Tweets of the Day: June 3

On Tuesday, Twitter was abuzz on rumors that the Fred Uytengsu-owned Alaska franchise will be sold to the NLEX Road Warriors, a Manny Pangilinan-owned team. If the deal pushes through, MVP will have the same number of teams (3!) as tycoon rival Ramon Ang and San Miguel Corporation. Boom! Or as RDO explains to teammate Rob Reyes, “like explode.”

When Lamar tweeted this, we thought it’d be a photo of him in a club playing beer pong. Focus!

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Peripheral Vision: June 3

Calm before the storm

After hearing Tim Duncan’s comment slash subtle guarantee about winning the NBA title this year, LeBron James responded, although in a more diplomatic, non-combative way: “They don’t like us, they don’t. I can sense it from Timmy’s comments over the last couple of days. They wanted this, they wanted us and we’ll be ready for the challenge.” C’mon, ‘Bron, you can do better than that!

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June 2: Tweets of the Day

As the Spurs sent the Thunder fishing in Game 6, it may have also meant seeing the last of Derek Fisher in a basketball jersey. But don’t fret Fisher fans, you may soon see him in the sidelines, in Madison Square Garden, shaking his head at Ray Felton’s belly. Meanwhile, Metta World Peace again took to Twitter to show the world why sniffing glue is bad for you.

Ouch, that’s no way to speak to the real MVP, son.

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Peripheral Vision: June 2

Grandma Super Heat Fan

Age doesn’t matter in love, especially if it’s basketball you heart. Just ask Mary from South Florida. We don’t know her age but we do know she LOVES the Miami Heat. Here’s a video of her animatedly and anxiously watching Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals, where unfortunately, the Indiana Pacers defeated her most beloved team in the galaxy.

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May 30: Tweets of the Day

If you’re planning to ask Gregg Popovich relevant/stupid questions after a game, just don’t. That’s one of the takeaways from Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals, which like the four games before it, ended way before the final buzzer. Aside from a grown man dunk from Russell Westbrook, a Steve Kerr-Reggie Miller jaw-fest, and another Pop beatdown (not on OKC), here are the real, key takeaways from today that matter (Shaq-Kobe bromance included).

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NBA Conference Finals Random Power Rankings

It’s the penultimate round of the NBA Playoffs and as it’s supposed to be, the top seeds in the East and the West at the end of the regular season are the ones battling it out for the coveted tickets to the Last Dance. It has been an entertaining Conference Finals so far despite San Antonio’s trampling of OKC.

But aside from the final score, updates, and the highlights, other equally fascinating stuff has been happening. Trivial or not, they’re all part of the adrenaline-pumping post-season experience. Since we’re suckers for anything basketball-related, we decided to make a Power Rankings of the random and sometimes incoherent things that have transpired in the Conference Finals.

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“Kulang ang Pilipinas kapag walang basketball.”

Manny Knows—Or Does He?

At guard, standing 5-foot-7, from General Santos City, the Fighting Pride of the Philippines, Manny Pacquiao!

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Never Say Die: A Jawo State of Mind

The sequence of events is pretty much predictable after every Japeth Aguilar throwdown: chest bumps, high fives, towel waves, and deafening chants of “GI-NE-BRA.”

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Christmas Day

After more than a 3-month hiatus, BuhayBasket is back not with a vengeance, but with fresher legs and the eye on the proverbial ball. Just like Steve Nash. Minus the Gatsby haircut, of course.

Photo:  Robyn Beck / Getty Images

Speaking of Nash, who played in his second straight game in nearly two months, his side part orchestrated another Laker victory at the expense of the New York Knicks.

Nash dished out 11 times in another entertaining Christmas Day match-up (thanks NBA marketing execs!), which featured two MVPs-in-the-running in an epic scoring battle.

Photo:  Andrew D. Bernstein / Getty Images

Kobe Bryant and Carmelo Anthony both dropped 34 points, but it was the Black Mamba emerging victorious, thanks to Dwight’s 14 and 12; Pau’s 13 and 8; and Metta’s defense. 


Metta World Peace clamped down on Melo in the fourth—limiting him to “only” 7 points in the quarter—before fouling out with 1:58 left to play. He also chipped in 20 points.

Even Nash was impressed.
 

”This is what he’s been doing all year. He gets his hands on a lot of balls, pounds on the other team’s best guy. You can’t win without that type of effort,” he said of World Peace.
Without Metta, the gargantuan task of guarding Melo in the clutch fell on Kobe. Challenged accepted.
The Lakeshow escaped with a 100-94 win and a few choice words from Kobe to Carmelo.
“If you can’t trash talk with your friends, what type of relationship is that?” Kobe told reporters after the game.
The win was the Lakers’ fifth straight, and just like that, the Lakers is a .500 team once again.
In other news, the Heat beat OKC (again), Clips are on a 14-game winning streak, KG and Crash don’t like each other, the Rose-less Bulls suck, and Mike Brown is still jobless.

 

Just another Christmas Day in the NBA.

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