, Almaty ahead of 2022 vote Associated Press - Wed, Jul 29, 2015 8:52 PM SGT

    Former NBA star Yao Ming and Sochi Olympic bronze medalist figure skater Denis Ten differ in height by exactly two feet. The towering basketballer is representing Beijing's bid for the 2022 Olympics, and ... More »

  • Yao holding court as Beijing bids for Winter Olympics
    Yao holding court as Beijing bids for Winter Olympics Reuters - Wed, Jul 29, 2015 5:49 PM SGT

    By Julian Linden KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Standing 2.29 metres (7ft 6in) tall, Yao Ming has never been able to hide in the background. With the International Olympic Committee to vote in Kuala Lumpur on Friday whether to award the games to Beijing or Almaty, Yao has become the public face of China's campaign and in high demand in the Malaysian capital. When Yao was in the NBA, he was banned from ever skiing or skating in fear that he might slip over and injure himself but said he had no hesitation in volunteering to join Beijing's bid team. More »