PLDT, Smart partner with NBA to bring League Pass to subscribers

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The National Basketball Association (NBA), PLDT Inc. and Smart Communications Inc. (Smart), leading telecommunications and digital services providers, on Thursday announced a new multiyear partnership that will make available select offerings of NBA League Pass, the league’s premium live game subscription service, to more than 62 million subscribers in the Philippines.

PLDT and Smart are now making available select offerings of NBA League Pass to their subscribers, providing fans with access to live and on-demand NBA games online and via mobile devices. The NBA League Pass offerings include Day Pass (Php50), which enables users to watch live games for a 24-hour period. The new offerings can be accessed online and through iOS and Android phones and tablets.

PLDT Home will provide users the option to add the selected NBA League Pass offering into their monthly broadband subscription, while Smart Prepaid and Postpaid customers can purchase the Day Pass by texting NBA50 to 9999. Additionally, PLDT’s broadband and Smart’s mobile subscribers will have access to NBA highlights, game recaps and daily top plays on the official websites of PLDT Home and Smart 360.

“Filipinos have an unparalleled love for basketball, which is why the game has been at the center of our advocacy for sports excellence all over the country,” said PLDT and Smart Senior Vice President and Head of Consumer Business Market Development Oscar A. Reyes, Jr. “Through our groundbreaking partnership with NBA, we look forward to empowering Filipinos with digital experiences that enrich their lifestyle whether at home or on-the-go – through our world-class partners and innovative platforms, powered by the country’s most extensive and robust fixed line and wireless networks.”

“We are excited to work with PLDT and Smart, two companies that share our passion for providing live NBA action and exciting content to our Filipino fans on the devices they use most,” said NBA Philippines Managing Director Carlo Singson. “PLDT and Smart provide the ideal platform for us to broaden our reach in the Philippines and provide more channels to bring the NBA experience to our passionate fans across the country.”

NBA League Pass subscriptions offer fans in more than 200 countries access to a complete season of live NBA games. Subscribers can watch regular-season games, NBA All-Star, NBA Playoffs, The Finals, as well as select preseason and NBA Summer League games live and in high-definition with live stats and multiple viewing options, including the NBA Mobile View, which delivers a closer shot of the action optimized for viewing on the smaller screens of tablets and phones.

Through the partnership, PLDT and Smart will also serve as official partners of NBA 3X Philippines presented by AXA, a 3-on-3 tournament featuring men’s and women’s teams and authentic NBA entertainment, showcasing their products and services at the event.

For more details on PLDT and Smart product offerings, visit http://www.pldthome.com and http://www.smart.com.ph and follow their official Facebook accounts at http://www.facebook.com/PLDTHome and http://www.facebook.com/SmartCommunications.

For all things NBA, fans can visit http://www.nba.com and follow the league on Facebook and Twitter.

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Top performers at National Training Camp named Jr. NBA Philippines 2018 All-Stars

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After a little over five months and four Regional Selection Camps the 2018 edition of Jr. NBA Philippines presented by Alaska officially had its curtain call over the weekend.

From the thousands who signed up, 74 outstanding campers — the top performers from the Regional Selection Camps held in Bacolod, Baguio, Butuan, Metro Manila and Alaska Power Camp, moved on to the National Training Camp with no less than Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein and WNBA legend and Hall of Famer Sheryl Swoopes in attendance who served as mentors and coaches to the young aspirants along with Jr. NBA Coaches Carlos Barroca and Rob Newson, together with Alaska coaches led by PBA Legend Jeffrey Cariaso.

And after a series of intense training at the Gatorade Hoops Center last May 18 and the Don Bosco Technical Institute last May 19, 16 lucky hoopsters were named to the 11th batch of Jr. NBA Philippines All-Stars at the National Training Camp held at the Mall of Asia Music Hall on May 20.

This year’s selection, a well-balanced group chosen from the National Capital Region, Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, who showcased their skills on the court and exemplified the Jr. NBA core S.T.A.R. Values of Sportsmanship, Teamwork, a positive Attitude, and Respect are:

BOYS ROSTER: 

First Name Last Name Age School
Prince Ray Alao 14 San Beda University
Ethan  Rod Aljan 14 La Salle Greenhills
John Lester Amagan 14 St. Robert’s International Academy of Iloilo
Seven Gagate 14 Chiang Kai Shek
Nathan Jan Jundana 14 Bacolod Tay Tung
Christian Joi Mesias 14 Jose Maria College of Davao
Kim Aaron Tamayo 13 National University
Rhon Khaniel Telles 13 St. Anthony de Carmelli Academy

GIRLS ROSTER: 

First Name Last Name Age School
Madelyn Flores 14 Bukidnon National High School
Gin Kayla Huelar 13 St. La Salle University, Bacolod
Aishe Solis 13 Corpus Christi School in Cagayan De Oro
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Valle 13 Misamis Oriental General Comprehensive High School
Christine

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Venterez 12 Baguio City National High School
Marielle Vingno 14 Escuela de Sohia of Caloocan Inc.
Amber Esquivel 14 De La Salle Zobel
Kyla Marie Mataga 13 De La Salle Zobel

Alao and Valle were likewise named as this year’s Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Most Valuable Players in the Boys and Girls divisions, respectively. Marielle Vingno and Ethan Rod Alian, meanwhile, were selected as Alaska Ambassadors.  Hazel Yambot of Baguio and Mark “Tata” Belangel of Bacolod were chosen as the Coaches of the Year.

Special awards were handed out to Kayla Marie Mataga and Javier Louis Jugo as Gatorade Hustle awardees, Merylle Cuasay and Czarlo Salvador as Panasonic Rising Stars, and Aishe Solis and Kim Aaron Tamayo were named Cloudfone Awesome Players of the Game.

The players’ on-court skills were not the sole focus of the Jr. NBA program. As a longtime partner, Alaska helped put emphasis on the athletes having balanced nutrition to further sharpen their intelligence and emotional quotients.

“Alaska’s long-standing partnership with the NBA for the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA program is proof of our commitment in helping shape the youth into being not just good athletes but also as members of society through sports. Like their parents, it is not just their athletic ability we aim to develop but moreso their emotional and mental capacities,” said Blen Fernando, Alaka’s VP for Marketing.

“Being a part of a program such as this is a once in a lifetime experience that I’m sure the campers will bring with them even outside of the basketball court. Learning more about the value of hard work, perseverance, dedication, and passion is something I’m sure they can apply not just in sports but as they embark on other endeavors in the future,” she added.

A once in a lifetime NBA experience trip in Shanghai, China awaits the All-Stars in October as they will be joining their counterparts from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam in training and friendly competitions before capping their trip by watching live the NBA China Games 2018 featuring the Philadelphia 76ers and the Dallas Mavericks.

For more information about the Alaska Milk Corporation, visit http://www.alaskamilk.com and for live updates follow PlayPH in facebook, Instagram and twitter.

For general information about Jr. NBA presented by Alaska 2018 visit http://www.jrnbaphilippines.com

Tweaking the All-Star Game: NBA says goodbye to East vs. West format

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Official release

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced today a new All-Star Game format for NBA All-Star 2018 in Los Angeles. This will mark the NBA’s first All-Star Game without a matchup between the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference.

Under the revamped format, two captains will draft the 2018 All-Star teams from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves, making selections without regard for conference affiliation. The captains will be the All-Star starter from each conference who receives the most fan votes in his conference.

The 67th All-Star Game will be played at Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 18 (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT), with TNT televising the midseason classic for the 16th consecutive year.

“I’m thrilled with what the players and the league have done to improve the All-Star Game, which has been a priority for all of us,” said NBPA President Chris Paul of the Houston Rockets. “We’re looking forward to putting on an entertaining show in L.A.”

“We’re excited about the new All-Star format and appreciate the players’ willingness to try something new,” said NBA President, League Operations Byron Spruell.

In another new feature, the 2018 All-Star teams will play for charity. Each team will select a Los Angeles-area charity or national organization where donations will be used to support local efforts.

The process for selecting the 24 All-Stars will remain the same, with 12 players from each conference earning spots. The 10 starters – two guards and three frontcourt players per conference – will continue to be chosen by a combination of fans (50 percent of the vote), current players (25 percent) and basketball media (25 percent). The NBA’s head coaches will still select the 14 reserves, voting for two guards, three frontcourt players and two players at any position in their respective conferences. Specific details about the draft will be announced at a later date.

TNT will reveal the All-Star Game starters and captains on Thursday, Jan. 18 and unveil the reserves on Tuesday, Jan. 23. NBA All-Star Voting 2018 presented by Verizon will tip off on Monday, Dec. 25 before five Christmas Day games across ESPN, ABC and TNT.

The process for determining the 2018 All-Star Game head coaches is unchanged. The head coaches whose teams clinch the best record in their respective conferences two weeks before the All-Star Game will earn the nod, though the Golden State Warriors’ Steve Kerr and the Boston Celtics’ Brad Stevens are ineligible for the honor because they coached in the 2017 All-Star Game. Each All-Star Game coach will lead the team that includes the captain from the same conference.

Look: Converse x NBA collection

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In 1949, virtually every player in the NBA wore the brand’s iconic Chuck Taylor All Star sneaker. Time progressed and Converse supplied new players with the tools to create basketball history. One of these players, signed to Converse in 1975, creator of the free-throw line slam dunk and all around basketball pioneer, Julius “Dr. J” Erving cemented the Converse brand in basketball history with his daring game play and swagger all while sporting his version of the classic Pro Leather silhouette.

On September 29, Converse launched the NBA Chuck Taylor All Star Collection, giving fans a way to show their NBA pride and celebrate their favorite teams. Representing all 30 NBA teams, the collection pays tribute to the game and celebrates the culture of basketball and its influence on today’s street style with three design tiers: Gameday, Legend and Franchise.

The Chuck SE NBA Franchise is a celebration of city pride for the fan who wears their heart on their sleeve. Launching in the Philippines are 6 out of the 13 NBA teams, the sneaker features team logos decorated on the tips of the laces and embroidered on the sneaker’s tongue with tonal lace and multicolor lace aglets. The mesh upper features the team’s name and jersey-inspired details, while each outsole is molded to display the given team’s city influence. The sneaker is covered in individually-screen printed jersey material and includes the Lunarlon sockliner and micro-suede internal lining for comfort.

Boston Celtics

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A legendary city with much to celebrate and a record breaking basketball team with more banners than any franchise in the league – the Celtics 17 NBA titles are recognized on the “Legend” sneaker with an embossed “17” on the upper. The Converse x NBA Boston Celtics sneakers commemorate the storied athletic record of the Green with a sneaker that helped bring Boston a whole lot of gold.

Chicago Bulls

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A city with a team that won the ‘90s, the Chicago Bulls were unbeatable with two three-peat seasons spanning 1991-1993 and 1996-1998. The Converse x NBA Chicago Bulls sneakers recall the iconic ‘90s warm-ups with its two-tone nylon tongue and red triangles representing the game plan that made it all happen.

Cleveland Cavaliers

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One of basketball’s most iconic sneaker sports basketball’s most famous icons. Mesh upper features team name and jersey-inspired details. Team logo embroidered on the tongue top with tonal lace and multicolor lace aglet. This Chuck Taylor includes the Lunarlon sockliner and micro-suede lining for comfort.

Golden State Warriors

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Newly-minted legends in the NBA, the Golden State Warriors turned the Bay into basketball’s twenty-first century epicenter. The five-time championship winners have been creating historic moments in recent times for their competitive spirit and ability to overcome unbelievable odds. The Converse x NBA Golden State Warriors sneaker honors the Bay Area with an embroidered landscape of the Bay Bridge on the upper.

Los Angeles Lakers

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The Los Angeles Lakers are all about “Showtime” – home of the purple and gold and one of the league’s most successful teams in NBA history with 16 championships. To celebrate, sixteen stars are embroidered on the sneaker’s tongue. Los Angeles slated an era when basketball embraced sunshine, celebrities, and a smooth, silky version of hoops. With star status athletes, the Lakers take center stage with 21 Hall of Famers and the NBA’s longest winning streak of 33 consecutive games. The Converse x NBA LA Lakers sneakers embody showmanship and functionality with an internal gold foil print and silver hardware along with premium leather lining and molded sockliner.

New York Knicks

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The Pride of Gotham, the New York Knicks is a team that represents the fiercest metropolis on the planet. Diehard fans live for the slogan “Once a Knick, Always a Knick,” which is embossed along the side of the “Legends” upper. The Knicks are only one of two original NBA teams that remain in their founding city. The Converse x NBA New York Knicks sneakers denotes loyalty and originality.

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The NBA Chuck Taylor All Star Collection is only available at Converse shops in Festival Mall, Glorietta and Ayala Center Cebu for P 4,950.

To complement the NBA Chuck Taylor All Star Collection, a line of Converse NBA Apparel launches to tie together the full street-wear uniform. Featuring exclusive Converse NBA branding, the collection includes a winter wool bomber jacket with primaloft fill, a hooded coach’s jacket and Converse Essentials – a hoodie, crewneck, long-sleeve tee and jogger.

The Converse NBA Apparel is exclusively available at NBA Store Mega Fashion Hall.

For more of the NBA collaboration, visit http://www.converse.com.ph and follow Converse PH  on http://www.facebook.com/Converse.PH and Instagram (@converseph).

Nike unveiled the NBA connected jerseys and they’re super awesome

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Official release

Ushering in a radical evolution of the fan experience, NIKE, Inc. and the NBA today unveiled three new innovations: the Nike NBA Connected Jersey, the first NBA jersey that gives the wearer an all-access pass into the world of their favorite team and players; Statement Edition uniforms; and the Nike Therma Flex Showtime Warm-up Jacket, the first hooded jacket to be worn on the court during gametime. The official announcements took place at an event in Los Angeles attended by players from all 30 NBA teams.

“When you think about basketball, you think of Nike and the NBA,” said Mark Parker, Chairman, CEO and President of NIKE, Inc. “After helping fuel the sport’s impact for years, we are thrilled to now be able to push the boundaries of what’s possible directly with the NBA. From modernizing the look of the game to revolutionizing how fans can be a part of it, we can’t wait for the season to start.”

“Our Nike uniforms set a new standard for connecting our most passionate fans with their favorite NBA teams and players,” said Adam Silver, NBA Commissioner. “Nike has once again taken the game of basketball to a new level, this time with one of the most advanced jerseys in sports.”

Using new NikeConnect technology, each adult-sized Nike NBA Connected Jersey will have an embedded NFC (near field communication) chip that will launch real-time team and player content such as pregame arrival footage, highlight packages and top players’ favorite music playlists – all on the jersey owner’s mobile device. Throughout the season, a wealth of exclusive offers and experiences will bring fans closer to the game they love.

To unlock it all, fans will download the NikeConnect app and tap the jersey with their smartphone. These jerseys become available online globally on Sept. 29, rewarding the game’s fans with a revolutionary experience that creates a new point of connection between fans and the game.

“In our new connected era, Nike will lead with products that build a relationship with our consumers,” said Trevor Edwards, President, Nike Brand. “With NikeConnect, we deliver to basketball fans everywhere the personal and premium experiences we know they love.”

 

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Nike and the NBA also unveiled the third of four core team uniforms – the Statement Edition, inspired by teams’ desire to make a bold statement the moment they step on the court. Nike’s designers worked with the teams and the brand’s roster of athletes to create new and updated uniforms for this third edition.

The Statement Edition uniform follows the earlier unveiling of the Association and Icon Edition uniforms. As previously announced, the home teams will determine which uniforms to wear at their games. The fourth team edition will be released later this year.

In addition to the new uniforms, Nike and the NBA debuted the Nike Therma Flex Showtime Warm-up Jacket,the first on-court warm-up jacket with a performance hood. Celebrating the style of the game, Nike designers refreshed a beloved apparel staple into a new performance product for athletes on and off the court.

The jacket, created with new Nike Therma Flex fabric, helps athletes maintain the right body temperature during pregame warm-ups and downtime during a game – a critical element for peak performance. Developed with input from top NBA athletes, the reimagined hood allows for optimal vision, hearing and warmth, delivering a greater intersection between performance and style – a key request from NBA athletes.

The Nike NBA Connected Jersey is available exclusively online starting Sept. 29, and the Nike NBA uniforms and Nike Therma Flex Showtime Warm-up Jacket will debut on-court on Sept. 30, the start of the NBA preseason. All Statement Edition jerseys will be available at retail on Nov. 20, and will begin being worn on-court on Nov. 25.

Kobe Bryant to have both jersey numbers retired

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Kobe Bryant is arguably one of the greatest players to play in the NBA. But he’s also arguably one of the greatest players to ever don a Lakers jersey.

That’s why on December 18, during halftime of the Lakers’ game against the Golden State Warriors, the franchise will retire not just one, but two of Kobe Bryant’s jersey numbers.

The Black Mamba will become the 10th player in Lakers history to have his number (in this case two numbers) retired. The previous nine were Wilt Chamberlain (13), Elgin Baylor (22), Gail Goodrich (25), Magic Johnson (32), KareemAbdul- Jabbar (33), Shaquille O’Neal (34), James Worthy (42), Jerry West (44) and Jamaal Wilkes (52).

“As a kid growing up in Italy, I always dreamed of my jersey hanging in the Lakers rafters, but I certainly never imagined two of them,” Bryant said in a report on Lakers.com. “The Lakers have bestowed a huge honor on me and I’m grateful for the fans’ enthusiasm around this game.”

Kobe spent 20 years with the purple and gold franchise. He wore no. 8 from 1996-2006 and during that time he won three NBA championships, became an 8-time All-Star and won two All-Star MVPs.

In 2006, he shifted to no. 24 and went on to win two more titles, an MVP trophy and was named Finals MVP twice. He also garnered ten more All-Star selections.

Kobe, who ended his acclaimed career with a 60-point game against the Utah Jazz, is third on the NBA’s all-time scoring list with 33,643 points.

No doubt Bryant will end up in the Basketball Hall of Fame in a few years.

WATCH: Kyrie Irving, Joel Embiid, other players react to their NBA 2K18 ratings

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A lot of basketball fans are excited for the 2017-18 NBA season. But basketball fans who are gamers are more excited for the upcoming release of 2K Sports’ NBA 2K18.

Featured on the cover of NBA 2K18 is Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Ahead of the release of the much-anticipated video game, a few players, including Kyrie, were asked what they thought their ratings are in NBA 2K18 and why they deserved that rating.

First look at Nike’s new NBA uniforms for 2017-18 season

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Announced in June 2015, Nike’s partnership with the NBA begins with the 2017-18 season. Today, and prior to a major launch in early fall, Nike and the NBA release details of four new primary uniforms and give a first glimpse of the league champion’s Association jersey.

OKC Thunder’s Steven Adams, Laker Girls to headline NBA 3X PH 2017

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The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced Saturday that Steven Adams of the Oklahoma City Thunder, former NBA coach Reggie Theus, and the Laker Girls will attend NBA 3X Philippines presented by AXA from July 22-23 at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall.

Registration for NBA 3X Philippines 2017 begins July 8 on a first-come first-serve basis at http://www.nba3x.com/philippines and runs until July 14 or until all slots are full.