Magic’s Elfrid Payton, former WNBA player Sue Wicks to coach Filipino kids at Jr. NBA nat’l training camp

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The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced Wednesday that Elfrid Payton of the Orlando Magic and former WNBA player Sue Wicks will travel to Manila to participate in the Jr. NBA Philippines 2017 National Training Camp and help coach players from around the country vying to be named 2017 Jr. NBA All-Stars. The National Training Camp will be held at the Don Bosco Technical Institute May 12-13 and at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall on May 14.

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Guest post: Experiencing an NBA game for the first time

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This is a guest post from Jason Gotuato, an engineer by profession and a traveler by heart. He’s traveled to about 30 countries and has done a lot of crazy stuff like jumping out of a plane and diving between the North American and Eurasian plates. Jason is on a quest is to conquer the world and bring out the adventurer in everyone of us. Follow him on Instagram (@wheresjason_ig) and Facebook. For travel information and tips, check out his blog at wheresjason.com.

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What’s up? I’m Jason, an avid fan of the NBA. I’ve been a fan since MJ’s 97-98 Bulls, just when I started dribbling a basketball. It had always been a dream to watch a live NBA game. But people keep saying it’s too expensive. But how much is it really?

Everyone wants to know the price so might as well start with it. I paid $295 for a seat to make that dream a reality.

WATCH: Kevin Garnett hosts 2008 Celtics reunion on ‘Area 21’ minus Ray Allen

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Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, Kendrick Perkins and Glen “Big Baby” Davis were all on a recent episode of Kevin Garnett’s NBA show on TNT, Area 21, on Tuesday (Monday in the U.S.).

It was sort of a mini-reunion, since all five of them were members of the Boston Celtics who won the NBA title back in 2008.

WATCH: NBA LIFE episode 1 ‘Fashion Face Off’

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The NBA has began a new series entitled NBA LIFE which features lifestyle and off the court content so people can enjoy and see a different side of the NBA. The series takes us through the top fashionistas, mascots and iconic pre-game rituals in the NBA today.

The first episode of NBA Life is “Fashion Face Off” which circles around the fashion style in the NBA and lists the top five best dressed players who are killing it on and off the court.

LeBron James praises Brandon Ingram: ‘Kid has a lot of talent’

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It seems like Brandon Ingram is finally hitting his stride in the second half of his first year in the NBA. after posting double digits in scoring in the Lakers’ last eight games.

Despite his team going 1-7 in that stretch, Ingram has shown a lot of improvement, averaging 14.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 0.9 blocks per game. He also shot 52% from the field over that eight-game span.

Look: NBA Filipino Heritage Week shirts

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The National Basketball Association (NBA) recently unveiled specially designed shirts for the first-ever NBA Filipino Heritage Week as part of its celebration of Philippine culture with millions of Filipino fans around the world.

The shirts feature the iconic jeepney silhouette that pays homage to the Philippines’ culture and passion for basketball. The silhouette incorporates other basketball and local design elements, including the sun’s rays from the Philippine flag placed above the ‘PILIPINAS’ signage, and an image of The Larry O’Brien Trophy that forms the jeep’s headlights on the front grill.

LeBron James, Russell Westbrook named NBA Players of the Month for February

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The Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James and the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook today were named the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month, respectively, for games played in February.

The Cavaliers were 9-1 with James in the lineup in February (9-2 overall) as the 32-year-old forward averaged 25.9 points (third in the East), 10.6 assists (second in the East) and 7.2 rebounds. He shot 63.7 percent from the field (second in the conference) and 56.8 percent from three-point range (fourth in the conference), his highest percentages for any month this season.

James scored at least 20 points in eight of his 10 games and dished out 10 or more assists six times on his way to averaging the most assists for any month in his 14-year career. During a 111-104 victory against the New York Knicks on Feb. 4, James became the youngest player in NBA history to reach 28,000 points.

Westbrook averaged a triple-double of 33.4 points (first in the NBA), 11.0 rebounds (tied for fifth in the West) and 10.0 assists (fifth in the NBA) as the Thunder went 7-4 for the month, including wins over the Cavaliers, Memphis Grizzlies and Utah Jazz. The 28-year-old guard posted six triple-doubles to improve his league-leading total to 30.

Oscar Robertson (41 in 1961-62) and Wilt Chamberlain (31 in 1967-68) are the only players to record more triple-doubles in a season than Westbrook, who leads all active players with 67 for his career. In a 110-93 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Feb. 24, Westbrook became the third player in the last 40 years to tally at least 17 points, 17 rebounds and 17 assists in a game, joining Magic Johnson (1989) and Rajon Rondo (2012).

Here is a closer look at February for James and Westbrook:

LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers

  • Feb. 6 @ Washington: Dished out a career-high 17 assists and scored 32 points in a 140-135 overtime victory against the Wizards.
  • Feb. 11 vs. Denver: Tallied 27 points, 12 assists and five rebounds in a 125-109 win over the Nuggets.
  • Feb. 23 vs. New York: Recorded a triple-double with 18 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds in a 119-104 win over the Knicks.

Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder

  • Feb. 3 vs. Memphis: Finished with 38 points (17-of-17 free throws), 13 rebounds and 12 assists in a 114-102 win over the Grizzlies.
  • Feb. 9 vs. Cleveland: Posted 29 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists and four steals in a 118-109 victory against the Cavaliers.
  • Feb. 28 vs. Utah: Made six three-pointers and finished with 43 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds in a 109-106 win over the Jazz.

Other nominees for the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month were Boston’s Isaiah Thomas, Golden State’s Klay Thompson, Houston’s James Harden, the LA Clippers’ Blake Griffin, Miami’s Goran Dragic, Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns, Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan, Utah’s Gordon Hayward and Washington’s John Wall.

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Watch: Winners of NBA All-Star Saturday

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All-Star Saturday is one of the most anticipated days during NBA All-Star Weekend. I enjoyed watching the skills challenge and three-point contest, but the dunk contest was lame as usual.

NBA unicorn Kristaps Porzingis, Rockets guard Eric Gordon and Glenn Robinson III of the Pacers were the winners of the events.

Watch the highlights here:

NBA to celebrate Philippine culture with first Filipino Heritage Week

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The National Basketball Association (NBA) today announced the first NBA Filipino Heritage Week to celebrate Philippine culture with millions of Filipino fans around the world. The celebration in the Philippines, which will run from March 13-19, will feature a viewing party attended by an NBA legend, an NBA Cares event, and social media activations on the NBA’s Facebook and Twitter accounts in the Philippines.

As part of NBA Filipino Heritage Week, the Golden State Warriors and the Miami Heat will host Filipino Heritage Nights in March, featuring in-arena Philippine-themed activations including musical performances and giveaways. All three games will be available in the Philippines on Basketball TV, with the Heat-Minnesota Timberwolves and Warriors-Milwaukee Bucks matchups also airing on ABS-CBN Channel 2 and Sports + Action respectively.

“The first NBA Filipino Heritage Week is the perfect opportunity for the NBA to celebrate the support of our Filipino fans around the world,” said NBA Philippines Managing Director Carlo Singson. “The activities in the Philippines, Miami and Oakland will showcase the country’s vibrant culture and passion for basketball.”

In addition, there will be specially designed merchandise to commemorate the first-ever Filipino Heritage Week.

NBA Filipino Heritage Week Matchups include:

  • March 16 (March 15 U.S.) – Heat vs. New Orleans Pelicans: Head Coach and Filipino-American Erik Spoelstra, Hassan Whiteside and the Heat will face four-time NBA All-Star Anthony Davis and the Pelicans (Basketball TV)
  • March 18 (March 17 U.S.) – Heat vs. Timberwolves: The Heat will matchup against reigning Kia NBA Rookie of the Year Karl-Anthony Towns and the Timberwolves (ABS-CBN, Basketball TV and NBA Premium TV)
  • March 19 (March 18 U.S.) – Warriors vs. Bucks: Reigning back-to-back Kia NBA MVP Stephen Curry and seven-time NBA All-Star Kevin Durant will take on 2017 NBA All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo and the visiting Bucks (Sports + Action and Basketball TV)

Fans can also watch Filipino Heritage Night games on NBA LEAGUE PASS. Globe Telecom subscribers are also eligible for exclusive NBA packages available in three service offerings: NBA499 for a 30-day premium access, NBA299 for 7 days, and NBA50 for a 24-hour access. Globe users must text the preferred NBA promo keyword (NBA499, NBA299, NBA50) to 8080 to begin the registration process.

More details on the first NBA Filipino Heritage Week will be announced in the coming weeks. For all the latest news and updates on the NBA, visit http://www.nba.com, download the NBA app and follow the NBA on Facebook (www.facebook.com/philsnba) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/nba_philippines).

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Look: NBA All-Star West and East reserves

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The reserves for the NBA All-Star West and East squads were announced Thursday (Friday in Manila).

NBA All-Star reserves were voted in by the coaches of the league.

Here’s the list of players who made the cut for both squads:

West reserves

  • Russell Westbrook
  • Klay Thompson
  • Draymond Green
  • DeMarcus Cousins
  • Marc Gasol
  • DeAndre Jordan
  • Gordon Hayward

East reserves

  • Isaiah Thomas
  • John Wall
  • Kevin Love
  • Kyle Lowry
  • Paul George
  • Kemba Walker
  • Paul Millsap

I personally would have taken out DeAndre Jordan and sneak in Damian Lillard for the West reserves. As for the East, I’m really confused why Paul Millsap got in. I would have went for Joel Embiid. But that’s just me.

Also great that Kemba Walker got selected, he’s the main reason why the Hornets are having an amazing year. Same with Gordon Hayward.

Look: East and West starters for NBA All-Star game

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