Durant’s triple-double lifts Warriors over Hornets

first_imgGolden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant reacts to making a dunk against the Charlotte Hornets during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kevin Durant doesn’t often run the Warriors’ offense — certainly not with Stephen Curry on the floor.So when he got the opportunity on Wednesday night, he relished it.ADVERTISEMENT Kaminsky left the arena in a walking boot.“I don’t know,” Silas said of their status moving forward. “Hopefully those guys will be OK because we got some home games coming up and we’ll need them.”UP NEXTWarriors: Visit Pistons on Friday night.Hornets: Host Bulls on Friday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Durant set the tone, scoring 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting in the first quarter to help the Warriors build a 26-18 lead. The edge increased to 26 in the second quarter following back-to-back 3-pointers by Nick Young, who had 10 points.“Even without those other guys, they’re still pretty good,” said Hornets associate head coach Stephen Silas, who is leading the team while Steve Clifford is dealing with a health issue. “Obviously with Kevin Durant and Klay it was hard to stop those guys tonight.”Kemba Walker led the Hornets with 24 points, while Nic Batum added 15 and Dwight Howard 14.Charlotte cut the lead to 11 at the end of the third quarter behind 10 points from Batum but didn’t make a serious run at the lead thanks to a strong fourth quarter from Thompson.TIP INSWarriors: Golden State (20-6) had 24 fast-break points against a team that had been allowing the second-fewest fast-break points in the league at 7.5 per game. … Patrick McCaw did not play because of a bruised nose.Hornets: Charlotte attempted one free throw in the first half after attempting 40 on Monday night against the Orlando Magic.WHAT’S COOKING: Quinn Cook started at point guard for the Warriors and had eight points, three assists and three rebounds.Kerr said his play was fantastic.“I knew Quinn would play well,” Kerr said. “He’s played a lot of minutes for New Orleans last year and we have watched him in practice in the G league. … We have a lot of synergy between the franchises and we run the same stuff, so Quinn knows all of the plays.”INJURED HORNETS: Just when the Hornets finally got everyone back healthy, they lost two big men off the bench. Frank Kaminsky left the game in the first quarter with an ankle injury and Cody Zeller left in the fourth with a strained left knee. Neither returned to the game. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene He said Durant simply took over.“It wasn’t so much a vocal leadership role, but more of an ‘I got this’ type of thing,” Kerr said. “It was the way he carried himself. He was clearly the best player on the floor and the dominant player on the floor. Without Steph, he almost had a different bounce to his step, like ‘This one is mine, I got it.’”Klay Thompson scored seven of his 22 points in the fourth quarter for the Warriors, who have won five straight overall and seven in a row against the Hornets.Curry will be sidelined for about two weeks with a sprained ankle, while Green is nursing a sore shoulder.It hardly mattered.ADVERTISEMENT LeBron hits big 3, scores 32 as Cavaliers win 13th straightcenter_img View comments Durant had 35 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, and Golden State beat the Charlotte Hornets 101-87 without Curry and Draymond Green.It was Durant’s first triple-double of the season and his second since joining the Warriors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense“It’s fun when you get to create and just be creative out there, whether it’s passing to JaVale (McGee) for a lob or shooting a pull-up jump shot,” Durant said. “Tonight it felt like I could go in my bag of tools, my bag of tricks, to pull some stuff out. I don’t expect it to be like that every single game, but tonight I thought it called for it.”Coach Steve Kerr called it a luxury to turn from one MVP to another in a time of need. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

On Christmas Day, a well-deserved applause for the ‘other’ team in action

first_imgScottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense But they’re out there grinding—for the sake of fans who take time out to spend Christmas Day soaking in the country’s finest basketball brand and, in the case of media bureau staff members Flores and Hazel Ancheta, those who couldn’t make it.“We cut videos of games that are posted on Instagram,” said Ancheta.Talk among NBA old-timers is that Red Auerbach didn’t want the Boston Celtics playing on the 25th at home because it deprived arena workers of a chance to spend Christmas with their families.The PBA office employees have no choice. No matter what team gets assigned to play on Christmas, they show up and make sure operations run smoothly.“It’s fulfilling because you get to give something back to fans,” said Rouselle Ighot, the league’s in-venue and events officer who supervises activities for sponsors and fans.ADVERTISEMENT Ighot and operations assistant Neil Tibajares miss their old Christmas Day routine, but helping spread holiday cheer more than makes up for that.“You give up time with your family, but you get to make PBA fans happy,” said Tibajares.That’s what everyone in Team PBA focuses mostly on: How to help fans maximize their Christmas experience with the league.“There are a few people who will be sad that I have to work on Christmas Day but compare that to the thousands who become happy because they get to watch the PBA on Christmas Day,” said Ancheta. “If these people choose to spend their Christmas with the PBA, who am I to complain?”Flores added: “Every time I see families, friends together at Christmas time during games, I feel thankful. In our own small way, we get to bring them together, put smiles on their faces while watching a basketball game.”It’s this kind of thinking that makes it easy for Team PBA members to endure being away from family on Christmas Day. It is this attitude that helps them work tirelessly to make sure fans enjoy their Dec. 25.But at the core of that thinking, at the heart of that attitude lies something else.Imagine: After running around venues making sure fans get to maximize their day in the PBA, ensuring the media gets everything it needs for a seamless coverage, making sure action after breathless action gets posted on social media, Team PBA huddles back to their own dugout with no applause to usher them off the court.When the lights fade and the cheering is reduced to distant echoes in an empty coliseum, there are no long queues of adoring fans eager hungry for autographs and photo-ops.And yet, the happiness in their faces is unmistakable. Marcial, the indefatigable communications and external affairs director who is currently the league’s officer-in-charge, understands perfectly why. Today, the 25th means running social media sites and making sure they keep up with all the basketball action going on.Willie Marcial, meanwhile, remembers traveling to Batangas to spend time with his family and “sharing drinks with friends” on Christmas Day. Nowadays, he manages traffic inside the press room, tending to the needs of sports journalists. If the game calls for it, Marcial steps on the court to intervene when things go out of hand between teams.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkIn the Philippine Basketball Association, teams normally get booked for Christmas Day matches if: a. They are Barangay Ginebra, b. They are Barangay Ginebra’s designated foe, or c. They serve as the opening match in a doubleheader featuring Barangay Ginebra.But there is another team that works on Christmas Day, only its members never make the highlight reel. They do not walk to the court showered in thunderous applause. And neither are there names called out in booming fashion over the public address system. LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “For me, the PBA is no longer work. It’s our passion,” he said. “This is what we want. This is the PBA. What else is there to want?”As far as Team PBA’s dedication to their passion? Nothing else. —WITH A REPORT FROM RANDOLPH B. LEONGSONSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ Premier Volleyball League spikes inaugural season with 3 conferences, 3 champions Before the PBA held Christmas Day games, Mich Flores spent the 25th of December with her family, serving in church. Her mother and twin sisters would join her as lectors while her father acts as lay minister.“Other ministers usually go to their provinces or spend time with family and relatives during Christmas time, so we’re the only ones left,” she said.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson View commentslast_img read more

In lieu of White House visit, Warriors take kids to museum

first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The Warriors didn’t want to wade into much political talk at their pregame shootaround Wednesday, a day after they went to the museum.Did they miss the pomp and circumstance of the customary White House visit?“No,” Durant said. “Not at all.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkHis teammate David West simply shook his head when asked the same question. Coach Steve Kerr? “You’re not going to get me to go down that path, sorry,” was his reply.The Warriors spent Tuesday at the museum with 40 students from Seat Pleasant and 10 more from the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, which helps children who have lost loved ones that served in the military. The private museum tour lasted three hours. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green, right, reacts as a foul is called against him next to teammates Stephen Curry, left, and Kevin Durant during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)WASHINGTON — With an offer to visit the White House as NBA champions rejected and rescinded, Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors instead spent their day off in the nation’s capital touring the National Museum of African American History and Culture with local students.In town ahead of their game against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night, Warriors players, coaches and front office executives met with students from Durant’s hometown of Seat Pleasant, Maryland, which is 8 miles from the White House. Traditionally, the reigning champs will be feted by the president when they play at Washington.ADVERTISEMENT Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed LATEST STORIES “The kids — their smiles lit up the room,” Kerr said. “Our guys understand how much of an impact they can make on these kids. It’s a reminder of how powerful sports can be and how transformative sports can be for change.”Warriors guard Stephen Curry said in September that he would not visit the White House if invited. President Donald Trump then announced on Twitter that the “invitation is withdrawn!”Golden State visited the White House at the invitation of President Barack Obama after its 2015 championship.Curry said that going to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opened in 2016, offered the Warriors a better use of their time than meeting with a president whose policies they disagree with.“Rhetoric and hate and just general disdain from the top, trying to be divisive and whatnot, has had the opposite reaction from what it intended,” Curry said. “We’ve done our part, I think, to try to further that message.”ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Neymar to undergo foot surgery in Brazil Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View commentslast_img read more

Muntinlupa seeks to extend MPBL finals to Game 5

first_imgMOST READ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Obscure Filipinos rank 1-2 at Luisita Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew With momentum swinging to their side, the Muntinlupa Cagers seek to send the MPBL Anta Rajah Cup into a winner-take-all Game 5 when they square off with Batangas City Athletics on Thursday at Muntinlupa Sports Center.The Cagers lived to fight another day after a thrilling 82-77 victory in Game 3 where Pari Llagas and Allan Mangahas delivered the telling blows to cut the series lead, 2-1.ADVERTISEMENT View comments P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accidentcenter_img ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ An 18-1 blitz to start the game keyed the Cagers’ first win in the series as the Athletics, backed by Tanduay, failed to complete a comeback with Llagas and Dave Moralde hitting clutch baskets down the stretch.“I think we’re going to have a Game 5,” said Muntinlupa coach Aldrin Morante, fully confident that the Cagers can tie the series. “We’re capable of coming back. Hopefully in the next game, we start strong again.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownLlagas had 11 of his 19 points in the final quarter, including a short jumper with 55 seconds remaining to extend the lead, 79-74. After Paul Varilla completed a three-point play, Moralde buried a turnaround jumper for an 81-77 advantage.Mangahas finished with 23 points and nine assists for the Cagers, who limited the high-scoring Val Acuna to a tournament-low three points. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Donovan Mitchell remains key as Jazz head into offseason

first_img“There would be nights where I just couldn’t fall asleep,” Mitchell said. “I’d just be in bed and couldn’t sleep because I was thinking about it. This is crazy how all this has come together to be honest.”Crazy sums up how the season played out for Mitchell and the Jazz.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownFew NBA teams have ever experienced as dramatic an in-season turnaround as Utah. The Jazz fell to 19-28 in mid-January and seemed headed for a lottery pick rather than a playoff spot. Things changed dramatically once Rudy Gobert came back from a knee injury and Mitchell emerged as the team’s top playmaker on offense.The Jazz won 29 of their final 35 regular-season games to claim a playoff spot. They beat Oklahoma City in six games to reach the Western Conference semifinals, where they lost 4-1 to the Houston Rockets. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Jae Crowder joined Utah at the trade deadline and gave the Jazz a much-needed physical wing defender. Crowder struggled with his shot at times while learning the offense on the fly. He shot just 38.6 percent from the field in 27 regular-season games with Utah and it dipped to 32.4 percent in the postseason. Crowder’s shot will need to improve considerably for him to become a consistent sixth man for the Jazz.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ MOST READ Elite 60 Development Camp looks to help Gilas unearth best young talent in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Here are other things to ponder going into the Jazz offseason:FAVORS FREE AGENCYAt one point, it seemed like a sure thing that Derrick Favors would go elsewhere when he became a free agent after the season. Now such an outcome isn’t so certain. Favors bounced back after a pair of injury-plagued seasons and averaged 12.3 points and 7.2 rebounds and accepted a more complementary role this season. Bringing Favors back will still be tough. The demand could be robust for Favors and Utah may opt to bring in a stretch four rather than pair Favors and Gobert in a spacing-challenged frontcourt again.EXUM’S HEALTHRetaining Dante Exum is going to be a priority. Exum enters free agency as a player with tantalizing skills whose development has been slowed by injuries. He missed all but 14 games this season after suffering a preseason shoulder injury. Still, Exum averaged a career-best 8.1 points on 48.3 percent shooting and showed an ability to be a lockdown defender. The Jazz are willing to gamble he can stay healthy and develop into their point guard of the future.SCORING PUNCHBoosting offensive production will be an area of emphasis for the Jazz. Utah emerged as a strong defensive team. But the Jazz lacked many consistent options beyond Mitchell when it came to players who could create their own shot. The Jazz will need to shore up an offense that generated 104.1 points per game — ranking 19th out of 30 NBA teams.NON-GUARANTEED CONTRACTSUtah could bring a radically different second unit back for next season. Thabo Sefolosha, Jonas Jerebko and Ekpe Udoh all enter the second year of two-year deals. All three are cap-friendly deals but they’re not guaranteed until July, giving the Jazz some flexibility to make some upgrades if the right pieces are available.CROWDER’S SHOOTING Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Utah Jazz’ Donovan Mitchell, right, shakes hands with Houston Rockets’ PJ Tucker after the team’s loss in Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)SALT LAKE CITY — Restless nights became common for Donovan Mitchell during his rookie season.Mitchell worried about being able to make the playoffs and he worried about whether he was doing enough of the right things to get the Utah Jazz there.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “There was a good team in there somewhere, we just didn’t know to what degree,” Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey said Wednesday as the team prepared to head into the offseason. “It took us a while to figure out things.”Mitchell emerged as a true star during the journey. He set multiple franchise rookie records and finished the season leading Utah in scoring at 20.5 points per game. Mitchell also developed an ability to take over games offensively late in the season, giving the Jazz a boost at critical times.Like he did during his rookie season, Mitchell aims to set the pace during offseason development. He is pushing himself to become an All-Star, a top defensive player and even an MVP at some point.“You can ride the wave and be complacent. I’ve never been that way,” Mitchell said.With Utah returning much of its young core next season, the Jazz are focused on making internal improvements to help those players reach their full potential. Utah has only four players 30 years old or older on the roster and only one, Joe Ingles, is in the starting lineup. ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more

Hawks offer glimpse of renovated arena with virtual tour

first_imgWinfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Hawks CEO Steve Koonin said there is no other experience like the preview center in the NBA.Thousands of potential suite and seat buyers have already taken the tour held in a 2,500-square-foot space, which is located on CNN Center property. The tour is promoting the revamped arena on several large 70-inch screens as a premiere entertainment venue for basketball games, concerts and events.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownTicket holders in the suites, cabanas or verandas don’t just use them for Hawks games, the tickets are good for all events at Philips Arena — with food and beverages all included. But the Hawks home games are the primary hook.“It’s going to be a social place unlike anywhere else in the NBA,” Koonin said. “All of our research told us that people don’t want to sit down in a chair eating a hot dog out of aluminum foil and watch a game. They want a great night out. … Think Vegas pool meets sporting event.” Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In this Thursday, May 3, 2018 photo, Atlanta Hawks CEO Steve Koonin stands in a mock up of a suite as talks about improvements the team is making to the Phillips Arena in Atlanta. Koonin says thousands have already taken the tour, promoting the arena on large video screens as an entertainment venue for basketball games, concerts and events. The tour offers a before-and-after look at the various amenities from the 360-degrees concourse, barber shop, fantasy golf area, and premium seating areas with couches and cabanas. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)ATLANTA — The Atlanta Hawks are using a high-tech virtual tour to give current and potential season ticket holders a glimpse of their renovated arena.With Philips Arena currently undergoing major renovations, the Hawks recently launched “The Preview,” an interactive tour of the transformed arena in downtown Atlanta located between Mercedes-Benz Stadium and Centennial Olympic Park. The tour was opened about a month ago while the arena is currently in the final phase of its $192.5 million renovation.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Rebuilding Hawks pick 76ers assistant Lloyd Pierce as coach Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “The Preview” offers a before-and-after look at the various amenities from the 360-degree concourse, rapper Killer Mike’s barber shop, Zac Brown’s BBQ restaurant, fantasy golf area, club lounge and premium seating areas with couches and cabanas. The tour, which the Hawks dub as somewhat of a “Disney ride,” also provides a look at the new state-of-the-art video board system, which is three times larger than the current one.The Hawks will continue to operate it once the arena renovations are complete, they have three-year lease for the space.Koonin said team officials know they have much work to do.Despite the Hawks’ on-the-court struggles this past season, the franchise hopes to claim some victory off it. The team went 24-58 and missed the playoffs for the first time in 10 seasons.Koonin said they are taking a new business approach to enhance the fan experience beyond any game or event. The courtside club featuring the Hawks Bar in the premium seating area several rows behind the basketball goal was a part of the arena’s phase one transformation.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ LATEST STORIES View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “I love that they’re not letting it sit around,” said Atlanta-based attorney Randy Kessler, who has been a Hawks season-ticket holder since the arena opened in 1999. He hasn’t been on “The Preview” tour, but he’s seen images of the new arena.“I love that they are not just thinking of on-the-court experience, but off it,” Kessler added. “You should feel special once you walk in, and I did. I thought last year’s improvements were good. Even though the team was terrible, the experience was still great. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next.”Koonin said the Hawks realize with their recent on-court performance they have to continue to work in order to win over fans.He said the team spent millions of dollars to build the preview center and partnered with a Seattle-based design firm Hornall Anderson to create the virtual tour.Philips Area is expected to reopen in October, but Koonin said the team will keep the tour going on for the next couple years. The arena might be one of the smallest-capacity NBA venues with 17,600 seats.Sales centers are not unique to the NBA and several teams with new arenas have given fans an insight to what they can expect in the new facilities, including Sacramento, Milwaukee and Golden State.Koonin said Hawks officials visited other arena preview centers including Sacramento and the NFL stadium in Minnesota. He said there is no other experience like “The Preview” in the NBA, but the Hawks are still missing one thing — championships.Golden State “has one thing that’s very powerful that I wish we had: A bunch of recent Larry O’Brien trophies and rings,” he said. “We have to work a little harder.”last_img read more

PH chef de mission says SBP still has time to reconsider Asian Games pullout

first_imgWith Final 4 in mind, Mapua determined to keep on READ: PBA board not consulted by SBP about Asian Games withdrawal “Let’s wait and see,” said Richard Gomez during Tuesday’s Philippine Sportswriters Association forum backed by Tapa King and Pagcor at the tennis lounge of Rizal Memorial Sports Center. “Maybe we’ll know in the coming days.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“We have a lot of players who are in excellent shape all year round,” added the fencing president.The mayor of Ormoc City added there’s still time for the SBP to come up with a competitive team since the deadline for finalizing the Philippine delegation is on Aug. 9 during the delegation registration meeting in Jakarta. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine chef de mission Richard Gomez. Photo by June NavarroFans have voiced their displeasure over social media. Several sports personalities have also spoken against the decision of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas to pull out the national team from the Asian Games. It’s the turn of the country’s chef de mission to the Asiad to chime in with a message of hope.There’s still time for a change of heart.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew READ: PBA regrets Asian Games pulloutThe Games will run from Aug. 18 to Sept. 2.“Technically, we can still send a team. Our men’s basketball squad is already accredited. This is our No. 1 sport. Win or lose, Filipinos will watch it,” said Gomez.The SBP announced it was pulling out of the Asian Games to focus on qualifying for the 2019 Fiba World Cup instead.READ: Failure to form competitive Gilas team led to SBP Asiad pullout,ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Peza offers relief to ecozone firms View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “It’s sad for Philippine basketball fans that we don’t have a team in the Asian Games,” said Gomez. “The Asian Games is just as important as the World Cup or even the SEA Games. The fact remains that we have a team to represent the country.”Gomez said if the SBP remains adamant with its withdrawal, the Philippine Olympic Committee would face sanctions from the Olympic Council of Asia.READ: Philippines facing fines for SBP’s Asian Games pulloutSources said the POC would be asked to pay $20,000 for the pullout. It could be the first time that the Philippines won’t be sending a team in men’s basketball since the 2006 Doha edition when the country was suspended by the International Basketball Federation (Fiba).Sources said the POC can send a team of its choice to the Asian Games as a last resort.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

BMX rider Caluag named PH’s flag bearer for Asian Games

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View comments Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk The London Olympian will head the contingent of 272 Filipino athletes and 63 officials from 35 sports during the opening ceremony on Aug. 18 at the Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium in Jakarta.That single gold medal that the United States-based Caluag had captured saved the Philippine campaign from a victory drought during the tailend of the Incheon Games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’center_img Peza offers relief to ecozone firms NCAA: Letran trumps Arellano to stay hot LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The lone Filipino gold medalist in the previous Asian Games deserves a grand entrance in the coming continental sportsfest.Philippine chef de mission Richard Gomez confirmed that BMX rider Daniel Caluag, who salvaged Filipino pride in 2014 Incheon, has been designated flag-bearer of the Philippine delegation to the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

GMTBC-Yee Lu Fa Open Championship starts Saturday

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Australia drops Philippines to battle for 3rd vs China Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’center_img Prizes at stake are the highest in any open tournament for this year, according to the GMTBC board of directors composed of Boy Florencio, Peter Plaza, Charles Calamba, Dennis Gallardo, Jun De Guzman, David Ignacio and Selwyn Cabaluna.Major sponsors are Yee Lu Fa Granite Supply Corporation and ICS/Kwikprint. Minor sponsors are MGL Construction Supply, F&J Construction, Marikina Auto Center (MAC), Anya Sales and Distribution Inc., Shakey’s, SLETBAR, Petroland, and Chigo Aircon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’For any inquiries, please visit the GMTBC Facebook page or text and/or call the tournament committee at 0925-6259961./asu MOST READ LATEST STORIES View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced The Grand Mall Tenpin Bowling Club (GMTBC) will hold its 4th GMTBC-Yee Lu Fa Invitational Open Championships starting today (Aug. 11) until Aug. 19 at the Sta. Lucia East Bowling Center in Cainta, Rizal.There will be five divisions: Mixed Open, Mixed Classified, Mixed Seniors, Mixed Youth and Youth 14 and under. It will be a handicapping tournament sanctioned by the Philippine Bowling Federation (PBF).ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

FEU, UP clash for PVL title

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced “We didn’t have enough time from Game 2 (on Saturday) so our coach said we just focus on recovery with our body and mental game,” said FEU’s Jerrili Malabanan who made 10 points.UP banked on veterans Isa Molde, Marian Buitre and Ayel Estranero who proved too much for Adamson.Molde unloaded 27 points while Buitre fired 19 off Estranero’s 35 excellent sets, their fearsome combination serving as a cornerstone for UP’s campaign all conference.“It’s very special and I want to thank the players and the coaches for a great teamwork,” said UP coach Godfrey Okumu, who coached his country Kenya in the 2006 and 2010 world women’s championship.  “This is a sign of many more things to come.”ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college It won’t be that easy Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Far Eastern University went through the backdoor to make the finals against first-time contender University of the Philippines in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre on Sunday.FEU bucked an opening set loss to frustrate UST, 19-25, 25-18, 25-22, 25-17, and make the finals for the first time since 2014 when it won the title.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES The Lady Tamaraws lost Game 1 of their best-of-three Final Four series.Earlier, the Lady Maroons got into the championship for the first time, disposing of the top ranked Adamson Lady Falcons, 25-19, 29-27, 20-25, 25-20, also in Game 3.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’UP won Game 1.The Lady Tamaraws and the Lady Maroons begin their best-of-three finals duel next Sunday. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins View commentslast_img read more