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Brooklyn Nets' Andray Blatche now a Filipino
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MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Brooklyn Nets player Andray Blatche was granted Filipino citizenship on Wednesday so he can play for the national team at the FIBA World Cup this year, Philippine officials said.

President Benigno Aquino III signed a law granting citizenship to the American-born Blatche, presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said.

Senator Juan Edgardo Angara, the main author of the law, said Filipinos are a ''sports-loving nation with a distinct affection for basketball'' and that the 2.11-meter (6-foot-11) Blatche can make ''significant contributions to Philippines basketball.''

The International Basketball Federation, or FIBA, allows each team to have one naturalized player per tournament. The Philippines is competing at the World Cup for the first time in 35 years.

Blatche, a center and power forward, averaged 11.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per game this season for Brooklyn, which was eliminated by the Miami Heat in the NBA's Eastern Conference semifinals last month.

Arriving in the Philippines on Sunday to meet the team, Blatche said that playing for the country ''wasn't a tough decision'' to make.

''The sport of basketball is huge here,'' he told reporters at a news conference Tuesday. ''It's in the heart of every Filipino and I love basketball, and so it's like we have that similarity.''

The Philippines are in Group B at the World Cup, along with Argentina, Croatia, Greece, Puerto Rico and Senegal. The tournament will be held in Spain in late August through early September.

After the World Cup, Blatche will again play for the Philippines team at the Asian Games in South Korea in September.
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(06-11-2014 10:26 PM)CaP7 Wrote:  Lueol Deng seems like a great fit for the Spurs next year. He'll help them to another 60 wins...
I haven't seen any reports on this. Is this just hypothetical?

(06-11-2014 11:43 PM)joshbar Wrote:  Yea Ive been there many times. You can push off hard aslong as you don't extend your arm. so basically bring up your elbow and keep you forearm at 90degree angle. Besides I would just be like BITCH your fouling/riding me the whole way and I'm not calling foul. That's how fights happen though. He is pretty much threating you to punch you in the face already so he probably wants to start a fight.

So what did you wind up doing?
I never did a full stiff arm. I just created space with my shoulder/tricep.

I just ended up raising my shoulders like "what the fuck is he talking about" and got back on defense. The guy has a reputation of fouling on every possession in the gym I play at.
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(06-12-2014 09:30 AM)ddjembe mutombo Wrote:  
(06-11-2014 10:26 PM)CaP7 Wrote:  Lueol Deng seems like a great fit for the Spurs next year. He'll help them to another 60 wins...
I haven't seen any reports on this. Is this just hypothetical?

(06-11-2014 11:43 PM)joshbar Wrote:  Yea Ive been there many times. You can push off hard aslong as you don't extend your arm. so basically bring up your elbow and keep you forearm at 90degree angle. Besides I would just be like BITCH your fouling/riding me the whole way and I'm not calling foul. That's how fights happen though. He is pretty much threating you to punch you in the face already so he probably wants to start a fight.

So what did you wind up doing?
I never did a full stiff arm. I just created space with my shoulder/tricep.

I just ended up raising my shoulders like "what the fuck is he talking about" and got back on defense. The guy has a reputation of fouling on every possession in the gym I play at.

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(06-12-2014 03:26 AM)Slim Shady Wrote:  I don't call fouls on offense as a matter of principle. I also play Bruce Bowen defense however, mr scissorhands.

If people get too intense, I go into mamba mode.

Anyone who pridefully says they emulate this guy:

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and on top of that, also emulates one of the most insufferable shot-chuckers of all time?

Damn, that's my antithesis of what pickup should be.

I'd rather play like this:

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what's the consensus on defenders undercutting you when you take a shot? I'm a pretty good three poitner and I hate it when guys undercut me because 1) it really makes me worry they're going to run into my knees and injure them, or that I might land on their foot (this has in fact happened 3 or 4 times) and 2) it seems like a really cowardly thing to do - if you're gonna contst the shot, contest the shot.

Instead, what I see happen a lot is - and this is fairly common when I played pick up in Shanghai - guys would not contest the shot but instead duck down, charge towards me, and then clap. Really pissed me off. Is this frowned upon? Or am I being extra sensitive?
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The Spurs putting on another demonstration of basketball.
This is basketball perfection. Does anyone still think the Spurs are playing boring ball? Lol
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Wait, I thought the Spurs were boring?

Basketball is all about exciting superstars like Dwayne Wade.
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(06-12-2014 09:15 PM)Vacancier Permanent Wrote:  The Spurs putting on another demonstration of basketball.
This is basketball perfection. Does anyone still think the Spurs are playing boring ball? Lol

Too early. Still have another half of ball. Let's hope the Spurs stay hungry and go for the kill.
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(06-12-2014 06:54 PM)SHANbangs Wrote:  what's the consensus on defenders undercutting you when you take a shot? I'm a pretty good three poitner and I hate it when guys undercut me because 1) it really makes me worry they're going to run into my knees and injure them, or that I might land on their foot (this has in fact happened 3 or 4 times) and 2) it seems like a really cowardly thing to do - if you're gonna contst the shot, contest the shot.

Instead, what I see happen a lot is - and this is fairly common when I played pick up in Shanghai - guys would not contest the shot but instead duck down, charge towards me, and then clap. Really pissed me off. Is this frowned upon? Or am I being extra sensitive?

I know what you're talking about--it's a very cowardly, annoying way for small, unathletic Chinese guys to try and bother us foreigners.

"Accidentally" come down with your wai gou ren elbow in their face.

"Oh... duay bu qi."

I guess Miami saw Brazil start off with an own goal today, and then wanted to one up them in terms of shooting themselves in the foot to start a game.

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That monster dunk by Leonard made me jump off my seat!
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(06-12-2014 06:54 PM)SHANbangs Wrote:  Instead, what I see happen a lot is - and this is fairly common when I played pick up in Shanghai - guys would not contest the shot but instead duck down, charge towards me, and then clap. Really pissed me off. Is this frowned upon? Or am I being extra sensitive?

Yes its Foul IN ORGANIZED basketball. The defender cant clap or reach below the waist. Its a foul but NOT in STREETBALL. Im a highschool bball official so Im not just talking out my ass.
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I though MIA would bounce back. Boy was I wrong. San Antonio could stop scoring right now and still win smh.

Someone not named Lebron needs to do something if the Heat wanna stand a chance.

(08-18-2016 12:05 PM)dicknixon72 Wrote:  ...and nothing quite surprises me anymore. If I looked out my showroom window and saw a fully-nude woman force-fucking an alligator with a strap-on while snorting xanex on the roof of her rental car with her three children locked inside with the windows rolled up, I wouldn't be entirely amazed.
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(06-12-2014 09:53 PM)joshbar Wrote:  
(06-12-2014 06:54 PM)SHANbangs Wrote:  Instead, what I see happen a lot is - and this is fairly common when I played pick up in Shanghai - guys would not contest the shot but instead duck down, charge towards me, and then clap. Really pissed me off. Is this frowned upon? Or am I being extra sensitive?

Yes its Foul IN ORGANIZED basketball. The defender cant clap or reach below the waist. Its a foul but NOT in STREETBALL. Im a highschool bball official so Im not just talking out my ass.

I don't really care whether a foul is organized- or streetball-eligible. I play basketball for fun, and to get a good workout in, not to lose an eye or misplace a kneecap. I sound like I call fouls a lot, but I actually don't. I give 'warnings' first by talking shit. When a guy undercuts me, I just say loud enough so everyone can hear, 'we got Bruce Bowen over here' or something similar. If he does it again, I'm kicking out during the shot straight to his knee.

I've also pointed out my ankle brace, and that I'm in no mood to shatter whatever few ligaments are left in my ankle.
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(06-12-2014 10:10 PM)Goldin Boy Wrote:  I though MIA would bounce back. Boy was I wrong. San Antonio could stop scoring right now and still win smh.

Someone not named Lebron needs to do something if the Heat wanna stand a chance.

Not yet, Spurs are starting to choke
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(06-12-2014 10:16 PM)JayMillz Wrote:  
(06-12-2014 10:10 PM)Goldin Boy Wrote:  I though MIA would bounce back. Boy was I wrong. San Antonio could stop scoring right now and still win smh.

Someone not named Lebron needs to do something if the Heat wanna stand a chance.

Not yet, Spurs are starting to choke

The only heat player in double-digits is lebron....

This is series is a battle of the benches and it obvious which team is deeper.

(08-18-2016 12:05 PM)dicknixon72 Wrote:  ...and nothing quite surprises me anymore. If I looked out my showroom window and saw a fully-nude woman force-fucking an alligator with a strap-on while snorting xanex on the roof of her rental car with her three children locked inside with the windows rolled up, I wouldn't be entirely amazed.
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Heat fans are such spoiled ingrates. Booing their team and leaving early. I guess they're not used to losing. lol
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(06-12-2014 09:18 PM)Kabal Wrote:  
(06-12-2014 06:54 PM)SHANbangs Wrote:  what's the consensus on defenders undercutting you when you take a shot? I'm a pretty good three poitner and I hate it when guys undercut me because 1) it really makes me worry they're going to run into my knees and injure them, or that I might land on their foot (this has in fact happened 3 or 4 times) and 2) it seems like a really cowardly thing to do - if you're gonna contst the shot, contest the shot.

Instead, what I see happen a lot is - and this is fairly common when I played pick up in Shanghai - guys would not contest the shot but instead duck down, charge towards me, and then clap. Really pissed me off. Is this frowned upon? Or am I being extra sensitive?

I know what you're talking about--it's a very cowardly, annoying way for small, unathletic Chinese guys to try and bother us foreigners.

"Accidentally" come down with your wai gou ren elbow in their face.

"Oh... duay bu qi."

I guess Miami saw Brazil start off with an own goal today, and then wanted to one up them in terms of shooting themselves in the foot to start a game.

haha for the record I'm not even a foreigner - I'm chinese. But I guess i have a bit more muscle than the avg university student playing street ball. I guess to me it's just a matter of philosophy - I contest every shot while trying not to foul. No matter what (unless it would be imprudent, like if he's gonna fake me for a drive). So it bothers me when guys play lazy D that could end up injuring someone. Cheap, cowardly, and dangerous.

You could always pull a chuancey billups and stick your leg out in the act of shooting. "oops... didn't mean to kick you in the face."
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(06-12-2014 10:13 PM)Rotisserie Wrote:  
(06-12-2014 09:53 PM)joshbar Wrote:  
(06-12-2014 06:54 PM)SHANbangs Wrote:  Instead, what I see happen a lot is - and this is fairly common when I played pick up in Shanghai - guys would not contest the shot but instead duck down, charge towards me, and then clap. Really pissed me off. Is this frowned upon? Or am I being extra sensitive?

Yes its Foul IN ORGANIZED basketball. The defender cant clap or reach below the waist. Its a foul but NOT in STREETBALL. Im a highschool bball official so Im not just talking out my ass.

I don't really care whether a foul is organized- or streetball-eligible. I play basketball for fun, and to get a good workout in, not to lose an eye or misplace a kneecap. I sound like I call fouls a lot, but I actually don't. I give 'warnings' first by talking shit. When a guy undercuts me, I just say loud enough so everyone can hear, 'we got Bruce Bowen over here' or something similar. If he does it again, I'm kicking out during the shot straight to his knee.

I've also pointed out my ankle brace, and that I'm in no mood to shatter whatever few ligaments are left in my ankle.

Yea I agree with you and see where you are coming from. That's just how fights happen when you play streetball. If A guy says he doesn't respect your call because there is no contact and if you don't like it STFU. lol its not that serious but Ive been to some courts were ppl hack bitch and complain.

I love good physical bball but all it takes is 1 or 2 guys playing "dirty" and it makes the games less fun. A couple of times I would just leave the court when all ppl do is bitch everytime the court. I see fights happen all the time in "certain courts" so I don't take it as serious depending where I play ball at.
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KAWHI Leonard 20pts 14reb 3ast 3stl 3 blk.
Im not saying his better than lbj but the last 2 games he has been.

I don't think its about IF Leonard can stop James. Its become can James stop Leonard.
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(06-12-2014 11:20 PM)joshbar Wrote:  KAWHI Leonard 20pts 14reb 3ast 3stl 3 blk.
Im not saying his better than lbj but the last 2 games he has been.

I don't think its about IF Leonard can stop James. Its become can James stop Leonard.

Leonards development has been nothing short of astonishing. At San Diego State, he was more a energy 4/3 hybrid type player that just outworked his opponents and had a nose for the ball, however he wasn't particularly skilled and had no identity offensively. As he's gained more experience, he's been able to go from a guy that had questionable mechanics and could barely shoot from midrange to a guy that's deadly inside and outside of the arc, all while maintaining his workmanlike approach to the game. He also shows alot of potential in terms of working in the post and attacking the rim of the dribble. Its not farfetched for him to become a star considering his current trajectory and the age of his teammates. At the very least, he'll be a guy thats in the upper echelon of two way players. The below video chronicles a bit of his transformation:





As for the series, for all intents and purposes its essentially over as no team has come back from 3-1, and the Heat have looked listless at best, and don't seem remotely close to figuring out any answers.
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^^^ Good point iWin...

Jason Terry was another one of those athletic shutdown point guards who couldn't hit squat back in Arizona..he didn't really develop his offensive game until being drafted by the Hawks thus becoming a prolific scorer there...which benefitted the Mavs when they acquired him in the years to come.

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(06-12-2014 11:53 PM)Brosemite Wrote:  ^^^ Good point iWin...

Jason Terry was another one of those athletic shutdown point guards who couldn't hit squat back in Arizona..he didn't really develop his offensive game until being drafted by the Hawks thus becoming a prolific scorer there...which benefitted the Mavs when they acquired him in the years to come.

Yeah, JTerry had a crazy work ethic though so he eventually become an amazing shooter even though a coach would cringe at his mechanics. For example, one offseason he enlisted the services George Gervin, one of the greatest shooters/scorers of all time(with equally atrocious mechanics) and a master of the midrange game. He would make 500 jumpers a day and that was just from the midrange area, with Gervin consulting him about getting his shot off and different techniques. He eventually grew into one of the best midrange guys in the league during his height.
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(06-12-2014 10:35 PM)JoyStick Wrote:  Heat fans are such spoiled ingrates. Booing their team and leaving early. I guess they're not used to losing. lol

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(06-12-2014 10:35 PM)JoyStick Wrote:  Heat fans are such spoiled ingrates. Booing their team and leaving early. I guess they're not used to losing. lol

The thing with Miami is that there is essentially no middle class there that is vested in spectator sports period. It's either really a rough dire place where locals can't afford the overly inflated prices of anything or a resort city where the rich & glamorous are more concerned with partying like celebs.

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