FIBA World Cup: Predicting the Team USA Roster

The FIBA World Cup will be underway this month and everyone is preparing for the competition, including the world’s best, Team USA.

Team USA will feature the comebacking Derrick Rose and the likes of Anthony Davis, James Harden, Kyrie Irving, Damien Lillard, Demar Derozan and other NBA rising stars. With Paul George’s horrific injury he will not be able to play in this tournament and this upcoming season. USA will miss his length and athleticism for guarding the other teams’ best wing players. USA will also miss his sharp shooting and quick drives to the basket. Another person that USA will also miss is the reigning NBA MVP, Kevin Durant who backed out because of personal reasons and we all know how valuable KD is to any team. His shooting, defense, length and even his presence alone makes a team better. With KD’s absence, Team USA has added Rudy Gay.

Moreover, Team USA has trimmed the roster to 16 by cutting John Wall, Bradley Beal and Paul Milsap. You only need 12 players for the FIBA World Cup and that’s why it will be hard to choose among those are left with the team.

The remaining names are: Demar DeRozan, DeMarcus Cousins, Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis, Andre Drummond,, Kenneth Faried, Rudy Gay, James Harden, Gordon Hayward, Kyrie Irving, Kyle Korver, Damian Lillard, Chandler Parsons, Derrick Rose, Klay Thompson and Mason Plumlee.

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[VIDEO] Gilas Pilipinas: 2014 Antibes International Basketball Tournament

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The Gilas Pilipinas national team is now in France for the 2014 Antibes International Basketball Tournament held in Antibes, France. As you all know, in their opening game, Gilas went up against the FIBA Euro champions, Team France.

NBA champions namely, Tony Parker, Boris Diaw and Nando de Colo, together with Nicolas Batum, Joakim Noah, Ian Mahinmi, Ronnie Turiaf, Rudy Gobert, Mikel Gelable and other notable NBA veterans are all in France’s roster. However, in this tournament, Parker, Noah and Turiaf are seating out to prepare their bodies for the World Cup grind. Still, Batum, Diaw, Mahinmi, de Colo, Gobert, Gelable are all NBA veterans that could dominate Gilas in their game.

Gilas proved them wrong.

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For the Love of the Game

Gilas Pilipinas after winning the bronze medal in last year’s FIBA Asia tournament. Photo from philstar.com

The Philippines are back.

After a long absence from the FIBA World Cup, the Philippines have once again qualified for the prestigious tournament where in the best of the best in basketball will compete for Naismith Trophy and be labeled as the best in the world.

In last year’s FIBA Asia Tournament, the world realized that the Filipino’s love for basketball is more than the dunks and nice shoes. The world realized that the passion of the Philippines for basketball is greater than what they have previously thought. Oh don’t get me wrong, they know the sport is big here in the Philippines, but they never imagined that it is this big. The world didn’t know that we will battle through anything, not only in this sport but in life in general as well. You see, the heart and pride of the Filipinos are unbreakable. Finally, the world knows that even with the lack of height, we still make up for it with the sizes of our hearts. Continue reading

Nike Kobe 9 EM GS “Floral”

By Joma Ablay

The Nike Kobe 9 EM GS “Floral”

The Kobe 9 EM is one of the favorite sneakers today and it is very popular among Kobe fans and casual basketball lovers. Even the girls are sporting the the Kobe 9’s in recent years. This “Floral” colorway will be another favorite for sure. It sports a black fly-knit base that comes with floral patterns in Laker colors, purple and gold. This will be very popular for the ladies for sure and I know some that can’t wait to get their hands on these babies. The show was recently released last June 14th.

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Air Jordan 6 “Brazil World Cup”

By Joma Ablay

The AJ6 “Brazil World Cup”

With the FIFA World Cup going on in Brazil, isn’t it the perfect time for the Jordan brand to ride along the trend and release a colorway based on one of the world’s greatest events? The Air Jordan 6 “Brazil World Cup” will come out this 21st of June and I’m sure basketball and footballs alike will flock together to celebrate the release of this beautiful shoe. The shoe features an all-black suede and leather base. The shoe sports a transparent rubber sole and black with specks of neon green and yellow with linings of neon green.

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Nike WMNS Internationalist

Nike WMNS Internationalist

One of my favorite Nike sneakers are the Nike Internationalists. Finally, Nike is coming out with a new Nike WMNS Internationalist color way. It sports a navy blue base, a white mid-sole and pink linings and outsole. The very stylish Internationalist might give the Nike Roshe a run for it’s money. With a rich suede, canvas and mesh upper set, the Internationalist is very comfortable to wear. Keep on checking the site for the release date of this new color way.

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Jalen Rose Predicts Michael Jordan Will Come Back

In Grantland’s Bill & Jalen’s NBA Preview show, Jalen Rose predicted that Michael Jordan will come back for one game.

Well, it seems possible for Jordan to comeback and play even if its only for a game. Despite the fact that Jordan did say in an interview a few months ago that he doesn’t see himself coming back from retirement, it is still possible for him to play in the league.

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